Visit Melbourne and you'll fall in love!
Melbourne is Australia’s heart of culture. Since its settlement in 1835, Melbourne has developed into foodies, fashionatics, and sporting mecca of Australia.
A visit to Melbourne can be a treasure hunt. Things are just not always where they should be, so don’t shy away from our many alleyways. One of the best bars or restaurants could be on the laneway or alleyway would you just walked past.
An easy day trip from Melbourne, you can be panning for gold in Ballarat, awing at the sight of the twelve apostles on the Great Oceans road, visiting the sight of defence at Point Nepean, enjoying a wine in the Mornington Peninsula or seeing the penguin parade in Phillip Island.
(Recommended) Day trips from Melbourne
Tourist visit Melbourne for a lot of different reasons; so whether you’re here for an adventure, business, or relaxation, there are plenty of options for where you can stay.
Melbourne is a lively modern metropolis, so there are many different accommodation and hotel choices to fit everyone’s budget and who you’re travelling with. Whether you’re a nomad, solo female traveller, here for a romantic getaway or having a crazy weekend away, there is something for everyone.
Where to stay?
Melbourne CBD is perfect for the business person. It also is the easiest to get a location to get around Melbourne as all public transport from the heart of Flinders Street Station does flow through the city. But are you here to change your luck? Southbank is great for access to the Crown Casino complex and the Eureka Tower. St Kilda, Port Melbourne is perfect for the beachgoer and somewhere away from the central business hassle and Bussell. Richmond and Prahran are great for the fashionista and also has loads of trendy bars and restaurants. A little more alternative or the famous Melbourne hipster vibe? Try Brunswick or Fitzroy.
Melbourne has a selection of luxury hotels, service apartments, guest houses, hostels, motels, and camping grounds all around, so you will always find somewhere to stay.
Melbourne is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Australia, so you will definitely find somewhere amazing to dine. There are thousands of great places to eat, and you will never be short of a restaurant, cafe, coffee shop, or bakery. Most definitely spoiled for choice!
Want a good restaurant? Try one of the below locations!! You will not be disappointed by the lack of selections.
Lygon Street, Carlton
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Acland Street, St Kilda
Victoria Street, Abbotsford
Chinatown, City Centre.
Are you the type of person who likes experience with your food? Sightseeing and eating at the same time? Melbourne has a fantastic tram restaurant (similar style to the free city circle tram) that takes you around Melbourne whilst you enjoy a great meal. Ensure you make a reservation though, as this is a favourite with tourist. There are also lots of great foodies tours as well.
If markets are you thing, visit one of the below. There are many fresh food choices where you can enjoy many delicatessens.
South Melbourne Market
322 Coventry St, Melbourne VIC 3205
Queen Victorian Market
513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Camberwell Sunday Market
Camberwell Sunday Market Station St, Camberwell VIC 3124
163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
Summer – December to February
Autumn – March to May
Winter – June to August
Spring – September to November
Many tourist visit Melbourne for shopping. There are many great places to shop in Melbourne and will suit many styles, from your modern conservative style to something a little bit more outrageous.
The centre of shopping in the Melbourne central business district in Bourke street mall, which hosts 2 major Australian department stores as well as many other fashion chain stores.
Do you want something a little bit more unique? Venture down the laneways or hidden arcades where you are bound to find a one of dress or maybe a pre-loved piece of jewellery that will make your outfit unique.
Just outside the city is the famous Chapel street where you can buy something, no matter how large or small your budget or even if your style is quaint or quirky. While shopping on this street, you must take a break at one of the many great cafes and rest your feet. If its outlet shopping you are looking for, then It is definitely worth a short tram out of Melbourne city to Bridge Road in Richmond. There are also 2 DFO’S (Direct Factory Outlet) close by at Spencer street or the Docklands for great bargain.
Don't head to Melbourne without these!
Your visit to Melbourne wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the unique sport of AFL that originated right here. With 9 of the 18 teams being from Melbourne, this game is definitely worth a see. Try catching a game at the MCG. You definitely won’t be disappointed with the amazing atmosphere and speed of the players. I guarantee you will be consumed and singing along to the winning teams’ song by the end.
Melbourne also boasts its sporting spirit by having many stadiums built with on the CBD edge. Below are the lists of our sports that can be watched and enjoyed here –
This is a great sport where you can enjoy a stubby and get a tan at the same time. Cricket is the big summer sport here and has the Melbourne Cricket Ground (One of the world’s largest and leading grounds) as its home. The boxing day test match definitely is a must if you are visiting at that time of the year.
People from all over the world come to watch this loved sport of Tennis with some tourist even booking their accommodation a year in advance. Each January over two weeks, Melbourne is proud to host our very own ‘Australian Open,’ one of the world’s four Grand Slam championships. Rod labour arena and surrounding courts host this world event, which is conveniently close to the CBD and public transport access.
Spring carnival season kicks, and this time is a great time of year to visit. People from Melbourne enjoys a champagne breakfast while ladies adjust their fascinators and men put on their suits. Horse racing is a passion in Melbournians with a majority of the state having a public holiday on the first Tuesday of November for the racing of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington racecourse, one of the world’s famous horse races.
Formula-One Grand Prix
Melbourne hosts the first race of the Formula-One season. Albert Park in South Melbourne is the place to be in March for and car racing enthusiast.
Melbourne Storm is our local team! The league has teams throughout Australia, plus one in New Zealand and is enjoyed but the whole country, not just Melbourne. If you can, find a great pub or bar to enjoy the game and be consumers but the culture and experience. The Melbourne Rebels play rugby union in Super Rugby, which features four other Australian sides and five each in New Zealand and South Africa.