By Christine M. Soltis
Melbourne
Australia
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Experience the electric illumination and energy of a city booming with cultural diversity by taking your next trip to Melbourne, Australia.  Enjoy endless shopping opportunities, museum exhibits, the beach or a day at the zoo, all the while tasting the refreshing nature of a café culture.

When visiting Melbourne, Australia, search for flights to Melbourne International, which is also known as Tullamarine Airport (MEL).  Utilize the following link from EscapeWizard.com to book your next flight:  (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  While you’re at it, don’t forget EscapeWizard.com hotel accommodations at the provided link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Begin your journey at the center of the city and spend some time at Federation Square.  This modernly constructed square brings together large crowds throughout the day with outdoor festivities, concerts and events.  EscapeWizard.com recommends that you step over to a nearby technological structure, which houses the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.  Perfect for movie buffs, you will find one of the world’s first and largest galleries of screens dedicated to the moving image, ranging from the inception of film to current advances in the digital age.  Keep a steady pace of exploration and afterwards, visit the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.  You will be able to see popular cultural movements via photography, video and sculpture.  But that’s just a start; you won’t be able to stop moving in this bustling city! 

If you want to improve your mind with a bit more historical significance, EscapeWizard.com recommends The Ian Potter Centre: The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).  Melbourne’s oldest public art gallery is filled with more than twenty galleries to discover.  Amongst the gems contained within, you will see colonial to contemporary Australian works in the form of photography, textiles and drawings.  Don’t forget their second branch though, known as NGI International, which underwent extensive renovations. 

Now that you’ve gotten walking, spend some time outdoors.  The Yarra River is close to Federation Square and will ensure the luxury of a hike or short walk.  Take a seat by the river and relax.  EscapeWizard.com thinks you should then continue your outdoor trek with a visit to the spectacular landscapes of the Royal Botanic Gardens, where you will see a magnificent blend of plants from across the world.  Check a local calendar for the area’s seasonal events.  If you want leisure time with the family, stop over at Fitzroy gardens and have a seat on the bench while basking in the surrounding green scenery. 

If kangaroos, koala bears and butterflies are what you seek, then EscapeWizard.com is certain that you will want to see the Melbourne Zoo.  Follow dirt paths through a tropical setting composed in circular designs, while stopping to view exotic animals.  Take photographs at the third oldest zoo in the world, which is also the most aged in Australia.  Next, Escapewizard.com recommends coming face to face with aquatic animals at Melbourne Aquarium.  See sharks and stingrays within numerous halls.  If this gets you pumped up for more outdoor adventure, take a trip out to Saint Kilda or Brighton Beach.  Create excitement in your day with views of decorated sheds, aqua waters and welcoming beach sands.  Or take a day to travel further out of the city to enjoy the wilderness of the outback, mountain views and engaging wildlife. 

There is no end to the shopping possibilities; take a stroll down Swanston Street as just one of many options.  When the day wears you down, indulge yourself in the unique café culture and check out an urban deli.  Enjoy roasted vegetable wraps, signature coffee blends and more with the distinctly different flavor of far away.  Bourke Street is a great place to stop, where this historical road seems to bustle above the others.  For dinner choices, experience a fresh and healthier flavor with a diverse range of restaurant choices.  Multi-cuisines are available, from Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Asian and plenty others to choose from.  After dinner, EscapeWizard.com suggests choosing a local karaoke bar or club for drinks to soak up more of the stylish blend of another culture.  For more night adventure, take your friends on an illuminated horse-drawn carriage ride.

Electricity and excitement endures.  Melbourne, Australia; you will feel at home, only better.
Hotels in Melbourne
By Janelle Clark
Pan Pacific Hotel
2 Convention Center Place South Wharf, Melbourne, Australia
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Sophistication and presentation goes beyond to generate a stylish and luxurious flow of energy here in Pan Pacific Hotel (formally the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf hotel). Its location is among the business precinct with a vast supply of dining options, which the area is big for.  The inclusion of the Yarra River makes Pan Pacific Hotel’s location a magnificent area of sites. The Pan Pacific Hotel has easy access to hot dining spots, Etihad Stadium, Eureka Tower, and Arts Centre which makes Pan Pacific Hotel a fantastic place to stay.

The nearest airport to this lavish hotel is the Tullamarine International Airport (MEL). Taxis to and from are also available if necessary, self -parking and valet are also available here at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Transportation is available in this location as desired, however because of location most of the perks are within walking range.

Check in at 3 p.m. and relax a while before engaging in this exciting city. Guest rooms offer amazing views of the bay to relax and embrace the comfort this hotel offers. Each of these rooms is equipped with a large bathe rooms with walk in shower and bath and an LCD television. Advance to the suites which come with a beautiful view of the Yarra and a lavish setting with floor to ceiling windows and a calming energy flow and contain the amenities of the guest room. Upgrade a bit higher and find a spot in an Executive room with a clean contemporary structure and includes those of the guest rooms and Suites with complementary breakfast and lounge.

The Pan Pacific Hotel has plenty of keep busy opportunities ranging from recreational (tennis court, driving range, etc.) to entertainment and attractions. If with children the Melbourne Aquarium would work perfectly. Her Majesty's Theatre and Melbourne Casino would do for of night life and if into sports Telstra Sports Dome is available. Shopping and dining areas surround Melbourne, Chinatown being one of them.

Check out at 11 a.m. and come again. The wonderful Melbourne awaits another visit where the lavish city life can shine through and be enjoyed.  The lavish design and location makes this hotel very remarkable.  Check out EscapeWizard.com at (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) for the best deal.
Hotels in Melbourne
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Westin Melbourne
205 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia
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Surrounded by boutiques, restaurants and entertainment centers, the Westin Melbourne has one of the most coveted locations in the city. Here you will find the Central Business District, making this a convenient choice for Business travelers. You can walk to Flinders Street Station, the Regent Theater and the Arts Centre, as well as to many corporate offices and the Melbourne Town Hall. Tourists will enjoy exploring the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Crown Casino Entertainment Complex and the National Art Gallery of Victoria. You can also visit the Melbourne Cricket Grounds. This neighborhood is filled with nightlife, shopping and fine dining.

This award winning hotel offers comforting surrounding and pays attention to details. Their lobby features customized lighting, botanical displays, and a contemporary art collection. Take advantage of the Wellness Center, including the WestinWORKOUT® Gym, a lap pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. You can also receive manicures, facials and massages. If you need to focus on work, visit the 24 hour Business Center, providing computers, copy/print services, wireless internet access, and coffee. In the evening head to the lobby and experience the dimmed lights, scented candles and soothing music, or head to the Martini Bar to learn how to make a specialty cocktail.

For an unforgettable meal in a relaxed, casual atmosphere, head to Allegro Restaurant. Here you can sample dishes made from local, seasonal ingredients while sitting on the terrace. You can also try the Allegro's Lazy Sunday Jazz Lunch, a three course meal including wine or beer. A Children’s menu is available, and you can also rent a private room for your party.

There are several types of guest rooms and suites to choose from, depending on your needs. All rooms include 42-inch LCD TVs, on-demand radio and large windows. High speed internet access is available for a fee. Relax on your Westin Heavenly Bed® or get some work done on the large desk.

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