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Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, is considered one of the trendiest and most liveable cities in the world. Be sure to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of Melbourne, with its imposing cityscape of mirrored skyscrapers contrasted with Victorian mansions, you are sure to love this distinctive, seaside metropolis. You’ll also find an incredible number of cafes and art galleries here, as well as trendy, hidden jewels, found only by exploring the city’s unique laneways. Sports are woven into the social fabric of Melbourne, with some sporting events having become public holidays. Not surprisingly, it is the only Australian city to offer five sports teams playing on an international level.
Melbourne's Royal Botanic Garden is located on the southern shores of the Yarra River, close to the centre of Melbourne. A charming haven for recreation and an important resource for education, conservation, science and horticulture. Melbourne Gardens extends nearly 100 acres and showcases more than 8,500 species of plants from around the world. Be sure to enjoy the Aboriginal Heritage Walk and Garden Discovery Tour on your visit.
Do you want to make the most of your stay in Melbourne and immerse yourself in the local culture? The city is known for its cool, pedestrianized, laneways full of urban art, hidden shops and hip, sidewalk cafes. Laneway tours are a wonderful opportunity to get an authentic feel for the history and architecture of Melbourne and to see the top sights in each laneway.
This is one of the easier attractions to find in Melbourne - just look up! Towering nearly 1000 feet above Melbourne you’ll find the highest observation deck in the southern hemisphere: the Eureka Skydeck 88. Here you will find "The Edge", a unique glass cube that is pulled out of the building as you stand in it, giving you unique 360-degree views of the city.
The heart of Melbourne, the river is the focus for numerous, outstanding events including the famous Moomba festival, the Melbourne Festival, several rowing regattas as well as Dragon Boat Festivals. Board one of the many river boats to get a special view of Melbourne and to easily visit attractions such as Melbourne Olympic Park, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Herring Island Park. Of course, one can also simply relax along the riverfront or enjoy the many trails and pathways catering for cyclists, walkers and joggers.
Melbourne’s favourite beachside playground, St Kilda is just a few kilometres from the city centre. Starting life as a wealthy residential district, St. Kilda eventually became a popular working-class entertainment district, before becoming a little cheap and seedy, but now it’s a hip and popular destination! St Kilda is popular not only for its beautiful beach with bathing pavilions but also for jazzy cafes, boisterous cocktail bars and numerous adventure activities on-site, like kite-boarding, sport-fishing and skydiving.
Completed in 1909, Flinders train station is a cultural icon of Melbourne. The art nouveau style with its prominent dome, arched entrance, tower and clocks is one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. The Melburnian saying "I'll meet you under the clocks" refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance. Guided tours of the breathtakingly beautiful, disused, ballroom of the station are rare but definitely recommended when possible.
The National Sports Museum is part of the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground - one of the largest and most important stadiums in Australia. The history of the stadium can be traced back to 1853 and the interactive museum presents this rich, sporting history extremely well. Here you will also find the largest sports memorabilia collection in the country. For those wanting to learn more about cricket, Australia rules football, netball and other sports, this is a must visit.
Located in central Melbourne, along the Yarra River, this is one of Melbourne’s great attractions. The aquarium takes you on an interactive, ocean adventure, focused on Australian as well as the Southern Ocean and Antarctic marine life. With interactive animal encounters and feedings, as well as state-of-the-art displays, this aquarium is an excellent and engaging experience for the whole family.
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