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St Kilda beach, Victoria, Australia
Got to hang out on the beach for Christmas. But forgot our Santa hats to fit in with the locals.
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The pier can be a relaxing respite from the city, and so close. There are cafes and bars within walking distance of the pier. You can also check out the penguins around sunset, if willing to deal with the oossible crowds or inclimate weather.
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4 Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia
Find homestyle, yet gourmet, Chinese dishes at this second venture for Chef Gilbert Lau. Try the wok-fried or steamed Patagonian toothfish; Shanghai scrambled egg white, fresh crab, and cream.

This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
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Just three kilometers—and an easy tram or taxi ride from the Central Business District—is this peaceful respite from busy city life. Originally a series of swamps and lagoons, Albert Park Lake has been transformed into a magnificent recreational...
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100 Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
When you need a break from all the laneways and urbanscapes, head to the sprawling Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Here, 93 acres of landscaped gardens feature more than 10,000 species of native and exotic flora species. On sunny days, locals tend...
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111 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
ACCA is not only Melbourne’s leading contemporary art gallery, but it is one of the city’s most recognizable buildings, with its imposing rust-red structure designed by Australian architects Wood Marsh. The not-for-profit space exhibits...
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180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia
Stroll the laneways or visit one of the many museums; Melbourne is the city for art lovers. The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Melbourne’s most well-known art gallery. It has a free permanent collection and regularly hosts major...
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Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
"I'll meet you under the clocks." It's a phrase you'll hear thrown around Melbourne by locals all the time, but what does it mean? Flinders Street Station is not only a Australian icon but it's Melbourne's heart. Being the Metropolitan train hub,...
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1/194-200 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Melbourne saw a huge influx of Chinese immigrants during the 1850s gold rush, and the city’s fascinating Chinatown, located on Little Bourke Street and the surrounding lanes and alleyways, is a buzzing area of restaurants, noodle shops, stores and...
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328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
This is a Melbourne landmark, where students make use of the free Wi-Fi, and locals picnic on the green lawns overlooking Swanston Street. It’s also a great way to spend a few hours, exploring the heritage interiors of the 19th-century building...
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Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
This is the preferred way from Flinders Station on the north side of the river over to the Crown Complex on the south. As soon as you get to the south side, there is a bike rack on your left with Melbourne Ride Share bikes. It's a good place to...
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Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
It would be hard to run out of things to do in Melbourne, Australia even if you called the city home year-round. It is a vibrant city and lending itself to this energy is the Arts Centre Melbourne. There are events and shows at the center...
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Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
If you want to capture beautiful views of Melbourne's South Bank, including Eureka Tower that dominates the skyline, head to Birrarung Marr Park. From Federation Square head towards the Princes Bridge (as if you're walking towards the Art Centre...
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163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
Prahran Market and its surrounding merchants get me excited to shop for all things edible. This display of happy cupcakes made me stop and smile on my stroll through one of Melbourne's lively markets. They just made it extra special on a warm,...
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287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
This 225-store high-end shopping mall offers a great mix of international and Australian designers—look out for local favorites Gorman, Willow and Scanlan Theodore. There’s also an excellent food court aimed squarely at Melbourne’s discerning...