Set on the shores of picturesque Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne is a creative, exciting and uniquely intriguing city that always has something new for its visitors to discover. It rewards those visitors who take the time to explore and uncover its secrets in the labyrinth of interconnecting streets and laneways.
The charm of this southernmost city of mainland Australia is undeniable, as it transforms the everyday into an immersive experience. It has the cultural depth and multicultural diversity that people expect from a major global city, but it also exudes a relaxed attitude that makes it easy for visitors from all parts of the globe to feel at home. The city is constantly changing and evolving, with its many new restaurants, hotels, events and attractions that open throughout the year, ensuring one gets to see something different with every visit.
Getting to Melbourne is easy. The city’s major airport operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing visitors maximum flexibility in scheduling domestic and international travel. Visitors can take advantage of the many low-cost carriers that fly to and from the city to different parts of the world. From the airport, the city’s easily accessible via public transportation, which includes bus, rail and tram systems.
There’s no dearth of event venues in this city. Melbourne’s main conference facility, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, is located in the heart the city on the banks of the River Yarra and is also well connected to public transportation. The centre provides everything needed for a successful event including amazing spaces, leading technology and award-winning food prepared in-house. Business travellers will also find numerous hotel venues like Grand Hyatt Melbourne, The Langham, Crown Melbourne and Pullman Melbourne on the Park that offer vast spaces and excellent amenities for MICE functions. Even if you’re looking for a really special venue, Melbourne won’t disappoint you. The city is home to over 40 museums, performing arts facilities, and other unique venues that are perfect for hosting special events.
Delegates to Melbourne will have no trouble filling their downtime when in town for a conference or business event. Guests to the city can shop at any of the department stores and shopping centres , or the city’s myriad laneways and arcades. A seasoned visitor to the city would know that the laneway discoveries and cafe culture are as much a part of the Melbourne experience as are the loot from local designers and the best of international brands. And if you get bored of shopping (Yeah, right!), the city also has interactive museums, fascinating wildlife parks and various other landmarks to assuage your boredom.
Visitors looking to Melbourne’s mix of cultures can try out the myriad restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars. Melbourne is the culinary capital of Australia, with an array of the world’s great cuisines. Whether you’re after modern, traditional, exotic or homespun flavours, you’re guaranteed to find something to cater to your appetite. And if all this isn’t enough and you want to explore further afield, then the unique natural beauty of regional Victoria is just a short trip away.
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