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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

City Center 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A must, given the quality of the artwork on display. — Michelin Guide

The Australian art collection of the National Gallery of Victoria hangs on the walls of this gallery. Covering the 19th and 20th centuries, it includes paintings from the famous... — Fodor's

This fascinating gallery, featuring 20 rooms dedicated to Australian art, opened in 2002 in the heart of Federation Square. — Frommer's

When Federation Square was completed in 2002, the National Gallery of Victoria moved its Australian collection from the gallery on St Kilda Road to 20 new spaces across three levels. More... — Travel + Leisure

The Ian Potter Centre is the other half of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), set up to showcase its impressive collection of Australian works. — Lonely Planet

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

South Bank, Port Melbourne & Around 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A great place to relax and soak it up—with or without the picnic. — Afar Magazine

Established in 1846, the Royal Botanic Gardens encompasses 87 acres of meandering paths, sweeping lawns, and lily-littered ornamental lakes. — Concierge

Hosts year-round events and guided tours. — Time Out

Within its 100 acres are 12,000 species of native and imported plants and trees, sweeping lawns, and ornamental lakes. — Fodor's

A true nature sanctuary for its flora and fauna. — Michelin Guide

Federation Square

City Center 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Melburnians have finally come to embrace Federation Square, accepting it as the congregation place it was meant to be. — Lonely Planet

You have to get into Federation Square, physically, to appreciate it. The controversial design... has given the city a gathering place. — Frommer's

When Melburnians want to take a break from complaining about the weather, they start whinging about Melbourne's 'Meeting Place', Federation Square. — Time Out

The bold, abstract-style landmark was designed to be Melbourne's official meeting place, with a variery of attractions and restaurants. — Fodor's

This architecturally striking cultural complex in City Centre... is encircled by bars, cafés, and restaurants, including celebrity chef Michael Lambie's much-lauded Taxi. — Concierge

Melbourne Museum

North Melbourne, Carlton & Fitzroy 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This vast museum is the largest in the southern hemisphere; it houses a living temperate rainforest and galleries dedicated to natural history and evolution as well as exhibits that... — Travel + Leisure

Dinosaurs, taxidermy, open-air forest and Indigenous Australia stories - an impressive cover of natural and cultural histories. There’s even an IMAX on site too! The beauty of museums... — On the Grid

A spectacular, postmodern building (in Carlton Gardens) houses displays of the varied cultures around Australia and the Pacific Islands. — Fodor's

This museum provides a grand sweep of Victoria’s natural and cultural histories, with exhibitions covering everything. — Lonely Planet

This modernist monolith with the sail-like roof is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere, so allow a few hours to do it justice. — Concierge

Melbourne Zoo

North Melbourne, Carlton & Fitzroy 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There is nothing quite like ogling the antics of orangutans or leering at lion cubs to keep the kids (even the big ones) happy. — Travel + Leisure

Built in 1862, this is the oldest zoo in the world and makes a great day out with kids. — Frommer's

The oldest zoo in Australia and the third oldest in the world. Today it's one of the city’s most popular attractions. — Lonely Planet

Verdant gardens and open-environment animal enclosures are hallmarks of this world-renowned zoo, which is 4 km (2½ mi) north of the city center. — Fodor's

Australia's oldest zoo is also its boldest... how can 320 species and live entertainment be wrong? — Time Out

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Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

City Center 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Australia's only aquarium specializing in Southern Ocean creatures houses 10,000 marine and a few dozen land-based animals in a series of spiral-down display. — Concierge

Become part of the action as you stroll through a transparent tunnel surrounded by water and the denizens of the deep on the prowl. — Fodor's

The Melbourne Aquarium’s prize exhibit is an Antarctica display featuring King and Gentoo penguins playing in the pool (with underwater viewing). — Frommer's

Walk below the ocean, with sharks and rays skimming overhead, before coming to face to face with Pinjarra, a 17-foot-long saltwater crocodile, who's one of the largest in captivity.... — Travel + Leisure

Weird and wonderful animals and unique marine adventures await you here. — Time Out

Queen Victoria Market

Central Business District 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This Melbourne institution—the “Vic Market”—covers several blocks. — Frommer's

The largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere, the veteran 'Vic Market' (also lovingly known as the 'Queen Vic') has been trading here since 1861. While the clothing and craft... — The Telegraph

Open since 1878, "Queen Vic" is an over-1,000-stall melting pot of Southeast Asian greens, Italian cheeses, kangaroo salami, and Tasmanian scallops. A two-hour market tour (qvm. com. au)... — Travel + Leisure

With over 600 traders, the Vic Market is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere and attracts thousands of shoppers. — Lonely Planet

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Arts Centre Melbourne

South Bank, Port Melbourne & Around 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Australia's largest performing arts venue plays host to an array of concerts and productions that cater to a wide audience throughout the year, from comedy acts and classical and... — Travel + Leisure

Melbourne's most important cultural landmark. — Fodor's

The spire atop the Theatres Building of the Arts Centre, on the banks of the Yarra River, crowns the city’s leading performing arts complex. — Frommer's

The Arts Centre is made up of two separate buildings: Hamer Hall (the concert hall) and the theatres building. — Lonely Planet

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Rippon Lea House & Gardens

Melbourne 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In summer, plays are performed on the grounds, and the annual Teddy Bear's Picnic each February attracts big crowds. — Fodor's

The superb Victorian-style estate reflects the prosperity of its first owners, the Sargood family. Other decorative elements were added in the 20C, creating an extremely attractive interior. — Michelin Guide

