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Affectionately called "Marvellous Melbourne" during the gold rush of the 1850s, the name is still used today for Australia's second largest city. Stylish, arty Melbourne is both dynamic and cosmopolitan, and it's proud of its place as Australia’s sporting and cultural capital.

Located on the banks of the Yarra River, near the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne is a modern metropolis steeped in history. European settlement started in 1935, however the discovery of gold in 1851 saw a population boom with many prospectors settling in Melbourne. With vast wealth generated from the nearby goldfields, majestic buildings were constructed throughout the city. Many of these buildings still stand today, and Melbourne is regarded as having more examples of Victorian architecture than any other city in Australia.

Melbourne is a "city for all seasons". From wandering the hidden laneways and grand tree-lined streets to the acres of city gardens and parklands surrounding the CBD, Melbourne is vibrant, elegant, and multicultural.

  1. Federation Square - When Federation Square opened in 2002 to commemorate 100 years of federation, it divided Melburnians. There were those who loved it and those who hated it. Either way, it has become an integral part of the city and a great place for tourists to start their sightseeing. The ultra-modern design of open and closed spaces juxtaposes the surrounding Victorian architectural buildings. Hosting more than 2,000 events annually, tourists will always find entertainment in the central outdoor performance space and intimate indoor venues. Federation Square also houses the Ian Potter Gallery dedicated to Australian art and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. More commonly called "Fed Square", it is also the largest free Wi-Fi site in Australia.
  2. Royal Botanic Gardens - One of the top tourist attractions in the heart of green parkland extending south of the Yarra River, a short distance from the CBD, is the Royal Botanic Gardens. Established in 1846, the Royal Botanic Gardens is rated as one of the finest of their kind in the world. Covering an area of 40 hectares and with more than 50,000 plants, including many rare species, the gardens are visited by 1.5 million people annually. The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden is designed to encourage the next generation of gardeners and the Aboriginal Heritage Walk is a popular tour that looks into the rich heritage of indigenous Australians. In summer, live theater is a highlight of the gardens, and a moonlight cinema is set up under the stars.
  3. Melbourne Cricket Ground - With a capacity of 100,000 and a history dating back to 1853, the MCG is considered one of the world's greatest stadiums. As the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, birthplace of Test Cricket, and the home of Australian Rules Football, 'the G' is woven into the fabric of Melbourne, the sporting capital of Australia. Daily 75-minute tours take visitors for a trip down a memory lane of great moments in sporting history and incorporate the Australian Gallery of Sport and the Olympic Museum. Visitors can also catch a game of cricket in summer or football during winter. Directly opposite the MCG is Melbourne Park, the home of the Australian Open tennis tournament, held every January. Visitors can even hire a tennis court. The venue also doubles as a function center, and many concerts are held there during the year.
  4. Southbank and Arts Centre Melbourne - Located on the banks of the Yarra River, a short stroll from Flinders Street Station, this area is a culturally rich attraction for visitors. Southbank promenade is filled with indoor/outdoor cafés, restaurants, and live entertainment. An excellent arts and crafts market is held every Sunday, and the area is also home to many festivals held throughout the year. Easily recognizable by its spire, the Arts Centre incorporates a range of theaters and spaces including the State Theatre, Playhouse, Fairfax Theatre, and Hamer Hall, the premier performance space for the revered Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
  5. National Gallery of Victoria - The oldest public art gallery in Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria holds more than 68,000 works of art in two city locations. The international collection is housed in the St. Kilda Road building, originally opened in 1968 and extensively renovated in 2003. The building is renowned for The Great Hall where visitors are encouraged to lay on the floor and gaze at the colorful stained glass ceiling. The extensive Australian collection is held in the Ian Potter Gallery in Federation Square, featuring the history of Australian art from Aboriginal through to the Heidelberg School, and contemporary mixed media. One of the highlights is the large triptych format, The Pioneer by Frederick McCubbin.
