Melbourne's tallest building, the 297m-high Eureka Tower was erected in 2006, and a wild elevator ride takes you to its 88th floor in less than 40 seconds (check out the photo on the elevator floor if there’s time). The Edge – a slightly sadistic glass cube – cantilevers you out of the building; you have no choice but to look down. Book on the website for a slightly discounted admission.

If you want to experience a similar view in comfort, it's plusher and more affordable to head to the Rialto Tower – hit Lui Bar, on the same floor as fine-dining restaurant Vue de Monde, for a world-class cocktail.

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1. Arts Centre Melbourne

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The Arts Centre, one of Melbourne's top performing arts venues, comprises two separate buildings, Hamer Hall and the Theatres Building (under the spire,…

2. NGV International

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Housed in a vast, brutally beautiful, bunker-like building, the international branch of the NGV has an expansive collection, from ancient artefacts to the…

3. Immigration Museum

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The Immigration Museum uses voices, images and memorabilia to tell the many stories of Australian immigration. It's symbolically housed in the old Customs…

4. Buxton Contemporary

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Weird, wonderful and thought-provoking Buxton Contemporary, located at the University of Melbourne’s art school, opened in 2018 powered by the Michael…

5. Flinders St Station

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Melbourne's first railway station, which turned 100 years old in 2010, is also its most iconic building. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Melburnian who…

6. Young & Jackson

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Across the street from Flinders St station is a pub known less for its beer (served here since 1861) than for its famous nude painting of the teenaged…

7. Federation Square

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One of the city's newest public spaces and an urban focal point, Federation Sq is a place to meet, celebrate, protest, watch major sporting events or…

8. Sea Life

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This interesting but extremely pricey aquarium is home to giant rays, gropers and sharks, all of which cruise around a 2.2 million-litre tank, watched by…