Cheap Flights to Melbourne
Although Sydney wins in size, Melbourne's artistic, European
charm makes it every bit as riveting as its sister city. There, a walk
down a quiet alley can reveal an avant-garde restaurant or a 170-year
old building. Its elegant architecture, lush parks and gardens, and the
majestic Yarra River make it one of Australia's most beautiful cities.
History buffs will delight in
Melbourne's rich culture and well-preserved sites. Founded in 1836, it
was once the second-largest British city (after London) and Australia's
capital. Original clock towers, cobblestone streets, jails, train
stations and gold rush sites (where visitors can still pan) reflect the
most important moments in Australian history.
noteworthy for its past, Melbourne is better known for its modern
offerings - trend-setting shopping, art, food and wine. Boasting over
3000 restaurants, cafes and bars, Melbourne's worldly cuisine reflects
a multi-cultural population - the most diverse in all of Australia.
Also proficient in wine, its famed Rieslings and Sirahs come from the
nearby Yarra Valley.
No trip to Melbourne is complete
without a stop at one of its sporting arenas. The Melbourne Cricket
Grounds is home to the country's most important events, from cricket
matches to Australian Rules Football games. The spring racing carnival,
highlighted by the Melbourne Cup, is known as "the race that stops a
nation." Elaborately dressed crowds, often numbering over 100,000,
flock to Flemington Racecourse for a week of festivities.
When to Go
Melbourne is one of few cities in
Australia with true seasons, although they are mild. Summers
(November-January) are warm and pleasant - the perfect time to enjoy
one of the region's beaches. Winter (June-August) temperatures are cool
and breezy, but they never dip below freezing. Flights tend to be
inexpensive during these months, making it an excellent time to travel
on a budget.
How to Get There
Flights into Melbourne
International Airport are available from every major U.S. city. At the
airport, travelers can take a cab or shuttle bus for the 14-mile ride
to the city center.
Flinder's Street Station, a working
railroad station that almost 100 years old, is one of the city's most
famous landmarks. Nearby Federation Square is an architecturally
striking collection of museums, galleries, restaurants and theatres.
Also not to be missed: the luxurious Crowne Casino; bustling nightlife
on Chapel Street; the Docklands, a new waterfront shopping district,
and the Melbourne Botanical Gardens.