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Shopping & Fashion 
Melbourne has long been recognised as Australia’s shopping and fashion capital. 
 If it’s fashion you’re seeking then Melbourne has it covered. The city’s funky laneways and tree-lined streets are a haven for small boutiques specialising in Australian designers, jewellery, accessories and international fashion. 
Those seeking out leading international fashion labels can stroll down Collins Street, home to Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Bvlgari and Louis Vuitton, as well as Melbourne icons Miss Louise and Le Louvre. Nearby, Little Collins Street has a great selection of cutting-edge and sartorial menswear including Kenzo, Declic, Chiodo, Roy, Arthur Galan and D. Inc. 
 All fashion tastes are catered for by flagship department stores, David Jones and Myer, both in Bourke Street Mall. For a wide range of designers and retailers under the one roof you can’t go past retail centres such as GPO Melbourne, Melbourne Central, QV, Collinstwo3four, Australia on Collins and Collins Place. Got a hobby or special interest? Whatever your 'thing' you'll find it right in the heart of the city. The network of lanes and arcades are host to some of Melbourne’s most intriguing shops, which sell everything from coins to spells and antique books to model trains. 
The city is also a great place for buying fresh food. Queen Victoria Market is the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere and considered a mecca for foodies. For the gourmet traveller, David Jones Food Hall is a must while chocoholics will be torn between Haighs, Max Brenner, Koko Black and The Chocolate Box. Most stores are open seven days, and many stay open late on Friday. 
As a general rule, trading hours for the City shops are:
Saturday to Wednesday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday: 10.00am - 7.00pm
Friday: 10.00am - 9.00pm
Melbourne Markets

Sports
Melbourne and sport are synonymous. 
Sport is such an integral part of the city's culture and psyche that Melbourne has gained national and international recognition as an unrivalled global sporting capital.
Melbourne is home to what is considered to be the world's best-developed and perfectly situated cluster of facilities in the world. Major facilities include the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Telstra Dome, Rod Laver Arena, Vodafone Arena, Olympic Park, Flemington Race Course and Optus Oval.

These quality facilities attract a wide range of significant national and international sporting events to Melbourne, including the Australian Open (tennis), FORMULA ONE™ Fosters Australian Grand Prix, Australian Football League Grand Final, Melbourne Cup (horse racing), Boxing Day Test Match (cricket) and in 2006 Commonwealth Games.

And if all of these great sporting events inspire you, the City is also home to an extensive array of sporting facilities and clubs available to the general public. 
For a copy of our Melbourne - Sport brochure, download here or visit the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square

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Wander the city’s broad boulevards and narrow lanes and you’ll discover a wealth of places in which to drink, catch-up with friends or dance until dawn. Once-forgotten warehouses and obscure laneways have emerged as designer-cool caves for patrons’ drinking pleasure.
Choose from cocktail lounges and vibrant pubs to underground dance dens and live music venues. 
Drinks of every style and flavour can be found in the many bars and clubs, from European beers to the latest cocktails and everything in between. 
You can dance the night away to upbeat acid jazz, recline on an old couch in a retro kitsch lounge room, or just have a pot in a pub. And of course the city doesn’t stop – Melbourne is the ultimate party town! 
Donovans - Donovans is one of the locals’ favorite spots to relax and is located along the St. Kilda beach. The restaurant brings the relaxed beach lifestyle to their elegant yet casual indoor dining room. This is the perfect place to enjoy long, lazy lunches or dinner with friends.
Flower Drum - Guest of the Flower Drum will be pleasantly surprised by one of the most popular and well-known restaurants in Melbourne. The elegant interior offers a dining experience complete with no outside distractions and impeccable service. Specializing in Cantonese food the menu offers something for even the most discriminating palate.
France-Soir - Some would say that the atmosphere at France-Soir is a little snobby, others would say it is a terrific reflection of intriguing French culture. Some would also suggest that the wine list is the best wine list in Melbourne. The food is French inspired and the menu offers selections including succulent meats and rich sauces. The staff is trendy and friendly and is eager to assist you in finding the perfect meal.

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Melbourne Overview
A vibrant cosmopolitan city, located on the magnificent Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne is the state capital and cultural heart of Victoria. The locals' claim that it is 'the best city in the world to live in' may rankle their rivals in Sydney, but few would dispute that it is a fascinating place to visit. In fact, the traditional rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney, which covers every sphere of life from business to sport and culture, has resulted in a proud, dynamic city that strives to be the best in all things. 
All state roads lead into the city and Victoria's unique geography means that it is possible to spend the morning on the coast, ski in the afternoon in the Victorian Alps and enjoy an aperitif at a winery before returning to Melbourne to take in a show at one of the many theatres. 
The banks of the Yarra River, home to Aborigines for thousands of years, attracted British settlers who founded Port Phillip Bay in 1835. The settlement rapidly expanded and by 1851 the city, named after Queen Victoria's Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, was born. In the same year, gold was discovered near Ballarat and Bendigo, to the west of Melbourne, and the ensuing gold rush turned the city into a powerful financial centre as well as the first political capital until Canberra was established in 1927. 
Numerous gardens and parks give a pleasant, open feel to the city, whose skyline mixes elegant spires with dazzling modern skyscrapers, which dwarf the elegant Victorian-era buildings dotted along leafy streets. However, the city is defined more by its diverse population than by its architecture.
Immigration at the end of World War II transformed Melbourne into a thriving cultural melting pot, totalling over three million people, with sizeable Italian, Greek and Chinese communities each carving out their own quarter. In fact, large-scale immigration has made Melbourne home to the largest Greek community outside Greece, and the influx of Vietnamese and Lebanese has contributed to Melbourne's claim to be the cultural capital of Australia. The introduction of European and Asian communities has resulted in an eclectic and energetic blend of theatre, music, art and literature.
The international population has also brought a wealth of different cuisines, served up in a wide range of restaurants, from the outdoor cafés along the Crown Promenade overlooking the Yarra River, to the pizzerias in Carlton, the Chinese banquet halls in Chinatown and the fine seafood restaurants in trendy St Kilda Beach. 
One topic that is guaranteed to be discussed over dinner is the weather. The city has four distinct seasons, and usually enjoys a temperate climate of mild temperatures. However, not only can winters get chilly, summers usually see some swelteringly hot days. Sometimes, all four seasons occur in one day. The ever-optimistic locals joke that if you don't like the weather you just have to wait ten minutes and it will change.
Melbourne
Melbourne Fast Facts
Region : Victoria 
Country : Australia 
Continent : Australia 
National Status : Federal Nation 
National Population : 18,838,000 (2000 estimate, Source: United Nations Population Division, 1996) 
City Population : 3,188,000 (2000 estimate, Source: United Nations Population Division, 1996) 
National Capital : Canberra 
Local Time : GMT+10 (GMT +11 from October to March) 
Official Language : English 
Currency : Australian Dollar (AUD) =100 cents 
Religion : 75% Christian, Aboriginal beliefs, Jewish minority.

Mount Melbourne
Mount Melbourne
    8963 ft (2732 m) . Location:  Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica
Lat / Long:  74.4° S, 164.7° E Volcanic Type:  Stratovolcano
Volcanic Status:  Active (fumaroles), last eruption around 1750
First Ascent:  First Ski Descent:  Skiable Vertical:  up to 8900 ft (2700 m)
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