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Melbourne exudes class by the bucketload, complete with hidden laneways, grungy underground bars and feats of modern architecture you won't find anywhere else in Australia. This cosmopolitan city ticks all the right boxes; elegant, arty, edgy, sporty, and marvellously multi-cultural.

6:00am

Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon. Rise before the sun and start the day floating over the city’s parks and gardens and city icons, such as the MCG, Melbourne Star, and Albert Park race circuit, in a hot air balloon. 

7:00am

Fuel up with house made crumpets, whipped ricotta and rooftop honey and Single Origin coffee at Cumulus Inc. on Flinders Lane. It’s a chance to eat in one of Melbourne’s best restaurants and avoid the queues for dinner.

8:30am

Starting at Federation Square, follow the curve of the Yarra River to Birrarung Marr and view the Birrarung Wilam indigenous artworks. Sitting on a bench watching the rowers on the river is a classic Melbourne pastime.

10:00am

Get ready to dive into Melbourne’s hive of laneways and arcades on a Hidden Secrets walking tour. Local guides will uncover hidden boutiques and galleries, cafes, and street art that you might not find yourself.

1:00pm

Jump on a tram head to St Kilda Beach for lunch at one of the many fine and casual eateries along Fitzroy St and Acland St. 

3:00pm

Wind your way along St Kilda Rd to Federation Square and go gallery hopping to the National Gallery of Victoria, Ian Potter Centre and Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

6:00pm

Time for a well-earned cocktail. Peruse the list at 1806; or head to Meyers Place, where there’s no shortage of places for a tipple.

7:00pm

Descending dusk means dinnertime. Choose from five-star dining experiences to inexpensive options down laneways. A degustation menu at Vue de Monde will exceed your expectations; or go for platefuls of dumplings in Chinatown.

9:30pm

Catch the last tour of the day at the Eureka Skydeck and see Melbourne all glittery and aglow. 

11.00pm

Not ready for bed? A number of CBD bars keep swinging well after the last tram has rattled home. When waiters go there for knock-off drinks, you just know it has to be good. The Melbourne Supper Club combines the city's longest wine list with a rooftop bar, and it’s open until 4:00am.

3:00am

If you’ve managed to fit all that in, you’ve done well, and it’s time to slip between your hotel room’s crispy sheets. After all, tomorrow is another day, and you’ve only just scratched the surface.