This futuristic plaza is one of the most complex and ambitious construction projects ever undertaken in Australia, serving as Melbourne’s civic centre with cafés, restaurants, an amphitheater and several museums such as the Ian Potter centre with Australian art. There’s also a farmers market every Friday and a book market on Saturdays.
St Kilda is one of the liveliest and most colourful areas of Melbourne right on the Hobson Bay. Acland and Fitzroy streets are the main roads with bars, restaurants and shops. The cake shops are just too tempting! In the late afternoon, take a stroll along St Kilda Beach to watch the sunset.
The zoo in Melbourne is one of the world’s oldest zoos, famous for its large collection of native animals in a spacious bush setting. There are over 2,000 creatures to admire here and it is located only minutes north from the city centre making it a great place for the whole family.
Arguably one of most beautiful botanic gardens in the world and the perfect place for a relaxing and picturesque picnic. It displays more than 50,000 plants and is undisputedly one of Melbourne's most popular tourist attractions. Defiantly worth a visit on a sunny day in Melbourne.
Towering 279 meters above ground level, the Eureka Skydeck (Melbourne's observation deck) offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Melbourne, with an on-site café if you want to enjoy the sight for a while longer. It is the perfect place to relax after a long walk around town.
The Melbourne Aquarium contains multiple marine animal species native to the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic. Highlights include a 360-degree fish-bowl viewing area or, if you dare, try diving with the sharks! You will also find the largest collection of seahorses and sea dragon species in the world.
This nature reserve offers plenty to entertain visitors, but its definitive highlight is the nightly parade of penguins returning ashore and heading to their sand dune homes at sunset after spending the day hunting for fish. Expect to sight anywhere between a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand penguins.
When in Melbourne, one must visit the bohemian Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, an area which is well known for its many bars, cafés, restaurants and unique boutiques that remain busy any hour of the day. Catch an indie music performance, see an art display or shop at the area's exquisite boutiques.
Sport is a very important part of Melbourne culture and National Sports Museum displays wonderful collections of cricket, football, Olympic Games, soccer and many other sports artifacts. This is a great place for the whole family; the younger visitors will certainly enjoy the on-site interactive games.
Funfields is located 40 kilometres north of Melbourne and is an outdoor family fun park with rides to suit all ages. Here you can enjoy limitless rides all day on all attractions including toboggans, go karts, water slides, pony express carousel, the water playground and much, much more.
A trip along the Great Ocean Road offers magnificent views over the southern coast of Australia. The Twelve Apostles, large rocks rising out of the sea, are an especially interesting sight en route. Go on a guided tour or rent a car to fully experience this amazing place.
The historic landmark Queen Victoria Market is also called "Vic [email protected] or the "Queen Vi"’. At this bustling inner-city market you can shop for almost everything. The market is truly the heart of Melbourne and well worth a visit for both locals and tourists.
East of Melbourne you can find the Dandenong Ranges, a scenic area containing low mountain ranges, tranquil lakes, lush forests and cute little villages. Here you can ride an iconic steam train, cycle or hike in lush, magical places such as Sherbrooke Forest or just relax in a spa. This is a great place for all nature lovers who wish to escape the bustling city life.
Sovereign Hill is claimed to be Australia’s foremost outdoor museum. Here you can experience life during the Gold Rush, go on a gold mine tour and shop 1850s-style. The on-site Gold Museum chronicles the history of Ballarat, a city once built with the wealth amassed during the gold rush.
Only an hour's drive from Melbourne is the Mornington Peninsula. This place is sure full of fun. Here you can visit wineries, some of the finest beaches, hot springs and even swim with dolphins. The peninsula is also home to a few incredible art galleries, as well as glass-blowing workshops.
Melbourne’s Luna Park is a galaxy of amusements and sensations. From the jaw-dropping, eye ball popping super thrill rides like the Pharaoh’s Curse, Metropolis and the Enterprise, to the exhilarating rides like the Spider, Twin Dragon, G Force and the Coney Island Top Drop, you’re bound to have an awesome time!
