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Melbourne is the place to be if the roll of the dice or the crisp air of the race track sends a shiver down your spine.

The Crown Casino, which rears up beside the YarraRiver, has earned the city an international reputation for sporting one of the largest gaming facilities in the Southern Hemisphere. Step inside for five minutes, and it's likely you'll immediately lose your bearings in the huge halls of flashing pokies, table after table of shifty card players, and the stylish bars and clubs.


Yet while playing Roulette or Baccarat in a dazzling gaming environment certainly has its attractions, it’s in the open air that Melbourne shines as a gaming city, at the track. Melbourne is Australia’s most famous racing city. Horse racing that is.


Why not check out some of Victoria’s race courses in your Melbourne rental car and see the local stars in action. The Australian Racing Museum pays tribute to Victorias rich racing history. On display is Phar Lap’s saddle and bridle. Phar Lap, the most famous horse to race in Australia, became a legend during the great depression of the 1930’s. The museum also boasts a rich collection of early racing footage, fashion, art and silverwork.


Or for racing of the vehicular kind, at a particular time of year the peaceful spot of Albert Park turns into a crazed circuit of roaring blurs for the Formula One Grand Prix. Truly, people seem to lose all sense around this time, and the silly season engulfs everyone until the last streamer is torn down and the scantily clad models put some normal clothes back on.


But that's not even half of what Melbourne has to offer. This is a city of class and cappuccinos. A burnt coffee has been known to attract a criminal conviction on Fitzroy street. Cruise around this “most European of Australian cities” at your leisure. Sample the culinary delights; revel in the museums and theatres. Check out an Aussie Rules game and marvel at how small shorts can get before it becomes an indecent offence. Check out the Australian Football League for all the latest news on suspensions, games, and in-depth analyses of on-field etiquette.


No matter what your preferred attraction, a Melbourne car rental will probably prove essential. And booking a great car hire Melbourne deal through www.carhire.com.au will save you time and money. Carhire allows you to compare the prices and options of Australia's most popular car hire companies in one place. And as Carhire has negotiated special contracts with Avis, Budget, Europcar, Thrifty, Hertz you can sometimes find deals on its website that are not available anywhere else on the Internet.


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