Trip tips: Melbourne, Australia's vibrant cultural capital

Fri Nov 1, 2013 1:17am EDT
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By Roselina Press

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Vibrant and multicultural, Melbourne brims with galleries, cafes, restaurants and a lifestyle that give Australia's second-largest city a distinctly European feel.

Here are tips about getting the most out of a trip to Melbourne from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the world offer visitors the best local insights.

Rated as the world's most liveable city for three years in a row by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Melbourne is the birthplace of Australian film, a designated UNESCO City of Literature and home to a flourishing art scene.

On a large bay on Australia's southeast coast and near scenic wine estates, the city of more than 4 million people spreads out from the Central Business District (CBD) to lively inner neighborhoods such as Fitzroy, Carlton and St Kilda. (Map:

Many attractions in the CBD are within walking distance of each other and getting around is easy by taxi or a network of trains, buses and trams.

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For some of Melbourne's major cultural attractions, make your way to Federation Square opposite Flinders Street Station in the CBD. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, The Ian Potter Centre and the No Vacancy Project Space, which features emerging artists, are especially worth a visit.   Continued...

Rowers train at dawn on Melbourne's Yarra River in this January 24, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files