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Melbourne is a very cool city peppered with fabulous street art, chic neighbourhoods, sleek architecture and rooftop bars. In addition to modern city living, you can lose yourself in nature just outside the metropolitan area. With so much on offer, a trip to Melbourne is sure to keep you busy.
Whether your preference is food, nature, wineries, entertainment or all of the above, read on to find the best spots to track down.
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“Fitzy”, as it’s called locally, is a trendy and artistic neighbourhood known for its bohemian vibes. The area attracts young professionals and students thanks to its unique bars and restaurants. You can also find street art dotted around the suburb, as well as galleries in many of its terraced houses.
Brunswick Street is popular for shopping and nightlife, while Gertrude Street offers more eateries, art and design.
Standing tall in the heart of the CBD, Flinders Street Station is one of Melbourne’s most iconic structures. It’s a popular rendezvous spot for locals and travellers alike, who arrange to meet under its famous row of clocks.
The station is one of the busiest in the Southern Hemisphere. The upper floors were built to house a gym, library and lecture hall and a ballroom.
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This popular and dynamic public square in Melbourne’s CBD was designed as a focal point for the city’s cultural and civic activities. As well as year-round attractions and events, it is home to an array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores.
Whatever time of year you’re visiting Victoria’s capital city, you’ll find something of interest going down at “Fed Square”.
The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most scenic drives and runs along the Victorian coastline between Torquay and Allansford. The road stretches for 243km and is included in the Australian National Heritage List.
Today the route is famous for its natural rock formations, predominantly the Twelve Apostles, as well as prime surf spots, charming towns, and a chance to see wildlife up close.
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St Kilda is a buzzing beachside suburb that attracts backpackers, families and fitness lovers. You’ll find joggers running down the boardwalk and travellers filling the trendy restaurants and bars on Acland and Carlisle streets.
The once glitzy resort area is now a popular spot for music and festivals, and provides a relaxed vibe on the edge of the city.
The Yarra Valley is a well-known wine production region close to Melbourne. The area is filled with lush, green land and vineyards, and is one of the most popular areas to visit from Melbourne for a day trip.
There are over 80 cellar doors you can visit; but as well as a wine tasting, you’ll also find mouth-watering food, scenic sights, breweries and art galleries.
Phillip Island sits off the southern coast of Victoria and is a popular day trip from Melbourne. It’s most famous residents are the fairy penguins. Visitors gather at dusk to watch the penguin parade as penguins emerge from the water onto the land.
You can also visit an area known as The Nobbies to see a colony of fur seals, as well as the famous ex Grand Prix track, for car and motorcycle racing.
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Once part of the shipping industry, Melbourne Docklands is now a harbour development that sits on the water surrounded by high-rise buildings. It is dominated by the colourful Melbourne Star observation wheel and offers a wide range of activities and experiences.
Many people visit Docklands to catch a sports game at Etihad Stadium, go shopping or dine at one of the waterside restaurants.
Less than an hour outside Melbourne you can escape the bustling city and surround yourself with nature. The beautiful Dandenong Ranges is a low range of mountains that reaches a height of 633 metres at Mount Dandenong.
Enjoy breathtaking scenery along the many walking and hiking trails, and drop into the hilltop villages and local arts and crafts centres.
A famous and much-loved part of Melbourne culture is its colourful, bustling city laneways that connect the major streets throughout the CBD. Covered in street art and filled with cafes that lure you in with the smell of fresh coffee, the laneways offer a special Melbourne experience that is tucked away from obvious view.
Delicious food, trendy locations, hidden corridors and cool bars add to the unique and artsy atmosphere.
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