Melbourne is a true multicultural mecca, with an eclectic blend of ethnic cultures from Mediterranean to Asian. Within its vibrant suburbs, you'll discover a host of ethic cultures and cuisines, a lively restaurant culture and hundreds of exciting shopping districts. Many of the inner city suburbs have been revitalised, in particular Carlton, Fitzroy, Collingwood and Richmond. There are plenty of boutiques and designer outlets to explore, especially at the shopping hots spots of Fitzroy and Richmond, or relax at one of the great cafes and soak up the colourful atmopshere. On the right side of the river, upmarket South Yarra and Toorak have some of the city's most exclusive shops.

If you fancy a waterfront stroll, bustling St Kilda is the fashionable place to go. One of Melbourne's most diverse and characterful areas, it's also home to the National Gallery of Victoria's international collection. Historic Williamstown, south-west of the city, sits right by the sea. Catch the ferry across the bay to enjoy the historic maritime charm and al fresco cafes. Melbourne's trams cover the city and inner suburbs, and if you're heading out to the city fringes, Flinders Street train station is the main hub.