Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and home to over 3.5 million inhabitants. The city was founded in 1835 on the Yarra River when a bid to establish a settlement inside the Port Phillip Bay in 1803 was aborted. Around the 1810 through to 1820, Port Phillip was regularly visited by whalers and sealers who worked the coast from Van Diemen's Land in Tasmania to South Australia. Melbourne is often a favoured destination by global visitors planning a trip down under. Although Sydney may have the international reputation, Due to the so many cultural institutions based in Melbourne, the city is referred to as the cultural capital of Australia. Besides the cultural institutions, Melbourne was once classified as the world's most liveable city. That also applies to the many Melbourne hotels found all over the city.
Even if you don't live there, you can enjoy it while staying at your Melbourne hotel. Melbourne maintained its title as the world's most liveable city in the years 2002, 2004 and 2005. That is not a surprise considering the city's cultural offerings, climate, cost of living and social cohesion. As the capital of the state of Victoria, the city is a pulsing metropolis with a very huge population. There are more than enough things to do and places to visit for all guests in Melbourne depending on what you like. Do you fancy skydiving? Then pack your stuff and head down to the Melbourne Skydive Centre. This centre has 100% safety record and is one of the best ways you can get a good view of this city. You can then take a walk round the Royal Botanical Gardens and just enjoy the serenity and the beautiful nature. To see the city celebrating at full throttle, why not book your Melbourne hotel for the first Tuesday in November for the world famous horse races, the Melbourne Cup?
Melbourne is a bustling city with a wide range of business and industry. Besides tourism, which creates jobs in most Melbourne hotels, the city has a busy port, oil refineries, chemical plants as well as textile and foodstuff industries. It is home to Broken Hill Proprietary Company, Ltd., the world's largest mining company. As Australia's second-largest railway hub, you should have no problem reaching your hotel in Melbourne by rail, metro, or via the Melbourne International Airport. The city is served by two airports with Melbourne Airport being just 21 kilometres north west of the city centre, and Avalon Airport roughly 55 kilometres to the south west. Melbourne has a dynamic rail network system with regular training services within the city as well as outside. If you are accessing Melbourne by car, you can take the Hume Highway from Sydney as it is the shortest route. With the ever warm weather here, you could comfortably cycle to your centrally-located or even countryside hotel in Melbourne.