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Outside the prolific sporting events, the Melbourne Fringe Festival (www.melbournefringe.com.au) is perhaps the the best-known showcase of Melbourne's culture. Nineteen days of artistic excellence during September and October turn Melbourne into a pulsing, dramatic frenzy. More than two hundred events in every park, alley, basement, nook and cranny of the city turn the whole metropolis into a giant urban gallery and stage. The Fringe Festival tickets go on sale around three weeks before the event – bookings 03 8412 8777.

Melbourne's extensive network of walking and bicycle tracks, as well as exemplary public transport, make it a city easy to get around and absorb. Whether its shopping, eating out, walking the parks, seeing the scenery, soaking up the history, just relaxing or a mixture of all these and more, Melbourne offers you a smorgasbord.

For a truly Melbourne experience, why not have dinner aboard a 1927 tram? One of these beautiful old machines, which plied the streets of Melbourne for almost 80 years, has been converted to a world-class restaurant offering a fine dining experience while travelling the streets of Melbourne. See the night sights of the city while enjoying white linen and silver service in the plushly-fitted old tram. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant has won a National Tourism Award. Bookings can be made on 61 (03) 9696 4000.

You can soak up more culture in Melbourne just by being out and about on the streets and in the parks than in most cities. The city has a commitment to public art, the beautification of green spaces and and the production of open-air performances. All over the city, statues, sculptures and displays enhance the scenery and enchant the visitor.

If you like to keep up your fitness regimen, the pathways along the Yarra offer unlimited opportunity to run, jog and walk. Bring your bike and join the cyclists, or go canoeing or rowing on the river. Join the Gunn Runners (www.gunnrunners.com.au) for a recreational run of 3km or 5km at Albert Park Lake every Tuesday, followed by real ale at the Gunn Island Hotel. Or bring the family on Sundays to Albert Park Lake for family relays and free activities (www.lakeattack.com). How about free tai chi (www.taichiaustralia.com.au) at Federation Square?

In the last few years Melbourne's seedier areas such as the docklands have transformed from dereliction to delectation. Down at Victoria Harbour there's plenty going on. The old shipyards, docks and wharves offer an enormous variety of harbourside restaurants, cafés and bars. Here you can learn the maritime history of the city, take a free urban art journey or explore the Telstra Dome.

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