Melbourne is Australia's second largest city, and the capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria, located at the head of Port Phillip Bay.
Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital, with Victorian-era architecture, extensive shopping, museums, galleries, theatres, and large parks and gardens. Its 4-million residents are both multicultural and sports-mad. Melbourne was ranked as the world's most liveable city in the World's Most Livable Cities ratings by the Economist Group's Intelligence Unit in August 2011 and again in August 2012.
Reasons to visit Melbourne include to attend major sporting events, to use it as a base for exploring surrounding regions such as Grampians National Park, The Great Ocean Road, and to visit Phillip Island to view the penguin parade. Many UK visitors come to Melbourne for tours of filming locations of soap opera Neighbours. The City Centre probably has the most to attract the traveller, including cafes, boutiques, department stores, and Victorian architecture, which can all be sampled on foot.
The centre of Melbourne's central business district is formed by the Hoddle Grid (dimensions of 1 by 0.5 miles /1.6 by 0.80 km). The grid's southern edge fronts onto the Yarra River. Office, commercial and public developments in the adjoining districts of Southbank and Docklands have made these redeveloped areas into extensions of the CBD in all but name. The city centre is well known for its historic and attractive lanes and arcades (the most notable of which are Block Place and Royal Arcade) which contain a variety of shops and cafés and are a byproduct of the city's layout.
Melbourne's CBD contains five of the six tallest buildings in Australia, the tallest of which is the Eureka Tower, situated in Southbank. It has an observation deck near the top from where you can see above all of Melbourne's structures. The CBD and surrounds also contain many significant historic buildings such as the Royal Exhibition Building, the Melbourne Town Hall and Parliament House. Although the area is described as the centre, it is not actually the demographic centre of Melbourne at all, due to an urban sprawl to the south east, the demographic centre being located at Glen Iris. Melbourne is often referred to as Australia's garden city, and the state of Victoria was once known as the garden state. There is an abundance of parks and gardens in Melbourne, many close to the CBD with a variety of common and rare plant species amid landscaped vistas, pedestrian pathways and tree-lined avenues.
Melbourne is known as the fashion capital of Australia with numerous malls and boutique lined streets. In the CBD itself, Little Collins Street is home to some of the world's top designers and fashion houses; Collins Street also boasts other high end shops such as Louis Vuitton. Brunswick Street (Fitzroy), and the southern end of Chapel Street in Prahran/Windsor, have clusters of stores selling an eclectic mix of vintage, rave, retro and alternative gear such as Shag, Fat Helen's and Beaut Vintage to shop around. Melbourne Central is another shopping mall based in the city, adjacent to the underground station of the same name. The Bourke Street Mall with the department stores Myer and David Jones is another city-central shopping hub. For the bargain shopper, there is a DFO Outlet Malls located on Spencer Street, Melbourne city, just north of Southern Cross Railway station.
Bridge Road in suburban Richmond is a strip where warehouse direct outlets rule and no one pays recommended retail price. Chapel Street in South Yarra is a favourite among the locals, with its spread of exclusive boutiques, cafes and well established chain stores. There are also several huge shopping complexes in the outer suburbs, such as Chadstone and Southland (Cheltenham) in the South-East. Doncaster Shoppingtown, Eastland (Ringwood) and Knox City are in the outer East. Northland in the north, Highpoint in the west. Melbourne is also home to many of Australia's largest shopping centres; including Chadstone in Monash (the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere) which has over 530 stores, Knox City Shopping Centre which has 350 stores, and Fountain Gate Shopping Centre in Casey which includes approximately 330 stores.
For the culinary traveller, Melbourne is one of the best destinations in the world. There is an abundance of affordable, high quality restaurants representing almost every cuisine. Eating out is cheaper than in Western Europe but not as affordable as North America. The service in Australian restaurants may be more discreet than many North Americans may be used to. Although service staff in Australia are paid considerably more than their North American counterparts and tipping is not compulsory, it is customary to give a 10% tip for good service in high-end restaurants.
