Melbourne was established in 1835, by founders John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner, and its boundaries are defined by the Government of Victoria’s Melbourne Planning Scheme. Today it comprises the two oldest areas of Melbourne; the Hoddle Grid and Queen Victoria Market, as well as sections of the redeveloped areas of Docklands and Southbank/Wharf. It is not to be confused with the larger local government area of the City of Melbourne.
-Travel through Melbourne’s city centre, considered to be the shopping capital of Australia where you will find various modern shopping malls and boutique stores featuring world-class brands and products. Visit the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), home to the Aussie Rules football and also the birthplace of Test Cricket. We also drive past the Rod Laver Arena which is the venue for the Australian Open Tennis Tournament and also into Albert Park to see the Formula 1 Grand Prix track.
-Take a look at the amazing Parliament House Building, the largest 19th century building in Australia and considered to be the finest examples of architecture from that period anywhere in the world.
-Visit the Queen Victoria Market an iconic market to the locals is a major historical landmark in Melbourne city. It is also the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere.
-The Fitzroy Gardens, set on 26 hectares, is another landmark of high historic and horticultural significance. Walk around this beautiful garden and explore floral display or the quaint Tudor Village. Also located in the heart of the Fitzroy gardens is the Captain Cook’s Cottage, which was the original home of Captain James Cook’s parents. The cottage has been restored and maintained with internal furnishing of the period and surrounded by gardens of the 18th Century. You can take a wander into the cottage (at own cost).