Melbourne’s vibrant lifestyle and culturally yet harmoniously diverse communities make this city an exciting and lively place to visit. While in Melbourne there will be heaps of things to do but not enough time. So while traipsing around the city, find time to at least stop at these spots below to make the most of your time here.
City Circle Tram
This is a great way to start off your time in Melbourne. This free tram takes a loop around this city’s highlights, and is an easy way to get around without your own vehicle. The tram conveniently passes each stop every 12 or so minutes and runs from 10am-9pm. There is also an audio guide that points out the significant buildings and important structures along the way.
Not quite on the tourist trail but well on its way, is the Dandenong Ranges. This charming area just 45 minutes from the city is full of rich rainforest, sweet walking villages, and scenic trails to explore. It’s a great place to get away from the city and into nature without traveling for hours on end. While you are here, make sure to take the charming “Puffing Billy” train ride. Billy puffs and chugs you around the mountainside as you sit back, relax, and enjoy the spectacular views before you.
Eureka Skydeck 88
You saw it when you first arrived, and it’s been catching your eye ever since you landed. That tall and impressive building over there. What is it? It’s Eureka Skydeck 88 and it should be on your list of places to go while staying in Melbourne. Providing panoramic views of the stunning city below, you will be able to see many of Melbourne’s major landmarks such as the MCG and you can even see the Dandenong Ranges in the distance. Don’t miss the opportunity to stand on the tallest viewing platform in the southern hemisphere.
Less than a one hour drive from the city centre is the wine-growing region of Yarra Valley. Here, you can bask in nature while sipping on your favourite red or white blends. Or perhaps you’d like to go vineyard hopping on a winery tour. Wine isn’t the only attraction though. For an epic view of the valley, hop into your own hot air-balloon, hit a few balls at the golf course or get a flying lesson aboard your own light plane. At the Healesville Sanctuary you can get up close to the national animal, the kangaroo, as well as platypi and emus. The valley is full of charming cafes and restaurants to choose from and of course, some of the best wine in the country.
This attraction is actually a bunch rolled into one. This square is the epicenter of culture for Melbourne as well as a lively meeting place for tourists and locals alike. This square has museums, parks, cafes, restaurants and galleries galore. While you are here, there will likely be something happening as this is a hub for many of Melbourne’s events and activities. With over 2,000 events a year held here, you’ll have a pretty good chance of catching a sporting event, market, film screening, or some other extravaganza here.
The MVC, Melbourne Visitor Center, is located here and could be a good first stop for you so you can get the lowdown on the area. The square itself is a cobble stone walkway that gently sweeps uphill, providing nice views of the city and Yarra River. Along the sides of the square are shops and cafes to explore. Should you have the kiddies with you, let them run wild and burn some energy at ArtPlay, a children’s dream playground with fun slides, sandpits, swings and climbing things. The Atrium is a spectacle on its own with its magnificent glass and steel structure. On the inside is an art gallery and special exhibition. There is much more to enjoy in this square so take a walk around and see what catches your eye.
Phillip Island has penguins! Not exactly what you were expecting to see in Melbourne, but they are here so why not get an up and close look at them. Visit this island to watch these adorable critters waddle around the beach. It does get a bit chilly here at night so bring a jacket. Besides penguins, there is plenty else to do on this island. Cycling, surfing, walking and hiking trails, water sports and fishing. It’s all here for you to enjoy
This is your spot to inject a bit of history into your stay in Melbourne. The Royal Exhibition Building is a magnificent structure containing galleries and hosting cultural events. With its expansive dome and genuine restoration, this place is one of the country’s World Heritage listed buildings. Nearby is the Royal Park where you can play a bit of ball or just relax on the greenery. When you’re ready for some action again, head to the Melbourne Zoo to see some exotic animals and other wildlife.
Great Ocean Road
This is a fantastic way to say goodbye to Melbourne as you welcome your new adventure. This amazing coastal road was completed in 1932 in honor of the veterans returning from WWI and runs for nearly 250 kilometers. Start your trek down this road and feel free to stop at any time. It might take you a while because there are some many amazing places to see along the way. For some great surf, make a pit stop at Torquay or Bells Beach, to relax under the sun try Apollo Bay and for a large town to make a stopover at, go to Warnambool. Should you want to see all of the sites and towns, it could take you around several days to complete.