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Melbourne is a city with many activities for visitors. The most important question is how much free hours or days you have to spare. Always do some research like browsing the " Visit Melbourne & Victoria " website. Make a list of your top 5 or 10 'must do' activities.
1 and 2. Make use of the $5-a-day tourist bus shuttle, a narrated trip with the hop-on hop-off opportunity through the city. A great way to get your bearings with all the stops being near city attractions. The City Circle tram ride and all trams in the Free Tram Zone are free and takes you to some locations that are not covered by the tourist shuttle, including the developing Docklands area. Both routes are available for view on www.thatsmelbourne.com.au Both are free and take about an hour if you were to stay on for the full tour. Of the two, the City Circle tram is far more iconic as most cities have buses: in the Southern Hemisphere, few cities now have trams. Traditional old style trams operate the City Circle service.
3. See the best views of the city from the Eureka Skydeck 88 at Southbank. It is the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere and has a great view of the city and beyond. Visit its website at www.eurekaskydeck.com.au
4. The Queen Victoria Market offers a lot of browsing for shoppers in your family. Sunday is a great day for extra entertainment, such as bands, camel rides and more. It is more a family day than the weekday hustle. Try the hot and messy mini doughnuts. Yum. This stop is part of the free bus shuttle route, close to the City Circle tram and is included in the Free Tram Zone. The market has a cooking school as well. The market normally opens daily except Mondays and Wednesdays, but during the summer months the market is also open Wednesday evenings with music, outdoor bars, some craft stalls and as food stalls with as many different cuisines as you can think of.
5. Use your myki to travel to and from St Kilda (out on Swanston Street and St Kilda Road's tram route number 16 which on weekends is augmented by Route 3A), back on the faster route 96 light rail route into Bourke Street or route 11) and enjoy European cakes in Acland St, Luna Park and the St Kilda beach and cafe scen.
6. The Royal Botanic Gardens by the side of the Yarra River in South Yarra makes an ideal picnic spot and has two indoor cafes for inclement days. It is easy to reach on tram Route 8 Toorak from Swanston Street. Alight at the corner of Domain Road and Park Street, South Yarra to a welcoming chorus from bellbirds high in the nearby eucalypt ('gum') trees.
7. See the hidden Melbourne. The laneways, "The Walk", "Royal Arcade", "The Block Arcade".... Curbside cafes & shops in abundance.
8. Melbourne is arguably the coffee capital of Australia. Head towards Degreaves Street, which is in between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane, and enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry. The ambiance is that of an European street.
9. The Colonial Tramcar Retaurant is the most awarded tourism product in the restaurant category, and for good reason, since 1983, it has been the best way to see Melbourne, get a real sense of the city, and enjoy a great meal. www.tramrestaurant.com.au