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It's an area of Victoria that 4,200,000 people reside in.
Start your trip off right at the world-famous the Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex and Federation Square.
Escape the adult world for a while and be transported into a place of magic at Luna Park and Galaxy Land. Want more? St. Kilda Sea Baths and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image will ensure the good times keep on coming.
Gaze in wonder as aquatic critters slip through the water at Melbourne Aquarium.
You'll find a range of local and exotic species staring out towards you at the Melbourne Zoo and the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
Chances are you've already tasted the local beer, so why not head to the Carlton and United Breweries and see how it's made? If you're lucky, there might be a few samples lying around!
There aren't many things in life more memorable than a superb glass of wine. Try some of the region's finest at the Galli Estate Winery and the Shadowfax Winery. Looking for one or two more? The Monbulk Winery and the Craiglee should also be added to your itinerary.
Admire the wide range of plants and flowers on display when you visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and the St. Kilda Botanical Gardens. The National Rhododendron Gardens and the Williamstown Botanic Gardens are two more great places to have a stroll around.
When it's time to take five, pick up some lunch and find a shady corner at one of the area's scenic urban parks, such as Dandenong Ranges National Park and Royal Park. Carlton Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens are two more pleasant spots to while away the afternoon over a good book.
With so much to see and do in Melbourne, you're going to need help deciding. Once you've arrived, get some hot tips at Sunbury Visitor Information Centre. Dandenong Ranges & Knox Visitor Information Centre and Melbourne Information Centre are two more handy places to swing by.
Contemplate the beautiful scenery and listen to the echo of bubbling water at Olinda Falls.
If the sun is shining, the sparkling, glassy surface of Middle Park Beach is a wonderful sight.
If you feel like wandering along a shoreline, throwing a Frisbee or just kicking back by the water's edge, head to St. Kilda Beach or Brighton Beach. You could also splash around at Elwood Beach and South Melbourne Beach.
Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Head out to Sherbrooke Forest and 1000 Steps Kokoda Walk. Point Cook Coastal Park and Westgate Park are also recommended by lovers of the natural world.
Armchair marine biologists will want to check out Jawbone Marine Sanctuary, a frequently visited marine habitat full of underwater creatures.
See the world from a new perspective with a trip to one of the area's educational exhibition spaces. The Melbourne Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria offer a range of displays and collections that are sure to capture your attention. The Immigration Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building are also worth a visit.
Those travelers interested in nautical traditions should certainly organize a visit to the Polly Woodside or the HMAS Castlemaine.
Clever kids and their parents should see the Scienceworks and Melbourne Planetarium, an engaging science and technology center.
The wonderful specimens at the Hellenic Museum aren't just interesting to look at. They also play a vital role in helping us understand the world we live in.
Melbourne is a hub of artistic activity, with galleries and exhibition spaces all over. Start your tour of this creative paradise by stopping in at the Ian Potter Museum of Art and the Heide Museum of Modern Art. The Heide and the Muma are also well worth a look if you can squeeze them in.
Take yourself back in time and discover stories of the past at the City Museum at Old Treasury Melbourne and the Werribee District Historical Society and Museum. The Salvation Army Heritage Centre and the Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc. are also worthwhile options.
Wander back through this region's past with a trip to the University of Melbourne and the RMIT University, just a couple of the historical sites here. When it comes to days of old, there's always more to discover. The Puffing Billy Steam Train and the Swinburne University of Technology are two more insightful places to check out.
You'll feel like a swordsman from medieval times when you admire the imposing walls of Overnewton Castle.
The area's spiritual side is evidenced at St Patrick's Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral. If you want to explore more religious sites, check for tours at Shrine of Remembrance and Abbotsford Convent.
Before you pack your bags and head off home, be sure to see some of the lesser-known attractions here. The State Library of Victoria and Westgate Bridge might catch your interest. If you can squeeze it in, also think about visiting Acland Street or the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
As can be expected from a state capital, Melbourne offers a broad choice of hotels and other accommodations. Find the perfect place to rest your head amid the 537 Melbourne hotel listings on Expedia's hotels guide.
The AKOM Docklands, situated at 26 Rakaia Way, and the Crown Towers, at 8 Whiteman Street, are two excellent examples of upmarket Melbourne lodgings. Alternatively, if you're traveling on a budget, the Habitat HQ - Hostel, 333 St Kilda Road, and the Base Backpackers Melbourne Hostel, 17 Carlisle St, may be more your style.
Another good option is to stay near Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex by booking accommodation at The Langham, Melbourne, which is just 0.5 miles away. Another popular choice is the Docklands Executive Apartments, which is 0.6 miles from Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex.
You don't have to stay in swanky hotels or fly at the pointy end of the plane to have a memorable vacation. Just dive into all the extraordinary things you can do while you're there!
The really fantastic news is that Melbourne boasts plenty of things to do. Here are some of our picks:
Got a few spare moments? Go to our Melbourne things to do page for a full range of options.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Festival Hall, SEA LIFE Melbourne, and Queen Victoria Market. RMIT University and Bourke Street Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Flagstaff Station is 7 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 8 minutes.
This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Parliament House of Victoria and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Royal Botanic Gardens is 1.9 mi (3 km) away. Parliament Station is only a 2-minute walk and Jolimont Station is 16 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens and Queen Victoria Market. Emporium Melbourne and Festival Hall are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 4-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.
Set within the Southbank shopping/business complex and 200 meters (656 feet) from Yarra River, this modern-style hotel is just across Princes Bridge from the city center and within walking distance of Eureka Skydeck 88. The Victorian Arts Centre, Crown Casino, and Melbourne Cricket Ground are nearby.
Shaped like an open book facing the Yarra River from its Southbank side, this 24-story hotel is located in the Southgate shopping/business complex, 500 meters from Federation Square, Victorian Arts Centre, and Crown Entertainment Complex.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Melbourne Cricket Ground and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Royal Botanic Gardens. St. Kilda Beach and Flemington Racecourse are also within 9 mi (15 km). Southern Cross Station is 10 minutes by foot and Flinders Street Station is 17 minutes.
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Her Majesty's Theatre and Bourke Street Mall. Melbourne Cricket Ground and RMIT University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Parliament Station is only a 4-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 13 minutes.
Located in the very heart of the city, the hotel is walking distance to world class shopping, famous theatres, major sporting venues, vibrant entertainment, exceptional restaurants, Crown Casino, and the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.