things to do in Melbourne, Australia

A melting pot of cultures, the vibrant Victorian capital is a beloved city full of surprises – one where world-class art, festivals, coffee, sport, and nature intertwine in magnificent fashion.

Wander down the graffitied laneways with a latté in one hand, camera in the other; don the colours of one of the local footy teams (good luck finding a more passionate crowd than that of the AFL); get out of town for one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of driveable coastline (they don’t call it the Great Ocean Road for no reason), meander through the incredible museums, or set a course for one of the myriad adventure-focused outdoor activities on offer.

Justifiably, this (somehow) still underrated Aussie city has been crowned the Sporting Capital of the World, Coffee Capital of the World, and the World’s Most Liveable City for seven consecutive years. And it’s no fluke — with four distinct seasons throughout the year, each one offering its own highlight reel, the bayside city of Melbourne has a particular charm that stays with you long after you’ve checked off its quintessential landmarks.

While you’ll never run out of things to do in Melbourne in the CBD or the atmospheric suburban pockets (Prahran, Brunswick, Carlton, Fitzroy, and St Kilda all beckon with unique allure, to name a few), an escape is never too far away either.

Melbourne sits within arm’s reach of wine country, mountain ranges – the Dandenongs to one side and the You Yangs to the other – surf beaches, and historic mining towns, so rest assured that the memorable day trips beckon. Sure, Sydney will light up the ‘gram with its famous harbour panoramas, but if you’re after a real insight into what curated world-class culture feels like, then book that flight to majestic Melbourne instead.

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1 – Gaze over the city from the Melbourne Skydeck

Melbourne Eureka Skydeck

What better way to start your adventure in this thriving Aussie city than by getting the lay of the land from way up high? Towering over Southbank and the Yarra River with killer views of the CBD in one direction, the bay in the other, and the rolling suburbs in between, the Eureka Tower was, for many years, Melbourne’s tallest building.

And despite that mantle now belonging to Australia 108 (a residential tower), Eureka still boasts the city’s (and Southern Hemisphere’s) highest and most spectacular Observation Deck.

Perched some 285 metres above the ground (close to 1,000 feet), the state-of-the-art facility offers exhilarating, 360-degree panoramas that will leave you both awestruck and better informed about Melbourne’s urban sprawl, as well as educational displays, a VR Plank experience, and a fine dining menu with cocktails and floor-to-ceiling window views at the Eureka 89 restaurant.

On a clear day, you can see as far as the Macedon Ranges to the north, while at night the glittering cityscape is something to behold.

And if that wasn’t enough, the Skydeck is also home to ‘The Edge’, a glass cube that projects three metres out from the building, with you inside it, suspended almost 300 metres above the ground. It’s not for the faint-hearted – but it does make for one hell of an Instagram post.

2 – Embark on a safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne

An animal lover’s paradise with an African-themed difference, the Werribee Open Range Zoo has long been one of the city’s more beloved family-friendly destinations, with over 225 hectares of land acting as the home for hundreds of animals of all shapes and sizes.

Just a short drive from Melbourne CBD in the city’s western suburbs, Werribee Open Range Zoo is most famous for its spectacular safari experiences, which allow you to see some of Africa’s most iconic animals up close and personal – think lions, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, meerkats, elephants, hippos, gorillas, and more – all against the stunning backdrop of the Werribee River and surrounding wetlands.

But that’s not all that’s on offer here – there are plenty of other things to see and do, including behind-the-scenes tours, keeper talks and presentations, a wildlife theatre show (which is free with your ticket), walking trails, and even an overnight Slumber Safari, where you can sleep a stone’s throw the animals (for an additional fee, of course).

Despite the African savannah focus, the classic Aussie animals are aplenty too; walk the Australian Trail and you’ll come across kangaroos, emus, brolgas, koalas and a host of other native species.

3 – Browse the National Gallery of Victoria’s diverse collection

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

One of Melbourne’s most beloved cultural institutions, the National Gallery of Victoria (or NGV) is a world-renowned art museum that houses an impressive collection of both local and international works – one of the best indoor activities in Melbourne when it rains.

Spread across two buildings — the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square and the NGV International on St Kilda Road (iconic for its waterfall walls adjacent to the Eiffel Tower-esque Arts Centre spire) — this culture Mecca always sports new and fascinating collections to admire.

With exhibitions ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary Aussie photography, 20th-century painting and sculpture, fashion and design, Aboriginal art, Asian art, jewellery, textiles, and so much more — not to mention rotating temporary showcases that dive into everything from experiential rain rooms to queer stories — there’s something for everyone at the NGV.

Guaranteeing you won’t leave without learning a few new things, you can also sit in on regular artist and historian talks, join docent-led guided tours, or take part in a slew of hands-on events held throughout the year — with so many events every week, it easy to spend a couple of hours or an entire day browsing this truly spectacular gallery.

And the best part? Entry is free to the permanent collection! (Although you might have to fork up a few bucks for special exhibits depending on their nature.)

Warm up in winter: If you’re looking for an evening activity that’s perfect for a rainy day (of which Melbourne has no shortage), check out the NGV Friday Nights. Held every week from 6 pm to 10 pm in the wintertime (until early October), this beloved recurring event fuses together live performances, DJs, talks, fine food and free-flowing drinks in a relaxed atmosphere – ideal for a date night or a precursor to an evening out in Southbank.

4 – Visit the Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne

A wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of the inner-city, Healesville is the third and most underrated member of the Melbourne Zoos family alongside Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Situated in the picturesque Yarra Valley – a haven for oenophiles and foodies – an hour’s drive east of Melbourne CBD, Healesville Sanctuary is all about getting up close and personal with Aussie wildlife; think koalas, platypuses, echidnas, wombats, kookaburras, kangaroos (which you can feed) and more – over 2000 critters in total!

You can learn about these amazing creatures through a range of keeper presentations held throughout the day (koalas are a particular favourite), or simply explore the bushland setting at your own pace on one of the walking trails.

Don’t miss the twice-daily Spirits of the Sky show if you want to see native birds in full and dramatic flight, and consider opting for one of the VIP close-up encounters where you can mingle with echidnas, koalas, platypus, dingoes, and kangaroos under the guidance of an expert keeper.

A lovely cafe is on-site if you need to refuel, as well as a gift shop if you’re looking for something quintessentially Aussie that you can take home with you.

Hot tip: for the best bang for your buck, consider booking a pre-arranged tour that picks you up from Melbourne and whisks you away to the Yarra Valley wineries, Puffing Billy steam train, or Phillip Island penguin parade as a combination deal.

5 – Enjoy the fresh air at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne

A charming and forever pleasant breath of fresh air, the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is world-renowned for its beauty and diversity. And despite feeling like a world away from the fast pace of the inner suburbs’ lifestyle, thanks to its location straddling the Yarra River and bordering the Shrine of Remembrance, it’s merely a stone’s throw from the CBD.

A favourite among Melburnians and tourists alike, the gardens span 38 hectares and contain more than 50,000 individual plants representing over 8,500 species from all over the world. Through no less than 30 living plant collections, with twisting and hilly walking paths that intersect them, you can find yourself in a cacti oasis one minute and a subtropical rainforest the next.

There’s also an on-site herbarium, library, cafe and gift shop, along with plenty of benches and grassy knolls if you need to take a load off your feet (or have a picnic in summer). And whether you’re a plant enthusiast or not, you can still take part in interactive events like regular gardening workshops, self-guided audio tours, plays in the park, open-aired movie nights, and more.

Looking to work up a sweat? The ‘Tan’ is a local favourite for walkers and joggers, encircling the entire Botanical Gardens and playing host to a handful of fun runs year-round.

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6 – Drive down the Great Ocean Road for a day

Great Ocean Road day tours from Melbourne

Arguably Australia’s most breathtaking coastal drive, connecting Torquay to the quaint fishing village of Port Fairy near Warrnambool, the Great Ocean Road is a 243-kilometre stretch of road that hugs the dramatic shoreline of Victoria’s surf coast.

While you could easily spend 2-4 days driving and exploring all there is to see along this world-famous route (the 12 Apostles, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge, Bells Beach and more), it can just as easily be done as a day trip from Melbourne; so long as you get an early start.

Start your journey in Torquay – about an hour and a half drive southwest of the Melbourne CBD – where you can explore the world-renowned surfing mecca’s many beaches, cafes and shops before hitting the road.

As you wind your way along the spectacular coastline, make sure to stop at some of the key landmarks, including Bells Beach (home to the world’s longest-running surfing competition), the seaside towns of Apollo Bay and Port Campbell, and the Gibson Steps.

Despite its reputation for endless twisting and turning coastal road, contrary to popular belief, the GOR actually just inland for a portion of its route – drive far enough and you’ll end up traversing under a canopy of old, overhanging trees and come away with a newfound appreciation of the natural diversity of the region.

And if you’re looking for something more adventurous than a simple day behind the wheel, consider adding a surf lesson, skydive, or a scenic helicopter ride to your itinerary. Just remember to pack your camera!

7 – Learn all about the digital world at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne

Hidden inside of Federation Square, just across the road from Melbourne’s favourite meeting point – the Flinders Street Station clocks – is a treasure trove of all things film, television and video games: the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Inside, you’ll find fascinating permanent exhibitions on key figures and movements in Australia’s screen history (plus plenty of Hollywood memorabilia – none more famous than a real Oscar trophy), as well as rotating exhibitions that focus on specific topics, films or creators. You’ll see first-hand how the magic of film and TV has evolved over time, and have a chance to see what the Silver screen was like in bygone decades.

And whether you’re a cinephile or not, the heavy focus on interactivity makes ACMI a great day out for everyone in the group; with hands-on displays, playable video games, film screenings, creator workshops, and more, as well as the 3D Zoetrope and Flip Book machines, there’s something here to keep kids and adults alike entertained for at least a couple of hours.

Once you’re all digitised, the central location invites guests to pop into one of Fed Square’s beer gardens for a tipple or meander down the Birrarung Mar and Yarra River banks.

8 – Greet the friendly animals at Melbourne Zoo – home to the state’s most diverse wildlife

Melbourne Zoo

Having opened its gates in 1862, Melbourne Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world. Over the decades, its list of animals great and small has grown tenfold, with more than 320 animal species, and over 5,000 individual critters from all over the globe.

The zoo’s main attractions include the Reptile House, enchanting Butterfly House, tranquil Gorilla Rainforest, and Caterpillar Greenhouse, as well as an award-winning Trail of the Elephants, which offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with these gentle giants in a recreated Asian village scene.

Besides the chance to meander around the grounds and see everything from seals to zebras, and kangaroos to kookaburras, myriad educational talks and animal feedings are held throughout the day, giving visitors a greater understanding and appreciation of the zoo’s wonderful residents.

A lovely café sits on-site for those needing to refuel (or you can just bring your own lunch to save a few bucks), as well as a gift shop packed with all sorts of fun animal-themed goodies.

9 – Turn up the romance with a candlelight concert

candlelight concert in Melbourne

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A surefire way to dial up the romance a notch or two, a candlelight concert is the perfect date night activity for music-loving couples. Held at a slew of the most esteemed venues (and, occasionally, underground) venues around Melbourne, these intimate concerts feature world-renowned classical musicians performing in front of a backdrop of flickering candles.

With the lights dimmed low and only the soft glow of candles to guide you, it’s easy to get lost in the moment as you sit back and enjoy the beautiful melodies drifting through the air. Contrary to what most would expect, candlelight concerts aren’t always about classical music.

There’s typically a different program on offer each month — from tributes to Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay, Queen, Nina Simone (jazz), Hans Zimmer, Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift, Tchaikovsky, BTS, and so much more, there’s always something new to discover.

Depending on the evening, shows might take place at the Melbourne Town Hall or the Athenaeum Theatre in the heart of the city, the Fitzroy Town Hall (in the hipster, northern suburb), the National Theatre in St Kilda, or the Ormond Collective in Prahran, to name a few.

Suggested itineraries: If your candlelight concern is in the city, grab a bite to eat at Pellegrini’s (a beloved Italian restaurant since the 1950s) before heading to the concert. If your evening takes you to St Kilda, grab a dessert or nightcap on Ackland Street after the show, or if you find yourself at the Fitzroy Theatre, a pre-show tipple at Naked In The Sky is hard to beat when it comes to epic skyline views.

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10 – Immerse yourself in education at Scienceworks

Scienceworks, Melbourne

Just over the West Gate Bridge near Williamstown, a quaint seaside suburb home to some of Melbourne’s best fish and chips, you’ll find Scienceworks; an interactive science museum that explores the history and future of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (or STEM).

A hotspot for those who love all things space-related (there’s even a planetarium on site with a 16-metre domed ceiling and multiple daily shows), Scienceworks is always expanding its exhibitions to ensure there’s something new for returning visitors young and old.

One minute you could be exploring how electricity works by conducting your own lightning experiment in the Lightning Room (where you’ll find a giant Tesla Coil capable of producing three-metre-long lightning bolts); the next you might be racing against a virtual Cathy Freeman in the interactive sports and human body zone.

And if you want to get hands-on with some real-life experiments, join one of their live demonstrations or drop-in workshops (on topics like how to control robots), which are conducted by knowledgeable scientists throughout the day.

Just for kids, there’s the Nitty Gritty Super City, where youngsters can try their hand at being a firefighter, doctor, or newsreader; and the Bubble Zone, where you can get up close and personal with giant soap bubbles.

The guided tours of the historic Spotswood Pumping Station are always a hit, likewise the Lights, Energy, Action! game show. Scienceworks is open every day from 10 am to 4.30 pm, with extra events and activities hosted throughout school holidays to keep the little ones (and young at heart) forever entertained.

11 – Sail down the Yarra River on a boat tour

boat tours in Melbourne

Winding its way through the heart of Melbourne, and stretching all the way from Docklands through the eastern suburbs and eventually into rural Victoria, the Yarra River is one slice of local nature you can always count on for a breath of fresh air, whether you stroll down its banks to the MCG, hit up Dwight Falls for a little inner-city hike, or go for a row and paddle on Boathouse drive.

But there’s more to the Yarra than just scenic walks and city views; with a bounty of boats cruising down its surface offering everything from dinner cruises to booze cruises, narrated sightseeing tours, drive-your-own Go-Boat (BYO picnic and drinks), and even kayaking adventures.

With old-school paddle wheelers, open-aired ferries, and smaller private-hire boats just some of the many choices, you can hit up places like Southbank, Herring Island, and Docklands in style and comfort, or as part of a party – there are options for every taste.

The inner city cruises typically last anywhere between one and three hours, however, if you happen to be exploring the city’s outskirts, you can also board a vessel that glides its way around the Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island or Wilson’s Prom – three areas renowned for their natural beauty.

12 – Visit one of the world’s best stadiums: the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Melbourne Cricket Ground

An enviable stadium capable of producing a crowd more passionate and louder than any other arena in the world, with room for 100,000 diehard fans, the MCG (or, the “G”, as the locals call it) is nothing short of a sporting Mecca, delivering atmospheres unmatched from footy, cricket, and the occasional concert or touring soccer match.

