Ultimate Melbourne: Top 10 Sights

For those wanting to make the trip to the surrounding areas, the Mornington Peninsula is just an hour or so drive. There, visitors will find a wide variety of local wineries offering tours and wine-tasting sessions. Many of the wineries are small, boutique family-run businesses and include Darling Park, Box Stallion and the Elan Vineyard and Winery. The area is also home to a number of beautiful and relaxing spas, including the Peninsula Hot Springs, which offer guests a variety of spa treatments in addition to the springs.

8. Princess Margaret Rose Cave

Close to the Glenelg River, the Princess Margaret Rose Cave was first discovered in 1936. Today it offers visitors an "underground wonderland" where they can view the 700,000-year-old stalagmites. There is a 45-minute tour of the caves themselves, and the surrounding area also offers all the beauty of the Lower Glenelg National Park. While at the park, visitors are also encouraged to take the hour-and-a-half scenic cruise along the river.

9. National Sport Museum

This museum is at the heart of Australian sport and in 2005 was included in the National Heritage List. Built in 1853, the stadium is an icon of sports and the museum is now host to the Cricket Hall of Fame, Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum and Melbourne Cricket Club. A tour of the museum includes the Cricket Center, Northern Stand change rooms and Long Room. The museum also invites visitors to take a seat in its cinema to watch one of the specially made sporting films.

10. Multicultural Melbourne

Melbourne is home to the Immigration Museum which offers such exhibitions as Talanoa: Stories of the Fiji community, Station Pier and the Cultural Diversity Quest Awards Exhibition. Visitors wanting a more firsthand experience should also visit the famous Lonsdale, Little Bourke and Lygon Street, home to the Greek Precinct, Chinatown and Little Italy, respectively. Here, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the culture of these communities while sampling traditional dishes.

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