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Yarra River
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34 Tours en activiteiten

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Eureka Skydeck 88
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Als de eerste ontdekkers dit uitzicht hadden gehad, was hun werk een stuk eenvoudiger geweest. Hoog boven de levendige straten van Melbourne is het Eureka Skydeck 88 het uitkijkplatform dat onder de top van de Eureka Tower ligt. Vanaf dit hooggelegen punt op de 88ste verdieping kunt u het Victoriaanse platteland vanaf de bergen tot aan de zee bewonderen. Kijk in oostelijke richting naar de ruim 600 meter hoge Mount Dandenong waar in de winter sneeuw op kan liggen. Naar het zuiden ziet u de wateren van Port Phillip en strandliefhebbers op St. Kilda. Maar naast het uitzicht zal alleen al de hoogte van het Eureka Skydeck u knikkende knieën bezorgen.

Zelfs de liften om er te komen zijn een avontuur op zich. Met 40 seconden voor 88 verdiepingen zijn het de snelste op het Zuidelijk halfrond. Zodra u de 88ste verdieping heeft bekeken kunt u ook naar het openluchtterras en voelt u de wind door uw haren waaien op bijna 300 meter boven de aarde.

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Melbourne Zoo
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Animals from Australia and around the world have called the Melbourne Zoo home since 1862, making it Australia's oldest zoo. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, the zoo is a popular location for picnics and evening concerts during the summer.

Star attractions at Melbourne Zoo include the colorful inhabitants of the Butterfly House, families of gorillas at play in the Gorilla Rainforest, and native animals like kangaroos, wombats and koalas in the Amazing Australians exhibits. Most famous of all is the Trail of the Elephants, the Asian village home of the zoo's five elephants, including recent addition baby Mali. Orangutans are viewed from elevated boardwalks, and penguins and seals swim in the Wild Sea display. Don’t miss feeding time and Meet the Keeper presentations.

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Queen Victoria Market
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Ga naar de markt in Melbourne op de historische en leuke Queen Victoria Market! Al sinds 1878 is de Queen Victoria Market de fijnste plek in de stad om vers fruit en groente, heerlijk vlees en kaas, kruiden en vis te kopen. Alles is hier te krijgen.

Melbourne is een stad waar lekker eten bij het dagelijks leven hoort en op de Queen Victoria Market komen lekkerbekken, koks, werklieden en eigenlijk iedereen hun inkopen doen. De sfeer is druk en levendig, vooral op zondagochtenden en voor feestdagen als Kerstmis of Pasen.

Op woensdagavonden in de zomer is er een avondmarkt met eten en vermaak op het verlichte marktplein. Op zondag is er een souvenir- en rommelmarkt met kinderattracties en buitencafés.

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Healesville Sanctuary
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Healesville Sanctuary is de beste plek in Victoria om de oorspronkelijke wilde dieren van Australië te bekijken. In een natuurlijke beboste omgeving biedt het Sanctuary de unieke mogelijkheid om dichtbij Australische dieren te komen op een plek, die zo dicht mogelijk hun natuurlijke leefomgeving benadert.

Een groot deel van de dag kun je, over de paden in de schaduw, over het park wandelen. Je komt dan langs meer en minder bekende diersoorten van Australië. Ontdek de groep dingo’s, koala’s, kangoeroes, wallaby’s, wombats en egels en zie de meest gevaarlijke reptielen van Australië. Je ontdekt ook een groot aantal kleurrijke en zeldzame vogels, zoals emoes, kasuarissen, papegaaien, uilen en arenden, en ziet het vogelbekdier, het meest schuwe waterdier ter wereld, rondjes zwemmen.

Toegang tot het park geeft ook toegang tot een aantal shows met wilde dieren, waaronder de fantastische vogelshow Spirits of the Sky, die in de vliegarena te vinden is.

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Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
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One of only four giant observation wheels in the world, along with the London Eye, the Singapore Flyer and the Las Vegas High Roller, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel has some big names to live up to, but with its 360-degree panoramic views reaching as far as the distant Mount Macedon and Dandenong mountain range, there’s no other attraction like it in the city of Melbourne.

