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Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria in Australia, is a vibrant and diverse city known for its rich culture, delicious food, and world-renowned sports events.

One of the first things visitors will notice upon arriving in Melbourne is its bustling city center, filled with towering skyscrapers, bustling streets, and a diverse mix of people from all over the world. The city is also home to a number of iconic landmarks, such as the Federation Square and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

When it comes to food, Melbourne is a true culinary capital, with a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and bars that serve up everything from traditional Australian fare to international cuisines. Visitors can indulge in delicious meals at some of the city's top restaurants, such as Attica, Vue de Monde, and Supernormal, or sample the local specialties at one of the many food trucks and street vendors scattered throughout the city.

For sports enthusiasts, Melbourne is a paradise, with a number of world-class sports venues and events taking place year-round. The city is home to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, one of the most famous cricket venues in the world, and the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, which hosts the Australian Grand Prix. Visitors can also catch a game of Australian Rules Football at the Melbourne Cricket Ground or watch a match at the Melbourne Park Tennis Centre, home of the Australian Open.

Beyond its many attractions, Melbourne is also known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant arts scene. Visitors can explore the city's many art galleries and museums, such as the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and the Melbourne Museum. The city also hosts a number of festivals and events throughout the year, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, and the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Overall, Melbourne is a city that offers something for everyone, from delicious food and world-class sports events to cultural attractions and a vibrant arts scene. With so much to see and do, visitors are sure to have an unforgettable time in this vibrant Australian city.

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Reasons to visit Melbourne include major sporting events, using it as a base for exploring surrounding regions such as the Grampians National Park, The Great Ocean Road, and visiting Phillip Island to view the penguin parade. Many UK visitors come to Melbourne for tours of filming locations of the TV soap opera Neighbours.


Melbourne is the unquestioned sporting capital of Australia with the largest arenas and two of the major sporting administrations basing their operation in Melbourne: Cricket Australia is a stone's throw from the MCG, and the AFL games are played at both the MCG and Etihad Stadium.

Melbournians are sports enthusiasts and particularly passionate about Australian Rules football, a sport invented in Melbourne. In fact the Australian Football League (AFL) is not so much a sport as a religion in Melbourne, with 9 of the 10 Victorian teams being based in Melbourne. As a guide, the entire national competition only has 18 teams, meaning half the league is based in Melbourne alone.

Horse racing is another passion, and the majority of the state has a public holiday on the first Tuesday of November for the racing of the Melbourne Cup, one of the world’s famous horse races.

Cricket is the big summer sport and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (the 'MCG') is one of the world's leading grounds. The National Sports Museum (NSM) (including the Racing Museum) Australia’s only truly dedicated multi-sports museum is also located at the MCG.

Each January, Melbourne hosts tennis' Australian Open, one of the world’s four Grand Slam championships.

In March, Melbourne hosts the first race of the Formula One season, the Formula One Grand Prix. The race is held in Albert Park in South Melbourne.

What to see

City Centre

Parliament House of Victoria— The first seat of the Australian federal government, free tours are available on week days.

Queen Victoria Market— The largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere, 'Vic Market' as it's nicknamed is huge and colourful with an assortment of fresh and dry produce, souvenirs and other interesting things. A must-see experience.

State Library— Worthwhile if you're into books, amazing city architecture and free internet. Also has the former largest 'Domed Reading Room' in the world, capable of holding over 1 million books.

Shrine of Remembrance— Located on St Kilda Road, Major War Memorial with unique Ray of Light demonstration every half hour. Also offering panoramic views of Melbourne parks from rooftop balcony.

Coop's Shot Tower— 50m high shot tower from 1888, incorporated into Melbourne Central complex underneath a 84m high glass roof.

What to do

See interesting films at the Art Deco-styled Astor Theatre in St Kilda. There are several moonlight cinema programmes in summer. The Melbourne International Film Festival is on in August.

Try your luck with the Australian National Lottery.

Alternately, visit the Cinema Nova on Lygon Street (tram 1 or 8) on a Monday for $6 films before 4PM.

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City Shopping

The historic Block Arcade on Collins Street

Bourke Street Mall
Melbourne is known as the fashion capital of Australia with numerous malls and boutique lined streets.

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