Melbourne Australia Travel Tips
A City With Dual Titles
For six years in a row the same city has taken the title as the worlds most livable city
as well as being named the Ultimate Sports City of the World
, so why not check out what it’s all about? If you want to travel down under, stop by Melbourne, Australia as it is the holder of these prestigious awards.
The Economist Intelligence Unit has to weigh out many factors including the stability, healthcare, culture and environment, and infrastructure in order to give a city this title. Out of a possible score of 100, Melbourne takes the gold with an overall score of 97.5! Very close behind this finish was Austria’s capital city of Vienna at a total of 97.4. So what does all of this mean to a traveler? From its location on the coast to its art and culture it can be secured that a trip to Melbourne will not disappoint, but quite frankly the 3.5 million inhabitants enjoy spending their time being absolutely mad over sports making this a sports-lovers’ paradise.
Aside from their prestigious title as the most livable city in the world, Melbourne also has been crowned “The Ultimate Sport City of The World… Of The Decade
” at the 10 year anniversary SportsBusiness Awards held in 2016. Therefore it’s almost imperative that traveler’s take part in attending one of the Melbourne Sports Tours. Here visitors have an interactive and fun guided tour of the city and its sporting culture (accompanied by optional beer and wine tours as well, of course). Melbournians are passionate about AFL football, cricket, horse racing and their grand-slam tennis and Formula One car racing to name a few.
So perhaps your partner is interested in sports and you may not be, that’s also no problem here! Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia so it offers arguably the best shopping and nightlife in Australia regardless if you’re looking for something vintage, something hip, or some sparking Chardonnay, Melbourne has something for every visitor. The city also hosts grand events such as the Australian Grand Prix
and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show to entertain guests.
Passport and Visa Requirements for U.S. Travel to Australia
Americans that plan to travel to Australia will want to make sure they plan ahead. You will need a valid passport for all international travel. Australia also has very strict customs policies so make sure you understand what is not allowed when entering the country. As for visas, you will need to apply before you go. For travelers going for less than 90 days, you will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. If you need to learn more about Australian visas, please click here.
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