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Melbourne Travel Guide


Melbourne Introduction


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Melbourne, Australia, offers a wonderful mix of Victorian architecture with world cultures. From its favored site on the banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne offers travelers some of the best shopping and theater in Australia, a varied arts scene, top-notch food and wine with restaurants to fit any taste and budget, and excellent hotels.   Click here to see the full Melbourne travel guide on Travel42 »

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Melbourne Geography


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Melbourne's city center sits on the banks of the Yarra River, about 4 mi/6 km upriver from Port Philip Bay. The portion on the north bank is known as the Central Business District (CBD), and the portion south of the river is called Southbank. The ambitious 495-acre/200-hectare Docklands project is extending the western border of the city.  Click here to see the full Melbourne travel guide on Travel42 »

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Melbourne History


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Melbourne was home for the indigenous Koori people for 50,000 years before the arrival of Europeans in the 1800s. The newcomers established a town, but it remained a small settlement until the middle of the century, when a gold rush in central Victoria saw Melbourne grow to become Australia's financial capital and most glamorous city. The boom gave the town its magnificent public architecture, gracious parks, tree-lined boulevards, opulent mansions and the nickname "Marvelous Melbourne." The city developed so successfully that it was the original capital of the Australian Federation. (Melbourne relinquished this role to Canberra in 1927.)   Click here to see the full Melbourne travel guide on Travel42 »

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Melbourne Sightseeing & Things to Do


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It's not difficult to see something memorable in Melbourne. You can hardly walk two blocks without running into a quirky piece of street sculpture or stencil art, a group of buskers or an unusual take on a familiar scene.   Click here to see the full Melbourne travel guide on Travel42 »

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Melbourne Nightlife


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Dance clubs are spread throughout the Central Business District, although several venues in South Yarra and Fitzroy are worth the short cab ride from the city center. For live bands, hit the clubs and pubs in Fitzroy, Richmond and St Kilda. If you just want to chill out and chat, duck down any side street and chances are you'll find a cozy pub, while funky bars line the alleyways that crisscross the CBD.   Click here to see the full Melbourne travel guide on Travel42 »

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Melbourne Restaurants & Dining


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In no other Australian city can you be more certain of being served an outstanding meal. In fact, Melbourne consistently rates as one of the world's top cities for food and wine.   Click here to see the full Melbourne travel guide on Travel42 »

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