The 21 Best Things To Do In Melbourne, Australia

21 Best Things to do in Melbourne, Australia

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With a fascinating history, modern and preserved architecture, an abundance of nature and a vibrant nightlife, the places to visit in Melbourne, Australia have a broad appeal. The contemporary Central Business District (CBD) is alive with a hip and trendy culture, but low-key beach vibes are just a tram ride away. If you are looking to truly experience the city, check out our list of Melbourne attractions and our top picks for the best things to do in Melbourne, Australia.

The Best Things To Do in Melbourne, Australia

Looking for attractions and activities to add to your Melbourne itinerary? Our list includes the top things to do in Melbourne based on our personal experience from visiting the city numerous times. We have included many useful links and detailed information. Be sure to Save, Pin or Bookmark this post for future reference! 



1. Look Down from the Eureka Skydeck

The Eureka Skydeck boastfully claims to be the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere – and, as such, it is one of the top Melbourne points of interest! Visitors are whisked up 88 floors in less than 40 seconds to an observation room that offers a 360-degree view of the city and beyond. Tickets are required to visit the Eureka Skydeck viewing platform, which can be purchased in advance or on-site. 

Visiting Eureka Skydeck

The 88th-floor observation deck (975 feet) is enclosed with floor-to-ceiling windows for views of the city, Port Phillip Bay and the Dandenong Ranges. Viewfinders are free to use and help pinpoint Melbourne landmarks. General admission tickets are not time-stamped, so once inside the observation deck, visitors are free to stay as long as they want. We took our time during our visit and lingered to enjoy the unique vantage point. We highly recommend stepping outside onto the small Terrace, which allows guests to feel the rush of the wind (the views, however, are obstructed with fencing). 

Top Tip: For an extra fee visitors can participate in The Edge experience – one of the most thrilling Melbourne activities. Guests step inside an all-glass box (including the floor) that moves on a track to the outside of the building. Lasting five minutes, The Edge enables visitors to see straight up to the sky, out to the sea and down to the city streets. Visitors who want to experience The Edge can purchase the upgraded option when buying advance tickets


2. Hop Aboard a Yarra River Cruise

For another unique Melbourne city perspective, hop aboard a Yarra River Boat Cruise. In Melbourne, Yarra River cruises are offered by a range of companies that take passengers up river, down river and all the way to Williamstown on Port Phillip Bay. Top choices include Melbourne sightseeing cruises, dinner cruises and sunset cruises. A classic Melbourne Highlights Cruise includes a trip up river (passing several gardens and historical locations) and then down river (past the ports, Docklands and Bolte Bridge).

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The Melbourne Highlights Yarra Boat Cruise

We opted to take the Yarra River Boat Cruise that featured Melbourne Highlights. The boat had outdoor space where we could stand, but we were unable to hear the on-board commentary. While Kris stayed outside in the sunshine, I grabbed a seat inside by an open window where I could listen to the historical facts and information about the sights – and still have an unobstructed view. 

Due to rising tides (no fault of the operator), the down-river portion of our Yarra River Cruise had to be postponed to a future date…and we clearly understood why. Heading downriver from the CBD, the boat has to clear three extremely low bridges: Queens, Kings and Spencer Street (which is simply impossible when tides are high). However, the downriver portion of the cruise was much more interesting to us as we cruised beyond the posh Southbank, under the massive Bolte Bridge and past the Swanson Dock container-ship terminal. 

Top Tip: The Highlights Cruise is actually two different boat trips combined on a single ticket – an Up River Cruise and Down River Cruise. The two cruises can be booked separately (Up River or Down River), but the combo Highlights Cruise is heavily discounted. Not a particularly fast or fancy boat, the easy-going cruise is ideal to see the sights from the river at a leisurely pace and learn a few fun facts about the city. 


3. Watch a Footy Game at the MCG

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Australian Football, Aussie Rules Football, Footy, AFL – figuring out what to call it is as difficult as figuring out how the game is played. However, Melbourne was the birthplace of the sport (with the first game played in 1858) and watching a match is one of the top Melbourne things to do! 

