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Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
No matter the time of day Federation Square buzzes with people enjoying the space, constantly voted one of the ugliest buildings ever. During any typical week you can find festivals, sporting events broadcast on the big screens, people wandering...
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400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Multicultural Melbourne is home to people from 180 countries who speak over 230 languages, and the thought-provoking Immigration Museum charts this history through the stories of these people from across the world. Not only does it highlight the...
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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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7 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
Get a bird's-eye view over Melbourne from the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere from the 297-meter-high Eureka Tower. A stomach-churning elevator ride will whisk you up to level 88 in less than 40 seconds. From here, step...
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Badger Creek Rd, Victoria 3777, Australia
If you want to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s famous animals, head to Healesville Sanctuary, a native wildlife zoo set amid the beautiful bushland of the Yarra Valley just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne....
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Brunton Ave, Richmond VIC 3002, Australia
Melbourne isn’t nicknamed Australia’s sporting capital without reason. The city has held the 1956 Olympic Games, 2007 Commonwealth Games and is home to some of the countries biggest sporting events. If you can’t visit Melbourne in time for the...
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Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
A great tip for first-timers to Melbourne: This heritage tram glides around the central business district all day, every day—and is completely free. The audio commentary will let you know which city landmarks you’re passing, but major attractions...
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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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Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Australian Centre for the Moving Image might sound stuffy, but this one-of-a-kind museum is sure to enthrall and delight. Centrally located in Federation Square, ACMI pays homage to Australian cinema, TV and digital culture, with a vibrant...
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133/139 City Rd, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
This waterfront precinct along the Yarra River is where you’ll find such prestigious cultural venues as The Arts Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company and the National Gallery of Victoria. It’s also known for its restaurants and bars, and is usually...
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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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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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7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen VIC 3105, Australia
A short taxi ride east of Melbourne is the former home of art patrons and collectors John and Sunday Reed, who opened up their doors to like-minded artists from the 1930s to the 1950s to create a hub for progressive contemporary Australian art and...
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Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Melbourne’s market culture is obviously very much alive and, in the case of Queen Victoria Market, has been since the 1870s.

Food stalls to try: Börek; Bratwurst Shop & Co.; American Doughnut Kitchen; Gozleme Turkish Café; Le...
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10/18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia
Melbourne’s trendy beachside suburb is hugely popular with locals and visitors, who flock to its many outdoor pubs, cafés and restaurants. Stop in at the European-style cake shops of Acland Street, take a dip in the heated seawater pools at the...
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11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
Besides being home to the largest IMAX theater in the world, which plays documentaries in both 2D and 3D, the Natural History Museum's fauna displays are unique because of Australia's location on the globe; extremely large snakes, reptiles, and...
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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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1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands VIC 3922, Australia
An easy day trip from Melbourne, Phillip Island is famous for its colony of Little Penguins, the smallest of the world’s 17 penguin species at approximately 33 centimeters tall. The star attraction is the sunset Penguin Parade, when hundreds of...
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187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Behind Melbourne’s grid of city streets is a world of backstreets and alleyways where quirky venues are tucked behind unassuming doors and in secret alcoves. Try Centre Place for excellent hole-in-the-wall cafés; the popular Shanghai-style Chinese...