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  • With fashionable boutiques, beautiful arcades and buzzing shopping centres, Melbourne is considered as Australia's best shopping destination. Melbourne shopping markets are full of precincts, where you can do great shopping with great cafes and dining. You will love the way in which new-age shopping complexes co-exist in perfect harmony with the centuries-old shopping arcades.

    Chadstone has a special place in the hearts of Melbournians and is now a destination for shoppers all around the world. If you love fashion, then the Chadstone Shopping Centre is a great place for the fashion. As well as all the biggest names in fashion, Chadstone offers precinct designed entirely for fun.

    One of the biggest shopping centres in Melbourne, Block Arcade is a place to shop and to be seen. This arcade and Melbourne’s history are truly inseparable. You should definitely visit Hopetoun Tea Rooms, whose windows filled with delicious cakes are as beloved by everyone.

    Here are some of the best places for shopping in Melbourne:

  • 01Chadstone shopping complex

    If you are taking up shopping trips in Melbourne, you will be pleasantly surprised to note that new-age shopping complexes co-exist in perfect harmony with the centuries-old shopping arcades. Chadstone Shopping Complex is one such ancient complex in the city.

     



    Highlights –
    This is the biggest shopping complex in Australia and in the Southern Hemisphere. There are around 530 stores here and the complex can accommodate up to 9300 cars in its parking lot. The market was opened for the general public during 1960. You can find stores of all categories like fashion, lifestyle, household, jewellery, pets’ accessories, sports, stationery, crafts, beauty, books etc. here.

    Location –
    Malvern East suburb, Victoria. Famous for – Almost all categories, fashion especially.

    Timings –
    9AM-5.30PM (Mon to Wed); 9AM-9PM (Thurs & Fri); 9AM-6PM (Sat) &10AM-5PM (Sun). Some stores operate extended hours during the weekends.

  • 02Bourke Street Mall

    Street markets are one of the greatest attractions in Melbourne City. Bourke Street Mall is one of them.

     



    Highlights –
    Due to its ultra-busy nature, Bourke Street is known as Melbourne’s second street (first one being Collins Street). Bourke Street Mall located on this street runs for 2km in length and is one of the main tourist attractions of the city. This mall is home to some of the famous restaurants, bars and cafes. During the weekends and evening hours, the mall witnesses thousands of people. There are more than 500 business units of various categories like restaurants, entertainment, fashion, household goods, beauty, speciality shops etc. in this mall.

    Location –
    200m towards north of Swanston Street & Elizabeth Street.

    Famous for –
    International & local restaurants, cafes and bars.

    Timings –
    Differs as per shops.
  • 03Block Arcade

    For all the shopaholics out there, you are definitely missing something in your life, if you haven’t visited Block Arcade, yet. A heritage shopping complex set up over a century ago, this complex stuns you right from the word go.

     



    Highlights –
    Excellent marble floors and a glass canopy cover add beauty to this arcade. It is not without reason that this arcade is part of Golden Mile Heritage Walk of Melbourne. This was constructed between 1891 and 1893 and takes guests back by a hundred years purely through its antique & brilliant interiors. This arcade and Melbourne’s history are truly inseparable. You have to taste the cakes and chocolates in the shops of these arcades to know about the royal tastes & flavours.

    Location –
    Melbourne CBD. Famous for – Hopetoun Tea Rooms (that sells incredible cakes) & Haigh’s Chocolates.

    Timings-
    8AM-6PM (Mon-Wed); 8AM-9PM (Thurs & Fri); 8AM-5PM (Sat) & 9AM-5PM (Sun).
  • 04Bridge Road, Richmond

    Bridge Road in Richmond not only provides you a unique shopping experience but also provides you a sneek-peek into the rich cultural heritage of the place.

