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If you're looking for the best deals on Melbourne attractions, look no further! Melbourne has a range of great attractions that emphasise everything from wildlife, to art, to architecture and more. With a majority of Melbourne's top attractions all located within easy reach of one another within the city CBD, it's extremely easy to combine multiple attractions together into a single itinerary.

Get amongst the marine life at Melbourne Aquarium featuring life under the sea with rays, sharks, penguins and turtles, or outstanding views from the Eureka Skydeck or atop the Melbourne Star Wheel. For a more nature-oriented experience, head out to Phillip Island and be amazed as hundreds of penguins race to shore each night, or visit one of the excellent wildlife attractions such as Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo or Healesville Sanctuary. Get a dose of humorous adult entertainment at Dracula's Restaurant, take the kids to popular theme park Funfields, or choose from many other attractions listed below.

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About Melbourne's Attractions

As one might expect of a bustling capital city, Melbourne offers a range of attractions to suit all different travel tastes - from culture to entertaining the kids, there are numerous options for entertainment. Depending on what you're wanting to see and do in the region you can choose from the range of products listed in the catalogue above.

There is an extensive list of attractions to enjoy in Melbourne CBD as well as some of its surrounding areas. Here we'll break down some basic information about the main attraction categories on offer; animal encounters, entertainment, scenery, adventure and of course, food and drinks.

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Entertainment Attractions

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Let your hair down and prepare yourself for an evening filled with entertaining performances, hilarious comic and an all round good time. Melbourne is one of the country's biggest cultural hubs so it's no secret that you'll enjoy a great night at one of the various performances and shows are the city.

One of the most popular attractions is Draculas Cabaret Show, a show perfect for lovers of cabaret, dance, comedy and music. For those looking for a laugh, you can head to one of the various comedy shows happening around the city on a weekly basis or make your way to the much loved Comics Lounge for a good dose of stand up comedy.

Most of the theatres, shows and performances in Melbourne are held in and around the city and are easily accessible by foot, tram or cab. For those that are situated a little out of the city, most trams make their way to and from the skirts throughout the night, so navigating on them shouldn't be too hard for the average visitors.

Food and Drink Attractions

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Melbourne is know for its great food and drink culture so its no surprise that finding the hidden gems is a main attraction. One of the main points of calls for food lovers should be the Queen Victoria Market, reached easily by tram or on foot, the markets offer some of the freshest food in Melbourne. You'll be blown away by the range of vendors selling their fresh produce, everything from fruit and vegetables to fresh seafood and cured meat.

The city is also home to a range of bars that are frequented by locals. Look in laneways, up on roofs, in arcades and just on the path and you'll find a new, happening bar. For those wanting education with their food and drink, the Carlton Brewhouse is located in Abbotsford, just a short distance from the CBD and reached easily by public transport.

Scenic Attractions

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See the beauty of Melbourne and its surrounds from incredible heights with some of the city's best sight-seeing points. Two popular attractions; the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and Eureka Skydeck both provide stunning views of the city and its outskirts. The best part about these two attractions is that they are in walking distance to the CBD.

Getting there is easy, it's leaving that is the hard part. Both attractions provide stunning, sweeping views of the Melbourne city and reaching out to as far as the eye can see. If you're visiting Melbourne and want to see a different view of the city then head up.

Wildlife Attractions

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Melbourne is filled with wildlife attractions showcasing some of the friendliest, most curious and scariest animals. If you're looking to stay in close proximity to the CBD the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium and Melbourne Zoo are your best points of call. The Aquarium is in walking distance to the CBD while the zoo can be reached on just a short tram ride. If you don't mind travelling a little further out of the city, there are a range of animal attractions to experience. Ideally, these will be reached by car but you can navigate your way with public transport or organise a seat on a tour. The attractions further away from the city include Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Ballarat Wildlife Park, and Healesville Sanctuary.

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Top Melbourne Attractions For Families

By Brittney Deguara

Melbourne is a great destination for families, as it provides visitors with a range of things to see and do that will entertain both kids and adults alike.

From sleepovers at the zoo to building the ultimate Lego creation, there's so much to keep the young ones occupied, you'll have a hard time deciding what you don't do.

Wildlife Attractions

Melbourne is home to a number of wildlife attractions, each offering something different for a range of age groups. The stand out attractions include the localzoos and aquariums, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium and Melbourne Zoo. Each of these attractions are located within close proximity to the CBD, the aquarium is reached within a 20 minute walk from the CBD while the zoo is accessible via a 20 minute tram ride and walk.

