The British influence in Melbourne is everywhere to see. A 21st century business district gives way to civilised and thoroughly Edwardian suburbs stretching endlessly away. Efficient trams criss-cross the city. The coast – the Mornington Peninsula - and Yarra Valley wine region are a just a short hop. And the food is to die for. You’ll love it.

Must See:
Pay homage at the temple of Australian sport with a full 2-hour guided tour of the MCG – the Melbourne Cricket Ground – a dazzling bowl which on a match day can fill with as many as 100,000 fans.

Must eat at:
As Australia’s unrivalled gastronomic capital, there’s choice in abundance, but for a flavour of what modern Victorians are eating, head to funky St Kilda and to upmarket Circa in the Prince Hotel’s dining room, for a fabulous breakfast and more.

Must be there for:
The Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November offers punters of all shapes and sizes the chance to go posh for the day – it’s where Royal Ascot and the Grand National collide with magnificent force; a day to dress up (or dress down) and grab your binoculars.

Well-travelled tips:
Start with a top-down view of the city and take-in a breathtaking vertical slice of Melbourne from the glass-floored Skydeck on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower.
It’s well worth the journey to Phillip Island just for the 9pm penguin show, when thousands of Little Penguins leave the bay in search of warm sandy burrows.

British citizens need a visa to enter Australia, and several options are available if you’re going on holiday or business. For full information, visit

Destination overview
  Language: English
  Currency: Australian Dollar
  Time zone: GMT + 10 hours (+11 in summer)
  Good for: Singles, Families with pre-school children, Over 60s, Couples, Families with school age children
  Holiday type Beach, Winter sun, City break
  Weather Average maximum temperature: 20C
Rainfall: 647mm a year

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