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Destination(s): Melbourne

Phillip Island

Phillip Island

  • Cowes
  • tel:+61 3 9658 9658 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Philip Island, 3922
Four Points

Four Points

  • 161 Sussex Street
  • tel:61 2 9299 1231
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2001
Fitzroy

Fitzroy

  • Fitzroy
  • tel:+61 3 9658 9658(Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3065

Melbourne's inner-city suburb Fitzroy is where the cool kids come to sip their lattés and pick up the latest threads. Local fashion designers rub noses with retro apparel in this youthful hood, where a caffeine hit is never far away.

Melbourne's first suburb, Fitzroy's history was working class roots which combined with today's gentrification of the area provides for a textured contradiction that add to Fitzroy's charm. Designer luxuries are dripping into Fitzroy's bohemian air, and Brunswick Street is the best place to see it all.

Terrace houses host shop fronts of all descriptions, and bars, cafes and fashion shops reign supreme. A strip for all times of day, the brunch set spill on to a sunny day till dusk when the coffee turns to beer.

Make like Fitzroyalty and start with breakfast at Birdman Eating on the leafy Gertrude Street at no. 251. Be sure to check out the local fashion talent at Obus and Alice Euphemia before turning corner to Brunswick Street where you'll find Douglas & Hope, Alpha 60 and Fat52.

Lunch at Alimentari (251 Brunswick St) is best for those that like their food mouth watering. The Lebanese meatball wrap is a favourite with locals. An afternoon of galleries, bookstores, designer home wares and numerous cups of coffee awaits. Be sure to venture into the tree-lined side streets between Brunswick and Smith Streets where there's a pub with decently priced counter meals on almost every corner. read more about Fitzroy

Great Sights Great Ocean Road Explorer tour

Great Sights Great Ocean Road Explorer tour

  • 184 Swanston Street
  • Melbourne Day Tour Centre
  • tel:+61 3 9639 2211
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000
Block Arcade (The)

Block Arcade (The)

  • 282 Collins Street
  • tel:+61 3 9654 5244 / +61 3 9650 2777
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000
Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol

  • Russell Street
  • Between Victoria & Latrobe Streets
  • tel:+61 3 9663 7228
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000
Gold Treasury Museum

Gold Treasury Museum

  • Spring Street
  • Old Treasury Museum
  • tel:+61 3 9651 2233
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000
St. Kilda (Luna Park)

St. Kilda (Luna Park)

  • Lower Esplanade, P. O. Box 1083
  • St. Kilda South
  • tel:+61 3 9525 5033
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3182

The seaside suburb of St Kilda sparkles with pretty young things that make like its summer, despite the cruelties of a Melbourne winter. The current popularity of St Kilda's main drag owes its infamy to the 1950s when St Kilda was known for its illicit drug deals and prostitution. The smut allowed for the creatives to move in, an artistic history that still resonates with the creative, laid back vibe of St Kilda today.

A café strip, the street is turned inside out with outdoor dining and drinking favoured. The seaside rests quietly behind the hustle of Acland Street and the giant mouth of the Luna Park fun park, and is best enjoyed with an ice-cream and stroll along the boardwalk at dusk.

Start with brunch at Il Fornaio at No. 1 Acland Street before heading up to Linden Centre for Contemporary Art at No. 26. Take your time meandering Acland and Gray Streets for fashion and fine coffee before enjoying an afternoon beverage in the sun at the iconic Vineyard. For unbeatable sea views, dinner at The Stokehouse on the water's edge is the easiest way to ensure your fish is fresh.

St Kilda is best accessed by tram. Take the number 96 or the 112. read more about St. Kilda (Luna Park)

Bonza Bike Tours

Bonza Bike Tours

  • 325 Crown Street
  • tel:+61 2 9331 1127
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 2010

Bonza Bike Tours are fun, energetic guided experiences showing you a Sydney that you won't find in your guide book. This leisurely trip with over 15 stops includes visiting Hyde Park, Mrs. Macquaries Point, and the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens. Explore the history and culture of Sydney from the internationally famous sights down to the neighborhood spots that make Sydney one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Besides the regular tours one can rent bikes for half a day or full day from 10am.

