Melbourne

Consistently voted among the best cities in the world to live in, Melbourne really does have a lot going for it.

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Degraves St

With the best shopping in Australia to amazing dining options, the cultural capital of Australia will keep you busy during a visit here.

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Below are some ways to get started with a visit to Melbourne.

Shopping and the laneways

Pick a point in the CBD and start wandering. There are many old arcades and laneways, many of which are covered in street art nowadays.

Bridge Road is my favourite for bargain finds but Brunswick St in Fitzroy is also up there for its cheap yet great quality varieties.

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Chapel Street is another favourite although don’t be surprised that it’s a little more pricey with many brand labels on offer.

The other luxury place to look is Chadstone Shopping Centre, a bit further out but with a free shuttle bus from the CBD to take you there.

The DFO in South Wharf is popular for outlet shopping and is right next to the Convention Centre.

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The area is lovely to just walk around for a bit since its adjacent to the Crown Casino and some finer dining options.

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At night time there are towers of fire which light up along the Yarra River here so have a walk around once it’s dark!

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Entertainment

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Inside Regent Theatre

Chances are there will an event of some kind happening in the city whether it be a sporting game or theatre show.

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I’ve seen both Grease and Love Never Dies on visits there and the theatres are just beautiful on the inside.

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If you go in January you might want to schedule your trip to coincide with the Australian Open.

Unfortunately we arrived on the final day and tickets were ridiculously expensive by this point so my Mum and I got a ground pass which allows you into the complex to enjoy the live music and see the smaller courts etc.

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I chose to go since one of my favourite artists Clare Bowditch was playing and I’d never seen her live!

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I really enjoy the National Gallery of Victoria which normally has some cool exhibitions, as does the Melbourne Museum where I saw the King Tutankhamen one a few years ago.

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Lego Exhibition – Federation Square

The Yarra Valley

Not too far out of the city will take you to the Yarra Valley and some of Australia’s best wineries.

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Make it a day trip with an organised tour so no driving is necessary or if you’re super keen stay a night in this quaint region trying some top notch wine.

St. Kilda

A short tram ride from the CBD will take you to St. Kilda and the beach.

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While the beaches here are definitely not among the top in Australia, this is where you’ll find a Luna Park (amusement park) and the lovely Palais Theatre.

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I just quite enjoy the vibe here, particularly in the morning when a lot of funky cafés in the area serve up delicious breakfasts and markets usually pop up during the warmer months.

The Food

Speaking of delicious breakfasts..

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What I miss most whenever I’m out of my home country is this.

While Australia doesn’t necessarily have one famous dish or cuisine we’re known for due to our multicultural heritage what we do well is breakfast and coffee – Melbourne in particular.

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Have a break at Brunetti’s, a well known café in the CBD

With a strong immigrant background there are many sub areas of the city from Chinatown to the Greek region and the tourist favourite of Italian run Lygon Street.

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There are literally hundreds of Italian places to choose from

Queen Victoria Markets are fantastic to visit for not only a food stop involving multiple cuisines but also some fresh fruit and veggies or clothing bargains.

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Local market lunch

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Chinatown

A visit to Melbourne is high on the list when visiting Australia to experience the best of the country’s city life in one place.

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Federation Square lanterns

With hidden or roof top bars and an excellent tram system to get around, if you can forgive the yo-yo/ever changing weather here you’re up for an excellent stay.

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An apartment view from Albert Park

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