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Melbourne | Australia’s cultural capital

In the state of Victoria in south eastern Australia lies the city of Melbourne. Home to more than four and a half million people, it is the second largest city in Australia after Sydney. There are so many things to do, see and experience during a trip to one of Australia’s finest cities, here are some of the most popular…

Explore the amazing laneways  

Melbourne’s 230 laneways are so much more than just narrow short cuts between larger streets. Instead, they have become havens for street art and are brimming with live music venues, coffee shops and trendy bars.

Within easy walking distance of the city centre (or the CBD as it is so often referred to) there are plenty of opportunities to spot some of the finest street art. Try Hosier Lane, Melbourne’s most well-known laneway where the art is ever changing and always colourful and thought-provoking. Other popular laneways include AC/DC Lane, Blender Lane, Croft Alley and Union Lane.

Get ready for coffee cravings

Melbournian’s (and Australian’s in general) know good coffee when they taste it, so it’s no surprise there are great coffee shops seemingly on every corner. There’s a noticeable lack of chain coffee stores, and instead you’ll find independent cafes serving up some of the best coffee.

A mouth-watering food scene

Melbourne is believed by many to be the ultimate Australian destination for foodies, and it is little wonder why. World-renowned chef Heston Blumenthal declared that Melbourne was home to the ‘world’s biggest food explosion’ and a visit here will show you exactly why.

For a superb dining experience head to Vue de Monde on level 55 of the Rialto Building, Flower Drum, Attica, Igni, Lume or Press Club, although there are dozens of options available throughout the city. You’ll be spoiled for choice!

Take in the best views

To get unsurpassed views over the entire city, visitors should head to Eureka Skydeck 88, located 285 metres above ground level. From the top, you can enjoy 360 degree views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Those who are feeling particularly brave can also experience The Edge – a clear glass cube that protrudes from the 88th floor, suspended almost 300 metres above the city.

Explore the neighbourhoods

One of the greatest ways to get to know Melbourne is by discovering each neighbourhood independently. Explore Fitzroy, a seriously hip suburb, upmarket South Yarra, the great shops of the city centre, Carlton with its numerous Italian restaurants and Richmond’s multicultural quarter with plenty of historic streets and pretty laneways. Each neighbourhood has its own distinct atmosphere, and there’s sure to be one that each visitor will adore.

Let Chapman Freeborn organise your trip to Melbourne by private jet charter. Essendon Airport, Moorabbin Airport and Melbourne Airport are all located within fifteen miles of the city, making it perfectly well connected for a fabulous break.