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Why Santa Claus loves Melbourne

He can take his pick of any holiday destination but Santa chooses to come to Melbourne for Christmas every year.

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Singer songwriter Alana Aldea on her home city of Melbourne

Up-and-coming Melbourne artist Alana Aldea has just released her debut solo album, Strong. Here, she gives the lowdown on her home city of Melbourne.

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Eat. Stay. Play. Wangaratta

The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues attracts music fans from far and wide. Now in its 27th year, the festival features over 100 established and emerging musicians and 80 concerts alongside local food and wine – all just 2.5 hours from Melbourne.

Western Bulldogs' cheer squad at MCG. Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media

Postcode 3011: Footscray

The Western Bulldogs will compete in the AFL Grand Final (1 October 2016) for the first time in 55 years. This calls for a celebration, and what better way to do so than by visiting the home town of the team affectionately known as ‘The Doggies’: Footscray.

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The Inside Word with… Chris Knights

Former Australian Football League player turned app developer, Chris Knights gives the inside word on his home city of Melbourne.

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The Inside Word with…Peter and Renata Singer

The son of European Jews who moved to Australia to escape the Nazis, Peter Singer studied philosophy in Melbourne before moving to Oxford. He has campaigned against cruelty to animals, […]

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Inside Word with Dimitria Papafotiou of DIIDA

Designer Dimitria Papafotiou brings Grecian elegance to Melbourne’s doorstep with the launch of DIIDA’s first retail store.

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Inside word with the Doughnut Prince of Melbourne

Meet the 15 year old Doughnut Prince of Melbourne who is making his mark on Melbourne’s cafe scene.

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An insider’s guide to… A dog’s life in Melbourne

Casper, the two-year-old Golden Retriever (aka @casper_the_goldie), one of Melbourne’s most popular canine social media influencers, sniffs out his top things to do in Melbourne.

Boroka Lookout, Grampians. Image by Ray Reyes of @rayofmelbourne

Melbourne’s top Instagrammers share their views

Victoria is a haven for picture opportunities. For the hottest tips on where to go for the ‘most liked’ photos, we asked some of Melbourne’s leading and best emerging travel and lifestyle Instagrammers.

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A local’s guide to Victoria’s best street art

Shaun Hossack from Juddy Roller – the street art management agency that’s responsible for some of the most epic mural creations in Australia – gives us the lowdown on the world of ‘vandals’ gone good.

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Best first dates in Melbourne

First date venues for the socially awkward, jittery, paranoid and Tinder swipers in Melbourne this Valentine’s Day.

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VIDEO: Hood Food Guide – Windsor

Nick Coulter, co-owner of south-side favourites, Hannoi Hannah, Saigon Sally and Tokyo Tina, takes us for a tour around his neighbourhood, Windsor.

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A local’s guide to Melbourne: Kris Schroeder (The Basics)

Kris Schroeder is the bass player and vocalist for Melbourne band The Basics, and a huge fan of the city he lives in. These are his favourite places.

Steph Prem at Combi cafe, Elwood. Photo by Kit Haselden

A local’s guide to…healthy Melbourne

As a former Winter Olympian, founder and director of Studio PP, Steph Prem knows a thing or two about staying fit and healthy. Here she shares her tips on navigating a healthy weekend in Melbourne.

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The inside word … with Pallavi Sharda

Born in Perth and brought up in Melbourne, Pallavi Sharda is a lawyer by training, classical Indian dancer and international film actress. She spends her time working in either her […]