With splendid parks and gardens, Melbourne stands on the banks of the Yarra River and the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city is Australia’s second-largest and home to about 3.2 million people. Its inhabitants enjoy the world’s most livable metropolis, according to a survey of 100 capital cities conducted over two years by the Washington-based organisation.
Melbourne has everything you could wish for in its restaurants, sporting events, shopping and acoommodation options, but one of the best things about Melbourne is that within an hour or two’s drive in any direction you have so many fabulous touring options. There are wine regions, beaches, penguins, mountains for scenery or snow skiing. The Yarra valley and Mornington peninsula are very close to the city, and Geelong and the Great Ocean road are less than 2 hours away. Why not hire a car and explore at your own pace, or take one of the many dat tour options?