Hot air balloon over Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image Courtesy: Global Ballooning
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Wildlife & adventure touring route

Melbourne

Despite her reputation for elegance, Melbourne is also a place for adventures. Head to Port Phillip Bay to jump on board a fishing charter and hope to catch snapper, flathead or whiting. Or climb on to a windsurfer and chase the bay winds.

The serene Yarra River is a popular place for kayaking, and on Port Phillip Bay you may spot seals, dolphins and eagles during sea kayaking tours. Other watercraft includes river cruises, a sailing school, and a luxurious Venetian-style gondola.

Hire a bike and follow the locals along kilometres of bike paths beside the Yarra River or around the bay, play golf on some of Australia's top courses or go ballooning high above the city with a traditional breakfast with sparkling wine when you come back to land.

Head to Melbourne Zoo for a day with the animals, and discover the fascinating inhabitants of the Southern Ocean around Australia at the Melbourne Aquarium.

Highlights

Bicycle parked outside Pushka Espresso Bar in Presgrave Place,  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cycling

Join the cycling set pedalling between Melbourne's hidden bars and cafes in a city set to rival the most cycling-friendly European capitals.

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Walking

Follow a heritage trail through Melbourne streets and hidden laneways or set your own pace with a jog, run or walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Koalas at Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wildlife and zoos

Featuring state of the art aquarium, award-winning zoos and parklands teeming with fauna, you don't have to go far in Melbourne to see wildlife.

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Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Parks and gardens

Discover abundant parks and leafy gardens in Melbourne and take a break from the hectic pace of the city with a relaxing stroll or picnic on the lawn.

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Kite surfing, Kite Republic, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Water sports

With sandy bay beaches and a river through the city, there's plenty to do on, in and by the water from kiteboarding to kayaking by moonlight.

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