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Melbourne

Known for Shopping, Museums and Architecture

This stylish city fuses contemporary design with an elegantly preserved past. Soak up the future and the past in this relaxed capital of style.

How do you get to Melbourne?

Melbourne is a wonderful destination for the cultured traveller, with its mix of architecture, its chic coffee culture, and its love for the best in art, fashion and food. It effortlessly combines a respect and reverence for the past with a dynamic aesthetic.

The city's famous trams roll serenely down Bourke Street Mall, passing modern shops, gracefully housed in perfectly preserved buildings. Collins Street continues the melding of styles, with cutting-edge modern buildings mixed among the art deco hotels and the Victorian-era churches.

Continuing through Federation Square, the charming Yarra River compliments St Paul's Cathedral and nearby Flinders Street Station, which contrast with the polished design of the newer additions to the streetscape. The popular Australian Centre for the Moving Image tells the history of Australia's relationship with television and film, through the use of the best in current technology.

Southbank is to be found on the other side of the river, and has a rich selection of bars and restaurants. It’s also home to the Eureka Tower, where a trip up to Skydeck 88 will reward you with panoramic views across the rooftops and many parks of Melbourne. The excellent National Gallery of Victoria is also to be found in Southbank, along with the Royal Botanic Gardens.

The suburbs also have a lot to offer, as a trip on a tram to the eateries and espresso bars of 'Little Italy' on Lygon Street in Carlton will prove. The Melbourne Museum also offers a cultural reason to see this part of the city.

The glorious sunshine of Australia demands a trip to the beach, and seaside St Kilda is the place to go! When you've had your fill of sea and sand, take a walk through the tasteful vintage boutiques and cake shops, and follow that up with the hair-raising amusements at Luna Park. An overnight stay in the suburb, followed by an early-morning stroll along the coast to the colourful 'bathing boxes' of Brighton Beach, is recommended.

The style and grace of Melbourne charms the visitor, and the relaxed atmosphere makes it a very easy place to fall in love with.

Activities in Melbourne

Australia’s premier stadium is a symbol of Melbourne’s sporting heritage, drawing thousands of fans to cricket, football, rugby and soccer matches and events.

A unique focus on marine life in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic makes for a wonderful viewing experience.

Fabulous bargains and the freshest of local food await you at this enormous open-air market, the undisputed best in Melbourne.

Melbourne's shopping district is home to big department stores and intimate, chic boutiques, all housed in beautifully preserved historical buildings.

Find a leafy haven or attend an educational workshop amid the magnificent array of exotic and native flora at one of the world’s finest botanic gardens.

This sky-high tower demands attention on the Melbourne horizon, and offers panoramic views from the highest observation platform in the Southern Hemisphere.

Melbourne's premier amusement park blends old-world character with electrifying attractions to delight all the family.

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Enjoy an enchanting dinner cruise on Melbourne's Yarra River, while indulging a 4-course meal prepared by a gourmet chef. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the evening atmosphere as you dine and cruise under the stars. Arrive at the wharf and hop aboard your dinner cruise.

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Spend 3 days traveling from Adelaide to Melbourne, discovering Australia's amazing hidden treasures en route. As you journey through scenic wine regions and along the Great Ocean Road, see incredible feats of nature like the Otway National Park and the 12 Apostles.

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Step onto the African savannah without ever leaving Australia at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. This 500-acre (200-ha) park is home to iconic grasslands animals from the world over—from gorillas, lions, and zebras, to Australian bush creatures like kangaroos and bandicoots.

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Journey along one of the world's most spectacular routes, the Great Ocean Road, on this full-day trip from Melbourne. Soak in the dramatic coastline vistas, pass by uninterrupted beaches and the lush Otways rainforest.

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Towering 120 meters or equivalent to 40 stories high over the Docklands, the Melbourne Star, the only giant observation wheel in the Southern Hemisphere, joining London Eye, Singapore Flyer and Las Vegas High Roller. Take flight and discover a truly unique experience.

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Escape to the picturesque Yarra Valley on this small-group day tour from Melbourne and visit 4 of the regions top wineries. Indulge yourself with a delicious lunch while enjoying vineyard views and a series of wine tastings.

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