     



    Highlights -
    History of this market dates back to as early as the 18th century. Formed just a few years after the Europeans settled in Victoria, this place was once the hub of corn and hay stores. Later on, they slowly developed into leading fashion outlets, award-winning restaurants, confectioneries, cafes, furniture and other stores. Even today, many heritage walk tours are conducted in and around this area. It is easily accessible by foot, car, bike and public transport.

    Location –
    Very short distance from Melbourne CBD.

    Famous for –
    Fashion outlets selling all international styles of clothes, great restaurants, high-quality furniture outlets, community shops, arts, wellness and other retail outlets.

    Timings –
    Varies according to shops.
  • 05Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

    One of the best street markets in Melbourne, Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, shows cultural integrity at its best. Nomads and professionals are found in large numbers here enjoying music, dance and food with a large heartedness that is rare to find anywhere else.

     



    Highlights –
    At the heart of bohemian culture, Brunswick Street is where live music shows, tarot readers, art & music studios and many more such eccentric lifestyles can be found in addition to the usual stalls There are lots of clubs and bars here, which means, the street gets into a new groove during the nights. Experience nightlife at this place if you get the chance to do so.

    Location –
    Between Victoria Parade & St. Georges North; this market is 2km long.

    Famous for –
    Close to 200 businesses including cafes,bars, restaurants, fashion, entertainment, wines, speciality shops, heath& wellness, personal care, jewellery, household and gifting stores.

    Timings –
    Varies as per shops.
  • 06Chapel Street

    Chapel Street is a historic market which aims to provide guests a world-class experience.

     



    Highlights –
    Chapel Street is not just a tourist hub in Melbourne City. It is also a commercial and residential complex. Therefore, it is always crowded. Chapel Market Street runs about 4.13km in length and houses some businesses like fashion, arts, international-quality restaurants, medical care facilities and many more. All shops have a Gothic style of architecture, which attracts guests to a great extent. If you are looking for vintage items, this is the place to be.

    Location –
    Runs along the Yarra River and covers areas like Brighton and St. Kilda. There are about 980 shops here!

    Famous for –
    Known as Melbourne’s fashion capital Chapel Street is famous for its upmarket fashion stores, jewellery, antique items and more.

    Timings –
    Varies as per shops.
  • 07Melbourne Central

    Melbourne Central is one of the famous shopping malls in the city of Melbourne, offering unlimited entertainment to guests coming here.

     



    Highlight-  
    A shopping mall constructed over five levels, Melbourne Central is the one stop solution for your fashion, dining and entertainment requirements. There are over 300 retail outlets in this mall with most of them being internationally recognised brands as well. The car parking lot of this place has the capacity to accommodate 822 cars at a time. Level 3 of this complex is dedicated to clubs & bars; therefore, during the night hours, the ambience is absolutely awesome here.

    Location –
    Cnr La Trobe & Swanston Streets, Melbourne. Famous for - International fashion stores, great dining options, nightclubs, bar, kids’ stores, toys, sports & recreation, speciality stores, health & wellness, Beauty & personal care and more.

    Timings –
    10AM-7PM (Mon-Wed & weekends) 10AM-9PM (Thurs & Fri); 
  • 08Flinders Lane

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    Once the bustling hub of Australia’s rag trade, Flinders Lane is now the embodiment of bespoke craftsmanship fused with modern culture, with the vision to create a luxurious range of quality men’s shirts, Flinders Lane was established in 2009.Inspired by unpretentious sophistication and in keeping with its romantic history, Flinders Lane was born out of a desire to create elegant tailoring using exclusive and sharp prints, vibrant colors, and superb classic fit shirting. The lifestyle range blends infinite style with contemporary elegance for the modern man. The Flinders Lane shirts inspire a classic refinement with a modern twist, using 100% premium cotton fabrications. Sourcing the finest yarns from across the world, and with a strong emphasis on color, texture, form and line, Flinders Lane shirts are cut and tailored to suit every shape. The collections focus on superior quality and intricate detail in each unique shirt, which is accentuated by the surprising contrast detailing on the collars, cuffs, and buttondown trims, bringing a touch of class and individual style to any wardrobe. Embrace impeccable style this season with Flinders Lane.

