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Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia, is the capital of the state of Victoria. The cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is where you will find Victorian-era architecture, places to shop, museums and art galleries, theatres, and parks and gardens. Tourists will find a lot of things to do and see in Melbourne, a young city where the skyline always changes. It is a fascinating city of old and new, where modern, cutting edge designs combine perfectly with the city’s heritage architecture.

Things to See and Do in Melbourne

As the old cliché goes, “shop ’til you drop” in Melbourne. Start at the 19th century Queen Victoria Market, which Melbournians consider a historic landmark, tourist attraction and an institution. Here shoppers will find fresh produce, clothing, toys, new-age products and souvenirs. You will find several Market Precincts at Queen Victoria Market: the Deli Hall, Elizabeth Street Shops, F shed laneway, Vic Market Place Food Court, Fruit and Vegetables, The Meat Hall, Organics, General Merchandise, Victoria Street Shops and the Wine Market. If you still want more, continue on to the city’s factory outlets, warehouses and designer arcades and laneways. When it comes to art and culture, Melbourne is thriving with art galleries, museums and theatres. Visitors will see some of Australia’s noted colonial and contemporary works in public art galleries, and the works of local artisans and craftspeople in private galleries. The Heide Museum of Modern Art, affectionately called Heide, is where Australian Modernism originated. See the many fine examples of the works of artists Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker and others. If you haven’t seen enough, tour the National Gallery of Victoria, which has two galleries located a short walk from each other. The NGV International at 180 St Kilda Road is home to collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American Art, while the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square features collections of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present. Melbourne is also a feast for theatre and music fans, with local and international opera, ballet, comedy, live music and plays open any night of the week. Step away from the city to explore Melbourne’s nature and wildlife. Day tour bookings are available for zoos, national parks, reserves, beaches, coastlines, lakes, waterways, scenic outlooks, parks and gardens. Be amazed at the natural beauty at Wilsons Promontory National Park, Hanging Rock, Mungo National Park, Grampians National Park, the magnificent rock stacks known as 12 Apostles, and the Croajingolong National Park. Take your children to see some of Melbourne’s zoos such as the Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Phillip Island Nature Park, Werribee Open Range Zoo and the Melbourne Aquarium. Take a leisurely walk and smell the flowers at Alfred Nichols Gardens, Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, the National Rhododendron Gardens or the Enchanted Maze Garden.

Travelling around the City and Beyond
Most visitors choose to book accommodation in the city centre where they are in the middle of all the action. The city is easy to navigate, with most tourist sports located within walking distance. Visitors can travel around the city using trains, trams, city buses, taxis or bikes.

The Self Drive Option
If you decide against public transportation, you can drive yourself around in a cheap Melbourne car rental. It is easy to navigate the city, thanks to its wide thoroughfares and uncomplicated grid city plan with plenty of signs to direct motorists. Also, the city’s three major freeways are connected by CityLink, a non-stop expressway. Melbourne offers many car rental companies. Book reliable cheap car hire with Alpha Car Hire Add On. The company, which opened in 2006, has eight locations in three states including Melbourne Airport and Melbourne City, Brisbane Airport and Sydney Airport. The company’s car fleet for hire comprises small economy cars, family sedans, luxury SUVs and eight-seater vans. The new vehicles in the company’s fleet are available at discounted rates. For an extra fee, customers can rent additional items such as a Sat Nav, baby seat and baby booster. For a car hire Melbourne service, visit the office at Tullamarine Airport and the office in Melbourne City. The airport office is very near the terminals, while the city office is just minutes from Queen Victoria Market. Alpha Car Hire Add On offers customers the best price with its Price Beat guarantee. For more car rental details, visit Using a car rental is convenient as you can travel at your own pace and go from city to town and to country without being restricted by tour schedules. You can take as much time as you want, exploring each destination without worrying about bus or train schedules; or, how much your cab fare will cost. Melbourne has so many things to offer its visitors. With a car rental at your disposal, you have the luxury of taking your time relaxing and having fun at each destination you choose.