Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is a popular stop on many Australia schedules. Galleries, theaters, restaurants, shops, and a clearly (related to Europe) feel are the main drawsof this fancy (or smart) city on the Yarra River. It’s also a green city with parks, gardens, and openspaces occupying almost a third of its total area. Highlights of the city include the Royal BotanicGardens, the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Melbourne Cricket Ground where sports fanscan watch cricket in the summer and Australian Rules football in the winter. Shoppers move (in large numbers) to the rich and beautiful Royal Arcade on Bourke Street, as well as Chapel Street, the Melbourne Central Shopping Center, and the Queen Victoria Market, which has been sellingfruits, vegetables, clothes, and crafts for more than a century. To the east, greater Melbourneextends into the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, and in the south to the Mornington Peninsulawhere many locals escape for seaside getaways.


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