Written by Megan Alexander
For most, thinking of Australia conjures up images of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. But, while Sydney remains a steady tourist port, consider yourself lucky if business takes you to Melbourne.
Where to stay: Crown Towers, Novotel Melbourne, or Windsor Hotel
There are hundreds of hotels within the CBD alone, and so, the business traveller is presented with many options. Crown Towers offers luxurious accommodation on the riverbanks of the Yarra. Next door to the Crown entertainment complex and the Melbourne Convention center it is perfectly located to meet your needs. For a more central CBD location, Novotel Melbourne on Collins is a perfect fit. Close to anything and everything in the Melbourne downtown area, this hotel provides beautiful rooms set to please any businessperson.
Things to see and do: Eureka Tower, Queen Vic Market, St Kilda, and sports
There is no better way to see all of Melbourne from high above than taking in the 360 degree views from Eureka Skydeck 88, the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. And, nothing says Melbourne like a good athletic event. No matter what time of year it is, sports fans are sure to find some kind of amusement. Whether it be January and the Australian Open is in town, or the AFL (Australian Rules Football) season that takes place from March to September, or taking in a bit of Cricket at the MCG, there is always reason to sit down with a meat pie and cheer on your team.
Where to eat and drink: Bluestone, Brunswick Street, and bars
Recently, Melbourne has been at the forefront of the culinary revolution and therefore provides visitors with an endless array of choices when it comes to dining. Known for its multitude of small laneways filled with unique cafés and delicious temptations, Melbourne always has something to please even the pickiest of palates. Located in the heart of the CBD, on Flinders Lane, Bluestone Restaurant provides delicious Aussie fare with a sophisticated twist. Whether it be a business luncheon or intimate evening meal, the menu leaves nothing to be desired.
With so many options, Melbourne is the perfect place to make your next trip a little more than just business.