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Getting Around
Melbourne's public transport system is a combination of rail, bus and ferry services operated by the state government. It offers access to all the popular tourist spots and more, and visitors can get around quickly, easily and cheaply and safely, partcularly between the hours of 9am and 5pm, when lower fares apply.

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Plces To Go, Things To Do
This website has been designed to make it easy to plan where to go, what to do and what to see. Click the "Explore Melbourne" button below for localities that are of particular interest to visitors. If you have only a limited amount of time, we suggest you stick to the Inner City or Inner Suburbs. All destination within the metropolitan area can be visited and explored adequately in a day or less. Click the "Travel Options" button for destinations you can reach by a specific mode of transport, eg, tram, train or walking.

Explore Melbourne Travel Options

Though Australia is a big country and it takes time to travel from one destination to another, with a little careful planning and some local knowledge, it is easy to fit other destinations into your visit with minimal demands on your budget and time. Our Beyond Melbourne section examines some of the more popular destinations, with day trips or longer, and utilising a variety of modes of transport.

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Melbourne history and heritage History & Heritage

Historic Homes, Heritage Sites and Museums.

Melbourne beaches Beachside

Bay and ocean swimming; beachside suburbs.

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Explore Melbourne's beautiful gardens and reserves.

Melbourne national parks Regional Reserves

Discover the natural attractions in the regions surrounding the City of Melbourne

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Guided tours and activities in and around Melbourne.

Not To Miss

Puffing Billy Tourist Railway

Puffing Billy Tourist Railway

When it comes to an enjoyable day out, the steam-operated Puffing Billy Railway has a been a favourite since it was resurrected as a heritage tourist railway in 1962. This popular attraction operates every day along 24 kilometres of narrow gauge railway line through cool temperate rainforest, lush ferns and towering timbers, semi-urban development and rural farmland. The journey takes an hour in each direction and there are stops along the way where you can take a way, or have a picnic. It starting point is Belgave station, which is on a suburban railway line, so you don't need a car to get there.

A Day in Ballarat

A Day in Ballarat

Take a 1 hr 20 min train ride through regional victoria to Ballarat, one of the iconic boom towns of ther famous Victorian goldrush of the 1850s. There is lots to do in and around Ballarat to make your trip an overnight one, or to come back a second time. On weekends, when you arrive by train you are greeted by some lovely ladies from the Visitor Information Centre who are armed with whatever info. you need to make vour visit a pleasurable one. There is a free music concert at the Ballarat Art Gallery every Sunday afternoon. Day trip activities: Sovereign Hill historic park; Eureka Centre; Gold Museum; Art Gallery; heritage buildings walk; Lake Wendourie  walks, heritage tram ride, Botanical Gardens.

Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley

The closest wine region to the city of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is Victoria's oldest wine region, with over 3,600 hectares under vine. It is also Victoria's most visited wine area, located just one hours drive from Melbourne's CBD. There is far more to the Yarra Valley than just wineries, however, it is equally well known for its art galleries, accommodation, restaurants, cafes, antique stores, markets, woodland nature walks and recreational attractions such as the Healesville Sanctuary, Paintball Skirmish, Ballooning (Global Ballooning and Balloon Sunrise), Hedgend Maze, Marysville Salmon & Trout Ponds, Lavender Farm and Tourist Railway.