White Night in Melbourne

Like its sister summer festivals in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Paris, France, White Night in Melbourne is an all-night spectacle of light, art and music. It’s the only White Night celebration held in the southern summer; the third-annual frenzy will light up Melbourne from 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 to 7 a.m. the next morning. […]

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February 4, 2015 by
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When you need an escape from the city center, St. Kilda is your answer.

Melbourne on the Water

Just because Melbourne lacks the beaches and harbor of its sister city Sydney, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a ton of scenic waterfront that’s waiting to be discovered this summer. The Yarra River is at the center of Melburnian life, and sightseeing cruises, kayaking tours and bike paths all help travelers appreciate it. There’s also […]

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January 28, 2015 by
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Melbourne’s Best New Breweries

Hailing from Perth, Little Creatures is one of Melbourne's best new breweries.

The names Foster’s, Victoria Bitter and Carlton Draught all have one thing in common—besides being big Australian beer labels. They were all born in Melbourne, which has been the country’s beer capital since the late 1800s. By 1870, Melbourne was home to more than 20 breweries as well as 1,000 hotels (pubs), amounting to one […]

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January 14, 2015 by
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Melbourne Street Art

Melbourne street art is some of the best in the world.

The city of Melbourne recognizes the power of street art. It has a program to work with building owners to permit stencil art, wheat pasting and intricate murals on public streets and lanes as long as it’s not graffiti. Street art helps reveal the conscience of a city, changing on a daily basis with the […]

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December 31, 2014 by
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Collingwood Dining Explosion

Collingwood dining centers on Smith Street.

These days, one of Melbourne’s oldest neighborhoods is the newsiest when it comes to food. Collingwood was once a forgotten strip of Vietnamese joints, grand 19th-century buildings and empty department stores. Now, well-dressed locals squeeze into brick-walled, marble-bared caverns to get their fill of whatever Japanese tapas, elevated vegetarian and Southern barbecue is on the […]

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December 17, 2014 by
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Where to Stay in Melbourne: Art Hotels

The playful lobby at the new Larwill Melbourne art hotel in Parkville takes cues from artist David Larwill's studio.

Melbourne has long been known as a creative city. Here, art is not just found in museums; it’s splashed on city walls, hung in cafes, and is the impetus for festivals as well as an expanding batch of Melbourne art hotels. The Art Series Hotel Group debuted its flagship property, the Cullen, in the eclectic […]

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December 3, 2014 by
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Melbourne’s Best Coffee

Founded in 2003, St. Ali has been one of Melbourne's best coffee spots for years.

Here’s a sampling of some of Melbourne’s best coffee shops that set the standards for beans and brewing.

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November 19, 2014 by
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Great Ocean Road Highlights

The Twelve Apostles are the most famous Great Ocean Road highlight. Today only eight of the 12 remain.

  Often compared to sections of California’s Pacific Coast Highway, the Great Ocean Road is Australia’s most scenic ramble. It stretches from Torquay in the east to Port Campbell in the west and passes iconic sea stacks, koala-laden forests, hidden waterfalls, infamous shipwreck sites, slow-paced beach towns and some of the country’s best surf spots […]

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November 5, 2014 by
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Melbourne: Knowledge City

Housed in the State Library of Victoria, the Wheeler Centre is one of many institutions that has helped shape Melbourne into such an intellectual city.

Melbourne is a smart city, and it’s proud. It even has an event to prove it. The fifth annual Melbourne Knowledge Week (MKW) takes place Oct. 27 through Nov. 2. The event transforms the city into a massive classroom where locals and visitors learn about innovative projects and thinkers and participate in public conversations about what it […]

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October 22, 2014 by
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Melbourne Spring Carnival

Four main races, running from November 1-8 this year, make up the Melbourne Spring Carnival

The Melbourne Spring Carnival rivals the Super Bowl in popularity. The culmination of Australia’s spring horse racing calendar, the Melbourne Cup is a public holiday in Victoria during which Australians and visitors dress in vintage formal wear and hit the tracks, or the nearest pub, to cheer on their favorite steed. Betting games and fashion […]

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October 8, 2014 by
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