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Melbourne has been voted as the world's most liveable city on many occasions, and with good reason. It's culture, events and lifestyle are unsurpassed in Australia and amongst the best in the world.

Melbourne is Australia's capital of (deep breath) - culture and the arts, food and coffee, fashion, sports, events, bars drinking, live music, theatre and shopping. If any of those things interests you, Melbourne should definitely be on your list.

There are not so many "major" attractions in Melbourne - it's more about the lifestyle, soaking up the culture and new discoveries - so a couple of days will tick off the big things, but you can spend a lifetime here if you want to experience it all. Take a look below and discover the longest list of 'things to do' in Australia.

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Extra tips for visiting Melbourne

Recommended Bars


For the best rooftop bars try: - Rooftop at QT; Loop bar; Imperial; Rooftop bar at Curtin; Goldilocks; Carlton House; Campari House; State of Grace; Waterside hotel; Transit bar; Good Heavens; Union electric; Peaches; Siglo; Bomba - all in the CBD. Outside the CBD, the Corner Hotel and Richmond Club Hotel are well known in Richmond, as is Naked For Satan in Fitzroy. For the highest bar, but not actually open air, try the rather fancy Lui bar, that is part of the Vue De Monde restaurant atop the Rialto building - min spend may apply. For the best hidden and special bars try: - Eau De Vie (no signage); Pizza Pizza Pizza (behind the curtain); Glamp (safari style); Bartronica (arcade games and classic consoles); Murmur (group piano karaoke); Bar Americano (tiny); Beneath Driver Lane (live blues music); Storyville (Alice in wonderland theme); State of Grace (hidden behind books); Loch and Key (very old); Berlin Bar (choose east or west); Manchuria (Chinese opium den style); Trinket (through a wardrobe); Arlechin (no signage); Golden Monkey (1920's Chinese style); Pony Fish Island (under a bridge, on the river) Double happiness (Chinese communist style); Gin Palace - all in the CBD. Outside the CBD, try Jungle boy in Windsor(through a fridge).




Safety


If you plan on driving in Melbourne be aware of a couple of special situations that occur when trams are around. First, when you are outside the CBD, often trams stop in the middle of the road to let passengers out. You should not drive past any stopping trams. A little STOP sign will flip out from the tram when it's doors open to let you know. Secondly, the famous hook turns. Due to the tram lines right of way, you can often find that if you want to turn right, you must be in the left hand lane. It seems odd, but there you must wait until the light change and you have to react quickly to make your turn - when the flashing 'wait' sign turns off. Extra tip - don't block any tram lines. The trams can't turn and accidents happen all the time. Follow this link for more www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-rules/information-for-tourists-about-victorian-road-rules




AFL in Melbourne


Melbournian's are obsessed with Aussie Rules 'footy' and half the teams in the league are based in Melbourne. The grand final, held in September, is even a public holiday in Victoria. Catch a game if you can at either Marvel stadium, or preferably the magnificent 100,000 capacity MCG.




Tours


There are many tour companies and many tour locations offered from Melbourne and they provide an easy way to get to the harder to reach places and usually for much cheaper than it would be to hire a car (and more sustainable too). There is everything from Backpacker, to Chinese language, to luxury, and either as day trips or multi-day. The following are the most popular destinations: - - Great Ocean Road - Wilsons Prom - The snow - just to play, or to ski/snowboard - Yarra valley - Phillip Island - Mornington Peninsula - The Grampians On top of these Victorian destinations, you can also find one-way tours to Adelaide or Sydney, with activities on the way.




Ticket Tips


There are a few ways to save on your tickets if you plan to visit multiple places: - - iventure card - click here - Melbourne City Card- click here - Zoos Victoria membership gives access to all three of their locations - Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary - as well as 5 interstate zoos. click here




Beaches


Melbourne is not exactly well known for it's beaches, mainly due to being poorly attributed compared to other Australian cities. There are plenty of fantastic options not too far away though. St Kilda is the most popular but not exactly the best for the beach itself - unless you're interested in kite surfing. The water quality near the city is questionable too. Heading a little further down the coast will bring you to some great options - Elwood, Half moon bay, Hamilton beach and the long stretch with clear waters that goes from Aspendale, through Chelsea and all the way to Frankston is a fantastic spot to relax and play in the water. Mornington Peninsula has it's own long stretch of sand in addition to more secluded but popular spots near Sorrento. All the above are on Port Phillip bay, so have little in the way of waves, which is good or bad, depending what you want. Surfers will want to head to Torquay and the mecca that is Bells beach. This is at the start of the Great Ocean Road which has many incredible and dramatic beaches to try out. The southern coast of the Mornington Peninsula has some treacherous beaches - one of which lost Australia a prime minister, when Harold Holt disappeared whilst swimming. For sheer beauty, Wilson's Prom probably has the most stunning beaches close to Melbourne.





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