International travellers reaching the city of Melbourne often get awestruck by its striking beauty which is accentuated by its many gardens and parks including the Royal Botanical Gardens. Avid followers of cricket tend to make a beeline to the Melbourne Cricket Ground after reaching the city onboard international flights. Other landmarks here that leave travellers gloating about their decision to purchase air tickets to the metropolis include Block Arcade, Victoria National Gallery and the Shrine of Remembrance.
River cruises are one of the best ways to explore the picturesque nature of Melbourne and its surrounding areas. While dinner cruises are the best way to be awed by the expansive skyline, booking tickets for a wine tour is also a popular option. The Great Ocean Road offers an exceptional beautiful driving experience to those who seek picture perfect coastal scenery. Short flights aboard helicopter and hot air balloon rides are favourites among foreign tourists visiting this part of Australia.
As one of Australia's leading holiday destinations, Melbourne offers tourists with a wide range of options for luxury as well as budget accommodations. Hotels renowned for their opulent luxury include Westin Melbourne, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Langham Hotel Melbourne and Quay West Suites Melbourne. Those holidaying on a more limited budget may choose to book with Travelodge Southbank, Breakfree Heritage on Little Bourke, Hotel Charsfield as well as others.
Melbourne International Airport is one of the largest airports in Australia and handles flights of major airlines from all over the world. The airport is located about 23 kilometres away from the heart of Melbourne and is well connected by means of taxis as well as cheap public transport. The airport operates as a hub for leading operators including Virgin Australia, Qantas, Jetstar Airways and Tiger Airways Australia. There are three other airports in the city that are engaged in handling domestic operations.
Spring and autumn months are considered to be the best times to visit this picturesque city leading to a deluge of tourists from all over the world. The high demand however leads to a sharp decline in the availability of cheap air tickets. Best deals on flights are available during the winter and summer months when the number of foreign tourists travelling to the city is considerably lower. Those interested in skiing tend to prefer the winter months, while avid surfers prefer the months of March to August.