Host city: Melbourne
There is something uniquely intriguing about Melbourne; it transforms the everyday into an immersive experience. It rewards the visitors who take the time to explore and uncover its secrets in the labyrinth of interconnecting streets and laneways.
Melbourne has a cultural depth and multicultural diversity people expect from a major global city but with a relaxed attitude that makes it easy for visitors from anywhere around the world to feel at home. The city is exciting, constantly changing and evolving with many new restaurants, hotels, events and attractions opening throughout the year.
The city also offers its visitors an unrivalled calendar of major events with the Australian Open in January and the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in April just two highlights of the year-long major events calendar.
Melbourne residents enjoy a temperate climate influenced by its location at the apex of one of the world's largest bays, Port Phillip Bay.