And it’s not just the size that makes the Melbourne Cricket Ground so impressive; as one of the world’s oldest stadiums still in operation, the MCG has a long and fascinating history, having hosted everything from Olympic Games and World Cup qualifiers to rock concerts (including The Rolling Stones) over its 170-year lifespan.

If you’re visiting between March and September, be sure to grab yourself a ticket to the footy. To the point where it’s become religious, Melbournians take their footy very seriously, and watching an AFL game at the MCG (especially the ANZAC Day clash, the Dreamtime at the G match, or the Grand Final) is a bucket-list experience in itself.

In the summertime, you’ll find cricket on the calendar, with the annual Boxing Day Test always a spectacle. And regardless of what time you’re visiting, when there’s not an event on, there’s plenty more to discover; in particular, the chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium, heading to usually off-limits areas like the 150-year-old MCG library, the player change rooms, the Cricketers’ viewing room, and the sacred turf itself.

Then there’s the National Sports Museum, home to some of Australia’s most famous sporting memorabilia. A quintessential stop for history buffs and sports nuts, the coveted museum dives into the country’s sporting past, with exhibitions on everything from the nation’s most loved athletes to its greatest moments on (and off) the field.

13 – Appreciate the architecture of historic St Patrick’s Cathedral

St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne

With a facade that looks more like a castle than a church, St Patrick’s Cathedral is one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings. Famous for being the largest cathedral in Australia, construction on St Patrick’s finished in the late 1800s, making it one of the oldest in the city too. With imposing bell towers, intricate stained glass windows, and a capacity of over 3000 people, it’s no wonder the cathedral is one of Melbourne’s most popular tourist attractions and a staple of walking tours around the city.

And while those walking tours will dive into the history and architecture of the Gothic-Revival cathedral in more detail, it’s worth taking some time to explore the building on your own too – mass is held daily (sometimes twice daily), if you want to see what a service is like in such a formidable setting.

And, while you’re in the area, feel free to stroll over to the nearby Parliament House & Gardens. If the sun’s out, both the Carlton Gardens (home to the Melbourne Museum) and the Fitzroy Gardens are within a 5-minute walk and deserving of a picnic lunch.

14 – Explore Federation Square (on a walking tour, if you like)

Federation Square, Melbourne

Opposite Flinders Street Station, Federation Square is one of Melbourne’s most popular meeting places and a hub for all kinds of events, from open-air concerts to farmers markets, live screenings of the footy, and street performers out the wazoo.

A diverse mix of architecture makes up the public space, which reflects Melbourne’s strong multiculturalism – the Ian Potter Centre and ACMI sit side by side, while St Paul’s Cathedral looms in the background.

It can be easy to spend an afternoon wandering around taking in the sights (and grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many cafes and restaurants), but if you want to learn more about what you’re looking at, there are free walking tours conducted every day.

The 90-minute tour covers everything from the history of the area to the architecture and public art, with plenty of interesting stories along the way. And while each tour is slightly different, expect to wander down to the banks of the Yarra, through charming graffiti-lined alleys like Degraves Street or Hozier Lane, past Flinders Street Station and the Old Melbourne Gaol, the Block Arcade, Chinatown, along the open-aired Bourke Street Mall, and a whole lot more.

Foodies and beer lovers, you’re in luck too – as a city proud of both its gastronomy and its bevies, rest assured that dedicated food, coffee, and beer tours are available too.

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15 – Snap that iconic selfie at Luna Park Melbourne

Luna Park Melbourne

As the posterchild of St. Kilda, a beachside suburb known for its eclectic mix of old-school cafes and cake shops, buzzing nightlife, waterfront promenades, and backpacker culture, Luna Park has been a Melbourne iconic for over a century.

Ever since the heritage-listed amusement park first opened in 1912, it’s been delighting (and thrilling) locals and visitors thanks to a mix of old-school charm and new-fangled rides.

The Great Scenic Railway, which offers breathtaking views across Port Phillip Bay, is the star attraction (and has been since the beginning, as the world’s oldest continually operating roller coaster), but if you’re not a fan of heights, there are plenty of other rides to choose from.

The Dodgem Cars, Carousel, Pirate Ship, Ghost Train, and Tea Cups are all classics that have been around for decades, while newer (in relative speak) additions like Pharoah’s Curse scissor ride will have your adrenaline pumping in no time.

With its famous grinning face entryway, historic rides, family-friendly arcade, and free entry (just pay for ride tickets), Luna Park is well worth a visit for anyone looking for a fun day out. Or, at the very least, a selfie in front of the gate.

16 – Head to stunning Phillip Island for a day trip, home to the world-famous Penguin Parade

Phillip Island day tours from Melbourne

Just a short drive from Melbourne (about 90 minutes), Phillip Island is one of Victoria’s most popular day-trip destinations – and for good reason.

The island, which is home to a diverse range of wildlife including penguins, koalas, wallabies, and seals, is a nature lover’s paradise. There are plenty of walking trails to explore, beaches to relax on, and lookouts – not to mention relatively affordable helicopter tours – with breathtaking views.

In addition to its natural attractions and the many other fun things to do in Phillip Island is also home to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, which hosts a range of motor racing events throughout the year (including the Australian MotoGP), the A-Maze-N-Things theme park, the Chocolate Factory, and the Maru Koala & Animal Park.

But the main event is definitely the Penguin Parade, where hundreds of adorable little penguins (referring to their scientific name as well as their stature) come ashore each evening to nestle in their burrows for the night. Even on warmer nights, it’s advised to bring a jumper as the wind coming off the water can be quite chilly.

If you don’t want to drive down or do any of the planning, the best (and most popular and hassle-free) way to see Phillip Island is on a guided day tour, which will take you to all the highlights and ensure you don’t miss a thing.

17 – Fly high over the city or country in a hot air balloon

hot air balloon rides in Melbourne

So long as you don’t mind the struggle of a pre-dawn wakeup, hot air ballooning is an unforgettable way to see Melbourne – not to mention the surrounding countryside, in particular the vineyards of the Yarra Valley.

As you gently drift across the rural landscape, taking in 360-degree views of rolling hills, gum trees, and vineyards big and small as far as the eye can see, there’s no better way to appreciate just how big and beautiful this part of the world is.

But if you prefer to take in more of an urban vibe, there are also hot air ballooning options that give you a bird’s eye view of the cityscape and the river, skyscrapers, bay, and perfectly gridded streets that make Melbourne so unique.

No matter which option you choose, you’re in for an unforgettable experience with killer views, crisp champagne, and a spot of breakfast – and some pretty incredible photos to boot.

Craving more thrills? If a sky-high adventure is still on your radar following a hot air balloon ride, check out the Melbourne Skydeck (formerly known as the Eureka Skydeck). Located in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank district, this observation deck boasts to the highest public vantage point in the southern hemisphere. With a glass cube extending from the building and a fully enclosed viewing platform that serves spectacular views of the MGC, the Yarra River, St Kilda and beyond, it’s another activity worthy of the bucket list.

18 – Take a history lesson at the Immigration Museum

Immigration Museum, Melbourne

As a multicultural city built off the back of immigration, it’s only fitting that Melbourne should have its own museum dedicated to its melting pot history; one which documents the fascinating stories and timeline of the city’s immigrant population.

The Immigration Museum is housed in the stunning 19th-century Customs House on Flinders Street in the thick of the action, and through powerful exhibitions and interactive displays, it tells the stories of those who have come to Melbourne from all over the world in search of a better life.

The museum does a fantastic job of tracing the history of immigration to Australia from the early days of European settlement right up until today, with exhibits on everything from migration to identity, citizenship and community, diving into stories old and new like post-war displacement and refugees of the 21st century.

But this is more than just a history lesson – the museum also aims to foster an understanding and appreciation of the many different cultures that make up modern Melbourne, and how these cultures have helped shape the city into what it is today — a culture that, thanks to a slew of interchanging and regular classes (like Cantonese dumping making or Persian Sambousek cooking workshops) you can experience first-hand.

19 – Let the kids loose at Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne (in Chadstone)

Legoland Melbourne

The ultimate playground of creativity and colour, and a new addition to the list of family-friendly things to do in Melbourne, the Legoland Discovery Centre is a must-visit for any Lego lover – big or small.

Found at the shopping heaven that is Chadstone – the biggest shopping centre in the country by a long way – Legoland is spread out over multiple levels and houses a whole host of interactive displays and rides, all based around everyone’s favourite brightly coloured building bricks.

Kids can explore their imagination in the Creative Workshop, where they can build their own Lego creations to take home with them, jump on the Kingdom Quest laser ride or the exciting Merlin’s Apprentice ride, or take a seat in the 4D Cinema to experience short flicks like The Lego Movie in an immersive way.

For anyone travelling with toddlers in tow, the Duplo Farm Adventure is tailor-made for growing minds, while the LEGO City Soft Play Zone gives them a chance to burn off some energy.

And then there’s MINILAND: a beloved feature for all visitors, MINILAND showcases a host of Melbourne landmarks made up of literally millions of Lego bricks. Not forgetting the store with rare Aussie-themed Lego sets you won’t find anywhere else, this Chadstone family attraction is always a hit.

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20 – Meet under the clocks at Flinders Street Railway Station

Flinders Street Railway Station, Melbourne

What’s been a postcard-worthy icon and a meeting point for generations, Flinders Street Railway Station is one of the most well-known landmarks in Melbourne, and definitely one of the top things to see in Melbourne city.

The beautiful heritage building was constructed back in 1910 and has since become an integral part of the city’s identity, with its wide arched portico, grand clock tower (and series of analog clocks showing the next trains for each line), and overall Romanesque Revival style architecture making it one of the most recognisable buildings in Australia.

These days, Flinders Street is still used as a major transport hub for those travelling by train into and out of the city – but it’s also home to several small cafes, bars (check out Arbory Afloat, and not too far away, Ponyfish Island), and restaurants, as well as being a starting point for many walking tours around Melbourne.

Even if you tried, it’d be near impossible to come to Melbourne and not set foot in Flinders Street – so if you don’t deliberately venture to the CBD landmark, you’ll eventually find yourself here on a walking tour, as you transit to another area, or just simply on a day of inner-city walkabout. It’s only a matter of time!

21 – Watch the sunset in St. Kilda

St. Kilda, Melbourne

Where the city meets the sea, St. Kilda is one of Melbourne’s most beloved beachside suburbs – and it’s easy to see why.

The bohemian seaside suburb, famed for its Luna Park facade, is home to a number of things to do, from scenic walking trails and cycle paths that hug the coastline, to some of the best restaurants in Melbourne, not to mention an array of quirky bars, cafes, and shops that you’ll want to explore.

And then there are the beaches: whether you’re looking for a place to sunbathe, paddle in the shallows, or catch a few waves, St. Kilda has got you covered with its three main beaches – Catani Gardens Beach (also known as The Garden), Middle Park Beach, and, of course, St. Kilda Beach.

Grab an ice cream at 7 Apples, meander down Ackland Street to ogle at the historic cake shops’ window displays (if you want to learn more about the area’s history, join a local city tour), and then amble down the length of St. Kilda Pier when the sun goes down to see the local Little Penguins make their way home for the night.

Thanks to the calm and protected waters of Port Phillip Bay, the waves are tiny. That means St Kilda is a top spot to rent a stand-up paddleboard or pop in for a swim with the family.

Hot tip: If you happen to be visiting in February, you’re in luck – the annual St Kilda Festival is one of the county’s oldest, welcoming free music acts of all genres.

22 – Spend a rainy day at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Sitting on the shore of the Yarra River in the heard of the CBD (across the road from Crown Casino and the vibrant Southbank precinct), the family-friendly SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is the stomping ground for over 10,000 diverse marine creatures, from weedy sea dragons and bright reef fish to seahorses, stingrays, penguins, and no shortage of sinister sharks.

Featuring a whopping 12 unique zones, the aquarium takes you on an underwater journey from the depths of the Southern Ocean, all the way up to Australia’s tropical north.

The Penguin Playground always puts smiles on faces. Here, you’ll find both Gentoo and King penguins frolicking around in a manmade ice habitat. They’re a pleasure to watch play, but if you want to really learn about these creatures, you can even upgrade your visit with the Penguin Passport experience; stepping into their icy habitat and interacting with them in a way that most visitors never could.

You’ll get to help prepare their food, talk to the penguin vets, and learn the ins and outs of creating an artificial sub-zero temperature. This unforgettable 45-minute experience also includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium’s state-of-the-art penguin facility, where

Want to squeeze a little more out of your visit? Shark Dive Xtreme gets you up close and personal with some of the ocean’s top predators (no cage and No SCUBA experience required), while behind-the-scenes tours offer an insight into what it takes to care for the animals that call the aquarium home.

Looking to take your experience up a notch? The ever-popular Glass Bottom Boat provides a new perspective, while the VIP dining option is worth considering for anyone looking for a magical date night.

Hot tip: Be sure to pencil in the daily feeding times for the crocodiles and sharks, and pop into the touch tanks to meet some of the smaller residents.

23 – Pop into iconic St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Opposite Federation Square and Flinders Street Station – easily Melbourne’s busiest pedestrian intersection – you’ll find St Paul’s Cathedral.

Casting a historic shadow against the ultra-modern Fed Square, the Gothic Revival-style building welcomes over 400,000 visitors a year (making it Victoria’s most visited sacred place) who come to discover both the beautiful architecture and the plentiful tales of its storied history.

While it might not be as old as some of Europe’s great cathedrals, St Paul’s has been an important part of Melbourne life since the mid-1890s – and, remarkably, it’s held worship services every day since.

Take one look at the exterior and you’ll agree it’s undoubtedly impressive, but it’s the interior that really leaves an impression – with stained glass windows, wooden carved details, and a soaring central nave, there’s a feeling of warmth and peace as soon as you step inside.

The heritage-listed site is a mainstay on Melbourne CBD walking tours, so it’s easy to include in any itinerary, and entry is free.

24 – Get out of town to the sprawling Grampians National Park

Grampians National Park day tours from Melbourne

Criminally underrated, the Grampians National Park paints a portrait of waterfalls, hiking trails, Aboriginal heritage, wineries, and native wildlife; at nearly 1,700 square kilometres, its quiet vastness is night and day to the fast pace of the city.

Set among towering, rugged mountains and pristine wilderness, the park offers an array of bushwalking trails (of varying difficulties), rock climbing opportunities, lookouts with panoramic views, secret water features to discover (particularly in winter and spring), and no shortage of chances to spot Aussie critters like kangaroos, emus, echidnas and wallabies going about their business.

For all you avid hikers, the Pinnacle is noted as a premier Victorian lookout point, likewise the Boroka Lookout, which boasts panoramic vistas of Halls Gap and Lake Bellfield. Fusing culture with outdoor adventure, the Victoria Silo Art Trail is a deserved crowd favourite too.

The Grampians are also home to several Aboriginal rock art sites which offer unique insight into the region’s history and culture, some of which date back 22,000 years. For this reason, a guided day trip (which will take you to and from Melbourne proper) comes highly recommended. Guided tour or not, make sure to pop into Brambuk: The National Park and Cultural Centre, where you can learn all about the park’s fascinating ecological and cultural history – it’s heritage-listed for a reason.

Not to be overlooked either is the J Ward Museum, a former goal turned maximum-security psychiatric ward. You can take a ghost tour of the complex, guaranteed to send shivers down your spine; or just visit the small yet special Halls Gap Zoo for something more wholesome.

