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Planning your next big trip to Melbourne, Australia? If so, you’ve chosen a vibrant city with lots to do and see, enough to fill up every day of your stay. Here you’ll find educational displays in the form of museums and zoos along with lots of great excuses to get outside and view the city’s natural surroundings. Because there is so much to do and see, it may be a good idea for you to look into getting a car hire for the duration of your trip. That way you’ll spend less time trying to find each attraction and more time enjoying them.

Great Ocean Road

An Australian National Heritage, the Great Ocean Road is a must see for anyone visiting the area. A favorite among locals as well, you’ll find that the road is exactly what it sounds like- a road that you can drive along the sea while viewing some of the area’s extremely impressive coastline.

National Gallery of Victoria

Known as Australia’s oldest, most visited and largest art museum, the National Gallery of Victoria is a great find for those who like the idea of spending a few relaxing hours viewing different works of art. When you’re all done, make sure to take some time to visit a local eatery or two for some lunch in the sun.

Queen Victoria Market

One of the most famous landmarks in all of Melbourne, the Queen Victoria Market is also know as the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you’ll find lots of shopping opportunities ranging from trinkets to clothes to food. When planning a visit, remember that nighttime offers live music and more of a variety of food choices, making it a great way to end the day.

Melbourne Zoo

Also known as the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, the Melbourne Zoo is home to more than 320 species of animals that are found in Australia as well as the rest of the world. Here you’ll get the chance to learn about each species and will have the opportunity to take some great pictures. This zoo is situated pretty close to the center of town as well, making it a short drive from other attractions in the area.

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

A large and beautiful aquarium that plays host to sea life from the southern ocean and Antarctic, the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is a great find for both adults and children. Here you’ll get to view sea life and fish up close and personal while learning more about not only them as a species but their environment as well. Making this aquarium even more attractive is its location. Visitors will find themselves right next to the King Street Bridge on the banks of the Yarra River.

With so much to do and see, Melbourne is a great city for those who love new and exciting activities to partake in every day of their trip. Here you’ll find fun mixed in with the educational, making for an extremely well rounded trip.