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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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Must Know Before You Visit Melbourne

1. Melbourne is a very touristy city and it is recommended to book accomodations well in advance before your visit as the best options can be booked out quick.

2. For most tourists, using the public transport system is a great way to save money. Getting the myki or myli explorer saves a lot of money on using the public transport options.

3. While Melbourne has distinct seasons, it can experience chilly windy days and bright sun on the same day. Be sure to pack appropriately with this in mind.

4. When visiting the local attractions, travellers in larger groups can apply for the Melbourne City Card of Iventure Card to save money for the ticket prices. 

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4 Day Itinerary of Melbourne

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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The Right Neighbourhood For You in Melbourne

1. The Central Business District or CBD lies in the heart of the city and is known as a paradise for sightseeing, shopping and for food lovers. It houses famous local attractions, shopping complexes and many popular cafes and restaurants. 

2. Fitzroy and Collingwood are where the 'cool kids' of Melbourne stay. These neighbourhoods are known for live music, trendy cafes, street art, sunny picnics and souvenir shopping. Families generally don't find a lot to do in these two areas.

3. Carlton adjacent to the CBD is where food enthusiasts, especially those into Italian cuisine love to spend their days. Known as a mini Italy within Melbourne, this neighbourhood has fantastic dining options and some cultural sightseeing spots to round it off.

4. St. Kilda is sunny Melbourne at its best. With the beaches, palm trees and the best panoramic bay views, this is where tourists go seeking a classic beachside vacation in Melbourne. It is great for families, backpackers, couples, music lovers and has plenty to offer without breaking the bank.

Nightlife in Melbourne

Popular nightclubs include Co, and Therapy Nightclubs in Southbank, the Emerson in South Yarra, and Chaise Lounge in the CBD.

Shopping in Melbourne

  • The shopping culture in Melbourne is widespread, with local and international boutiques and brands, small souvenir shops, and bustling market streets.
  • Queen Victoria Market, to name one, is the biggest market in the entire southern hemisphere.
  • Other places to shop include the Bourke Street Mall, Chadstone shopping complex, Brunswick street, and Melbourne station.

Exchanging Money in Melbourne

  • Foreign exchange companies such as Travel Money Oz, Raffles Forex, UAE Exchange, The Change Group and United Currency Exchange offer currency exchange in Melbourne.
  • Travellers can withdraw money straight from the ATM as well.
  • It is best to enquire about international charges on your card from your bank first.

Melbourne Travel Tips

  • Tipping in Melbourne is not obligatory. Tipping for good service is a common practice in the city, and the amount of the tip, or even tipping at all, is totally at your discretion.
  • A lot of the popular restaurants and cafes are always crowded. So be sure to book your table well in advance before your visit.
  • Taking guided tours of the city is the best way to learn about the culture, history and quirky facts and hidden gems about the city. 
  • Melbourne is an expensive city but it has many free things to do as well.

Languages Spoken in Melbourne

English is the first and official language in Melbourne. You will find a small population of European language speakers such as Greek and Italian, and the number of Mandarin speakers has also been on the rise.

History of Melbourne

Although the area around the city shows signs of habitation nearly 30000 years old, the history of Melbourne city began only as recently as 1835. The Hoddle Grid, the oldest neighbourhood of the city, was laid down in 1837, and the city was named Batmania after John Batman, its founder. The name 'Melbourne' was given to the city later in the same year, after the British PM William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne. Finally, in 1847, Melbourne was declared a city.

This was followed by the phase that saw Melbourne's first phase of rapid growth. The Victorian Gold Rush of 1951 meant that Melbourne, a major port city, became extremely busy and grew exponentially. So much so that it became the wealthiest city in the world at a point. This meant that the city now needed to evolve into a civic society, complete with various government buildings. This was undertaken in the decades of 1850 and 1860. This expansive growth continued into the 1980s, with development now coming through land and construction, and stopped only due to the economic crisis of the next decade.

The beginning of the 20th century saw Melbourne declared Australia's capital in 1901, although this was short-lived and only lasted till 1927. The next boom in the city's growth came after the second world war when there were huge amounts of immigrants coming into the city. This called for construction works for housing and expansions all over. Most of the public transport's massive growth was also during this period. In recent times, Melbourne has continued to grow steadily, and though it does not have the same global command as it once did, it is still an influential international city.

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What are the top hotels in Melbourne?

There are 2257 in Melbourne which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Melbourne are Boutique Stays - Roxys Place, Prahran House, City Condo - Melbourne, Boutique Stays - Somerset Terrace, Townhouse in Richmond, Boutique Stays - South Yarra Lane, Boutique Stays - Central Park, South Melbourne Townhouse, Aerin - Beyond a Room Private Apartments. You can see all the hotels in Melbourne here

What are the places near Melbourne?

The top places near to Melbourne are Sydney which is 713 km from Melbourne, Tasmania which is located 414 km from Melbourne, Great barrier reef which is located 2188 km from Melbourne, Gold coast which is located 1343 km from Melbourne, Perth which is located 2722 km from Melbourne

What are the things to do in Melbourne?

The top things to do in Melbourne are Queen Victoria Market, National Gallery of Victoria, Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Eureka Tower, Royal Botanic Gardens. You can see all the places to visit in Melbourne here

What is the local food in Melbourne?

Local Melbourne cuisine concentrates on fresh and homegrown. Grilled food is a favourite among the people of Melbourne, especially beef and lamb. Also, being a port city, Melbourne has an excellent offering of sea food as well, so don't miss out on that. Of course, you will easily find all the international fast food joints such as McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut and so on. There is no shortage of alcoholic drinks here either. Beer is of course Australia's staple diet. You can have a mean lamb rack or tenderloin steak with a pint of any local beer for the complete meal.
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What is the best time to visit Melbourne?

The autumn months are the time when Melbourne is host to many food and cultural events and festivals, and the city is still quite lively after a long and busy summer. The many gardens in the city are quite beautiful too, such as the Royal Botanic Garden and the Carlton Gardens, and the temperature especially is very pleasant for a great day out. Moreover, since summer is considered to be the tourist season, prices fall significantly during the autumn season, reducing your budget requirements considerably.
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Being open and receptive to the immense culture is the only way one can fathom the true beauty of Melbourne. A symbiotic relationship is on display, with the historical context of the Gold Rush coexi (Read More)sting with the coffee shops and cafes reflecting a more modern society and ideology.
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