THIS is going to hurt. Melbourne is the top destination for summer holidays in Australia after narrowly outscoring Sydney in the hotel booking stakes. Source: PerthNow
Hotel price comparison site HotelsCombined.com found Melbourne recorded more bookings than the Harbour City, in December, January and February combined.
Okay, it was by a mere 1 per cent, but a win nonetheless.The Gold Coast retained third place, followed by Perth and Brisbane. Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, Cairns and Coffs Harbour rounded out the top ten.
And in addition to winning the travel wars, Melbourne exceeds other cities in Australia by offering amazing mansions that are both old world opulent and modern times sleek and luxurious
Relax in the summer sun on calm bay beaches across Melbourne from the popular swimming spots and shoreside diners at St Kilda to the colourful landmark bathing huts at Brighton. Most beaches are patrolled by surf life savers during the warmer months, school and public holidays.
POPULAR MELBOURNE BEACHES
St Kilda Beach
One of the most popular of the Port Phillip Bay beaches, St Kilda is a wide, sandy beach that is suitable for swimming and a host of other activities. St Kilda Pier is a favourite for promenading and taking in excellent city skyline views and fabulous sunsets. A ferry service operates to Williamstown and Southbank whilst, the marina has extensive boating facilities, including ramps. Nearby reserves have picnic, barbecue and play facilities and there are paths suitable for bicycling, walking and rollerblading.
This long stretch of safe, sandy bay swimming beaches includes Dendy Street beach, Middle Brighton and Brighton beaches. The area is famous for quaint colourful bathing boxes along the beach set against the spectacular Melbourne city skyline. Extensive foreshore reserves have barbecue and play facilities. There is windsurfing, yachting and boating and a walking and cycling path.
Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and Middle Park
These sandy, swimming beaches on the bay are close to central Melbourne. With playgrounds as well as walking and bicycle paths, they make up a series of favourite ‘top of the bay’ beaches. Some areas allow off-leash dog walking and Middle Park is also a popular spot for kitesurfing and beach volleyball.