I’ve never been in a helicopter, but it’s always been my dream. During a recent trip to Melbourne, I spotted a helicopter tour of the Melbourne city center and St Kilda Beach on Viator’s website…The stars aligned. Husband’s birthday. Melbourne city. Spare time. Free babysitters (in-laws). Helicopter ride. Perfect.
It may be getting too cold to kayak or cycle Melbourne’s Yarra River, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Yarra River views from the comfort of a waterfront restaurant, or from inside the cabin of a boat. Here are some of the best places for riverfront dining in Melbourne, even in winter.
Australia’s capital of coffee is also the baron of breakfast (or brunch depending on how late you sleep in.) It’s only natural for a culture- and food-crazed city like Melbourne to offer stellar spots to start a big day – or recover from a big night out. Trying them all would take a lifetime, […]
Melbourne is a city chock-full of food, social and cultural experiences, but loads more can be found outside the city limits. From islands and valleys to the world famous Great Ocean Road, here are some tips for great day trips from Melbourne. Great Ocean Road This famous stretch of coastal highway between one and three […]
The Blue Mountains outside Sydney may get all the attention from overseas visitors, but Melbourne has its share of jagged peaks and dizzying overhangs as well. From the Dandenong Ranges close to home to Grampians National Park about three hours west, here is an introduction to the majestic mountains from Melbourne. Yarra Ranges Roughly an […]
Melbourne has long been known as the foodie capital of Australia. With its mix of immigrant cultures, historic food markets and celebrity chef creations, Melbourne sets the dining trends of the Southern Hemisphere, and sometimes, even the world. In recent years, influential chefs have started to flee the city to test out creative concepts in […]
Like its sister summer festivals in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Paris, France, White Night in Melbourne is an all-night spectacle of light, art and music. It’s the only White Night celebration held in the southern summer; the third-annual frenzy will light up Melbourne from 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 to 7 a.m. the next morning. […]
Just because Melbourne lacks the beaches and harbor of its sister city Sydney, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of scenic waterfront that’s waiting to be discovered this summer. The Yarra River is at the center of Melburnian life, and sightseeing cruises, kayaking tours and bike paths all help travelers appreciate it. There’s also […]
The names Foster’s, Victoria Bitter and Carlton Draught all have one thing in common—besides being big Australian beer labels. They were all born in Melbourne, which has been the country’s beer capital since the late 1800s. By 1870, Melbourne was home to more than 20 breweries as well as 1,000 hotels (pubs), amounting to one […]
The city of Melbourne recognizes the power of street art. It has a program to work with building owners to permit stencil art, wheat pasting and intricate murals on public streets and lanes as long as it’s not graffiti. Street art helps reveal the conscience of a city, changing on a daily basis with the […]