Riding in one of the 21 air-conditioned capsules is an experience in itself, reaching heights of up to 400 feet (120 meters or the equivalent of 40 stories) during the 30-minute tour and offering an unbeatable bird’s eye view of the surrounding Docklands and Port Phillip Bay from the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The most atmospheric time to ride the Melbourne Star is during the evening hours, when the wheel’s specially engineered multi-colored LED-lighting creates a dazzling lightshow over the waterfront.

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AAMI Park

AAMI Park

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With a bold profile of gleaming triangular panels in a unique bioframe roof, it’s no surprise that Melbourne’s AAMI Park has quickly become an iconic sporting stadium.

Located only one kilometre from the city centre, between the sweeping Yarra River and the internationally-loved MCG, AAMI Park is Melbourne’s premier medium-sized soccer, rugby union and rugby league venue. AAMI Park’s star teams include the National Rugby League's Melbourne Storm, Melbourne’s Super Rugby team, the Melbourne Rebels, and soccer’s A-League teams, the Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart. The stadium has a capacity of more than 30,000 spectators and boasts a popular roof design that offers seating cover and a notable lack of pillars and walls obstructing the view. Recognizing the unique value of this Melbourne attraction, in 2012 AAMI Park was awarded the World’s Most Iconic and Culturally Significant Stadium by the Stadium World Congress.

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SEA LIFE® Melbourne Aquarium

Melbourne Aquarium

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Alles wat met vis te maken heeft zwemt in het Melbourne Aquarium, vlak naast de Yarra River in hartje Melbourne. De focus ligt hier op de dieren uit de Zuidelijke Oceaan. Pinguïns zijn een bijzonder hoogtepunt, samen met de andere beesten uit het Antarctisch gebied. Zij die durven zwemmen bij de haaien, terwijl wat lievere dieren in het koraalrif, de rotspoelen, mangroves en billabongs (moerassen) vertoeven.

Dieren uit de omgeving van Australië zwemmen in de expositie River to the Reef, terwijl Weird and Wonderful de variatie van de natuur laat zien, van Nemo anemoonvissen tot diepzee krabben en UV-verlichte kwallen. Een ander hoogtepunt is het angstaanjagende Oceanarium, een doorzichtige glazen kijkruimte met grijze verpleegsterhaaien, pijlstaartroggen en schildpadden.

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Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park

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Part of the draw of any visit to Australia is to see some of its much-heralded rustic beauty. Ayers Rock has its fan-base, as does Byron Bay, but to many a Aussie, there’s nothing more beautiful than watching the sun set over the pristine beaches of Wilson’s Promontory.

Lovingly referred to as “The Prom” by locals, this coastal outcropping is the furthest south one can go on Mainland Australia and features 50,000 hectares of untouched granite peaks backed by white sand beaches . Miles of walking tracks meander all through the pristine coastline, and hikers get to see the Australian wilderness as nature intended it. Teams of kangaroos, koalas, emus and wallabies scurry about the brush and grasslands, while penguins come to roost along the beaches at nightfall. Though Wilsons Promontory is a widely beloved spot, it is famous for its short-yet-seemingly long distance from civilization.

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Rod Laver Arena

Rod Laver Arena

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Rod Laver Arena is best known as the main venue for the Australian Open – an international tennis tournament that attracts thousands of visitors to Melbourne every summer. Named after the tennis player Rod Laver, a three-time winner of the Australian Open, the Arena is the centerpiece of the Melbourne Park complex and features a retractable roof to help players cope with the city’s unpredictable weather and, at times, extreme summer heat. Also hosting music concerts, sporting events and other performances, the Rod Laver Arena, sees over 1.5 million visitors through its doors each year. Attracting some of the biggest names in the music business, some concerts scheduled for 2013 include Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Linkin Park, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Black Sabbath and P!NK.
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St. Kilda, Melbourne

St Kilda

18 Tours en activiteiten

St Kilda is de mooie wijk aan de zeekant van Melbourne en ligt op korte afstand (6 km met de tram) vanaf het zakendistrict CBD. Het heeft een kermisterrein in Victoriaanse stijl, een Lunapark, St Kilda Sea Baths en winkels en restaurants langs Acland Street en Fitzroy Street.

