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melbourne2Melbourne’s yellow and green trams are as much an attraction for visitors as any other and serve as a great way of viewing the city and acquaint yourself with its layout. What’s more this is a free service which thousands of residents use to get to their place of work so is a great way to get a feeling of being a real Melbournian.

You can also use the tram to visit the popular St Kilda Pavillion and Pier which are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. Nowadays the Crown Casino is also another familiar sight on the city’s skyline as it towers over the Yarra River.

If you want to travel outside of central Melbourne then a train from Flinders Street Station is the best option and is the focal point for all suburban train services throughout Melbourne. Its clock towers have been a well-known meeting point for hundreds of locals throughout the years.

There are many great day trips available which use Melbourne as a base. These include visits to Mornington Peninsula, the Yarra Valley, Philip Island and the Macedon Ranges. Getting around Melbourne is relatively simple, served as it is by great public transport. It is also a very walkable city with few steep inclines to put people off.

Those with an historic bent should pay a visit to Captain Cook’s cottage in Fitzroy Gardens and the Old Melbourne Gaol, best remembered as the place where the infamous Ned Kelly met his end at the hands of the hangman.

Sometimes the best way to see a city is from up high and the observation deck of the Rialto Towers is as good a place as any. In Melbourne, shopping is as much as an attraction as the history and where better than the Queen Victoria Market (see Shopping section) to see the market traders in action. Consider also the Melbourne Aquarium.

"On the wildlife theme, to the South of Melbourne is Werribee Zoo as well as the Werribee Park Mansion and gardens with adjacent State Rose Garden."

The arts are well represented too and all music buffs should aim to take in a concert at the open air Myer Music Bowl. Otherwise there is also the National Gallery of Victoria and the Victorian Arts Centre. Other highlights of Melbourne include sport and eating out. The Melbourne Cricket Ground is probably the most auspicious sports venue and is host to cricket in the summer and Aussie Rules football in the winter.

Eating out is an attraction itself and the sheer volume of choice from all corners of the globe is celebrated at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival held in March and April.

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