Bonza Bike Tours operates in Melbourne as well. There is no other experience in town that shows you as much or entertains you like Melbourne Bonza Bike Tours. We will take you to all the iconic sights you may miss on your own including Docklands, Yarra River, St Patrick's Cathedral, Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne Cricket Ground, funky Fitzroy Cafe/Bar and many more great attractions! read more about Bonza Bike Tours

Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum

  • 11 Nicholson St
  • Carlton
  • tel:+61 3 8341 7777 / +61 3 9651 6136
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3053
Polly Woodside Melbourne Maritime Museum

Polly Woodside Melbourne Maritime Museum

  • South Wharf Road
  • Southbank
  • tel:+61 3 9699 9760
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3006
Melbourne Town Hall

Melbourne Town Hall

  • Corner Swanston and Collins Streets
  • tel:+61 3 9658 9658
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000
St. Kilda Beach

St. Kilda Beach

  • Jacka Boulevard
  • St. Kilda
  • tel:+61 3 9658 9658 (Melbourne Visitor Centre)
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3182
Sydney Opera House Guided Tours

Sydney Opera House Guided Tours

  • 2 Macquarie Street
  • Circular Quay
  • tel:+61 2 9250 7250
  • Visit website
  • Sydney, 1225
Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market

  • 513 Elizabeth Street
  • Btw. Peel, Victoria, Elizabeth, and Therry sts. on the northern edge of the city center
  • tel:+61 3 9320 5822
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

With no harbour to swoon over, Melbournians pride themselves on cultural pursuits; particularly the kind you can eat. Food is serious business in Melbourne, and the biggest place to shop all things delicious is the Queen Victoria Market. We're talking the usual market chop; hustling hawkers screaming gibberish about a kilo of cherries and fish mongers casting out their catch of the day, but in a city that takes its cuisine with a side of snobbery, it's refreshing (not to mention fun) to see where all the grass roots action takes place.

With endless rows of stalls pushing everything from organic fennel to trashy clip-on koala toys, the vibe is both local and touristy. Young socialites select the perfect harvati for that night's dinner party whilst backpackers flock for a cheap feed from the Bratwurst shop in the Deli Hall.

If you've bought more food than you can carry, skip a couple of aisles over to the Retail Stalls section where clothing and accessories run the show. Tourists delight in Australiana paraphernalia such as sheep skins, moccasins and 'I HEART Melbourne' t-shirts (note: under no circumstances are these to be worn in Melbourne).

Accessible by the any tram heading north from Elizabeth or William Street, and only a short stroll from Melbourne's CBD, the Queen Victoria Market is the perfect place to see real Melbournians savour their favourite past time. Go early to avoid the crowds and take a basket to fill with cheeses, sausage and pastries and savour your spoils in a picnic in the nearby Carlton Gardens. read more about Queen Victoria Market

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station

  • Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
  • tel:+61 3 9658 9658 (Tourist Information Centre)
  • Melbourne, 3000
St Kilda Pier

St Kilda Pier

  • Jacka Boulevard
  • St Kilda
  • tel:+61 3 9525 5545
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3182
Rocks (The)

Rocks (The)

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

  • 111 Sturt Street Southbank
  • Southbank
  • tel:+61 3 9697 9999
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3006

With a focus on exhibiting rather than collecting, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is dedicated to the promotion of innovative, evocative, creative and challenging art.

Designed by Melbourne based architects, Wood Marsh, the building itself is an iconic masterpiece, the rustic steel mass a landmark in Melbourne's inner city art precinct.

ACCA hosts five exhibition seasons each year by both local and international artists. Their exhibitions remain innovative through commission; artists are allowed encouraged to produce new work specifically for ACCA, a process that fosters creativity and experimentation.

Be sure to visit the ACCA shop to peruse current art journals and publications and even take a little piece of art home with you. read more about Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Golden Mile (The)

Golden Mile (The)

  • Central area
  • tel:+61 3 9654 2288 (Melbourne Convention & Marketing Bureau)
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

Visitors to Melbourne will notice that on some streets, small golden plaques are indented into the sidewalk as if creating a trail. This is the Golden Mile Heritage Trail which shows how the money associated with gold rush times (1850-1860) shaped the city of Melbourne. Walkers will pass grand buildings such as the Town Hall, Customs House, Windsor Hotel and Parliament House, as well as often unseen gems such as the Mitre tavern. Guided 2 hour tours leave from Federation Square at 10am every day, though visitors are free to walk the trail on their own using a Golden Mile booklet. read more about Golden Mile (The)

St Kilda Esplanade Market

St Kilda Esplanade Market

  • The Esplanade
  • (St Kilda)
  • tel:+61 (0) 39 534 0066
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3182
Rialto Towers & Observation Deck

Rialto Towers & Observation Deck

  • 525 Collins Street
  • tel:+61 3 9614 5888
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

Standing 823 feet tall, the Rialto Tower Observation Deck is the fastest (the lightning elevators take 40 seconds to reach the top floor) way to get your bearings in Melbourne. With 360-degree view, the Observation Deck offers a breathtaking experience both day and night.