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25 – Walk a lap of Albert Park Lake, or drive the Grand Prix Circuit

Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne

Surrounding the glistening eponymous lake, Albert Park is inner-city Melbourne’s main slice of greenery. It’s a terrific spot to come for a jog or picnic, and there are a couple of cafes and restaurants located around the perimeter should you need to refuel.

The park is home to the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit – a street circuit that has hosted the Formula One Australian Grand Prix since 1996 – and while racing doesn’t take place here outside of March, you can still come for a walk or cycle around the track – or a 5k jog around the tan track that straddles the lake’s perimeter.

But, if you do happen to time your visit, it’s one of the more picturesque F1 courses out there, with countless entertainment stalls and a roaring atmosphere to boot.

Any other time of year, Albert Park is a peaceful oasis where you can relax as well as work up a sweat: the sporting facilities are second to none – you’ll find AFL fields, outdoor soccer fields (grass or concrete), baseball diamonds, a driving range (and an entire golf course), and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), where swimming pools, basketball courts, squash courts and more await. With a little indoor water park on hand too, MSAC is a popular venue for families with youngsters looking to cool off in the sizzling summertime.

Depending on which side of the park you find yourself, you’ll be just a few minutes’ walk from St Kilda Beach, the bustling bars and cozy cafes of Fitzroy Street, or the local foodie haven that is South Melbourne Market.

26 – Explore the lively nooks and crannies of Chinatown, where mouthwatering meals, hidden bars, and fascinating museums await

Chinatown Melbourne, Australia

Always buzzing with foodies, shoppers and tourists (who don’t mind a spot of karaoke), Melbourne’s Chinatown is the oldest in Australia and the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western world.

The precinct is home to heaps of authentic Asian restaurants and specialty grocers (if you’re looking for cheap and delicious eats, this is the place), as well as several trinket shops selling everything from lucky cats to traditional abacuses. You’ll also find a handful of tea houses if you fancy a spot of afternoon tea, plus the Museum of Chinese Australian History for anyone looking to learn a thing or two.

Chinatown is centred on Little Bourke Street but extends from Elizabeth Street all the way down to Spring Street (where you’ll find Melbourne’s theatre scene). The main event each year is undoubtedly Chinese New Year, where the precinct comes alive with a flurry of dragon dancers, firecrackers and – you guessed it – more food.

If you happen to be visiting Melbourne during this time (it usually falls in late January or early February), make sure to add Chinatown to your list; even if you miss the festivities, it’s still a great place to explore and soak up some culture under the neon lights with the city’s finest yum cha or boba tea to boot.

27 – Play a round on world-class golf courses

golf in Melbourne

As what’s been called the Sporting Capital of the World, it should come as no surprise that Melbourne is home to dozens of golf courses – and if you don’t mind a little day trip, Victoria has nearly 400 courses to choose from.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete novice, there’s a course to suit everyone; from the world-renowned Royal Melbourne Golf Club (dating back to 1891, with 36 holes it’s considered by many to be one of the best in the world) to smaller, more intimate inner-city spots like Yarra Bend and Albert Park – both of which offer stunning city views.

Down on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula sit both the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club and The National Golf Club. And, all within 15 minutes drive of one another near the Greek foodie haven of Oakleigh in the southeast suburbs are the Kingston Heath Golf Club, Yarra Yarra Golf Club, Commonwealth Golf Club, and The Metropolitan Golf Club – clearly, we’re spoiled for choice.

There are also plenty of driving ranges (Yarra Bend and Albert Park being the most central), as well as mini-golf attractions like Holey Moley if you’re travelling with kids in tow.

28 – Soak in the views at Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory day tours from Melbourne

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle for a day? Just a few hours’ drive from Melbourne (or a short ferry ride from Phillip Island), you’ll find Wilsons Promontory National Park – often referred to simply as ‘Wilsons Prom’.

As the southernmost point of mainland Australia, it’s unsurprisingly beautiful, with diverse landscapes ranging from sandy beaches and sheltered inlets to huge granite mountains, rocky headlands and lush rainforests.

On any outdoor enthusiast’s to-do list might be a sunset viewing from atop Mt Oberon, a dip in the white-sand waters of Squeaky Beach, the Tidal River Overlook Circuit for killer oceanside views, the Lilly Pilly Gully Nature Walk for something more immersive, or the hike to the unexpected Big Drift sand dunes — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Thanks to such diverse terrain, wonderful Wilson’s Prom is also home to an abundance of wildlife, including seals, dolphins and hundreds of bird species.

But the big-ticket wildlife draw is undoubtedly the migrating whales who can be spotted just offshore with a slew of whale-watching boat tours. Led by knowledgable local guides, these tours typically include live commentary, a stop to admire incredible Skull Rock (Cleft Island), and a bite of lunch.

29 – Keep quiet at the State Library Victoria

State Library Victoria, Melbourne

The city’s quiet heart of literature, records, and public education, with over 5.5 million items in its collection, the State Library of Victoria is Australia‘s oldest public library, not to mention one of the first of its kind in the world to be free to enter – opening its knowledge-filled doors back in 1854.

Housed in a stunning 19th-century building opposite Melbourne Central shopping mall (and RMIT’s bizarre green slime building), the library is a treasure trove of books, magazines, newspapers, maps, archives, and more.

But it’s not all about the printed word – the library is also home to several digital resources (including free wifi), as well as an excellent program of events and exhibitions (check out Ned Kelly’s Armour) that are open to the public throughout the year.

Be sure to pop into the stunning heritage-listed La Trobe Reading Room (as picture-perfect a room as you’ll find), admire the Melbourne-themed artwork at the Cowen Gallery, and check the website for a slew of temporary exhibits.

Even if you’re not so much of a bookworm yourself, with free chess sets, video games area, and study nooks aplenty, it’s a wonderful spot to unwind in a truly quiet (shhh!) environment reserved only for the sounds of footsteps and thoughts.

30 – Drift around corners at Auscarts Racing

Auscarts Racing, Melbourne

Put the pedal to the metal, challenge your friends, and burn some rubber along the way in your classic go-kart adventure at Auscarts Racing. You don’t need a licence, and there’s no need to worry about the weather outside either – it’s all indoors!

With high-speed Sodikart GT-5 go-karts that can reach up to 55km/h, you’ll definitely get your heart racing as you zip around one of the 450-metre course’s 12 corners – careful though, the hairpin bends can be tricky.

Just be sure to arrive early to sign in, before being given a quick briefing on how to operate the kart. Bragging rights are on the table – once you’re all out of laps, the timecards prove once and for all who’s the king of the track.

Tucked away in Port Melbourne, just a short drive from the CBD, Auscarts Racing is an easy one to add to any thrillseeker’s list of things to do in Melbourne. And if you prefer to burn some rubber outdoors, then the Go Kart Club of Victoria is right around the corner.

While you’re there: Despite Port Melbourne being relatively central as the crow flies, it’s a little isolated in terms of public transport. So you might as well make the most of the bayside location and head across to Station Pier – it’s just a few-minute stroll from Auscarts Racing.

This historic pier dates back to the 1850s and was once the main arrival point for new settlers, and now provides a picturesque backdrop for an afternoon stroll. If you’re searching for nature, Westgate Park is a 10-minute walk away, while little-known Sandridge Beach is a top spot to dip the toes in the water on a hot day.

31 – Confuse your social media followers with a visit to the ArtVo ‘museum’

ArtVo, Melbourne
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Sure to delight and confuse the senses simultaneously, ArtVo takes the idea of a traditional art museum and throws it out the window. Fully immersive and bursting with optical illusions at every turn, this gallery is based on interactive ‘trick art’, meaning that visitors can find themselves as the subject of no less than 80 fascinating original paintings which adorn the walls and floors.

Ride a hoverboard through the Milky Way, find yourself in fairytale settings defending from fire-breathing dragons, and so much more – it’s a selfie Mecca that’s sure to stir up some interest on the social feed.

Paintings are added and changed on a regular basis, so there’s always something new to see (and Instagram) at ArtVo. And with friendly staff on hand to make sure you’re in the best position, you can be sure to get the best photos possible in this whimsical world of optical illusions.

You’ll find this trick art attraction hidden away in The District Docklands, a treasure trove of family-friendly fun, including a HOYTS Cinema, the O’Brien Icehouse skating rink, the Chaos Lab (a popular creative outlet for kids) and The Friends Experience: Melbourne – a must-do for any and all diehard fans of the 90s sitcom. The entire District is accessible by the Free Tram Zone, making it a breeze to get to from the more central parts of the city.

32 – Experience the unique allure of Fitzroy

Fitzroy tours in Melbourne

A modern hipster haven that’s still got its cool, edgy edge, Fitzroy is one of those Melbourne suburbs that’s just begging to be explored. Wander down Gertrude Street for an eclectic mix of art galleries, vintage stores, and lively bars; amble along Brunswick Street for some of the best food and coffee in town (trust us – it’ll be worth the queue); or get your culture fix at the Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy Mills Market (Saturdays) or Rose Street Artists’ Markets (weekends).

For a cocktail with a view, Naked for Satan is hard to beat. The Rochester Hotel is your classic Fitzroy pub. The bargain-basement Happy Hour prices that lead into live music make The Worker’s Club a hidden gem worthy of a tipple. And with a lively calendar of festivals and events, there’s always something going on in Fitzroy.

Despite its hipster, happening reputation, Fitzroy’s history is one of fascination. True crime tours are held regularly, taking curious visitors on a journey through the suburb’s dark past.

And when you need a break from all that excitement? Relax with a book in one of Fitzroy’s many leafy parks – Edinburgh Gardens (Fitzroy North, technically) being a firm favourite among locals.

33 – Join a workshop at the Abbotsford Convent

Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne

Taking its place along the popular walking trail that connects the Yarra River Bend with the Collingwood Children’s Farm, the longstanding and heritage-listed Abbotsford Convent is a must-visit for history buffs and architecture lovers alike.

Situated just minutes from the CBD, this former convent housed thousands of girls from 1863 and 1975, but in recent decades has been transformed into a thriving hub for arts and culture, with a diverse range of attractions to revel in year-round – although, with its sprawling gardens, it’s best enjoyed on warmer summer days.

Visitors can explore the grounds and buildings, take part in art classes or workshops, listen to live music, or simply enjoy a meal or drink at one of the on-site cafes or restaurants.

There is also a curated selection of boutique retailers selling everything from homewares to vintage clothing, as well as a regular farmers market held every Saturday morning, from 8 am until 1 pm.

Whether you’re looking to while away an afternoon in serene scenery, or spend a whole day taking part in hands-on classes, the Abbotsford Convent has something for everyone.

34 – See the beach boxes in Brighton

Brighton, Melbourne

Famous for its colourful beach boxes, with patterns and designs of all different styles (the Aussie flag, for obvious reasons, is a tourist favourite), affluent beachside Brighton has long been a Melbourne visitor’s staple.

If not for the iconic Brighton Bathing Boxes, for the long stretches of fine yellow sand, the calm waters perfect for a summer swim, or the myriad cafes, restaurants and high-end shops which line Church Street in Middle Brighton or Bay Street in North Brighton.

With some of Melbourne’s most expensive real estate flanking the shoreline, a walk or a cycle down the Esplanade is a must. In less than an hour, stroll north and you’ll end up at St Kilda, while a 45-minute march the other way will land you near the bobbing yachts of Sandringham (a great place to rent a stand-up paddleboard) and the buzzing shopping strip of Hampton Street.

Just a short train ride from the city centre, Brighton is the perfect place to while away a sunny summer’s day.

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35 – Practice your putting at Holey Moley Mini Golf

Holey Moley Mini Golf, Melbourne
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Taking the traditional game of mini-golf and adding a modern pop culture twist, Holey Moley isn’t just your kid’s putt-putt: with a bar on site, glow-in-the-dark sections, and plenty of references to shows like The Simpsons that strike a chord with Millenials, Melbourne’s Holey Moley is a grown-up’s playground.

But the real drawcard here is the unique hole designs, which pay homage to beloved pastimes like The Wizard of Oz, Tetris, and Barbie (horror-style).

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36 – Ride the beloved Puffing Billy Railway

Puffing Billy Railway, Melbourne

Chugging its way through the ferns and forests or the lush Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, the Puffing Billy steam train is one of those things to do in Melbourne that conjure up wonderful childhood memories for any born-and-bred local, yet someone still flies under the radar in tourist circles.

As Australia’s oldest surviving steam train, it’s certainly worth jumping on for the journey from Belgrave to Gembrook (and back). Once you’re on board, sit back and relax as the magnificent Dandenong Ranges slowly unfold before your eyes out of the large windows, as you pass over bridges, through tunnels and past quaint country towns.

There are a few different ways to do the Puffing Billy journey, however, the common way is to take the Belgrave train all the way to Gembrook, then return on the same train (1 hr 50 mins each way, but allow 6 hours total). Make sure to hop off at one of the stops along the way – particularly Emerald Lake, a beautiful spot for a picnic lunch surrounded by towering gum trees.

But if you’re just after a sneak peek, the cheaper and quicker Belgrave to Menzies Creek trip is over and done within 2 hours, leaving more time to explore the Dandenongs’ other quintessential attractions: little towns of Olinda and Sassafras, and the 1000 Steps walking trail.

37 – Explore the Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building

Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building

Always dishing up intriguing exhibitions, the Melbourne Museum dives deep into history (both local and global, with plenty of dinosaur content), Aboriginal culture, science and the future, and the natural world around us – from animals and insects to geology and natural disasters.

Dating back to 1854, the sprawling, multi-level venue has hands-on activities aplenty, with an IMAX theatre that puts you front-row to both short films and occasional Hollywood blockbusters.

Meanwhile the Royal Exhibition Building – a World Heritage-listed site and one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks – is no slouch either. Designed in the stunning style of the grand exhibition halls you’ll typically find in Europe, it was purpose-built for the great World’s Fair of the late 19th century (hence its regal name); these days, it still serves as a point of call for tens of thousands, playing host to art exhibitions, live music, beer festivals, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, and a whole lot more.

The two attractions are next door to each other in Carlton Gardens (where you’ll find a magical tree-lined walkway), so it’s easy to hit them both up in one day. Just make sure to check the website ahead of time to see what’s on before you go.

38 – Shout “holding the ball!” at Marvel Stadium

Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

A modern, erm, Marvel capable of seating some 53,000 spectators, this purpose-built AFL stadium remains one of the world’s premier multi-purpose sports stadiums.

With modern touches all over the ground (giant scoreboards and epic light displays after every goal), Marvel regularly plays host to AFL (Australian Rules football) games, rugby matches, cricket games (home of the Melbourne Renegades) and soccer tournaments, as well as welcoming big-name international music acts of the calibre of Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.

Formerly known as Etihad Stadium (and under a slew of names prior thanks to different sponsors), now-dubbed Marvel Stadium is Victoria’s top roofed sporting venue, with the MCG being the only one to beat it in terms of capacity.

As the home base for a handful of AFL teams – the Western Bulldogs, St. Kilda Saints, and North Melbourne Kangaroos, to name a few – Marvel stadium is not shy of boisterous crowds. When the roof is closed and the rafters are packed, the roar is deafening.

