After Sydney, Melbourne is Australia's largest city.
Melbourne is well known for its culture and arts. Each year the city hosts a number of international festivals including the Melbourne International Film Festival, International Art Festival, and the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Melbournians are equally as known for their sports as they are for their arts. Nearly half of the teams in the Australian Football League are based in Melbourne. Cricket, horseracing, formula one racing, and tennis are also wildly popular with the Australian Open being held here annually.
Melbourne Airport (MEL) is a hub for Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Tiger Airways, and Virgin Blue and operates flights by American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and British Airways frequently. The airport is located roughly 23 kilometres outside of the city centre.
The National Gallery of Victoria is Australia's oldest art gallery and opened in the 1860s. Be sure to leave a few hours to explore the wonderful collection.
Wine lovers often enjoy tours into the Yarra Valley to sample local wine and food all while overlooking the scenic countryside.