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Victoria Activities

Establishment neighborhood
Queen Victoria Market
Queen St., CBD
One fast way to get to know a new city is through local markets. Queen Victoria Market has been feeding Melburnians since 1878, and these days, there is no space in the city that celebrates the city’s diverse culture better. Make a beeline for the Greek food purveyors—Melbourne has a massive Greek population—for souvlaki (colloquially referred to as “souvas”) and fork-tender chicken gyros. From there, amble from stall to stall and taste the local honey, cheese, and exotic fruits. For a closer look—and complimentary nibbles—take a food tour.
Hosier Lane
Hosier Ln., CBD
Melbourne has a New York City–style grit to it, and with that comes a thriving art scene. The city is saturated with galleries, creative collectives, and graffiti. Hosier Lane is an iconic stretch of mural in the East End. Like all great art sites that speak to a city’s identity, Hosier Lane is a meeting place and a hangout spot for the locals as much for out-of-towners. Wander the lanes at your own pace or take a tour for a more in-depth dive into what makes Melburnian artists tick.
The Twelve Apostles
Great Ocean Rd & Booringa Rd., Princetown
Four hours of gorgeously scenic driving from Melbourne delivers some of the most jaw-dropping sights you’ll ever see. Seven towering, craggy limestone stacks formed by slow erosion rise from the waves just off the Victoria coast. The best viewpoint is a spot on the Great Ocean Road called the Secret Apostles Lookout. (There were originally eight rock formations, but one collapsed due to erosion in 2005.) These tall monoliths are part of the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park—load up on veggies and focaccia at Queen Victoria Market to munch on in the park.
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