Unless a major event is on, you can go behind the scenes with a guided tour on weekdays at 11 am, 1 pm or 3 pm.

39 – Take a hike at Organ Pipes National Park

Organ Pipes National Park, Melbourne

Nature lovers, listen up: this one’s for you.

A mere 30 minutes from the CBD by car (or 15 minutes from the airport), Organ Pipes National Park is a serene and otherworldly spot to explore Melbourne’s unique flora and fauna.

The 121-hectare park was named after the eerie, pipe-like rock formations that shoot up out of the ground (a product of ancient lava flows) and cast a shadow over picturesque Jackson Creek, which are best seen at sunset or sunrise for that added touch of magic.

But even if you don’t manage to time your visit right, there’s still plenty more to see and do: take a leisurely walk along the several walking tracks, enjoy a scenic picnic lunch in picturesque surroundings, go birdwatching or wildflower spotting (spring is the best time), or learn more about the park’s fascinating history at the visitor centre.

Famous Organ Pipes aside, the park also impresses with its radial Rosette Rock and Tessellated Pavement Circuit, plus its friendly local residents: keep your eyes peeled for occasional echidnas, kangaroos, and wallabies

Entry is free, and the park is open every day from 8.30 am to 6 pm.

40 – Toboggan down the hill at Funfields Theme Park

Funfields, Melbourne
credit to Funfields

Promising summertime fun for everyone in the family, Funfields is a splashtastic theme park located in Whittlesea – about an hour’s drive from the city centre.

While admittedly not on the same scale as something like Disney World, Funfields more than holds its own as Victoria’s second-largest dedicated family theme park. With over 20 rides and attractions including water slides, go-karts, an alpine toboggan (the park’s original attraction), mini-golf, roller coasters, bumper boats, and more, there’s no shortage of exciting activities on offer.

And if that wasn’t enough, the park also has a dedicated medieval themes kids zone for the little ones (Mystic Kingdom), plus a range of food outlets serving up everything from wood-fired pizza to freshly-squeezed juice.

A place where you can get soaked one minute and dry off with some high-speed laps on the go-track the next, Funfields has a little something for the whole family.

41 – Drive down beautiful Beach Road

Beach Road, Melbourne

While the Great Ocean Road is impossible to beat, the downside is that it does require at least a full day. So, if you still want to feel the wind in your hair as you cruise down the coast, but are after something a little more low-key and local, consider Beach Road instead.

Starting from Port Melbourne, a stone’s throw from the city’s main haunts, Beach Road winds its way along the coastline all the way down to its southernmost point in Mordialloc, offering stunning ocean views, suburbs full of their own character, and plenty of opportunities to stop for a swim or a bite along the 27km journey.

From north to south, you’ll pass by St Kilda Beach, Elwood Beach, Brighton Beach (home to the famous Bathing Boxes), Hampton Beach, Sandringham Beach, Half Moon Bay (known for its HMVS Cerberus shipwreck, Mentone Beach, and finishing up at the Mordialloc Creek.

If you’ve got some wheels, pick a warm summer’s day, roll down the windows and blast the tunes – and, if you like, continue all the way down to the Mornington Peninsula. Otherwise, a bike ride or a walk along any section of Beach Road is always a treat.

42 – Get a fresh perspective of the city by kayaking along its peaceful rivers or lakes!

kayaking in Melbourne

Whether you glide across the Yarra River, under the modern highrises of Docklands, or in the bay at places like St Kilda or Sandringham, kayaking is one of the best ways to see Melbourne from a different perspective.

If the city river calls, you’ll find yourself passing by big-ticket landmarks like Crown Casino, Eureka Tower and Southbank, and underneath the Princes Bridge and Flinders Street Station, all while hearing the guides wax local insights into Melbourne’s history, architecture, and culture.

In the bay (hot tip: go for a sunset or moonlight option for something different), you’ll get to paddle past some of Melbourne’s most scenic beachfront, as well as around unique landmarks like the St Kilda Pier.

While there are plenty of tour groups offering guided kayak tours that combine sightseeing with an educational twist, it’s also relatively easy to hire your own kayak and explore at your own pace – the historic Studley Park Boathouse in Yarra Bend being one of the top spots.

Craving something a little more fast-paced? Not to worry! With whitewater rafting and rural combination tours that feature camping and kayaking available, any itch can be scratched.

43 – Consider motives at the Heide Museum of Modern Art

Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

Hidden away in the outer-eastern suburbs is one of Melbourne’s best art museums, and it comes complete with its own sculpture park and 16 acres of heritage-listed gardens to boot.

Founded in 1981, and sitting on John and Sunday Reed’s former dairy farm, The Heide Museum of Modern Art (or just The Heide, for short) is now a thriving institution that showcases exhibitions by some of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists, as well as hosting regular talks, performances, and workshops across its three dedicated exhibition spaces.

Permanent collections include expressionist and abstract works by Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester, Richard Larter, Wolfgang Sievers, and Arthur Boyd, to name but a few – all figures who played an integral role in the development of Australian art in the 20th century.

Past exhibitions have featured everything from Aboriginal art to musical installations, post-impressionism, and kitchen spaces like you haven’t seen them before.

With its tranquil setting and diverse range of exhibitions on offer, it’s no wonder Heide has become one of Melbourne’s most beloved cultural institutions.

The Heide Museum is free for youngsters 16 years and younger, while the Gardens & Sculpture Park are free for all.

44 – Definitely explore Melbourne’s stunning arcades and laneways

Melbourne’s Arcades and Laneways

Nothing screams Melbourne quite like a coffee and a wander through one of the many hidden arcades and colourful laneways that make up the city centre. While Melbourne’s CBD is largely made up of modern high-rise buildings, there are still plenty of historic gems to be found if you know where to look.

Oozing unique character, Block Place is home to some beautiful Art Deco architecture, while the Royal Arcade – one of Melbourne’s oldest shopping arcades – is a veritable feast for the senses, with its striking glass ceiling, grandiose columns, and intricate mosaic floors combining to feel like you’ve leapt back in time.

But it’s not all about the architecture; these laneways and arcades are also home to some great bars, cafes, and restaurants, as well as quirky shops selling everything from vintage clothes to handmade jewellery — you’ll find the flagship Haigh’s chocolate shop (a common stop on one of the must-do chocolate tastings in Melbourne) and the old fashion Charles Dickens Tavern in the Block Arcade, and Kit Espresso and the Agathé Patisserie in the Royal Arcade, to name a couple.

Degraves Street, AC/DC Lane, Hardware Lane, Hosier Lane, Centre Place, and Tattersalls Lane (a pumping late-night spot if you want to hit the dancefloor) are just some of the many areas worth exploring, so next time galavanting through the CBD, be sure to take a wander off the beaten path and see what hidden treasures you can find — it’s simply one of the non-negotiable things to do in Melbourne.

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45 – Make a stop at the underrated Princes Pier

Princes Pier, Melbourne

Jutting some 560 metres into the waters of Port Phillip Bay, Princes Pier manages to be a landmark that’s both iconic and underrated, more known for its long and varied history than its plethora of attractions.

Princes Pier was originally built in 1915 to accommodate the increasingly large cruise liners that made their way into the Bay, and it continued thereafter to play an important role in Victoria’s transport network during its years of heavy immigration for decades to come.

Today, Princes Pier is a much-loved spot for locals and visitors alike, offering stunning bay views, plenty of photo opportunities, and a sense of history that’s hard to come by. The pier is also home to some great cafes and restaurants, making it the perfect place to while away an afternoon after a casual walk, jog or cycle along the foreshore.

A popular spot for fishing, especially with the picturesque backdrop of old wooden pylons tesselating into the ocean, Princes Pier is seriously underrated – and for that reason, seldom crowded.

Take note: it’s also the Spirit of Tasmania cruise ship departure point, should you feel like adding Tassie to the list!

46 – Take the youngsters to the fully interactive Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery

Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery, Melbourne

Travelling with teenie tots in tow? Found behind the Melbourne Museum, the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery is an interactive space designed specifically for kids aged 0-5 years. Featuring a range of hands-on and multi-sensory exhibits, the gallery aims to educate and inspire young minds.

Little ones can dig for dinosaur bones, wander through the plant garden, and join in the camouflage disco, a forever-fun installation that uses new technology to turn kids into dancing animals!

While entry to the museum is free for all, it’s best to reserve your spot in advance to avoid disappointment. Ensuring you get your vitamin D, thanks to its convenient location in the Carlton Gardens, it’s the perfect preamble to a casual picnic in the shade.

While you’re there: thanks to its prime spot next to the Royal Exhibition Building, you’ll want to spend a little longer exploring this Melbourne landmark too.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the late 1800s, it’s widely considered to be one of Australia’s most historic and impressive buildings – take a guided tour or check out the events calendar for exhibitions and special events held throughout the year. Since the kids will have a blast at the Children’s Gallery, the Royal Exhibition Building is a chance for the parents to learn a little something too.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for another post-gallery activity ideal for a rainy day, the giant IMAX cinema is right next door.

47 – Pan for real gold at Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill, Melbourne

One of those quintessential school trip excursion destinations (for good reason), Sovereign Hill is an open-air museum that depicts what life was like in Ballarat during the 1850s gold rush.

A visit here is a must, even if you’ve already been as a child — it’s simply one of those Melbourne attractions that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Wander down Main Street and explore the different shops and businesses that have been painstakingly recreated to look just as they did over 150 years ago. Then, take a ride on a horse-drawn tram or enter one of the many underground mines (with actors in period costumes adding an extra touch of authenticity).

You can even try your hand at panning for gold! No matter how old you are, Sovereign Hill is guaranteed to bring out the kid in you.

Having been crowned Australia’s best ‘Major Tourist Attraction’ no less than four separate times, it’s clear that this throwback attraction is one of the best things to do in Melbourne – well, near Melbourne, technically.

Hot tip: keep a couple of hours free to wander around Ballarat afterwards – as a classic country Victoria town, expect award-winner bakeries and excellent pub grub.

48 – Feed the goats at the Collingwood Children’s Farm

Collingwood Children’s Farm, Melbourne

The cherished not-for-profit Collingwood Children’s Farm is a working farm in the inner-city suburb of Abbotsford (next to the Convent), just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, and straddling the winding shores of the Yarra River.

A visit to the farm is one of the best things to do in Melbourne with kids, as they’ll get to experience firsthand what it’s like to feed chickens, cuddle goats or guinea pigs, extract honey, or have pony rides or tractor rides.

Friendly farm animals are itching to meet you, including pigs, ducks, sheep, lambs, and rabbits. In addition to being able to explore the farm at their own pace and take part in activities like tractor rides and pony rides (during monthly Family Day), regular events dot the calendar throughout the year – think Easter egg hunts, farmers markets, and live music performances.

And for all you parents, the sweet reprieve of fresh coffee from The Farm Cafe awaits.

49 – Ride the historic (and free!) City Circle Tram, a staple of Melbourne life for over a century

City Circle Tram, Melbourne

Outstanding culture, a blend of historic and modern architecture, and pockets of breathtaking scenery – Melbourne has it all, and there’s no better way to see it than from the window of an iconic W-class tram, one of the last remaining examples of Melbourne’s original electric streetcars.

The City Circle Tram is a free service that operates within the Free Tram Zone, making stops at some of Melbourne’s most beloved attractions including Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, Queen Victoria Market, and the open-aired Bourke Street Mall (where street performers are a dime a dozen).

Not only is it a great way to get around the city and save your feet from fatigue, but thanks to the onboard narration – diving into the history of the city and the stories beyond its facade – it’s also a notable attraction in its own right.

You’ll learn interesting facts about Melbourne’s landmarks, architecture, and culture as you ride, making it the perfect way to orient yourself to the city if you’re visiting for the first time.

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50 – Go fishing on the shimmering Port Phillip Bay, or venture beyond the Bay for a quiet change of pace

fishing in Melbourne

One of the great things about Melbourne is that there are so many different ways to spend your time. You can meander through peaceful parklands, explore graffiti-lined alleyways, hop between speakeasies, catch a show, or simply soak up the sun on one of the bay’s beaches.

But if you’d rather escape the crowds and find some peace and quiet, fishing can be a great change of pace.

There are plenty of spots around the city where you can cast a line, and you don’t need to have any experience to give it a go. Just head down to one of the many bait and tackle shops and they’ll be able to set you up with everything you need.

If you’re not sure where to start, try checking out some of the popular spots like Port Melbourne Pier, St Kilda Pier, Altona Pier, or Albert Park Lake. All of these locations are within easy driving (or transport) distance for the main tourist areas, so you can easily make them a half-day activity.

Alternatively, if you prefer to venture a little further afield for a full-day adventure, then consider leaving the bay and heading toward the open ocean instead. Anglesea is a coveted spot if you’re meandering down the Great Ocean Road, while Phillip Island is renowned for its stunning coastline and an abundance of marine life.

If you’re feeling adventurous but don’t want to deal with any of the logistics, there are plenty of charter boats that will take you out into the open waters too. With your very own captain and crew, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a day of fishing without any of the stress – and you’re bound to learn a thing or two about the local marine life in the process.

Keen on exploring the bay but prefer not to fish? You’ll find a slew of different cruises, boat tours and water activities to enjoy. From dolphin spotting to kayaking to stand-up paddleboarding – there’s something for everyone.

51 – Hear the stories of the Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol

An iconic piece of Melbourne history, famous for once housing cult figure and bushranger Ned Kelly, the Old Melbourne Gaol stands is a must-visit for anyone interested in Australian history, crime, or both.

The gaol was in operation from 1842 to 1929 and housed some of Australia’s most infamous criminals, including bushranger Ned Kelly and serial criminal Frederick Deeming (rumoured to be Jack the Ripper).

The building itself is fascinating, and the museum does an excellent job of bringing the past to life with interactive exhibits and displays. Following alongside expert historians, you can explore the cells, exercise yard, and gallows, hearing the eerie stories of the people who once occupied them.

There are also regular events, including ghost tours (if you’re feeling brave!) after dark, and a series of fascinating items in the museum – none more so than Ned Kelly’s death mask, pistol and suit of armour replica.

52 – Soak up the sun and the greenery at Melbourne’s best parks

Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne

In the bustling city of Melbourne, amidst all the concrete and skyscrapers, there are hidden pockets of greenery that provide a peaceful retreat from the urban chaos. From manicured gardens to natural reserves, there’s a bounty of parks in Melbourne that serve as a perfect spot for relaxation, recreation and even a touch of history.

One of the most iconic Melbourne green spaces is the Fitzroy Gardens, located just east of the city centre (right next to the equally lovely Treasury Gardens). This historic, heritage-listed park has been a meeting place for locals since the mid-1800s, renowned for its 26 hectares of Victorian-era landscaping.

Besides the several different gardens and walking trails, as well as plenty of shady trees to relax under on a hot day, highlights include Cook’s Cottage (built by the father of Captain James Cook), the Fairies Tree (a whimsical 300-year-old Red Gum stump carved with gnomes and dwarves alongside koalas and kangaroos), and the Conservatory (an Edwardian glasshouse filled with exotic plants from all over the world).

