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Welcome to Melbourne

Long in competition with Sydney for the title of Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne is often the people’s choice, consistently topping the list of the world’s most livable cities. There’s a lot to love, from its melting pot of inhabitants and distinctly European ambience, to its brunch scene, art galleries, and nightlife. Global audiences fill coveted seats at the Arts Centre Melbourne and sporting temples like Melbourne Cricket Ground and Etihad Stadium. But it’s not just about arts and sports. The very essence of Melbourne lies in its neighborhoods. Discover the city’s coolest bars and eateries tucked away in the CBD’s narrow laneways; shop in flashy South Yarra or along Fitzroy’s hipster Brunswick Street; or stroll the sandy beaches of St. Kilda, just a few miles outside the city. And only a day trip away are the Yarra Valley wine region, Mornington Peninsula, and Great Ocean Road.

Top 10 attractions in Melbourne

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Yarra River

Yarra River

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The Yarra River winds its way through Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) plus a number of suburbs. In the city, bars, restaurants, and parks thrive along its banks, bringing locals and tourists together. Numerous festivals and sporting events take place on the Yarra, including the famous Moomba Festival and rowing regattas.More
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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

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One of the world's most famous driving routes, Victoria's Great Ocean Road offers scenic surprises at every fork in the road. In signature Australian style, endless stretches of white sandy beaches are flanked by dense pockets of rain forest, charming coastal towns, and canopies populated by koalas.More
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Twelve Apostles

Twelve Apostles

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Situated right at the end of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles are a set of eight rock formations—there used to be twelve—jutting out of the Southern Ocean. These limestone pillars were once connected to the nearby cliffs but have been eroded away into caves, pillars, and arches from the harsh conditions of the ocean.More
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Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

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The largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the most famous sporting venues in Australia, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is more than a Melbourne landmark. The legendary stadium has hosted the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the annual Boxing Day Test Match, and Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final.More
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Federation Square

Federation Square

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Federation Square, just across from Flinders Street Station, is Melbourne's beating heart and favorite meeting spot. Numerous city events take place here throughout the year, making it a must-visit attraction for all travelers. The square is surrounded by many bars and restaurants, and is home to the Ian Potter Centre, an Australian art museum.More
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Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge

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The Great Ocean Road is one Victoria’s most naturally stunning sights, and Loch Ard Gorge is a dramatic highlight of an already dramatic journey. It was at this spot in 1878 where a ship carrying settlers from England to Melbourne was tragically wrecked on the rocks. Of the 54 passengers aboard the ship only two of the passengers survived—a teenage boy who heroically rescued a fellow teenage girl. After spending the night in a coastal sea cave, the duo found help with local settlers after scaling the rugged cliffs. Today those cliffs have a set of stairs that lead to the golden sands, where a protected beach is tucked beneath the towering, time-sculpted bluffs. Though the weather can be spectacularly stormy in winter, summer days are an invitation for picnicking, swimming, and sunbathing, and the striated cliffs form a natural amphitheater of coastal beauty around you. The gorge is located just a ten minute drive from the famous Twelve Apostles, which are arguably the most popular and visited site on Australia’s Great Ocean Road. At the top of the cliffs above the gorge, a modest cemetery has a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Loch Ard shipwreck—just one of an estimated 700 ships that have sank off this southern coast.More
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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

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Get away from Melbourne’s bustling city center without actually leaving town at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. This 89-acre (36-hectare) park is home to more than 8,500 plant species, tranquil lakes, and lush lawns. Join guided walking tours, workshops, or presentations, or feel free to walk around the flourishing oasis on your own.More
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Eureka Skydeck 88

Eureka Skydeck 88

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A signature Melbourne experience, Eureka Skydeck 88 is a 360-degree viewing platform set atop the 974-foot (274-meter) Eureka Tower. For the daring there’s the Edge, a cantilevered glass cube that slides out from the building, leaving you suspended above the city streets. Vertigo, a green-screen set-up, simulates falling from the building.More
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Melbourne Southgate

Melbourne Southgate

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Boasting a prime location on the banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne Southgate is a shopping, eating, and entertainment complex. As well as offering one of the most diverse shopping experiences in the city, Melbourne Southgate is just a few minutes walk from Flinders Street Station and Arts Centre Melbourne.More
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Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum