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  • 09Melbourne GPO

    The shopping complex located at Melbourne GPO is a classic example of renovation gone absolutely incredible!

     



    Highlights –
    During 2004, the ancient postal office building underwent a complete makeover and is today one of most stylish and upmarket boutique shopping destinations in Melbourne. Classical style of architecture, as evident in all the other Victorian Era buildings, adds a unique charm to this place. The clock tower located on top of the building is still an iconic structure in Melbourne. Home to some of the finest dining joints and leading fashion outlets, Melbourne GPO, provides absolute bliss to guests coming here from all parts of the world.

    Location –
    At the corner of Bourke Street Mall, at the intersection of Lonsdale & Elizabeth Streets. Famous for- Chic dining joints, leading international fashion brands, entertainment and other antique items.

    Timings –
    9.30AM-7PM (Mon-Wed); 9.30AM-9PM (Thurs &Fri); 9.30AM-8PM (Sat) & 10AM-7PM (Sun).
  • 10Toorak Road

    This is one of the luxury street markets in Melbourne and you should be ready to loosen your purse strings a bit, when you want to shop for something here.


    Highlights –
    Toorak is one of those suburbs in Melbourne where you will find luxury everywhere right from the huge palatial buildings that people own here down to the designer outlets that have put up their shops here. Shopping here is a far cry when compared to shopping in the other busy street markets of Melbourne. Most of the times, people come here only for window-shopping as it costs a huge sum of money to even dine in one of the restaurants here.

    Location –
    Toorak suburb.

    Famous for – Children’s stores, Florists, Handbags, Footwear, Art Galleries, Jewellery, Men’s and Women’s fashion stores, sports & recreation, gifting outlets, cake shops, restaurants, live music shows and many more.

    Timings – Varies as per shops.
  • 11Direct Factory Outlets (DFO)

    When you are looking for branded items at highly competitive prices, direct factory outlets are the best places where you can go to. Melbourne has got quite a few of them.



    Highlights –
    Just like all other factory outlets, the ones in Melbourne too aim to provide full value for money for guests coming here. However, you must be careful to shop only from the direct factory outlets from the respective brands to be sure of the quality. Most of the times, the items found here are the ones rejected during export, due to very negligible issues.

    Famous direct factory outlets –
    Brand Smart (best outlet in Melbourne), Bridge Road at Richmond, Smith Street at Collingwood, Harbourtown, University Hill, etc.

    Timings –
    As per shops.
  • 12Fountain gate Westfield

    This is one of the better known shopping centres in Melbourne specialising in a lot of categories.



    Highlights –
    This is the second biggest mall in Australia, in terms of floor-area occupied. This mall was opened to the general public during 1970 and has close to 470 stores in its complex today. There are 2 floors in this shopping complex and the car parking facility can accommodate 6493 cars at any point of time.

    Location –
    Narre Warren, south-eastern suburb of Melbourne. Famous for – A whole bevy of categories like food, fashion, kids, sports & fitness, bags, beauty & wellness, personal care, home furnishings, electronics and many more. In all of these categories, you will be thrilled to find many leading international brands as well. Apart from this you can enjoy movies, shows and experience multi-cuisine dining options here.

    Timings –
    9AM-5.30PM (Mon-Wed); 9AM-9PM (Thurs & Fri);9AM-5PM (Sat) & 10AM-5PM (Sun).
  • 13Arcades and Laneways

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    Centre Place is a busy one-way and arcade that runs between Flinders Lane and Collins Street. The laneway is home to several vibrant bars, cafes, restaurants, boutiques, sushi bars, and shops, as well as some of Melbourne's best examples of street art and graffiti, particularly stencil graffiti, known as "City Lights”. With mosaic-tile flooring, a glass canopy and carved stone, the Block Arcade is one of the finest examples of a 19th-century shopping arcade on the planet. The Royal Arcade has provided an undercover shopping link between Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall, Little Collins Street and Elizabeth Street since 1869. Connecting Bourke Street Mall and Little Collins Street, The Walk Arcade offers a selection of jewelry, gift, accessory and homeware stores. The Walk is also home to some excellent dining choices. Inspiring art is everywhere in Melbourne - hidden in nooks and crannies, over, under and around street corners and right where you'd never expect to find it. Entered from Flinders Street, Campbell Arcade underground shopping precinct dates from 1956 and connects Degraves Street to Flinders Street Station.

