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10 Fun Things to Do in Melbourne

It’s been voted the world’s most liveable city seven years in a row! So if you can’t move there, why not take a holiday in Melbourne? Stylish, bustling and packed with activities (and a mix of modern and historic architecture), Melbourne is Australia’s number one city both for sport and for the arts.

It’s been voted the world’s most liveable city seven years in a row! So if you can’t move there, why not take a holiday in Melbourne? Stylish, bustling and packed with activities (and a mix of modern and historic architecture), Melbourne is Australia’s number one city both for sport and for the arts. Footy fans, coffee connoisseurs, arts appreciators and party animals will all be spoilt for choice when they check out the range of Melbourne activities. Here are 10 to get you started. But remember, this is only scratching the surface!

1. Federation Square

Federation Square

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Jump off the train at Flinders Street Station and you’ll find yourself across the road from your ideal Melbourne meeting place. This busy hub is home to the Ian Potter Centre and its collection of Australian art, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and a wide selection of restaurants, bars and shops to choose from.

2. Etihad Docklands Stadium

Etihad Docklands Stadium

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Since opening in 2000, this massive stadium has welcomed more than 35 million fans to watch the action under its retractable roof. As well as regularly hosting AFL games, the stadium also features international sporting events and concerts by the world’s most famous bands and artists. If you love sport, music or both, this stadium’s the place to be.

3. Hosier Lane

Hosier Lane

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What’s a visit to Melbourne without admiring some of the local street art? Hosier Lane’s collection of colourful and striking graffiti makes for a number of great photo opportunities. Even legendary street artist Banksy has contributed to this famous laneway.

4. Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market

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Want to go shopping someplace that’s uniquely Melbourne? Come to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest open-air market and find everything from fresh local fruit and vegetables to fashion, jewellery and homewares. What better place to pick up a uniquely Melbourne souvenir?

5. The Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens

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Need a quick break and some fresh air? Duck into the Botanical Gardens for a quick walk among the peaceful lakes and parklands, checking out the wide variety of plant and animal life. Walk the Aboriginal Heritage Walk or take a ride on the Garden Explorer.

6. City Circle Tram

City Circle Tram

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Get around the inner circle of Melbourne by hopping on route 35, Melbourne’s free tram which passes by many main streets and tourist attractions. Check out the timetable here: www.ptv.vic.gov.au.

7. Eureka Skydeck 88

Eureka Skydeck 88

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See stunning views of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest vantage point. From 285 metres above ground you’re treated to spectacular 360-degree views and, if you want an experience that’s (pardon the pun) a little edgier, try The Edge. This moving glass cube suspends you above the city!

8. Moomba

Moomba

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Melbourne’s annual community festival, occurring on Labour Day weekend in March, is Australia’s largest community festival. It features four days of parades, fireworks, carnivals, river activities and live music. Find out more info at their official website.

9. The Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula

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Feel like swapping skyscrapers for beaches? Just an hour’s drive away from Melbourne is the charming holiday hotspot: the Mornington Peninsula. Spend the day at a lovely clean beach, enjoy wandering cafes and art galleries in European-inspired towns like Mornington and Portsea, and try a glass of white or red at one of the hinterland’s wineries and breweries.

10. The Great Ocean Road and The Twelve Apostles

The Great Ocean Road and The Twelve Apostles

If you have a car or can hire one, set off on Victoria’s legendary scenic ocean drive: the Great Ocean Road tour. On the way you’ll pass through (and check out) friendly little towns like Lorne and Warrnambool, as well as attractions like Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet, the ‘Round the Twist’ lighthouse. The star attraction on the trip is the 12 Apostles, rugged and impressive limestone rocks that rise out of the clean, blue water off the coast of Port Campbell National Park.

And that’s not all there is to do in Melbourne! It will take more than one trip to experience the full range of this city’s cultural activities, adventures, nightlife, dining and vibes.

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