Will You Visit the Harbour City or the Cultural Capital of Australia

Melbourne CBD lights reflecting on the Yarra River

The Yarra River winds its way through the Melbourne CBD.

Sydney and Melbourne respectively are the largest two Australian cities. Due to this fact, they are also amongst the most visited of all the Australian locations. The residents of Sydney think it is the best Australian city and obviously Melbourne residents think they have the best city. Either way they are both cities you should get to on your visit to Australia.

Many international tourists visiting Australia will therefore want to include both cities in their travel itinerary. What many people do not realise, however, that as is the case throughout this enormous country, the distance between these cities is huge, around 598 miles by road. This is especially the case when you compare the relatively short distances between UK destinations.

This is why most Australians and visitors alike choose to fly between these two cities. As a welcome alternative to a nine hour drive, the flight will take on average of around one and a half hours. There are a large number of operators offering flights to Melbourne at very competitive prices.

It is often therefore both more cost and time effective for locals and visitors to choose this method of travel between these two major Australian cities.

Choosing to fly between the cities will allow you more time at your destination to explore, without the welcome relief of not feeling so tired after driving for most of the day.

With over four million inhabitants, Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia. The city’s idyllic position, overlooking the Port Phillip Bay, attracts a large number of both national and international visitors every year.

To accommodate this large number of tourists, Melbourne boasts a large number of hotel and accommodation options. Hotels in Melbourne vary greatly in standard. If your budget allows, you may wish to select one of the luxurious five star hotels overlooking the bay. Alternatively, there are a large number of guest houses and youth hostels catering for the beach lovers and surfers in and around the beach resorts of Portsea and Sorrento.

As would be expected from such a major cosmopolitan city, as well as the obvious natural attractions that Melbourne has to offer, there are also a large number of places of historical and cultural interest to visit in and around the city. In fact, Melbourne is often referred to as the cultural capital of Australia.

Notable places of interest would include the Royal Exhibition Building and the National Gallery of Victoria, the largest and oldest art gallery in Australia.

For a spot of retail therapy, Melbourne boasts a number of shopping malls, many pleasantly situated alongside one of the parks and gardens for which the city is renowned for.

 

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