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  • While you are in Australia you should definitely visit Melbourne and quench your thirst for adventure. The capital of city has a lot to offer from culture to pubs, this place is the one stop destination for all. You will not just enjoy the best food, dining, and live music but also the amazing landscape in Melbourne.

    Invoke in some exciting activities like scuba diving parasailing, surfing etc wile you are in this amazing city. For the shopping lovers, this place is the perfect one with all the local designer fashion. Spend your day by cycling near the bayside and enjoy the stunning beauty. Whatever you wish for, Melbourne is the city of choices.

    Here we bring you the list of things to do in Melbourne:

  • 01Skydiving

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    Tandem skydive over some of the Australia's most spectacular beach, the city, and bush land panoramas, from beach, jumps at Sydney's only beach skydive, to action packed city jumps into the heart of the Melbourne and everything in between. This adventure tourism attraction offers a tandem skydiving from the Australia's highest altitude of up to 14,000ft. Experience the ultimate thrill of freefall at over 200km/hour for up to an insane 60 seconds, and then float under canopy for 5-7 minutes soaking up the spectacular views from an above. Skydive with the best: the best views, the best locations, the best customer service and the best instructors. In operation for over 16 years, you're in safe skies with the Skydive Australian crew. Step outside your comfort zone and push your personal boundaries with a skydive experience you'll remember forever. So you can show everyone the magic of the moment – and the sheer lunacy of your fearful face.


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    Skydiving in Melbourne

    Skydiving in Melbourne


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  • 02Yarra Valley

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    A short one-hour drive from the Melbourne city sits the beautiful Yarra Valley. Best known for producing excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the Valley is home to more than the 120 wineries. Whether you take the family, run away for romance with your partner, or round up some friends, the Yarra Valley is the perfect weekend escape. Float high above the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon for unprecedented views of rolling hills strung with vines, lush greenery, and pastures. With boutique wineries around every bend in the valley, you'll soon be attuned to its charms. Enjoy a meal accompanied by a local wine amid the vines as you travel around. See alternate views of the valley from both inside and outside the curved Tarra Warra Museum of the Modern Art, built to integrate into the landscape. Pick up some winery specials to enjoy a gourmet picnic in the peaceful fern gullies and mountain ash at the Badger Weir Park near Healesville. Venture into the Christmas Hills and Sugarloaf Reservoir. Go bushwalking along the 18-kilometre trail, bird watching, sightseeing, sailing and shoreline fishing. Have a picnic at Ironbark Ridge or Saddle Dam overlooking the reservoir.
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  • 03Puffing 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.
  • 04Go Hot Air Ballooning

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    Global Ballooning Australia is a family owned Victorian Business. We pride ourselves on our service, safety record and status as market leaders. Melbourne is one of the few cities around the world that can be traversed by hot air balloon and definitely one of the best ways to see Australia’s second largest city. Global Ballooning Australia passengers receive a complimentary souvenir pack which includes special offers and discounts at various attractions around Victoria. Hot air balloon flights are an experience for all your senses, and predominantly sight. The city and countryside from the air is a view like no other. A hot air balloon flight over Melbourne city is a sensational and luxurious way to see the iconic views of our city: the MCG, the Shrine of Remembrance, the Albert Park Formula 1 racetrack and more. Our insider's winter knowledge - often the best mornings for ballooning are in winter. The added bonus is sunrise is later in the day so it is a later start. To celebrate beautiful winter mornings, book a flight in winter.
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  • 05Melbourne City Centre

