A city that’s reputation precedes it, Melbourne oozes cool -- and it’s growing in popularity year-on-year: In 2010, the airport saw a 20% rise in the number of UK passenger arrivals and a record-breaking 27.7 million travellers overall.
It’s not hard to see why – Sydney’s younger, more exotic sister has charm and intrigue, and visitors will never be stuck for something fun to do. You'll find bars and nightclubs hidden down alleyways, on the third floor of an office block -- even in abandoned car parks. There are year-round sporting events at the home of Aussie Rules Football, the Australian Open and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. For culture enthusiasts, there are art exhibitions, comedy festivals, the "Neighbours" tour and backstreet bands poised to break into the big time. Shopaholics come here to max out their credit cards on Chapel Street and Collins Street, and thrifty bargain hunters can get lost in Swanston Street and a number of markets. Above all, Melbournians love their coffee and there’s always a new bar or cafe to explore.
If you’re looking to explore beyond this bustling hub, the Great Ocean Road is a stunning day trip to do by car and Philip Island with its nightly penguin parade is easily accessible.
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