by Sarah J.F. BraleyFebruary 1, 2013
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When business brings you to Melbourne, be sure to allow time for exploring. To see some of region's best sights, drive west along the Great Ocean Road to the Twelve Apostles, towering outcroppings off the coast. Among 65 miles of walking paths are recommended "short walks" (two to three hours). Shuttles run between parking lots, hotels and key points on the trail. bit.ly/WsB5Wx
Dine Out: In the trendy St. Kilda district, dine at Golden Fields, featuring Asian-inspired fare. Recent entrées included roast baby snapper and shredded potato in seaweed butter. goldenfields.com.au
Ned's Last Resort: From 1842 until it was shut down in 1929, the Old Melbourne Gaol held such notorious criminals as legendary Irish Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, who was executed here in 1880. His gun is now on display at the jail, as well as his death mask. Visitors can experience being "arrested" in the City Watch House and go on trial, sitting in the dock of the Old Magistrates' Court. oldmelbournegaol.com.au
Since 1878: The Queen Victoria Market in the city's central business district is a 17-acre open-air bazaar divided into sections such as the Deli Hall, Vic Market Place Food Court, Fruit and Vegetables, the Meat Hall, General Merchandise and the Wine Market. On Sundays, Queen Street features kids' rides and outdoor cafés. qvm.com.au
Hop On, Hop Off: Join the 183 million yearly passengers who get from point A to point B in Melbourne by using the handy tram system. Peruse the map at bit.ly/YlIC9Y.