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    The city center of Melbourne represents the city's cultural, entertainment and financial heart. Locally called the Central Business District, the CBD or simply the City, it is where international and interstate visitors spend the bulk of their time. Most must-see attractions sit within the city's grid-planned center, as is much of the accommodation and nightlife. The main visitor information center is in Federation Square, right near the intersection of Swanston and Flinders Streets. Another information center exists near Cooks Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens, and a small information booth is in the Bourke Street Mall. Additionally, volunteer city ambassadors dressed in a distinctive red uniform are stationed along Swanston St to help tourists with inquiries and directions. The City Centre is Melbourne's hub of public transport. Every train line and most tram routes pass through or terminate in the city. All suburban trains will stop at the city's busiest interchange, Flinders Street Station. Country trains terminate at Southern Cross Station. Trams mostly run east to west along Bourke and Collins Streets, and north to south along Swanston Street.
    Magnificent Melbourne Sightseeing Tour

    Magnificent Melbourne Sightseeing Tour


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  • 06Great Ocean Road

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    Travel the Great Ocean Road and beyond and experience one of the world's most scenic coastal drives. See the towering 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks, and misty waterfalls. Discover a diverse array of things to see and do in the region, from outdoor activities such as surfing, scuba diving and sea kayaking to arts, cultural and heritage attractions. Admire the stunning coastline of the Great Ocean Walk, get up close to native wildlife at Tower Hill, and explore surf towns and seaside villages. Enjoy fine dining up and down the coast and stock up at local winemakers, dairy farms and fresh proved-ores along the way. The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometer stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. One of Australia's most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road is a magnificent three-day self-drive touring route from surf capital Torquay to the famous 12 Apostles, ending at historic fishing village Port Fairy.

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    The Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne

    The Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne


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  • 07Cycling

    Join the cycling set, pedaling between Melbourne's hidden bars and cafes on your own sweet wheels. Rent a bike in the city which is set to rival the most bicycle-loving European capitals. Melbourne slopes very gently down to the bay, so you can coast along the bike lanes and also paths to the shops and cafés, or through the Yarra River's parks and gardens without working up too much of a sweat. Push your wheels even further to the St Kilda foreshore or onto the beautiful beaches of the peninsula. Jump on a Melbourne Bike or Share the hire bike from one of the CBD docking stations. Bring your own helmet, or purchase a one from the nearby vending machine or the 7-Eleven. Return it for a refund when you drop off the bike. Be sure to follow the road rules and wear bright clothing when cycling. Helmets are compulsory, and night riders must affix a light to their bikes and wear reflective clothing. Cycle a scenic riverside path from the Melbourne's eastern suburban fringe of the CBD passing ancient gums and billabongs before ending at the South bank.

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  • 08Fishing

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    Spend a relaxing day at the water and head home with dinner in the cooler. Whether its bream in the Maribyrnong or snapping in the bay, you don't have to go far in the Melbourne to find a great fishing spot. Snapper is the big catch around Melbourne – it comes into Port Philip Bay as early as September and stays there until around March. Flathead and whiting also populate the bay. Try your luck with a bream in the Yarra or the Maribyrnong rivers along the stretch between the river mouth at Williamstown and the junction with the Maribyrnong. Fishing in the bay is permitted from the piers at the Port Melbourne, the Middle Park, St Kilda, the Brighton or the Sandringham, or you can hire a motor boat and set out for a day on the water. If you'd rather be driven by someone else, join one of the organized fishing charters that operate in the bay.
  • 09Kayaking

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    See Victoria's rivers, lakes and the remote areas of wilderness that is not accessible by road or by foot, from a canoe or the kayak. Explore scenic waterways and rapids, most of which are graded according to their level of difficulty. Melbourne’s Yarra River offers opportunities for hitting the water or venture further to the Nagambie Lakes in the Goulburn Valley, the Barwon River out of Geelong and the Lake Wendouree at Ballarat. The Murray River is another great canoeing destination, while the Glenelg River is recommended for a longer paddle. The Sea kayaking is also a popular pastime, or you can join the guided white water rafting trip with a local company. If you’re after an adrenaline rush head to a Snowy, the Thompson, the Mitchell and the Mitta Mitta rivers in the Victoria's High Country.