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  • 14Federation Square

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    In the lead up to the Centenary of Federation in 2001, the development of Federation Square offered a unique opportunity – the chance to celebrate the ideas of ‘identity’ and ‘place’ through a much needed civic and cultural space. Over the last two hundred years the site had been home to the city morgue, a fish market, corporate offices and rail yards. While planners had long dreamed of linking the CBD to the Yarra River, the divide created by the railway yards had consistently thwarted further development. Given its bold architectural form and large aspiration, the project had it share of changes to the brief, controversy over the design and costs, heated debate, and skepticism. Since opening on 26 October 2002 however, Federation Square has been embraced by locals and visitors alike, with an average of more than 10 million visits each year. Fed Square is made up of a series of interlocking and cascading spaces. Buildings open at all angles in the city, creating unexpected connections and vistas. In response to the brief, the design was heavily influenced by the idea of ‘Federation’, of bringing disparate parts together to form a coherent whole.
  • 15Flower Drum

    In China, “Flower Drum” is known as a traditional dance famous for its beauty and elegance. In Melbourne, it is a Chinese restaurant that displays the same elements of refinement and delicacy through our concept of fine dining Cantonese cuisine and dedicated service. Flower Drum, the restaurant, is a place that believes in combining great food, fine wine and impeccable service for a unique dining experience each and every time. Flower Drum offers private dining to accommodate guests from 12 up to 50 for functions and events with menus created specifically to meet individual needs. With two rooms on offer, the private rooms are ideal for business functions, birthdays or family gathering. Largest Banquet Room can be booked for functions ranging from 20 guests up to 50. The room can fit five round tables or one long oval table up to 25 guests. The Private Dining rooms do have minimum spend requirements as well as a booking deposit in order to secure the room for the date requested. Flower Drum Chinese restaurant in Melbourne CBD has aged over the decades and also Flower Drum is celebrating 30 years in its current location.

Attractions

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Royal Botanic Gardens

If you are someone deeply interested in botany then you must not skip the Royal botanical gardens in Sydney. The place was opened in 1816 which makes it one of the oldest scientific institution not only in Australia but in the whole world.

 

Location: The Royal botanical garden is located in the Mrs. Macquarie's road in Sydney and the place is quite accessible from most of the major locations in the city.

Highlights: It is one of the major botanical gardens located in the heart of Sydney where you will find plants of a wide variety of species.

Price: The entry is free to all which makes more people come here and explore the place.

Best time to visit: The botanical garden is open from 9 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening so you need to visit the place during these times to be able to see plants that are on the display.
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Puffing Billy Railway

