This region of Victoria is populated by 4,200,000 locals.
Melbourne is famous for its iconic sights, such as the Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex and Federation Square.
If you're holidaying with the entire family, trips to Luna Park and Galaxy Land will most definitely put huge smiles on everyone's faces! If you're up for even more fun and excitement, St. Kilda Sea Baths and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image are a couple of other possibilities.
Entering Melbourne Aquarium is like taking a plunge into the depths of the ocean, but without needing to get wet! Here you'll get to see all kinds of incredible aquatic life.
Soak up the different sights, sounds and smells of the remarkable animal kingdom with a visit to the Melbourne Zoo or the Werribee Open Range Zoo. With a strong focus on both education and fun, it's guaranteed to be a fun-filled day out for everyone!
The Carlton and United Breweries is the place to be if enjoying a cold brew is your preferred way to unwind at the end of a day. See if there are any tours on or simply pull up a pew and compare their original flavours and styles.
If you’re a wine lover, don't pass up the opportunity to indulge your palate at the Galli Estate Winery and the Shadowfax Winery. For a greater insight into the industry, continue to the Monbulk Winery and the Craiglee.
This region takes its plant conservation seriously, so there are a variety of places where you can go and look at botanic species from both local and international environments. A wander through the landscaped gardens at the Royal Botanic Gardens and the St. Kilda Botanical Gardens is not to be missed. For those travellers who are more devoted, the National Rhododendron Gardens and the Williamstown Botanic Gardens also have some incredible displays.
Kick off your shoes and feel the cool grass under your feet at an oasis of greenery like Dandenong Ranges National Park or Royal Park. If you're after more options, find a good spot and let a few hours pass lazily by at Carlton Gardens or Fitzroy Gardens.
Get the most out of your visit to Melbourne by getting some help from the experts at Sunbury Visitor Information Centre. Dandenong Ranges & Knox Visitor Information Centre and Melbourne Information Centre also have a range of handy resources such as maps and printed city guides.
Maybe you're looking for a haven to soothe constant whir of your mind. If so, the bubbling waters of Olinda Falls could be exactly what you need.
Watch birds hopping along the lake's shore or simply sit back and appreciate the calming whispers of rippling water at Middle Park Beach.
Make your way to St. Kilda Beach or Brighton Beach and let the salty wind on your face and sounds of the sea soothe your mind. You might also like to take a lazy walk along Elwood Beach and South Melbourne Beach.
You probably already know about its must-see museums and malls, but don't forget that Melbourne has some remarkable natural environments too. Sherbrooke Forest and 1000 Steps Kokoda Walk are two to consider. Point Cook Coastal Park and Westgate Park are two more that are worth checking out.
A vital area of marine conservation, Jawbone Marine Sanctuary is brimming with unique underwater creatures.
Walk the quiet halls, study the captivating exhibits and talk to the helpful staff. The Melbourne Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria are leading places to think and maybe even discover something new. The Immigration Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building are also must visits for museum enthusiasts.
From the design of ships to the objects found inside the hull, the intriguing displays at the Polly Woodside and the HMAS Castlemaine will appeal to anyone with an interest in Melbourne's seafaring history.
Showcasing a selection of the most recent science technology, the Scienceworks and Melbourne Planetarium offers everything you need to keep your brain ticking.
Our big blue planet is the home of an immense variety of species. Come to know some of the earth's more peculiar life forms when you visit the Hellenic Museum.
Art connoisseurs journey from across the globe to soak up Melbourne's respected collections, and the Ian Potter Museum of Art and the Heide Museum of Modern Art are usually their first ports of call. You should also check what displays are being held at the Heide and the Muma.
Journey back through time and discover the characters and events that have contributed to the growth of the Melbourne region at the City Museum at Old Treasury Melbourne and the Werribee District Historical Society and Museum. You can also check out fascinating exhibits which aim to bring history to life at the Salvation Army Heritage Centre and the Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc.
Gain a deeper understanding of bygone times at the University of Melbourne and the RMIT University. If that doesn't satisfy your inner history geek, extend your sightseeing to the Puffing Billy Steam Train and the Swinburne University of Technology.
The commanding turrets and robust stone exterior of Overnewton Castle were designed to help protect its inhabitants from enemy attack. This incredible architecture alone makes it a worthwhile place to visit, not to mention the captivating history found within.
Whether you're a believer or simply after a little serenity, St Patrick's Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral are sure to add some deeper meaning to your journey. You can gain an even deeper look into the local beliefs at Shrine of Remembrance and Abbotsford Convent.
They might not be at the top of your itinerary, but the State Library of Victoria and Westgate Bridge are still worth dropping by. Or you could also check out Acland Street and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
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