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The Yarra River with Melbourne's CBD in the background

Capital City of Victoria
Melbourne is Australia's second largest city. Attractively located on the the banks of the Yarra River and the shores of Port Phillip, Melbourne is characterised by a sophistication and a certain solidity of purpose. The essence of the city was forged in the 1850s when it was the largest, and most affluent, settlement in Australia as a result of its proximity to the vast goldfields of Ballarat, Bendigo and literally dozens of other smaller mining settlements in Victoria.

In the 1890s Mark Twain wittily observed: 'It is the largest city of Australia, and fills the post with honour and credit. It has one speciality; this must not be jumbled in with those other things. It is the mitred Metropolitan of the Horse-Racing Cult.'

This period of wealth resulted in the construction of a large number of gracious homes and commercial buildings and a perception (which still persists) that Melbourne is the economic and financial centre of Australia. The result was that many of Australia's largest commercial organisations (BHP, Fosters etc) established their head offices in the city. This was compounded at Federation when, while Canberra was slowly evolving into the national capital, many Federal Government departments, continued to have their head offices in Melbourne. As late as the 1960s, for example, the Department of Civil Aviation head offices were still located in Melbourne.

For the first time visitor Melbourne is an easy city. It is basically laid out in a grid system (roads run at right angles to each other) which means that if you miss a street you can drive to the next street, do a right or left hand turn, go around the block and pick up the street a few blocks further down.

Uniquely it has maintained its tram system which is efficient and which adds greatly to the appeal of the city. And, in shopping terms, it has maintained a love affair with arcades and narrow streets which means that it is quite different from other modern cities where huge malls and skyscrapers are the norm.



The Yarra River with Melbourne's CBD in the background

History of the City
Like most Australian colonies the original reason for the British occupation of Victoria was the fear of possible French settlement. By the end of the eighteenth century the coast had been explored extensively by both British and French adventurers. Reacting to a perceived French threat Lieutenant David Collins, accompanied by a party comprising both convicts and free settlers, landed on the shores of Port Phillip (near the modern day site of Sorrento south of Melbourne) in October 1803 and a short-lived colony was established. By May 1804 Collins had gained permission to move the colony to Van Diemen's Land and his brief attempt at settlement had been abandoned.

Through the 1810s and 1820s Port Phillip was regularly visited by whalers and sealers who worked the coast from Van Diemen's Land to South Australia.

The real impetus for permanent settlement came as a result of the land-based explorers who, having explored south from Sydney, had crossed the Murrumbidgee River and pushed on towards the southern coast. Hume and Hovell reached Port Phillip in 1824. They mistook it for Western Port and two years later, acting on their incorrect advice, a military and convict outpost was established on Western Port. It lasted thirteen months.

Around this time the entrepreneurial John Batman, who was living in Van Diemen's Land, tried to gain approval from the Governor of New South Wales to settle the area around Western Port. He had been encouraged by reports that the land was fertile and the pastures rich. The Governor, fearing problems if a second colony was created, denied Batman permission. This proved to be a hollow gesture. Eight years later, in November 1834, Edward Henty ignored the rulings of the New South Wales governor and settled at Portland Bay. In early 1835, spurred on by Henty's example, Batman crossed Bass Strait and in June 1835 infamously 'purchased' the land on the western shore of Port Phillip from the local Aborigines.

At this time Batman explored the shores of Port Phillip and chose a site for a village. Within a year the township of Melbourne began to grow on the banks of the Yarra River.

In 1837 the township of Melbourne was surveyed and named and a magistrate, Captain William Lonsdale, was sent from Sydney to maintain law and order. The attempts to stop settlement had clearly failed and the administration of New South Wales was forced to deal with Victoria as a successful, and semi-autonomous, colony. This was converted into a reality in September 1839 when Charles La Trobe, the newly appointed Superintendant of the Port Phillip District, arrived from England. In his wake the colony established of a separate police force, a customs office and, perhaps most importantly, a separate Lands Office.

By 1 July 1851, when the colony of Victoria was officially proclaimed, there were already more than 80 000 people living south of the Murray-Murrumbidgee and over six million sheep were being grazed on well-established properties.

In theory Victoria would have remained a rural economy (although in 1851 it was true that more than 20 000 of the state's 80 000 people were living in Melbourne) but the discovery of gold changed everything.


The Gold Rushes
By November 1851 alluvial gold had been discovered at Clunes, Anderson's Creek, Buninyong, Ballarat, Mount Alexander and Bendigo, which at the time was known as Sandhurst. The streets of Melbourne were virtually deserted and, by early 1852, ships from all over the world were disgorging eager miners on the wharves of Melbourne.

By 1854 the colony's population had grown from 80 000 to 300 000, the value of imported goods had reached an extraordinary 18 million, and everything needed for mining, from food to houses and equipment, was being shipped into the colony. In 1856 more than 86 million grams of gold were mined. This would form the basis for unprecedented development which would establish Melbourne as Australia's major financial centre and Victoria as an extremely wealthy colony.

A total of more than 100 million worth of gold was won from the earth in the 1850s.

In 1855 a Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly were created to administer the colony. The problem was that membership and voting rights were tied to ownership of substantial tracts of land. Thus, the first parliament was made up almost entirely of lawyers, successful businessmen, affluent squatters and merchants. They may have represented the 80 000 people who lived in the state in 1851 but they hardly represented the 300 000 in 1855.