The place to watch AFL is at the MCG (which stands for Melbourne Cricket Ground, but is often shortened even further to simply ‘The G’). The historic stadium is one of the largest in the world and dates to 1853. Home of the Melbourne Cricket Club (another favorite Melbourne game, which we don’t find nearly as thrilling), the MCG hosts numerous games, events and concerts. If there are no events during your Melbourne visit, consider taking a tour of the MCG. 

Understanding Aussie Football

As a fan of American college football (or gridiron, as Aussies call it), at first, footy seemed chaotic and out right comical. To me, it looked like three sports – soccer, rugby and American football – happening at once in a ridiculous and reckless manner. Although there seems to be a complete lack of regulation on what looks like a rough game of Hot Potato, watching the fast-paced game is actually one of the exciting things to do in Melbourne…once you understand it. 

Basic Rules of Australian Football

Each team has 18 players on the field. The uniforms consist of incredible short shorts and no pads or helmets. Players can tackle and shepherd (push, bump or block) the opposing team members in an attempt to keep or gain control of the ball. A player is awarded a Mark if they cleanly catch a ball that has been kicked at least 15 meters. A Mark grants the player a five meter protected radius, allowing them time to set up the next play. In almost all other cases, the ball is live and the players ‘Play On.’

Points are scored with Goals and Behinds. Four posts stand at each end of the field; the middle two taller than the outer two. To score a Goal, a player must kick the ball through the two middle posts, which earns their team six points. A Behind is scored when the ball goes through the middle and outer post, scoring the team one point. The player can only travel with the ball for a distance of 15 meters before kicking, tossing or hand-balling (punching the ball as a type of pass) to another player or bouncing the ball on the ground as a way of passing it to themselves.

Easy enough, right? Now, go to StubHub to see if there is a game at the MCG during your Melbourne visit!


4. Imbibe in the CBD

Melbourne nightlife is lively (and sometimes the day drinking is, too!). There seems to be endless options when it comes to drinking in Melbourne – from the riverside to rooftops and plenty of places in between. Visitors looking to party late into the night – or those who just want a good beer at the end of a long day of sightseeing – can find it in the Melbourne CBD. 

The Best Melbourne Bars

For a classic Australian pub experience, visitors should check out historic spots, like Captain Melville or the legendary Cricketers Bar. The Melbourne rooftop bars are incredible and shouldn’t be missed! Our top recommendations for rooftop bars are the nostalgic Madame Brussels and contemporary Rooftop Cinema. For unique craft cocktails, visit one of the themed bars, such as the eerie Croft Institute or East-Vs-West Berlin Bar.  The riverside is a great place to relax and unwind; our top picks Ponyfish Island and The Arbory

Melbourne Craft Beer

A tip for beer lovers: The Melbourne craft beer scene is among the best of anywhere in the world.  Little Creatures, which is now brewed in nearby Geelong, ranks as one of our all-time favorite brews. Most bars have craft beer available, so ask the bartender what local beers are on tap. Or, better yet, learn about Melbourne breweries on a Beer and Brewery Tour


5. Take a day trip to Brighton Beach

Brighton is an affluent Melbourne beach town with chic cafes and posh stores, but the most popular attraction in town are the Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes. Situated in a line, the colorful Dendy Street Beach Bathing Boxes are one of the top things to see in Melbourne! The small, wooden structures, which were originally used as ladies’ changing rooms, have no water or electricity, yet have fetched sale prices beyond $250,000.

A few of the boxes are more than 100-years-old. Today, most are used to store beach-going equipment and provide owners a place to rest in the shade on long days at the beach. The beach boxes are somewhat of a novelty, but they are colorful, so don’t forget your camera to capture this top Melbourne attraction!

