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Melbourne, Australia

Victoria may be Australia's smallest continental state, but Melbourne, its capital, is big on everything. With a population of 4.25 million people living in 59 separately named communities within 715 square miles, Melbourne is a sprawling city offering culture, art, fashion and friendly, sports-minded Australians. It is also an easy city to explore. At the heart of the city is the Golden Mile, the city's governmental and commercial center, home to hotels, shops, restaurants and theaters.

Originally part of New South Wales, Victoria became a colony in its own right in 1851. The discovery of gold propelled Melbourne's growth to prominence and prosperity.

Travel Tip: Melbourne is pronounced "mell-burn."

Points of Interest

  • The 12 Apostles
  • Royal Botanic Garden
  • Ballarat: Sovereign Hill
  • Fitzroy Gardens
  • Healesville Sanctuary
  • Mount Dandenong Observatory lookout
  • Puffing Billy Train
  • Queen Victoria Market

More about Melbourne, Australia Points of Interest

  • The 12 Apostles -

    Witness the rugged splendour of the famous 12 Apostles, magnificent rock stacks that rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean on Victoria's dramatic coastline.

  • Royal Botanic Garden -

    The vast Royal Botanic Gardens are considered to be among the finest in the world. Located on the southern banks of the Yarra River just 5 minutes from the bustling city.

  • Ballarat: Sovereign Hill -

    Step back in time and experience Australia's exciting gold rush days. Pan for gold and explore this award-winning, interactive outdoor museum that recreates the hustle and bustle of 1850s life.

  • Fitzroy Gardens -

  • Healesville Sanctuary -

    Experience a distinctly Australian wildlife experience. Get close to over 200 species of native wildlife, including platypus, koalas, emus, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds and wombats in a bush setting.

  • Mount Dandenong Observatory lookout -

  • Puffing Billy Train -

    This century-old train is one of the most popular steam heritage railways in the world. It still runs on its original mountain track in the scenic Dandenong Ranges, just as it did in the early 1900s.

  • Queen Victoria Market -

    Opened in 1878, this huge open-air market is a Melbourne institution. You'll find a wide array of goods amongst the "sheds," from fresh produce and meats, to clothes, housewares, and souvenirs.

12 Excursions

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Best of Melbourne & Surrounds

8 hours | Melbourne | MEL-100 M E L - 1 0 0

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $309.95

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Healesville Sanctuary, Yarra Valley & Wine

8 hours | Melbourne | MEL-110 M E L - 1 1 0

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $274.95

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Ballarat Wildlife & Sovereign Hill Goldmine Township

8 hours | Melbourne | MEL-125 M E L - 1 2 5

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity

From $214.95

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Fitzroy Gardens & Yarra River Cruise

4 hours | Melbourne | MEL-200 M E L - 2 0 0

Easy Activity

From $129.95

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Easy Melbourne: City Drive

4 hours | Melbourne | MEL-225 M E L - 2 2 5

Moderate Activity

From $114.95

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Blue Dandenongs & Mountain Village

4 hours | Melbourne | MEL-230 M E L - 2 3 0

Moderate Activity

From $94.95

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Easy Melbourne: City Drive and Fitzroy Gardens

3.75 hours | Melbourne | MEL-295 M E L - 2 9 5

Easy Activity

From $79.95

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Local Connections: Arcades & Alleyways

3.5 hours | Melbourne | MEL-380 M E L - 3 8 0

Moderate Activity

From $79.95

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Chadstone Shopping On Your Own

6 hours | Melbourne | MEL-385 M E L - 3 8 5

Easy Activity

From $79.95

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Melbourne Electric Bike Tours

2.5 hours | Melbourne | MEL-440 M E L - 4 4 0

Moderate Activity

From $139.95

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Debark Tour - City Drive & Fitzroy Gardens

4 hours | Melbourne | MEL-960 M E L - 9 6 0

Moderate Activity

From AUD$134.95

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Debark Tour - Blue Dandenongs & Mountain Village

4.5 hours | Melbourne | MEL-965 M E L - 9 6 5

Moderate Activity

From AUD$154.95

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