Although Melbourne was to experience depressions in both the 1890s and 1930s it was basically a prosperous and successful city. Its vitality and dynamism of the state continued after World War II when, as a result of Australia's active attempt to attract migrants from Europe, large numbers of non-English speaking settlers (particularly from Italy and Greece) arrived. It is often claimed (not entirely accurately) that Melbourne is the second-largest Greek city in the world (it has recently been changed to third largest city) and the largest Italian city outside Italy. Certainly Lygon Street, famed for its international cuisine, is a symbol of the cultural diversity of the city.




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Exploring Melbourne
It is quite impossible to list everything that is available to the visitor arriving in Melbourne. For more details check out the CitySearch site ( ). However, in the larger context of the city, here is a fairly comprehensive list of the attractions all within walking distance of Flinders Street Station which is the psychological centre of the city.



Melbourne's skyline from the ferry terminus near Southgate

An Overview of the City
There is an observation deck on Level 55 of Melbourne's Rialto Towers Observation Deck. It offers spectacular views over Melbourne as well as telescopes, guided tours and a kiosk. It is open from 11.00 a.m. - 11.30 p.m. every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day. The views down the Yarra River and across Port Phillip are particularly impressive.


In the City Centre

Flinders Street Railway Station

Flinders Street Station
Completed in 1899 and located in the heart of the city, Flinders Street Station is a meeting place for Melbournians. There was a competition for the design and this attractive domed building was the winner.


Collins Street
In many ways the heart of the Melbourne. Well worth walking from one end to the other as it combines classic Victorian business architecture (the Old Treasury Building is an excellent example of Renaissance Revival architectural style) and modern skyscrapers (the Rialto Building). At the eastern end it is predominantly fashion shops (a kind of Victorian equivalent of 5th Avenue or, as some people would have it, the 'Paris' end of the street) and at the western end it is the business centre of the city. The Melbourne Club, established in 1839, is a symbol of the city's quiet and conservative approach to business.


Museum of Victoria and State Library of Victoria
Located eight blocks north of Flinders Street station at 328 Swanston Street, both the Museum and Library are well worth visiting. The Museum is recognised as having the finest collection of Aboriginal artefacts of any institution in Australia. Not surprisingly it has many interactive displays and regularly has special exhibitions. The State Library, opened in 1856 and extended in 1911, it has one of the largest concrete domes in the world. It is also notable for its unusual and attractive octagonal reading room.


Old Melbourne Gaol
Only two blocks away from the Museum and Library on Russell Street is the Old Melbourne Gaol. It is a very fine, if frightening, example of 19th century penal culture. During its life it saw the executions of 135 prisoners including, most famously, the hanging of Ned Kelly, Australia's most famous bushranger. It is open from 9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Contact (03) 9663 7228 for more details.


Rialto Towers Observation Deck
At 525 Collins St is Rialto Towers where visitors can pay for a ride to the top of the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. There are panoramic views and the entry fee includes an award-winning sight-and-sound experience, tel: (03) 9629 8222.


Walking along the Yarra
In spite of the cynicism of some the Yarra River (it was described in 1886 as 'Its banks are of mud, and its stagnant waters a mixture of sludge and filth') may be slightly muddy but it also happens to be attractive and there are many excellent walks along its banks. A pleasant walk is to cross the bridge at Flinders Street station, turn left and continue along the banks of the river through Alexandra Gardens to the excellent Royal Botanic Gardens. The river commonly has canoeists training and the banks, particularly on weekends, play host to many locals who come to sit under the trees and have picnics and barbecues.


Melbourne Aquarium
On the bank of the Yarra, at the corner of King St and Queenswharf Rd, is the Melbourne Aquarium where clear walk-through tunnels on four different levels offer viewers different marine environments, including an oceanarium, rock pools and billabongs. There are 3200 animals from 150 different species and three simulator rides which simulate dives with sharks and rides with dolphins. The complex is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., tel: (03) 9620 0999.



The Southgate complex on the Yarra River

Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct and Crown Entertainment Complex
The southern bank of the Yarra River has undergone considerable development over the past decade. The Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct is now an attractive kilometre-long stretch of upmarket shops, cafes and restaurants opposite the CBD. It provides access to the tour boats that ply the Yarra, local motels and St Kilda Road with its numerous arts centres, galleries and attractions. The Crown Entertainment Complex and its riverside promenade are also popular attractions. For those who aren't planning on spending big there are usually street performers about, pleasant views, and take-away food outlets.


Royal Botanic Gardens and La Trobe Cottage
A pleasant 10-15 minute walk from the centre of the city, the Royal Botanic Gardens have evolved over 150 years into one of Australia's premier gardens. Highlights include the Ornamental Lake, the National Herbarium of Victoria, the Old Melbourne Observatory, the Australian Rainforest Walk, the Water Conservation Garden, extensive flowerbeds, plant specimens which were gathered by the botanist Joseph Banks who travelled to Australia with Captain Cook, shaded paths, extensive lawns, woodland areas, fern gullies, the Separation Tree (a red gum where the people of Melbourne celebrated in 1850 when they heard that Victoria was to be separated from New South Wales) and La Trobe Cottage which was once the home of Charles La Trobe, the first Governor of Victoria. The cottage was actually prefabricated and transported to Melbourne where it was assembled in 1839. The gardens cover an area of 36 hectares and include over 12,000 specimens. They were established in 1846 and developed by Ferdinand von Mueller.

Located on the southern bank of the Yarra, on the eastern side of St Kilda Rd, they are open from 7.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m., from November to March, closing at 5.30 p.m. for the rest of the year, tel: (03) 9252 3200.



