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Here’s how to enjoy Melbourne for…


Under US$50


Have a beer at Section Eight (, a shipping container transformed into a laneway bar.

Then slip next door into the mayhem that is Camy Shanghai Dumpling & Noodle Restaurant (23 Tattersalls Lane, Tel: 61 39 663 8555). It’s hectic, it’s basic but a whole lot of fun.


Under US$150


Take the family to the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium family ticket AU$93) to see everything from Antarctic penguins (think Happy Feet), Pinjarra the five metre-long crocodile, the bay of stingrays and plenty of sharks.

Finish off with delicious gelato from Trampoline at nearby Southbank. Try their unique Australian flavours such as Berry Pav made with meringue and fresh raspberries, or Bikkie Break with chocolate biscuits crumbled into a creamy base.


Under US$500


Heliexperiences offers exhilarating 30-minute helicopter rides (AU$199 per person) over Melbourne’s surrounding suburbs.

Thrill-seekers can then try rap-jumping (AU$79) – a freestyle form of abseiling where you throw yourself forward down a city building.