Becco is a lively restaurant and one of the centre’s most popular Italian eateries. The speciality here is seafood, and if you’re a fish lover then try the ‘whole fish of the day’ special. Becco is most known for its innovative approach to Italian cuisine. You will also find an adjoining bar on-site.
This sleek and fine restaurant serves Australian freestyle cuisine with an Asian twist—it is a truly delicious gastronomic experience. For starter why not try a Japanese-inspired oyster shooter, for the main course Chinese-style roast duck and, for dessert, espresso chocolate marquise. Bon appetite!
This third-generation Australian wine family offers a memorable dining experience. Aside from the delicious food, the restaurant also offers a good selection of wines. Cuisine served is predominantly European, with seating available in the breezy green patio or at the rooftop bar.
This bar has a following. The Vineyard is a terrific place to start, continue or finish the night. It’s fun, funky, fabulous and very popular. Serves a huge variety of food including Australian cuisine and offers decent selection beers alongside the wines. Located in St Kilda.
The French Brasserie at the top end of town boasts an internationally renowned chef who produces modern French cuisine. These culinary delights are served in a chic environment with an inside and outside seating area. Opens for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Saturday.
China Bar Signature is the largest buffet restaurant in Melbourne, and one that offers the best of Asian cuisine. The food is prepared by some of the finest chefs from all over Asia, including China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Here you can enjoy dishes like sushi, sashimi, fresh oysters, Peking duck, yum cha, noodles and traditional Asian soups.
Imperial is located right in the heart of Chapel Street with a lovely view over the street action. This is one of the finest establishments in South Yarra, and therefore many come here to eat before they start their night out. The menu is varied, with a large selection of dishes to share made with fresh seasonal ingredients. Extensive local and international wine and beer lists available.
BearBrass provides a good reason to take in a coffee, drink or meal at a fantastic location in Southbank right on the Yarra River — you’ll have terrific views of the city as you stop by for a break. The establishment has recently been up for a short renovation, so do check their website to see if they are back in business when you're in town.
The wildly popular Laksa King is packed at lunch and dinner hours - no reservations and cash only - so do arrive in time (we advise 11.30am and 5pm respectively) to get the chance to indulge in some of the city's most flavourful and authentic Malaysian/Singaporean/Chinese cuisine and street food.
Onesixone is a longstanding club that has hosted multiple local and international DJs. The vibe here is intimate and exclusive on Fridays and Saturdays. You will also find a stunning rooftop bar with outdoor lounge where you can relax and have a cocktail. The bouncers may be a challenge, so make sure you dress to the occasion.
It is impossible to sample all the different varieties of tequila that Mi Corazon Tequila Bar has to offer. Go for the brands you never heard of and make sure to try out something from their delicious food menu first. To sample multiple varieties at once, join a tequila and mezcal tasting.
If you love pubs then you have come to the right place! Mr Wilkinson is a great place to go to and have a beer or a glass of wine at before dinner. If you have a hard time deciding, do not hesitate to ask the waiters, they have extensive knowledge about the beer and wines on the list.
This is, hands down, one of the best rooftop bars in town. The view does not get much better than this, and the big selection of vodka just adds on to the value and popularity of Naked For Satan, an establishment named after Satanovich, the entrepreneurial grandson of a Russian vodka maker who ran shop here in the early 20th century.
Myer is a city institution established over 80 years ago and the biggest single department store in Australia where you will find everything from clothes, shoes, accessories, beauty products to toys and home decor. The best goods to look out for are woollen garments, bush gear, handcrafted jewellery (particularly opals), woodwork design and ceramics.
This urban inner-city arcade is a style-laden destination for shopping, eating & entertainment with over 300 stores to explore. You can easily spend an afternoon here. There is also a decent food court inside the shopping centre, which makes grabbing a bite easy and convenient.
