The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
Stop and say hello to the local wombats and wallabies at Melbourne Zoo. With over 350 species of animals housed in their natural habitats, you can visit the whole world in around three hours.
St Kilda, Melbourne's seaside suburb, is more than just a day at the beach. Say hello to your endorphins with a kite-surfing safari or kayak adventure.
The Yarra River (which flows right down the center of the city) is also a hot spot for some adrenaline-pumping activities. You can explore the sights by cycle or walking shoe, and there are plenty of cafés and pubs that are perfect for a pit stop.
On the other side of the Yarra is the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This host to the 1956 Olympics is the largest cricket facility in the world, packing in 120,000 fanatical fans. Try to catch a game while there and see what all the excitement is about.
Shopping for Bargains
Leave it to the ladies to get it right. On the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria streets you'll find Queen Victoria Market, and shop 'til you drop is no understatement. You'll find a thousand or so vendors selling everything but the kitchen sink, and on a good day you may even find that.
Get a Taste of Local Flavor
You won't have a problem locating world-class cuisine in Melbourne. The city offers a myriad of ethnic flavors from Asian to Italian, so it's no surprise that fusion cooking has become a hit with the local epicures. Some of Melbourne's finest restaurants can be found in St Kilda along Fitzroy Street.
The local currency used in Melbourne is the Australian dollar (AUD). Credit cards are widely accepted. And you can use your ATM card at banks around the country as long as your card is connected to the international banking network, travellers cheques are also accepted.
Weather in Melbourne, Australia
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