Puffing Billy travels through the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne (sometimes referred to as 'The Dandenongs') All aboard Puffing Billy – Australia's most popular steam train ride! Running daily from the foothills at Belgrave to the mountain town of Gembrook, Puffing Billy is the most fun way to tour the Dandenong Ranges. Puffing Billy's rattling red carriages run across three historic timber bridges, uphill and down dale, through valleys and plains filled with tree ferns, and under the shadow of towering mountain ash. The route runs through the eucalyptus of Sherbrooke Forest, past the steam museum at Menzies Creek and the picnic grounds at Emerald Lake, in the pretty town of Gembrook. The one-way journey is 24 km (15 miles), taking just under two hours. Puffing Billy is Australia's favorite steam train and is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century-old steam train is still running on its original 25-kilometer mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.
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Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo is Australia's oldest zoo and was modeled on London Zoo. The zoo was opened on 6 October 1862 at the Royal Park site in 55-acre (22 ha) on land donated by the City of Melbourne. Before this, animals were housed at the botanical gardens in Melbourne. Visitors can see historical cages, including the heritage listed Elephant House, which has been renovated and adapted for use for customers paying to sleep overnight in tents at the zoo in popular Roar and Snore evenings. These evenings allow the public to see some of the nocturnal animals at the zoo in evening guided tours by keepers. One of the most famous exhibits was Quinine the elephant. The zoo is set among flower gardens and picnic areas. Many of the animals are now organized in bioclimatic zones: African rainforest featuring gorillas, mandrills, pigmy hippos and parrots; Asian Rainforest with tigers and otters; and the Australian bush with koalas, kangaroos, emus, echidnas and endangered hairy-nosed wombats.

 
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National Sports Museum

Nowhere in the world can you find a museum that celebrates a nation's rich sporting history like the National Sports Museum at an unmatchable venue like the MCG. In air-conditioned comfort, the museum offers something for everybody all year round with school holiday activities. Interactive gallery and Australia's largest collection of sporting, memorabilia. Across a multitude of sports, the museum features memorabilia from some of the country’s biggest heroes and Highlight moments that have shaped the traditions of Australian sport. The NSM displays: Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, Australian Football Hall of Fame, Champions – Thoroughbred Racing Gallery, MCG – The People’s Ground, Melbourne Cricket Club Museum, Backyard to Baggy Green Exhibition (including a Shane Warne 3D hologram), Australian Football Exhibition (including a James Hird 3D hologram), An interactive gallery for visitors of all ages, Game On!

 
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Old Melbourne Gaol

Since 1845 until its closure in 1929 the Old Melbourne, Gold has held Melbourne's most dangerous criminals. The original cells also held petty offenders, debtors, children, the homeless and the mentally ill along with Australia’s most infamous citizen, the bush-ranger Ned Kelly. The gallows, where 133 prisoners were hanged, are still in place at the jail. Today you can visit the Old Melbourne Jail and find out what life was life was like for the men and women who lived and died here. Explore all three levels including the execution area and see Ned Kelly’s death mask. Join the Charge Sergeant on a tour of the cells when you visit the Watch House. Take a night tour with the Hangman or join our Ghost. What Ghost? An Evening tour. Take part in the recreation of a famous trial in Court One of the Old Magistrate’s Court during school holidays. "Such is Life!" - The last words of Ned Kelly as he stood on the gallows at the Old Melbourne Jail, 11 November 1880.


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Eureka Tower

What is a trip without any adventurous activity? Get some adrenalin into your bodies when you come to Melbourne by taking part in the Europa Skydeck.

Highlights – Located at a height of 292m, the Eureka Tower promises to provide ultimate thrill and entertainment to the adventure enthusiasts.

Get a panoramic view of Melbourne City from around 300m above sea level from all 360 degrees. There are close to 30 viewfinders on the Skydeck, through which you can spot some of the major landmarks of Melbourne from the towering heights of the Eureka. This is the only place in the world where you will find “The Edge” – a glass cube located at 88th floor of the tower, providing incredible views to tourists who are suspended from here.


Location – Southbank precinct of Melbourne.

Timings – 10AM to 10PM.

Price – 20AUD per adult and 11.50AUD for kids aged between 4 and 16years. 
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Williamstown Beach

Providing beautiful views of the commercial landscapes of Melbourne, Williamstown Beach is one of the most-loved beaches in this city by locals and tourists.



Highlights –
This beach is situated very close to the main city is often one of the most sought-after weekend getaways for locals. It is fondly addressed as Willy Beach by the locals. Every month local traders put up waterside craft stalls at the Nelson’s Place Point. If you are lucky enough, you can watch the lively ambience in this waterside stall and buy some excellent local handicrafts at reasonable rates.

