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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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Popular things to do in Melbourne

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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Garden
Royal Botanic Gardens
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Melbourne Zoo ©
Zoo
Melbourne Zoo
4.2
Duration: 3h 30 min
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
Melbourne Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Melbourne Museum
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Melbourne

The Great Ocean Road ©
Scenic Drive
The Great Ocean Road Torquay
4.8
Duration: 4h 30 min
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo Werribee
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
Sovereign Hill ©
Historic Site
Sovereign Hill Ballarat
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
St. Kilda Beach ©
Beach
St. Kilda Beach St Kilda
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Tours in Melbourne

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Walking tour
Walking tours
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Duration: 3 hours
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Food Tour
Food Tours
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
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Helicopter Tour
Helicopter Tours
5.0
Duration: 5 hours
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Coffee / Tea Tour
Coffee & Tea Tours
4.9
Duration: 3 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Melbourne

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Eureka Skydeck ©
Observation Deck
Eureka Skydeck
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Historic Site
Old Melbourne Gaol
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium ©
Aquarium
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
Australian Centre for the Moving Image ©
Science Museum
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Museums in Melbourne

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National Gallery of Victoria ©
Art Museum
National Gallery of Victoria
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
Immigration Museum ©
History Museum
Immigration Museum
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Australian Sports Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Australian Sports Museum
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
HMAS Castlemaine ©
Specialty Museum
HMAS Castlemaine
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Hidden gems in Melbourne

Fitzroy Gardens ©
Garden
Fitzroy Gardens
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia ©
Specialty Museum
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
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Balloon Ride
Balloon Rides
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Melbourne Central ©
Neighborhood
Melbourne Central
4.2
Duration: 3 hours
City Sports Tours ©
Walking tour
City Sports Tours
5.0
Duration: 3h 30 min
Ocean Road Tours ©
Bus Tour
Ocean Road Tours
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Monument
Shrine of Remembrance
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Block Arcade ©
Landmark
Block Arcade
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

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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Message from Tourism Australia

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.