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  • 10Golfing

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    Melbourne's south east growth corridor has created a niche in the golf market. The impetus was the relocation of the PGA of Australia's national headquarters from Sydney to the high-profile Sand Hurst Club. This popular golf and a residential estate is a home to the PGA National Learning Centre and two quality courses and world-class training facilities. Also located within the Frankston / Cranbourne cluster is the well-established Long Island. A little further down the road is the more modern Settlers Run and Ranfurlie. Melbourne boasts a fabulous group of the golf courses that epitomizes the golden age of golf architecture. These highly ranked layouts are built on the land in the southeast suburbs ideal for golf and are conveniently located within a short distance of each other. A rich vein of sandy loam subsoil in the region provides the rare opportunity to construct incredible green complexes defended by the bunkers with quite heavy lips, while the fairways are covered with a base grass of a couch noted for its firmness and year-round vibrancy.
  • 11Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

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    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.
  • 12Royal Botanic Gardens

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    The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is internationally renowned botanical gardens located near the center of the Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on the south bank of the Yarra River. They are 38 hectares (94 acres) of landscaped gardens consisting of a mix of native and exotic vegetation including over a 10,000 individual species. The Royal Botanic Gardens have a second division in the outer Melbourne suburb of Cranbourne, some 45 km southeast of the city. The 363 hectares (897 acres) Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne have a focus solely on the Australian native plants, and it features an award-winning special section called the Australian Garden, which was opened in May 2006.The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne are adjacent to a larger group of parklands directly southeast of the city, between St. Kilda Road and the Yarra River known as the Domain Parklands, which includes; the Kings Domain, the Alexandra Gardens, the Queen Victoria Gardens.

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  • 13City Circle Tram

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    The City Circle Tram service provides a free and convenient way to get around central Melbourne. Tourists, shoppers, office workers, and families can use the City Circle Tram to travel to major attractions, shops and city events. An audio commentary provides details of city landmarks and major attractions such as the City Museum, Parliament House, Docklands, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre. The City Circle route is serviced by heritage W class trams decorated in special maroon and green with yellow and gold trimmings. Tourists can spend all day on a City Circle Tram! Information leaflets, including an 'easy to understand' map of the city is available on board each City Circle Tram. The City Circle Tram can be used as a 'hop on - hop off' service, this way tourists can enjoy each of Melbourne's sites and have the added bonus of traditional Melbourne transportation. To catch the free City Circle Tram service (route number 35), simply board the tram at any of the specially marked stops on the route.
  • 14Block Arcade

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    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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  • 15State Library of Victoria

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    A Melbourne landmark and cultural icon, the State Library is a magnificent 19th-century building with some of the city’s most beautiful heritage interiors. With its majestic domed ceiling, the La Trobe Reading Room is a library highlight. Don’t miss the two free, permanent exhibitions: Ned Kelly’s armor in the changing face of Victoria, and trace the history of books in Mirror of the World. Free guided tours are also available. The State Library's collections include over two million books, hundreds of thousands of pictures, newspapers, maps and manuscripts, and masses of audio, video, and digital material – all reflecting the culture of Victoria over the past 150 years. You can also enjoy fabulous artworks and exhibitions by visiting one of the free galleries: the Keith Murdoch Gallery, Cowen Gallery, and Dome Galleries. You can also see what's showing on the media wall in Experimedia.

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  • 16Melbourne Museum

    From the natural environment to culture and history, Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria. The museum includes a special gallery just for children. Melbourne Museum highlights include a complete skeleton of a blue whale, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a living rainforest, the racehorse Phar Lap and an IMAX theater on site. Major international exhibitions are presented in the Touring Hall. The Melbourne Museum shop, located in the main foyer, has a strong emphasis on local and Australian products that reflect the museum's themes. Major features of Melbourne Museum include celebrating Victoria's local Koorie culture in Bunjilaka, Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Explore Melbourne's rich history in the Melbourne Story exhibition; be immersed in evocative stories and discover the icons and personalities that have shaped Melbourne since the early 1800s. Visit the Museum Shops for a unique range of books, toys, games, as well as original, locally produced crafts and souvenirs you won't find anywhere else. Relax at the Museum Cafe over a coffee and a bite to eat.

