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Five spring getaways from Melbourne
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Five spring getaways from Melbourne

Venture beyond the city and discover the hidden gems of regional Victoria

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The best of Byron Bay
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The best of Byron Bay

Australia's easternmost point is a destination town for beaches, festivals, markets, eating and drinking

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Inside Melbourne's new boutique hotel
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Inside Melbourne's new boutique hotel

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Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

A visit to Uluru is on many people’s travel bucket lists – so what do you need to do when you get there?

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An insider's guide to Melbourne travel

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The best five-star hotels in Melbourne
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The best five-star hotels in Melbourne

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The best boutique hotels in Melbourne
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The best boutique hotels in Melbourne

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The best campsites near Melbourne
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The best campsites near Melbourne

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Short escapes from Melbourne

15 epic road trips from Melbourne
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15 epic road trips from Melbourne

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Ten weekend getaways from Melbourne
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Ten weekend getaways from Melbourne

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Great Ocean Road guide
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Great Ocean Road guide

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Interstate trips from Melbourne

Hobart
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Hobart

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Canberra
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Canberra

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Adelaide Hills
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Adelaide Hills

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International escapes from Melbourne

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Karma Kandara, Bali

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Wellington
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Wellington

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Santiago
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Santiago

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Austin
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Austin

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Anaheim
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Anaheim

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Blue Ribbon Day
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Blue Ribbon Day

Across Victoria, since 1837, 159 police officers have died in the course of fulfilling their duties. On Thursday September 29, all Victorians can help memorialise them by taking part in Blue Ribbon Day, which raises funds for emergency facilities to be built in the name of those police who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Run by the Victorian Police Blue Ribbon Foundation, the campaign has high profile sponsors this year in Woolworths, Crown Resorts, BankVic, Westfield and more. To show your support, you can donate at Woolworths Supermarkets before and on Blue Ribbon Day. Donations can also be made at the website and at police stations.

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Pizza & Hip Hop
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Pizza & Hip Hop

Fratelli Fresh is keeping your knock-off session fresh with their weekly pizza and hip hop night every Friday and Saturday. From 10pm, fresh pizzas will be coming out of the oven for $15 (perfect for those late-night munchies). The bar will be pumping out drink specials for the late-night revellers, so look out for the $7.50 special on select beer and wine, and sip on $10 Aperol Spritzes.  top DJs will be spinning the best hip hop tunes at Alfred Place Melbourne's top DJs will be spinning the best hip hop tunes at Alfred Place and Fratelli Fresh has lined-up these headliners over the next few weeks, who will all be accompanied by local DJ talent.  Friday September 9: Helena EllisSaturday September 10: DJ Moto (from Kiss FM)Friday September 16: Duchess KaySaturday September 17: DJ AK 

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The Royal Melbourne Show
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The Royal Melbourne Show

Some come to the Show for the rides; others come to marvel at award-winning edible sculptures (otherwise known as cakes). Crowds flock to pavilions filled with baby animals and champion dogs. All are united in a mutual love of showbags. This year, around 450,000 visitors are expected at Melbourne Showgrounds over 11 days, September 17-27.  Due to its popularity, the outdoor animal display has doubled in size this year, offering families more chances to watch and take part in interactive milking and shearing shows and horse demonstrations. Pat-a-Pig and Pat-a-Chook pens will give kids a real down-on-the-farm experience and they can also plant and take home their own seedling. The Winning Tastes Pavilion celebrates Melbourne’s food scene with pop-up restaurants and eateries including Bomba, Mr Claws, Pho Nom, Mr Miyagi, Royale Brothers Burgers and Burn City Smokers serving up their delicious signature dishes – the days of dagwood dogs as your primary food option at the Show are long gone. There's also a Winning Tastes Dessert Bar and Winning Tastes Cocktail Bar. Look out for the free craft workshops for adults and kids, while the Horses in Action program will have horses and riders competing across over 250 different classes. Find out which woodchoppers can hack it at 50 events over at the Woodchop Pavilion. If you're on the ball and buy your Show tickets online on or before September 16 then you can get them at a 20 per cent discount. That's money that can be spent on a fe

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