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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. The capital city of the state of Victoria, it is known for its passion for food, coffee, fashion and art.

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 shops.

Meander through the scenic grounds and admire the exhibition hall at Carlton Gardens. At nearby Federation Square, the collision of past and present continues. Angular modern buildings stand in contrast to neighboring Flinders Street Station and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

While you are at “Fed Square,” visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to learn about film history and try out digital technology. Spot the friendly ghost at the Princess Theatre. Or relive ancient voyages at the Immigration Museum.

Cross the Yarra River to explore Southbank’s restaurants and bars, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Take the elevator to Skydeck 88 in the Eureka Tower for breathtaking views of the city.

Jump aboard one of Melbourne’s iconic trams to explore the suburbs. Not far from downtown is Carlton, where you’ll find the Melbourne Museum and the espresso bars of “Little Italy” on Lygon Street. Pack your 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 beside these heritage-listed structures, a perfect memento of this stylish city.

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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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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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Explore Australia's most spectacular coastal route, the Great Ocean Road on this full day trip. Bear witness to an amazing array of stunning attractions as well as highlights of the Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks.

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Enjoy a day trip to see the natural wonders of Phillip Island. Visit a wildlife park to get up-close looks at koalas and kangaroos. Watch fur seals in the rocky formation known as the Nobbies, and at sunset, see hundreds of little penguins at the famous penguin parade.

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Cuddly koalas, tiny penguins, and kangaroos—this is your chance to meet some of the Southern Hemisphere's most exotic, strange, and downright adorable animals. Interact with wallabies and dingoes at an animal park, and then head to the beach for the impossibly cute Penguin Parade on Phillip Island.

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See all the major sights of Melbourne on a red double-decker bus that gives you full 360-degree views of the city. Enjoy unlimited rides within the validity of your pass and stop at world-famous sites including the Arts Center and the Melbourne Zoo and Aquarium.

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Our Great Ocean Road sunset tour is your opportunity to enjoy one of Australia’s most stunning views at its most beautiful time of day. The scenic journey in our bus along the Great Ocean Road is a highlight in itself, the perfect prelude to the main event.

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