Heading further out of the city, there are more opportunities to get up close to a variety of animals. Werribee Open Range Zoo is one of the most popular choices, with its open plan, African savanna type set up. Here you can get up close to a wide variety of animals including giraffes, camels, lions, cheetahs, hippos and gorillas. The zoo also offers Off-Road Safaris and Slumber Safaris.

Melbourne Attractions for Families Wildlife Attractions SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Other popular animals attractions further out of the CBD include Healesville Sanctuary, located just over an hour away, Moonlit Sanctuary, located under an hour from the CBD, Ballarat Wildlife Park reached within an hour and 20 minutes, and the ever popular Phillip Island Nature Parks reached within 2 hours from Melbourne.

Whether you're visiting with tots or teens, the wildlife attractions in Melbourne will cater for all of your animal attraction needs. It will just come down to how far out of the city you're willing to travel.

Scenic Attractions

The city is beautiful to admire, and there are plenty of ways to do that around the region, however, some of the best scenic attractions for families lie right in the city.

The Eureka Skydeck is one of the most popular choices, with the lookout floor located around 290 metres off the ground. With a visit to the Skydeck, you'll be treated to 360-degree views of the surrounding Melbourne region, an incredible sight at both day and night. If you're looking to take your experience a little further, you can purchase tickets for The Edge, a glass box protruding from the side of the building.

Melbourne Attractions for Families Scenic Attractions Melbourne Star

One of the other popular attractions is the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, one of the biggest wheels in the Southern Hemisphere and Australia's only giant wheel. A ride in one of the gondolas will give you 360-degree views of the region while also enjoying the relaxed feeling of the Ferris wheel. The wheel rises 40 stories high, so it's sure to impress the little ones.

Don't forget your camera when visiting these attractions, as the photo opportunities are incredible!

Entertaining Attractions

Keep the kids entertained during your stay in Melbourne with these popular entertaining attractions for families.

One the most popular attractions for families with little kids and kids that are young at heart, is the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne. The ultimate indoor LEGO arena, you'll have a hard time pulling the kids away from here. Featuring a Miniland, LEGO 4D Cinema, Kingdom Quest, Merlin's Apprentice Ride, Factory Tour, Creative Workshop, LEGO Racers, Earthquake Tables and more, there is enough to entertain the kids and the adults for the entire day!

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If you're after something to do in the evening the whole family will enjoy, then look no further than the Marriott Hotel's Impossible Occurences Magic Show. Suitable for kids aged 10 years and over (younger children are welcome but parents to use their discretion), this is a great family evening out. Though starting and finishing relatively late for the young ones; the show starts at 7:30pm and finishes at 9:30pm every Friday night, this is a great and entertaining way to spend a night in Melbourne. The whole family will be amazed at the tricks and illusions happening right in front of their faces!

If the family is keen to head further out of the city for some entertaining fun, the Kryal Castle and Sovereign Hill are two great choices.

Kryal Castle is the only medieval castle in Australia and takes you back in time to explore a replica medieval village and even watch jousting tournaments and sword battles. Alternatively, Sovereign Hill takes you back to a different time period, the 1850s gold rush era. With a gold museum, mining adventures, traditional trade and craft stores and the chance to pan for gold, the whole family will love this entertaining and educational attraction.

It's always great to add a little fun and entertainment into your holiday, and Melbourne is a great place to do so.

Adventurous Attractions

If your kids consider themselves little daredevils and adventure seekers, then they won't be disappointed with some of the adventurous family-friendly attractions in Melbourne.

For lovers of speed and ll things off-roading, then Wild Buggy's Extreme Buggy 4WD Experience is one of the top picks. Only suitable for kids over 100cm in height, and aged over 7 years, the buggy experience sees you get behind the wheel of the buggy with a professional driver for kids and unassisted for adults. All safety equipment and instructions are provided and rides are split up into 10 minute, 15 minute or 20-minute sessions.

Melbourne Attractions for Families Adventurous Extreme Buggy Ride

For a more scenic adventure, then you'll want to experience the Otway Fly Treetop Walk and Zipline. The Zipline is the ultimate adventure as it takes you on a journey over eight stations, with six flights and two suspension bridges. Suitable for kids as young as 4 years, the minimum height for the adventure is 105cm and the maximum weight is 120kgs. The zip line isn't the only part of this adventure, you'll also be able to experience the scenic treetop walk, a steel walkway through the canopy of the rainforest.

Adding a little adventure into your family holiday to Melbourne is sure to make it a memorable experience.

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