Friday, 14 October 2011 4:01 PM
If you're a culture vulture booking cheap business class flights to Melbourne, you are sure to have a fantastic time while in this part of Australia as there is so much to see and do.
Those booking cheap business flights to Australia who are keen to see some art will find an abundance of galleries in the city.
There are some particularly diverse art spaces to be discovered, such as the Koorie Heritage Trust, which was established to promote and preserve the culture of the local indigenous people.
It contains ancient artefacts and rare documents and books, as well as an oral history unit that records the stories told by the Koorie elders so future generations can hear them.
If music is more of a personal interest, you won't be disappointed. You might enjoy heading to the Melbourne Recital Centre, which attracts a wide variety of great artists from around the world and also serves as a platform for local talent. Performers to have appeared here include Paul Lewis, Nikolai Demidenko and Anne Sofie von Otter.
Fashionistas will love a trip to Melbourne as well. Some of the best fashion stores in the city include The Signet Bureau, Scanlan and Theodore and Leonard Street, the latter of which is a particular favourite among local Melbourne ladies, thanks to its unique and wearable designs.
And, of course, you need to eat while away and there Melbourne has myriad restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from. Check out Cookie on Swanston Street, which is a beer hall, an eatery and a disco rolled into one that serves dishes like dry red curry and deep-fried marinated pork ribs.
If you prefer pub culture, you might like Labour in Vain on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, or the Prince of Wales Public Bar, which offers pool, beer and lots of rock 'n' roll.
The Saloon Bar is one of the biggest gay bars to be found in St Kilda and has been around since the 1940s. If you head there on a Sunday afternoon, you are sure to have a great time – pull up a bench and enjoy the lovely Melbourne sunshine with a glass of your favourite Australian beer.