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Chapel Street is one of Melbourne’s favourite cultural hubs. A myriad of restaurants, modern galleries, and chic boutiques line the streets, creating a bustling atmosphere and heady mixture of local and international style right on your doorstep. Chapel Street is home to all the big names of Australian fashion: Scanlan and Theodore, Arthur Gallan, Collette Dinnigan, Ksubi and Alannah Hill, to name a few. By night, Chapel Street comes alive with glamorous bars and clubs, becoming one of Melbourne’s busiest entertainment districts.
The Yarra River winds its way through the city centre, connecting monuments from Chapel St to Federation Square and Southbank through to the Royal Botanic Gardens. The river is a real focal point of the city, and many say that Melbourne “grew from the banks of the Yarra”. River cruises depart regularly from near the Arts Centre, but many prefer to simply stroll along the banks of the river, which are lined with boating sheds and lush green parks. On sunny days, these grassy banks provide a popular picnic and barbeque spot.
Since being built in 1853, The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has been Melbourne’s most iconic sporting venue. Every year, more than four million people come to “the ‘g” to experience one of more than eighty events, including cricket test matches, rugby State of Origin games and the annual AFL Grand Final. The MCG is also home to the National Sports Museum, an interactive museum designed to showcase our nation’s sporting history and its contribution to Australian culture. Above all, the MCG is a venue for unparalleled drama, emotion and excitement.
National Gallery of Victoria
The centre of the Melbourne arts precinct, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest art gallery, celebrating its 150th birthday in 2011. NGV is home to the biggest collection of Australian art. Its diverse personal collection contains over 65,000 pieces, spanning thousands of years of art history, from Classical vases to the ‘Australian Contemporary Art’ collection, which showcases the country’s most promising emerging artists. As well as an impressive personal collection, temporary exhibitions from all over the world come to the NGV. Each year, the gallery stages a ‘Winter Masterpieces’ collection featuring different internationally famed artists, including Vermeer, Picasso, Dali and most recently Klimt and Schiele.
Victoria’s second most popular tourist attraction, Federation Square is known for far more than a controversial cubic design. Federation Square is home to a colourful array of street performers and over 2,000 cultural events a year (most of which are free) including launches, food and wine tastings, concerts, fashion shows and films .Festivities are mirrored on the big screen, which also broadcasts major sporting events. Restaurants and bars line the edges of the open square, including Transport/Taxi and Beer DeLuxe. You never know what event will be going on in Fed Square.
Melbourne’s newest sports stadium, AAMI Park seats 30,000 people and is home to the Melbourne Victory football club and Melbourne Storm Rugby club. The venue contains 14 bars, a dining room capable of seating 1,000 people, a training centre, lap pool and gym. AAMI Stadium is also famous as an architectural feat- despite being mostly outdoors, a cutting-edge ‘bioframe’ dome roof covers most seating. By night, multicoloured lights reflect off the angular glass, creating a spectacular sight for all who pass by.