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Melbourne

Find all you need to know about Melbourne in Australia, the capital of Victoria and a vibrant hub of style, sport, culture and dining.


Discover Melbourne's secret laneways and rooftops, the cultural hub of Federation Square, buzzing bars, boutiques and eateries, and the iconic MCG. Experience St Kilda, the Royal Botanic Gardens, bohemian Brunswick Street and the nation-stopping excitement of the Spring Racing Carnival. Join world class events such as the Australian Grand Prix.  Day trip to the Mornington Peninsula or to Phillip Island for fairy penguins.

What you can see in Melbourne

Discover Melbourne's wide streets and hidden laneways, galleries and parklands, eclectic precincts and a dynamic food and wine scene.

Top 10 Things to Do in Melbourne

Top 10 Things to Do in Melbourne

Exploring Melbourne's laneways is just one aspect of this diverse city. Get a cricket or football fix. Soak up art and culture. Go high-end dining or grab the best pub burger. Shop for local designer fashion or cycle the bayside. Whatever you fancy, Melbourne is a city of choices.

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Melbourne's hidden laneways

Melbourne's hidden laneways

You never quite know what's in store when you wander off Melbourne's grid of city streets into the maze of gothic laneways behind them. Even the locals find surprises here, where the venues for food, fashion and art are small, quirky and sometimes hidden. Discover a late-night jazz bar or watch the world go by from a tiny trattoria, browse the boutiques and check out urban art. You can unlock the city's real secrets in these distinctively Melbourne streets.

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Three Great Days in Melbourne

Three Great Days in Melbourne

There's no time for sleep in Melbourne, a city where culture buffs, sport nuts, fashion lovers and foodies all have their niche. Discover cafes, bars and boutiques in city laneways sprawling secretly off ordered streets. Soak up the vibrant riverside atmosphere from Southbank and visit Federation Square, where creative and café culture meet. Cruise down the Yarra and wander the lawns and lakes of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Soak up the unique energy of the city's diverse precincts, from upmarket South Yarra to beachside St Kilda and edgy Fitzroy. Then day trip to the beaches, wineries, galleries and golf courses of the Mornington Peninsula.

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Weather in Melbourne

Weather in Melbourne

Melbourne may be known for its fickle weather - the city Melbourne has been described as having four seasons in one day - but it can still be enjoyed all year round. Plan ahead with this information on temperature and rainfall.

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Australian Open
January16 - 29

Australian Open

The Australian Open tennis tournament is the opening Grand Slam tournament of the year, with the world's best slugging it out to hold the coveted trophy aloft. There is also plenty of action off the court with an entertainment precinct that includes live music and the opportunity to get up close with your favourite tennis stars at autograph island. Held in the height of summer, and attracting devoted fans from across the world, the tournament also brings a friendly, colourful party atmosphere to the city.

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Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula

A short distance from Melbourne you'll find the rolling hills, orchards, olive groves, historic mansions, and more than 200 vineyards of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. In this food lover's region, you can buy organic vegetables from roadside stalls or pick your own strawberries, berries and cherries from orchards. Wander amongst olive groves with ocean views or picnic in one of the many public and private gardens. There are century-old rose gardens, sculpted hedge mazes and heritage homes to enjoy. After your food and wine journey relax in a day spa or play a round on one of Australia's top golf courses.

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Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is located a short distance from Melbourne's city centre in the Melbourne Sports Precinct at Yarra Park, which also includes the Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and AAMI Park. With a total capacity of 100,000 people, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the largest stadium in Australia, the tenth-largest stadium in the world, and the world's largest stadium for playing cricket.

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Bohemian Brunswick Street

Bohemian Brunswick Street

Boredom isn't an option on Brunswick Street, the vibrant Melbourne strip where people from all walks of life go to shop, eat, drink, meet and dance.

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Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix
March

Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix

Opening the Formula One World Championship series, the Australian Grand Prix is the most watched sporting event held in Australia, with a huge global audience. But the best spot is trackside at the challenging Albert Park street circuit, which has a range of great viewing spots from high-end hospitality sites to relaxing grassy hills.

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Watch Miranda's Australian Adventure mini-series

Join Miranda Krestovnikoff as she travels to Australia to discover the dramatic coastline, unique wildlife and delicious food and wine.

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