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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

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The Yarra River flows west for more than 240 km (148 miles) from its source in the Yarra Ranges, through rural and suburban Melbourne to the city center and Docklands, where it empties into Port Phillip Bay. Transport and pedestrian bridges cross the river, and you’ll find some of Melbourne’s most popular golf courses and parklands along its length. Melbourne was established on the banks of the Yarra River in 1835, and it was a vital source of water and transport for the city's settlers. Today the Yarra River flows past the pedestrian Yarra Promenade and Flinders Street Station in the heart of Melbourne. Rowers stroke past from the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens, and pleasure boats cruise up and down the river. Cycling and walking trails also mirror its path, and there are popular picnic grounds on the suburban fringe at Yarra Bend and Warrandyte.More
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Melbourne Southgate

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Southgate is a large shopping, eating and entertainment complex on the banks of the Yarra River. Occupying a central position opposite Flinders Street Station and next to the Victorian Arts Centre and Hamer Hall, Southgate offers an opportunity for visitors to dine in a riverside restaurant or cafe with views of the CBD across the river. Catering to all types of budgets and tastes, the complex has a large food hall on the ground floor and more refined dining on the upper levels. Shops include a variety of boutique fashion stores as well as gift shops, bookstores and speciality shops. Open from 7am until late and located adjacent to the city’s major arts precinct, Southgate is the ideal place to stop for a pre- or post-theatre dinner or drink.More
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Great Ocean Road

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Victoria's Great Ocean Road is great in every sense of the word. If you're driving, you'll discover one of the most famous and scenic coastal stretches of road in the world. If you're surfing, you'll find point break heaven. And if you're looking for breathtaking seaside vistas at every turn, you've found them. This stretch of Victoria's coast - dubbed the Great Ocean Road - is known for its long empty beaches and crashing surf. It's holiday central for vacationing Melburnites in December and January, when thousands of visitors swell the local population, booking laidback holiday homes for the summer season. Local towns come alive in summer, with bustling cafes, boutiques and bars. Away from the coast, the surrounding mountains hide national parks filled with bushwalks, rainforest, waterfalls and wildlife.More
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Twelve Apostles

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Washed by crashing waves just off the craggy shoreline of western Victoria, the dramatic Twelve Apostles stand sentinel off the Great Ocean Road. Once joined to the surrounding mainland, the limestone outcrops are a Victorian icon and an enduring symbol of nature's mighty power and beauty.Pounded by surf and tide for thousands of years, the limestone crags are gradually being whittled down in number – currently only eight of the Twelve Apostles remain – and the neighbouring rocky arch known as London Bridge has collapsed into the roaring sea.The wild western Victorian coastline is a bewitching and beautiful part of Australia, the site of tragic shipwrecks in days gone by and the perfect place for exhilarating cliff-top walks, wreck diving and other untamed encounters with Mother Nature.More
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Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

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If you didn't know that Melbourne is a sport-loving city, learn all about it at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). A Melbourne landmark, and one of the seven wonders of the sporting world, no visit to Melbourne is complete without witnessing a summertime cricket match or winter game of Australian Rules football at the MCG. Backstage tours on non-event days take visitors onto the hallowed turf and into the changing rooms of Australia’s largest stadium. A visit to the National Sporting Museum here reveals the MCG’s history as an Olympic Games venue, and particular sports are highlighted in several exhibits, including the alarmingly realistic Shane Warne Hologram. Exhibition spaces display the MCG’s historic collection of sports memorabilia. The cricket season launches at the MCG with the famous Boxing Day Test match. The most important fixture on the football calendar is held here on the last Saturday in September – the AFL Grand Final.More
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Federation Square

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Federation Square is Melbourne's focal point and favorite meeting place. Outdoor cafes surround the square, which is dominated by a huge outdoor screen. People flock here to people-watch or catch don't-miss sport or activities on the screen, and it’s the location for Melbourne's most important public events and ceremonies. Back from the cafes you'll find the Australian art section of the National Gallery of Victoria, known as the Ian Potter Centre – the perfect place to get a sense of Australia’s art history from colonial days to the present day. Other cultural icons at Federation Square include cinema history at ACMI, art galleries and creative outdoor play spaces for kids.More
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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.More
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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

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The lovely landscaped grounds of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens spread for almost 100 acres south of the city center, providing Melbourne with the much-appreciated foliage of more than 50,000 plants. The gardens were established in 1846, and over the years they've become recognised as one of the finest examples of Victorian-era landscaping in the world. The mix of native and introduced species provides inspiration for would-be gardeners, and the manicured lawns are a popular spot for picnics and parties. You'll find tranquil ornamental lakes dotted with waterbirds, a herbarium and an observatory, plus conservatories and glasshouses filled with exotic blooms. Follow winding pathways past fern gullies and eucalyptus, or join Melbourne's joggers running rings around The Tan, the gardens' running track.More
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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. Visiting from March to July 2013 are hidden treasures from Afghanistan temporarily donated by the National Museum in Kabul. 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.More
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Eureka Skydeck 88

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If early explorers could have had this view it would have made their jobs a lot easier. Situated high above Melbourne’s bustling streets, the Eureka Skydeck 88 is a 360-degree viewing platform towards the top of the Eureka Tower. From this elevated vantage point on the 88th floor, the Victorian countryside literally stretches from the mountains down towards the sea. Gaze east toward the 2,000-foot Mount Dandenong which can be coated with snow in winter, and south to the waters of Port Phillip and beachgoers lounging at St. Kilda. More than simply the view, however, it’s the Eureka Skydeck’s remarkable height that will leave you weak in the knees. Even the elevators to reach the platform are an adventure unto themselves, and the 40 seconds to cover 88 stories make them the fastest in the Southern Hemisphere. Once you’ve taken a lap of the 88th floor, step outside onto the open-air terrace to feel the wind rushing through your hair from nearly 1,000 feet off the ground.More

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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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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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