Shrine of Remembrance, Anzac Avenue, Melbourne

Victorian Arts Centre
Located at 100 St Kilda Road (just a short walk across the bridge from Flinders Street Station), the Victorian Arts Centre is notable for its mini-Eiffel Tower (a distinctive city landmark). There are guided tours of the complex and at night it offers a rich variety of cultural experiences as it is also the Melbourne home of the Australian Ballet, the Australian Opera, the Victorian State Opera, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Theatre Company. It also includes restaurants and a Performing Arts Museum. Contact (03) 9281 8000 for details.


The National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia's oldest and most-frequently visited art gallery. It boasts over 70,000 items in its permanent collection, including textiles, photography, sculpture, drawings and painting. The international collection includes old and new European masters, Greek and Roman antiquities, exhibitions of modern Asian and Oceanic artists and Rajasthani and Chinese paintings.

The Australian collection focuses on indigenous Australian art, both historical and contemporary, and non-indigenous works, tracing the depiction of landscape and early colonial culture. Australian classics include Tom Roberts 'Shearing the Rams' and Frederick McCubbin's 'The Pioneer'. The NGV regularly hosts major overseas exhibitions and its facilities include an excellent art bookshop and a restaurant.

It is currently housed at 285 Russell St, between Latrobe and Little Lonsdale Sts. In mid-2002 the Ian Potter Centre will open at Federation Square, It will house the gallery's Australian collection and, in mid-2003, the international art collection will return to the gallery's former abode at 180 St Kilda Rd, just beyond the Victorian Arts Centre. The Gallery is currently open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. every day except Christmas Day, Anzac Day and Good Friday. Contact (03) 9208 0203.



A tram in front of the distinctive Arts Centre tower, St Kilda Road

Shrine of Remembrance
Located just off St Kilda Road (it is easy to see from the road), and just south of the National Gallery, is the Shrine of Remembrance which honours those soldiers who died in the two World Wars. Building commenced in 1927 and its Egyptian and Greek motifs reflect the way Australians remembered World War I. It has been designed so that on Armistice Day (11th day of the 11th month) if the sun is shining a shaft of light hits the word 'LOVE' on the Stone of Remembrance.



The sign in front of Captain Cook's Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens

Cook's Cottage and Fitzroy Gardens
Four blocks to the east of Flinders Street Station are the Treasury Gardens and the Fitzroy Gardens. Both offer a cool respite from the city on hot summer days. The huge stands of trees in Fitzroy Gardens are particularly impressive. The gardens were designed in 1857 by Latrobe Bateman who, coincidentally, also designed the Union Jack pattern.

The central attraction here is 'Cook's Cottage'. When Melbourne celebrated its centenary in 1934 the cottage was moved, brick by brick, from Great Ayrton in Yorkshire. It was shipped in 253 crates. It came complete with a cutting from the ivy which had grown on the original building. Today the house is covered by the ivy. Those thinking that it is the home of Captain Cook are mistaken. It is actually the house of his parents. It is open from 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. and is an integral part of most tours of the city.

Nearby, and surrounded by some particularly beautiful flower beds, is the Conservatory which holds regular exhibitions.


Floral display in front of the Conservatory in Fitzroy Gardens near Captain Cook's Cottage


Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building
On the northern side of Central Melbourne, on Rathdowne St, are Carlton Gardens. They contain the domed Royal Exhibition Building which was erected in 1880 for the Great Exhibition and which, for 27 years, housed the State Parliament.


Melbourne Museum
Adjacent the Exhibition Building, in Carlton Gardens, is the enormous Melbourne Museum; a $290 million project which aims to provide visitors with a dynamic, sophisticated, high-tech, multimedia environment for "exploration, education and fun". Included are regular live performances, 3D IMAX and immersion reality theatres, living exhibits, night programs and public art.

The museum boasts six galleries. Bunjilaka is an Aboriginal centre which explores the culture, history and perspectives of south-east Australian Kooris through storytelling, art, cultural objects, discussions and performances. The Forest Gallery is a living interpretation gallery which recreates a Victorian temperate forest environment. It includes 8,000 plants from 120 different species, together with snakes, frogs, fish, birds and hundreds of insect species. The Mind and Body Gallery explores human physiology and medical history while the Evolution Gallery examines life on earth, micro to macro, from a Darwinian perspective. The Australia Gallery has a heavy bias towards the history of Melbourne while the wonderful Children's Museum is a gigantic and colourful playground full of visually interesting and stimulting attractions and activities. There are also places to eat, a two-level museum shop, an amphitheatre, a theatrette and underground parking. The museum is open daily all year round from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., tel: (03) 8341 7777.


Queen Victoria Market
The 'Queen Vic' is both an historic landmark and a shopping institution which dates back to 1866 (the facade was added in 1878). Part of the complex sits on Melbourne's first cemetery. Traditionally a wholesale fresh fruit, vegetable and seafood market, it now combines these with a vast range of shopping possibilities in food, clothing, toys, trinkets, new-age items and other produce. It is situated on the northern side of town, on Victoria St, by the Peel St corner. The markets are open from 6.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 6.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Fridays, 6.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on Saturdays and 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. on Sundays.


Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Australian Gallery of Sport and the Olympic Museum
The MCG is known and loved by cricket fans around the world. It can lay claim to being the home of cricket in Australia. It was here, as early as 1862, that the first international cricket match was held and in 1877 the first England-Australia test was also held on this ground. It is a ten-minute walk from Captain Cook's Cottage.

