Things to do in Melbourne
Whether you're flying with friends or taking a city break for one, Melbourne has plenty to see and do for every traveller. After all, you don't become the world's most liveable city without heaps of top notch attractions. And with experiences to meet every kind of budget, you don't have to break the bank to get a piece of the action. Ready to go? Read on to find out what to add to your hit list the next time you're in town.
Go boutique shopping on Brunswick Street
Home to street art, cafés and second-hand boutiques, Fitzroy's Brunswick Street is the unofficial hang out for hipsters in Melbourne. Grab a specialty coffee from Industry Beans, then window shop your way to Gertrude Street, where even more shops, bars and restaurants await.
Take a drive down The Great Ocean Road
Famed for being one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world, this 243-kilometre highway stretches from Torquay to Warrnambool, taking in views of sand and sea in between. To maximise your time, cruise back to Melbourne via the hinterland and see Victoria's flora and fauna first hand.
See the bathing boxes at Brighton Beach
Located just past St Kilda, the Brighton Bathing Boxes are a colourful fixture of Melbourne's coast. With the city skyline and Port Phillip Bay as a backdrop, you'll struggle to find a more scenic holiday snap during your stay.
Wander Vineyards in the Yarra Valley
Prefer the country to the coast? Take a drive through the vines in the Yarra Valley. Home to hundreds of wineries and cellar doors, this world-famous wine region is where you'll find some of the area's finest food and drink, not to mention breathtaking scenery at every turn.
Dig in to dim sum in Chinatown
If you're more into cheap eats than a la carte feasts, Melbourne's Chinatown has you covered. Head to the red gates on Little Bourke Street and eat your way through a world of tasty bites, from Peking duck pancakes to plump and juicy Shanghai dumplings.
Browse stalls at South Melbourne Market
Once you've had your fix of the city's dining experiences, head to the source at South Melbourne Market. Home to everything from fishmongers to gourmet providores, this lively marketplace is a twist on typical Melbourne shopping.
Visit The National Gallery of Victoria
Better known as the NGV, this historic art gallery is Australia's oldest and most visited – and for good reason. Home to a massive collection spanning thousands of years, the National Gallery of Victoria is guaranteed to please art aficionados and history buffs alike.
Catch a match at the MCG
Melbourne didn't earn its title of sporting capital of the world without being able to back it up. And if you're a sports fan visiting the city, you've got to catch a game at the legendary ‘G'. Whether it's footy, cricket, rugby or soccer, there's nothing like a match at Australia's largest stadium.
Take a street art tour in the CBD
You won't have to go out of your way to spy street art in Melbourne, but if you want to find the best spots you'll have to ask the pros. Book in with Melbourne Street Tours and you'll be guided by the artists themselves, discovering hidden laneways and arcades only the locals know about.