Brighton Coastal Walk

Extend your trip to Brighton with a coastal walk! From Flinders Station, ride the Sandringham Train to the last stop (called Sandringham) and follow the coastal path north to Dendy Street Beach and the famous Bathing Boxes. The 3.5 km trail through the foreshore reserve provides fantastic bay views. A clear view of the distinctive Melbourne skyline can be seen from Green Point – as well as a distant glimpse of the Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes. 


6. Tour the Parliament House

The stately Parliament House is a Melbourne must-see – and it’s open to visitors for free! The Melbourne Parliament House is where Victoria politicians create laws. When Parliament is in session, visitors can view the proceedings from the public galleries, which is one of the unique things to do in Melbourne. When they aren’t in session, free tours are offered that put visitors in the seats of the politicians in the Legislative Assembly Chamber, the Legislative Council Chamber and the central reading room of the library.

Find out more about touring Parliament in our post: 5 Free Tours in Melbourne.


7. Go on a Fitzroy Pub Crawl

Fitzroy is one of the most classic districts in Melbourne. Located northeast of Melbourne’s CBD, Fitzroy has been around since 1839 and features some of the best preserved Victorian-era architecture in the city. The neighborhood also boasts a dizzying number of bars – and one of our top picks for fun Melbourne places to visit. A leisurely walk from the city (or a quick ride on the tram) puts this area within easy reach for visitors.

Recommended Fitzroy Bars

Fitzroy was founded by the working class – and there is no bar that better embodies the spirit of the district than The Workers Club. The cozy corner pub is sure to have footy on the telly (AFL on the TV) and live music in the back. Hipsters huddle around the worn wooden tables and graffiti-style art covers the walls, making the place feel a little more edgy than some of Melbourne’s classic and historic pubs. With a regular line up of events and specials (check out the Monday beer and burger deals), it’s easy to understand why there is always a crowd.

Veer off the main drag, Brunswick, to find a pub gem: The Rainbow Hotel. The bar has been around almost as long as Fitzroy itself and features more than 100 brews (in both bottle and draft). The tap selections include a rotation of the best local beers. With so many choices, we relied on the friendly bar staff’s suggestions and weren’t disappointed. Even though it’s just a block from the main street, it is no doubt a neighborhood joint.

There is more to do in Fitzroy than visit pubs! Join a Melbourne local tour of the historic neighborhood, learn about the street art or sample fare from the best spots in Fitzroy. 


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8. Walk from Port Melbourne to St. Kilda

While there are plenty of sights in Melbourne’s CBD, it’s hard to resist a peek at Port Phillip Bay, which is just a short tram ride away. The waterfront is one of the best places to go in Melbourne on a sunny day. A paved path, Bay Trail, follows the coastline 4.4 km between Port Melbourne to St. Kilda Pier. The beachfront suburbs have small entertainment districts and the distinct vibe of coastal living, providing an idyllic get away from the city. Getting There and Back: To Get to Port Melbourne from the CBD, ride Tram 109 from Collins and Elizabeth Streets to Station Pier. From St. Kilda, take Tram 16 or 12 back into the city. 

Port Melbourne

The mostly residential suburb of Port Melbourne was once the city’s main hub of transportation (the Spirit of Tasmania still sails from the mainland to Tasmania daily from the historic Station Pier). The once seedy area has recently undergone major gentrification, turning it into a prominent district, while retaining some of the historic character. 

Bay Trail

From Station Pier, we jumped on Bay Trail and headed east to start our walk from Port Melbourne to St. Kilda. The paved path is shared by bicyclists, joggers and walkers and follows the sandy coastline 4.4 km to St. Kilda Pier. On the crisp and breezy day, there were only a few people on the beach, but many sailboats on the water. We passed an array of residential homes, from old Victorian cottages to modern abodes, all mixed together. The relaxing walk from Port Melbourne to St. Kilda took us about an hour.

St. Kilda

Once we arrived in St. Kilda, we walked the stretch of the historic St. Kilda Pier. At the end of the pier is the Little Blue Restaurant, also known as the St. Kilda Pier Kiosk. (The original building, built in 1904, burnt to the ground in 2003; the current structure is a replica.) Beyond the restaurant is the breakwater, which protects the harbor and is easily accessible via a path. A colony of 12-inch-tall Little Penguins lives on the breakwater and are often seen at dusk. 

