On Wednesday I watched most of the opening ceremony on TV of the 2006 Commonwealth Games being held in Melbourne 15 - 26 March. It was spectacular, especially the fireworks over the city and the parade of the 71 Commonwealth countries taking part in this, the 'friendly', sports competition. The 2000 Olympics in Sydney boosted tourism to that great Australian city and, no doubt, the 2006 Commonwealth Games will do the same for Melbourne.
It's too late to swap homes in Melbourne for the Games (it could well be that some Home Base Holidays members are there on home exchanges), but there are lots of opportunities for home swaps to the city or nearby later on. Here are just a few examples of homes available in Melbourne:
Newly renovated home in a lovely bayside area of Melbourne. Close to small groups of shops and lovely cafe style restaurants within walking distance. The largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere is five minutes drive away. We have beaches in two directions from our home and a marine sanctuary 700 metres walk. See full exchange offer and photos, HE17020
Home located in one of Melbourne's most sought after areas, only a kilometer from the beach with Albert Park Lake, The Sports and Acquatic Centre (host of Commonwealth Games in 2006) and F1 track across the road. Regardless of all this action our street is quiet and full of wonderful neighbours all too willing to make your stay all the more enjoyable. See full exchange offer and photos, HE17370
A beautifully renovated three bedroom Victorian home in the leafy area of Hawthorn, less than three miles from the heart of Melbourne and close to the beautiful Yarra River. Melbourne has repeatedly been voted one of the top three most liveable cities in the world, with wonderful restaurants, galleries, fashion, arts festivals and sporting events. See full exchange offer and photos, HE15896
A charming art deco apartment, right in the heart of the city. Located opposite the town hall in the Capitol Theatre building, designed by Walter Burley-Griffin in 1924. It is a small apartment (44 sq mtrs) on the second floor but has a balcony and lots of light, and looks out at tree tops and the old town hall building. See full exchange offer and photos, HE17609