City Guide Melbourne, Australia

Visiting Melbourne

Rivalling Sydney as Australia's number one city, Melbourne is famously the country's most European city. Capital of Victoria, here you will find some of Australia's coolest bars, restaurants and cafés. While it doesn't have the harbour or beaches of its eastern counterpart, it does have some of the country's trendiest neighbourhoods. It is also the home of Aussie Rules Football which is a massive part of Victorian life.

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Melbourne - Down at Federation Square

Found directly across from Melbourne's best-known landmark Flinders Street Station, Federation Square (which is better known as 'Fed Square') is a melting pot of culture. Here you can visit attractions such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the National Gallery of Victocia (NGV). In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Kim Polkinghorne to find out about this great attraction.

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10 Things You Need To Know About Melbourne

Discover Melbourne's coolest neighbourhoods and much more.

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Melbourne Pocket Guide

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Melbourne City Reviews

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    Reasons I love Melbourne

    After traveling the whole east coast of Australia and then ending up in Melbourne, I have to say that this was my favourite city I've visited. Many friends have told me they would move to Australia in a heartbeat (that came here from Canada) and I didn't feel that until Melbourne. Don't get me wrong, I love the rest of Australia too, the cites and towns, but this is for sure the most liveable for me and I just felt that I really fit. Best food, good music and culture.

    Insider Tip:Go to http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/ to find out about good local places.

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    Melbourne is the highlight of Australia

    It's weird that so many travel "experts" seem to gloss over Melbourne and blame "the four seasons in one day" as a weather problem. Melbourne is culturally streets ahead of anywhere else in Australia. Make no mistake, EVERY major event in Australia happens in Melbourne - they haven't missed out on anything. How many cities in the world have a Tennis Glam Slam event (only 4), a Formula 1 Grand Prix (there are 19), a Comedy Festival (Toronto, Edinburgh...and Melbourne) and the best

    Insider Tip:Stay in the suburbs that surround the city centre like Richmond, Carlton or St Kilda. Find a SMALL hostel...!!

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    Absolutely love Melbourne. Very colorful city with lots to do. The street art and architecture is fantastic to look at. Would love to visit again soon.

    Insider Tip:Look into doing the free walking tour of Melbourne, the tour is about 2 and a half to 3 hours and includes loads of good information you wouldn't learn about Melbourne otherwise. Also go to Phillip Island. Those little penguins are the cutest thing you'll ever see.

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    We stayed in Melbourne for four days. The art gallery is definitely worth a visit also a walk around the streets to see the graffiti-ed walls! Melbourne zoo was definitely our favorite place we visited and its worth getting a zoo membership if your a lover of seeing wildlife!

    Insider Tip:Only get a zoo membership if you're going to go to more than three zoos around Australia

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    This is a beautiful city, there are lots of sites to see but the best is the people, everyone is so very helpful

Australia: Itinerary

Melbourne holds the reputation as Australia’s most ‘European and cosmopolitan city’. Walking around the streets you can see why. It isn’t as brash as Sydney and the café and restaurant culture prevails here far more than anywhere else in the country. Plus, in relation to its counterparts, life is a lot more laid back.

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