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Short Guide to Melbourne, Australia – Things to Do, Places to Visit

Situated on the south-east corner of Australia, the capital of the Victoria province is the second most populated city in Australia. Melbourne, despite being ranked 5th in the most expensive cities in the world to live by The Economist Intelligence Unit in 2013, the city is also ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. As a visitor, be warned, you might just find you fall in love with the lifestyle here.

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Here you’ll find a dynamic energy resounding in this young city that most definitely has a global perspective. Often, putting down the guidebook and moving away from the tourist to-do list, will enable you to experience the real place, the real Melbourne. With spacious green areas and districts with unique identities, you can get lost exploring this city as a local. Definitely make time to visit inner suburbs of Fitzroy and St Kilda; Fitzroy is the epitome of bohemian chic whist St Kilda’s seaside vibe is must, especially beautiful early in the morning.

Cafes, bars, restaurants, galleries and boutiques line the streets of this city famous for its ever changing skyline and design led architecture. However, popular options suggest the real gems are to be found off the beaten and obvious track. Described by many as the city of the ‘covert,’ don’t be afraid to get off the beaten track and try that basement bar or journey up high to sample that roof-top restaurant – this way, or mode, of seeing the city soon becomes its strongest attraction.

I would recommend staying in town for a few days before leaving the city and exploring the surrounding areas; the beaches of the Mornington Peninsula, the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, and the wineries and wildlife of the Yarra Valley are close by. Be sure to leave a day or two to experience the city once again before flying home; if anything, you’ll have been hankering after their world-leading coffee culture and will need your fix before jetting off. Of course getting there can be expensive, yet there are deals to be had but seats are often limited so booking ahead is recommended. Checkout Trailfinders flights to Melbourne, as unlike many travel providers, the prices don’t include a fuel surcharge. Whether in town for a holiday or a business trip, I hope you make time to dig deep into Melbourne’s hidden cultural and leisurely treasures.

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