The main attraction is the Australian Gallery of Sport & Olympic Museum which documents Australian Sporting History and its cultural significance through a vast quantity of interesting sporting memorabilia, including the 1956 Olympic cauldron and wild olive branches awarded in the 1896 Athens Olympics. Audio tours are also available. The complex is accessible via the Members Entrance of the MCG in Yarra Park, East Melbourne and it isopen daily from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., tel: (03) 9657 8879.


Historic Melbourne
Melbourne has a vast number of historically significant buildings. People interested in exploring the history of the city should obtain a free brochure 'A Cultural Guide to Melbourne and Victoria - Arts Museums Heritage' which has a brief description of many of the city's historic highlights and provides an easy-to-read map.

Similarly the National Trust put out a brochure titled 'Properties You Can Visit in Victoria' which provides detailed information on Como in South Yarra, the First Government House in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Government House, the Gulf Station at Yarra Glen, the Melbourne Maritime Museum in South Melbourne, Old Melbourne Gaol and Rippon Lea at Elsternwick. It is free and can be obtained from the National Trust Gift Shop, 38 Jackson Street, Toorak. Contact: (03) 9241 9385.


Suburban Melbourne
Again there is now way of doing the city justice. Here are a few of the most popular destinations in suburban Melbourne.


Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens
Ten minutes north of the city, at Elliott Avenue, Parkville, is the outstanding Melbourne Zoo. Founded in 1862, it covers 55 acres and is recognised as being at the forefront of contemporary thinking about the humane housing of zoo animals. One of the great attractions is the lion display where, in a neat inversion, the people are in the cage and the lions wander around outside. The Zoo has established bioclimatic zones such as Asian and African rainforests and an Australian Bush Zone which recreate the appropriate environs for such creatures as pygmy hippopotamuses, gorillas, Sumatran tigers, mandrills, koalas, echidnas, goannas, kangaroos, Asian otters, an underground wombat burrow and about 350 other species. There is also a beautiful Butterfly House with over 1000 butterflies, a platypus house, an underground wombat burrow, a walk-through aviary and a seal pool. For details of opening times contact (03) 9285 9300.

The zoo is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and, in the summer, it remains open, on selected evenings, until 9.30 p.m. for Zoo Twilights when musicians play at the bandstand and visitors can bring a picnic dinner, pre-order a hampster or choose freshly cooked items from the Zoo-B-Cue. In winter there are guided nocturnal tours for small groups. The zoo also offers special Zoo School tours, overnight camping programs, early-entry breakfast tours and after-hours 'Rainforest Ramble' cocktail parties.


Acland Street, St Kilda
St Kilda is one of Melbourne's most chic suburbs - a neat mixture of beachside resort and pleasant cafes. Acland Street is ideal for a walk as it is rich in food shops with a decidedly international flavour - cake shops, bistros, coffee houses, bars and cafes. While there make sure you go to the beachfront.


Rippon Lea, St Kilda
Located at 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick is the huge Romanesque mansion of Frederick Thomas Sargood. It took nearly two decades (from the late 1860s to 1187) to complete. Today the 33 room house with its extensive gardens and ornamental lake is one of the most impressive residential houses in Australia. It is run by the National Trust and is open daily from 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Contact (03) 9523 9150 for additional information.


Como, South Yarra
South Yarra and Toorak are generally recognised as Melbourne's expensive suburbs. Traditionally the home of the city's wealthy business people, and the residence of the wealthy farmers and graziers when they came to the city, the two suburbs are well worth visiting to see what 'class' means in Melbourne. If you want to inspect a house in the area, Como, now owned and operated by the National Trust, is a typical grand residence. Built for Edward E. Williams, the colonial advocate, in 1847 it was added to in 1855 by John Brown (a merchant and master builder) and again in 1874 for the pastoralist Charles Armytage. It is a classic example of the affluence that Melbourne enjoyed during the gold rush era. It is located on Como Avenue, South Yarra. For more information contact (03) 9241 2500.


Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Indisputably the trendiest part of Melbourne Brunswick Street is pure 'inner city hip' characterised by cafes, bars, alternative theatre venues, record shops, left-field clothes shops and an ambience which is tolerant of minorities and eccentrics. It is one of the most vibrant parts of the city.


Lygon Street, Carlton
A little piece of Italy in the heart of suburban Melbourne. It is claimed (another claim that is hard to prove) that nowhere outside Rome will the traveller find a greater concentration of pasta restaurants. Certainly there is a wonderful sense of excitement and exuberance and the street is always well patronised as Melbournians know they will eat well when they make the trip to Lygon Street.


Carlton BrewHouse
Fosters Lager and VB (Victoria Bitter) are two of Australia's most famous beers. They are known throughout the world and are hugely popular in both Australia and Europe. They also happen to be brewed in Melbourne. It is now possible to visit the Carlton BrewHouse to, as the publicity says, 'experience the pride, spirit and tradition of one of the world's greatest breweries'.

To quote the brochure: 'The Carlton BrewHouse and Brewery Tour presents the age old art of brewing in an innovative and entertaining way ... At the BrewHouse you can explore the historic memorabilia while visiting one of the most modern breweries in the world.'

The BrewHouse includes: 'The Centre's Icebreaker - A Hundred Years of Cheers, is a sensory experience which will transport you through a century of beer ... you can test your beer appreciation skills and create the perfect beer in an interactive module.'

There are also sections on Carlton's association with sport, on Victoria's pubs and publicans, on beer ads and promotions and on the evolution of transportation from the Carlton Clydesdale Team to the modern nationwide distribution networks.

There are also brewery tours personally escorted by CUB guides. These include a complimentary tasting of the famous CUB draught beers.

