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Melbourne Tourist Attractions

Capital of Victoria
Melbourne, Australia's second largest city, lies in the southeast of the continent, straddling the Yarra River at the north end of Port Phillip Bay, which shelters it from the stormy Bass Strait.

Sightseeing Tours

At least two or three days should be allowed for seeing the sights of Melbourne and surroundings. A convenient way of seeing the principal sights is to take the double-decker City Explorer Bus which leaves Flinders Street Station (Swanston Street side) hourly. Passengers can get off at any one of the seven stops and later continue with the next bus. The ticket also gives reductions on admission charges to museums and the Zoo. There is also the City Circle Tram, a free service with old-time tramcars, introduced in 1994, which runs round the city center every 10 minutes, taking in the main sights. Brochures, city plans and information of all kinds can be obtained from the Melbourne Tourist Information Centre, 230 Collins Street, which also provides information about Victoria.

Sport

The Summer Olympics of 1956 were staged in Melbourne. The principal stadium was Melbourne Cricket Ground, southeast of the city center. The great event of Melbourne's sporting year is the final of the Australian football tournament, held annually in September.
The National Tennis Centre in Flinders Park is the venue in January of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. An event which has all Australia holding its breath is the race for the Melbourne Cup on Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday in November. The Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix is to be held in Melbourne each March - until 1995 it was held in Adelaide.

Events

In March Melbourne celebrates the Moomba Festival, which lasts 10 days and nights, with elaborate parades and other events. Also in March the Formula One Australian Grand Prix takes place on the Albert Park circuit. In September there is the Royal Agricultural Show; and in the second half of September there are the many events that make up the Spoleto Melbourne Arts Festival (music, dance, drama, film, literature, art).

North of Yarra River

South of Yarra River

Surroundings

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