Your Guide to Melbourne


Melbourne: A Modern City’s Tribute to Culture, History and Fashion

As a glorious pink tinge rises above the towers of the city of Melbourne at the coming of dawn each day, one understands its salute to the promises the city holds.


But Melbourne’s picturesque beauty – the gold, wood and marble architectual and cultural delights melted throughout the towering trees which preside over its expansive green parks – is the centre of a wider wonder: the magnificent state of Victoria. But for visitors within the city itself, access to the many attractions is viable by a short tram ride or walk. The streets are easy to navigate, but without a guide to the extensive offerings of Melbourne, visitors quickly find themselves simultaneously spoiled for choice and (albeit happily and excitedly) lost amongst the excitement!

Culture takes on many forms in Melbourne: the Old Melbourne Gaol highlights the more sinister side of Melbourne’s history, as visitors can experience the cramped quarters in which prisoners were once held and behold the legend of the infamous popular hero Ned Kelly. Amongst the tree-lined streets of St Kilda Road, the colossal Victorian National Gallery offers some of the most magnificent international works available to public viewing today, and boasts frequent specialty exhibitions, whilst dozens of smaller arts complexes dotted throughout the colourful streets of Melbourne. Visitors who follow the Yarra River along the Arts Precinct will soon find themselves at the Melbourne Aquarium, which proffers a mind-boggling array of exotic fish never before seen by most land-lubbers, who can then take a wander through the trendy new Docklands area to taste the newest of Melbourne’s culinary creations whilst indulging in a little retail therapy throughout Melbourne’s adjacent retail district. The Crown entertainment complex is also no more than a few short minutes away, and those inclined to a little fresh air after the excitement of trawling Melbourne’s boutiques may enjoy a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens or visit the world-renowned Melbourne Zoo, which is famous for the breeding of endangered, exotic species.

Sporting fans don’t leave Melbourne disappointed: whether one of Melbourne’s enormous stadiums is hosting an international event such as the Australian Open, the Formula One Grand Prix or a more homely AFL Grand Final, seats fill quickly. Be prepared to select a team to support during the Winter AFL season, regardless of your nation of origin – Melbournians are fiercely defensive of their favourite AFL teams and even visitors must state their loyalties during “footy” season! And with Port Phillip Bay just five kilometers from the city center, yachters, swimmers, and sailors convene during the summer months to enjoy the warm waters of the bay.

After the excitement of the day’s events, visitors will inevitably want to unwind or celebrate their experiences in Melbourne. Niteguide can direct you to facilities that will cater for either need – Melbourne’s night life is one of the most exciting in the world, with its soothing day spas, luxurious hotels, elegant cocktail bars, gentile cigar lounges, exquisite a la carte restaurants and delicious buffets, funky karaoke bars and comedy lounges, and boisterous nightclubs. Whatever your tastes, whatever your interests, and whatever your budget, Melbourne can satisfy your appetite for excitement, but you’ll need Niteguide to help you get there!

An Introduction to Melbourne’s Bars

During the daylight hours, the city of Melbourne is a bustling hub of activity: a kaleidoscope of urban treasures. But it is at night that the enigmatic and enthralling spirit of Melbourne is revealed when its city-folk and their guests come out to play. Melbourne offers a unique opportunity to explore cocktail bars enviable for their elegance, cigar bars steaming with an atmosphere that is both gentile and relaxing, and wine bars and breweries to whet the tastes of the finest connoisseurs. Peppered throughout its colourful alleyways are intimate indie hideaways that offer an illusion of escape from the bustle of the city, whilst just streets away, the city resounds with the funky, boisterous sounds of some of Melbourne’s best karaoke bars and comedy lounges. With such variety, venue selection can be difficult for even the most seasoned Melbournite. Niteguide will direct you to some of Melbourne’s very best offerings to make your choice that little bit easier.

Navigate Melbourne’s Illustrious Nightlife!

Visitors to Melbourne tend to find themselves swept away by the scope of Melbourne’s nightclub scene, and they’re not alone, for Melbourne continues to offer up the most engaging range of music available on the international scene whilst taking a particular pride in paying homage to emerging and well-known home-grown music. For this reason, one can never be considered truly an “expert” in nightclub selection: Melbourne’s nightclub industry is booming as it has never before and the city continues to offer the best in commercial, electronic, house, RnB, Jazz, Latin, Swing and Reggae. The nights often disappear before one’s very eyes as clubbers frolic in their nighttime playgrounds to the sounds of professional DJs and live performers; there is also an exciting, welcoming selection for Melbourne’s vibrant gay and lesbian community. Niteguide offers you a comprehensive guide to this extensive range of nighttime playgrounds: whatever your choice of venue, your only regret is likely to be the rising of the sun the day after your celebration! How to resolve such a regret? Return to Niteguide and select your next destination!


by Karajane Chapman.

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