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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.

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Dandenong Ranges
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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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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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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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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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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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Sovereign Hill
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Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill takes history to a whole new level. Houses, shops and places of work have all been carefully crafted on the 25 hectare site to reproduce an 1850s mining town.

The ‘township’ of over 60 historically recreated buildings revolves around Red Hill Mine. The Red Hill Mine is home to the second largest gold nugget in the world. The Welcome Nugget weighed 69kg, was almost 99% pure gold, and worth over $3million. A replica can be found at Sovereign Hill.

When at Sovereign Hill, don’t pass up the opportunity to pan for some gold of your own! The gold diggings are the centre of the entire complex. The two mines on Sovereign Hill have regular guided tours. The Red Hill Mine tour is self-guided, whilst the Sovereign Quartz Mine is a 40 minute tour showing several displays.

Main Street is the heart of the town, filled with shops and amenities that made life easier on the gold fields.

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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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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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Eureka Skydeck 88

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

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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Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

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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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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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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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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Cape Woolamai

Cape Woolamai

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Met zandstranden, winderige klippen en kilometers lange wandelroutes is Cape Woolamai een plek om te ontspannen en terug te gaan naar de natuur. Het ligt langs de zuidoostelijke hoek van het schilderachtige Phillip Island. Cape Woolamai is een populaire bestemming voor surfers, vogelspotters en fietsers. Op het westelijke gedeelte biedt Woolamai Beach de bijna beste surflocatie van de staat Victoria. De oostzijde is meer bedekt met zandduinen en ligt op korte loopafstand van het dorp. Woolamai Beach is onderdeel van het Phillip Island Surfing Reserve en er zit een populaire reddingsclub. De granieten kliffen bieden een ruig landschap in combinatie met de wijde, goudgele stranden. Bovenop de klip leidt een systeem van wandelroutes naar het hoogste punt van geheel Phillip Island. Ondanks dat het maar zo’n 112 meter hoog is, biedt de heuvel een prachtig uitzicht tot aan het Australische vasteland.

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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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Kings Domain

Kings Domain Gardens

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De Kings Domain Gardens zijn gratis toegankelijk en een rustgevende plek nabij de drukke binnenstad van Melbourne. Kings Domain ligt op een heerlijke plek en je kunt er heerlijk ontspannen op een groot oppervlakte aan natuurgebied. Bezoekers kunnen lekker even slapen op een van de gazons, picknicken onder de enorme bomen of wandelen door het vele groen.

De Kings Domain Gardens liggen tegen de Royal Botanical Gardens aan en in de buurt zijn nog meer parken te vinden. De Queen Victoria Garden bijvoorbeeld heeft rozen, aangelegde bloemperken en een beeld van de koningin zelf. De Alexandra Gardens liggen tussen Alexandra Avenue en de oever van de rivier Yarra. Naast een perfect uitzicht op de skyline van de stad zijn hier ook een aantal barbecueplekken beschikbaar.

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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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The District Docklands

The District Docklands

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Everyone wants a gift from vacation, and the Harbour Town Outlets are a practical place for finding a really good deal. Here on the city’s bustling Docklands just outside of West Melbourne, visitors might find that special gift at one of the 90 outlets. Start the adventure with coffee or tea from one of the cafés on site, and peruse the sprawling retail maze in search of the perfect fit. If visiting Melbourne from overseas, swing by the center’s Tourism Lounge for a second round of deals, since tourists often receive bonus discounts not available to other shoppers. Additional features include a Ferris wheel and occasional outdoor ice rink, and Harbour Town can be a family outing—not just another shop.

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South Wharf

South Wharf

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While the area itself is relatively small, Melbourne’s South Wharf Promenade has a large city presence. Set on the scenic southern bank of Melbourne’s Yarra River, the shop-lined promenade faces north to Melbourne’s bustling downtown. While shopping here is the major draw, it’s the restaurants, cafés, and dining options that surprise its visitors the most. It is home to the Melbourne Convention Center and Direct Factory Outlets, and the South Wharf holds a piece of history in the Polly Woodside tall ship. Originally launched in Northern Ireland in 1885, the ship made 17 trips around the world in its 90-year career. Long retired from regular use after years of scouring the globe, the ship is now a floating museum that welcomes visitors and groups. Even here on the fresh water banks of Melbourne’s modern South Wharf, it’s possible to feel like a salty pirate sailing the Southern Sea.

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Australian Ballet

Australian Ballet

For the ultimate ballet experience in Australia, be sure to see a production by The Australian Ballet, which is based in Melbourne. Founded in 1962, this inspiring national ballet company has been delivering classical ballet with technical expertise for five decades. Lose yourself in the delicate romance of Odette and Prince Siegfried from Swan Lake, absorb the energy of Don Quixote or be mesmerised by the theatrical contemporary motion of Vanguard. While based at The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre in Melbourne’s Southbank, the company is one of the busiest in the world and tours nationally and internationally to stage more than 200 performances each year.
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Twelve Apostles

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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