Location, Climate: Melbourne is one of the largest cities in Australia and is also the capital of the Victoria state. This vast city is situated south of Port Phillip Bay and east of Dandenong Ranges. The climate in Melbourne is changeable especially during the autumn and spring. Summers are hot and heat waves and thunderstorms can often occur so the best time to visit is between June to August when the weather is cool and sunny. Brief History : The history of Melbourne began when the Tasmanian settlers bought the land in Port Phillip Bay where the Aborigines lived. The development of the city started in 1837 and the first British to live in Melbourne is Charles La Trobe who arrived in the city in 1839. Events, Landmarks, Activities: Dubbed as the “cultural capital of Australia”, Melbourne hosts many cultural festivals including the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and International Art Festival. To find out more about the city, be sure to take a trip to the Melbourne Museum in Carlton. Other famous attractions in the area include the Old Melbourne Gaol, Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, and the streets of Rathdowne and Lygon which are best known for its list of Italian restaurants, cafes and gelatarias. The most touristic area in Melbourne is the City Centre where you can find the Parliament House of Victoria, State Library, Eureka Tower, Docklands and Federation Square. Transportation: Melbourne has an extensive network of public transport, it s tram network has over 500 trams connecting both the city and to other transport modes such as the bus and mass transit railway. Ferries depart from the historical Station Pier. Book your Melbourne hotel accommodation in advance to get the best discounts.