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24 hours in Melbourne

Make every moment count on your whistle-stop tour of Melbourne, and be sure to keep a list of places to go when you return.

It's easy to get around Melbourne by foot. It's easy to get around on foot. Start in the city's heart at Federation Square, which boasts galleries, restaurants and events and is ideal, too, for a spot of people watching.

Armed with a map you're ready to dive into the hive of laneways and arcades. Uncover hidden boutiques and galleries, acclaimed restaurants and bars adorned with colourful street art. The hardest-to-find highlights are revealed on a Hidden Secrets walking tour.

Follow the aroma of espresso to Cup of Truth, a subterranean hole-in-the-wall serving a brew that justifies Melbourne's reputation as Australia's coffee capital.

In the laneways you'll find lunch spots with creative menus and handmade comfort food. Pop into Journal cafe for a meal.

Melbourne's historic trams are an integral part of the landscape, especially the free City Circle Tram with its audio commentary. Complete a loop before wandering over to Southbank, past al fresco eateries and buzzing Crown Entertainment Complex to Eureka Tower. Ascend to the Eureka Skydeck, the 88th floor viewing platform. Slide out in a glass cube for amazing views over Melbourne, and beyond to the Dandenong Ranges and Port Phillip Bay.

As dusk descends, it's time for dinner. Choose from five-star dining or casual options down side streets. A degustation on high at acclaimed Vue de Monde is a triumphant end to your Melbourne fling.

Finish the day with a peek into Melbourne's bar scene. Follow the locals to find the latest great drinking spot. Arbory is your spot for a balmy evening with riverside lights, while Section 8 epitomises the Melbourne laneway bar, and Heartbreaker is a haven for dive-bar night owls.

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24 hours in Melbourne

Make every moment count on your whistle-stop tour of Melbourne, and be sure to keep a list of places to go when you return.

It's easy to get around Melbourne by foot. It's easy to get around on foot. Start in the city's heart at Federation Square, which boasts galleries, restaurants and events and is ideal, too, for a spot of people watching.

Armed with a map you're ready to dive into the hive of laneways and arcades. Uncover hidden boutiques and galleries, acclaimed restaurants and bars adorned with colourful street art. The hardest-to-find highlights are revealed on a Hidden Secrets walking tour.

Follow the aroma of espresso to Cup of Truth, a subterranean hole-in-the-wall serving a brew that justifies Melbourne's reputation as Australia's coffee capital.

In the laneways you'll find lunch spots with creative menus and handmade comfort food. Pop into Journal cafe for a meal.

Melbourne's historic trams are an integral part of the landscape, especially the free City Circle Tram with its audio commentary. Complete a loop before wandering over to Southbank, past al fresco eateries and buzzing Crown Entertainment Complex to Eureka Tower. Ascend to the Eureka Skydeck, the 88th floor viewing platform. Slide out in a glass cube for amazing views over Melbourne, and beyond to the Dandenong Ranges and Port Phillip Bay.

As dusk descends, it's time for dinner. Choose from five-star dining or casual options down side streets. A degustation on high at acclaimed Vue de Monde is a triumphant end to your Melbourne fling.

Finish the day with a peek into Melbourne's bar scene. Follow the locals to find the latest great drinking spot. Arbory is your spot for a balmy evening with riverside lights, while Section 8 epitomises the Melbourne laneway bar, and Heartbreaker is a haven for dive-bar night owls.

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