  6. Eureka Tower - Named in recognition of The Eureka Stockade, the 1854 rebellion of prospectors in the Victorian goldfields, the tower stands 91 stories above ground. The skyscraper's gold crown and gold-plated windows add to the golden era theme and literally sparkle when the sun catches the top of the building. Skydeck, on the 88th floor, is the highest public view in any building in the southern hemisphere. Adding to the experience is The Edge, a glass cube that slides out three meters from the building for vertigo-free visitors.
  7. Arcades and Laneways - Wandering the labyrinth of lane and alleyways around Flinders, Collins, and Bourke Streets is elegant, interesting, and quirky Melbourne at its best. The jewel in the crown is the magnificent Block Arcade in Collins Street. With its mosaic floor, period details, and unique shops, this is the place where late 19th-century gentry promenaded, coining the phrase, "doing the block". It's worth queuing for a morning or afternoon tea at the Hopetoun Tearooms. This Melbourne icon dates back to 1892 and is the only original shop still in the arcade today. The opulent Royal Arcade is Melbourne's oldest arcade and Flinders and Degraves Lanes are also well worth exploring. Several companies run guided walking tours of the lanes and alleyways.
  8. Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building - A short tram ride from the CBD, the Melbourne Museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland. This modern purpose-built museum houses a diverse collection depicting society and cultures. Highlights include the Aboriginal Centre, Bunjilaka, the children's museum, and The Blue Box a cube protruding off the side of the building. The gallery is a series of hands-on activities designed to stimulate and engage children. Adjacent to the Melbourne Museum is the elaborate Royal Exhibition Building. Built in 1880 to host Melbourne's International Exhibition, the building also held the first Commonwealth Parliament of Australia in 1901. Regular tours are available and the building is still used for exhibitions and special events.
  9. Melbourne Zoo - Although the 22 hectares of Melbourne Zoo dates back to 1862, the 320 species of animals have the best of modern facilities in state-of-the-art enclosures. The award-winning Trail of the Elephants is an insight into the lives of the resident Asian elephants in a traditional village-garden setting. Another highlight is the Orang-utan Sanctuary where the animals live in their treetop home. With many wild encounters including "roar and snore", twilight music concerts, and behind-the-scene tours of some enclosures, Melbourne Zoo offers visitors many innovative experiences.
  10. Captain Cook's Cottage - Captain Cook's Cottage was brought to Melbourne from Captain James Cook's native home in Yorkshire, England and erected in Fitzroy Gardens. The quaint cottage is an insight into the life and times of Cook's seafaring adventures and exploration of Australia and other parts of the world. Also in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens is the magnificent Spanish-mission style conservatory that is always filled with a vibrant floral display.
  11. Yarra River Cruise - A river boat cruise is not only the perfect way to see the sights, it's also an insight into the history of the Yarra River. Many cruise companies can be found along Southbank and take in places such as Birrarung Marr, originally called "Birrarung" meaning "river of mists and shadows", a parkland celebrating the Aboriginal ties with the Yarra River. Another popular cruise goes across to historic Williamstown where visitors can spend time exploring this quaint seaside port.
  12. Shrine of Remembrance - Sitting majestically in Kings Domain gardens, the Shrine was built after the First World War to commemorate Victorians involved in the Great War, either abroad or at home. Today, it serves as a poignant reminder for all servicemen and women and is the central focus for ceremonies on ANZAC Day, held on 25 April, and Remembrance Day, held on 11 November each year. Guided or self-guided tours are available daily, and lighting on the building is particularly beautiful at night.
  13. Docklands - Docklands is Melbourne's newest precinct. With the highest concentration of green-star rated buildings in the southern hemisphere, the waterfront satellite village is filled with cafés, restaurants, and parklands. The view from the giant observation wheel, The Melbourne Star is spectacular, and the area also houses Etihad Stadium and the Icehouse, a world-class ice sports venue. There is also an art and vintage market held along the waterfront every Sunday.
  14. Queen Victoria Market - A popular place with locals and tourists, this historic icon has been at the center of fresh produce shopping since 1878. In addition to the magnificent food halls, market stalls sell everything from clothing, art, and toys to that hard-to-find unique souvenir, five days a week. Tours are available, and special events such as night markets, music concerts, and other functions are often held during summer.
  1. Vue de monde - Fine Dining Restaurant

