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Sitting pretty in the southeast corner of Australia is the very multi-dimensional Melbourne. Whether you're into football or funky fashion, local pubs or chichi cafés, out there or traditional architecture - this epicenter of everything truly has it all. Including a rich and notorious past. You'll find traces of it all over, from the Old Melbourne Gaol (one of the many Australian jails) to its many museums. Today it's considered one of the world's most livable cities. So pack accordingly.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
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.
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.
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.
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