There’s also a beautiful fountain, and several monuments dotted throughout the park that have been accumulated over the park’s 150-year history – not to mention stunning views of both the city skyline and the MCG. Free guided walking tours of the Fitzroy Gardens run every Saturday at 10 a.m., while many more walking and cycling tours will also make a stop here.

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden, Melbourne

Ideal if you’re traveling with kids in tow, head over to Royal Park Nature Playground — located at the southern tip of inner-city Melbourne’s largest northern green space, it boasts its own splash zone, sandpit, climbing ropes, and even a nest swing (sensory swing) to keep the little ones entertained for hours on end. Make sure to head to the top of the hill for wonderful city skyline views as well!

If you’re wandering around the CBD and craving some fresh air the Flagstaff Gardens are ideal for a picnic. South of the river, Kings Domain is home to attractions like the Shrine of Remembrance and Government House; while up near North Fitzroy, the Edinborough Gardens are a hidden gem for anyone exploring the hipster northside.

Perfect for a day trip: If you’re heading up to the Dandenong Ranges (which, as the home of the quaint mountain towns, Puffing Billy, 1000 Steps Hike, and dramatic lookout, you obviously should), be sure to make a stop at the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens.
This beautiful 13-hectare is the site of the former Burnham Beeches mansion, with its towering Mountain Ash trees and lush foliage dating back to the 1930s. In the springtime, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, making for an especially picturesque scene.

Enough with the green spaces – how about a splash of pink at Westgate Park?

pink lake in Westgate Park, Melbourne

Smack bang in the heart of the Melbourne industrial area, in the shadow of the West Gate Bridge (Melbourne’s biggest), Westgate Park’s pink lake is blessed by a harmless, seasonally occurring algae that turns the water from blue to bubble-gum pink. It’s the most vibrant December through March (due to high temperatures and low rainfall).

Dazzling colour aside, the parkland plays host to a surprising variety of birds and wildlife (keep your eyes peeled for stilts, ibis and spoonbills on the shores, as well as Crimson Rosella up above), as well as walking and cycling tracks that wind their way along the Yarra River.

53 – Go hiking at the Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula day tours from Melbourne

On any public holiday, Christmas break or long weekend, Melbournians flock from near and far down the coast to the Mornington Peninsula for a spot of sun and sand. Both peaceful and postcard-worthy, the slow-paced Peninsula is known for its serene coastal walks, abundance of wineries, Dromana Drive-In and Peninsula Hot Springs — all combined, the Peninsula is the perfect place to relax and escape the chaos of city living for a day or two.

While the beautiful beaches are a dime a dozen – Sorrento, Rye, and Portsea being the top picks – the Peninsula is far more than just sand and sea. There’s an array of unique activities to enjoy, from exploring the area’s many hiking trails (the Bushrangers Bay track comes highly recommended) and national parks to visiting one of the local breweries for a spot of lunch or ‘op shops’ to pick up a vintage bargain.

Don’t want the hassle of arranging your own transport? Fret not, because there’s a variety of reasonably-priced day trips that whisk you down the Peninsula. Case in point: wine tours from Melbourne and hiking tours from Melbourne.

On Mornington Peninsula winery hops, you’ll get to check out at least four of the top-rated wineries, usually featuring a couple boutique and a couple mainstream vineyards. The trip even includes door-to-door transport from your Melbourne accommodation, so you don’t have to worry about a deso (designated driver). Depending on your tour of choice, you might also get to dig into a bottomless brunch or visit the kangaroos at the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.

Hiking excursions, on the other hand, take you off the beaten track; you’ll get to stretch the legs as you explore the summit of Arthur’s Seat, spot local wildlife on the trails around Bushrangers Bay, and check off Mornington Peninsula’s southernmost tip, Cape Schanck. When the muscles are sore, a visit to the Peninsula Hot Springs (often included as part of the tour) provides the perfect opportunity to relax and rejuvenate.

54 – Step into the magical Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden

The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, Melbourne

Tucked away inside the treasured Royal Botanic Gardens is the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden – and it’s every bit as magical as it sounds.

The garden is designed to educate children about plants and gardening in a fun and interactive way, with opportunities aplenty for hands-on learning. The Wetland Area, teeming with insects and plants, is a natural bond that showcases the diversity of life in and around water, while the Bamboo Forest is perfect for a game of hide-and-seek.

The kitchen garden is a space where green-thumbed youngsters can get their hands dirty (literally), while the Ruin Garden is your natural version of a playground, with cubby houses, rocks to climb, and sand to dig.

The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is open daily from dawn until dusk and entry is free. The event calendar is bursting with options throughout the year, including school holiday programs, so be sure to check the website before you visit.

And while you’re there, don’t forget to leave some time to explore the vast collection and walkways of the Royal Botanic Gardens. With over 38 hectares and more than 8,500 plants to discover, you’ll forget you’re in the middle of a metropolis.

55 – Pop into the Old Treasury Building

Old Treasury Building, Melbourne

On the eastern side of the CBD grid, often swept under the rug of its neighbour, the grandiose Parliament House, is the magnificent Old Treasury Building.

A longstanding Melbourne icon, the story of the Old Treasury starts in the late 1850s, initially built as a major government office that would house the colony’s gold reserves and Treasure Department (hence the name), and today, it stands as one of the city’s most treasured historical landmarks.

The building itself is a work of art, with its grand facade, stately colonnades and opulent interiors – but that’s not all. The Old Treasury has also been home to important museums and galleries, now most notably including the Old Treasury Building Museum, which chronicles Victoria’s rich history as Australia’s gold rush capital (it was, after all, previously called the Gold Museum).

Adding another hour or so to the itinerary, regular rotating exhibits dive into everything from Melbourne protests to political cartoons, and The Changing World of Work.

56 – Climb on giant metal lions AND immerse yourself in mirror mazes at Metartworld

Metartworld, Melbourne

Far from your typical art gallery (you’ve got the NGV, the Heide and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art for that), this one-of-a-kind museum is dedicated to one thing and one thing only: metal art.

Officially the biggest metal art gallery in Australia (and according to some, the world), this expansive space boasts 2,500 square metres of scrap metal creations. From statues of lions, dragons, and wooly mammoths to Transformer-like robots, a homemade Wall-E and even a Smeagel replica, there’s no idea too big, too small or too obscure for the talented artists behind these masterpieces. And with everything from pressure gauges to old car engines used as part of the build process, the creativity isn’t nothing to scoff at.

All up, more than 200 metal sculptures can be found on the first floor alone. Venture upstairs to the second floor and you’ll find the fantasy-like Starry Sky Exhibition – an incredible attraction in its own right. Comprising over a dozen themed zones, the exhibition welcomes you to walk through immersive tunnels, get lost in the kaleidoscopic Candy Maze, and transport yourself to an ethereal world in the Reach For The Stars infinite mirror room – to name just a few.

If following your otherworldly wander, you feel like getting a little artsy yourself, Metartworld also puts on a handful of quirky free art workshops, from sand painting to straw hat-making and 3D pearl clay design.

57 – Take a day trip to the Ballarat Wildlife Park, where you can feed kangaroos and get up close to meerkats!

Ballarat Wildlife Park, Melbourne

Always a hit with youngsters and adults alike, Ballarat Wildlife Park is home to over 400 species of Aussie animals, from cuddle koalas and bigger-than-you-expect wombats to echidnas, Tasmanian devils and snapping crocodiles.

Located just an hour and a half drive west of Melbourne, the park offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of our country’s most iconic native wildlife – think feeding kangaroos by hand (over 100 roam free around the park) and patting a friendly dingo.

Looking for something more intimate? Opportunities abound for hands-on learning, with keeper talks held throughout the day on everything from snakes to crocodiles, as well as regular animal encounters where you can get up close and snap selfies with tree kangaroos, koalas, meerkats, giant tortoises, snakes, and wombats!

So if you’re after a day trip from Melbourne to Ballarat and aren’t too fussed by Sovereign Hill’s history lesson, then Ballarat Wildlife Park is a top choice. While you’re there, consider popping into the Ballarat Botanical Gardens or Ballarat Tramway Museum to make an entire day of it!

58 – Slow everything down at the St Kilda Botanical Gardens

St Kilda Botanical Gardens, Melbourne

Far smaller than the Royal Botanic Garden, the lesser-known St Kilda Gardens have a much stronger community feeling to them, with a conservatory, a rotunda, a playground, a giant chessboard and chess tables are waiting to be checked out.

Stretching 16 acres; just a hop, skip and jump from the bottom of buzzing Ackland Street (more on that in a second), these gardens regularly welcome picnicking families who kick off their shoes in the shade of the 800 diverse trees, shrubs and flowering plants.

Not just a pretty face, the St Kilda Botanical Gardens are historic too: first established in 1857, the collection has grown to now feature several different sections including the sunken Alister Clark Rose Garden, two glasshouses, and Australian native species in all directions.

If the backpackers and partygoers of St Kilda are becoming a little too much to handle, this is your welcome reprieve.

While you’re there: Since the Gardens sit just a stone’s throw from the beach and Ackland Street, it’d be a sin to overlook the historic cake shops, quirky galleries and vintage stores of the latter. Coming up to its 100-year anniversary, Monarch Cakes has been tantalising the tastebuds of Melbournians for generations – if you only have room for one treat, grab it from here.

59 – Go wine-tasting in the Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley day tours from Melbourne

Inner-city foodies flock to Chinatown, Carlton (Little Italy), Fitzroy (Brunswick Street) and South Yarra (Chapel Street) for their international cuisine, but the real taste of Melbourne can be found in the Yarra Valley – a short drive east of the city.

This world-renowned wine region is home to more than 80 wineries, as well as a smattering of cideries, breweries and distilleries for those who prefer their alcohol on the fruitier side.

But it’s not all about the booze here: there are plenty of gourmet food experiences to enjoy too, from picking your own berries at an organic farm to devouring a degustation menu at one of the valley’s many hatted restaurants.

And when you need to walk it off, there are plenty of picturesque walking and biking trails to explore, as well as hot air ballooning and helicopter rides for those with a head for heights.

Without a doubt, the best way to experience the deliciously picturesque reason is with a tour – be that one of the myriad food tours or wine tastings. You won’t have to worry about a designated driver, you’ll receive expert knowledge on what you’re sampling, and with both private and small group adventures to choose from, you’re bound to make some new friends along the way too.

60 – Check out the moving Shrine of Remembrance

Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne

From the outside, the Shrine of Remembrance looks like an ancient Greek temple, but this monument has a very different purpose. Built in 1934 to commemorate the soldiers who fought in World War I, the Shrine is now a memorial for all Australians who have served in the war.

In front of the Shrine’s steps (from which the view of the city skyline is second to none), you’ll find the Eternal Flame – which has been burning since 1954 – as well as the World War II Forecourt, Remembrance Garden, and the 350-metre tree-lined walkway that connects the entranceway with the Marquis of Linlithgow Memorial.

Step inside the Shrine (free to enter), and you’ll uncover a range of exhibits detailing Australia’s military history, making the Shrine one of the essential things to do in Melbourne for anyone interested in our country’s past.

And on Anzac Day (April 25th) – one of Australia’s most important national holidays – dawn services make this landmark the most important place to be in the state. Want to learn more than just what’s visible? 45-minute walking tours depart from the Visitor Centre hourly.

61 – Strap on the ski boots for a snow trip!

Snow trips from Melbourne

What comes to mind when you think Melbourne? Or Australia, for that matter? Tell you what – fat chance you’re picturing a winter wonderland.

But hear us out: just a few hours’ drive from the city and you’ll find yourself in the midst of some of Australia’s best ski fields, with Lake Mountain, Mt Baw Baw, Mount Bulla, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek all located in Victoria’s spectacular High Country – in order of distance from the city (nearest to furthest). Generally, the further you drive, the better the snow conditions (and bigger the mountains).

Whether you’re an experienced snow bunny or it’s your first time on the slopes, there are plenty of runs of all levels to enjoy, as well as a wide variety of accommodation (from cabin camping to five-star lodges) to suit all budgets.

Take Mount Hotham, for example: with 72 different runs starting from an elevation of 1,862 metres, 14 lifts, and trails that twists as long as 3.5 kilometres, yep, you’re in for a good time. Just be sure to bring your winter woollies – temperatures at the top of the mountain can get nippy!

Not into skiing or snowboarding? That’s cool too – the area is teeming with activities that don’t require renting a ton of gear, from tobogganing to cross-country skiing, ice skating and even dog sledding.

Keep in mind: while Victoria can dish up some serious powder in its alpine region, it’s hardly year-round. The mountains are typically only open for skiing between June and October, so make the most of your window!

62 – Dive into Greek culture at the Hellenic Museum

Hellenic Museum, Melbourne

Like stepping into Ancient Greece, the Hellenic Museum is as vast a collection of all things Greek as you’ll find within the state borders.

From art and artefacts to coins and weapons, the Hellenic Museum houses an impressive range of exhibits that detail every aspect of Greek culture and history dating back some 8,000 years.

And it’s not just a bunch of dusty old relics – the museum also plays host to a range of cultural events throughout the year, from film screenings to cooking classes, lectures and more. Make sure to check out the Gods, Myths and Mortals collection, as well as the Summer Cinema program, whose roster changes every year with new and exciting international films.

Even the building itself is a work of art – housed in the former Royal Mint, it dates back to 1872, and you can hear all about it (as well as the artefacts) on one of the museum’s free guided tours.

Whether you’re interested in ancient history or modern-day Greece (or both), this is one of the top things to do in Melbourne CBD for culture vultures looking for something you won’t typically find on any ‘top 10’ lists.

63 – See what most tourists don’t on a secret-revealing bike tour

bike tours in Melbourne

Melbourne’s city center (the CBD) is full of notable sights, from the riverside Southbank to the Bourke Street Mall, the Queen Victoria Market and beyond. And while you can actually check off the majority of the things to do in Melbourne’s CBD on foot (did someone say walking tour?), the reality is that the true essence of this cosmopolitan city lies in the distinctly different inner suburbs; each with its own unique character and charm.

North of the city is Carlton, a picturesque neighborhood known for its stunning Victorian architecture, trendy cafes and storied Jewish and Italian heritage. A little further out is Brunswick, a diverse yet distinct community with a strong artistic vibe. And then there’s Fitzroy – an eclectic mix of vintage shops, street art and quirky bars.

Richmond is the city’s sporting Mecca, St Kilda hosts the iconic Luna Park, and South Yarra is where you’ll find the beautiful Botanical Gardens and the famous Chapel Street shopping precinct.

As you can see, there’s far too much to explore on foot alone. That’s why bike tours have become increasingly popular in Melbourne over recent years. Besides being able to cover more ground in less time, you can also venture where cars can’t (and where most tourists don’t); through hidden alleys, past street art and into the heart of these diverse neighborhoods.

With plenty of guided options available, you can easily find a 2-wheeled tour that tickles your fancy; from highlights tours that check off the street art and quintessential landmarks, to cycles around the Bayside suburbs or along the O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail — even options for a Harley Davidson Trike or a mountain biking ride — there really is something for everyone.

64 – Witness utter opulence at the Rippon Lea Estate

Rippon Lea Estate, Melbourne

A colossal heritage-listed mansion hidden in plain sight, Rippon Lea Estate is one of those places that feels a million miles from the hustle and bustle of city life, but is actually located just 12 kilometres south-east of Melbourne’s CBD.

