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, great cafes, and the truly fabulous Hopetoun Tea Rooms.
3. Top Shopping
Head to Chapel Street in South Yarra for the best shopping in Australia. Fashionistas also flock to Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, for vintage and left-of-the-field designs.
4. National Gallery of Victoria
This world-class gallery boasts an awesome collection of Australian and European art. It also regularly shows collections from overseas museums. Top off your tour with high tea at the Gallery’s Tea Room.
5. Melbourne Aquarium
Here you can see sharks, crocodiles, penguins, and heaps of other marine critters bang in the middle of the city!
6. Melbourne Zoo
A showcase for 300 native and exotic species, Melbourne Zoo is just 4 kilometres from the CBD. Highlights include the walk-though Butterfly House, Elephant Trail, Baboon Lookout, and Growing Wild – an interactive exhibit that’s a big hit with kids.
7. Melbourne Cricket Ground
Considered hallowed ground by sports nuts, the MCG has hosted countless historic sports showdowns, including the 1956 Olympic Games, The Ashes, and AFL Grand Finals. Prepare to be blown away by the priceless memorabilia at the MCG’s National Sports Museum.
8. Royal Botanic Gardens
The Garden City’s pride and joy has massive trees, beautiful lawns, and spectacular displays of flora from Australia and the world – a top place to stroll, picnic, and chill out.
9. Sun Theatre Yarraville
This restored Art Deco picture theatre epitomises Melbourne Indie cool. Kick back in a red velvet chair or leather sofa, champagne in one hand, choc top in the other, to enjoy a film in unique surroundings.
10. Live Music at The Esplanade
For something a bit different, catch a gig at the Espy Hotel beachside in St Kilda. Mark Twain stayed here, Paul Kelly recorded here, and just about every top Aussie muso from the past 100 years has performed at this iconic venue.
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