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VIP NEWSLETTER MARCH 2013

VIP DESTINATION: MELBOURNE UNPLUGGED

www.visitedplanet.comEdgy, hip, cosmopolitan, cutting edge - there aren't enough superlatives to heap on Melbourne. This is a city with everything - trams, Victorian architecture, graffiti, contemporary styled design, bicycle lanes, great cuisine, a ballistic footy culture and temperamental weather. It's a great place to visit but also work and play. It's about time you checked it out. Let's take a look at 10 things that make Melbourne great.

The sights | Graffiti | Hoods | Food | Markets | Working holiday | Transport | Festivities | Day trips | Keeping cool

THE SIGHTS

www.visitedplanet.comIf you've come here as a tourist rest assured there's enough to keep you busy. While Melbourne doesn't have Sydney's international fame, it's got a number of things well worth checking out.

Melbourne Cricket Ground - the MCG is the home to cricket and all AFL grand finals, it also hosted the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 1956 Olympic Games. It's one of the world's most famous sporting venues - go check it out.
Flinders Street Station - okay so it's a railway station but it was built in 1854 and has a great colonial facade. Take a photo under the clocks or meet your friends there like most Melburnians do
Federation Square - across the road from Flinders St Fed Square has become an epicentre in Melbourne where protests are held, parties take place and events are broadcast. When that's not happening there are art galleries to explore and good food to be had.
Luna Park - Mr Moon's open mouth is almost an icon of Melbourne itself. This park first opened in 1912 and retains a bit of that old world fun park feel. Inside there's a variety of entertainment options that include anything from an old style railway to all the usual modern rides. It's a busy place but kids and teens will love it.
Royal Exhibition Building - Built in 1880 this Victorian building won UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004. If you head to see it you'll find out why.

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THE GRAFITTI

Beer Can Regatta, Darwin - www.visitedplanet.comYep Melbourne has plenty of graffiti, in fact it's known as Australia's stencil art capital. To check some of it out head to Centre Place between Flinders Lane and Collins St. Here you'll find plenty of street art and graffiti. Bring your camera. While you're here it's worth wandering around Collins St as its filled with rather grand corner of Melbourne featuring buildings with etched-glass ceilings and even mosaic floors. It's well worth a wander.

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THE HOODS

www.visitedplanet.comMuch like NYC, the hoods of Melbourne are all well worth exploring.
Fitzroy - Bohemian and rugged this is a place for students, artists and passersby. There's plenty of places to eat, grab a coffee, people watch and enjoy the vibes.
Carlton - a rambling suburb famed for its Italian restaurants on Lygon Street.
St Kilda - Hip, funky and laid back St Kilda is renowned for its delis, cafes and its beach with a historic pier in classic British style.
Chinatown - located on Little Bourke Street this is the oldest Chinese settlement in Australia.
Southgate and Southbank - two modern areas with entertainment, restaurants, clubs and bars. Head if you like the sophisticated scene.

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THE FOOD

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Visiting Melbourne is all about eating and drinking. There are a number of food precincts that should keep even the hardened foodie satiated. These include Acland Street in St Kilda (Bohemian), Lygon Street in Carlton (Italian), Chinatown in the city (Chinese), Chapel Street in South Yarra (Modern), Brunswick Street in Fitzroy (Bohemian) and Southbank (Modern). People love to sit out and eat so you'll find plenty of restaurants and sidewalk cafes.

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THE MARKETS

www.visitedplanet.comThe Queen Victoria Market is the be all and end all in Melbou

rne and has been pumping out value products since 1878 such as fruit and vegetables, clothing, cosmetics and souvenirs. But there's also the Suzuki Night market, Geelong Night Market, Docklands Sunday Market, various craft markets around the city, South Melbourne Market, St Kilda Esplanade Market... and manymore.

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WORKING HOLIDAY LOCATION

Those coming to Australia on a working holiday visa would do well to consider Melbourne as their base for at least part of their work search. Our hostels will help you with your job search and some even have job agencies. See www.vipbackpackers.com for more details.

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TRANSPORT

Getting around Melbourne is easy thanks to an excellent network of trains, buses and trams. The City Circle Tram line is a free service operating around the perimeter of the  city and a great way to get acquainted with Melbourne. There are river cruises down the Yarra and it's a bike friendly city too..

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FESTIVITIES

www.visitedplanet.comMelbourne is festival city in Australia. There is simply always something going on from the time the Australian Open cranks out the season in January right through comedy festivals, film festivals, writing festivals, the AFL grand final, the Melbourne Cup and more...

You could blow a gasket celebrating in this city. See our list from "what's on" in Melbourne for the next three months.

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DAY TRIPS

www.visitedplanet.comMelbourne is superbly located for day trips such as down and out along the famed Great Ocean Road (a long day but worth it if you're short on time), Philip Island to see the penguins, the beaches and wineries of the Mornington Peninsula, the hills and wonderful cafes of the Dandenong Hills. If you haven't got your own transport, don't worry we've got a range of tours to these places.

See www.vipbackpackers.com for more details.

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KEEPING COOL

Melbourne is known for its climate changes but it's probably one of the only places on the planet you can bake over 40 degrees one day and it plummet twenty degrees the next. Pack for all seasons and you'll be fine.

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