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Melbourne

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Australia's Garden City
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center. Wrapped around the Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne has a relaxed yet somehow lively air that complements its scenic setting. Beach life is an important part of the city’s psyche, as is cultural development and environmental preservation. Established in 1835, the city has grown into a metropolis of nearly 4.25 million people. Take a peek at our custom trip planner: Melbourne and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.
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Where to stay in Melbourne

The hub of tourist and commercial activity, the center of Melbourne remains the best place to stay if you're looking to splurge and enjoy every possible modern amenity during your visit. Travelers on a limited budget can search for cozy yet less expensive rooms in the seaside suburb of St Kilda or the bohemian neighborhood of Fitzroy. Though the city center offers more than a fair share of mid-range lodging options, you'll also find plenty of rooms in this price bracket in the quieter suburbs.
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With Melbourne's combination of world-class dining, art galleries, homegrown fashion and a packed sports calendar, it's no surprise Victoria's capital is regarded the world’s most livable city. The centre of Melbourne is threaded with cobbled laneways, which have become a mecca for coffee shops, cafés and unique shopping boutiques. Follow this guide to discover its hidden charms. International flights arrive direct to Melbourne Airport from many global hubs. From the airport it’s an easy 30 minute taxi or shuttle bus ride to the central business district.