Excellent eateries can be found sprinkled throughout all of the inner (and some outer) suburbs, while certain neighbourhoods have become magnets for residents and restaurants of particular countries. A large range of restaurants and cafes offering high quality food, and representating various cultures and countries, are scattered through the central city, Southbank, Carlton (mostly Italian and touristy), Victoria Street in Richmond (many low cost popular Vietnamese and South East Asian restaurants), Docklands, South Yarra and Prahran. Sydney Road in Brunswick and Coburg is known for its many Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Greek and Turkish restaurants. The popular tourist area of St Kilda offers a large range of good quality restaurants and cafes, especially on Acland Street, and Fitzroy Street.
English-style fish and chip shops are scattered through the suburbs - particularly in bayside areas. Souvlaki and gyros are very popular in Melbourne and outlets are plentiful through the inner and outer suburbs. Japanese nori rolls and sushi is very popular and many stores through the city and suburbs sell these items.
Melbourne has a long and rich coffee culture beginning with Victorian era coffee palaces and further enhanced by Italian migrants arriving in the aftermath of World War II. Perhaps the most famous Italian style cafe is Pellegrini's, 66 Bourke St, Melbourne city. Fitzroy is known for funky, bohemian-style cafes. Collins Street features many elegant cafes. Many Italian style cafes are found in Carlton; Brunetti's is open late and always packed. Serious espresso connoisseurs would enjoy visiting St Ali cafe/roastery in South Melbourne, Auction Rooms (Errol St) in North Melbourne, or the Maling Room café in Canterbury.
Melbourne nightlife is 24 hours, loud, colourful and anything goes. Door policies can be strict but once inside high quality entertainment is guaranteed. DJ's, live music, artists, beautiful people and so much more can be found. There truly is something for everyone and every taste. It has a massive live music scene, with many inner-suburbs pubs catering many genres, with drink and food specials all week. The key is to find one you like the most! Alongside it's many clubs, Melbourne is also a fast-rising festival city. Global event companies such as ID&T, Global Gathering, Ministry of Sound and Trance Energy have begun taking notice of the city and bringing their events.
Formally known to be seedy and run down, there has been a revival over the past twenty years as young professionals and travellers have increased in numbers. You are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to eating in St Kilda, with over 100 eating-out venues available. The main streets in this area, Acland and Fitzroy Streets, have every type of take-away and restaurant. On Fitzroy Street, you can really see a contrast with upmarket restaurants with white table cloths rubbing shoulders with fish and chip takeaways. Both streets are attractive eating and drinking streets with all cool cafes, elegant restaurants and trendy bars. Acland Street is a hive of wine bars and world-famous patisseries, while Fitzroy St is great for sitting in an outdoor cafe with a cup of coffee.
Also located in St Kilda ist he Luna Park. Built in 1912, the historic mouth is a present fixture in postcards of Melbourne and rightly so. Luna Park is a historic amusement park located on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay in St Kilda. Great day out for the family.
The Australian Open Macca’s Legends Tournament took place on Saturday 23 January 2016 at Melbourne Park
Twenty-five players from ten different nations
Australian Open Macca’s Legends field Men Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) Henri Leconte (FRA) Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) Magnus Norman (SWE) Mansour Bahrami (FRA) Mark Philippoussis (Vic) Mark Woodforde (SA) Mats Wilander (SWE) Michael Chang (USA) Pat Cash (Vic) Thomas Enqvist (SWE) Thomas Johansson (SWE) Todd Woodbridge (NSW) Wayne Arthurs (Vic) Wayne Ferreira (RSA) Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS)
Women Kim Clijsters (BEL) Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) Lindsay Davenport (USA) Marion Bartoli (FRA) Martina Navratilova (USA) Barbara Schett (AUT) Iva Majoli (CRO) Nicole Bradtke (Vic) Rennae Stubbs (NSW)
Review 2015 The Legends tournament took place between Saturday 24 January and Friday 30 January 2015 at Melbourne Park.