Built in 1868 for big-shot businessman Frederick Sargood, today the estate and its surrounding gardens (14 acres of which, if you don’t mind!) are open to the public, offering visitors a rare glimpse into what life was like for Melbourne’s upper crust way back when.

Wander through the lush gardens, explore the opulent interiors of the house and the detailed timepieces and furnishings (from grand pianos to seating areas), or take part in one of their many events throughout the year – everything from high tea and Saturday markets to Halloween parties and teddy bear’s picnics.

You’ll find the sprawling adobe in the suburb of Elsternwick, a short walk to the independent Classic Cinemas, as well as a hubbub of locally loved restaurants and bars.

65 – Lace on the ice skates at O’Brien Icehouse

O’Brien Icehouse, Melbourne

You’ll be pirouetting your way around the rink in no time at all with a little help from the friendly (and patient!) staff at O’Brien Icehouse, one of Melbourne’s most popular ice skating rinks.

Whether you’re a total novice or an experienced figure skater, there’s something for keeping the whole family entertained – from public skate sessions and learn-to-skate classes to disco nights and birthday parties.

And if you really want to up your game, then take advantage of their professional coaching services, which are available for both children and adults. Located over in Docklands, O’Brien Icehouse is easily accessible by tram and makes for a top-choice activity before dinner on the waterfront.

66 – Muster up the courage for a spine-chilling ghost tour

Pentridge Prison, Melbourne

By day, Melbourne is a bustling city full of life and activity. But as the sun sets, the city takes on a different vibe – one accentuated by a dark, mysterious history. Melbourne has its fair share of ghost stories and haunted locations, so if you have an inkling for the paranormal, you won’t have to venture too far.

Case in point: the Altona Homestead. Draped in eerie tales of mysterious deaths and boat trips gone wrong surrounding the Langhorne family, this 1842 homestead is said to be one of the most haunted locations in Melbourne. Take a ghost tour here and learn about the chilling events that took place within its walls.

Or, if you want to up the ante, check out Eynesbury Homestead. By day, a charming wedding venue and restaurant; by night, a sprawling 20,000-acre property big enough to be filled with over 150 years of secrets relating to its haunted lake, eerie stables, and abandoned meat room…

Eerie enough to find itself on any dark tourist’s to-do list, Pentridge Prison in Coburg is another quintessential haunt (literally). Once one of Australia’s most notorious jails, today it offers several spooky ghost tours for those looking to get their fix of spook-peppered history.

If you’re still craving some extra frights, ghost tours operate at the isolated Point Cook Homestead, the old, windy seaside city of Williamstown, and even the moonlit streets of the Melbourne CBD.

67 – Climb aboard the Polly Woodside ship

Polly Woodside Ship, Melbourne

After notching up 1.5 million miles of travel across the seven seas, largely coal and wheat between England and South America, the Polly Woodside tall ship is now anchored for good on the southern bank of the Yarra, just in front of Crown Casino.

Drawing the gaze of many a passerby wandering down Southwharf to the DFO shopping centre, Munich Brauhaus German beer hall, or the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Polly Woodside is a three-masted, iron-hulled barque that was built way back in 1885 and is today preserved as a museum ship.

Climb on board for a self-guided tour (or take part in one of their regular public events), admire some of the original fixtures and fittings, and explore what life was like at sea during the late 19th century – from the cramped living quarters to the engine room and galley.

Open days are scheduled throughout the year, usually, on Sundays –check the website to see the next time you can set foot aboard. Even if not visiting on an open day, it’s worth checking out from the shore as you make your way to one of the aforementioned locales.

68 – Turn some pages at the Readings bookstore

Readings bookstore, Melbourne

A non-negotiable for any true bookworm, Readings is an independent book store that’s grown to five stores around Melbourne. Locations include St Kilda and the CBD, but it’s the historic and inaugural Carlton Lygon Street flagship that beckons

Beginning life back in 1969 as a tiny standalone, and nestled around the atmospheric Italian restaurants and cases, this eclectic bookstore retains its old-time charm in a fastly modernising world around it.

With knowledgeable staff on hand to help you find your next great read (and then some), it’s easy to spend an hour or two browsing the shelves in search of that hidden gem.

But Readings is more than just a book store – it’s a community. With 10% of all profits going toward literacy, arts and community charity projects, your purchase goes a little bit further than just adding to your home library.

69 – Go skydiving over some of the country’s most incredible landscapes

skydiving in Melbourne

From street level, the Victorian capital paints a picture of a bustling metropolis filled with towering skyscrapers and hidden laneways. But as soon as you take to the skies, you’ll see that Melbourne is so much more than just the sum of its buildings.

And with skydiving opportunities aplenty – at the Great Ocean Road, over St Kilda Beach, and above the rolling vineyards of the Yarra Valley to name a few – you can quite easily crush that craving for thrills without venturing too far from the city.

Regardless of your location of choice, you can expect to freefall from close to 15,000 feet, hitting terminal velocity during your roughly minute-long freefall before close to 5 minutes of more easy-going parachuting, where you can soak up striking views of Melbourne and its surrounding landscapes.

For those who have never taken the plunge before, tandem skydiving is a great option. You’ll be strapped to an experienced instructor as you freefall from thousands of feet above, taking in breathtaking views of Melbourne and its surroundings. And for the more adventurous souls out there, solo skydiving is also available if you’ve got the proper training and certification.

70 – Grab the popcorn for an old-school film at The Astor Theatre

The Astor Theatre, Melbourne

Roll up for a step back in time to the golden age of movies! Having been standing tall for over 90 years (first projecting back in 1936), The Astor is a heralded Melbourne cinematic icon.

Located on Chapel Street in East St Kilda, just across the road from the myriad dive bars of Windsor and Prahran, this historic cinema still has many original features including the stunning marble staircase, traditional wooden seats, and ornate ceilings – not to mention the atmospheric multi-level auditorium (which feels more like a theatre than a cinema), complete with a velvet curtain.

Always showing something different – not what you’d get at your typical Hoyts or Village cinemas (the main chains), the Astor’s beloved roster showcases an eclectic mix of old-school musicals, cult classics, film festivals, movie marathons, art-house movies, documentaries and, of course, your in-demand Hollywood blockbusters.

So whether you’re catching a cult classic like the Rocky Horror Picture Show or Singing in the Rain, committing a full day to LOTR or Godfather marathons, or getting your fill of international cinema at exclusive viewings of the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival, the single-screen Astor is sure to satisfy your inner cinephile.

71 – Wander the buzzing aisles of Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

Emblematic of Melbourne’s diversity and multiculturalism, the Queen Victoria Market is a must-see for any visitor to the city.

The largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere (at around seven hectares), this historic landmark has been operating since 1878 and today is home to over 600 stallholders selling fresh produce, meats, seafood, clothing, and souvenirs, coffee and all sorts of specialty goods from around the world.

Wander through the countless stalls in the morning or early afternoon (the market closes at 3 or 4 pm, and stayed closed Monday and Wednesday), savouring exotic aromas and sampling delicious bites as you go.

Be sure to try some Australian brie from the Dairy Hall, and sample a hearty sausage from the Polish Deli. The pastries at The Borek Shop are hard to beat, while the Spanish Donut Van welcomes sweet tooths from near and far.

For a truly authentically Melbourne experience, add a Queen Vic Market guided tour to your bucket list – following the footsteps of a local resident, you’ll make a beeline for the best eats and quirkiest knickknacks, hearing the most interesting stories that this historic market (which was built upon a cemetery!) has to offer.

Fancy a unique nighttime activity? During the summer and the winter, Queen Vic hosts its beloved Night Markets, where live music, twinkling lights and over 100 food and market stalls make for a festive atmosphere.

72 – Practice your flips at a trampoline park

trampoline parks in Melbourne

Far more tiring than it looks, trampoline parks are all the rage in Melbourne these days. They’re super fun, a great workout, and perfect for kids, especially groups or birthday parties.

For serious trampoliners looking to perfect their craft, BOUNCEinc is one of the most popular parks in Melbourne, with locations in Blackburn, Essendon, Heidelberg and Glen Iris. The indoor arenas are huge (think converted warehouse several storeys high), with interconnected trampolines, dodgeball courts, ninja warrior courses, basketball hoops, giant airbags, and much more. Sessions typically run on the hour, which is more than enough time to work up a sweat.

For a more independent and boutique style of venue in the southeastern suburbs, check out Jump Central in Moorabbin – known for its flip-tastic foam pit and excellent customer service. Owned by a former Olympic basketballer (with coaching sessions available), the venue also sports basketball courts, tennis courts, and indoor soccer facilities, ensuring calories are burned for the entire family! Plus, after you’ve tuckered yourself out, the hidden gem burger restaurant, Fat Bob’s, is just across the road.

Hot tip: these places tend to get pretty crowded on the weekend with birthday parties, so try to turn up early to avoid the rush, or pop down during the week to avoid the crowds altogether (and save a few bucks with off-peak passes).

73 – Meander down Southbank & South Wharf

Southbank & South Wharf, Melbourne

Lining the southern bank of the Yarra River as it flows its way through the CBD, Southbank and South Wharf are two of Melbourne’s most vibrant, exciting, and picturesque precincts.

Filled with an array of world-class restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops (can’t forget the allure of Crown Casino for good measure – if not for the table games, for the admirable sophistication), there’s no shortage of things to see and do in this part of town.

For those who love nothing more than a spot of retail therapy, DFO South Wharf is home to over 120 outlet stores selling everything from homewares and fashion to luggage and sporting goods. And if food is more your thing, you’ll be spoilt for choice along the Southbank Promenade.

As day transitions to night, find a spot to settle in for a drink by the water. Whether it’s Ponyfish Island, P.J.O’Brien’s, Ludlow, or the German-style Hophaus, and enjoy the show as the Crown Casino pylons spit blooms of fire every hour, on the hour.

74 – Get behind the wheel of a supercar!

supercar driving in Melbourne

One for the speed demons and petrolheads, this is your chance to get behind the wheel of an Italian Stallion or a head-turning Lamborghini for up to an hour of driving time.

Experience the ultimate in high-performance motoring out on the open road (usually Beach Road in the St Kilda area), with an expert instructor by your side at all times.

A multitude of different options are available depending on which company you book with, but generally speaking, you can either choose to drive one supercar for the duration of the session or swap between multiple cars – like 25 minutes in a Ferrari and 25 minutes in a Lambo – throughout.

Some companies – like the Sandown Raceway – also offer ‘hot laps’ where you can ride shotgun as a professional driver tears up the track in a supercar or a V8 racer. It’s hair-raising, utterly memorable, and not for the faint of heart!

Either way, it’s an unforgettable experience that’s sure to get the adrenaline pumping. Just be sure to have your camera ready for those enviable post-drive selfies.

75 – Roll up for a night of entertainment at a historic theatre!

theatres in Melbourne
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If you’re after a classic night out at the theatre, one which fuses history with entertainment and magic with magnificence, then Melbourne won’t disappoint.

The longstanding Regent Theatre on Collins Street is one of the most iconic performance venues in the city, having played host to a plethora of world-renowned musicals (We Will Rock You, The Lion King, WICKED, Hairspray Fiddler on the Roof) since opening its doors in 1929, as well as comedians and live bands.

The Princess Theatre on Spring Street is another Melbourne institution, having made its public debut in 1854. Housed within a stunning heritage building adorned with grandiose chandeliers and an ornate ceiling fresco, it’s easy to see why this theatre is considered one of the finest in Australia. And with top-billing shows like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on the card, seats are competitive, so book ahead!

With a large mosh pit, The Forum on Flinders Street is tailored more towards live music, for those who enjoy a more ‘intimate’ concert experience. Meanwhile, the Comedy Theatre, as the moniker suggests, is the go-to spot for the best in local and international comedy.

All these four celebrated venues fall under the one Marriner Group, so the best play is to check their website to see what’s on across the city and take your pick!

76 – Crack the code in an exhilarating escape room

escape rooms in Melbourne

Consider yourself a Sherlock Holmes-to-be? Think you’ve got what it takes to crack the code, harness your inner detective, and beat the clock? Then prove it — serious bragging rights are up for grabs at one of Melbourne’s many escape rooms.

If you opt for a classic venue like Adventure Rooms Melbourne (CBD) or Rush Escape Game (South Yarra), Escape Room Melbourne (Flemington + South Melbourne), or Escape Hunt Melbourne (CBD), you’ll typically have 60 minutes on the clock. Whether you find yourself in a classic prison break, heist, murder mystery, space mission, or historical Australian-themed room (to name a few), as soon as the time starts, you’ll need to muster up all your problem-solving ability, harness the power of teamwork, and think outside the box if you want to make a successful escape!

On the flip side, if you’re more about the high-tech, ultra-modern, then make a beeline for Virtual Room Melbourne (opposite Queen Victoria Market). Here, you can show off your clever wit in fully immersive games like Time Travel, Arrow Dash, or the zombie-fighting Are We Dead?, all of which allow you to actually walk around in your own room (this is physical VR, not just visual).

Another option: If the weather’s too lovely to spend inside, consider a city-wide scavenger hunt. These fast-paced app-led adventures take the competitiveness of a race against time and combine interactive detective work with a highlight reel of some of the city’s quintessential landmarks and hidden gems, making for a great day out with family and friends.

77 – Sit front row for The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet, Melbourne

Put on your Sunday best, and take a twirl back in time at one of The Australian Ballet‘s spectacular performances.

Founded in 1962, The Australian Ballet is the nation’s premier classical ballet company and has been thrilling audiences with its graceful athleticism, on-point pirouettes, and beautiful artistry for over 50 years (usually accompanied by Orchestra Victoria too).

Held at the State Theatre, part of the Arts Centre (next to Southbank), their world-renowned productions include Swan Lake, Harlequinade (a comedy ballet), Romeo & Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, and many more.

With options to take part in post-show Q&As, join behind-the-scenes tours (usually 60 minutes long) where you can meet the cast and crew, and even take a ballet class with some of the company’s professional dancers, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved and up-close-and-personal with one of Melbourne’s most esteemed cultural institutions.

78 – Max out the credit card at Myer Melbourne

Myer Melbourne

Who says e-commerce killed the department store? Myer Melbourne is a retail institution and an iconic part of the city’s shopping scene. The store itself spans an entire block, with 7 floors of fashion, homewares, cosmetics, kids’ clothes and toys, furniture, electrical goods, and just about anything else you could possibly think of.

There’s also the renowned Brunetti cafe on the third floor for when shopping works up an appetite (spoiler alert: it will), as well as several cafes and restaurants dotted throughout the Bourke Street pedestrian mall area.

If you happen to be visiting during the holiday season, the Myer Christmas Windows put a whimsical spin on the traditional nativity scene, with each year’s display telling a different story.

And if Myer doesn’t satisfy every shopaholic’s urge, David Jones next door, and the Emporium across the road can fill the gaps.

79 – Unleash your inner mad scientist at the Chaos Lab

Chaos Lab, Melbourne
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Ball pits, slime stations and mad scientists, the Chaos Lab: A Creative Experience for Children has it all! This experiential outing is more than just a bit of fun and excitement, it’s an excellent way for kids to get hands-on science knowledge.

