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Welcome to Melbourne

Long in competition with Sydney for the title of Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne is often the people’s choice, consistently topping the list of the world’s most livable cities. There’s a lot to love, from its melting pot of inhabitants and distinctly European ambience, to its brunch scene, art galleries, and nightlife. Global audiences fill coveted seats at the Arts Centre Melbourne and sporting temples like Melbourne Cricket Ground and Etihad Stadium. But it’s not just about arts and sports. The very essence of Melbourne lies in its neighborhoods. Discover the city’s coolest bars and eateries tucked away in the CBD’s narrow laneways; shop in flashy South Yarra or along Fitzroy’s hipster Brunswick Street; or stroll the sandy beaches of St. Kilda, just a few miles outside the city. And only a day trip away are the Yarra Valley wine region, Mornington Peninsula, and Great Ocean Road.

Top 10 attractions in Melbourne

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Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo

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The Melbourne Zoo has been open since 1862, making it Australia's oldest zoo. Modeled after the London Zoo, the Melbourne Zoo houses more than 300 species from around the world, from elephants and lions to Aussie natives like kangaroos and koalas. The zoo is also a conservation center dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction.More
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SEA LIFE® Melbourne Aquarium

SEA LIFE® Melbourne Aquarium

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See thousands of marine animals without leaving the city at the SEA LIFE Melbourne aquarium. Boasting more than 10 themed zones, the aquarium features penguins, sharks, rays, crocodiles, starfish, and much more. The ocean’s diversity and marine conservation efforts are the focus at this popular family attraction.More
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Yarra River

Yarra River

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The Yarra River winds its way through Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) plus a number of suburbs. In the city, bars, restaurants, and parks thrive along its banks, bringing locals and tourists together. Numerous festivals and sporting events take place on the Yarra, including the famous Moomba Festival and rowing regattas.More
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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

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One of the world's most famous driving routes, Victoria's Great Ocean Road offers scenic surprises at every fork in the road. In signature Australian style, endless stretches of white sandy beaches are flanked by dense pockets of rain forest, charming coastal towns, and canopies populated by koalas.More
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Werribee Open Range Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo

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Australia might be famous for its kangaroos and koalas, but the Werribee Open Range Zoo offers all the excitement of an African safari on Aussie shores. Lions, rhinoceros, giraffes, and gorillas all roam freely in the park’s 494-acre (200-hectare) grasslands, affording visitors some incredible wildlife-watching opportunities.More
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Twelve Apostles

Twelve Apostles

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Situated right at the end of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles are a set of eight rock formations—there used to be twelve—jutting out of the Southern Ocean. These limestone pillars were once connected to the nearby cliffs but have been eroded away into caves, pillars, and arches from the harsh conditions of the ocean.More
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Steavenson Falls

Steavenson Falls

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Tumbling 122 meters from the steep cliffs of the Steavenson River valley, the Steavenson Falls make an impressive sight, with the river cascading over 5 tiers. Despite being among the areas damaged in Victoria’s 2009 bushfires, the area remains one of the region’s most scenic natural reserves, surrounded by the looming peaks of the Yarra Ranges, ancient woodlands and lush pockets of rainforest.Most visitors to the falls follow the short trail to the viewing platform beneath the falls, but there are also ample options for hiking and bird watching in the surrounding countryside. The most atmospheric time to visit is in the evening hours before midnight, when the falls are dramatically floodlit.More
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Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

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The largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the most famous sporting venues in Australia, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is more than a Melbourne landmark. The legendary stadium has hosted the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the annual Boxing Day Test Match, and Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final.More
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Federation Square

Federation Square

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Federation Square, just across from Flinders Street Station, is Melbourne's beating heart and favorite meeting spot. Numerous city events take place here throughout the year, making it a must-visit attraction for all travelers. The square is surrounded by many bars and restaurants, and is home to the Ian Potter Centre, an Australian art museum.More
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Melbourne Southgate

Melbourne Southgate

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Boasting a prime location on the banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne Southgate is a shopping, eating, and entertainment complex. As well as offering one of the most diverse shopping experiences in the city, Melbourne Southgate is just a few minutes walk from Flinders Street Station and Arts Centre Melbourne.More