Other sights in St. Kilda are a range of boutique shops, hip cafes and restaurants and the Luna Park amusement park. Spending an afternoon in St. Kilda is one of the fun things to do in Melbourne – especially on the weekend. 


9. Join a Melbourne City Tour

Although not a particularly old city, Melbourne has an interesting past and numerous sights. Many top Melbourne tourist attractions are located in the CBD – like the Royal Exhibition Building, Federation Square and Flinder’s Station. The stories that go along with the sights tell the history of Melbourne. Joining one of the Melbourne walking tours is a great way to get acquainted with the city. 

Sightseeing Tours Melbourne

There are numerous Melbourne tours, including highly-rated tours on Viator. Let a knowledgeable Melbourne tour guide lead you to the best spots in the city. In addition to guided Melbourne walking tours (like this one!), visitors can learn about the city on Bike Tours, Foodie Tours and even Coffee Culture Tours

Prefer to move at your own pace? Follow our Self-Guided Walking Tour of Melbourne.


10. Eat Dumplings in Melbourne’s Chinatown

Chinatown occupies Little Bourke in the northeastern portion of the CBD and is one of the most popular places to visit in Melbourne. Ornamental gates, hanging lanterns and a string of Asian restaurants, shops and businesses line the street. Visitors can sample a variety of dumplings on a Chinatown food tour  – or opt for the All-You-Can-Eat dumpling experience at the Dumpling House in Chinatown. 

Dumpling House in Chinatown

Located on a dimly lit laneway in a brick building, the Dumpling House entrance is marked with a bright sign. There was no kitschy décor inside the brightly-lit space, in fact, there was barely any décor at all. Tables are pushed close together (maximizing the number of diners) and drink lists are taped to the wall above the booths. All just part of the charm. The busy restaurant is orchestrated by the hostess, who sits at the desk. She will direct you to a table and will take your payment on your way out. 

All-You-Can-Eat Dumplings

The All-You-Can-Eat option is not listed on the regular menu and requires a minimum of 4 dinners, so inquire with the waitstaff. Once ordered, platters of food will start arriving at your table in an unstoppable stream. For us, first it was spring rolls, then it was pumpkin dumplings, followed by mixed vegetable dumplings, pork dumplings, shrimp dumplings and fried dumplings. Fried rice, fried noodles and pork buns were also delivered to the table.

We attempted to keep up with the hurried pace, devouring the contents of the plates to make room for more. Our favorite dishes were the fried beef and pork dumplings and the steamed pumpkin dumplings. The pumpkin cake was interesting and a nice sweet end to the meal. Honestly, there wasn’t anything delivered to our table that I didn’t like!


11. Ride the City Circle Tram #35

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Whether your feet need a break or you just need to get to the other end of the CBD, catch a free ride on the City Circle Tram #35. The old, wooden tram cars rattle in a loop around the city and include a brief, pre-recorded commentary that provides quick facts and details about many Melbourne sights. Definitely one of the best free things to do in Melbourne!

Find out more about the Melbourne City Circle Tram #35 in our post on Free Melbourne Tours.


12. Shop/Eat/Be Entertained at Queen Victoria Market

The buzzing halls of the Queen Victoria Market have all the ingredients – meat, fish, produce, prepared food, clothing and gadgets – of a thriving metropolitan market and is one of the must-see Melbourne experiences. While some markets like these become geared toward tourists, there is no doubt that this is where urban locals do their shopping, too. The QVM has indoor and outdoor booths taking up more than two city blocks. 

Read more about the Shopping, Eating and Entertainment at QVM


13. Stroll the Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne were founded in 1846 and provide a tranquil retreat from the streets and skyscrapers of the city. Take a stroll and breathe in the fresh air in one of the most beautiful places in Melbourne. The Gardens are open daily from 7:30am to sunset and admission is free!