Ideal for young ones aged 4 to 8, the Chaos Lab is a creative and unique outing for the whole family. There are multiple rooms for kids to explore, each equipped with its own engaging activities and opportunities for learning.

Located in Docklands, the Chaos Lab offers up to 1 hour of entertainment for kids. Here, they have a safe space to unleash their imaginations — they can play with slime, roll around in a ball pit, and draw neon graffiti on the walls, and even themselves!

Behind each experience are some scientific tidbits that are both fun and informative. Children can also spend time in the live science area, where those batty scientists and their assistants will conduct real-time experiments!

The Chaos Lab is running until April, so be sure to book your tickets and take your kid on an adventure they won’t soon forget! The lab is open every day of the week except Mondays, giving you plenty of opportunities to enjoy the experience.

80 – See sporting heroes at Melbourne & Olympic Parks

Melbourne & Olympic Parks

As the often-dubbed Sporting Capital of the World, it’s fair to say that few cities can compare to Melbourne when it comes to getting active – be that with a casual kick of the footy or a front-row seat to the tennis pros.

Unlike other cities, the majority of Melbourne’s sporting action sits within a very compact perimeter. The MCG, of course, is the crown jewel, however, it’s just one of a half-dozen world-class stadiums in the area.

Hosting the Australian Open tennis grand slam every year, Melbourne Olympic Park comprises Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and John Cain Arena – all of which also serve as multi-purpose entertainment venues, playing host to a range of concerts, shows (like Disney on Ice), and more throughout the year.

A stone’s throw away is AAMI Park, home to the A-League’s (soccer) Melbourne Victory, Western United, and Melbourne City FC; the Melbourne Rebels (rugby union) and the Melbourne Storm (rugby league).

Whether you’re looking to catch a game, take a stadium tour, watch an international pop star strut their stuff, or BYO footy for a kick on the sprawling public fields, make sure to add this one to your itinerary!

81 – Watch a show at the Arts Centre Melbourne (at Southgate)

Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia

A place that should sit high up on the list of things to do in Melbourne for any culture vulture who loves a night out at the theatre, Southgate is where you’ll find the Arts Centre Melbourne.

The performing arts complex comprises the State Theatre, Hamer Hall (home of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), The Playhouse, and the Fairfax Studio – all of which host a range of different productions throughout the year.

From musicals (e.g. 9 To 5 The Musical), to dramas and ballets (Swan Lake), to dance and comedy, the diversity of entertainment is second to none. And when showtime wraps up, there are plenty of restaurants and bars dotting Southbank to keep the night going.

Keep in mind: Melbourne’s take on the Hollywood Bowl is the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Kings Domain, which is located just across the road from the Arts Centre and a stone’s throw from the Shrine of Remembrance.

The cherished outdoor venue hosts everything from pop and rock concerts to summertime day festivals (like Picnic Electronic), and the annual Carols by Candlelight event on Christmas Eve.

82 – Get your culture fix at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

While not the largest gallery in Melbourne (that honour goes to the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road), the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is definitely one of the most innovative and thought-provoking.

A showcase for contemporary art from celebrated artists across Australia and around the world, it’s always at the cutting edge, with a program that includes major exhibitions, live performances, talks and events that challenge and inspire.

The gallery space itself is also worth a visit; having been designed by the award-winning Wood Marsh Architects, its rust-red structure has long been a talking point in the architecture community.

Staff are usually practising artists or art academics themselves, so ask away and you’ll receive an educational lesson to go with your visit. And with a bookshop on-site, you can take home a unique souvenir. The best part? Entry is always free!

Don’t forget to check out their website before you go – many exhibitions are only open for a limited time, so take note of the dates to ensure you don’t miss out on something amazing.

You’ll find this underrated gem hidden in the backstreets of Southbank, less than a 10-minute walk from its more famous counterpart, the NGV. Depending on what you’re feeling like doing afterward, you can take a stroll down the Yarra River, popping into one of the many bars and restaurants along the way, head over to the Crown Casino to test your luck, or wander down to South Melbourne Market for the infamous dim sums. Either way, you’ll find no shortage of nearby activities to fill up an entire afternoon.

83 – Join a hidden street art tour

street art tours in Melbourne

Meander through the hidden alleys in the CBD (Hosier Lane, Caledonian Lane, Centre Place, and AC/DC Lane to name a few), or explore the little-known backstreets of hipster suburbs like Fitzroy, Collingwood, Brunswick and Richmond (less hipster, more hip for the latter), and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best street art in the world.

In a city that’s constantly evolving, new pieces are going up all the time, making it impossible to see them all in one go. But that’s half the fun – part of the appeal is getting lost and stumbling across something unexpected.

There are plenty of tour companies offering group and private tours, which typically last anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours, or up to 6 if you want to combine it with a foodie crawl. But if you’re after more of a DIY adventure, several great self-guided options are available that make a little game of it all.

84 – Embrace the lively Moomba Festival atmosphere

Moomba Festival, Melbourne

An X marks every local’s annual calendar, come Labour Day weekend every March, as the exciting Moomba Festival rolls into town.

Now into its seventh decade (running since 1955!), the beloved event is Australia’s largest free community festival and a celebration of all things Melbourne, with free live entertainment, thrilling carnival rides, roving performers, river waterskiers, and fireworks lighting up the Yarra River and Birrarung Marr parklands for four days straight.

A highlight is always the Birdman Rally, where participants launch themselves off a makeshift ramp with homemade flight costumes in an attempt to fly as far as they can (or at least make it across the river) without the aid of any motors. It’s both hilarious and impressive in equal measure.

The carnie rides, the food stalls, and the hundreds of thousands of people make for a festive atmosphere that’s hard to beat – just be prepared for the crowds if you’re planning on going on the weekend.

85 – Head to a concert at St Kilda’s Palais Theatre

St Kilda’s Palais Theatre, Melbourne

A poster child of the St Kilda foreshore, having welcomed some of the world’s biggest names in music, comedy and theatre over its 90-plus-year lifespan, the iconic Palais Theatre is an absolute must-visit while in Melbourne.

The beautiful art deco building has been meticulously restored to its former glory, and nowadays operates as a live entertainment venue hosting everything from up-and-coming local bands to indie international superstars.

In recent years its played host to the likes of The Veronicas, Xavier Rudd, Tones and I, Mel Gibson, Kacey Musgraves, For King and Country, and The Wombats, so you never quite know who might grace the stage next.

With room for 3,000 people to sit and enjoy (or mosh), it boasts the title of the largest seated theatre in Australia – so you know the atmosphere will be electric. Simply check the online schedule for upcoming events and book your tickets early to avoid missing out on an unforgettable show experience.

Suggested itinerary: If you’re attending a more low-key concert, grab dinner and a drink at the Esplanade Hotel (colloquially known as the Espy) before the show. On the flip side, if you’re planning on a night of mayhem, then head to the Espy after the show for some more live music and a rowdy crowd (plus, see if you can find the Chamber of Secrets-style bathroom).

86 – Take a day trip to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges

Dandenong Ranges day tour from Melbourne

A stark contrast to the crowded cityscape, the Dandenong Ranges are a series of lush rolling hills blanketed in thick forests just outside Melbourne.

The perfect escape from the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to spend a day (or two) meandering through the myriad of walking trails, taking in the sights and sounds of nature, before stopping for a spot of lunch or afternoon tea at one of the many quaint cafés (Miss Marple’s Tearoom in Sassafras is a local favourite, while the German-inspired Cuckoo always has live entertainment to complement the belt-busting portions).

As a formidable family destination, family-friendly activities are a dime a dozen, none more special than the historic Puffing Billy Railway – a vintage steam train that winds its way through the mountains.

Feeling active? The 1,000 steps trail is popular for a reason. But for a more secluded stretch of the legs, tackle the trail to Sherbrooke Falls. And for a stellar perspective on the sheer size of Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs, head on up to the SkyHigh Observatory.

Don’t feel like driving the twisty roads or planning a trip? No problem – plenty of tour companies operate day trips from Melbourne that will take you to all the must-see sights.

87 – Back your favourite horse at the Flemington Racecourse

Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

Victoria has a public holiday for the Melbourne Cup, the so-called ‘Race that Stops the Nation’ – that should tell you all you need to know about this city’s love affair for horse racing. And its beating heart is the world-famous Flemington Racecourse.

While the Melbourne Cup is undoubtedly the biggest day on the racing calendar, there’s plenty of horse-related action to be had all year round at Flemington. Spring Carnival is a particular highlight, with a seasonal program of events that draw equal intrigue for the sport as they do for the haut fashion.

The racecourse itself is also worth checking out; it was first built back in 1840 and has since been expanded to accommodate 120,000 people. Take a guided walking tour of the grounds or simply enjoy a meal or drink at one of the many restaurants and bars overlooking the track. You don’t have to be interested in horse racing to appreciate its grandeur.

88 – Eat your heart out at South Melbourne Market

South Melbourne Market

Drawing in-the-know locals and curious tourists since 1867, South Melbourne Market might not match the size of Queen Victoria Market, but for what it lacks in size, it makes up for in character and variety (note that as the city’s second-largest, it’s certainly by no means small).

Here you’ll find everything from fresh produce and artisan cheeses to vintage knickknacks and handmade goods, all under one large (and very picturesque) roof.

When you’re done browsing your way around the market, make sure to stop by Boken – a true hidden gem that does an incredible pastry at serious bang for your buck. The queue is always out the door come lunchtime, but trust us when we say it’s worth the wait.

The paella at Simply Spanish is to die for – at the very least, the enormous frypans invite a snap for the ‘gram. The melt-in-your-mouth croissants at Agathé Patisserie are known far and wide as Melbourne’s best, while Proper & Son serves up the Insta-worth brunch Melbourne is so famous for.

However, arguably the most renowned bite at the market is the South Melbourne Dim Sum. Grab one or two to go, and meander down to South Melbourne beach for a lovely stroll.

89 – Walk around picturesque Docklands, an entertaining Mecca home to movie theatres, ice skating, VR, bars and so much more

Docklands, Melbourne

The sparkling waterside precinct of Docklands is home to some of the city’s most underrated restaurants, cafes, and bars, not to mention a slew of entertainment options designed to suit fun-seeking visitors of all ages.

Starting with the activities, the area is home to a Hoyts movie theatre, the O’Brien Icehouse (an ice-skating rink), the ArtVo immersive museum, the Zero Latency VR experience (complete with 6 games including zombie fights!), and a whole lot more.

For all you foodies, there’s no shortage of incredible places to eat and drink, from shoreline eateries like Renzo’s Bar Cafe Italiano to ice-cold pints at The Woolshed Pub.

And for those who like to shop ’til they drop, you’ll be pleased to know that Docklands is also home to Harbour Town – a significant outlet shopping centre with plenty of your favourite brands (H&M, UNIQLO, Bonds, and more).

90 – See what’s on at the Melbourne Showgrounds

Melbourne Showgrounds
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Melbourne’s main exhibition space since 1880, the Melbourne Showgrounds is where the city’s biggest trade fairs, conventions and events are held throughout the year.

From car shows and dog competitions to art exhibitions, live music festivals (welcomed Tiesto in 2022 for an outdoor rave, for example), Oktoberfest In the Gardens, the Melbourne International Coffee Expo, wedding expos, food festivals, and so much more, there’s always something going on.

If you happen to be passing through town in September or October, make sure to check out the Royal Melbourne Show – the city’s annual agricultural show that dates all the way back to 1848.

It’s a true slice of old-school country brought to Melbourne, complete with an animal nursery and petting zoo, carnie rides, live shows, arts & crafts stations, and far too much finger-lickin’ fried food. And, if you don’t leave with at least a showbag in each hand, you’ve done it wrong.

91 – Spend the morning at the Australian Sports Museum

Australian Sports Museum, Melbourne
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Justifiably found within Australia’s sporting mecca, the 100,000-seat MCG, the Australian Sports Museum is an interactive and immersive experience that celebrates Australia’s love affair with sport.

The museum holds the country’s largest collection of sporting memorabilia and covers everything from cricket, netball, and rugby to AFL, soccer, basketball, the Olympics which took place here back in 1956, and bucketloads more.

With touchscreens, climbable objects, and 3D holograms of modern superstar athletes, the museum is as fun for kids as it is informative for adults.

Don’t miss the Game On section, where you can try your hand at a drop punt, test your reaction times on a light-up wall, or test your skills in a netball shooting challenge (to name just a few of the interactive experiences on offer).

Hot tip: make the most of your behind-the-scenes visit to the “G” by combining a museum visit with a stadium tour – you’ll get to walk in the footsteps of your sporting heroes, and see clubrooms, media booths, and even walk on the field.

92 – Revel in Melbourne’s very best fine dining restaurants

fine dining in Melbourne

Bursting with flavours, fresh produce, and world-renowned chefs, Melbourne is a foodie’s paradise – and there’s no better way to experience it than through one of the city’s many fine dining experiences.

From degustation menus featuring native ingredients at Attica (one of the top 50 restaurants globally) to 14-course molecular gastronomy at Lume Restaurant, there’s plenty to tantalise your taste buds.

But who says Michelin Star quality needs to break the bank? Nobu at Crown Casino and Minamishima in Richmond are two of the best Japanese restaurants out there, Vue de monde serves mouthwatering meals 55 floors up in the Rialto Tower.

And despite not having a star, Pellegrini’s is an icon – sit in the kitchen, pay what the owners decide is the honest price of the evening (seldom over $20), and revel in old times and masterful plates of pasta.

For experiential dining, the Puffing Billy Rail Car Luncheon, High Tea Cruise on the Yarra River, or Restaurant Tram are all notable options. But if you’re after something truly unique, why not try Dinner in the Sky? This unusual restaurant sees diners served Michelin-starred dishes while suspended 50 metres in the air – talk about a dining experience with a difference!

93 – Hop around the city’s buzzing rooftop bars

best rooftop bars in Melbourne
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As the sun goes down and the bustling Melbourne nightlife starts to kick off, there’s nothing quite like sipping on a cocktail while taking in panoramic views of the city. Fortunately for us, Melbourne is famous for its trawls of hip, chic, and cosmopolitan rooftop bars.

For breathtaking 360-degree views, head to Eureka Skydeck 88 (the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere), located on the top floor of Melbourne’s tallest building. Alternatively, check out Rooftop Bar (located atop Curtin House), Naked in the Sky (down in Fitzroy – the upper part of Naked for Satan), or Madame Brussels (a swanky garden oasis in the middle of the city).

If you’re after something a little more low-key, try The Imperial Hotel‘s beer garden or the recently opened Arbory Afloat (a floating bar on the Yarra River). And for those who like their rooftop bars with a side of observation deck, there’s always Lui Bar, a posh cocktail lounge on the 55th floor of the Rialto.

If you’re still thirsty, Asian Beer Cafe has bargain-basement prices (a typical university hangout), while the Richmond locales of Public House, Harlow Bar and the Mountain View Hotel each provide a panorama of the sparkling cityscape.

94 – Wet your whistle with a beer tasting

beer tastings in Melbourne

If there’s anything Melbournians love more than their sport, it’s their beer. And with over 80 breweries in Victoria, choice is aplenty when it comes to getting your fix.

