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You're Going to Love Melbourne

Australia's second largest city is the country's cultural center, its most livable city, and a place that tourists return to again and again. Add in nearby attractions like Victoria's wine regions, the Great Ocean Road and Victoria's Grampian Mountains, and the result is a fabulous vacation destination.

Even if you stick to Melbourne's downtown neighborhoods, there's plenty to do, from touring museums like the Immigration Museum or the National Gallery of Victoria to enjoying al fresco cocktails in the Docklands district.

But Melbourne is also about its inner-city suburbs. You can surf and sunbathe to your heart's content in St Kilda, check out the street art or sample some of the best Vietnamese food around in Fitzroy, or shop for the latest fashions on Chapel Street.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Melbourne

Top activities & attractions in Melbourne

When to Visit Melbourne

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Australia's summer runs from around November to early April, but even in the shoulder seasons the weather tends to be fine, with temperatures over 70 degrees. January is the time to visit for sports lovers, but you can enjoy wine tours and the beaches just as much in the Aussie spring or fall, without the inconvenience of huge tourist crowds.

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How to Get to Melbourne

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Where to Stay in Melbourne

Luxury city center accommodation is easy to find in Melbourne, and leading options include Hotel Lindrum, Citigate Melbourne, and the Sebel. However, some of the best places to stay are outside the city center. Try the Prince and the Novotel for comfortable rooms near the seafront. There are also plenty of hostels for budget travelers, including the Melbourne Central YHA.

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How to Get Around Melbourne

The Cost of Living in Melbourne

Shopping Streets

Melbourne is full of great places to shop. If you are after designer footwear, Little Collins Street is the place to go. Bourke Street Mall features fashion stores like David Jones, while Chapel Street is home to boutiques like Dorothy and Evelyn, Plane Clothes, and Olga de Polga. If you're in St Kilda, don't miss the open-air Esplanade Market.

Groceries and Other

The best places to shop for groceries in Melbourne are supermarkets like Coles (which you'll find all over town) and Woolworth's, but markets like Prahran Market are a good place to look as well. Expect to pay about A$5 for a gallon of milk and A$1.70 for a pound of apples.

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Where to Eat in Melbourne

Melbourne has hundreds of superb restaurants featuring cuisines from all over the world. If you are looking for high-end gourmet food, you can't do better than Vaporetto for Italian, the chicken experts at Embla, or the Greek meals at Attica. But cheap eats can be wonderful too. Check out Indian restaurants like Mukka or the BBQ burger joint Dexter for delicious food at bargain prices. Expect to pay A$20-30 for mains at bars like Embla, or A$10-15 for a burger at Dexter.