Trip ideas

Ways to See the Great Ocean Road

Ways to See the Great Ocean Road

Top Spots for Art Lovers in Melbourne

Top Spots for Art Lovers in Melbourne

Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

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Family day out
Jeff_H, Jul 2021
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Admission Ticket
First time at the Aquarium brilliant I would recommend this place for people to visit when in Melbourne
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wonderful rich experience
Susanna, Jul 2021
Laneways of Melbourne
A wonderful experience on a cold winter morning, visiting places I never would have imagined were there.
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Star is great but Viator is a rip off
Melanie_S, Jun 2021
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Admission
The star is a great way to see the city of Melbourne.
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The Perfect Day Trip
Sarah_C, May 2021
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
This is the perfect way to see the highlights of the Great Ocean Road in one day; I was worried that it would feel rushed but it definitely didn’t and I feel like I saw everything I would want to along the route.
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Beautiful Melborne
Stephen_L, Mar 2020
Rediscover Melbourne Tour
He asked us what we wanted to see as we had been on a morNing tour with our group.
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Highlight of our trip to Melbourne
Oana_M, Feb 2020
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour
Fun day trip and an easy and efficient way to see the coast line.
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Best way to see Melbourne
esidds03, Jan 2020
The Best of Melbourne Bike Tour
This truly is the best way to see Melbourne and get a good work out in at the same time.
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Great tour with a great guide
emond890, Jan 2020
Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Brighton Bathing Boxes and Wildlife Park Tour
Got to see wallabies and penguins along the Phillip Island road.
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location is perfect
John R, Jan 2020
Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise
so much to see through the docklands
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Tourists from Ireland
tradesmainworx, Jan 2020
Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise
An awesome way to see Melbourne from the waterfront- great friendly service from start to finish- this was the highlight off my father and partners trip!
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Great Day Out !
andrewhyslop, Oct 2019
Great Ocean Road Small Group Tour
A good mix of attractions from along the road, thoroughly enjoyed.
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Melbourne Kayak Tour
cbkhob, Oct 2019
Melbourne City Sights Kayak Tour
Loved doing the Kayak tour through beautiful Melbourne city Have Kayaked through Chicago and it was similar-- fantastic way to see a city
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Lazy Sunday
Furno13, Sep 2019
2-Hour Boat Rental in Melbourne
Fantastic way to see Melbourne and the Yarra River!
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Best way to explore a bit of the great surroundings when on short trip
mctiscul2019, Aug 2019
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary with 12 Apostles and Lunch from Melbourne
This trip with a great guide was just the thing to see some of Australia's finest.
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Great way to Explore Hidden Bars
MuzZ50, Jun 2019
Melbourne Walking Tour: Uncover Hidden Laneway Bars
Interest way to walk around Melbourne's inner city laneways & back streets to visit unique bars - Kimmi was an amazing tour guide !!
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Amazing - Highly reccomend
Vacation21110555947, Jun 2019
Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road + Phillip Island + Attraction Pass
Was sooo cool to see the Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles then to go to Phillip Island.
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A must see
Experience72617, Dec 2018
Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne
If you only have limited time in Melbourne great way to see the great ocean road.
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Great tour guide with 5-star lunch!
charlene_falcis, Jul 2018
Yarra Valley Wine and Winery Tour from Melbourne
The lamb shank I ordered was fall-off-the-bone and one of the best lambs I've had.
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A fantastic day, our guide was the...
Sanables, Nov 2006
Yarra Valley Wine and Winery Tour from Melbourne
I can't wait to book again for 2008 with more friends, when we plan to visit Melbourne again.
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The best way to see Melbourne - great...
Brenda C, Sep 2016
Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay Helicopter Tour
The best way to see Melbourne - great Pilot and a great experience, |25 minutes goes way too fast....

All about Melbourne

When to visit

Alfresco dining, music festivals, and night markets mean that there’s always something to do in Melbourne come summertime, and events such as the Australia Day Parade and Christmas Festival Melbourne pull in the crowds. Don’t be put off by a winter visit—low season prices can make a city break more affordable, and Melbourne is well placed for visiting Victoria’s ski resorts.

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