Fabrice Santoro (FRA) Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) Henri Leconte (FRA) Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) Mansour Bahrami (IRI) Mark Philippoussis (AUS) Mark Woodforde (AUS) Mats Wilander (SWE) Michael Chang (USA) Pat Cash (AUS) Thomas Enqvist (SWE) Thomas Johansson (SWE) Todd Woodbridge (AUS) Wayne Arthurs (AUS) Wayne Ferreira (RSA)
Barbara Schett (AUT) Iva Majoli (CRO)
Jelena Dokic (AUS) Lindsay Davenport (USA) Marion Bartoli (FRA) Martina Navratilova (USA) Nicole Bradtke (AUS) Rennae Stubbs (AUS)
The Grand Slam tennis tournaments include men’s, women’s, singles, doubles and mixed competitions, junior’s, wheelchair, exhibition, and legends’ competitions. The tournament is held at the Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena which feature retractable roofs that can be shut during rain or extreme heat.
Novak Djokovic won the men’s singles crown by defeating Andy Murray . Serena Williams won the women’s singles championships by defeating Maria Sharapova
Australian Open News 2014: Some friends of Henri Leconte have teamed up with current ATP stars: Lendl and Murray, Edberg and Roger Federer (alongside Severin Lüthi), Becker and Novak Djokovic, Chang and Kei Nishikori (with Dante Bottini), and Ivanisevic and Marin Cilic – with Courier the smooth-talking master of ceremonies gilding their efforts at the courtside microphone for television
Henri Leconte is at Melbourne Park bringing all the entertainment and news from Australia's Grand Slam. Henri has his own show Avantage Leconte on Eurosport plus he is commenting for the local TV station Seven.
Seven's summer of tennis is hosted by JOHANNA GRIGGS, JIM WILSON, MATT WHITE, HAMISH MCLACHLAN, RYAN PHELAN, LUKE DARCY and BASIL ZEMPILAS.
BRUCE McAVANEY will be in the commentary chair throughout the Open, with expert commentary from four-time Grand Slam champion JIM COURIER and when his playing commitments allow LLEYTON HEWITT will also return.
Joining them in the Seven commentary box will be the most successful doubles player in men‘s tennis history TODD WOODBRIDGE, along with HENRI LECONTE, SAM SMITH, RENNAE STUBBS, NICOLE BRADTKE, JOHN FITZGERALD, PETER DONEGAN, DAVE CULBERT, ALLAN STONE, GEOFF MASTERS, KERRYN PRATT, FRED STOLLE and expert analyst ROGER RASHEED.
It should be mandatory for Henri to commentate all matches!! Absolute golden! #7Sport#AusOpen
16 - 29 January 2017 Melbourne Park Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
HL on Tour in Melbourne
Melbourne, what a city! There could be no better first big bang of the tour. I always love to be there. The Aussies are fantastic! Australia – here we go! See you at the Australian Open 2017. The LEGENDS are back as well! Check out the pictures under gallery.
Melbourne!! Quelle ville! On ne peut pas mieux commencer l'année. J'ai toujours adoré aller là bas. Les Australiens sont fantastiques! Australie, on arrive!! Rendez vous à l'AO 2017. Les légendes seront là aussi! Retrouvez les photos en partie galerie via ce lien.
Henry will play doubles with his friend Mark Philippoussis."Advantage Leconte" will air every evening on Eurosport, France. Henry also comment some games on Australia's Channel 7.
Henri disputera ce tournoi en double catégorie légendes avec Mark Philippoussis. "Avantage Leconte" sera diffusé chaque soir sur Eurosport. Henri commentera aussi certains matchs sur la chaîne australienne Channel 7.
See the stars of yesterday during the expanded women's legends event including former Australian Open champions Amelie Mauresmo and Lindsay Davenport along with Martina Hingis and Martina Navratilova. In the men's event, Pat Cash, Henri Leconte and Mansour Bahrami will also liven up the tennis court.
Le tournoi des légendes. Venez voir les légendes du tennis féminin avec cette année deux vainqueurs de l'Australie Open, Amélie Mauresmo et Lindsay Davenport qui seront aux côtés de Martina Hingis et Martina Navratilova. Dans le tournoi masculin, Pat Cash, Henri Leconte et Mansour Bahrami devraient faire le show sur le court!
