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Melbourne
Lovely, laid-back Melbourne has something for everyone: family fare, local and international art, haute boutiques, multicultural dining, Australian and Aboriginal history, spectator sports, and pulsing, swanky nightlife. Cruise on the free City Circle Tram loop to check out unique attractions like the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Healesville Sanctuary, which buzzes with local animal species.

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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Melbourne Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Melbourne Gardens
Owner description: Visit Melbourne's inner-city oasis. Over 10,000 plant species from around the world are presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and... more Owner description: Visit Melbourne's inner-city oasis. Over 10,000 plant species from around the world are presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees are home to an amazing range of wildlife. less
Attraction type: Gardens; Parks
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Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Owner description: The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is Australia's largest, oldest and most popular sporting venue. The MCG has hosted plenty of international cricket, including the first-ever... more Owner description: The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is Australia's largest, oldest and most popular sporting venue. The MCG has hosted plenty of international cricket, including the first-ever Test and the 1992 World Cup final, countless VFL/AFL Grand Finals, the 1956 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games. It also hosted the final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Other sporting spectacles include FIFA World Cup soccer qualifiers, rugby league home and away matches and State of Origin and international rugby union clashes. Apart from its sporting events, the MCG has also witnessed many blockbuster music concerts, and even Pope John Paul II held a mass there when he visited Melbourne in 1986. The MCG has a total capacity of 100,024 people, comprising 95,024 seats and 5000 standing room spaces. The stadium also houses the National Sports Museum, which includes some of the most priceless pieces of memorabilia in Australian sporting history. less
Attraction type: Arenas & Stadiums; Specialty Museums
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Shrine of Remembrance
Shrine of Remembrance
Owner description: Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne's most iconic landmark, where Victorians have been coming since 1934 to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in... more Owner description: Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne's most iconic landmark, where Victorians have been coming since 1934 to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping. Enter the Shrine and experience the quiet solitude of the Sanctuary where hundreds of thousands pay their respects each year. All visitors are invited to participate in a Remembrance Ceremony featuring the Ray of Light re-enactment. Surrounded by the Shrine Reserve, the Shrine is elevated, overlooking the city of Melbourne within 13 hectares of beautiful parkland. Enjoy stunning views of the Reserve and many of Melbourne's landmarks from the balcony of the Shrine. Explore the monuments and memorials throughout the Reserve, including the Gallipoli Memorial, as well as the many remembrance trees dedicated to Victorian service units from the Boer War onwards. The Eternal Flame on the Second World War Forecourt symbolises eternal life for those who have served. The Ray of Light ceremony is central to the experience of the Shrine of Remembrance. A ray of natural sunlight passes through an aperture in the ceiling of the Sanctuary and falls onto the Stone of Remembrance over the word "love" at precisely 11.00 am on 11 November each year. This is the moment when the armistice was signed in 1918 marking the end of hostilities in the First World War. The ceremony is now reproduced every half hour using electric light to allow all visitors to the Shrine to experience it. The Shrine also has an extensive permanent and temporary exhibition space. The Galleries of Remembrance is a $45 million Victorian Government redevelopment that utilises 1,600 square metres of undercroft space beneath the Shrine. Over 850 objects illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from Pre-Federation to the present day, with a particular focus on individual and unit stories of Victorian service and sacrifice. A highlight of the exhibition is the SS Devanha lifeboat, a Gallipoli landing boat on loan from the collection of the Australian War Memorial. The Devanha carried soldiers of the 12th Battalion and the 3rd Field Ambulance into Anzac Cove on the morning of 25 April 1915. less
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; History Museums; Military Museums; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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City Circle Tram
City Circle Tram
Owner description: The City Circle Tram is a free and convenient way to see the sights of central Melbourne and the Docklands while experiencing a ride on one of the city's much loved heritage... more Owner description: The City Circle Tram is a free and convenient way to see the sights of central Melbourne and the Docklands while experiencing a ride on one of the city's much loved heritage trams.An audio commentary provides details of city landmarks and major attractions such as the City Museum, Parliament House, Docklands, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre.The City Circle Tram also links with other tram, train and bus routes around Melbourne.To catch the City Circle Tram, simply wait at any tram stop along the City Circle Tram route. These tram stops are specially marked with a City Circle sign.Trams operate in both directions every 12 minutes between 10am and 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday and between 10am and 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.City Circle Trams do not run on Christmas Day and Good Friday. less
Attraction type: Tramways
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National Gallery of Victoria
National Gallery of Victoria
Opened in 1861, this is Australia's oldest art gallery.
Attraction type: Art Museums
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Scopri
Scopri
Ranked #1 of 4,151 Restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Da Guido Melbourne la Pasta
Da Guido Melbourne la Pasta
Ranked #2 of 4,151 Restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Il Cantuccio
Il Cantuccio
Ranked #3 of 4,151 Restaurants in Melbourne
Price: $8 - $32
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Rice Paper Scissors
Rice Paper Scissors
Ranked #4 of 4,151 Restaurants in Melbourne
Price:
Cuisines: Asian, Thai, Vietnamese
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Eau De Vie
Eau De Vie
Ranked #5 of 4,151 Restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Bar, Australian
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Drinks, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Alto Hotel on Bourke
4.0 of 5
Alto Hotel on Bourke
$94 - $250 (A$118 - A$314)
Ranked #10 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
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Quest on Dorcas
4.5 of 5
Quest on Dorcas
$106 - $381 (A$133 - A$478)
Ranked #15 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
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Punthill Northbank Melbourne
4.5 of 5
Punthill Northbank Melbourne
$100 - $288 (A$126 - A$362)
Ranked #23 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Adelphi Hotel
4.5 of 5
Adelphi Hotel
$195 - $389 (A$245 - A$488)
Ranked #2 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
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QT Melbourne
5.0 of 5
QT Melbourne
$202 - $421 (A$254 - A$529)
Ranked #3 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
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Art Series - The Larwill Studio
4.0 of 5
Art Series - The Larwill Studio
$115 - $225
Ranked #4 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Crown Towers Melbourne
5.0 of 5
Crown Towers Melbourne
$252 - $794
Ranked #1 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
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The Langham, Melbourne
5.0 of 5
The Langham, Melbourne
$194 - $481 (A$244 - A$604)
Ranked #5 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
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Treasury On Collins
4.5 of 5
Treasury On Collins
$149 - $355
Ranked #6 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
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