Albert Park is exceptional for many reasons. In addition to the stunning parkland and lakeside track, there's the proximity to Melbourne's buzzing city centre and intriguing inner-city neighbourhoods. Devote a while to wander and discover the best breakfasts, beaches and bars, plus boutiques and some of the city's top restaurants. Each with a distinctive character, you'll find the neighbourhood to suit without travelling too far from all the Formula 1 Grand Prix action. You'll be flying the chequered flag when you discover these five neighbourhoods.
Prepare to play in St Kilda, where you can kick up your heels by the seashore, by the stage at live music venues or on the whirligigs at Luna Park.
Stand still and watch as the heritage buildings in Melbourne's oldest suburbs are adapted to house chic boutiques and hip cafes and restaurants.
Prahran & Windsor
Capture the independent spirit of Prahran and Windsor. Journey down Chapel Street, a treasure-trove of vintage finds, eclectic eateries and boutiques.
Eat 'til you're fit to burst in Carlton, Melbourne's Little Italy where Ferrari red is worn with fervour during the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Southbank & South Wharf
You'll find all roads lead south in Melbourne - to Southbank and South Wharf, that is, Melbourne's waterside dining, drinking, arts and shopping hubs.