Grand Hyatt Melbourne hotel is a 5-star hotel on Collins Street in the centre of CBD, business, luxury shopping, theatre and restaurant district. The hotel is located within walking distance of Princess Theatre, Federation Square and Southgate.
The 5-star hotel provides 544 rooms and suites with extensive meeting rooms and event facilities, spectacular upper and lower lobbies, the restaurant, Collins Kitchen, the bar, RU-CO, as well as an exclusive retail environment and innovative events venue, the residence.
Guests booking into Club accommodation will enjoy all the benefits of the Grand Club lounge including personalised express check in and check-out, deluxe continental breakfast, all day refreshments, evening drinks with canapés and private meeting areas.
For meetings and events, Grand Hyatt Melbourne offers the perfect combination of first-class function rooms, outstanding services and a range of flexible packages. For weddings this Melbourne hotel offers a range of romantic rooms for your special day.
Grand Hyatt Melbourne also offers all guests’ access to City Club Health & Fitnessand exclusive spa treatments and massages at the Sanctuary Day Spa.
Hotel officiel des joueurs
Venez découvrir le fameux hotel de Melbourne
Situé sur la prestigieuse Collins Street, au cœur du quartier des théâtres et des commerces, le Grand Hyatt Melbourne n'est qu'à quelques minutes du Victorian Arts Centre, du palais des congrès et du parc zoologique de Melbourne. La gare ferroviaire ne se trouve qu'à cinq minutes à pied de l'hôtel et l'aéroport international de Melbourne à 20 kilomètres.
Un centre d'affaires multiservice ainsi qu'un service de concierge attendent nos hôtes 24 heures sur 24 dans l'immense hall de l'hôtel qui abrite également des boutiques de luxe et des restaurants gastronomiques sur deux étages. Lieu idéal pour organiser vos séminaires ou vos soirées privées, l'hôtel propose 20 salles de réception pour un total de 2 100 mètres carrés d'espace événementiel modulable.
Le centre de bien-être et de remise en forme City Club offre par ailleurs toute une gamme d'équipements et d'activités de soin et de remise en forme, y compris une salle de sport, une piscine, un bain à remous, un spa et des massages. Pour se restaurer, les clients disposent du Collins Kitchen, qui propose des cuisines ouvertes et cinq concepts différents : la cuisson sur gril, la cuisson au wok, les sushis, les plats d'épicerie fine et les pâtisseries. Le bar RU-CO offre quant à lui des cocktails exclusifs.
Les 548 chambres présentent d'immenses baies vitrées offrant une vue panoramique sur la ville et sont dotées de tout le confort moderne.
Contact: 123 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Spice Market is located on Beaney Lane Off Russell Street (Adjacent Grand Hyatt Melb & Louis Vuitton) Melbourne CBD Victoria Australia. A premium beverage offering including the signature Turkish Delight Martini and a menu of Mezze style dishes of authentic Middle Eastern and Oriental flavours, ensures a distinctive experience for guests. New bar and cocktail lounge Spice Market has opened in the refurbished Grand Hyatt Melbourne in the up-market 'Paris End' of the Collins St precinct. A concept three years in the making by innovative restaurateurs Dean Lucas. Unique, colourful and exotic, the bar is accessible from Beaney Lane and caters for up to 600 guests.
LE restaurant où il faut aller.
Le Spice Market est situé au Beaney Lane Off Russell Street (à côté de l'hotel Hyatt et de Louis Vuitton). Un choix de boisson de haute qualité (dont le célèbre Turkish Delight Martini) ainsi que des menus aux saveurs orientales vous permettront de vivre une expérience unique. Le bar et le bar à cocktail Spice Market a ouvert dans le nouveau Melbourne Hyatt Park au luxueux "Paris end" de Melbourne à Collins St precinct. Ce concept a été créé en 3 ans par le restaurateur Dean Lucas. Unique, coloré et exotique, le bar est accessible à partir de Beaney Lane et peut accueillir jusqu'à 600 invités.
Contact: Beaney Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia