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Best Things To Do in Melbourne

Of course, there are museums like the Melbourne Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria. And there are a few zoos: Melbourne Zoo and the Werribee Open Range Zoo to name two. But this Australian city also offers some more unique things to do. If you're a sports fan, visiting the Melbourne Cricket Ground is essential. And should you want to view the cutest penguins alive, a trip to the nearby Phillip Island Nature Park is requisite. Melbourne is also the "events capital of Australia." So if you align your trip with the city's Melbourne Cup, Australian Open, or any festival really, you won't be disappointed.

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#1
City Circle Tram Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: The City Circle Tram is a must-do. For one, it gives you a nice overview of Melbourne's top tourist ... read more»

#2
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Founded in the mid-1800s, the Royal Botanic Gardens encompass 89 acres of greenery. Some of its highlights include the rose ... read more»

#3
Melbourne Central Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Nearly 300 stores fill Melbourne Central, a shopping complex, which is located atop the city's central train station. Shops ... read more»

#4
National Gallery of Victoria Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Opened in 1861, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest art gallery in all of Oz. Australian artists ... read more»

#5
Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Werribee Open Range Zoo differs from the Melbourne Zoo in that it offers an African safari-like experience. Although you ... read more»

#6
Melbourne Cricket Ground
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is home to the beloved Aussie Rules football game. According to Concierge.com, "The high-flying ... read more»

#7
Phillip Island Nature Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The main event at Phillip Island is the penguin parade, and boy, do people go gaga over these feathery fowl ... read more»

#8
St Kilda Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: St Kilda is one of Melbourne's most popular beaches because it's only a short jaunt from the city ... read more»

#9
Melbourne Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This is Melbourne's natural history museum, and there are all sorts of wonders to peer at, like a huge ... read more»

#10
Wine Country
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you need to escape the city for a day, you can head out to a couple wine regions in ... read more»

#11
Melbourne Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Melbourne Zoo is home to several thousand animals, including Aussie natives like kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and wombats. And don ... read more»

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