Ideal duration: 3-5 days
Best Time: The autumn months of March to May due to various outdoor activities and pleasant temperatures. Read More
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Second, only to Sydney in terms of population, Melbourne is a vibrant city in southern Australia, considered to be the cultural capital of the country. Considered to be one the best cities in the world to live in, it has long vied with Sydney to be Australia's picture postcard destination. Melbourne, like Sydney, is a melting pot of cultures and is famous for hosting major art and music festivals, and sporting events and is home to some of the country's best fine dining institutions. The city also offers a unique insight into the history and culture of the Aboriginal community, the original inhabitants of the vast island nation.
Touring Melbourne on foot is a great way to feel the dynamic city streets beneath one's feet and soak in the vibe of this great city. With alleyways filled with street art, crowded streets of trendy cafes and street musicians and local markets with the freshest produce, there is always something to discover on the next corner. Melbourne City Centre is a bustling and historic neighbourhood of the city, known for its shopping and chic eateries. Queen Victoria Market which is one of the largest open-air markets is highly recommended as well.
Melbourne also houses an array of museums, wildlife parks and an aquarium, not to mention the absolutely breathtaking and serene Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Besides this, the nightlife in the city is fantastic with trendy rooftop bars and lavish nightclubs hosting large crowds of tourists and locals alike.
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Day 1 -
Visit the CBD and get acquainted with Flinders Street Station, which is the central public transport hub of the city. Explore the many shopping complexes, cafes and restaurants in this neighbourhood. In the evening, go on a dinner cruise in Yarra River.
Day 2 -
Go on a sightseeing tour of the city. Visit Captain Cook's Cottage, Queen Victoria Market, Fitzroy Gardens, and the Albert Park. Also, visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Southbank Precinct, Saint Paul's Cathedral, The Princess Theatre, and Regent Theatre. Pass through the Bolte Bridge for amazing views of the city. Take a walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens, and witness the Royal Exhibition Buildings and the Federation Square.
Day 3 -
Enjoy a full day's tour of Philip Island. On this tour, visit Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park to learn and interact with the animals. Also, enjoy the popular penguin's parade which is a hit among children.
Day 4 -
As arranged by a tour operator embark on the Great Ocean Road drive, which is one of Australia's most breathtaking experiences. Soak in the magnificient scenery of the coastline and watch for whales, dolphins, echidnas, and bandicoots, and of course koalas and kangaroos along the way.
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