Whether you’re a tourist on week-long stay or have just relocated, there are a lot of things to see, taste, and experience in Melbourne, one of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. Here are our favourites.
- Savor a cup of coffee
Melbourne takes its coffee seriously, and coffee lovers are in for a treat. Professional baristas will happily discuss the wonders of different machines and coffee beans while creating your brew.
- Discover Melbourne’s outlaws
Built in the 1800s, Old Melbourne Gaol is one of Melbourne’s oldest buildings and definitely a must-see attraction, especially for the history aficionados. Have a feel of a place where some of Australia’s most infamous criminals were held, including bushranger Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor.
- Spend a day out by the beach
Picture-perfect Brighton Beach is famous for colourful bathing boxes along the beach set against the city skyline. There are windsurfing, yachting, boating, and cycling facilities as well as a barbecue and a play area; relax to your heart’s content.
- Swim back in time
If you’re not in the mood for ocean adventures, the Melbourne City Baths has a modern 30m indoor heated lap pool housed in a beautiful Federation building which has been the site of public baths for more than 100 years.
- Make an epic jump
Skydive the Beach and Beyond Melbourne offer tandem skydives. Jump from up to 14,000 feet above Melbourne and Saint Kilda and feel an adrenaline rush that you won’t forget in a long while.
- Soak up public art
Art is everywhere in Melbourne; all you have to do is walk along the city’s streets and along the Yarra river to get an upclose and personal look at public artworks. Don’t miss The Travellers along Queensbridge St, Sandridge Bridge, a steel sculpture that represents the journey of migrants from around the world to the state; Union Lane off Bourke St Mall, one of Melbourne’s most popular street art sites; and Proximities along Batman Ave, William Barak Bridge, a corridor of voice recordings of people from the 53 Commonwealth nations represented in Australia.
- Go on a market day
Operating since 1864, Prahran Market has a wide selection of heirloom produce and hard to find specialties, cheeses, small goods, artisan products, organic fruit and vegetables, beef, pork, poultry and game, fresh sustainable fish, seafood, shellfish, and crustaceans in stock.
- See wildlife in their natural habitat
Right in the heart of Yarra Valley, Healesville Sanctuary is a 30-hectare haven where you can have unique close-up encounters with some of Australia’s iconic wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, birds of prey and platypus. End the day in one of Yarra Valley’s excellent restaurants and wine cellars.
- Listen to live music
Melbourne has a vibrant independent music, and you can catch an act any night of the week Whether you’re into EDM, club, or jazz, there’s a top-notch musician performing it across the city. Check out Melbourne’s free street papers for venues and schedules.
- Visit an oasis on the city
Take a breather from all the activities and enjoy some quiet time on Melbourne Gardens, home to amazing and diverse plant collections such as camellias, rainforest flora, succulents and cacti, roses, Californian species, herbs, perennials, cycads and plants from Southern China.
Activities such as the Aboriginal Heritage Walk, Garden Discovery Tour, a ride on the Garden Explorer or paddling along the tranquil Ornamental Lake will delight visitors of all ages.