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Melbourne see + do

Melbourne is one cool city. As if to prove that, nearly every internationally famous Aussie hails from there, viz: Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, Rachel Griffiths, Nick Cave, Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage) and Kylie Minogue. Geoffrey Rush not only comes from Melbourne, he's still there, loving it too much to forsake it for Hollywood

Melbourne is cool, but it's also kind of geeky, seeming at times to consist of a score of suburbs with no downtown, even though the CBD (Central Business District), with its ever-burgeoning Laneways, is a downtown if ever there was one. Still, even the suburbs are laid-back and groovy—especially St. Kilda and Fitzroy.

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Wine Country, Melbourne

Melbourne's verdant Yarra Valley (about 30 miles east of the city center) has some of Australia's most acclaimed cool-climate wineries. The region has 55 cellar...more

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Established in 1846, the Royal Botanic Gardens encompasses 87 acres of meandering paths, sweeping lawns, and lily-littered ornamental lakes. Plants are...more

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Phillip Island

About a third of a mile offshore from Melbourne, the 40-square-mile Phillip Island is best known for its resident colony of adorable fairy penguins (about 90...more

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National Gallery of Victoria: The Ian Potter Centre and NGV International, Melbourne

Federation Square's Ian Potter Centre houses the nation's largest repository of Australian art, with some 25,000 works. The three floors of gallery space...more

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Melbourne Museum, Melbourne

This modernist monolith with the sail-like roof is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere, so allow a few hours to do it justice. Six themed exhibition...more

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Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

A temple in this sports-mad city, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is also the birthplace of Australia's homegrown football game, Aussie Rules. The...more

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Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne

A cool blue refuge in the heart of the city, Australia's only aquarium specializing in Southern Ocean creatures houses 10,000 marine and a few dozen land-based...more

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Healesville Sanctuary, Healesville

More than 200 native Australian wildlife species make their home in this natural bushland setting about an hour and 15 minutes' drive outside of Melbourne....more

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Federation Square, Melbourne

This architecturally striking cultural complex in City Centre is built around an undulating paved area, which is encircled by bars, cafés, and...more

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