With thousands of sports and athletics fans alike set to descend on Melbourne next February, summer in Victoria’s capital is the perfect time to explore marvellous Melbourne and wondrous Victoria.
Be sure to keep that buzz going long after the watching the Bolt All Stars whiz past by hitting Melbourne’s cafes, boutiques, restaurants and bars. Melbourne saves its best for the summertime sporting scene, with an array of art, culture and music events adding to the atmosphere when the stars of track and field come to race.
The city’s lauded laneway life is just a sprint from Albert Park, allowing you to load up on caffeine and bumper breakfasts at hideaway cafes, shop for clothes and accessories, or wind down in a hidden bar. Warm summer nights are perfect for outdoor drinks with friends to dissect the day’s action, for catching a local band in a bar, or sampling the city’s best fare.
It’s hard to believe there can be more happening in Melbourne during Summer than the stars of track and field, but beyond the stadium there are stars on stage, exhibitions, concerts and festivals. Take the opportunity to see a blockbuster stage show or a touring exhibition that coincides with your visit. Wander through free public galleries for a whirlwind tour of the local art scene, join a gallery opening, and keep your eye out for installations and exhibitions in the unlikeliest places.
Some of Melbourne and Victoria’s most iconic sights are just a short trip out of town, so you can pair your sightings of sporting stars with a look at local legends and be back in the city in time for the next race. Victoria is a compact state, so when you find yourself with a break, you can head off on a short drive from Melbourne. Within an hour and a half you’ll be devouring fresh local produce along the Bellarine Taste Trail, watching the waddling penguins on parade at Phillip Island, or sipping wines among the vines in Yarra Valley’s boutique wineries. Take a bit more time and refresh body and mind in Daylesford’s day spas or drive one of the world’s most iconic scenic touring routes, the Great Ocean Road.
It might be fast paced at the track but take your time to explore all that Melbourne and Victoria has to offer. CLICK HERE to explore more of what Melbourne and Victoria have to offer.
To help weary travellers and athletics fans rest after a long day exploring the best of Melbourne and Victoria, Accor Hotels have partnered with Nitro Athletics to proudly offer ticket holders with special booking rates available across a wide range of Accor Hotel properties in Melbourne and Geelong. The discounted accommodation rates are available at a number of Ibis, Mercure, Novotel, Pullman, Sofitel and Quay West hotels suitable for any traveller with any budget. CLICK HERE to access this exclusive deal.
To help travellers arrive in Melbourne conveniently, Flight Centre have also offered Nitro Athletics patrons the opportunity to bundle accommodation, flights and ticketing packages that to ensure fans make the most of their Nitro Athletics experience. No matter the length of trip or the size of budget Flight Centre have got every kind of fan covered to make sure your trip to Melbourne is Bolt like – Fast. CLICK HERE to view special travel packages to Nitro Athletics.