Put on your best frolicking frock and enjoy acres of scenic gardens, lavish lawns, a fernery, orchards, or a paddle around the lake. — Time Out

This grand Victorian house, 8km (5 miles) from the city center, is worth a visit to get a feel for old-money Melbourne. — Frommer's

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Melbourne Cricket Ground

East Melbourne 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With a capacity of 100,000 people, the 'G' is one of the world’s great sporting venues... for many Australians it's considered hallowed ground. — Lonely Planet

A temple in this sports-mad city, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is also the birthplace of Australia's homegrown football game, Aussie Rules. — Concierge

It might be the birthplace of Test cricket, and, yes, the annual Boxing Day Test match is monumental, but the top reason to hit the 'G' (to use local parlance) is to partake in the city's... — The Telegraph

This huge stadium, within walking distance of the city, hosts two of Melbourne's biggest sporting events each year: the Boxing Day Test Match, when Australia's cricketers take on a team... — Travel + Leisure

A tour of this complex is essential for an understanding of Melbourne's sporting obsession. — Fodor's

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Eureka Skydeck 88

South Bank, Port Melbourne & Around 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Edge: a glass box that extends three metres out of the 88th floor and offers the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. — Time Out

Although there are several good vantage points to take in Melbourne's burgeoning skyline, none offer a view as commanding and uninterrupted at this 88th floor observation deck; the... — The Telegraph

The vertigo-challenging Eureka Skydeck 88 is the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. — Frommer's

At 935 feet above the ground, this 360-degree observatory has, on a clear day, vistas of Port Phillip Bay, the MCG, Dandenong Ranges, and beyond. — Travel + Leisure

The funky-shaped blue glass building, with an impressive gold cap, opened in May 2007. — Fodor's

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Old Melbourne Gaol

City Center 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Built in 1841, this forbidding bluestone prison was in operation until 1929. — Lonely Planet

This bluestone building, the city's first jail, is now a museum that has three tiers of cells with catwalks around the upper levels and is rumored to be haunted. — Fodor's

Old Melbourne Gaol’s Crime & Justice Experience is a fascinating way to spend a few hours. — Frommer's

Once housing children next to hardened criminals this historic jail once displayed Ned Kelly's skull until it was stolen.  — Atlas Obscura

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St Paul's Cathedral

City Center 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This 1892 headquarters of Melbourne's Anglican faith is one of the most important works of William Butterfield. — Fodor's

St. Paul's Cathedral is noteworthy for its decorative interior and the English organ built by T. S. Lewis. — Frommer's

The magnificent Anglican St Paul’s Cathedral... features ornate stained-glass windows made between 1887 and 1890, and holds excellent music programs. — Lonely Planet

St Paul’s Cathedral is described as Gothic transitional in style. — Time Out

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St. Patrick's Cathedral

East Melbourne 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Construction of the Gothic Revival building began in 1858 and took 82 years to finish. — Fodor's

St. Partick's Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. The cathedral is a leading example of the gothic style of architecture. — Time Out

The imposing bluestone exterior and grounds are but a preview of its contents. — Lonely Planet

St. Patrick's is another interesting Gothic Revival construction with exceptional stained-glass windows. — Frommer's

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State Library of Victoria

City Center 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The State Library has been the forefront of Melbourne's literary scene since it opened in 1854. — Lonely Planet

On a rise behind lawns and heroic statuary, this handsome 1853 building was constructed during the gold-rush boom. — Fodor's

The library is full of surprises, and you can discover them on the free daily 2pm tour. — Time Out

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National Gallery of Victoria

St. Kilda, Malvern & Around 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The NGV International is a showcase for Australia’s finest collections of international art. — Frommer's

This massive, moat-encircled, bluestone-and-concrete edifice houses works from renowned international painters, including Picasso, Renoir, and van Gogh. — Fodor's

A must. — Michelin Guide

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Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

South Bank, Port Melbourne & Around 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A new gallery with six exhibition zones is the latest on-shore adjunct to the historic tall ship Polly Woodside. — Frommer's

The Polly Woodside is a restored iron-hulled merchant ship (or ‘tall ship’), dating from 1885. — Lonely Planet

After a four-year redevelopment, Melbourne's tall ship experience has reopened with impressive new interpretations and family friendly programs. — Time Out

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Parliament House of Victoria

City Center 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This august stone building was used as the National Parliament from the time of federation in 1900 until 1927,. — Fodor's

Now the home of the Victorian Parliament, this monument to Victorian... architecture at the top of a run of sandstone steps was built in 1856. — Frommer's

The grand steps... are often dotted with slow-moving, tulle-wearing brides smiling for the camera, or placard-holding protesters. — Lonely Planet

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Werribee Open Range Zoo

Melbourne 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The zoo also has one of the largest gorilla exhibits in the world, home to the silverback Motaba and his two sons. — Frommer's

With the savannah designed to replicate the wild. — Time Out

This is a 225-hectare African-safari-style experience about 30 minutes southwest of Melbourne. — Lonely Planet

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Hosier Lane

Central Business District 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Melbourne's most celebrated laneway for street art, Hosier Lane's cobbled length draws camera-wielding crowds snapping edgy graffiti, stencils and art installations. Subject matter runs... — Lonely Planet

The thing about "street art" is that its dynamic. Its always changing. There may not be a better exhibition of urban art than Hosier Lane in Melbourne, Australia. The pedestrian laneway... — Afar Magazine

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