Melbourne is Australia's second largest city, and the capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria, located at the head of Port Phillip Bay.
The city centre of Melbourne represents the city's cultural, entertainment and financial heart. Locally called the Central Business District, the CBD or simply the City, it is where international and interstate visitors spend the bulk of their time.
Melbourne's inner north is a vibrant and diverse area, home to a number of cultural and social icons of Melbourne. It is famed for the popular Lygon Street Italian district, while next door lies the University of Melbourne, the best university in Australia by many rankings.
The inner east of Melbourne is made up of a number of suburbs and localities, within the municipality known as Yarra. Compared with glitzy Stonnington on the other side of the river, the inner eastern area is known among Melburnians as a working-class district, filled with pubs and old factories.
Melbourne's inner south contains a number of suburbs and places worthy of a visit. The landscape varies from industrial ports to glitzy waterfront localities.
Brunswick and Coburg are major destinations in the inner and middle north of Melbourne. They both fall within the City of Moreland, which also covers other suburbs including Fawkner, Pascoe Vale and Glenroy.
Footscray is an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, a few kilometres west of the CBD.
Hobsons Bay is a seaside area, just to the immediate south-west of Melbourne's city centre in Victoria.
Boroondara is a leafy region in the inner areas of the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Historically, it was one of the first places that Melbourne's suburbs encroached into the surrounding farmland and countryside.
Banyule is a suburban region in the north-east of Melbourne. The main centre is the suburb of Heidelberg, with a sizeable shopping strip, hospital and other services, and the namesake for the Heidelberg School of Art.
Box Hill and Glen Waverley are two major suburbs in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Respectively, they fall into the Cities of Whitehorse and Monash.
Melbourne Airport (), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the largest and most important airport in Melbourne and the state of Victoria, Australia. As the city's only international airport, it is the primary port of entry for most overseas visitors to the city.
Manningham is a leafy suburban region in the north-east of Melbourne.
Ringwood is a major activity centre in Melbourne's outer north-east. This guide also covers surrounding districts, including Croydon and Bayswater in the City of Maroondah and Rowville and Scoresby in the City of Knox.
Dandenong, Cranbourne and Pakenham are three major suburbs in the outer south-east of Melbourne. Dandenong is a thriving multicultural city, often considered Melbourne's second CBD.
Portarlington is a small fishing village on the northern edge of the Bellarine Peninsula within the South West Coast region of Victoria.
Tyabb is a suburb south of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula.
Queenscliff (also known as Queenscliffe) is an historic maritime community perched on a small spit of land in the south-eastern most corner of the Bellarine Peninsula. Located in the South West Coast region of Victoria, the town was settled only a few years after Melbourne, and is characterised by its strong European heritage, maritime and seafaring character and its lasting connection to the sea.
Mornington Peninsula lies south of Melbourne, Australia forming the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay.
Healesville is a small town at the eastern end of Victoria's Yarra Valley near Melbourne.
The Yarra Valley is a wine-growing area with many wineries, near Melbourne in Victoria. One advantage of the valley is that it is literally on Melbourne's doorstep.
Trentham is a small shire between Daylesford and Woodend in Victoria. It is about an hour northwest of Melbourne, and like Daylesford, has many spas.
Grantville is a small town on the Bass Highway in the Bass Coast region of Victoria. It is a popular stopping point for visitors on their way to or from Phillip Island, located about halfway between the island and the edge of Melbourne.
Anglesea is a town in the Great Ocean Road region of Victoria, Australia.
Bendigo is a regional city in Victoria, Australia. With a population of about 92,000 it is the 4th largest city in the State.
Smythesdale is a town in Goldfields area of Victoria, 22km west of Ballarat on the Glenelg Highway. Scarsdale is a smaller town about 3km further south and west along the Glenelg Highway.
Victoria is the southernmost of the eastern mainland states of Australia. The state is roughly triangular in shape.
Linton is a town in the Goldfields region of Victoria close to Ballarat on the Glenelg Highway.
Fish Creek is a small township in the South Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. It is on the main road from Melbourne to Wilsons Promontory.
Maryborough is a large town in the Central Goldfields region of Victoria, Australia.
Colac is a town on the Princes Highway in the Great Ocean Road region of Victoria.
With just under a thousand residents, Dunolly, located in the Central Goldfields region of Victoria, is not a large town. However, the town was of significant importance during the Victorian Gold Rush and played host to its greatest discovery.