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Melbourne Museum provides a great experience for adults and children alike. A series of permanent exhibitions relating to the culture, history and the environment of Melbourne and Victoria are housed in several galleries including a lush Forest Gallery, an Aboriginal gallery and a Children’s area.Exhibitions include Science and Life, Melbourne Story, Evolution, Mind and Body, and many more. Get to see bones and displays of Australia’s mega fauna (giant animals), experience the Dinosaur Walk, Bugs Alive!, Amazing Animals and The Human Body.Temporary exhibitions run about twice a year and cover a variety of themes.The Museum also houses a good café, an IMAX center and – the museum’s most popular object – a taxidermy original of Australia’s most famous racehorse, Phar Lap.Housed in a striking building with a huge glass façade, Melbourne Museum is not immediately visible if you approach from the CBD as it stands behind the impressive Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens.More

Trip ideas

Ways to See the Great Ocean Road

Ways to See the Great Ocean Road

Top Spots for Art Lovers in Melbourne

Top Spots for Art Lovers in Melbourne

Top activities in Melbourne

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

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Great Ocean Road Small Group Tour

Great Ocean Road Small Group Tour

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Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

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Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

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The most socially conscious tour I've been on
SBee, Dec. 2020
Rediscover Melbourne Tour
The tour itself was the perfect length of time and a really great way to see some major points.
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A Must do!!!
Erin_B, Dec. 2020
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
If you are limited on time in Melbourne this is an excellent way to see the 12 apostles.
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Beautiful Melborne
Stephen_L, Mar. 2020
Rediscover Melbourne Tour
He asked us what we wanted to see as we had been on a morNing tour with our group.
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Highlight of our trip to Melbourne
Oana_M, Feb. 2020
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
Fun day trip and an easy and efficient way to see the coast line.
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Best way to see Melbourne
esidds03, Jan. 2020
The Best of Melbourne Bike Tour
This truly is the best way to see Melbourne and get a good work out in at the same time.
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Great tour with a great guide
emond890, Jan. 2020
Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Brighton Bathing Boxes and Wildlife Park Tour
Got to see wallabies and penguins along the Phillip Island road.
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location is perfect
John R, Jan. 2020
Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise
so much to see through the docklands
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Tourists from Ireland
tradesmainworx, Jan. 2020
Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise
An awesome way to see Melbourne from the waterfront- great friendly service from start to finish- this was the highlight off my father and partners trip!
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HoHo Melbourne
Gary M, Jan. 2020
City Sightseeing Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Good for a quick overview of the city and to see as much as you can within our one day stop in Melbourne.
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Long Day but well worth it!!!
lowcountrylady2016, Nov. 2019
Great Ocean Road Trip Tour from Melbourne
rain then sun then freezing wind chill and got to see it all.
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Nice trip
loismccluskey, Nov. 2019
Puffing Billy Steam Train & Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Tour From Melbourne
Fun short train ride up an old logging trail and nice zoo experience with opportunity to see Australian animals in one place.
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Melbourne Kayak Tour
cbkhob, Oct. 2019
Melbourne City Sights Kayak Tour
Loved doing the Kayak tour through beautiful Melbourne city Have Kayaked through Chicago and it was similar-- fantastic way to see a city
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Lazy Sunday
Furno13, Sep. 2019
2-Hour Boat Rental in Melbourne
Fantastic way to see Melbourne and the Yarra River!
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Highly recommend
Floret8356, Aug. 2019
Yarra Valley Winery Tour from Melbourne with Gourmet Vineyard Lunch
Got to see the beautiful scenary along the way.
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Best way to explore a bit of the great surroundings when on short trip
mctiscul2019, Aug. 2019
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary with 12 Apostles and Lunch from Melbourne
This trip with a great guide was just the thing to see some of Australia's finest.
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Great way to Explore Hidden Bars
MuzZ50, Jun. 2019
Melbourne Walking Tour: Uncover Hidden Laneway Bars
Interest way to walk around Melbourne's inner city laneways & back streets to visit unique bars - Kimmi was an amazing tour guide !!
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Amazing - Highly reccomend
Vacation21110555947, Jun. 2019
Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road + Phillip Island + Attraction Pass
Was sooo cool to see the Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles then to go to Phillip Island.
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This was one of the best sightseeing...
David B, Dec. 2011
Melbourne Laneways, Arcades and City Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise
This was one of the best sightseeing tours we have ever taken and gave us a great deal of insight into Melbourne in a short time.
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Great tour guide with 5-star lunch!
charlene_falcis, Jul. 2018
Yarra Valley Wine and Winery Tour from Melbourne
The lamb shank I ordered was fall-off-the-bone and one of the best lambs I've had.
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A must see
Experience72617, Dec. 2018
Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne
If you only have limited time in Melbourne great way to see the great ocean road.

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