Melbourne Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

The city of Melbourne is situated in the southern Australian state of Victoria.

Opening out like a fan from the shores ofPort Phillip Bay, Melbourne is home to over 4 million residents and regularly features in the top rankingsof 'world's most livable cities.

 Founded on the banks of the Yarra River in 1835, the discovery of gold transformed this farawaysettlement into one of the wealthiest cities in the world.

Decades of prosperity created a metropolis filled with grand civic buildings, cathedrals,theaters, and parks.

Wander down the wide avenues of Collins andBurke streets for old-school architecture that'll make youreyes pop.

Then hop on a tram – Melbourne has the most extensive streetcarnetwork in the world.

 No other space in the city says Melbourne like Federation Square.

Overlooked by Flinders Street Station andSt Paul's Cathedral, 'Fed Square' does what Melbourne does best, artfully blending the elegance of yesteryearwith edgy, modern design.

While you're at 'Fed Square', grab a ticket to one of Melbourne's hippestmuseums, The Australian Center of the Moving Image.

At ACMI, discover the rich history of Aussiecinema and explore the interactive possibilitiesof tomorrow.

  And don't forget to head underground to theMelbourne Visitor Center, for the low-down on what's up, in Melbourne.

  Just across the Yarra is Southbank.

Check out the public art, shopping and dining, or just hang out with locals and watch theriver, slide on by.

While you're at Southbank, ride the elevator to the 88th floor of theEureka Tower, named after the famous 18th-century minersrebellion.

The 360 degree views from the observationdeck are pure gold.

 Closer to earth, but just as heavenly, are the artworks and stained-glass ceiling at the nearby National Gallery of Victoria.

  The city's great paintings are not confinedto its galleries.

Melbourne rates with New York and Berlin as one of the world capitals of street art.

Wander the inner city lane-ways with street art lovers from all over the world.

You may even catch an artist at work.

  If Melbourne has a fragrance, it's the aromaof roasting coffee beans.

In this city, great coffee, food, and fashionare not luxuries, but the essentials for daily life.

Spend a morning exploring the hundreds ofstalls at Queen Victoria Market.

Sample the region's finest and freshest produce, and witness first-hand just how seriouslyMelbournians take their food.

   Melbourne can thank its immigrants for developing the city's taste buds.

Peek into the lives of the newcomers who helpedshape Melbourne's culture at the Immigration Museum.

  Then taste the cuisines they introduced toAustralia in famous food strips like Lygon Street andAcland Street.

 Just a short roll from the patisseries of Acland Steet is Luna Park, the bayside fun-fair that's been putting asmile on Melbourne since 1912.

Take a ride on one of the world's oldest rollercoasters, but be sure to let those pastries settle first!   From St Kilda, follow the boardwalk south to where the true giants of Melbourne architectureawait – the Bathing Boxes of Brighton Beach.

This row of heritage listed boxes is one of the most photographed spots Downunder.

When it comes to presentation, Melbourne hasthe Midas Touch, whether it be in the sharp lookin' displaysof The Melbourne Museum, the breathtaking exhibits of the city's aquarium, or just life's simpler pleasures.

Welcome to Melbourne, where everything is done with style, passion,and a whole-lotta-cool.

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