Melbourne is one of Australia’s most thriving and lively cities, bursting with exciting attractions and events with something for everyone to enjoy. Many city-wide, national and international events fill the calendar each year, meaning that during your time in the city it’s highly likely that you’ll be able to experience one of these incredible events for yourself. Take a look below for the top events in Melbourne that shouldn’t be missed on a trip down under…


Australian Open


One of the world’s biggest tennis competitions, and one quarter of the tennis ‘Grand Slam’ alongside the French Open, US Open and Wimbledon, the Australian Open brings us world-class tennis every January in the midst of the Australian summer. Make sure to consider getting your hands on some tickets in advance, as with the likes of Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic often hitting the courts, you don’t want to end up disappointed.


Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show


Located in the city’s Carlton Gardens, easily accessible by bus, train or tram, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is held every March. Ideal for those who love gardening or for those who just want to take in the beautiful array of flowers, the show has much to offer over its 5-day period, including show gardens, award-winning displays, sculpture exhibitions and workshops in floral design. If this leaves you wanting even more, then why not check out the best gardens to visit in Melbourne.


flower arrangement Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2013


Melbourne International Film Festival


The largest film festival in the Southern hemisphere takes place over a three-week period at venues across the city every July and August. Founded in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival is the leading showcase for Australian film, as well as putting on a number of screenings for a wide range of films from countries across the world. So if you are a movie lover, then why not take a look at what’s on at the festival this year.


Melbourne Cup Carnival


If you’re looking to experience a day at the races in a different hemisphere, heading to the Melbourne Cup Carnival would be your best choice. The Cup is Australia’s major thoroughbred horse race, taking place every November at Flemington, a large racecourse just outside Melbourne. The Melbourne Cup Carnival is a world-class sporting event, combining some of the world’s best horseracing with entertainment, food, wine, fashion and culture. Considered as “the race that stops the nation” due to the huge interest across the country and even across the globe, this is a day out that really shouldn’t be missed.


crowd at Melbourne Cup Carnival


With so many incredible Melbourne events covering sports, film and more, a trip to this city will surely be a treat for every visitor. Even if these events aren’t quite right for you, there are plenty of other things to do in Melbourne for first timers.


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