Location -
It is very easily accessible through public transport as it is just about 5 minutes away from Gem Pier Station.

Activities –
deep water swimming, paddle swimming, sunbaking, sailing, walking, relaxing strolls, watching fireworks at night during important festival days etc.
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Sorrento Beach

One of the scenic and beautiful beaches of Melbourne, Sorrento, is an absolute treat to watch during the sunset hours.



Highlights –
Encompassed by a canopy of Port Philip Bay waters on one side and Bass Straight waters on the other side, Sorrento proves to be an awesome tourist spot for people of all age groups. The foreshore that surrounds the beach is replete with absolute natural extravaganza, making it one of the Melbourne’s most beautiful beaches. Added to this, the beach has lots of jetties clear-water rock pools and an incredible coastline that you just cannot get enough of! Visit here during the evenings to time your trip with the sunset, to experience the beauty of the beach in its full form.

Location –
Around 90minutes from the Central Business District of Melbourne.

Activities –
Awesome walking trails which find lots of early morning walkers and joggers making full use of it daily.
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Hampton Beach

This is one of the ancient and beautiful beaches of Melbourne.



Highlights –
During as early as 1913, the Life Saving Club of Hampton was introduced. Until then, the Hampton Beach was only made of huge expanses of sand. It was during the 1950s that this beach was actually formed when a boat harbour was constructed in this location. Today, the beach is a whopping 900km long and is a huge hit among the locals, who come here for weekend trips. Rocks & reefs, boat harbour, life- saving club and a great ambience are some of the major highlights of this beach today.

Location –
About half an hour away from the Central Business District of Melbourne.

Activities –
The beach has been declared as a safe swimming area, which makes it suitable for kids as well. Other activities that are done here are kite-surfing, windsurfing and fishing.
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Chapel Street

Chapel Street is a historic market which aims to provide guests a world-class experience.

 

Highlights –
Chapel Street is not just a tourist hub in Melbourne City. It is also a commercial and residential complex. Therefore, it is always crowded. Chapel Market Street runs about 4.13km in length and houses some businesses like fashion, arts, international-quality restaurants, medical care facilities and many more. All shops have a Gothic style of architecture, which attracts guests to a great extent. If you are looking for vintage items, this is the place to be.

Location –
Runs along the Yarra River and covers areas like Brighton and St. Kilda. There are about 980 shops here!

Famous for –
Known as Melbourne’s fashion capital Chapel Street is famous for its upmarket fashion stores, jewellery, antique items and more.

Timings –
Varies as per shops.
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Melbourne GPO

The shopping complex located at Melbourne GPO is a classic example of renovation gone absolutely incredible!

 

Highlights –
During 2004, the ancient postal office building underwent a complete makeover and is today one of most stylish and upmarket boutique shopping destinations in Melbourne. Classical style of architecture, as evident in all the other Victorian Era buildings, adds a unique charm to this place. The clock tower located on top of the building is still an iconic structure in Melbourne. Home to some of the finest dining joints and leading fashion outlets, Melbourne GPO, provides absolute bliss to guests coming here from all parts of the world.

Location –
At the corner of Bourke Street Mall, at the intersection of Lonsdale & Elizabeth Streets. Famous for- Chic dining joints, leading international fashion brands, entertainment and other antique items.

Timings –
9.30AM-7PM (Mon-Wed); 9.30AM-9PM (Thurs &Fri); 9.30AM-8PM (Sat) & 10AM-7PM (Sun).
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Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Take a fascinating journey from the coast to the ocean depths through 12 themed zones, including one of the world’s largest Saltwater Crocodiles residing in the state-of-the-art the Croc Lair exhibit. Don’t miss the Australia’s most interactive rainforest; get up close to the 10,000 creatures, including Australia’s largest collection of Sub-Antarctic penguins, the world’s largest collection of Sea Horses and the only Elephant Sharks in the captivity. Find out how it feels to touch a starfish and the other creatures living in our interactive rock pool. Fun talks and an animal feeds, special events and our Dive Adventure Trail means that there’s always a load for everyone to enjoy at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. The all new SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, with 12 amazing habitat zones to discover, is on top of the list of things to do in the Melbourne. No trip to Melbourne is complete without visiting the Melbourne Aquarium. Situated on the riverside, just opposite to the Crown Casino, the Melbourne Aquarium is a home to the thousands of animals, including sharks, turtles, stingrays, sawfish, tropical fish and much, much more.
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Block Arcade