14. Ramble through the Laneways

Melbourne’s Laneways are the minor streets found between the major thoroughfares. Created as side entrances, a means for deliveries and rubbish collection, the Laneways are now some of the best places to visit in Melbourne! The pedestrian passageways now serve as enclaves for trendy urban bars, cafes and local specialty shops. The city Laneways are the focal point of the Melbourne street art scene. 

Learn More about the History and Sights of Melbourne’s Laneways


15. Learn About the (in)Famous Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly is Melbourne’s most famous outlaw and his story is a favorite in Melbourne’s history. For those interested in learning about the legend, visit the Ned Kelly exhibit at The State Library of Victoria – or better yet, take one of their free tours. Actually, just go to visit the library, because it’s a stunning building, both inside and out! Other places to get a dose of Ned Kelly tales: The Old Melbourne Gaol and The Treasury Building (which also displays Gold Bars that are pretty cool).


16. Spend a Day in Williamstown

Once home to the Victorian Navy, Williamstown is a little port town on the bay that has quite the historic past. The picturesque streets are lined with historic buildings and the Commonwealth Reserve green space fronts the bay. Spending an afternoon in the historic town is a fun half-day or day trip from Melbourne. Williamstown, Australia is easily accessible by a Metro train or Ferry boat. Once in town, stop at the Hobson’s Bay Information Center for a booklet on Williamstown history, a town map and three outlined walking tours.

Williamstown Sights on the Waterfront

Before ships could navigate the Yarra River, Williamstown was a popular port. It was home to the Victorian Navy and many ship builders and remnants of that past can be seen along the shoreline. Walk the Gem Pier to see traces of the maritime history and take in the views of the Melbourne skyline from across the bay. The Timeball Tower on Point Gellibrand is another Williamstown sight. It was built in 1849 and used to ensure ships had accurate navigation for ocean crossings. It is one of only five working timeballs that remain in the world. 

Williamstown Community 

The Williamstown community is highlighted by many historic churches, schools and government buildings that are still in use today. Victorian-era mansions line the waterfront and Nelson Place is a beautifully preserved stretch of historic structures. Shops, pubs and banks still occupy the buildings, but the Customs House is no longer used as it was originally intended.


17. Admire the Architecture of the Historic Churches

The CBD is home to many religious buildings that rank as top places to see in Melbourne, for both their architecture and historical significance. We think these five religious buildings in the city are the best in the city: St. Paul’s, The Scots’ Presbyterian Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Melbourne Synagogue and St. Mary Star of the Sea. Use this link to Google Maps to locate the religious buildings. 

St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral stands catty-corner from Flinders Street Station. The Gothic building still appears grand regardless of the taller, modern buildings that now overshadow the spires and tower. It was consecrated in 1891 and features an ornate interior.

The Scots’ Presbyterian Church is in the middle of Melbourne’s CBD and parishioners have worshiped there since it was built in 1874. Stained glass windows depicting bible stories line the walls of the church, the oldest dating back to 1879. 

St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral stands on land that was purchased in 1847 on the eastern edge of Melbourne’s city grid. The church was consecrated in 1897, but the spires weren’t completed until 1939. Golden light fills the wide interior of the church, however we thought the most impressive views of the church are from the east gardens.

The Melbourne City Synagogue (formally called the East Melbourne Synagogue) was built in 1877 in just six months and now remains the only synagogue in the city. The Ark is placed in the direction of Jerusalem and is faced when praying. Services are said in Hebrew, men and women sit separately and men (including Kris during our visit) are required to wear hats.

St. Mary Star of the Sea is a French Gothic style church that was consecrated in 1925. When Melbourne was just a young city, the church could be seen from the port. We think the colorfully decorated interior makes St. Mary Star of the Sea the prettiest church in Melbourne.


18. Visit the Docklands

The Docklands, originally named Victoria Dock, were first developed on the banks of the Yarra River in the 1850s to accept migrants who were coming to Australia in droves during the gold rush. The area, which is west of the central business district, sat unused since the 1960s, when the harbor was deemed unsuitable for container ships. In 1991, a plan for revitalization was hatched and the Victoria Harbour has been undergoing a major overhaul since.

