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    Top things to do in Melbourne on a Weekend

    So you’ve saved up enough and made the leap. Congratulations! You’re now officially on a working holiday in Melbourne with a whole new corner of the world to explore. Sound overwhelming? Don’t worry; we’ve pulled together just a few ways in which you can begin to discover the Melbourne area.

    Wine Tasting 

    Well, you may as well start as you mean to go on! Melbourne is famous for its wine-tasting tours, which take in the historic Yarra Valley vineyards, mixing fantastic natural views with the additional upside of sipping chardonnay, pinot noir, and sparkling wine while you do it. The list of available wine tours is nearly endless, so shop around, check out some reviews before you embark, and you’ll be sure to find something to suit your tastes and your budget.

    Walk the Golden Mile

    Ask most Australians, and they’ll point to Melbourne as the cultural heart of the country. And what better way to get to know your new home than to take a walk through its heritage? Not only is it a great activity for history buffs, but it’s a memorable way to orient yourself to a new city. The tour takes in the immigration museum, Melbourne Town Hall, and the Block Arcade, among many other sights and slices of history. Even better, you can take the tour absolutely free – just follow the markers and keep a smart phone handy as your tour guide.

    Hiking around Mornington Peninsula

    Sooner or later you’ll want a break from city life, so head out to Mornington Peninsula for 100+ kilometres of hiking trail – or try one of the smaller routes if you’re looking for more of a stroll. The peninsula is a rugged, breath-taking place of secluded bays and hidden coves, but is home to many gentle hiking paths for the casual walker. Pack some lunch for a picnic or stop in at one of the local villages, and you can easily spend a day here.

    Melbourne Zoo

    The zoo is always a great day out, whether you’re with friends, family, or maybe even a new Australian beau. As Australia’s oldest zoo, Melbourne Zoo comes highly recommended, and can be found just a short car or tram journey from downtown. For a different experience, try the Roar ‘n’ Snore overnight camp in the former elephant house, and explore the mystery of the zoo after dark. As for its residents, expect the usual assortment of tigers, elephants, gorillas and crocs. Crikey!

    Phillip Island

    Located on the far side of the Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne, Philip Island provides an excellent getaway, and can be reached by car or bus via the San Remo Bridge. Home to some of the most reliable surf conditions in the country, Phillip Island also boasts the Penguin Parade, as Little Penguins return to shore after a day’s fishing. For the petrol heads, the island also has its own Grand Prix Circuit.

    We’re just scratching the surface here, but we’re confident that starting with these will give you the thirst for adventure to discover the rest of what Melbourne has to offer.

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