Things to See and Do in Melbourne

Melbourne is easily one of Australia’s hottest tourist destinations and one of our most beautiful cities well worth boasting about. Many would argue that Melbourne has the most culture and style than any other Australian city thanks to its luxuriant arts, theatre, dining, sport and shopping scenes. Melbourne is the perfect place for a weekend escape, a romantic getaway, an exciting tourist trip or anything in between.

More and more of my friends have been jetting off to Melbourne of late either to experience what all the fuss is about or return to one of their favourite Australian locations. With flights being so cheap to and from Melbourne to all around the country, it has never been easier to make a stop, or an extended stay, in the trendy and versatile city of Melbourne.

A quick search on Google of the best things to do and see in Melbourne immediately produces a huge assortment of exciting, educational or indulgent things worth experiencing. We’ve tried to narrow down (in a loose sense of the word) some of the best things you should put on your to-do list while there.

Sights

Of the sights Melbourne has to offer, a few of the top must-see attractions include the Melbourne Zoo,  Aquariam and Museum, the State Gallery of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens or the Old Melbourne Gaol. If you’re looking for some more active experiences, you could also take a ride on one of the many exciting attractions at Luna Park, see what goodies you can find at the infamous Queen Victoria Markets, have a stroll around the picturesque dining precinct along the water at Docklands, or try your luck at the Crown Casino.

Shows and Events

One of the best aspects about Melbourne, which distinguishes it from most other capital cities in the country is the prolificacy of shows and events constantly showing at various venues around the town. Whether you want to witness a spectacular demonstration of strength and skill at the AFL finals at Docklands stadium, an internationally renowned music artist at the Palace Theatre, a thrilling tennis match at Rod Laver Arena or modern ballet at St Kilda’s Palais theatre, you’ll be sure to find some form of entertainment to sate your cultural appetite.

Nearby Activities

Not only is Victoria’s capital city home to endless amounts of cultural experiences within its border, but it also provides a gateway to innumerable sights and activities lying on it doorstep. Some of the highlights include the wine-derful splendour of the Yarra Valley, the serene and luscious forests of the Dandenong Ranges, and the CBD’s nearby coastal paradises of Brighton, St Kilda Beach and Mordialloc. And of course, you can’t forget that Melbourne is the entrance to/destination of one of the most esteemed driving tracks in the country, the Great Ocean Road.

Accommodation

Melbourne of course has a huge variety of accommodation options ranging from the cheapest hostels for the tourist on a budget to the most convenient and luxurious apartment accommodation for those looking for a more comfortable and decadent getaway. If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay in a convenient inner-city locale, the Melbourne CBD Hotel is a great value option as it is comfortable and elegant, located right in the city centre and provides all the services and amenities you could wish for. Keep a look out for their regular, great value specials and packages to get all these features at an even lower price.

 

About Sam Oldfield

Growing up in Santa Cruz, California, I was a keen surfer and beach junkie from early on. My first overseas trip was to the Caribbean, and I've been chasing the summer sun ever since. I wrapped up my media degree at uni, and decided to move to Australia. The land downunder is full of beaches, babes and brilliant adventures. I'm just hitch-hiking my way around this sunny paradise, one travel blog at a time.
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