Getting There
The Carlton BrewHouse is 4km from Melbourne. Tram 42 or 109 can be caught in Collins Street. Alight at stop 22 in Victoria Street, Abbotsford, for a short walk to the Centre. Bus and Car Parking are available.

Notes for the Visitor
Wear flat, covered shoes. There are numerous stairs within the Brewery which is an operational worksite. Therefore workplace safety is a major priority. Booking is essential. For tour times and admission charges contact tel: (03) 9420 6800 or fax: (03) 9429 4995.


Some Basic Information About the City
Melbourne is known for its changeable weather what ever the season so be prepared for cool weather even in the middle of summer.


Getting Around the City
Melbourne's international and domestic airport (Tullamarine) is 22 km north east of the city centre. The Tullamarine freeway makes it a fairly quick and painless trip. Skybus shuttle service runs every half hour between the airport and Franklin St. depot in the city. Like all big airports it caters well for the international traveller. Many car rental firms have desks at both the international and domestic terminals, taxis are easily procurable. The major bus companies, Bus Australia, tel: (03) 9670-2211 and Greyhound/Pioneer, tel: (03) 9664 7888 have an extensive network for interstate travellers. Interstate train travel is easy and frequent for information and bookings, tel: (03) 9619 5000.


Melbourne's public transport , the Met, is an integrated system incorporating bus, suburban railway and the famous trams. Trams are the cornerstone of the public transport system. They clearly marked and easy to use. Melbourne is laid out in a grid pattern, north-south, east-west and the trams run accordingly. The City Circle Tram, painted cream and burgundy, runs around the Central Business District every 10 minutes. It is free.

The transport Information Centre will help with any queries they offer a 'Discover Melbourne' kit which is informative and well worth getting tel: (03) 9617-0900. There are plenty of taxis in the city and car rental firms are well represented.


Where to Eat
Melbourne is considered, at least by Melbournians, to be the culinary capital of Australia. The variety of restaurants is endless. The central business district has many excellent restaurants but it is worth noting that the outlying areas also have superb eating houses. There are a number of food guides put out to help the confused traveller. Dining in Melbourne is put out by the Melbourne Tourism Authority not only tells you the names and the types of restaurants there are but includes a map to show you there location. The Age Newspaper also produces a Good Food Guide for Melbourne and can be picked up at most newsagencies.


Like any large city Melbourne has a wide range of tours. Not surprisingly most of the city hotels have all the information for the traveller to make a considered judgment as to the tour to suit their needs and budget. Some of the well known ones include:

* AAT Kings Coaches offer a large selection of coach tours around Melbourne and further afield in modern air conditioned coaches, tel: (03) 9666-3363

* City Explorer is a double-decker bus which operates hourly from Flinders St. Station and calls at the main points of interest around the city.

* City River Cruises; M.V. Melba Star gives the sightseer a wonderful 1 hour cruise on the Yarra River. Luncheon and dinner service also available, tel: (03) 9650-2214

* Kestral Helicopter Tours offers a variety of tours by helicopter, a wonderful way to see Melbourne and her surrounds, tel: (03) 9629-4452.

* Melbourne Out and About Heritage Walks offer a conducted historical walk through Melbourne with informative talks about this beautiful Victorian city and her architecture, tel: (03) 9241-1085.






