Have you considered Melbourne as your next holiday destination? No? Well read on, we have a few things that may well change your mind... Australia isn't all spiders and snakes you know.
In fact, in recent years, Melbourne has become a cosmopolitan hub boasting culture and a range of things to stretch your body and mind – no matter what your tastes.
In the next few months alone there are several really exciting fixtures appearing on Melbourne's social calendar...yes you've guessed it, read on:
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs from 25th March to 19th April and as it embarks on its 29th year it has become an established addition to the local diary. It has also earned its stripes on the global stage - right alongside fellow comedy titans Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival. The programme is eclectic and consists of everything from stand-up comedy, to street performance, to visual arts...one not to be missed.
Design Week (11th – 18th May) is a celebration of design from home and abroad. An internationally respected event, Design Week is a platform in which members of the global community showcase the numerous benefits afforded by innovative thinking – both for individuals and the economy. If forward thinking excites you, you will really enjoy this programme.
The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival runs from 7th to 21st May. As one of Melbourne's leading not-for-profit organisations the jewel in the crown of its event calendar is the annual film and arts festival. The festival takes a topic that often gets overlooked by the masses and makes it entertaining through employing accessible mediums that resonate with the every-day-man. Whether you are a fan of art or an advocate for social change this is a real treat.
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival takes place between the 28th May and the 7th June and is an annual, world-class jazz festival. Jazz invades the city in this vibrant festival with programmes that appeal to all the family. The ambition of this festival is to become one of the number one international jazz events and by all accounts it is well on its way to realising this ambition.
The Good Food & Wine Convention will be tickling taste buds between the 5th and the 8th of June and will be pooling all of the country's best food and drink exports so that they are all in one place, for your delectation. There will be a wealth of things for you to sample – some old favourites and some things you have never heard of before (but wish you had) Celebrity chefs will be on hand to show you how to re-create their masterpieces in the comfort of your own home (we cannot guarantee the cast from Masterchef Australia but it is a possibility). Whether a seasoned foodie or a novice keen to learn more you need to make a beeline for this event.
One of the top reasons for booking a holiday is to recharge your batteries – if that is your motivation the Mind, Body and Spirit Festival (5th – 8th June) could be the very thing. Here you will be able to learn about, sample and buy a vast range of natural therapies and remedies for some of life's trials and tribulations.
So, how are you feeling about Melbourne now? Ready to experience its many festivities? We thought so.... what are you waiting for? After all it's just a case of looking at flights from London to Melbourne and taking the plunge, if you don't book you will never go (wise words I know).