Things To Do In Melbourne Australia

"There are so many great things to do in Melbourne including shopping, sport and its vibrant cafe culture"

Ask most Aussies and they will tell you that Melbourne is the place to live.

Despite the usual sky scrapers and feel of an Australian city, Melbourne is remarkably different from the other Australian cities and a total contrast to Sydney.

It is probably the nearest thing to a European city in the southern hemisphere with its café culture, dark lanes and of course the weather…

The key things to do in Melbourne include visiting some of the wonderful art galleries, sports grounds and sites, but exploring the real Melbourne means getting lost in the lanes, having amazing coffees from literally a hole in the wall, enjoying some gourmet food and of course the clothes shopping. Scroll down to see all the attractions but first a few practicalities for your trip. Click here for Melbourne travel information.

Things to do in Melbourne

For all my favorite things to do in Melbourne, especially for those of you just here for a few days then see:

Melbourne Attractions

Also have a look at this map which should help you understand where to find these key points of interest - Map of Melbourne.

Below is a fuller list of the things to do in Melbourne with more detail behind each of the things to do:

  • Federation Square for its liveliness, culture are ultra modern buildings, contrasting the old Flinders railway building across the road
  • queen Victoria market for its variety and sheer size
  • Crown Casino Melbourne - you could seriously get lost inside its many attractions. Way more than just a casino
  • A stroll down the South Bank Melbourne near the Yarra River - an up and coming area full of restaurants, bars and of course boat trips
  • Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Aquarium - a must especially if you have kids!
  • National Gallery of Victoria or the Melbourne Museum for a spot of indoor culture - good on a rainy day
  • Melbourne Observation Deck for some seriously good views
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground for those of you who are sporty and want to refresh the Australian cricket teams prowess!
  • No trip is complete without some Retail therapy and Melbourne shopping really is better than Sydney.
  • If you fancy some eclectic shopping then check out my guide to finding Op shop bargains - Shopping Melbourne

  • Lose yourself in Melbourne Lanes and find yourself an amazing cup of coffee or small boutique clothes shop
  • And don't forget the lovely gardens and Cooks Cottage for a piece of Colonial heritage
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    Whilst you can visit the The Great Ocean Drive and Mornington Peninsula each for a day, I'd strongly recommend hiring a car and taking a leisurely 4 days to explore this beautiful coastline.

    This trip is definitely for you if you enjoy beautiful scenery and quaint seaside towns.

    Another good day trip is The Grampians National Park which offers some stunning rock formations set in National Park scenery. It's a good 2-3 hour drive from Melbourne though so might be best to have an overnight stay here

    There are plenty of Melbourne tours too that you can do and offers some great guided things to do in Melbourne.

    Where to stay

    For Melbourne Australia accommodation, I have compiled a page of all the best hotels regardless of your budget. It's based on my opinion and those of my closes friends and colleagues who all travel to Melbourne regularly:-

    Hotels in Melbourne

    Alternatively you can try to find some self-catering holiday homes in the area. Try here for more information

    Melbourne Holiday Rentals

    Where To Eat

    Locals claim that the food in Melbourne Australia is better than Sydney. It's certainly cheaper. For my top recommendations for Melbourne Restaurants and their coffee culture click here.

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