Melbourne is Australia's second largest city with nearly 4 million inhabitants. Melbourne is also the state capital of Victoria. Melbourne is a major centre of commerce, education, tourism, fashion, the arts and sport. Melbourne is consistently ranked one of the most 'liveable cities in the world'. The city is recognised as Australia's 'sporting and cultural capital' and it is home to many of the nation's most significant cultural and sporting events and institutions.
Melbourne is both a region of Victoria and a city covering a large culturally and physically diverse area. Melbourne extends from the waterfront at Port Philip Bay along the Yarra River through the Yarra Valley toward the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Ranges to the east. To the north you'll find undulating bushland valleys of the Yarra's tributaries - Moonee Ponds Creek (toward Tullamarine Airport), Merri Creek, Darebin Creek and Plenty River to the outer suburban growth corridors of Craigieburn and Whittlesea.
In the west, Melbourne extends along the Maribyrnong River and its tributaries north towards Sunbury and the foothills of the Macedon Ranges, and along the flat volcanic plain country towards Melton in the west, Werribee at the foothills of the You Yangs volcanic peaks and Geelong as part of the greater metropolitan area to the south-west.
Melbourne's major bayside beaches are located in the south-eastern suburbs along the shores of Port Phillip Bay, in areas like Port Melbourne, Albert Park, St Kilda, Elwood, Brighton, Sandringham, Mentone and Frankston although there are beaches in the western suburbs of Altona and Williamstown. The nearest surf beaches are located 85 kilometres (53 mi) south-east of the Melbourne CBD in the back-beaches of Rye, Sorrento and Portsea.
Melbourne is a notable sporting location from hosting the 1956 Summer Olympics games to todays three major international sporting events: the Australian Open (Tennis), the Melbourne Cup (horse racing), and the Australian Grand Prix (Formula 1 car races).
Melbourne is a centre of higher learning and this creates a vibarant and adventurous atmosphere. Melbourne's 2 largest universities are the University of Melbourne and Monash University (Australia's largest university). The Times Higher Education Supplement ranked the University of Melbourne as the 22nd best university in the world, Monash University was ranked the 38th best university in the world. Melbourne was ranked the world's 4th top university city in 2008 after London, Boston and Tokyo.
Melbourne Holiday Guide offers a range of accommodation and lodging information to help you plan vacations in Victoria's Capital as well as popular regions within a short drive such as The Great Ocean Road and Mornington Peninsula. We hope you'll find a range of quality hospitality providers - motels and resort style accommodation, self-contained apartments, and budget accommodation.