The Kulin nation once occupied the areas surrounding Yarra Valley and Port Phillip and their ancestors occupied the area for around 40 000 years. In 1803 the Europeans began exploring the area of Melbourne. Tasmania rival groups settled in 1835 and named the area Port Phillip and the founders were John Fawkner and John Batman. Melbourne was never a penal colony as opposed to other settlements groups in SE Australia. Melbourne was named in the honour of the Second Viscount Melbourne, William Lamb. By 1840 the Melbourne region was already occupied by more than 10 000 people. Victoria became the capital of Melbourne after the separation from NSW. The Friendly Games and Olympic Games were hosted in Melbourne in 1956.
Traveling to Melbourne opens the doors to both past heritage and future promise and the many Melbourne attractions and accommodation cater for all individuals visiting Australia which includes the best hotel Melbourne choice.
There are great hotel options to choice from which include luxury hotels such as Sofitel Melbourne on Collins which is located in the close to Melbourne CBD premier theatre, shopping and dining district and virtually around the corner from Melbourne’s famous cricket ground. The Sofitel features breathtaking views and ceiling to floor windows. This award winning hotel also features two dining areas The Atrium and Café La. Sofitel hotel also caters for conferences and offers all the latest AV equipment. On the famous Southbank Promenade the Langham Hotel is situated with beautiful panoramic views of Melbourne CBD skyline and the Yarra River which is tucked away among several of the boutiques, al fresco cafes and restaurants. In close proximity is the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Theatre and Concert Hall, Casino, the Art Center, the business district and Federation Square. The Langham Hotel has been recognized globally as one of the leading hotels and is one of the most exclusive addresses in Melbourne. There are several wonderful attractions to look forward to when visiting Melbourne, Victoria. The City Circle Tram is a hop-on and hop-off free service which passes attractions such as the Princess Theatre, Old Treasury Building, Parliament House and Federations Square.
A major landmark in Melbourne CBD is Flinders Street Station, which is also a popular meeting place, with its large striking clock face and beautiful Victorian architecture linking Melbourne city to the past in spite of the contrasting modern architectural Federation Square. Flinders is the busiest railway station in the southern hemisphere that was built in the late 19th century. There are several attractions the depict Melbourne’s cultural, architectural and historical past. Federation Square houses beautiful galleries and fashion boutiques that will then lead you to the Ian Potter Center.