Sport could be described as the holy grail of Australia and with Melbourne the sporting event capital of Australia, spring time in the capital city of the state is perfect for lover of sport to book a flight and hotel package in Melbourne, Vic; with the final of the Australian Football League held at the MCG in September and the Spring Racing Carnival, including the Caulfield Cup held at Caulfield, Victoria and the Melbourne Cup held at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday in November. A Discover Australia Victoria flight and accommodation package deal is the perfect excuse to dress up, to see and be seen as you join parade in the iconic Aussie race that stops the nation.
Cosmopolitan Melbourne is home to one of the biggest populations of Greeks outside of Greece, many people of Italian and Croatian descent – as demonstrated by the fantastic cafes, restaurants and alfresco eateries in the capital city. However, where there are Italians, Greeks and Croatians there is also Soccer and the Australian Soccer League also begins in springtime with a chance to see top Aussie soccer every week, flying interstate on a package deal including Flights to Victoria and your accommodation close to the action.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is mecca for cricket fans from all over the world with the Sheffield Shield, international cricket tests and one day international cricket matches played at the MCG in summer time and the Ausscie cricket season from October to March. A ticket to the Boxing Day Test on 26 December at the MCG, matched with a Victoria flight plus hotel package deal is the perfect Christmas present for any cricket lovers, while up market ladies who shop will adore a trip to in Chapel St or Toorak Rd while they wait for the return of the sports loving partner in Victoria.
Not far from the central cbd of Melbourne, located on Port Phillip Bay, with Melbourne sitting on the skyline, the beaches along the coastline include Brighton Beach with the famously picturesque Bathing Boxes, reminiscent of the era of Queen Victoria, when modesty in public was essential, and ladies and gents changed into knee length bathing clothes under the cover of the brightly painted huts. A break in St Kilda is reason enough alone to select a Discover Australia Victoria flight and accommodation deal, with savings made on the package ready to splurge at the fantastic St Kilda beachfront Sunday Markets or in the foodies paradise in Ackland Street, St Kilda, famous for exquisite pastries or in the bustling al fresco atmosphere of the cosmopolitan cafes, boutiques and the casino at South Bank, situated on the Yarra River in central Melbourne.
Out of the big city, Queenscliff is an interesting town, with the fabled Australian Surf Life Savers taking care of business surfside with their bright yellow and red flags pointing out the safe swimming beaches for intra and interstate visitors to Victoria on a package deal including accommodation who choose to drive around the state to see the sights. The interesting Queenscliff Maritime Museum houses the last lifeboat to service the Rip, the notorious sea lanes known as Port Phillip Heads that caught out and wrecked some 200 ships. Anyone who saw the classic Australian movie, Hanging Rock, with a young Nicole Kidman in lead will want to visit the site of the ancient volcanic plug, Hanging Rock where the group of schoolgirls ‘disappeared’. Just an hour from Melbourne Victoria, the Yarra Valley is a brilliant introduction to the cellar doors, gourmet restaurants of the top wine producing region of the Yarra Valley; the romantics can extend the ‘flying time’ of their Victoria flight and accommodation deal by adding in an icon balloon ride, gliding peacefully over the vineyards and hills of the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon.
North of the capital of Victoria, Glenrowan saw the last stand of legendary Ned Kelly’s bushranging mob. Harsh times for poor Irish immigrant families saw Ned Kelly first arrested and gaoled with the bad men when he was only 14 year old and that was the track his life took. Visitors to Victoria on an accommodation and flight package can see learn of the harsh times and see the sights where when Ned Kelly was being chased by 4 policemen in 1878, he killed 3 of them and a reward of $500 was put on his head. Ned Kelly, the wild colonial boy, evaded capture for more years and in 1880, with a reward of $2000, dead or alive on his head, the Ned Kelly gang hosted a ‘lock in’ for 60 hostages at Glenrowan in a hotel and were eventually killed or captured, as was Ned Kelly and sent to the capital of Victoria, for a trial and Ned Kelly was ultimately hanged, with Ned Kelly uttering his famous last words “Such is life”. The famous iron armour and awful death mask of Ned Kelly and the hanging gallows can be viewed at Old Melbourne Gaol in Victoria’s capital city.
A Victoria flight and hotel package deal to ski in the Alpine National Park and High Country of Vic is ideal to enjoy the winter delights of Mt Hotham where serious skiers can head to enjoy night skiing and cross country skiing across the Bogon High Plains to Falls Creek. Upmarket Falls Creek in the Australian Alps covers some 450 hectares for beginners to learn to ski in Victoria, the ‘weekend skier’ can improve or the advanced skier enjoying can take a hotel and flight package to Victoria to show off their skills, or to just enjoy the après-ski that the Victoria High Country and Falls Creek are famous for. The Milawa Gourmet Region produces scrummy cheeses, hand made mustards and extensive olive goodies and the fabulous family owned since 1898 Brown Brothers Vineyard, produces excellent cool climate wines; are all good reasons to visit the pretty Victorian Alps in the autumn time on your package deal flight to Victoria.