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Melbourne is one of Australia's most famous destinations and a must do on your cruise around Australia. Melbourne is located in Australia's smallest continental state, Victoria. Located in Australia's South East region, Victoria was originally a part of the state of New South Wales. Melbourne was later made a separate colony in 1851. A year later, gold was discovered and the subsequent gold rushes along with the development of rural industries propelled the city's growth.
The port of Melbourne is only a short distance from the city, which is filled alleyways that host some of Melbourne's most popular cafes and restaurants. Also known as the "Garden City", Melbourne famous for its parks and gardens, which surround the city. Tourist hotspots include the Fitzroy Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance.
Melbourne is an international cultural hub. With events spanning festivals, music, theater, drama, literature, comedy, art, architecture and film and TV scenes, there is never nothing to do. Also known for it's shopping, throughout Melbourne's streets you will find a mix of global fashion labels and smaller boutiques supporting local Australian designers.
If you're a foodie then Victoria will be your playground. Cruise your way around Mornington Peninsular and Yarra Valley to some of Australia's most renowned restaurants and wineries. On a side note, Australian's say that you will never find a better cup of coffee in Australia than you will in the streets of Melbourne. So if you're a coffee and cafe lover, you can explore till you drop. Victoria's cool and varying climate are great conditions to grow amazing produce, which means that both in and out of the city you will never be far away from your next great meal.
One important tip to remember is that in Victoria, dressing in layers is a practical idea. Australian's joke that Melbourne goes through four seasons in one day. At any time and unpredictable periods, conditions range from warm sunny skies, to cold windy rain. But if you are prepared and brave Melbourne's weather conditions it will be a port of Australia that you will always remember.