The Docklands officially became part of the City of Melbourne in 2007 and it is destined to be a waterfront live/work/tourist playground. Fun activities in Melbourne – like the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel – are in the Docklands. Be sure to check here for what’s on in Melbourne at the Docklands for your trip!


19. Tour the Shrine of Remembrance

Built in 1934 to honor the Victorians who served in World War I, the Shrine of Remembrance has evolved and expanded to include an intriguing Melbourne museum featuring artifacts from all Australian conflicts. One of the most interesting and informative things to do in Melbourne for free, visitors are invited to tour the shrine on their own or join one of the two daily tours (also free of charge!) of one of best important places in Melbourne. On Remembrance Day, which is celebrated on November 11, a beam of sunlight filters through the glass roof and hits the word ‘love’ at exactly 11 a.m. to mark the day and time in 1918 that the war ended. (Every half hour, a simulated light moves across the plaque for visitors to see.) On the walls are the national flags and below them are handwritten books including the names of every Victorian who served abroad in World War I. Also not to be missed is The Reserve that encompasses 32 acres of land on which monuments, fountains and trees to commemorate the Victorians who have served. A monument to those who served in World War II, accompanied by an eternal flame and flags, stand at the front of the Shrine. 

Find out more about visiting the Shrine of Remembrance in our 5 Free Melbourne Tours post!


20. Walk Sydney Road in Brunswick

Sydney Road has long been the main thoroughfare in Brunswick and it is lined with shops, eateries, government buildings and churches. Gentrification of the area has spurred the remodeling of historic hotels (a.k.a pubs) and the adaptive reuse of many of the buildings along Sydney Road. In addition to the restored hotels, there are vintage shops and an assortment of international cuisine due to the diverse culture in the area.

The neighborhood is further from the CBD than other inner suburbs (like Fitzroy and Collingwood), which puts it out of walking distance from the city. However, it is easily accessible via tram or train. We opted for the train (Upfield Line) and, disembarking at Jewell, we worked our way up Sydney Road, visiting a few pubs and shops along the way before catching the train back at Anstey back into the city. 


21. Make a day trip to Seaford

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Connected to Melbourne’s CBD by an hour-long Metro train, Seaford is a quaint, beach-fronting suburb and one the best day trips from Melbourne. The entire coastline is bordered by the Foreshore Reserve. Sandy paths – which extend 3 miles south to Frankston – weave through the protected vegetation, with several trails breaking off for beach access. If you happen to be visiting on the third Sunday of each month, don’t miss the Seaford Farmer’s Market!


Top Tips for Your Trip to Melbourne, Australia

We have covered the best things to do in Melbourne, but we have a few more tips for your trip! 


Melbourne Sightseeing Tips

Need more recommendations for these things to do around Melbourne? We haven’t had the pleasure of partaking in these activities, but they come highly recommended by fellow travelers!

  • Escape the city and immerse yourself in nature! Head to the Dandenong Ranges and hop on the 1000 Step Trail (which can be easily reached with public transport!) or hop aboard the historic Puffing Billy Steam Train and watch the scenic landscapes through the window. (Better yet, combine the steam train with a Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tour – get the details!)
  • Traveling with kids? You may want to check out these things to do in Melbourne with Kids: The Melbourne Aquarium, SEA LIFE Aquarium or the Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo (get tickets in advance!)

The iVenture Card can save you money on your Melbourne sightseeing tours!


Melbourne Day Trips

As much as we love hanging out in the Melbourne CBD, there are top Australia sights accessible on a Melbourne Day Trip. The most popular Melbourne day tours are include incredible scenery, local wine and wildlife.