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  • 17Melbourne Zoo

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    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.


  • 18Eureka Skydeck88

    If you are looking for things to do in Melbourne all you have to do is look up and you’ll find us – Eureka Sky deck: Melbourne’s greatest point of view. We are not your normal Melbourne tourist attraction. On Eureka Sky deck, we get to Melbourne. In fact, we know the city better than anyone because we oversee it like no one else. Situated in the heart of the South bank in the iconic Eureka Tower, the Sky deck stands at a staggering 297 meters above the streets of Melbourne. Both locals and visitors regard the Sky deck as one of the best things to do in Melbourne. As the highest public observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere, we offer unparalleled views over Melbourne. Visitors are invited to come and explore the urban sprawl, humming neighborhoods and Melbourne Tourist attractions and landmarks by day; and dazzling city lights at night. Enjoying birds eye views of the iconic MCG and sporting precinct, Port Phillip Bay, Albert Park Lake and out as far as the Dandenong Ranges should be on every visitor’s list of Melbourne Things to do.
  • 19Rod Laver Arena

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    Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park was completed in 1988 as part of the original National Tennis Centre complex. The arena is the centerpiece of the Australian Open and plays host to a wide range of sports and entertainment events, from tennis matches to international rock stars and motorbike super-cross. The most dynamic transformation Rod Laver Arena has seen was in March 2007 at the FINA 2007 World Swimming Championships when a 50-meter temporary pool was built on the arena’s floor. Rod Laver Arena has a seating capacity of approximately 15,000 and is located within the famous Melbourne Sports Precinct, which also includes the Melbourne Cricket Ground, AAMI Park, and Hisense Arena. Formerly known as Centre Court at Melbourne Park (original Flinders Park), the arena was named to honor one of Australia’s greatest tennis players of all time. Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park was officially named after Rod Lever for his unsurpassed achievements and accomplishments at the Australian Open in January 2000.


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  • 20National Sports Museum

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    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!


  • 21St. Patrick's Cathedral

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    Mother Church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and one of the architectural glories of Melbourne’s St.Patrick’s is an integral part of Melbourne, and its history tells us much about the State’s birth and growth. Situated on the fringe of the city grid, close enough to the heart of Melbourne to be a powerful presence and breathe with a life of its own. The beauty of the Cathedral speaks of the glory of God. It's peace reaches to our innermost heart, and its welcome to those who pass by is a God who is ever compassionate to us, his people. We are delighted to share a precious part of our faith, culture, and heritage with you. The original front door of St Patrick's Cathedral was a double-arched doorway with a pillar dividing it. This was removed before 1868. Its replacement was considered too narrow for ceremonial processions, and it too was replaced by the present doorway in 1939. Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral, which stands majestically on Eastern Hill, has long established itself as a church edifice of superb grandeur and arguably one of the truly significant cathedrals of the world.


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  • 22Old Melbourne Gaol

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    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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  • 23Southbank

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    South bank is the area that stretches along the southern bank of the Yarra River. It starts the moment you cross Princes Bridge, turn left and walk down the steps to the river. South bank was once an old and neglected area, mostly industrial, which has recently been rejuvenated as the heartbeat of the central city area. This has been done by using the Yarra River as a central feature and by introducing entertainment facilities along the river bank. The main focal point is the Southgate Arts & Leisure Precinct, which is Melbourne's main entertainment precinct and which has upmarket shops and restaurants, trendy cafes, food courts and a five-star hotel. This area also is the home of the Arts Centre and its theaters, as well as the Hamer Hall (previously Melbourne Concert Hall). At Southgate, a huge emphasis is placed on outdoor eating and sidewalk entertainment. A market is held along the footways at the eastern end of the river bank on Sunday mornings. You can catch a steamboat opposite the Southgate complex for a trip up the Yarra. Further along, the southern bank there is the Crown Entertainment Complex, which is also big on restaurants and shops (as well as gambling). Further on, there is the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
  • 24Australian Centre for the moving image

