Donna Olohan on 09 July 2011

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I am a bit biased when it comes to Melbourne. Having spent so much time in this cosmopolitan city, I just love it. It has everything going for it. There is so much to do; I don’t know where to start.

The best way to get around is to jump on a tram or simply walk.

Melbourne is renound for it cafes and restaurants. There is something for everyone’s taste and budget! Or you can simply take a visit to one of the many parks and have a picnic.

Jump on a tram and take a trip out to St Kilda. You could have a go on a roller coaster in Luna Park or simply take in the views while sitting on the beach or take a stroll out on the pier to the pavilion. Regularly there are markets held along the promenade.

Queen Victoria Market is not to be missed, even if it is just to walk around and take in the atmosphere. It is a very large covered market. That offers everything from fresh fruit & veg to fresh meat to Ugg boots or just simply a souvenir to bring home!

On your walk back down from the market, if you come down Swanston Street you will come to Federation Square and the famous Flinders Street Station. This is where old meets new and is a hub of activity. Then just further on and over the bridge is the beautiful Southbank Promenade, with its hotels, restaurants, cinemas, shops & a casino. If you are a sports fan and you are lucky enough you may be able to take in an Aussie rules game , the horse races, a game of tennis, a cricket game or maybe even the formula 1.

There are many day trips you can do, including Phillip Island to see the penguins. A trip out to the Yarra Valley to see how they produce the beautiful wines.

Don’t forget a visit to Melbourne is not complete without a trip to the Zoo or Healesville Sanctuary where you can feed the kangaroos.

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