Elegant fine dining restaurant in the Rialto building, with tasting menus and sweeping city views.

Address: Rialto, Rialto Towers, 525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia. Phone:+61 3 9691 3888

  1. The Press Club - Greek Restaurant

High-end Modern Greek degustation in a contemporary-design space with huge overhead gold dishes.

Address: 72 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia. Phone:+61 3 9677 9677

  1. Longrain Restaurant - Southeast Asian Restaurant

Spacious rustic-chic Southeast Asian restaurant with cocktail bar, communal tables and share dishes.

Address: 44 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia. Phone:+61 3 9671 3151

  1. EZARD - Modern Australian Restaurant

Carefully-presented Modern Australian meals and tasting menus in a sleek, basement space with bar.

Address: Adelphi Hotel, 187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia. Phone:+61 3 9639 6811

  1. Flower Drum Restaurant Melbourne - Chinese Restaurant

Cantonese meals in a sprawling, red-carpeted restaurant with panels of Chinese art lining the walls.

Address: 17 Market Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia. Phone:+61 3 9662 3655

  1. Madame Brussels - Cocktail Bar

Pink-and-white rooftop cocktail bar with garden furniture and grassy areas, offering small plates.

Address: 59 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia. Phone:+61 3 9662 2775

  1. Siglo - Bar

Classy rooftop terrace bar with Parliament House views, serving cocktails, wine and gourmet snacks.

Address: 161 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia. Phone:+61 3 9654 6631

  1. 1806 Cocktail Bar - Cocktail Bar

Swanky cocktail bar with a menu sorted by era, from 1650 to now, plus bar snacks and sharing plates.

Address: 169 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia. Phone:+61 3 9663 7722

  1. The Everleigh Melbourne - Cocktail Bar

Intimate bar for classic or custom cocktails with old-world decor like chesterfields and deer heads.

Address: 150-156 Gertrude St, Melbourne VIC 3065, Australia. Phone:+61 3 9416 2229

  1. Bomba Tapas Bar and Rooftop - Bar

Funky Spanish joint dishing up classics from pork belly to paella, plus a wide choice of vermouths.

Address: 103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia. Phone:+61 3 9077 0451

Melbourne's public transport is the easiest and best way to get around the city.

Trams, trains and buses

Buy a Myki smartcard for flexible travel between trains, trams and buses. You'll be able to use public transport in and around the city for just a few hours or all day.

Plan your trip, buy or top up your Myki card online and download maps and timetables from Public Transport Victoria, the one-stop shop for information about travelling on public transport (phone 1800 800 007).

Night Network - Running since 1 January 2016, Melbourne's Night Network trial has provided 24 hour public transport on weekends with all night trains and trams, late night buses, and a 2am coach service to key regional centres.

Night Bus - The Night Bus is a revamped and improved night time bus service, replacing NightRider services in 2016. The Night Bus network operates on Fridays and Saturdays along ten Night Bus routes, departing every 30 minutes from six safe locations in the central city.

Melbourne Visitor Shuttle - The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle is a great way to explore inner city Melbourne. Ride in comfort while listening to stories about the city's colourful past and current quirks.

The shuttle bus operates daily (except Christmas Day), departing every 30 minutes from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The full trip takes approximately 90 minutes and includes an informative on-board commentary. There are 13 stops where you can hop on and hop off while you explore the diversity of inner city Melbourne. An adult ticket for up to two days is $10; children nine years and under are free.

City Circle Tram - The City Circle Tram is a free service around central Melbourne taking passengers past some of Melbourne's major attractions. Visit Public Transport Victoria for timetables and a route map.

Bike Share - Bike sharing is a great way to get around the city as an alternative to driving. It's also healthier and more sustainable. The first ten docking locations of the Melbourne Bike Share scheme are now available, with 100 bikes in service and more to come.

Car sharing - Car sharing services provide cars on demand, for rent either by the hour or by the day, and no parking hassles when done.

Taxis - There are many designated taxi ranks across the central city. The City of Melbourne also manages Safe City taxi ranks which provide a safer environment for both passengers and taxi ranks.

  1. Federation Square - Address: Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne

Phone: +61 3 9655 1900

  1. Royal Botanic Gardens - Address: Birdwood Ave, South Yarra. Phone: +61 3 9252 2300
  2. Melbourne Cricket Ground - Address: Brunton Ave, East Melbourne. Phone: +61 3 9657 8888
  3. Southbank and Arts Centre Melbourne - Address: St. Kilda Road, Melbourne.

Phone: +61 1300 182 183

  1. National Gallery of Victoria - Address: St. Kilda Road, Melbourne and Federation Square

Phone: +61 3 8620 2222

  1. Eureka Tower - Address: 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank. Phone: +61 3 9693 8888
  2. Arcades and Laneways. Address: Melbourne,Australia
  3. Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building. Address: 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton

Phone: +61 3 9270 5000

  1. Melbourne Zoo - Address: Elliott Ave, Parkville. Phone: +61 1300 966 784
  2. Captain Cook's Cottage - Address: Wellington Parade, East Melbourne

Phone: +61 3 9658 9658

  1. Yarra River Cruise - Address:Vault 11, Banana Alley Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone: +61 3 8610 2600

  1. Shrine of Remembrance - Address: Birdwood Ave, Melbourne . Phone: +61 3 9661 8100
  2. Docklands - Address: Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
  3. Queen Victoria Market - Address: Queen and Victoria Streets, Melbourne

Phone: +61 3 9320 5822

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