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This winter go where the sun is. When it’s winter here at home it’s summer elsewhere… Down Under. Take-off this January from London to sunny and culture hot-spot Melbourne in Oz for £661 with China East Airlines.

Sydney may have Bondi but as far as Australians are concerned, Melbourne is where it’s at. Melbourne is hip, edgy, sophisticated and considered the most multi-cultural city in Oz. The city itself gleams with Victorian-era splendour. Its wide and leafy boulevards and ornate buildings pay homage to the city’s history but you can’t deny that Melbourne has a taste for the modern with places like Federation Square.

Is Melbourne in your cards for this winer? Take-off in the New Year with China East Airlines for £661 (return, taxes included) from London Heathrow Airport to Melbourne. It’s your ticket to sun, culture and festivals for travel January 11th to 25th, 2013.

Melbourne Essentials

Flinders Street Station

Flinder Street Station

Perhaps one of the most famous landmarks in Melbourne, this station was built in 1854 and designed by two railway workers. Their design tender impressed with a concert hall, library, creche, office meeting rooms and even a ballroom. Some train station! Today on any given weekday more than 100,000 people pass through the station.

Federation Square


Every city has a main square and Melbourne’s doesn’t disappoint. This is where all the action happens, from parties to protests. City parades start and end here, speeches are made here, celebrations and general get-togethers.

National Gallery of Victoria Australia


Victoria’s artistic traditions are preserved in this impressive museum, its collection includes Australian paintings, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photography, fashion and jewellery, textiles and sculpture. There is also an entire collection dedicated to the region’s Indigenous arts on the ground floor.

St Kilda Foreshore


This is the place to hang out on a sunny summer’s day which you’re sure to enjoy when you visit in January. The palm-lined promenades, parks and beaches are so “Melbourne” and more have a look of Brighton’s all-weather charm than the bleached blondes of Bondi.

Australia: a country that touches all 5 senses

What Australian city or sight do you want to visit most?

Imgs: sevenvii, vikspiks, ollanani, fernando / Flickr cc.

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