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A Day in Melbourne

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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Melbourne Gardens

Established in 1846, Melbourne's magnificently-landscaped Royal Botanic Gardens boast a superb collection of over 50,000 plants from all around Australia and the world. Spend a few hours strolling around, observing the beautiful black swans and water birds that grace these premises. The Plant Craft Cottage sells unique handcrafts, and the Observatory Café is great for light refreshments. The more formal Terrace restaurant is ideal for corporate and private functions.

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria, or the NGV, is a historic art museum in the heart of Melbourne. Established in the year 1861, it remains famous as the country's oldest surviving public art exposition space. The museum building was built to the designs of Sir Roy Grounds and remodeled by Mario Bellini. The expansive art display of NGV incorporates native artworks, contemporary art, Impressionist works, and colonial art items, apart from other genres. Various art objects on display chronicle the evolution of Australian works and the influence of European techniques. Notable exhibits include Shearing the Rams by Tom Roberts and The Pioneer by Frederick McCubbin. International artifacts on display at the NGV cover categories like Pacific art, European textiles, Asian art, and Mesoamerican art. The museum is also home to a dedicated photography section that showcases more than 15,000 items.

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Eureka Skydeck

At almost 300 meters (984 feet) from the ground, Eureka Skydeck 88 is the highest public viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. Located on the 88th floor of Eureka Tower, the viewing platform reveals sky-high views of central Melbourne, including the Yarra River and the Federation Square. For the thrill-seeker, an added attraction is The Edge, a glass cube which is gradually extended out from the building, giving the sensation of being suspended in space. Visiting the tower is highly recommended for an unforgettable experience.

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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National Sports Museum

The National Sports Museum is located in the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the north eastern sector of the new stand. This museum exhibits the sports memorabilia awarded to Australian sports men and women all at one place. Achievement of success in sports is celebrated, thereby inspiring the Australian youth to set definite goals, achieve them with fair play and win laurels. The country's sporting heritage is preserved and appreciated in this one-of-a-kind museum.

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Crown Entertainment Complex

The biggest development in Melbourne since the gold rush, Crown Entertainment Complex opened up a previously rundown area of the Yarra River and turned it into a gold mine for retail outlets. The four levels of the complex house restaurants, bars, designer fashion shops, entertainment venues, a 24-screen cinema complex, a five-star hotel - and of course the casino, which attracts an international clientele and is now Victoria's biggest tourist attraction. The Showroom, Odeon Cabaret and Mercury Lounge often host international acts. An age limit of 18 years applies to the gaming rooms and bars.

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Immigration Museum

Multicultural Melbourne has been created by people from all over the world. Whether they left their homelands by choice or by force, their experiences are relived at the Immigration Museum, beginning with the long sea voyage on a real sized boat, brought to life with true stories from past immigrants. The Museum is often used by researchers and schools to trace migratory patterns and family trees. The cafe and the gift shop will tempt you to prolong your visit.

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Koorie Heritage Trust Inc.

Brightly coloured tapestries hang from the walls and artists wander in regularly for workshops, just as they have done for countless millennia. The Koori Heritage Trust Inc. safeguards a way of life that was born in the Stone Age and survived the onslaught of the white invader.There are many artefacts, weapons, utensils and other memorabilia on display as well as Koori artists hard at work on selected days. With the gift shop selling a range of books and memorabilia, the Koori Heritage Trust is a first stop for anyone wanting to learn more about Australia's true cultural roots.

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Old Melbourne Gaol

Established in the 19th Century, the Old Melbourne Gaol is Victoria's oldest surviving prison. The gaol, now operating as a heritage museum, is stationed within a bluestone building that opened in 1842. During its tenure, it housed thousands of inmates, most notably the infamous Ned Kelly, who was held here until his execution in 1880, after standing trial for crimes including murder, bank robbery, and resisting arrest. It functioned as a prison until 1924. Today, the site is well-preserved and its architecture untouched, save modern conveniences later added for visitors. The museum spans three stories of the prison building, with displays ranging from historical accounts, to personal belongings of former inmates. The gaol also features a 40-minute interactive Watch House experience complete with staged arrests. Brave souls can explore the erstwhile prison by candlelight via a Night Tour.

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Carlton Gardens

Situated on the outskirts of the city, Carlton Gardens surround the magnificent Royal Exhibition Building and new Melbourne Museum. Featuring colorful flower beds, vintage carved fountains and glistening lakes, this is a great spot for a quick escape from the bustling city surrounding it. Housed within the garden is the famous Hochgurtel Fountain, which is a landmark by itself. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Carlton Garden is certainly the pride of the city and is surely a must visit attraction.

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Melbourne Museum

One of three venues by Museum Victoria, the Melbourne Museum explores natural and cultural history in seven unforgettable galleries. Three focal points of the museum are the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, the Children's Museum, and the open-air Gallery of Life, which exhibits Victoria's precious flora and fauna. Documentaries and films can be seen on a giant IMAX screen by buying a combined ticket. The Melbourne Museum has won awards like the RACV Award, Qantas Australian Tourism Award, and a Royal Australian Institute of Architects award for its outstanding designs and displays, and its significance as a tourist attraction. Three themed cafes and restaurants provide refreshments on site.

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The Rose Street Artists Market

The Rose Street Artists' Market is a unique concept of giving budding artists an outlet to showcase their work. It is regarded as a hidden treasure by the people of Melbourne. The work found on this street has impressed many. You may find a lot of unusual stuff, like furniture designs, fashion ensembles, intricate jewelry or paintings. Over 600 individuals sell their work here. They have developed this unique concept of having numerous displays and artists, where you can meet each one individually and buy their stuff. The market also features live entertainment for visitors.

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Melbourne Zoo

Founded in 1862, Melbourne Zoo is Australia's oldest zoo. It has changed extensively over the years, replacing the old cages and pits with more animal-friendly enclosures. The zoo is divided into bio-climatic zones using landscape immersion to help animals acclimatise to the Australian environment and is at the forefront of the captive Lowland Gorilla breeding program. The butterfly house, lion park and primate enclosure are among the highlights. In summer locals flock to the twilight jazz sessions.

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