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Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, is generally regarded as the nation’s cultural capital. Fly to Melbourne and you’ll find Victorian landmarks, cutting-edge modern architecture, world-class museums and galleries to explore.
Melbourne also has Michelin-starred restaurants to appreciate and the city’s inimitable café culture. Book your flight to Melbourne with Qatar Airways and discover all that the city has to offer.
Australians are lovers of all kinds of sports, football, races, but few set passions racing like cricket. During your trip to Melbourne take a visit to Melbourne Cricket Ground, which is the country’s oldest and largest sports venue. If you’re travelling from England, don’t be surprised if you get a little good-natured ribbing during your visit (especially after the last Ashes Tour!).
For panoramic vistas of Melbourne, take a trip up the Eureka Tower, which is the highest residential building in the entire hemisphere. If you’d like a closer look at some of the city’s interesting architecture head to Federation Square, where you’ll also find plenty of cafés. Melbourne Zoo has animal exhibits from all over the world, while Melbourne Museum is the place to go to get some cultural and historic context to your trip to Melbourne.
Melbourne has a thriving cultural scene that should keep you entertained for the duration of your visit. Australians are well known for their sense of humour, and there are plenty of comedy clubs and nights in the city. If you’d prefer to experience something a little more high-brow during your trip to Melbourne, then visit one of its many theatres, such as the Princess Theatre or the National Theatre.
You’ll also have ample opportunities to enjoy the various beaches around the city. Popular choices include St Kilda Beach, Brighton Beach and Williamstown. Weather in Melbourne is unpredictable, hence the term that you can experience four seasons in one day. If you are planning a trip to Melbourne throughout the months of May to September, be prepared for both rain and sun.
Melbourne excels when it comes to eating out. It’s also a more affordable alternative to some of the world’s more over-priced culinary capitals. High concentrations of restaurants for all budgets can be found in the central area of the city, in the Docklands, Carlton and Southbank. In addition to these restaurants you’ll also find plenty of takeaways and even some UK-style fish and chip shops.
If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Australia then try a kangaroo steak or emu burger. Keep up with the pace of the city by taking a break in some of Melbourne’s caffeine-infused cafés and coffee bars.
Travel to Melbourne and you’ll find some of the world’s top fashion brands, quirky independent boutiques and massive malls.
For designer fashion head to Collins Street and Little Collins Street, but make sure your wallet/ purse is well stocked. For more affordable shopping try Elizabeth Street or Chapel Street. Virtually anything you might need or want can usually be found in the large shopping complexes further out of the city, such as Westfield Doncaster Shoppingtown and Chadstone. There are also a number of malls in the city centre, including Melbourne Central and Bourke Street Mall.
Qatar Airways flights to Melbourne land at Tullamarine Airport (MEL).
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Melbourne please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
Voltage: 240 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type I
International dialing code: +61
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