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Stylish Melbourne is Australia’s creative and cultural hub. Draped across a coastal bay in the southeast of Australia, the Victorian state capital blends heritage with innovative modern development. Melbourne’s centre is compact and eclectic, cut in half by the Yarra River. On one side lies the Southbank, while to the north is the city’s historical heart.
Diverse attractions make Melbourne a popular destination for a wide audience. The southeastern suburbs offer excellent and spacious beaches that continue down to Australia’s southern tip; St Kilda is the closest major beach destination to the city centre. Heritage can be discovered in architecture and streets across the north of the Yarra River, while the Southbank contains many theatres, museums, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Queen Victoria Market is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest open-air market and has many unique food options. The Yarra riverside offers the most choice for restaurant dining and nightlife.
Melbourne’s iconic trams have been rumbling around the city for well over a century and tram travel is free inside Melbourne CBD (Central Business District). Of particular use for travellers is the City Circle tram, which uses traditional brown carriages and loops around many of the must-see attractions. Trams are part of an extensive transport network that also includes suburban trains and buses. In addition, a Melbourne Visitors Shuttle offers a paid hop-on hop-off bus service to 13 of the city’s main attractions.
British settlers founded Melbourne in 1835, with the city evolving rapidly during the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s. Prior to the settlers, the land had been occupied for some 40,000 years by the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung and Wathaurong, indigenous Aboriginal tribes.
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The Hotel Windsor offers 5-star accommodation in Melbourne. Guests can also make use of complimentary wireless internet.
Best Western Atlantis Hotel is set in Melbourne and is within a 10-minute walk of Southern Cross Railway Station. It is conveniently situated in the city centre.