So, where to begin? While a decent drive out in the northern suburbs, Moon Dog World is always well worth the journey.

Centred around a kiddie pool, the festive, sprawling watering hole has more original concoctions than you can tip your hat at, with fruit blends, sours, and barrel-aged stouts all on offer.

Closer to the city in Collingwood is the Stomping Ground Brewing Co., a lively beer hall that pours over 25 brews on tap – and, notably, is the first of its kind to use solar to power its operations, making its way in the sustainability field.

Regularly welcoming different food truck festivals, yet always with a large bar on-site to complement is Welcome To Thornbury – a local favourite that celebrates everything from garlic bread to Jamaican jerk with a bounty of beers to boot.

If you’re after something out of town, take a drive down to Red Hill Brewery on the Mornington Peninsula for some farm-fresh goodness. Or if cider’s more your thing, head to Napoleone Cider House & Brewery in the Yarra Valley for tastings and orchard walks.

And for those who prefer their beer a little more old-school, the Carlton & United Breweries offer tours of the original Melbourne Brewery – just be sure to book early as spots fill up quickly.

Overwhelmed by choice? Far enough – instead, just book your place on a beer tasting tour and let the experts whisk you from bar to bar!

95 – Stroll down Birrarung Marr, an homage to Aboriginal history where postcard-worthy skyline views await

Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Honouring Melbourne’s traditional Aboriginal heritage, Birrarung Marr is a park located on the banks of the Yarra River that connects the draws of Federation Square with the MCG. A wide, tan track makes its way through playgrounds, pockets of greenery, and several sculptures and public artworks that nod to Melbourne’s Indigenous history.

A popular spot for local joggers and cyclists, the park also hosts its fair share of festivals and events throughout the year, none bigger than Moomba (Australia’s largest free community festival), and a handful of open-air concerts.

For those who want to explore more of Melbourne’s Aboriginal heritage, there are a number of Dreamtime walks and tours that meander along the Birrarung Marr – providing an insight into the culture, history, and traditions of the Kulin people.

Hot tip: if you’re heading to the footy by train, rather than going to Jolimont or Richmond by train, get off at Flinders Street and walk down Birrarung Marr – it’s well worth the extra 25 minutes.

96 – Escape the city with some stargazing

stargazing in Melbourne

Within the city limits, the sky twinkles with towering skyscrapers, colourful lights, and the odd star or two. But for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle and bright lights, many stargazing spots await.

Still within the city, the Royal Botanic Gardens is one such spot – offering free public star talks on certain nights throughout summer.

Or if you’re willing to drive a little further out, make your way to SkyHigh Mount Dandenong and Scenic Lookout, join the stargazing sessions with the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society, or head to Phillip Island (and enjoy the penguins while you’re there!).

The Leon Mow Dark Sky Site in Heathcote, Koorooya State Park, the Ballarat Observatory, the Grampians, and Wilson’s Prom round out the list for some truly breathtaking views of the Milky Way.

Something exclusive to this part of the world is the Aurora Australis – the Southern Lights. While Tasmania (even further south) and the scenic aurora flights offer more regular viewing opportunities, on nights where conditions are just right, you might be able to see the natural phenomenon from Melbourne’s outskirts.

Head down to the Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island, Point Lonsdale, or one of the small towns along the Great Ocean Road (Aireys Inlet or Anglesea) for your best chance. If Lady Luck strikes, you’ll likely hear it in the news and will have time to prepare yourself.

97 – Crawl between moody speakeasies, historic pubs, hole-in-the-wall bars and trendy rooftop hideouts – making up Melbourne’s flourishing bar scene.

best bars in Melbourne

A haven for thirsty travellers, Melbourne is home to more than 700 bars – making it one of the most bar-dense cities in the world.

From rooftop bars with killer views to quirky speakeasies and hole-in-the-wall wine bars, there’s a Melbourne bar to suit every taste. And with new bars popping up all the time, there’s always something new to discover.

For sophistication and classic cocktails, head to Bar Americano, Eau De Vie, or The Everleigh. Or if you’re looking for something a little more laid-back, try Heartbreaker, Naked For Satan, the Tippler & Co, or Spleen Bar, whose stand-up comedy nights are always a hoot.

For those who want to drink with a view, check out The Espy (Hotel Esplanade) in St. Kilda. And for something that leaves a mark, IceBar Melbourne serves up ice-cold drinks to complement its oh-so-cool furnishings.

If you’re not venturing out in St Kilda or the CBD, odds are you’ll find yourself down on Chapel Street at one point or another. Here, a buzzing party strip, you’ll find everything from Irish pubs with live weekend music (Bridie O’Reilly’s) to wine bars, secret speakeasies (Jungle Bar), and the city’s most notorious nightclub, Revolver Upstairs (which stays open from Thursday till Monday, non-stop). With literally dozens of bars neighbouring one another, it’s the perfect locale for a Happy Hour crawl.

Safe to say if you arrive thirsty in Melbourne, you won’t be for long.

98 – Laugh your socks off at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Once a year in March, Melbounians collectively roll up their socks for the annual laugh-fest, spreading themselves over the city and inner suburbs’ venues big, medium and small to have their sides split and their laughboxes tickled.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) is the second-largest comedy festival in the world (after Montreal’s Just For Laughs) and takes over the city for four weeks every year. With more than 500 different shows across multiple venues, culminating in over 6,700 individual showtimes, there’s sure to be something to tickle everyone’s funny bone.

Headlined by some of the biggest names in comedy from Australia and around the globe – think Wil Anderson, Arj Barker, Dave Hughes, Ronny Chieng, Stephen K Amos, Hannah Gadsby and Dame Edna Everage – as well as fresh new talent on the rise, there are a million laughs to be had.

And it’s not just stand-up that gets a guernsey at MICF; sketch groups, improv troupes, dance crews, clowns, cabaret and more all join in on the fun.

There’s also a healthy dose of free (and very funny) shows to enjoy if you’re on a budget, as well as heaps of family-friendly offerings for the littlies.

With something for everyone, it’s no wonder the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of this city’s most beloved annual events – walk through the city streets in March, under the balmy skies and surrounded by laughter, and you’ll see what we mean.

99 – Dance into the morning at Melbourne’s rowdy nightclubs

best nightclubs in Melbourne

Ready to let your hair down and whip out the dancing shoes? Melbourne has some of the best nightclubs in Australia, with world-class DJs and a party atmosphere that’ll have you dancing till dawn.

Leading the charge is Billboard The Venue, which is crawling with partygoers come Saturday night. Then there’s New Guernica, a go-to for easy-going techno and house DJs. With multiple floors and giant elephants and giraffes sticking out of the walls, the Carlton Club stays open till the wee hours of the morning and mixes a brilliant beer garden with a thumping dancefloor, likewise Garden State, a short stroll away.

If you find yourself down in the Chapel Street area, then Revs, Electric, and Circus are all within stumbling distance of each other. Or, if you’re keen on something a little more low-key, Attik and Hoo Haa are a solid mix of bar and club.

Out in Richmond, Fargo, the Precinct Hotel, and Public House all know how to put on a good show, but it’s the sticky-floored Swan Hotel that welcomes the most lubricated crowd once all the others have shut.

If your dancing shoes have any wear left, Night Cat in Fitzroy is a beloved local favourite for live music gigs, while Poof Doof is your LBGTQIA+ friendly space full of eccentric outfits and free-flowing drinks.

100 – Get your retail therapy at the enormous Chadstone Shopping Centre

Chadstone Shopping Centre, Melbourne

Any shopaholic’s heaven on earth, Chadstone (or Chaddy, as the locals call it) is incomparable when it comes to retail therapy. Just 20 minutes from the CBD by car or half an hour by public transport, Chadstone is one of the world’s largest shopping centres, with over 500 stores spread across multiple jam-packed floors.

From high-end designer brands like Chanel, Dior and Gucci to more affordable fast-fashion labels like Zara, H&M and Uniqlo, and branching out to infamous like the Apple Store, Sephora, JB HI-FI, David Jones, Myer, and more, there’s something for everyone – and we do mean everyone.

Dining options are aplenty to rechange in between shopping sprees, from casual cafes and restaurants to more fine dining-style establishments. And if you need a break from all the retail therapy, Chadstone also has Legoland, a multi-cinema Hoyts movie theatre, a bowling alley and – get this – even its own hotel!

Hot tip: for a high-quality Aussie souvenir, the Australian Geographic Shop is a must.

101 – Place your bets at Crown Casino (before a game of laser tag)

Crown Casino, Melbourne

If you reckon Lady Luck is on your side, then a visit to Crown is an absolute must. As well as being the largest casino in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s also one of the most luxurious – think marble floors, lavish chandeliers, and a whole lot of bling.

The gaming floor here is huge, with over 540 table games (including the big six: blackjack, craps, pai gow, poker, baccarat and roulette) and 3500+ poker machines to choose from, not to mention a dedicated VIP area for high rollers.

When you need a break from all that gambling (or if you’re not into gambling at all and just want to appreciate the grandeur and the lively atmosphere), the alternative activities are aplenty.

You could catch a show or a DJ at one of the many bars and clubs, dine at one of their award-winning restaurants, catch a flick at the movie theatre, get competitive in bowling or laser tag at Kingpin, or even go on a shopping spree at designer boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Prada.

If you are hitting the casino floor, be sure to dress up – this is a pretty swanky place, after all! And for the epitome of luxury living, consider booking a night at the on-site hotel, where an enviable pool and spa await.

How to get to Melbourne?

Vibrant Melbourne is the capital of Victoria, and sits on the southern coast of Australia. Unless you’re driving down from Sydney or Adelaide (which make about 8-10 hours each), odds are that you’ll be flying into the city’s major airport, Melbourne Tullamarine.

Unlike the airports in Sydney and Brisbane, Melbourne Airport is a little out of the way and doesn’t have direct train line access. The SkyBus is the most convenient option and picks up from all terminals, taking you down to Southern Cross Station, St Kilda, or the Mornington Peninsula.

However, given the price of the Skybus, it’s often more affordable to pre-book one of the airport transfers in Melbourne instead. Not only can this save you a few dollarydoos, but it’s also a stress-free way to start your trip.

Where to stay in Melbourne?

With everything from chic boutique hotels to luxurious five-star stays, Melbourne has accommodation to suit every taste and budget.

For those looking to splash out, the Park Hyatt Melbourne is a gorgeous hotel located in the heart of the city, with stunning views of the Yarra River and the skyline. The Crown Towers hotel is a stone’s throw from Southbank and Flinders Street, with all the bells and whistles (and incredible sky-high views) you could ask for.

Renowned for their stylish and opulent setups, the reputation of the Sofitel Melbourne precedes them. Rounding out the all-out luxury list are the Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands, The Langham, and the Mövenpick Hotel Melbourne On Spencer.

If you’re travelling on a tight budget, there are plenty of great options too. The Space Hotel and Ibis Budget offer comfortable rooms at affordable prices.

For something in between, try QT Melbourne – it’s stylish and centrally located, with plenty of great restaurants and bars on site.

And of course, Airbnbs and apartment stays are a dime a dozen if you’re looking for a home away from home.

Visiting Melbourne on a budget?

One of the best ways to see a new city is by foot, and luckily Melbourne is one of the most walkable cities in Australia. With a perfectly oriented CBD grid, it’s easy to explore the city centre and get your bearings.

And what better way to do that than on a free walking tour in Melbourne? Melbourne discovery tours run daily, taking in all the major landmarks and attractions like Flinders Street Station, Southbank, The Arts Centre, and Federation Square, as well as some hidden gems and narrow alleyways too.

Do you plan on hitting up several of Melbourne’s attractions while you’re in town? If so, then it might be worth getting one of the various tourist-focused attractions passes. These handy cards give you free or discounted entry to dozens of the city’s top attractions, including the Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, SEA LIFE Aquarium, and Eureka Skydeck 88.

Leading the way as one of the more popular options, the Iventure Pass (Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass) allows you to choose between 3, 5 or 7 top Melbourne attractions for a fraction of the cumulative overall cost. If you want to see more of greater Melbourne including the adorable Phillip Island penguins and the Werribee Open Range Zoo, then the upgraded Melbourne Unlimited Attractions Pass is probably more your style.

In short, if you’re a penny-pincher looking to make the most of a short stay, these packages are tailor-made for you.

Where to go next?

So, you’ve just ticked off all of the wacky and wonderful Melbourne activities. Even though there’s so much to see in this melting pot of a city, it’s still just a tiny sliver of the incredibly diverse things to do in Australia as a whole. And if you’ve made the long, long trek from overseas, then you’d want to make the most of your time in the Land Down Under.

But where to next? The posterchild of the nation, just a 1-hour flight north will take you to Sydney, home of the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The sun-kissed beaches (Bondi, Manly, and the like) are typically considered the top things to do in Sydney, however, the sprawling metropolis also boasts a wealth of history, culture, and nature too.

Further up the coast, you’ll find the sun-drenched state of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, and Whitsunday Islands are just a few of the top things to do in Cairns and Far North Queensland, but there’s a bucketload of things to do on the Gold Coast (Movieworld and Dreamworld, to name a couple), and even more things to do in Brisbane as well.

If you’re seeking a more laid-back vibe, head south to Hobart. The capital of Tasmania may be small in size but it’s bursting with charm. And when it comes to things to do in Hobart, nothing beats the MONA.

While it certainly doesn’t get the same spotlight as the major cities, no trip Down Under is complete without a visit to Kangaroo Island. A stone’s throw from Adelaide, the island is a nature lover’s dream, a sight of natural beauty and a perfect addition to your Australian itinerary. Just make sure to add Seal Bay Conservation Park and the Lavendar Farms to the top of your list of things to do on Kangaroo Island.

Before you go, be sure to check out our extensive list of the best places to visit in Australia – from the red-rock landscapes of the Northern Territory to the laid-back surf culture of Western Australia, this place has it all.

Final thoughts

Well, there you have it: a comprehensive guide to one of the world’s most liveable cities. Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, cuisines, and characters, and whether you’re here for the food, the sights, or just to soak up the unique atmosphere, the Victorian capital seldom disappoints.

One final tip: if you’re looking to save a few bucks, consider visiting during shoulder season (March-May and September-November). Besides avoiding the big crowds, you’ll also catch events like the Spring Racing Carnival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the AFL finals (in September, the city comes alive), or the start of the new AFL season in March.

Of course, no matter what time of year you visit, you’ll never run out of exciting things to do in Melbourne. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!

Evan Bryce Riddle is a versatile and ambitious content producer whose passion for globetrotting runs deep. When he’s not crafting travel content, Evan is the Content Executive at Australia’s leading digital marketing agency, managing end-to-end video production and written content to build brands to 7 and 8 figures. Evan has also spearheaded content for world-leading digital media channels (TheRichest, TheTravel), written multiple published books, photographed weddings, and hosts the coveted MegaMinds podcast – a handful of highlights from his 10+ year content and marketing career. Where does the love for travel come from? Born in Melbourne, Australia but having grown up in Hollywood, Evan fell in love with international jetsetting from a young age. Fast forward to today and he’s visited 30+ countries, highlighted by a 4-year stint in vibrant Montreal.