Travel Guide

Discover 382 things to do in Melbourne

Walking Tours
4 hours (approx.)
Walking Tours
3 hours (approx.)
Photography Lessons
2.5 hours (approx.)
Photography Lessons
2.5 hours (approx.)
Photography Lessons
5 hours (approx.)
Food Tours
4 hours (approx.)
Food Tours
3 hours (approx.)

Planning to visit Melbourne?

Frequently Asked Questions

It largely depends on individual preferences and interests. However, for a general exploration of the city’s main attractions, 3-4 days in Melbourne is often considered enough.

Spending a day in Melbourne can be a delightful experience, given the city’s vibrant arts scene, lush parks, historical landmarks, and gourmet offerings. Here’s a suggested itinerary for one day:

Morning:

  1. Flinders Street Station: Start your day at this iconic train station. The station’s dome, arched entrance, and its clock are one of the city’s most recognized landmarks.
  2. Federation Square: Just across from Flinders Street, this modern piazza hosts events, restaurants, and cultural attractions like the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, showcasing Australian art.
  3. Coffee Break: Melbourne is known for its coffee culture. Duck into one of the city’s famous laneways, like Degraves Street or Centre Place, for a morning coffee and breakfast.

Mid-Morning:

  1. Royal Botanic Gardens: A short tram ride or walk from the city centre, spend some time in these serene gardens, which are home to both native and exotic plants.
  2. Shrine of Remembrance: Located near the gardens, this war memorial offers panoramic views of the city from its balcony.

Afternoon:

  1. Queen Victoria Market: One of the largest open-air markets in the Southern Hemisphere, here you can shop for souvenirs, fresh produce, and local delicacies.
  2. Lunch in Chinatown: Head to Little Bourke Street and explore Melbourne’s historic Chinatown. Enjoy a range of Asian cuisines available here.
  3. Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building: Learn about the natural and cultural history of Victoria. The Royal Exhibition Building nearby is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Evening:

  1. Eureka Skydeck: As the sun sets, get a bird’s-eye view of the city from the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere.
  2. Dinner on the Yarra River: The Southbank area along the Yarra River offers a plethora of dining options with scenic views.
  3. Arts and Culture: Depending on your interests, either catch a show at the Arts Centre Melbourne, see a movie at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), or explore the many bars and live music venues scattered around the city.

Of course, this is just a sample itinerary, and Melbourne has much more to offer. Customize your day based on your interests, whether they lie in art, history, nature, or gourmet experiences.

The best way to go around Melbourne is by using its extensive public transport system, which includes trams, trains, and buses. The city’s central area also offers a free tram zone.

Yes, Melbourne is an excellent tourist destination. It’s known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, world-class dining, historic architecture, lively festivals, sports events, and nearby natural attractions. The city’s unique blend of modern and Victorian-era architecture, coupled with its laneways filled with cafes and street art, provides a diverse and rich experience for visitors.

Locals in Melbourne have their own favorite spots and hidden gems throughout the city. Here are some places and activities that are popular among Melburnians:

  1. Laneways and Arcades: Locals love their hidden cafes, boutiques, and street art in laneways such as Hosier Lane, Centre Place, and ACDC Lane.
  2. Local Markets: The Queen Victoria Market is a favorite for fresh produce and unique finds, while the South Melbourne Market and Prahran Market also draw locals for gourmet foods and artisanal goods.
  3. Brunswick and Fitzroy: These inner-northern suburbs are loved for their eclectic vibe, with countless bars, indie boutiques, and cafes. Smith Street and Brunswick Street are particularly lively.
  4. St Kilda: A seaside suburb where locals head to for its beach, the famous Luna Park, Acland Street’s cake shops, and its vibrant nightlife.
  5. Sports Events: Melburnians are passionate about sports. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is frequently visited for cricket in summer and AFL in winter.
  6. Parks and Gardens: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Carlton Gardens, and the many beachfronts like Brighton Beach are common local hangouts.
  7. Live Music Venues: Melbourne has a thriving music scene. Venues like The Corner Hotel in Richmond, The Espy in St Kilda, and Northcote Social Club in Northcote regularly host local and international acts.
  8. Cafes and Restaurants: Melbourne’s coffee culture is renowned, and locals have their favorite brunch spots and eateries scattered across the city.
  9. Cultural Festivals: With its multicultural population, Melbourne hosts various cultural festivals throughout the year, celebrating everything from Chinese New Year to Diwali.
  10. Dandenong Ranges: Just an hour from the city, many locals head here for hikes, picnics, and the famous Puffing Billy steam train.

While tourists might frequent some of these spots, they are also very much ingrained in the day-to-day life of a Melburnian.

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