Congratulations to Melbourne as the top Australian city and 3rd globally in Conde Nast Traveler's best cities ranking for 2018.

The magazine's spiel on Melbourne could spur a rush to suburbs, listing Preston's Gertrude Contemporary Gallery and Bulleen's Heide Museum of Modern Art as key attractions.

The write-up raves: "at once sophisticated, stylish, and seemingly free-spirited, Melbourne has all of the traits you'd want in a friend".

It also lauds an "incredible arts scene", singling out Gertrude Contemporary "for eye-popping installations by emerging Australian artists".

CONDE NAST TRAVELER'S TOP 10 BIG CITIES 2018 

1. Tokyo, Japan
2. Kyoto, Japan
3. Melbourne, Australia
4. Vienna, Austria
5. Hamburg, Germany
6. Sydney, Australia
7. Singapore
8. Paris, France
9. Barcelona, Spain
10. Vancouver, Canada

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