With mosaic-tile flooring, a glass canopy and carved stone, the Block Arcade is one of the finest examples of a 19th-century shopping arcade on the planet. Connecting Collins Street to Little Collins and Elizabeth streets, the heritage, shopping arcade was built between 1891 and 1893, its design modeled on Milan's grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The boutiques and cafes taking up residence in the Block have retained the arcade’s richly decorated uniform design, ensuring a seamless shopping experience from the color-coordinated plant holders and paintwork to the heritage lighting and translucent glass ceiling. The arcade's most popular residents include the Hopetoun Tea Rooms, whose windows filled with delicious cakes are as beloved by photographers as by gourmands, and Haigh's Chocolates, one of Australia's premier chocolatiers. The Block is a regular fixture on food tours and leads to the flurry of tightly squeezed cafes lining Block Place. Go behind the scenes on the Block on one of the twice-weekly guided tours, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm and meeting in front of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms.


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Degraves Street

Idle in the afternoon away by the Bluestone cobbles at a Degraves Street or Centre Place cafe and become part of a Melbourne postcard scene. Centre Place might supply the stereotypical images of Melbourne's laneways, but even chockablock with happy snappers the laneway-of-all-laneways satisfies and surprises. Changing stencil art and graffiti provide a sensory overload best dealt with by squeezing into Jungle Juice for an international coffee. Soups, sushi, and crepes will tempt, but you might want to save room for the delights on offer at Degraves Street, just across Flinders Lane. Take your friends from out-of-town to Degraves Espresso, a quintessentially Melbourne cafe experience. Despite the Parisian vibe, cast by the café umbrellas in the shadow of the impressive Majorca House, the dining on Degraves veers towards the Italian, with IL Tempo and Andiamo feeding many. Savor the sugar at Little Cupcakes. An air of creativity blows up from the Degraves Street Subway and the Platform Artist Group's underground displays.

 
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National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest and pre-eminent public art museum, hosting blockbuster exhibitions and one of the world’s finest art collections. The collection encompasses treasures from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and the pre-Columbian period, in addition to an Oceanic gallery dedicated to the indigenous cultures of the Pacific area. The collection also includes nearly 16,000 international prints and drawings, a distinguished array of European and Asian decorative arts, and a gallery space dedicated to 4000 works representing the art of Asia. You will also find an outstanding collection of European and British paintings dating from 1200 to today, fashion and textile exhibits, photography, furniture and sculpture. Dining options include Persimmon, the Gallery Kitchen, and the Tea Room. The National Gallery of Victoria, popularly known as the NGV, is an art museum in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1861, it is Australia's oldest, largest and most visited art museum.

 
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Southbank & Arts Centre Melbourne

If you are a lover of theatre, arts, drama and other dance/musical shows, the Southbank & Arts Centre at Melbourne (previously known as Victorian Arts Centre) should definitely be on top of your must-visit places.

Highlights – Standing tall at a height of 182m, this centre was open to the general public during 1984 and has distinct zones within it for various performing arts. Some of the famous venues here are Hamer Hall, State Theatre, Playhouse, Fairfax Studio and Galleries.

You can find legendary pop music artists, ballet dancers from across the globe, exhibitions of exquisite handcrafted clothes and accessories, famous stage plays and other events of great interest staged here at regular intervals. You can also take up one of the many guided tours available here to know more about this place.


 Location – Southbank district.

 Timings – Depend on the timings of a particular show.

 Price – Varies as per show.

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