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3 Ways to Kick Off the New Year in Melbourne, Australia


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There’s no better way for an avid traveler to kick off the new year than with a new travel destination. And the best way to ensure your first trip of 2018, is an unforgettable one is to head to Melbourne, Australia. As the second most populous city in the country, Melbourne is bustling with things to do — no matter the season. But best of all, your decision to travel to Australia in January means your trip will coincide with the heart of the Australian summer. These are three Melbourne activities to guarantee you start 2018, off with a bang. 

South Melbourne Night Market

Around the world, night markets are some of the best places to fall in love with local culture and cuisine, and that’s definitely the case in Melbourne. The South Melbourne Night Market will take place from Thursday, Jan. 4, through Thursday, Feb. 22. A shining piece of Melbourne history for roughly 150 years, this night market features local crafters, makers and growers as well as live entertainment, food trucks and world-famous eateries.

Can’t get enough of the night market scene? Head to the Night Market at Queen Vic Market on Wednesdays from Jan. 3, through April 11, 2018. Start the new year with a major crush on the city of Melbourne.

The 2018 Australian Open


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Sit back and enjoy as the world’s greatest tennis players battle for the title of the 2018 Australian Open. Grand Slam Tennis Tours offers the best to seating to ensure you have an unforgettable experience at this world-renowned event. They also offer the best accommodations within walking distance of must-visit shops, restaurants and nonstop action of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park. You don’t have to be a tennis fan to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of viewing the Australian Open up close and personally, and now is the time to plan, because this year’s event will take place Jan. 13 to 22.

The Freedom Time Festival

Forget about attending a New Year’s Eve party, because you’ll want to save your energy for the Freedom Time festival on Jan. 1. The Coburg Velodrome is transformed into the ultimate music festival grounds for one day of nonstop music, dancing, eating, drinking and partying. Headliners include Sampa the Great, Larry Heard, Nai Palm and a long list of other hip hop, jazz-fusion and house musicians. Freedom Time is an event that will make you plan a return trip to Melbourne for New Year’s Day 2019, too.

Whether you’re in search of sports, shopping, world-class dining, partying or a little bit of it all, Melbourne is the ultimate destination to start your 2018 bucket list off with a bang.

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