In de tijd van Victoria en Edward was de wijk gewild bij de elite van Melbourne. De interessante geschiedenis is terug te zien aan de vele oude woonhuizen en kenmerkende attracties.

Fitzroy Street loopt van de zuidzijde van het Albert Park tot aan St Kilda Beach. Er zijn veel goede restaurants, cafés, pubs en winkels, maar ook goedkope en luxe woningen. Een levendige straat, waar je naar mensen kunt kijken en wat kunt drinken in de vele kleine cafeetjes aan de straatkant.

Acland Street loopt parallel aan het strand en heeft een beetje hetzelfde aanbod. Hier vind je ook de populaire kunst- en handwerkmarkt op zondag (op de Esplanade) en een aantal heerlijke banketbakkers.

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Melbourne Royal Arcade

Melbourne Royal Arcade

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Take a walk through the showcase of old-world indulgence that lives in Melbourne’s Royal Arcade. With a lofty glass ceiling that streams natural light onto the delicate Victoriana metalwork and timeless diamond, this small arcade is a charming representation of heritage style amongst the crisp, modern surrounds of central Melbourne. Royal Arcade is meant for wandering and window shopping; for graceful movements, refined delights and generous gift buying. Extravagant boutique wares include Koko Black chocolate, Metal Couture jewels and Silk Store fashion. Even visitors disinterested in shopping may appreciate the arcade’s famous feature, Gaunt's clock, with its guarding statues on either side that sound hourly chimes.
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Melbourne Central

Melbourne Central

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Visiting Melbourne Shopping Center is a trip that can literally take days. Even if you spent only 10 minutes in each of the 300 shops, it would still take over 50 hours before the shopping was through. Granted—while it’s impractical to visit every shop—there’s still the time it takes to visit the sights within the center. Take, for example, historic Shot Tower—a bullet making facility from 1889 that’s housed within the shops. To protect the original structure from crumbling, an enormous, 20-story, cone made of glass protects the entire tower—a feat of architectural engineering that’s the largest of its kind in the world. While exploring the maze of eateries and shops, be sure to keep an eye on the time as it approaches the top of the hour. Every hour, on the hour, the famously oversized Marionette Watch sounds a version of “Waltzing Matilda,” an old bush ballad that’s considered the unofficial national anthem of Australia.

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Block Arcade

The Block Arcade

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De Block Arcade is een oud winkelcentrum in een zuilengang, gebouwd aan het einde van de 19de eeuw. Het is helemaal in oude staat hersteld, waarbij de oorspronkelijke mozaïekvloer, het glazen dak en afwerkingen met ijzer- en beeldhouwwerk bewaard zijn gebleven.

Samen met Melbourne’s Royal Arcade maakt de Block Arcade deel uit van de Golden Mile erfgoedroute, waarbij je al wandelend door het hart van het zakendistrict een unieke winkelbelevenis ervaart.

Geliefde winkels in de arcade zijn de Hopetoun Tea Rooms (de oorspronkelijk plek in Melbourne voor een high tea met nog steeds de meest smakelijke etalage van de stad), de Dafel Dolls & Bears speelgoedwinkel en Haigh’s Chocolates.

Je kunt de Block Arcade binnengaan bij de officiële ingang op Collins Street, via Elizabeth Street (west) of via de wandelroute vanaf Little Collins Street.

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Phillip Island

Phillip Island

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For most visitors to Victoria, Phillip Island means one thing – penguins! People have been coming here for decades to watch the little penguins return from their day at sea as dusk falls over Summerland Beach during what is known as the Penguin Parade. The sight of the little penguins waddling along the beach to their burrows is utterly priceless.

Along with the Penguin Parade, Phillip Island is also home to a wildlife park filled with wallabies and kangaroos. Seals and dolphins frolic at the Nobbies Centre, while koalas doze in the native bushland of the Koala Conservation Centre. The boardwalks here catch the best views of the sleepy marsupials from up in the treetops. There’s also a heritage farm to visit on nearby Churchill Island.