Towering over Melbourne's CBD, it's a great place to take a break from sight-seeing (at ground level at least) and rest your tired feet. Enjoy lunch or dinner at the fully licensed Café 360, but sunset is the ideal time to indulge in a nice wine as you watch the day slip away over the city. read more about Rialto Towers & Observation Deck

RMIT Gallery

RMIT Gallery

  • 344 Swanston Street
  • RMIT Storey Hall
  • tel:+61 3 9925 1717
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000
Melbourne River Cruises

Melbourne River Cruises

  • 367 Flinders Street
  • Flinders Street
  • tel:+61 3 8610 2600
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000
Chinatown

Chinatown

  • Little Bourke Street
  • (Between Swanston and Russell streets)
  • tel:+61 (0)39 658 9658 (Visitor Information Centre)
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

For something that's Chinese, there's nothing foreign about Melbourne's Chinatown.

Carving the centre of Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD) in the top end of Little Bourke Street, Chinatown is a bustle with restaurants, shops and a mixture of delicious aromas with at times, rather unsavoury wafts from back alleys. But we're talking Melbourne where smelly alleyways boast some of the coolest hole-in-the-wall bars, so best look for the giant dragon gates and jump on board the orient express.

Whether its Yum-Cha at the Shark Fin Inn or some Placenta face-cream from one of the many beauty shops, Chinatown is mostly hit up by Melbourne's hipsters for cheap and fast dumplings. David and Camy is an institution on Thursday nights for bright young things in tight denim, flannel and neon lipstick, fresh from the latest exhibition opening and hungry for some pork dumplings at below reasonable prices.

A maze of shops of things you didn't know you needed awaits and you'll feel strange air of shopper's delight and remorse when you leave with a giant cat shaped lamp under your arm.

Look up from street level windows of slightly depressed crayfish to reveal a plethora of karaoke joints ready to take advantage of one too many Tsingtao.

Visit on Thursday nights to see Melbourne's Movers & Shakers play, or any night on the weekend when the pretty waitresses attempt to lure you in by screaming the menu as you pass by, but always with a smile. read more about Chinatown

National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria

  • 180 St Kilda Rd
  • tel:+61 3 9208 0203
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000

Located on the tree-lined St Kilda Road, The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is home to a world-class international art collection. The permanent display offers visitors some of the biggest names in international art, but be sure to check the temporary exhibition program in advance to make the most out of your visit. The worldwide collaboration between leading curators provides for an exciting catalogue of work.

Don't miss The Great Hall with its rainbow prism stained-glass ceiling or the Water Trail permanent display out front. The easiest way to get round is to take a free tour-guide so you don't miss any of the displays. read more about National Gallery of Victoria

Fitzroy Gardens and Captain Cook's Cottage

Fitzroy Gardens and Captain Cook's Cottage

  • Wellington Parade
  • East Melbourne
  • tel:+61 3 9658 9658(Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3002

Located on the border of the eastern side of the CBD, the area was reserved as public gardens in 1848. Dominant and especially striking during in Autumn and Spring are the English Elm trees that line the walking paths and are said to create a pattern that resembles the Union Flag. Other attractions include Captain Cook's Cottage, which was originally built in England but was shipped over brick by brick to its current location in the 1930's. Also of historical significance is the scarred tree, where a plaque below it explains - The scar on this tree was created when Aboriginal people removed bark to make canoes, shields, food and water containers, string, baby carriers and other items. Kids will especially enjoy the model tudor village and the conservatory, though a picnic is ideal for anybody in the warmer months. read more about Fitzroy Gardens and Captain Cook's Cottage

Royal Arcade (The)

Royal Arcade (The)

  • 335 Bourke Street Mall
  • tel:+61 3 9670 7777
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000
Parliament House

Parliament House

  • Spring Street
  • Victoria
  • tel:+61 39 651 8911
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3002
Haunted Melbourne Ghost Tour (The)

Haunted Melbourne Ghost Tour (The)

  • 15 McKillop Street
  • The Haunted Bookshop
  • tel:+61 3 9670 2585
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3000
Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)

Royal Botanic Gardens (Melbourne)

  • Birdwood Avenue
  • South Yarra
  • tel:+61 3 9252 2300
  • Visit website
  • Melbourne, 3141