Destinations to Consider – MelbourneOct 20, 2017
Named for Queen Victoria’s mentor and British Prime Minister, the 2nd Viscount of Melbourne, the former capital of Australia is certainly a destination worth thinking of for your next Investigators’ Meeting!
While Europe and North America trudge through the winter months this coastal city in the southern state of Victoria is enjoying average highs of between 55°F and 70°F from September to April. Melbourne is served by the second busiest airport in Australia and is a great alternative to Sydney if you are bringing together participants from around the world and particularly from the Asia Pacific region.
Just a short 30 – 40 min drive from the airport into the city centre’s popular Federation Square and Southbank areas you will find a range of 4 and 5 star hotels to suit your meeting requirements. The modern Federation Square development by the Yarra River with plazas, bars and restaurants is the ideal location if you want to take your participants off-site. Melbourne’s diverse gastro offering provides excellent options for traditional or modern dining with cuisines from around the world on offer.
The city’s vibrant social, cultural and sport scenes won’t leave you short of things to do should you have some free time. Take a walk down to the Southbank area and visit the Arts Precinct where there is always something interesting to see. Several of Melbourne’s top things to do are located close together including the National Gallery of Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens. St Pauls Cathedral dating from the 1800’s is worth seeing for its historic architecture. If shopping is more your bag, then pop down to the Queen Victoria Market. Take a stroll to the famous Melbourne Cricket Grounds, considered ‘the spiritual home of Australian cricket’ or learn about Victoria’s Indigenous cultural heritage at The Koorie Heritage Trust.
With great weather, a wide selection of world class hotels and an abundance of things to do your participants will surely be glad you invited them this warm and friendly city. Go on, choose Melbourne!
Author: Christina De Mercado