  • The Great Ocean Road – Read about our Great Ocean Road Day Trip the coastline and iconic rock formations, The Twelve Apostles.
  • Yarra Valley Wine Tasting – Sip and swirl your way through multiple vineyards in the top Melbourne wine regions. Find out more!
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade – Enjoy Australia’s best wildlife – including koalas, kangaroos and the evening Penguin Parade. Book it now!
  • 3-Day Melbourne Adventure Tour, which includes the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the Grampians National Park. Get the Details!


Great Ocean Road Day Tour on a Budget

Great Ocean Road Day Tour on a Budget


Where To Stay in Melbourne

In Melbourne, we stayed in hotels, hostels, Airbnb apartments and even in houses while petsitting for friends. We think the best place to stay in Melbourne is in the city centre – and there are many choices of accommodations – to fit all budgets – in the Melbourne CBD. 

We have found that staying in Airbnb apartments is often less expensive than hotel rooms – with the added benefit of a kitchen and, usually, more space. (Not already a member of Airbnb? Use this link to create an account and save money on your first stay!)

However, for those who prefer staying in traditional accommodations, there are many Melbourne hotels to choose from in – or close to – the city center. Check out these top-rated hotels (based on guest reviews!) for your upcoming trip: Quay West Suites, The Como and Rendezvous Hotel. Or, start your search for hotels on – like we do! 

Budget Travelers can search for Melbourne hostels for affordable beds at places like Base Backpackers (in St. Kilda), All Nations Backpackers and Discovery Melbourne. For a true bargain – and unique experience – search for hosts on Couchsurfing, where travelers stay with locals for free


Getting To Melbourne…And Around

Our preferred method of getting anywhere is by flying (we are JetSetting Fools, after all!) and when we do need to purchase plane tickets, we start our search for the best deals on airline tickets on SkyscannerMost visitors arrive in Melbourne via plane at the Melbourne Airport. From the airport, you can take the SkyBus, a mini-van shuttle bus or arrange private transfer into the CBD.

In the CBD and surrounding region, there is ample public transportation, including a network of trains, trams and buses, which all accept fares via the Myki Card. We aren’t keen on driving abroad, but renting a car can often save time and money (especially when traveling with more than two people) – and it allows for greater discovery.  


Before You Go

  • Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia, Skechers and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
  • We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos). We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures, is slim and lightweight – and the new models are wifi enabled so you can share your trip pics to social media in real time!).
  • Be sure to have a good Melbourne city map (buy one on Amazon before your trip!) and guidebook for Melbourne prior to arriving.  
  • We think travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected with World Nomads.


Start planning your trip to Melbourne, Australia! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing!  Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!


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18 thoughts on “21 Best Things to do in Melbourne, Australia

  1. Love your list! Melbourne certainly offers so much diversion and there is always something going on. I miss living there. It was so very comfortable and easily to walk. Beaches, gardens and markets. I particularly enjoyed Queen Victoria Market.

  2. Irene

    Definitely Go to St Kilda. Also the Yarra Valley wineries do tours and not that far away and if you are here you can’t mid the Great Ocean road

  3. Heather Mann

    High on the list should be to catch a No. 96 tram from Southern Cross Station down to Acland Street – go past Luna Park, or better still get off when you see Luna Park and then walk around to the famous cake shops….
    my family always love doing that.

    Another good thing to do is catch a tram to anywhere, see the sites as you go along and then catch it back…

    Don’t forget Camberwell Markets every Sunday – from Flinders Street either catch a train to Camberwell or catch a No. 75 (I think) to Camberwell (we prefer the tram). Closes at 1pm though!

  4. Melbourne is such a great city that it’s kind of ridiculous. I’ve done a lot of these things and they really are great things to do if you’re visiting. You’ve put an awesome list together!

  5. I love this! Thrice I’ve visited Melbourne but unfortunately I’m still not able to check all the boxes you mentioned. I particularly enjoy visiting the Shrine as it’s such a peaceful and significant place in terms of Oz’s war history. Well-written

    • Thanks Vincent! I was actually a little surprised by how much we enjoyed our time at the Shrine. We could have stayed hours longer than we were there. Such interesting artifacts – and, like you said, so peaceful.

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