Melbourne Aquarium

Things to do in Melbourne

Looking for a fun day out? Within an hour or two of Melbourne’s centre there are a myriad of interesting places to explore and exciting things to do. Plan your itinerary and leave the city early so you can avoid traffic and make the most of your day trips from Melbourne.   Top Day Trips from Melbourne   RAAF Museum Point Cook Entry to this awesome museum is FREE. Check out the planes, restoration projects, technology exhibits, and hangars. There are interactive flying displays on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Drive, hop on the Werribee Park Shuttle from Melbourne, or fly in – landing fees are waived for museum visitors.   Yarra Valley Wine Tours Drive yourself, take a private tour with an expert guide, or hop on a bus with other wine buffs to this world-class cold-climate wine region. There…

As Australia’s Garden City and a ‘Capital of Culture’ there are lots of interesting free things to in Melbourne. Here’s a quick look at some of them – these have been chosen for their fun factor, Melbourne character, and the opportunities for great photos.   Free Things to Do in Melbourne – Outdoors Melbourne Greeter Service How cool is this? A trained local volunteer whisks you off for a free guided tour of Melbourne’s top sights. Book on (03) 9658 9658, or ask at the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square.   City Circle Tram This is a top way to explore the inner city and Docklands for free, taking in must-see landmarks such as Parliament Buildings. Look for the City Circle sign at any tram stop on the City Circle Tram route.   Southbank’s Water Sculptures Great fun to…

Keeping the small ones entertained is a breeze as there are lots of things to do in Melbourne with kids – rain, hail or shine. Many activities are free, or at least easy on the wallet. Getting to places can be half the fun – kids love Melbourne’s trams and trains! And parents can relax, free from stressing about traffic and parking. Keep in mind that Melbourne often has four seasons in one day. So check the weather forecast and load your day-pack accordingly.   Outdoor Things to Do In Melbourne with Kids Melbourne Zoos Entry to these three world-class zoos is FREE for under-16s on weekends, public holidays and Victorian school holidays. 0 -3 years are free every day.   Melbourne Zoo is 4 kilometres from the CBD.  Must-see’s include the Orangutan Sanctuary, Trail of Elephants, and the walk-through…

Melbourne is jam-packed with cool, fun, inspiring and exciting things to do. This list of the top 10 things to do in Melbourne focuses on experiences unique to this city.   Enjoy These Top 10 Things to Do in Melbourne Listed in no particular order, these top ten things to do in Melbourne can be ticked off in a few fun-filled days or spread out and repeated over weeks!   1. The Free City Circle Tram Hop aboard a heritage tram for a free rattle around central Melbourne, taking in the sights of the city and Docklands. Look for the City Circle sign at any tram stop on the City Circle Tram route.   2. Block Arcade Situated at 262 Collins Street, this beautifully preserved architectural marvel takes you back to Victorian times. It’s home to upmarket shops, designer boutiques,…

Located on the corner of King Street and Flinders Street in the CBD, Melbourne Aquarium is one of Melbourne’s top places to see. Newly renovated and extended, Melbourne Aquarium is educational as well as entertaining. So it’s a fun day out in Melbourne for everyone – not just children wanting to meet cute penguins and frogs.   Things to do at Melbourne Aquarium At Melbourne Aquarium you can get up close to the thousands of fascinating marine creatures and observe them happily going about their business. Melbourne Aquarium has four themed worlds to explore over several levels. Croc Lair is an awesome new exhibit that’s the centrepiece of Melbourne Aquarium. It’s home to Pinjarra  – one of the biggest captive ‘salties’ in the world. Antarctica is even colder than a Melbourne mid-winter dawn and where the King and Gentoo penguins…

The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix – or Melbourne Grand Prix as the locals like to call it – is the highlight of the social and sporting calendar for rev-heads and would-be Michael Schumachers. With more thrills, high octane smells, champagne corks, and glamourous girls than you can shake a dipstick at, Melbourne’s Grand Prix at inner-city Albert Park is one massive adrenalin rush. With lots of parties thrown in for good measure. The city buzzes during Grand Prix week in March. And it comes to a standstill when the cars are actually racing. Not just because people are glued to their seats trackside, or hanging out of office windows along adjacent St Kilda Road, but because the Formula One engines are so unbelievably LOUD it’s impossible to think or do anything aside from join in the excitement. Those Melbournians…

Now over a century old, Luna Park beachside at St Kilda is a much loved landmark bursting with fun and unique photo opportunities. It may not be as sophisticated as Australia’s big, modern theme parks, but what Luna Park lacks in high-tech thrills, it makes up for in vintage charm and historic character. Entry is free so even if you’re not into rides and carnival games, go in and check out the retro attractions, including the world’s oldest operating rollercoaster – the ancient but awesome Scenic Railway. Kids of all ages love Luna Park. It’s also a cool place to go on a date. After having a big laugh together on the rides, you can then head to nearby eateries, bars, and live music venues for grown-up good times.   Things to do at Luna Park The atmosphere is olde-worlde…

Just 30 minutes drive from the crowded streets of Melbourne there is a ‘mini Africa’ where zebras, giraffes, antelopes, rhinos, and other wild animals roam freely. It’s the hugely popular Melbourne Zoo – Werribee Zoo. This 200-hectare open range zoo is home to iconic African species, as well as animals from North America, Australia and Asia.   Melbourne Zoo – Werribee Zoo attractions Werribee Open Range Zoo is the next best thing to hopping on a plane and heading to the wilds of Africa. The experience is so authentic you forget you’re in Australia. Not surprisingly, it’s high on the lists of ‘must-see’ attractions in Victoria. It’s especially cool for kids. A different kind of animal encounter to Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Zoo has no cages and very few fences. Many of the residents live happily on the zoo’s vast savannah,…

If discovering one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures for your pantry, wardrobe and home is your idea of heaven, you’ll love Melbourne markets. As well as offering a staggering array of cool, stylish and yummy stuff, Melbourne markets are great places for getting the lowdown on the latest looks and street styles. Many also have fantastic live entertainment.   Melbourne Markets – the biggies Queen Victoria Market Much more than a huge bunch of stalls, historic Vic Market is a feast for the senses and a quintessentially Melbourne experience. Covering two CBD blocks, it’s packed with colour, character, and goodies of all descriptions: fresh produce, gourmet delicacies, fashion, souvenirs, homewares, and heaps more. Open Tuesday & Thursday to Sunday. Queen Victoria Night Markets are held Wednesdays over summer, with hawker style food stalls and the latest from leading artisans. Prahran Market A favourite with gourmands and…

Docklands is Melbourne’s newest waterfront precinct. It’s packed with things to see and do. Centre stage is Etihad Stadium, where some of Australia’s biggest sports and entertainment events are held. There are also loads of cool cafes, bars and restaurants, harbourside walks, bay cruises, excellent shopping, and heaps of activities for kids, big and small.   Things to do in Docklands Docklands is fun to explore and there’s always something new happening. So it’s a great destination for a big day or night out – or both – rain or shine.   Docklands Outdoors Exploring the Docklands precinct on foot is a favourite activity with locals and visitors, alike. Docklands is rich in history, artwork and architecture. And flash boats. This makes for an eye-popping stroll along the waterfront and marina. A popular spot for picnics and promenading, Docklands Park…