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Exploring Melbourne

Melbourne may surpass any other Australian city when it comes to cultural activities or sporting events, even though Sydney surpasses Victoria's capital in terms of population. From the stately structures which have stood on its streets since the Victorian era, to the growing numbers of modern skyscrapers such as the four-star Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne, the city is truly a unique mix of old and new.

Available accommodation of any sort, however, can be tough to find during popular sporting events including the Australian Open tennis competition and the Formula One Grand Prix car race. Advance reservations during these times of year are strongly suggested, especially for guests wishing to stay in upscale hotels like the centrally-located Mantra on Russell. Melbourne's already affordable average hotel rates decrease even further once Australia's summer season, from December to February, has ended.

Sights nearby

Melbourne's public transit network is especially efficient and takes well under 30 minutes to transport passengers between the city centre and the best-known tourism attractions. Travelling on foot is equally easy thanks in great part to the city's well-organised street grid pattern.

- Old Melbourne Gaol and Penal Museum

Between 1845 and 1929, more than 100 prisoners perished at Melbourne's first prison, which is now a museum filled with macabre exhibits such as death masks and Ned Kelly's armour. Nightly candlelight tours create a spooky atmosphere when examining the canes, kidney belt, and flogging machine used as torture devices on Old Melbourne Gaol prisoners.

- Flagstaff Gardens

Ever since Melbourne's oldest park was originally founded in 1862, it has become one of the most relaxing spots in the entire city. Whether they prefer the deciduous trees of the south or the eucalyptus trees of the north, visitors to Flagstaff Gardens can watch possums interact with other wild animals or join in the volleyball, handball, or netball matches often played on the tennis courts here.

- St. Kilda Beach

Many Melbourne guests choose to stay at the four-star Sixty Two on Grey or any of the other boutique hotels close to Melbourne's most famous beach. This stretch of sand extends 700m between the harbour and the marina at Port Phillip Bay's northeast corner, around seven kilometres south of central Melbourne. A penguin colony congregates around the St Kilda Pier. Visitors can cycle or stroll along the beachfront walking track.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Aside from Chinatown's countless Asian restaurants, Italian seems to be the most frequently-served international cuisine at Melbourne's dining establishments. Visitors wishing to sample contemporary Australian meals should head toward Bourke Street Mall. Shopping and history have come together at the Royal Arcade and the Melbourne Block Shopping Arcade since the late 19th century. The outdoor Queen Victoria Market is an even older Melbourne shopping institution. Yet many of Melbourne's hottest nightspots are tucked away on the narrow streets and alleys of the CBD.

Public transport

It has become even easier to navigate Melbourne's efficient public transportation system of trains, buses, and trams ever since the city implemented its new Myki card system. Holders of these cards can board any Melbourne public transit vehicle. Public Transport Victoria provides journey planners loaded with maps, schedules, and connections.

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