This arcade on Collins Street - Melbourne’s main shopping street - is a grand Victorian building packed with exclusive shops selling elegant leather wear, glassware and couture. The building itself is worth a visit and is often included into the itinerary of Melbourne heritage walks.
The Royal Arcade, connecting Bourke and Little Collins Streets, is at the heart of Melbourne’s shopping district and is lined with souvenir, deli and jewelry shops. The historic building still exudes an aura of times forgone, and is a welcome respite for a coffee break when weather conditions aren't most favourable.
The heart and soul of Melbourne, The Queen Victoria Market is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere, selling everything there is to find under the sun. When the hunger kicks in there are food halls where to grab a bite to eat. It is located on the corner of Victoria and Peel streets and is open every day.
The Prahran Market is the city’s best food market and is a great place to grab some delicious lunch and high quality fruit and vegetables. Also a place to buy sustainable seafood and other meat products. The market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and can be found at 163-185 Commercial Road, Prahran.
Melbourne Tullamarine airport is located 25km north of the city. A shuttle bus – Skybus – offers service from the airport to Melbourne city and operates 24/7, running every 10 minutes daily. Tickets are 1/3rd price of a taxi. Skybus also provides free transfer further to some hotels from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, the service operates from 6am to 10.30pm Mon-Fri and 7am to 7pm Sat-Sun. Skybus runs to St Kilda daily from 6am to 7pm. +61 3 9335 2811 www.skybus.com.au Airport taxis are available from the ground floor level outside all terminals.
Tram travel is free throughout all of Melbourne's city centre, with "free zone" limits clearly marked at tram stops and indicated on board the trams themselves. Fare payment is required outside the free tram zone, which is done by a chargeable "myki" travel card (works on trains, trams and buses), or - possibly a better alternative for short-term visitors - a "myki Explorer", a card that grants visitors unlimited travel on all forms of public transport in Melbourne for 1 full day. The "myki Explorer" also includes discounts on entry tickets to several local attractions, and may be purchased at Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square, SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station, PTV Hubs, and multiple hotels. Metro trains cover the city centre and suburban areas with Flinders Street Station as the main hub and run from around 5am to midnight. There are 5 central stations: Flinders St, Southern Cross, Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament. Buses cover the whole city and suburbia, and run from 5.30am to 11.30pm, with several routes operating throughout the night. There is a special Visitor Shuttle service stopping at key tourist attractions and destinations in and around the city which runs daily (13 stops including National Gallery of Victoria, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Aquarium and Docklands). Tourist information is provided on board. Bike Share service is also available for those willing to explore the city by bicycle, first 30 minutes of use are free of charge but a small deposit is required. www.melbournebikeshare.com.au You can also use the Yarra River as a means of transportation, where boat cruises, water taxis and even gondolas will take you on board. www.yarrariver.melbourne
Many of the pharmacies in city centre are open from 8.00am - 8.00pm or later. Two major pharmaceutical chains in Melbourne are Soul Pattinson and Amcal. Amcal - Southern Cross Pharmacy Southern Cross Station, Shop C8, 99 Spencer Street Docklands +61 3 9600 0294 Mon to Fri: 7.00am-8.00pm Sat: 10.00am-6.00pm Sun: Closed www.amcal.com.au Demarte's Amcal Chemist 380 Lygon Street +61 3 9347 6310 Shop 5, Lygon Court Shopping Centre Carlton, VIC 3053 Mon to Fri: 9.00am-8.00pm Sat: 9.00am-6.00pm Sun: 1.00pm-6.00pm Public Holidays:1.00pm-6.00pm www.amcal.com.au Soul Pattinson - Yarraville +61 3 9314 4868 4/1 High St, Yarraville VIC 3013 Mon to Fri: 9:00am - 7:00pm Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm Sun: 9:00am - 4:00pm www.soulpattinson.com.au