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Best places to visit in Melbourne – For a holiday full of highlights

Melbourne is known for its cuisine and shopping, but there is much more to this landmark city. Visit these popular sites in and around the city and enjoy a fantastic and unforgettable holiday.


Yarra Valley

Australia is known for its delicious wines, and one Yarra Valley is one of the places to thank for that. Dating back to the early to mid-1800s, it is the oldest wine regions in all of Victoria, and there are plenty of beautiful vineyards and wineries to visit. This is the place to head to for tranquillity and relaxation. The area is full of culture and class, and there is a range of outdoor activities to enjoy during your visit.


Great Ocean Road

Leave the city on a road trip where you can catch amazing sights and views. This coastal drive is about 244 kilometres long, with plenty to see and do on the way. The best-known attraction along the way is the 'Twelve Apostles', a beautiful collection of eight stacks of limestone, which make up a stunning sight. This drive will be the adventure of a lifetime and is a highlight to catch when travelling to Australia.


Phillip Island

Travel out of the city to Phillip Island for an unforgettable day trip; where the highlight is a chance to see the delightful penguin parade. The species on this island is the world's smallest type of penguin, and onlookers are often thrilled by these adorable creatures. There are several other exciting activities for visitors to do here, including great conditions for surfing.



This waterfront area was once a port that declined in importance in the 1980s. Thereafter in the 1990's it was revamped and was made into an extension of the city. The waterfront area is now full of things to do, stay at hotels near Etihad Stadium, now known as the Marvel Stadium for easy access to the up and coming area. Check out the Immigration Museum located near Oaks On Market when visiting the area, and learn about Australia's immigration history.


Queen Victoria Markets

It cannot be overstated how important it is to visit this market when in Melbourne, especially if you are a lover of great gourmet foods, unique souvenirs and plenty of fresh produce. This is more than just an outdoor market; it is a cultural experience not to be missed. On occasion you will find various special markets on the site, such as night markets and book markets, so check out their schedule in order to choose the perfect time to visit.


Melbourne Museum

This is a highly renowned museum and the place to go for a closer look at the culture, history, and environment that makes up the State of Victoria. The museum houses an exciting range of permanent exhibits, as well as hosting various temporary exhibits, all brilliantly put together to give you a great experience.


National Gallery of Victoria

This is a must visit for art lovers, the gallery houses about 70,000 amazing artworks from across the world. Dating back more than a century and a half, this local monument is housed in two beautiful buildings and the collections on display range from some of Australia's best artists to international art legends.