Melbourne is an amazing city with a wide variety of things to see and do. Make sure you take advantage of the unrivalled foodie and art scenes. Enjoy sunset from the beach or a rooftop and make sure you go see that sporting game you've always wanted to see!
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St Kilda Beach
Grab a pair of rollerskates or a bike and ride along the beachfront promenade for spectacular views of the area. Water activities include ocean swimming, kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding and fishing. You can jump on the ferry for a low cost adventure! St.Kilda has a bunch of regular markets you can attend as well as the Melbourne’s Luna Park. Make sure you check out the colourful Brighton beach huts nearby at Brighton beach!
Brighton Beach Huts
Royal Botanic Gardens
These beautiful gardens are one of the best displays of Australian plants in the world! It is over 165 years old and is named a centre of excellence for its impeccable horticulture, science and education of plants. You can enjoy wandering through the gardens for hours, stop and have a picnic under a tree looking over one of the many ponds in the garden.
Federation square is a public square that opened in 2002. Coined the “heart and soul of Melbourne”, Fed Square (for short) is home to an array of bars and restaurants and is an area where events and tourism experiences are held. In January each year, the Australian Open tennis tournament is played on the big screen over a two week period. People flock to the square to enjoy the spectacle and relish in the atmosphere.
Chinatown is home to a huge range of delicious asian cuisine choices. Make sure you stop into one of the busy dumpling houses, they’re loud, fast-paced, cheap and delicious! The area is centrally located in the CBD (near Bourke and Lonsdale Streets) and is the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western world, dating back to the 1850s.
This nearly 300 metre tall skyscraper is located at the Riverside Quay, Southbank. Taking less than a minute to reach to top from the bottom, you can enjoy panoramic views of Melbourne city from the tower. If you’re brave enough you can stand on “The Edge” which is a glass cube (glass walls, ceiling and floor!) suspended nearly 300 meters over Melbourne city.
Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market is a food lovers paradise with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, meats and dairy products. The market is open 6 days a weeks (closed Mondays) During the warmers months (until April 11th) a night market is held on Wednesdays until 10pm.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Even if you’re not a sporting nut, you will enjoy the atmosphere of a crowd watching sport at the MCG! The stadium is the largest in Australia, and the 10th largest in the world, boasting a huge capacity of 100,000 people! The stadium is situated only 1km from Melbourne CBD in the Melbourne Sports Precinct in Yarra Park (which also includes Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Area and AAMI Park too!) Head there in Winter for AFL and in Summer for the cricket.
Art Museums and Street Art
Melbourne has over 100 art galleries and is an art-lovers paradise! The galleries range from tiny boutique galleries to large public spaces. Some major attractions on the must-see list include the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square and the outdoor sculptures at the Linden Arts Centre, Heide Museum of Modern Art or Herring Island. You’ll notice walking through many backstreets the large amounts of street art and graffiti, one of the best places for a photo in front of some is in St Kilda.
Perfect family activity to take the kids to! Melbourne Zoo has all the exotic animals that you wouldn’t see anywhere else in Australia in the wild. Marvell at the huge elephants, tigers, bears, gorillas and zebras plus more!
Queen Victoria Building
The Queen Victoria building houses a fantastic shopping precinct with floors of fashion, beauty and of course an array of great cafes as well as the convenience stores, Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s, Big W, Officeworks and more! It’s a centrally located CBD parking area, making it a perfect place to meet friends!
The Melbourne skyline is dotted with an array of amazing rooftop bar locations! You’ll find a mix of locals and tourists grabbing a beverage or a bite to eat at one of these tops spots. You can’t leave Melbourne until you’ve seen a rooftop sunset! Top picks include Curtin House rooftop on Swanston Street and Good Heavens on Bourke Street.
Watch some comedy!
If you’re up for a laugh you don’t have to search too far to find some young budding comedians or some big comedic acts! Melbourne is home to The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is held in from March - April each year has acts all over the city for you to get that belly aching!
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