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Opera Performance at the Arts Centre Melbourne
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Underbelly Crime Tour
Small-Group Melbourne Sightseeing Tour
Melbourne Chill On Ice Lounge
Melbourne Sightseeing and Attraction Pass
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Melbourne Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island plus Melbourne Attraction Pass
Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs and Wine Tasting Day Trip from Melbourne

By Richard Moore

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A trip to the capital city of Victoria will soon show you why it is known as Marvellous Melbourne.

Melbourne, AustraliaThe city is built by Port Phillip Bay and is Australia's cultural beacon with a thriving arts community highlighted in wonderful public galleries, as well as museums and superb restaurants.

Melbourne is home to more than 4 million people and it is regularly chosen as the World's Most Liveable City.

It is modern with some stunning new architecture but, fortunately, its planners have kept the marvellous old buildings from its rich history.

One of the most grand buildings is Victoria's State Parliament in Spring St. If you are into architecture you should also visit the State Library of Victoria in Swanston St, the Royal Exhibition Building (near the Melbourne Museum) in the Carlton Gardens or a host of others listed here.

Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne's Central Business District is built in a grid with a fairly easy to follow layout. Once you work out the main streets, like Bourke St, and their corresponding siblings, such as Little Bourke St, it makes for quick orientation. Download a map from here.

Food is almost an obsession with Melburnians and the list of places to eat out is breathtakingly long and varied.

Fine dine at upmarket establishments, or pop into a low-key ethnic restaurants serving up all manner of delightful cuisines. Here are some of the places where you will find great eateries.

For some marvellous fresh produce you could pop in to the Queen Victoria Market to the north end of the CBD.

You can buy your normal market goods but the exciting places to wander through are the food halls, which offer fabulous fish, deli goods, cheeses, breads, meats and seafood.

Melbourne, AustraliaInner Melbourne is really easy to get around. The city has an excellent public transport system that mainly uses trams - in the central and more established areas - and trains that branch out from the CBD to the outer metropolitan areas. Buses then link between the rail lines.

The main train station in the CBD is Flinders St - a majestic old complex fronted by its famed clocks. When a Melburnian says "I'll meet you under the clocks" it means the steps in front of Flinders St.

There are a number of other central stations that make up the underground City Loop and all will get you anywhere on the Metro train system. A daily full-fare pass will cost about $7.

The former Spencer St Station at the western end of the CBD has had a massive makeover and is now known as Southern Cross Station. It has stores galore, including factory outlets.

Melbourne, AustraliaFor those of you who fancy taking a ride on a vintage tram - and it is a fun way to travel - there is a free City Circle service running around the CBD.

The bayside suburb of St Kilda is well worth a visit - with a long pier, excellent eateries and Luna Park fun ground.

On the way you can stop off at the Shrine of Remembrance built in honour of Australia's war dead. The exterior and grounds are beautiful, with magnificent carvings adorning the Shrine and a towering monument to sailors next to the Eternal Flame.

Melburnians are a sports-mad lot and even a game of tiddlywinks is likely to attract a crowd.

The city hosts the Australian Open tennis in January, the Melbourne Formula One GP at Albert Park, cricket matches, rugby league, union and soccer games. The pride of Victorian sport however is Australian Rules Football a highly skilled all action contest between club sides in front of up to 80,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

An Aussie Rules game is a must see when you are in Melbourne - it is a true experience.

Melbourne, AustraliaSo is visiting the National Gallery of Victoria.

The NGV has two wonderful galleries within in a short walk of each other. There is the Ian Potter Centre, which houses Australian and Aboriginal art in Federation Square, and the Arts Centre home to more than 70,000 pieces of art from around the globe. It is regarded as being one of the most impressive collections in the Southern Hemisphere.

Also in Federation Square is the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Entry is free to all of the three above galleries.

Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne is home to a large number of museums covering many distinct parts of its history. They include Melbourne Museum, which showcases Australia's social history, indigenous peoples, science and the environment, the National Sports Museum, the Hellenic Museum, the Chinese Museum, Immigrants Museum, the Jewish Museum of Australia and the Jewish Holocaust Centre.

And for families there are plenty of things to do that the kids will love.

Visit the Melbourne Aquarium in Flinders St, check out the views over the city at Eureka Skydeck 88, Melbourne has a terrific zoo in Carlton and there is the fabulous Scienceworks Museum in Spotswood.

Whatever you want to do can be done in Melbourne - it is marvellous.

Oh, and did we mention the shopping ...

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