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Abercrombie Caves Aberdeen Adaminaby Adelong Albury Alstonville Appin Araluen Ardlethan Ariah Park Armidale Ashford Australian Businesses for sale  Avoca Beach Barham Ballina Balranald Bangalow  Baradine Barham  Barmedman  Barooga Barraba  Barrington Tops  Batemans Bay  Bathurst  Batlow  Bega Bell  Bellbrook  Bellingen  Belmont  Bemboka Bendemeer  Bermagui  Berridale  Berrigan  Berrima  Berry Bilpin Binalong  Bingara  Binnaway  Blaxland  Blayney Bodalla Boggabilla  Boggabri  Bombala  Boorowa  Bourke Bowenfels  Bowral  Bowraville  Boydtown Broadwalk Business Brokers  Braidwood Brewarrina  Broadwater  Broken Hill  Broulee  Brunswick Heads  Bulahdelah  Bulli Bundanoon Bungendore  Bungonia Burrawang  Burrinjuck  Byrock  Byron Bay  Campbelltown Canowindra  Capertee Carcoar Casino  Cassilis  Cattai  Central Tilba Cessnock  Clarence Town  Cobar  Cabargo Coffs Harbour Coleambally Collarenabri  Condobolin  Coolah  Coolamon Cooma  Coonabarabran  Coonamble Cooranbong  Cootamundra Coraki Corowa  Cowra  Crescent Head  Crookwell Culburra-Orient Point  Culcairn Dalgety  Darlington Point  Delegate Delungra  Deniliquin Denman  Dorrigo  Dubbo Dunedoo Dungog  Durras Ebenezer  Eden Emmaville   Emu Plains Enngonia  Eugowra  Euston  Evans Head  Faulconbridge  Fitzroy Falls  Finley  Fingal Head  Forster-Tuncurry  Forbes Frederickton  Girilambone  Guyra  Gunnedah  Gulargambone  Goulburn  Gosford  Glen Innes  Gulgong  Griffith Glenbrook  Gundy Gresford Grafton  Gilgandra  Gerroa  Greta  Gunning  Gloucester  Gundaroo  Goolgowi  Gerringong Grenfell  Gooloogong  Gundagai Harden Hargraves  Harrington  Hat Head  Hawks Nest  Hay  Hazelbrook  Henty Hill End  Hillgrove  Hillston  Hinton Holbrook  Howlong  Hungerford  Huskisson  Iluka  Inverell  Ivanhoe Jamberoo  Jenolan Caves Jerilderie  Jerrys Plains Jervis Bay  Jindabyne  Jindera Joadja  Jugiong  Junee Kameruka  Kandos Kangaroo Valley Karuah  Katoomba  Kempsey  Kendall  Khancoban  Kiama Kiandra  Kincumber Kingscliff  Koorawatha  Kurnell  Kurrajong Kurri Kurri Kyogle  Lake Bathurst  Lake Cargelligo Lake Macquarie Lake Mungo  Lapstone  Largs  Laurieton  Lawson  Leeton  Lennox Head  Leura  Lightning Ridge Linden  Lismore  Lithgow  Lockhart  Lord Howe Island  Louth  Lucknow  Maude  Macksville  Maclean  Maitland Majors Creek  Manilla  Manly  Marulan  Mathoura  Mendooran  Menindee  Merimbula  Merriwa  Medlow Bath Michelago  Millthorpe  Morpeth  Mudgee  Milparinka  Milton  Mittagong  Moama  Mogo  Mollymook  Molong  Moree Morisset  Moruya  Moss Vale  Moulamein  Mount Kosciuszko National Park  Mount Victoria  Mount Wilson Mullumbimby  Mungindi  Murringo  Murrumbateman  Murrurundi  Murwillumbah  Muswellbrook  Myall Lakes Nabiac Nambucca Heads Narooma  Narrabri Narrandera Narromine Nelligen Nelson Bay Nevertire Newcastle Newnes Nimbin   Nimmitabel Norah Head Nowra Nundle Nyngan The Oaks  Oberon Ophir Orange Pacific Palms Palm Beach Pambula Parkes   Paterson Patonga Peak Hill Pearl Beach Penrith Penrose Perisher Valley Picton Pitt Town Pokolbin Pooncarie Port Macquarie Port Stephens Portland Queanbeyan Quirindi Rankins Springs Raymond Terrace Richmond  Robertson  The Rock Rockley Royal National Park Rylstone Sawtell  Scone Seal Rocks   Shellharbour  Shoalhaven Heads Silverton Singleton Sofala South West Rocks  Springwood  St Albans St Georges Basin Stockinbingal Stockton Stroud  Stuart Town  Sussex Inlet Sutton Forest Swansea  Sydney Tabulam  Talbingo  Tamworth  Taralga  Tarcutta  Taree Tathra  Tea Gardens  Temora  Tenterfield  Terrigal  Thirlmere  Thirroul Thredbo Village  Tibooburra  Tingha  Tocumwal  Tooraweenah  Toronto  Toukley  Trangie  Trunkey Creek  Tumbarumba  Tumut  Tuross Head  Tweed Heads  Ulladulla  Ulmarra  Uralla  Urana  Urbenville  Urunga  Vacy  Wagga Wagga  Wakool  Walcha  Walgett  Walla Walla  Wallabadah  Wallerawang  Wangi Wangi Warialda  Warren Wauchope  Wee Jasper  Wee Waa  Wellington  Wentworth  Wentworth Falls  Werris Creek  West Wyalong  White Cliffs  Whitton  Wilberforce  Wilcannia  Windeyer  Windsor  Wingham  Wisemans Ferry  Wollombi  Wollongong  Wombeyan Caves  Woodburn  Woodenbong  Woodford  Woolgoolga  Wooli Woy Woy  Wyong  Yamba  Yarrangobilly  Yarrangobilly Caves  Yass  Yerranderie  Yetman  Young  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale   Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale  Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  nsw caravan parks for sale   act caravan parks for sale Motels for sale New South Wales  Motels for sale Queensland  Hotels for sale New South Wales  Motels for sale Act  Hotels for sale Act


Qld Towns

Agnes Water   Airlie Beach    Allora   Alpha    Anakie    Aramac  Atherton  Ayr  Australina businesses for sale    Cabinda   Baraga  Breadline  Barbara Beau desert     Beware Island  Beenleigh  Biggenden   Biloela  Birdsville  Blackall   Blackwater  Blair Athol   Boonah  Boulia   Broadwalk Business Brokers  Brampton Island  Brooweena   Buderim   Bundaberg          Burleigh Heads  Brisbane   Caboolture   Cairns  Caravan parks for sale  Calliope   Caloundra   Camooweal   Cape Tribulation Capella   Cardwell   Cecil Plains   Charleville   Charters Towers  Childers Chillagoe  Chinchilla  Clermont Cleveland   Clifton  Cloncurry  Collinsville Condamine   Cooktown   Coolangatta   Cooroy Crows Nest   Croydon   Cunnamulla   Daintree  Dalby  Daydream Island   Doomadgee Double Island Duaringa  Dunk Island   Edmonton Eidsvold Emerald Emu Park   Esk   Eulo  Fitzroy Island  Fraser Island Gatton     Gayndah   Georgetown  Gin Gin  Gladstone    Glass House Mountains  Goondiwindi  Gordonvale Grandchester    Great Keppel Island   Green Island   Greenmount   Gympie  Hamilton Island   Hayman Island   Herberton   Heron Island   Hervey Bay   Hinchinbrook Island  Home Hill    Hotels for sale    Howard   Hughenden Ilfracombe     Ingham  Inglewood  Injune   Innisfail  Ipswich  Irvinebank  Isisford  Jandowae  Jericho Jimbour   Jondaryan Julia Creek   Kajabbi  Karumba Kenilworth  Kidston  Kilcoy  Kilkivan  Killarney  Kingaroy   Kuranda  Lady Elliot Island  Laidley  Landsborough  Laura  Leyburn  Lindeman Island   Lizard Island   Logan City  Long Island  Longreach  Mackay  Magnetic Island  Malanda Maleny  Marburg  Mareeba   Marlborough   Maroochydore   Mary Kathleen   Maryborough  McKinlay  Miles  Millaa Millaa Millmerran  Mirani  Mission Beach  Mitchell  Monto  Moonie  Moranbah  Moreton Island  Mossman   motels for sale  Mount Garnet   Mount Isa  Mount Molloy  Mount Morgan  Mount Perry  Mount Surprise  Moura Mourilyan  Mundubbera  Murgon Muttaburra  Nambour Nanango  Nerang  Noosa  Normanton   Oakey Orpheus Island   Palmer River   Pittsworth  Port Douglas  Proserpine  Proston   Quilpie   Rainbow Beach Ravenshoe   Ravenswood   Redcliffe  Richmond  Rockhampton  Roma  Rosewood  Sarina      Seventeen Seventy  Shute Harbour   South Long Island  South Molle Island  Southport  Springsure      St George   St Lawrence   Stanthorpe   Stradbroke Island   Surat  Surfers Paradise  Tambo    Tamborine Mountain   Taroom  Texas  Thargomindah  Theodore  Thursday Island   Tin Can Bay    Tinaroo  Toowoomba  Townsville  Tully  Undara  Wallangarra  Wandoan  Warwick  Weipa  Whitsunday Winton  Wondai   Yandina Yeppoon  Yuleba  Yungaburra  Young  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale   Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale  Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale   qld  caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale Queensland  Hotels for sale Queensland




