Thursday, 23rd Dec

Wondering where to go on your trip to Australia? Sure, everyone immediately thinks of Sydney, in fact many people think it is the capital city (which is actually Canberra). Another of Australia’s great cities is Melbourne, with budget hostel Melbourne making it an affordable city to visit. Global to the core with an air of urban sophistication that is unique to this part of the world map, Melbourne is a thriving city that is defined by its ultra-modern population. A trendsetter in a nation that is anything but "down under" when it comes to its diversity and vibrancy, Melbourne is a bustling capital that is synonymous with the arts, music, cuisine, cinema, fashion and architecture.

A touristic hotspot in its own right, Melbourne beckons the explorer in you on several different levels with its scenic natural attributes, shopping, culture, history, social life and indigenous heritage. Those with a flair for history will not be disappointed in this rich city whose illustrious collection of museums include the Melbourne Museum, the Australian Racing Museum, Moorabbin Air Museum, Jewish Museum, Holocaust Museum, Chinese Museum, Railway Museum, Victoria Police Museum, the Old Treasury, Scienceworks Immigration Museum, Polly Woodside Museum, Medical History Museum and the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the list goes on and on. Other must-see sites include the Royal Exhibition Buildings, Ned Kelly's jail cell at Old Melbourne Gaol and Cook's Cottage, the home of famed Captain James Cook. The Shrine of Remembrance and the Government House are equally majestic as is the sprawling Rippon Lea Estate, Schwerkolt Cottage, Como Historic House and Garden as well as the extravagant Labassa mansion with its breathtaking interiors. Make sure you check out budget hostel Melbourne in order to be in touch with the cities great nightlife.