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A guide to Melbourne events, attractions, outdoor adventures and more

Your ultimate guide to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018
Comedy

Your ultimate guide to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018

It's that time again: when hundreds of funny people vie for your chuckles in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Mar 28-Apr 22). Join us as we meet the talented people behind the laughs, offer our tips for doing the festival right and our picks of the program. Looking for more things to do in Melbourne? Take a look at our bucket list.

The best pub trivia nights in Melbourne
Bars

The best pub trivia nights in Melbourne

Fancy yourself a bit of a general knowledge whiz? Put your brains to the test at these pub trivia nights.

The best secret gardens in Melbourne
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The best secret gardens in Melbourne

If you've seen everything there is to see at the Royal Botanic Gardens, it might be time to stop and smell the flowers at these unsung gardens around Melbourne. Here you'll find gardens devoted to Australian natives, fancy ferns and some not-so-ubiquitous plants like cacti, rhododendrons, tulips and lotuses – perfect for when you need some green in your life. Want more green? These 10 national parks are within driving distance of Melbourne and here's our guide to getting your nature fix in the CBD. 

The best laneways and arcades in Melbourne
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The best laneways and arcades in Melbourne

Navigate these cobbled alleys with ease with our top-notch guide

25 tourist attractions that don’t suck
Attractions

25 tourist attractions that don’t suck

Just because they’re popular with visitors, doesn’t mean they’re lame

The best of Melbourne

50 things to do in Melbourne before you die
Things to do

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

Cheap things to do in Melbourne
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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

The best markets in Melbourne
Shopping

The best markets in Melbourne

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

The best escape rooms in Melbourne
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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?

48 hours in Melbourne
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48 hours in Melbourne

If you only have a little bit of time to spend but want to experience the best Melbourne has to offer, we have you covered. From lush parks and gardens to world-class museums and out-of-the-way secret bars, here is an itinerary to make the most of your precious hours. But where should you start? Here's our guide to where to stay in Melbourne. On a budget? Check out our cheapskate's guide to Melbourne.

Our guide to Melbourne's best toilets (seriously)

Melbourne events calendar

Dating in Melbourne

The best date-night restaurants in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best date-night restaurants in Melbourne

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

The best bars for first dates in Melbourne
Bars

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

The most adventurous dates in Melbourne
Sex and dating

The most adventurous dates in Melbourne

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

The 13 best make-out spots in Melbourne
Sex and dating

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

The best bars with board games in Melbourne
Bars

The best bars with board games in Melbourne

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

The best places for Tinder dates
Restaurants

The best places for Tinder dates

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

Or try a romantic weekend getaway

Outdoor activities in Melbourne

The best beaches in Melbourne
Attractions

The best beaches in Melbourne

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

The best sunset and sunrise spots in Melbourne
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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

Five great Melbourne walks
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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

The best places to swim in Melbourne
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

Where to get your nature fix in the city
Attractions

Where to get your nature fix in the city

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

See Melbourne's best picnic spots

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The Auburn Hotel's 130th Birthday
Bars

The Auburn Hotel's 130th Birthday

This Melburnian corner pub has been pulling beers, sizzling steaks and serving as a community meeting spot for 130 years, and to celebrate the Auburn Hotel is hosting a Sunday shindig.  The day will be packed out with entertainment and live music, with both families and furry friends both welcome. Out in the beer garden there will be face painting for the little ones from noon, and at 4pm there will be round of complimentary sparkling so you can charge your glass when toasts are made. There will also be a huge birthday cake, and happy hour drinks from 4pm to 6pm. In the evening, Adam12 will play a live set of acoustic pub classics, while the sparkling wine and beers keep flowing.  Not many things in Melbourne have been soldiering on for 13 decades so head down and celebrate the Hawthorn East pub's legacy with a beer and a counter meal.

Side with Amex Melbourne | American Express x Time Out
Restaurants

Side with Amex Melbourne | American Express x Time Out

What's better than a main meal? One with sides. Pay with your American Express card at these leading restaurants, and you'll be rewarded with a complimentary side for your first main meal ordered. Want to know more? Check out our Side with Amex FAQ. For more great offerings, return to the American Express casual dining guide.    

10 midnight adventures in Melbourne
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10 midnight adventures in Melbourne

Melbourne is Australia's late-night city. The list of venues proudly displaying AM close times is growing, and gone are the days when the only option for a midnight snack were convenience stores or a solitary kebab shop. What's more, midnight in Melbourne doesn't just have to be about clubs and live music venues (although there are tons of those, too!) – there's plenty more to discover, including film, singalongs and mini golf.  The best part? Public transport runs 24 hours on Friday and Saturday, so whether you're heading out for an adventure or finishing work after dark, there's no excuse not hit the town and explore the night. Plus when it’s time to head home trains, trams, buses and coaches will take you there.

Kyle Kinane

Kyle Kinane

American funny man Kyle Kinane is back in Melbourne again following his 2016 appearance at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and his 2014 Barry nominated debut. Having most recently appeared in Judd Apatow's excellent Netflix series Love, you may also recognise Kinane's voice from episodes of Bob's Burgers and Drunk History. Kinane will bring his own brand of conversational comedy to the stage at Melbourne Town Hall this April. His new show Dipshittery showcases his ability to weave intricately crafted jokes into laidback tales, so expect an evening of visceral laughs. 

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