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Quirky, colourful and hipster-friendly are some distinguishing characteristics the city of Melbourne exudes over its rival counterpart, Sydney. So what is it that gives Melbourne its edge? First off, it is renowned for its hidden laneways filled with trendy cafes, delicious eateries and cozy bars, many with rooftop patios and stunning city views. Laneways not to be missed are DeGraves Street, Centre Place, Hardware Lane and graffiti-fiilled Hosier Lane. Don’t worry about public transport in the city…it is too easy! The Public Transport of Victoria provides the City Circle Tram, which is a free and convenient way to see the sights of central Melbourne.

A central meeting point within the city is Federation Square (aka Fed Square). Here you can drop into the Melbourne Visitor Centre to find out the latest on events and activities taking place in Melbourne. Fed Square is a great place to hang out and watch all the surrounding action, and it boasts the largest free outdoor wi-fi site in Australia. Enjoy people watching at its fullest at Pomodoro Italian Restaurant, Time Out Café or Transit Bar. Located right next door is the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), which is a world-leading centre for experiencing the moving image in all its forms: film, television, internet and games. Be sure to drop in and check it out for yourself - some exhibits are free to experience!

Shopping in the area of Bourke Street and Swanston Street will keep you occupied for hours. You can also get your fix at the QV Centre and Melbourne Central located in the heart of the CBD. Just outside the city Chapel Street will provide miles and miles of stores, ranging from second-hand shops to exclusive Australian designers.

Serving consumers for more than 120 years, the Queen Victoria Market is a massive establishment and a great place to explore the diverse culture that Melbourne is known for. There are almost 1,000 traders within the market, selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, local and imported gourmet foods, meat, fish and poultry to classic Australian souvenirs and a variety of clothing. Visits on Sunday afternoon are well-rewarded with wine tasting options from vineyards throughout the state.

Situated on the south end of the CBD, the Southbank area is a popular spot for shopping, visiting an art gallery or theatre on a night out. Providing a line-up of bars and restaurants along the Yarra River, Southbank is a perfect destination for a Saturday night or Sunday brunch. Only a short walking distance from here is the Crown Entertainment Complex, which takes up a whopping two whole city blocks. Prepare yourself for a mini-city of shopping, dining and entertainment options. High-end shoppers will be in paradise as this complex features luxury labels such Prada, Chanel, Bulgari and Burberry.

If you have enough time, there are a number of attractions to see just outside of the city. Tours to the wine tasting region of Yarra Valley, drives along one of the world’s most legendary touring routes the Great Ocean Road and getting up close and personal to the natural habitat of little penguins on Phillip Island will surely make your trip a more memorable one.
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