Aireys Inlet  Alberton Alexandra Anakie  Anglesea Antwerp  Apollo Bay  Apsley Ararat Australian Businesses for sale Avenel  Avoca   Bacchus Marsh  Bairnsdale  Ballan  Ballarat  Balmoral Bannockburn   Barmah   Barwon Heads  Bass   Baxter  Bed and Breakfasts for sale Beaufort  Beech Forest Beechworth  Belgrave  Bells Beach  Benalla Bendigo Berwick  Beulah Beveridge Birchip  Blackwood  Bogong Boort  Box Hill Bright Broadford  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Bruthen  Buchan Buckland  Buninyong Businesses for sale Camperdown Cann River Cape Otway Caravan Parks for sale  Carisbrook Casterton Castlemaine  Charlton  Chewton  Chiltern  Churchill  Clunes  Cobden  Cobram Cohuna Colac  Coleraine  Corinella  Corryong  Cowes Craigieburn  Cranbourne Cressy  Creswick Croydon  Dandenong Dargo  Daylesford Derrinallum Dimboola Donald  Donnybrook Spa Dromana Drouin Drysdale Dunkeld  Dunolly Eaglehawk Echuca  Edenhope Eildon Eldorado Eltham Emerald Euroa Falls Creek Farms for sale  Ferntree Gully Flinders Foster Frankston French Island  Geelong Genoa Gisborne  Glenrowan Goroke Grantville Graytown  Great Western Guildford Halls Gap Hamilton Harcourt Harrietville  Harrow Hastings  Healesville Heathcote Heidelberg Hepburn Springs Heyfield  Heywood Hopetoun Horsham Hotels for sale  Inglewood Inverleigh Inverloch Inverloch Jamieson Jeparit  Kallista Kalorama  Kaniva Katamatite Keilor  Kerang Kilmore Kinglake Koondrook  Koo-wee-rup Korumburra Koroit  Kyabram Kyneton Lake Bolac Lake Condah Lakes Entrance Lake Tyers Lancefield Lavers Hill Leongatha Licola Lilydale Lismore Lorne Macarthur  Maffra Maldon Mallacoota Malmsbury  Mansfield Management Rights for sale  Marlo Maryborough Marysville Meeniyan Melbourne  Melton Melville Caves Meredith Metung Milawa Mildura Minyip  Mirboo North Mitta Mitta Moe-Yallourn Moliagul  Monbulk  Mornington Mortlake Morwell  Motels for sale  Mount Beauty Mount Buffalo Mount Buller  Mount Hotham  Mount Macedon Mount Baw Baw Moyston Murchison  Murrayville Murtoa  Myrtleford Nagambie Nathalia Natimuk  Nelson Newhaven Nhill  Noojee  Numurkah  Nyah West  Ocean Grove Olinda Omeo Orbost Ouyen Pakenham Patchewollock Paynesville Penshurst  Peterborough Phillip Island Point Lonsdale Pomonal Poowong Port Albert  Port Fairy Port Welshpool Portarlington Portland  Portsea  Powelltown  Princess Margaret Rose Caves Port Campbell  Puckapunyal  Pyramid Hill  Queenscliff  Rainbow  Red Cliffs Red Hill  Robinvale Romsey Rosebud  Rosedale Rupanyup Rushworth Rutherglen Sale  San Remo Sea Lake Serpentine  Serviceton Seymour  Shoreham Shepparton Sherbrooke  Skipton  Smeaton  Smythesdale  Somers Sorrento St Arnaud St Leonards Stanhope  Stawell Steiglitz Stratford Strathmerton Suggan Buggan Sunbury  Swan Hill Talbot Tallangatta Tarnagulla Tarraville  Tatura  Terang Timboon Tintaldra  Toora  Tooradin  Torquay Trafalgar Traralgon Trawool Trentham Tungamah  Turriff  Violet Town Wahgunyah  Walhalla Walkerville Wangaratta Warracknabeal  Warragul Warrandyte Warrnambool  Warburton Wedderburn  Werribee Whitfield Williamstown Wilsons Promontory  Winchelsea Wodonga  Wonthaggi  Woodend Wycheproof  Yackandandah Yambuk Yarra Glen Yarra Junction Yarragon Yarram Yarrawonga Yea Young  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale   Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale  Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Vic caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale Victoria Hotels for sale Victoria



