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Best Short Term Rentals in Melbourne: Melbourne Holiday Guide

     Welcome to the No.1 website for renting luxury villas in Melbourne, Australia. For a city break in Australia to remember, Melbourne has it all. From its buzzing nightlife to its historical buildings, top attractions and endless number of things to do, Melbourne is a must for any visit to Australia. Here's all the best things to do and see during your stay.

      Located in the south east, Melbourne is Australia's second largest city and a destination for all those who want to have fun. It's trendy, exciting and bursting with things to see and do. Yet Melbourne's Victorian modern roots as a prosperous city gives it the depth and layers you want from a city escape.

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Why choose Melbourne?

     Travelling even further back, you also have the foundational layers of history from the Kulin Nation, on whose land the contemporary city of Melbourne now lays.

      The result is memorable, lively experiences at every turn. Melbourne is packed with bars, clubs, parks and cafes which give it a European feel. As the capital city for the region of Victoria, you'll also uncover lots of historical buildings boasting beautiful architecture and a wide range of important landmarks.

     The city is crammed with every kind of culture and tons of national events. It's the home of both live music and sport. There are also lots of galleries with a busy calendar of interesting exhibitions to see. For foodies, just about every top chef has a restaurant here.

     Experiences are affordable and with its attraction to a young crowd from around the globe, you'll find an enjoyable, cosmopolitan atmosphere that's infectious. You may want to time your visit for one of the major events that are held here, such as the Australian Open, the Australian Grand Prix or the Melbourne International Film Festival.

     The dynamic blend of old and new, coupled with the significance of the city as an important part of Australian history, means Melbourne has something for everyone. Outside the city centre, there's plenty of nature to explore and exciting nearby wildlife to uncover.

      Whether you're travelling as a group of family, you'll find there's plenty to keep everyone entertained plus lots of gorgeous luxury villas to rent too.

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Best things to do in Melbourne

      Its diverse landscape, year-round sun and dynamic population ensures Melbourne is packed with all sorts of interesting things to do. From top attractions to must-see sights, here's our picks of the best things to do in Melbourne.

Best things to do in Melbourne:

Best local attractions:

     In the city centre: Melbourne is a great city to explore on foot and a stroll along the Southbank beside the River Yarra will give you a lovely view of the city. You'll find everything from shops to bars, restaurants, clubs, live entertainment and theatres along this stretch.

Eureka Tower

     Dine by the river, have fun at the amusement park and make sure to stop off at the Eureka Tower. At 300m high, the Eureka Skydeck on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower, delivers panoramic views of the city that are unmatched. A boat cruise along the Yarra River is another great way to see Melbourne at its best.

National Sport Museum

     From Melbourne's wide choice of museums and galleries, five not to be missed are: the Melbourne Museum, Koorie Heritage Trust, the National Sport Museum, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Immigration Museum.

National Gallery of Victoria

     The National Gallery of Victoria is the oldest and busiest public art gallery in Australia. It houses over 70,000 artworks from around the world. Its most famous exhibit is arguably the stained glass ceiling of The Great Hall. Another notable find is the Ian Potter Collection which features Australian artworks from Aboriginal pieces right through to today.

      The Ian Potter Collection is located in Federation Square which houses a number of other museums and galleries, as well as event spaces and eateries.

Koorie Heritage Trust

     The Koorie Heritage Trust is also here. The Koorie charts the history of the Koorie people who originally came from Victoria and other parts of New South Wales. Over at the legendary Melbourne Cricket Ground, you'll find the National Sport Museum which includes an Olympic Museum and Australian Gallery of Sport.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

     The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are another top attraction. The Royal Botanic is over 170 years old with more than 8,500 species of plants from around the world to see. The Gardens are spread over two sites where you can uncover different types of botanicals.

     At Melbourne Gardens there are 31 collections, celebrating plants from around the world, including everything from rainforest flora to Californian plants and fauna from Southern China.

Award-winning Children's Garden

      Younger members of the group, will relish the range of brilliant play spaces in the award-winning Children's Garden, which includes wetlands, a bamboo garden and rainforest vegetation. Meanwhile, the Wellbeing Garden and Aboriginal Heritage Walk are popular with adults. Over at Cranbourne Gardens, the focus is on Australian bushland. There are 10km walking trails, 6km of cycling tracks, a playground and plenty of other interesting spaces to discover.

Outside the city there's plenty more to uncover:

Philip Island

     Take a boat cruise around Philip Island to see some of its magnificent landscape and marine wildlife. Seals, dolphins and whales all inhabit the waters. Inland, there are numerous ways to get close to the island's koalas, kangaroos and more.

     Whilst you drink in Philip Island's beautiful coastline, don't forget to catch the penguin parade as the island's 32,000 penguins return home from a day's fishing.

Great Ocean Road

     A drive along the famous Great Ocean Road is a good way to see a number of famous landmarks which lie along the coast. With the sea on one side and land on the other, you'll be able to take in: the ancient limestone structures of the Twelve Apostles out at sea, Great Otway National Park, Cape Otway, Erskine Falls, Port Campbell National Park and more.

     Along the route, you'll uncover a huge choice of attractions, ranging from hot springs to bush tours, wildlife parks, tasty restaurants and craft breweries. The Great Ocean Road is one of the most picturesque routes in the world so it's not to be missed.

Esplanade at St Kilda

     Another iconic location is the Esplanade at St Kilda. The pretty seaside town is favoured for its great combination of beautiful beaches, historic buildings, eateries and nightlife - you might even see some local penguins on the rocks by the water's edge.

Yarra Valley region

      Don't leave without hopping on a wine tour in the world-famous Yarra Valley region. Fine sparkling wine, chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot grigio and brachetto are all grown in the region. Many vineyards also include a top notch restaurant where you can enjoy both great wine and food.

Best restaurants in Melbourne.

     Melbourne's foodie scene is an intoxicating mix of different cultural cuisines, using lots of fresh local produce, served up in a relaxed, youthful environment. That means you can look forward to exciting, innovative dishes which break all the rules without compromising on quality.

      If you're a Masterchef Australia fan you might want to pay a visit to one of George Calombaris' restaurants, such as Gazi which serves up delicious Greek dishes. Bar Lourinha is another landmark Melbourne restaurant delivering superb Mediterranean dishes in trendy surroundings. Anchovy is a fascinating Asian Vietnamese fusion restaurant whilst Italian at Di Stasio Citta and contemporary Chinese at Lee Ho Fook are too good to miss.

Best places to stay in Melbourne, Australia

      Whether you want to be by the water's edge, in the heart of things, close to parkland or in the suburbs, you'll find a superb choice of stunning luxury villas, perfect for families and groups of all sizes.

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Melbourne, Australia Holidays: Why go?

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      The closest airport to Melbourne is Melbourne International Airport.

When is the best time to visit Melbourne?

     To experience Melbourne in full swing, visit between December and February. December to February is summertime so everything from festivals to open air events and outdoor experiences will be yours to enjoy. If you prefer to visit at quieter times, March to May or September could be ideal.

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By 2008, after the successful development of 3 resorts, JP had well and truly fallen into the world of villa rentals. With a portfolio of 6 villas and a desire to explore new places, he decided it was time to take the villa rental business outside of Turkey. He wanted to give his clients access to beautiful holiday rentals in destinations across the globe.

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