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Melbourne Chinatown

Melbourne Chinatown

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Technically, over 5,000 miles separate Melbourne from the Chinese city of Shanghai. When standing on the corner of Swanston Street, however, in Melbourne’s CBD, and looking west down Little Bourke Street past rows of Chinese shops, it’s easy to forget you’re still in Australia—rather than Shanghai itself. With the lone exception of San Francisco, Melbourne’s Chinatown is the oldest of its kind in the entire Western world. Established in 1851 by laborers in Victoria’s gold rush, Melbourne’s Chinatown has thrived as the center of the city’s Chinese community. Walking beneath the towering red arch that marks the Chinatown entrance, the smell of dumplings and Sichuan cuisine seems to waft, lift, and rise above each narrow alleyway entrance. While once notorious for its opium and brothels, modern Chinatown is known for its food and colorful, cultural cuisine.

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Dandenong Ranges

Dandenongs

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On a clear day you can see Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges draping the horizon from most places in central Melbourne. Forming the south-eastern border to Melbourne’s famously far-flung suburbs, the Dandenongs are a beautiful mountain retreat just on the city’s doorstep.

The ranges aren’t tall, less than 800 metres (2,620 feet) above sea level, but they’re crowned with breathtaking forests of towering mountain ash and woven with valleys of tree ferns and bushwalking paths. Cute mountain villages offer afternoon tea stops, guesthouses and craft shops, while the Mount Dandenong Lookout has panoramic views over the suburbs to Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay.

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Collins Street

Collins Street

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Melbourne’s grandest avenue, Collins Street is known for being a hub for prestigious boutiques and designer stores, theaters, global bank headquarters, high-end hotels and restaurants.

Running for a mile between Elizabeth and King Street, Collins Street is the traditional main street of the city. On a visit, start at the east end, or “Paris end,” so named for its lavish Victorian-era buildings, erected in the 1880s when Melbourne grew recklessly during the Victorian gold rush. Collins Street has long been Melbourne’s center of financial activities. Some of the banks are housed in Victorian gothic builds nicknamed “Cathedrals of Commerce,” while others are in shining glass skyscrapers, some of which are Australia’s tallest, like 101 Collins Street. It’s worth seeing the late 19th century Old Stock Exchange, which looks straight out of Venice, and the ANZ Gothic Bank — all gold leaf ceilings and grand ceilings on the inside.

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Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

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Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm is in Melbourne’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula, about 75 minutes from the city by car.

The farm is one of Victoria’s premium berry producers and visitors can pick strawberries on the farm for a small fee. Known as ‘U-Pick’, the strawberry-picking season starts in late spring (November) and runs until early fall (April).

In addition to picking strawberries at the farm, you can enjoy one of several decadent strawberry desserts at the Dessert Café.

Depending on the season, fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cherries are available from the Sunny Ridge Farmgate onsite. You can also purchase Sunny Ridge jams, ice creams, sorbets and freeze-dried fruits.

Combine your trip to Sunny Ridge with a visit to one of the Mornington Peninsula’s award-winning wineries.

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Melbourne Princess Theatre

Melbourne Princess Theatre

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Melbourne is a large, vibrant city with hundreds of things to do, but none of its attractions are quite as spectacular as historic Princess Theater. Built in 1857 and remodeled in 1886, the theater has hosted many of the world’s top musicals, operas, and shows. The theater’s famously exquisite façade is on par with the best in Europe, and the 1,488 seat theater is adorned in chandeliers.

Perhaps more famous than the building itself—and even some of its shows—is the legend of Frederick Federici, the friendly ghost who’s inhabited the theater since his death in 1888. In a curious end to a theater performance, Federici died of a heart attack while descending through a stage door, and frequent sightings of the actor’s ghost continue up to this day. Aside from the legends and legendary shows, the Princess Theater also hosts the Federici Bistro, where visitors can enjoy both dinner and a show for the best date night in town.

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