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Melbourne

Known for Shopping, Museums and Architecture

Australia’s capital of style artfully blends the elegance and grace of yesteryear with the bold new world of modern design and culture.

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Melbourne is a city with one eye fixed on the past and another on the future. It’s the capital city of the state of Victoria and the country’s capital of style, where good food, coffee, fashion and art are revered.

Exploring the city center will immediately bring Melbourne’s fusion of new and old to light. Stroll down Collins Street to see Victorian-era churches, art deco hotels and daring post-modern structures. Close by is Bourke Street Mall, where trams trundle through a boulevard of heritage-listed buildings tastefully converted into modern shops.

At nearby Federation Square, this delightful collision of the past and present continues. Angular modern buildings stand in futuristic contrast to neighboring Flinders Street Station, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the timeless elegance of the Yarra River. While at “Fed Square,” visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to learn about the country’s history of film and television, and experiment with the latest digital technology.

Cross the river and explore Southbank’s restaurants and bars, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Then take the elevator to Skydeck 88 in the Eureka Tower for breathtaking views of the park-filled city.

Once you’ve explored the city center, jump aboard one of Melbourne’s iconic trams and explore the suburbs. Not far from downtown is Carlton, where you’ll find the Melbourne Museum, and the espresso bars and restaurants of “Little Italy” on Lygon Street.

Pack your towel and swimming costume and head to the seaside suburb of St. Kilda. After a dip in Port Phillip Bay, browse the suburb’s famous cake shops and vintage stores before heading to the bright lights and thrill rides of Luna Park. Stay overnight in one of St. Kilda’s boutique hotels then rise early for a sunrise walk along the coastline to the brightly colored “bathing boxes” of Brighton Beach. Have your photo taken by these heritage-listed structures, a perfect memento of this effortlessly stylish and most liveable of cities.

Things to do in Melbourne

Australia’s premier stadium is a symbol of Melbourne’s sporting heritage, drawing thousands of fans to cricket, football, rugby and soccer matches and events.

Catch a rare view of Southern Ocean and Antarctic marine life at one of Australia’s premier aquariums.

Explore this huge open-air market to enjoy Melbourne’s freshest produce and best bargain shopping.

Melbourne’s premier retail precinct is filled with boutiques and big department stores set in charming heritage-listed arcades.

Find a leafy haven or attend an educational workshop amid the magnificent array of exotic and native flora at one of the world’s finest botanic gardens.

Enjoy the collegiate vibe with a visit to University of Melbourne, a well-known college in Parkville. Amble around this vibrant area's picturesque gardens or experience its acclaimed art scene.

Go to the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere at this soaring residential tower, which also offers fine dining with breathtaking views.

Melbourne’s iconic oceanfront amusement park mixes old-school charm and modern thrill rides to create the perfect family day out.

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Koalas, penguins, and kangaroos—meet all of these Australian animals on this day tour to Phillip Island. Interact with wallabies and dingoes at an animal park, stop at a local chocolate factory, and in the evening head to the beach for the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island.

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Miles of rugged beaches, wave-carved rock formations, and dense rainforest await on this full-day adventure along Australia's most famous scenic highway. Cruise along the Great Ocean Road to see icons like the 12 Apostles, stroll beneath towering trees to spot koalas and lorikeets, and linger over lunch in seaside Apollo Bay.

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Travel to the Yarra Valley wine region, world-renowned for producing Australia's finest Pinot noirs and Chardonnays. Visit 4 wineries, including the award-winning Coldstream Hills. Taste the region's best wines and enjoy a lovely lunch overlooking the quaint valley.

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Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and journey to the precious Yarra Valley region. On this winetasting tour, sample the tasty flavors of different wines at some of the area's finest wineries. Stop for lunch, cheese, and chocolate along the way.

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Begin your day drifting along the Yarra Valley's grapevine corridors and enjoying a bird's-eye view of the sunrise from a hot air balloon. Back on the ground, enjoy a champagne breakfast and toast to the morning's adventure.

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There's absolutely no better way to do the Great Ocean Road than on a luxury coach! Sitting 4 metres above the road, you won't miss out on any of the spectacular views through the panoramic windows as you travel the spectacular coastline.

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