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    Stories that transport you, ideas that transform you at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).Immerse yourself in the world of film, television and digital culture in ACMI's permanent free exhibit, Screen Worlds. As the home of Melbourne's best and most popular film festivals, great Australian and international cinema and regular screenings for seniors, kids, and lovers of cult classics, ACMI presents an unparalleled annual calendar. Venture into the world's largest screen gallery to discover inspirational exhibitions all year round, watch quality films in state-of-the-art cinemas or take part in lively discussions with television and film personalities at one of the many screen culture events. Visit the ACMI Shop, the ultimate store for film buffs or relax in ACMI Cafe & Bar overlooking Federation Square. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image is a state-of-the-art facility purpose-built for the preservation, exhibition, and promotion of Victorian, Australian and International screen content in all forms.


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  • 25Immigration Museum

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    Over the last 200 years people have journeyed from all over the world to make Australia their home. Hear their moving stories at the Immigration Museum. Explore why Melbourne’s newcomers left their former homes, how they got here, what they found and the mark they made on the city. The museum creatively re-creates the migrant experience via displays featuring film, audio, memorabilia and stories. The result is a thought-provoking and moving experience.The museum is housed in the grand Customs House building, which originally looked out onto ships tied up at the adjacent Queen's Wharf. The impressive former Long Room is now the museum's central space, featuring giant Ionic colonnades. The Immigration Museum is a museum primarily displaying Australia's immigration history. It is located on Flinders Street in Melbourne, Victoria, in the Old Customs House. In addition to its work on documenting immigration history, the museum also hosts various traveling exhibitions and also provides educational programs.


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  • 26Degraves Street

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    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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  • 27Federation 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.
  • 28Queen Victoria Market

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    Queen Victoria Market is the heart and soul of Melbourne. Eat, shop, explore and discover your way through our iconic food halls and heritage Sheds where the banter is as fresh as the produce. Or simply soak up the atmosphere of the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s no place like our Market. It’s an experience that engages all the senses. Queen Victoria Market is much more than the city’s fresh-food shopping Mecca – it’s a historic landmark, a tourist attraction, and a Melbourne institution. Spanning several city blocks, Queen Vic Market is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Shoppers can find everything from fruit and vegetables to local and imported gourmet foods, fashion and general merchandise. Wander through the bustling Meat, Fish and Dairy Halls, where you can pick up artisan cheeses, dressed meats, and take away food, or discover the seemingly endless array of seasonal fruit and vegetables showcasing the best of Australian produce. Explore the Market's historic sheds to grab a bargain or find a Melbourne-made treasure amongst clothing, jewelry, handicrafts, home wares and souvenirs.

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  • 29Melbourne Cricket ground

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    The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is located a short distance from Melbourne's city center in the Melbourne Sports Precinct at Yarra Park, which also includes the Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena, and AAMI Park. With a total capacity of 100,000 people, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the largest stadium in Australia, the tenth-largest stadium in the world, and the world's largest stadium for playing cricket. The Melbourne Cricket Ground has been the scene of many great sporting events and 'firsts' in Australian sporting history since being built in 1853, just 19 years after the founding of the City of Melbourne itself. It is the home of the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), the oldest sporting club in Australia. In 1877 the first game of Test cricket in history was played between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In 1971, the ground hosted the first One Day International cricket match. The Boxing Day Test match on Boxing Day (26 December) each year attracts huge crowds. In winter, it serves as the home of Australian Rules football (AFL). The stadium fills to capacity for the AFL Grand Final in late September.


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  • 30National Gallery of Victoria

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    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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