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Welcome to Melbourne

Long in competition with Sydney for the title of Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne is often the people’s choice, consistently topping the list of the world’s most livable cities. There’s a lot to love, from its melting pot of inhabitants and distinctly European ambience, to its brunch scene, art galleries, and nightlife. Global audiences fill coveted seats at the Arts Centre Melbourne and sporting temples like Melbourne Cricket Ground and Etihad Stadium. But it’s not just about arts and sports. The very essence of Melbourne lies in its neighborhoods. Discover the city’s coolest bars and eateries tucked away in the CBD’s narrow laneways; shop in flashy South Yarra or along Fitzroy’s hipster Brunswick Street; or stroll the sandy beaches of St. Kilda, just a few miles outside the city. And only a day trip away are the Yarra Valley wine region, Mornington Peninsula, and Great Ocean Road.

Top 15 attractions in Melbourne

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Yarra River

Yarra River

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The Yarra River winds its way through Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) plus a number of suburbs. In the city, bars, restaurants, and parks thrive along its banks, bringing locals and tourists together. Numerous festivals and sporting events take place on the Yarra, including the famous Moomba Festival and rowing regattas.More
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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

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One of the world's most famous driving routes, Victoria's Great Ocean Road offers scenic surprises at every fork in the road. In signature Australian style, endless stretches of white sandy beaches are flanked by dense pockets of rain forest, charming coastal towns, and canopies populated by koalas.More
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Twelve Apostles

Twelve Apostles

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Situated right at the end of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles are a set of eight rock formations—there used to be twelve—jutting out of the Southern Ocean. These limestone pillars were once connected to the nearby cliffs but have been eroded away into caves, pillars, and arches from the harsh conditions of the ocean.More
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Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo

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The Melbourne Zoo has been open since 1862, making it Australia's oldest zoo. Modeled after the London Zoo, the Melbourne Zoo houses more than 300 species from around the world, from elephants and lions to Aussie natives like kangaroos and koalas. The zoo is also a conservation center dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction.More
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Werribee Open Range Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo

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Australia might be famous for its kangaroos and koalas, but the Werribee Open Range Zoo offers all the excitement of an African safari on Aussie shores. Lions, rhinoceros, giraffes, and gorillas all roam freely in the park’s 494-acre (200-hectare) grasslands, affording visitors some incredible wildlife-watching opportunities.More
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Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge

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The Great Ocean Road is one Victoria’s most naturally stunning sights, and Loch Ard Gorge is a dramatic highlight of an already dramatic journey. It was at this spot in 1878 where a ship carrying settlers from England to Melbourne was tragically wrecked on the rocks. Of the 54 passengers aboard the ship only two of the passengers survived—a teenage boy who heroically rescued a fellow teenage girl. After spending the night in a coastal sea cave, the duo found help with local settlers after scaling the rugged cliffs. Today those cliffs have a set of stairs that lead to the golden sands, where a protected beach is tucked beneath the towering, time-sculpted bluffs. Though the weather can be spectacularly stormy in winter, summer days are an invitation for picnicking, swimming, and sunbathing, and the striated cliffs form a natural amphitheater of coastal beauty around you. The gorge is located just a ten minute drive from the famous Twelve Apostles, which are arguably the most popular and visited site on Australia’s Great Ocean Road. At the top of the cliffs above the gorge, a modest cemetery has a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Loch Ard shipwreck—just one of an estimated 700 ships that have sank off this southern coast.More
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Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

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The largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the most famous sporting venues in Australia, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is more than a Melbourne landmark. The legendary stadium has hosted the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the annual Boxing Day Test Match, and Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final.More
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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

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Get away from Melbourne’s bustling city center without actually leaving town at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. This 89-acre (36-hectare) park is home to more than 8,500 plant species, tranquil lakes, and lush lawns. Join guided walking tours, workshops, or presentations, or feel free to walk around the flourishing oasis on your own.More
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ArtVo

ArtVo

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Put yourself in the picture at ArtVo, the first immersive art gallery, or “trick art” gallery, in Australia. Spanning 21,528 square feet (2,000 square meters), the Melbourne gallery displays more than 100 interactive, large-scale paintings on walls and floors that allow you to become part of the art through photos.More
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Eureka Skydeck 88

Eureka Skydeck 88

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A signature Melbourne experience, Eureka Skydeck 88 is a 360-degree viewing platform set atop the 974-foot (274-meter) Eureka Tower. For the daring there’s the Edge, a cantilevered glass cube that slides out from the building, leaving you suspended above the city streets. Vertigo, a green-screen set-up, simulates falling from the building.More
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Federation Square

Federation Square

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Federation Square, just across from Flinders Street Station, is Melbourne's beating heart and favorite meeting spot. Numerous city events take place here throughout the year, making it a must-visit attraction for all travelers. The square is surrounded by many bars and restaurants, and is home to the Ian Potter Centre, an Australian art museum.More
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Luna Park Melbourne

Luna Park Melbourne

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First opened in 1912, Luna Park Melbourne is a slice of theme park history. Enter through the mouth of Mr. Moon and ride historic attractions, including the Great Scenic Railway wooden roller coaster. Old-time favorites, such as a ghost train and hall of mirrors, offer thrills to kids, as do bumper cars, carousels, and modern rides.More
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St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

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Located in the heart of Melbourne, St. Paul’s Cathedral is the only neo-Gothic building among a sea of modern structures in Federation Square. Built between 1880 and 1931 to commemorate the location of Melbourne’s first Christian service back in 1836, St. Paul’s features the 2nd-tallest Anglican spire in the world.More
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Melbourne Southgate

