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The Melbourne Writers Festival line-up is out

With more than 350 thought-provoking events across ten days

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The Mystery Rooms

We put the newest escape rooms in Melbourne to the test

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The best things to do in Melbourne in July

Critics' picks, free stuff and everything else worth seeing and doing in Melbourne in July

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Time Out's ultimate guide to winter

When the weather gets colder, Melbourne comes alive with food festivals, art shows, theatre, markets and more

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50 things to do in Melbourne before you die

The definitive Melbourne bucket list: knock off these 50 activities and you'll really, properly know our great city

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Cheap things to do in Melbourne

If you know where to look, you can get by in this city for a lot less than you'd think

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The best markets in Melbourne

From organic produce to arts and crafts, there's a Melbourne market happening near you this week

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The best escape rooms in Melbourne

The door is locked. The room is dark. The clock is ticking. Can you get out in time?

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13 rainy day activities in Melbourne

When the weather's terrible, there's plenty of indoor fun to be had in Melbourne

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Our guide to Melbourne's best toilets (seriously)

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Dating in Melbourne

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The best date-night restaurants in Melbourne

Our favourite places for frocking up and impressing the pants off someone

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The best bars for first dates in Melbourne

Sit close, sip a cocktail and get to know one another at these cosy Melbourne drinking spots

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The most adventurous dates in Melbourne

From cycling tours to rooftop glamping, here are our suggestions for dates with a difference in Melbourne

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The 13 best make-out spots in Melbourne

This city's full of nooks and crannies, so lock lips and make the most of them

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The best bars with board games in Melbourne

Long, tipsy games of Connect 4, Scrabble and Balderdash: now that's a foolproof date idea

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The best places for Tinder dates

Swipe right, eat right with our guide to setting up the perfect Tinder date in Melbourne

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Or try a romantic weekend getaway

Outdoor activities in Melbourne

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The best beaches in Melbourne

Don't scoff: Melbourne has some beautiful beaches and splendid spots to cool down on a hot day

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The best sunset and sunrise spots in Melbourne

Check out our ten best spots to enjoy the view of the rising and setting sun around the city

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Five great Melbourne walks

Lace up your sneakers: our favourite places to promenade are all a stone's throw from the city

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Sport and fitness

The best places to swim in Melbourne

Don't restrict yourself to the pool: dip into Melbourne's most beautiful rivers, lakes and beaches

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Where to get your nature fix in the city

Get close to Mother Nature without leaving the inner-city at these five urban oases

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See Melbourne's best picnic spots

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The best men's accessory shops in Melbourne

The modern man’s accessory and grooming arsenal can take many forms. Some keep it simple with a bit of pomade and a decent pair of sneakers, while others may have a whole cupboard full of lotions and tonics as well as belts, shoes and bags in matching leathers at the ready. The quantity and combination of grooming and sartorial accessories is up to you; here are some of the best places to buy them.

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The Grand Tour: Cities Shaped by Art

Learn the essentials of art history with ACCA's chosen team of experts with a refreshing complimentary cocktail in hand. Just as Melbourne's arts culture has shaped the city, the same goes for many of the world's biggest metropolitan cities. ACCA has picked out a group of 'tour guides' for the Grand Tour lecture series to take you through the world's best galleries, arts events, and architecture, as well as visit the writers, thinkers, and artists that have shaped each city. This month, take a journey to New York City, where art professor Dr Chris McAuliffe will guide you through the colourful creative scene of one of the world's great cultural centres. Now based in Melbourne, McAuliffe was once a resident of New York's East Village, where he accumulated vast knowledge on the galleries, architectural highlights and urban geography of the region. Today, McAuliffe is a professor of art at the Australian National University's School of Art.  As always, guests will be treated to a complimentary themed cocktail to ease you through your travels. This time, the Melbourne Gin Company will create a New York-inspired cocktail – a mini MGC Martini. The bar is open from 5pm, and the talk will run from 6-7pm. More Grand Tours... Join curator Rebecca Coates for an art history tour of Brazil's São Paulo (Aug 15), a tour of Yekaterinburg in Russia with artist Lisa Radford (Sep 12) and finish up with an jaunt through LA with ACCA curator Annika Kristensen (Oct 24). Tickets include a fre

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