  Australian Businesses for sale Ansons  Bay Avoca  Beaconsfield Beauty Point  Bed and Breakfasts for sale Bicheno Boat Harbour  Bothwell Branxholm  Bridgewater Bridport  Brighton  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Bronte Park Bruny Island Buckland  Burnie  Businesses for sale Bushy Park Cambridge Campbell Town Caravan Parks for sale  Chudleigh Cleveland  Colebrook  Coles Bay Cradle Mountain Cressy  Cygnet    Deddington Deloraine  Derby Derwent Bridge Devonport  Dover Dunalley Eaglehawk Neck Evandale Exeter Falmouth  Farms for sale  Fingal  Flinders Island  Forth Franklin  Geeveston George Town Gladstone Gould's Country Hadspen  Hamilton  Hastings Hobart  Hotels for sale  Huonville Kempton  Kettering King Island Kingston Koonya  Latrobe  Launceston Lilydale  Longford  Luina Management Rights for sale  Maria Island  Marrawah Middleton Miena Mole Creek  Motels for sale  National Park New Norfolk  Nubeena  Oatlands Orford  Ouse  Penguin  Perth  Pioneer Poatina  Pontville  Port Arthur  Port Sorell  Queenstown  Railton  Renison Bell Richmond  Ringarooma Rokeby  Rosebery  Rosevears Ross  Saltwater River  Savage River Scamander  Scottsdale Sheffield  Sidmouth  Smithton Snug  Somerset Sorell  Southport  St Helens St Marys  Stanley  Strahan Strathgordon Swansea Taranna  Tarraleah  Tomahawk Triabunna Tunbridge  Ulverstone Waratah Weldborough Westbury Wilmot  Windemere Woodbridge Wynyard  Zeehan  Young  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale   Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale  Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale   tas caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale Tasmania  Hotels for sale Tasmania

South Australia

Adelaide Adelaide Hills Aldgate  Aldinga  Andamooka Angaston Ardrossan Arkaroola Auburn  Australian Businesses for sale  Balaklava  Barmera  Beachport  Bed and Breakfasts for sale Beltana Berri  Bethany  Birdwood  Blanchetown Blinman Booleroo Centre Bordertown  Bridgewater  Broadwalk Business Brokers   Bruce Burra  Businesses for sale Cape Jervis Carrieton Caravan Parks for sale  Clare Coober Pedy  Coonalpyn  Coonawarra Coorong Copley  CrafersCrystal Brook Curramulka  Echunga  Edithburgh Eudunda  Farms for sale  Gawler   Gladstone Glendambo  Goolwa  Greenock    Gumeracha Hahndorf  Hawker Hotels for sale  Innamincka  Jamestown  Kadina  Kangaroo Island Kapunda Karoonda Keith Kingston-on-Murray Kingston South East Lameroo  Laura  Leigh Creek  Lobethal  Loxton  Lyndhurst Lyndoch Maitland  Mallala  Mambray Creek  Management Rights for sale  Mannum  Marion Bay  Marla Marree McLaren Vale Melrose  Meningie Milang  Millicent  Minlaton Mintaro  Moonta Morgan Mount Barker  Mount Gambier  Motels for sale  Mount Pleasant    Murray Bridge  Mylor Naracoorte  Nuriootpa   Oodnadatta  Orroroo Padthaway  Parachilna Paringa Penola  Penwortham Peterborough  Pinnaroo Port Augusta Port Broughton Port Clinton Port Elliot  Port Germein Port MacDonnell Port Noarlunga Port Pirie Port Victoria Port Vincent Port Wakefield Quorn Renmark Reynella  Riverton  Robe  Roseworthy Roxby Downs Salisbury Seppeltsfield Sevenhill Snowtown  Spalding Springton  Stansbury  Stirling Strathalbyn Summertown Swan Reach Tailem Bend Tanunda  Tarlee Terowie Tintinara Truro  Victor Harbor  Waikerie  Wallaroo  Warooka Watervale  Wellington  Williamstown  Willunga Wilmington Wilpena Pound  Woomera Yankalilla   Yorketown Young  Broadwalk Business Brokers  Businesses for sale   Brisbane Businesses for sale  Gold Coast Businesses for sale  Sydney Businesses for sale  Australian Businesses for sale Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  Caravan Parks for sale  Businesses for sale  Coffs Harbour Businesses for sale Caravan parks for sale  Motels for sale  Hotels for sale  


Northern Territory

Adelaide River Alice Springs Arltunga Arnhem Land Barrow Creek Batchelor Bathurst Island  Borroloola Daly River Daly Waters Darwin Dunmarra Erldunda  Escape Cliffs  Glen Helen   Gove Peninsula Groote Eylandt Hermannsburg Humpty Doo Kakadu National Park Katherine Kings Canyon Larrimah  Mataranka Melville Island Newcastle Waters Pine Creek  Port Essington Raffles Bay  Renner Springs  Roper Bar Ross River  Tanami Tennant Creek  Ti Tree Timber Creek  Uluru Victoria River  Wauchope Wollogorang  Motels for sale Northern Territory   Hotels for sale Northern Territory