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Best Things To Do in Melbourne

Like any major city, Melbourne features a zoo and museums like the Melbourne Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria. You'll also find the Melbourne Cricket Ground, a must-see attraction for any sports fan. Meanwhile, nature lovers will appreciate the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Port Campbell National Park, while history buffs will enjoy seeing the Shrine of Remembrance and wandering around the State Library Victoria. Other quintessential things to do in Melbourne include shopping at The Block Arcade, riding the City Circle Tram and sampling the region's famous wine.

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  • #1
    Shrine of Remembrance
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    #1 in Melbourne
    Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    To commemorate the 19,000 Victorians killed during World War I, the city of Melbourne built the Shrine of Remembrance in 1924. The monument, which was inspired by famous Greek sights like theParthenonand theAcropolis, features several memorials, including the bronze Gallipoli Memorial, The Forecourt (a World War II memorial that houses

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  • #2
    Port Campbell National Park
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    #2 in Melbourne
    Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    One of Australia's most stunning natural wonders is the Twelve Apostles rock formation found in Port Campbell National Park. Seven stacked rock structures constitute the Twelve Apostles, six of which can be seen from the attraction's main viewing platform. Other landmarks situated in the park include The Arch, London Bridge and a

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  • #3
    Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
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    #3 in Melbourne
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Founded in the mid-1800s, the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne encompass 94 acres of greenery. Some of the gardens' highlights include region-specific plant collections, the Rare and Threatened Species Collection, the Gardens House and the Perennial Border. There are also pathways, shaded benches and statues situated throughout the property.

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  • #4
    Yarra Valley
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    #4 in Melbourne
    Wineries/Breweries, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Wineries/Breweries, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Though you'll find five wine regions near Melbourne, the area's most well-known is the Yarra Valley. More than 70 wineries are located in this region. Two of the Yarra Valley's most popular vineyards includeDomaine Chandon, which specializes in sparkling wine, andGiant Steps, where you'll find several kinds of chardonnays and

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  • #5
    National Gallery of Victoria
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    #5 in Melbourne
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Opened in 1861, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest and most visited art gallery in Australia. Local artists are mostly featured, although there are works from international masters like Anthony van Dyck, Claude Monet and René Magritte. You'll also find unique exhibits like Ichwan Noor's "Beetle Sphere" –

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  • #6
    State Library Victoria
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    #6 in Melbourne
    Museums, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The State Library Victoria is a must-see attraction for book worms, architecture lovers and history buffs. Built in 1856 on 2 acres of land in Melbourne's central business district, the library houses a variety of books and historic artifacts, including famed Australian outlaw Ned Kelly's suit of armor and a collection

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  • #7
    The Block Arcade
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    #7 in Melbourne
    Cafes, Shopping, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Cafes, Shopping, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Whether you're an architecture enthusiast, an art lover, a fashionista or a foodie, you'll find something to enjoy at The Block Arcade. More than 25 boutiques, galleries and specialty food stores are housed within this stunning structure, which features skylights, cast-iron details, mosaic floors and stained glass windows. Noteworthy shops include

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  • #8
    City Circle Tram
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    #8 in Melbourne
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    The City Circle Tram is a must-do. For one, it gives you a nice overview of Melbourne'stop tourist attractions. More importantly, it's free. Just look for a burgundy and cream tram and hop right on. When you want to get off, push a red button (near the handrails) or pull down

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  • #9
    Melbourne Museum
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    #9 in Melbourne
    Museums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    This is Melbourne's natural and cultural history museum, and there are all sorts of wonders to peer at, including several dinosaur skeletons and the preserved Phar Lap – Australia's late famous racehorse. Other must-see exhibits include a collection of Aboriginal artifacts and "Sam the Koala," an exhibit that focuses on

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  • #10
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
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    #10 in Melbourne
    Sports, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sports, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is Melbourne's main stadium for cricket and the beloved Aussie rules-style of rugby (or footy). The National Sports Museum is also located here, and tours of the property are offered on select days.

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  • #11
    Melbourne Zoo
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    #11 in Melbourne
    Zoos and Aquariums
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    Zoos and Aquariums
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Melbourne Zoo opened in 1862 and holds the distinction of being Australia's oldest zoo. The property is home to more than 300 animal species, most of which are free to roam in areas that mimic their own natural habitats. Aussie natives include kangaroos, wallabies, platypuses, koalas and wombats. And

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