Trying to keep in with its history, Melbourne is a city that doesn't quite match up with the modern ideas of progress. Often considered the Old World version of Sydney, this city offers a quaint view of the continent.
From the various food influences of espresso bars and 'Little Italy' centres, to a Chinatown district and a 'Little Vietnam,' this city is bustling with new tastes for all visitors ' or perhaps a taste of home. Football is bound to come up in conversations with locals, so make sure you understand the difference between American football and Australian football before you go.
A newly rejuvenated entertainment district is appealing to younger visitors ' just head to the Southgate area from Flinders Street Station along the Yarra River. Chapel Street is another trendy neighborhood that you might want to explore when you're in town. Gardens are aplenty in Melbourne too ' Fitzroy Gardens, Parliament Gardens, and Royal Botanic Gardens are all lovely to visit and admire. Cook's Cottage is a historic reminder of the explorer Captain James as he used to own this house. If you go to the City Square, you will be able to see a large sculpture of Robert Burke.
Getting into Melbourne is easiest through Melbourne Airport, as driving to Melbourne from Sydney is a few hours longer than anyone might enjoy. Once you're in the city, you can take the local buses through Metropolitan Transit. You can also hail trams in certain areas of town for a nominal fee. Cars can also be rented and taxis are also around the more populated entertainment areas.
Designed by I.M. Pei, the Hotel Sofitel Melbourne is a first class accommodation, while the Lyall offers posh suites to guests. Numerous hostels are also in the area, giving you easy access to local sites and attractions. Elizabeth Hostel, Melbourne Connection Travellers Hostel, and Hotel Discovery Backpack are busy hostels in the area. You can also book Motels in Melbourne and Sydney Motels.