Welcome to Melbourne, Australia’s sporting and cultural capital. Located on the large natural bay of Port Phillip, Melbourne is the second most populous city in Australia and the capital of Victoria. It has a population of 4.9 million, which makes it the country’s most densely populated region after Sydney. Melbourne is internationally known for its street art and numerous live music venues. With many parks and gardens within the city limits, Melbourne is also considered one of the world’s more liveable cities. Mentioned below are Best places to visit in Melbourne.
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most famous road trips and can be done in a day if you’re short on time. You can do it in your own car, on a bus or through a campervan company. Along the way, you’ll see beautiful views and stop at locations such as Bells Beach, home to the Rip Curl Pro surf competition every Easter, and breathtaking Twelve Apostles rock formations.
Walking tours are also an option if you’ve got more time or want to explore outside Melbourne’s city limits.
Queen Victoria Market.
Queen Victoria Market is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. It has been around for more than a century, and is officially a historic landmark. Queen Victoria Market is a must visit for tourists, because it gives you an authentic local experience, with an added sense of history. At Queen Victoria Market, you can find some of the freshest produce in Melbourne. In addition to that, they sell retail clothing and souvenirs at great prices!
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens are a peaceful oasis in the heart of town, and they’re a favorite place for locals to unwind after work. The gardens have been in existence since 1846 (when they were called the Melbourne Botanical Gardens), but it wasn’t until 1857 that they were declared public property. Today, the Royal Botanic Gardens are home to over 8,500 plant species and an estimated 10-15 million visitors annually.
In addition to being a popular tourist attraction, the gardens are also an important scientific institution. The gardens serve as a seed bank for rare plants from around Victoria, and there is also a herbarium on site that contains about one million preserved plant specimens—including rare specimens collected on Captain Cooks Voyage between 1768 and 1771!
To get here: Walk down from Flinders Station or take any tram down St Kilda Road till you get off at Domain Road/Birdwood Avenue; take a right until you reach Linlithgow Ave and enter through Gate C. The cost is free but donations are appreciated!
National Gallery of Victoria.
The National Gallery of Victoria is a real treat. It’s a world-class art museum with free entry, and it has some amazing architecture as well as great coffee. You can see works by Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, as well as many brilliant contemporary artists – all for free!
It also has its own cafe, the NGV Cafe Lounge on St. Kilda Road. It does fantastic breakfasts and the view over the lawns is lovely (the building is next to St Kilda Road Gardens). The only disappointing thing about this place is that you can’t take your food into the galleries!
St Kilda beach
St Kilda beach is a good spot for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing. The beach has a boardwalk that’s perfect for indulging in the sights of the area. Of course, if you’re going to be visiting St. Kilda beach, a visit to the St. Kilda Sea Baths is definitely in order—it’ll give you a chance to take in the full ocean experience, complete with saunas and spas. The best part? You can reach it via public transit! Just hop on tram 96 or 16 from the city center (Federation Square), and in 15 minutes or so you’ll be enjoying all its delights!
Eureka Skydeck 88.
Located in the Eureka Tower in the Southbank precinct, Eureka Skydeck 88 is the highest public viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere, at 297m above ground.
While you are there, you should definitely take a photo for your Instagram account! After all, this is a great place to get an epic shot of Melbourne city.
Hosier Lane is a popular spot for street art in Melbourne.
You can find it in the CBD near Flinders Street Station.
Often you will see people taking photographs in this area.
Melbourne Museum is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere, and a fascinating place to visit. It’s located in Carlton Gardens, just north of the city center, and has free Wi-Fi throughout its expansive space.
The main attractions of the museum are Melbourne gallery, which documents Melbourne’s history; Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where you can learn about Australian indigenous history and culture; Forest Gallery, which focuses on Victoria’s forests and woodlands; Science and Life Gallery (also known as “Discovery”), where kids can explore science topics such as evolution and our solar system; and Children’s Gallery. A number of temporary exhibitions are held throughout the year.
Old Melbourne Gaol.
One of the most popular attractions in Melbourne is a museum, and not just any museum. The Old Melbourne Gaol was built in the 1850s, and since then has held Australia’s most notorious criminals. It also happens to be where outlaw Ned Kelly spent his final days before he was hanged in 1880.
The Gaol is located in the heart of Melbourne CBD at Russell Street and Victoria Parade, only a short walk from Flinders Street Station. It is right near Chinatown, so maybe you can make this your first stop on a day exploring Melbourne’s city centre!
Block Arcade Melbourne
You can’t visit Melbourne without taking in the city’s colonial history, and the Block Arcade is one of the best ways to do it. This iconic shopping arcade popped up on Collins Street back in 1891 and has been a fixture of Melbourne ever since. With its glass-paneled ceiling, Victorian-era mosaic flooring, and large skylight dome, this place is truly a sight to behold. It’s also home to some of the city’s best boutiques and retailers. If you’re looking for some high-end mementos to take back home, this is definitely one of the first stops you should make while you’re here.
Melbourne is a really cool city to visit!
There are many reasons to visit Melbourne, and it’s a good idea to keep them in mind when planning your trip.
- Melbourne is cool. You’ll have fun here.
- Melbourne is laid back, with lots of opportunities to chill out and relax. There’s no formal dress code—think earthy tones and sandals or sneakers—or need for urgency while you’re in the city. Just take things as they come!
- The food is amazing, with vegan restaurants that allow you to indulge in decadent dishes while feeling good about supporting ethical practices.
So what should you do when visiting Melbourne? Some ideas include:
- Visiting Queen Victoria Market, one of the largest open-air markets in the world
- Taking a day trip along the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles rock formation off Australia’s southern coast
- Catching a cricket match at the famous MCG stadium