Melbourne Southgate

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Boasting a prime location on the banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne Southgate is a shopping, eating, and entertainment complex. As well as offering one of the most diverse shopping experiences in the city, Melbourne Southgate is just a few minutes walk from Flinders Street Station and Arts Centre Melbourne.More
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Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean National Park

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One of Victoria’s most significant landscapes, Point Nepean National Park spans more than 1,000 acres (560 hectares) on the pristine Mornington Peninsula. Visitors can immerse themselves in the coastal views and native grasslands while exploring the rich history of the park. What began as indigenous land became one of the earliest European settlements in Victoria during 1845, then a quarantine station before the site turned into a military center. In addition to its rich culture, the park is host to a world of marine life, including emerald-colored sea shrubs and invertebrates.Discover Victorian landmarks, such as the park’s highest point, Cheviot Hill, overlooking the jetty where Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared in 1967. History buffs can visit Fort Nepean for panoramic views and explore military fortifications used in both World Wars. Numerous hiking trails and beach walks of varied length start in the park. To get the most out of your trip, visit the park’s information center for a self-guided walk brochure or audio tour equipment.More

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Ways to See the Great Ocean Road

Ways to See the Great Ocean Road

Top Spots for Art Lovers in Melbourne

Top Spots for Art Lovers in Melbourne

Top activities in Melbourne

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People
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SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Admission Ticket
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Yarra Valley Wine and Winery Tour from Melbourne
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Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne
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Boutique All-Inclusive Great Ocean Road, 12 Apostles and Rainforest Experience
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne
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Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

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Wear sensible shoes, you’re in for a great time
Jessica_K, May 2022
Melbourne Walking Tour: Uncover Hidden Laneway Bars
We’ll be back to see more of Melbourne.
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Great way to see Melbourne at night
Katherine_M, May 2022
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
A great way to see Melbourne at night
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A great way to see a...
Warren_D, May 2022
Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops
A great way to see a specific period in Melbourne's history and learn of the dodgy characters that ruled.
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Great
PenMcEncroe, May 2022
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
In winter would prefer to be downstairs so you can see through the windows.
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All of the tour. The...
Evelyn_M, May 2022
Melbourne Street Art Tour
The walking guide was informative and got to see Melbourne lanes covered with clever and interesting arts then the final destination and able to witness few available artists at work in the studio and the yummy snacks and drinks.
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Celebration 🎉
CherrieMae_K, Apr 2022
Melbourne Skydeck Entry Ticket
We are glad to see all the amazing views from above and glad to experience it.
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Amazing tours of Victoria!
brianmarklynch, Apr 2022
Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road Day Trip and Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne
Highly recommended for a trip outside of Melbourne to see some of the best of Victoria.
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Great trip!
Ashley_C, Apr 2022
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People
Would recommend the trip to anyone that has limited time in Melbourne and wishes to see the sites.
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Jacqueline_C, Mar 2022
Highlights of Melbourne Cruise
They made you feel safe and is a great way to see parts of melbourne
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Great Day on the Great Ocean Road
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Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne
Highly recommend to anyone who would like to see an amazing part of Australia in a day trip from Melbourne.
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Helena_S, Mar 2022
Highlights of Melbourne Cruise
It was amazing to see and hear information of the details of iconic bridges, and buildings in Melbourne.
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Great experience!
Jane_M, Feb 2022
Melbourne Sunset Kayaking Experience with Dinner
Friendly guides, fun activity and a unique way to see Melbourne!
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Family kayak on the Yarra river in Melbourne.
Robert_D, Jan 2022
Melbourne City Twilight Kayak Tour
What an incredible way to see Melbourne, the Yarra River and the twilight.
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A good walking tour and a great way to see Melbourne city
Brendan_W, Dec 2021
Melbourne Lanes & Arcades Chocolate and Dessert Walking Tour
A good way to see Melbourne lanes, arcades, architecture and of course sample chocolate, Our host Julia was friendly, knowledgeable and happy to spend time with us.
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Love the experience!
YewHong_T, May 2022
Pure Nature - Phillip Island, Penguins & Exclusive Wildlife Sanctuary Encounter
Phillip Island Wildlife Park - this is the best location to visit if one loves animal encounters.
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Check out the Voyager Theatre for fun ideas of what to see and do while visiting Melbourne.
Jim_W, Apr 2022
Melbourne Skydeck Entry Ticket
It also gave us ideas of other places we'd want to visit during our holiday, such as Melbourne's Chinatown and Luna Park.
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Fantastic tour! Highlight of our trip to Melbourne
houghtonkl, Mar 2022
Melbourne Lanes & Arcades Chocolate and Dessert Walking Tour
Julia was very personable and it was great to see she had a passion for what she does.
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A MUST DO!
Baraa_K, Mar 2022
Great Ocean Road Medium Size Group Tour
He also does other tours but unfortunately we couldn't join him due to our limited time there but he is super knowledgeable and gives you advice on what to do and how to make the most of your Melbourne trip and fill it with fun and amazing memories...
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Family day out
Jeff_H, Jul 2021
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Admission Ticket
First time at the Aquarium brilliant I would recommend this place for people to visit when in Melbourne
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wonderful rich experience
Susanna_P, Jul 2021
Laneways of Melbourne
A wonderful experience on a cold winter morning, visiting places I never would have imagined were there.

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When to visit

Alfresco dining, music festivals, and night markets mean that there’s always something to do in Melbourne come summertime, and events such as the Australia Day Parade and Christmas Festival Melbourne pull in the crowds. Don’t be put off by a winter visit—low season prices can make a city break more affordable, and Melbourne is well placed for visiting Victoria’s ski resorts.

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