Melbourne - Flinders St Station
How long to spend in Melbourne

Vacationers

3 days

Culture buffs

4-5 days
Topping The Economist’s list of the world’s most liveable cities for a staggering 6 years in a row, Melbourne proudly wears the crown of being Australia’s cultural capital. It’s a city made for ‘Culture Buffs’, with sensational food, excellent galleries, endless shopping, trendy laneways, awesome street art and a full calendar of cultural events – the list just goes on and on!

Globetrotters

Morning Federation Square & Degraves St
Afternoon Bourke St
Evening Lygon St
Melbourne - Flinders St Station

Flinders St Station

If youre staying in the CBD, hop on the free City Circle tram (no. 35) down to Flinders St station, cross the road and head to Degraves St for your first taste of amazing Melbourne coffee and the city’s laneway culture. This European-inspired laneway has some good cafes, restaurants and boutique shops.

Cafe's in Degraves St

Cafe’s in Degraves St

Back in the direction of Flinders St station, directly opposite is Melbourne’s most popular meeting spot and architecturally its most controversial – Federation Square. Experimental, modern, industrial, by many seen as just an eye sore. But love it or hate it there’s a lot to explore within the square including the Australian Centre of Moving Image (ACMI) and the Ian Potter Centre.

Melbourne - Federation Square

Interior of Federation Square

Directly opposite the square is yet other Melbourne icon – St Paul’s Cathedral. After checking out these sights all on opposite sides of Melbourne’s most popular intersection, Hosier Lane is also opposite Federation Square off Flinders St. This is just one of Melbourne’s many living street art galleries where the whole lane is filled with colourful graffiti and artwork. The lane is a continual work constantly changing and being re-sprayed with new art all the time. Another popular laneway filled with street art is just a couple of blocks north in Union Lane.
Hosier Lane

Street art in Hosier Lane

Head a few blocks east to the ‘Paris End’ of Collins St for the Sofitel on Collins. Why? This hotel has a well known but hidden attraction – the ‘loo with a view’. Head to the 35th floor and check out the awesome view of Melbourne from the large bathroom windows. It’s a free and easy way to see the city from a great height.
In the afternoon, if you want to get a taste for Melbourne’s famous shopping walk down Bourke St Mall. It’s worth ducking into the Royal and Block arcades to admire the classic architecture. Travelers with little ones could alternatively spend the afternoon at the Sea Life Aquarium.
In the evening head North to Lygon Street in Carlton, which is also known as Little Italy. Tons of great Italian restaurants line the street, the trouble is picking just one!

DAY 2

Morning Queen Victoria Market
Afternoon Southbank
Evening St Kilda
Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market

Starting in the northern end of the city this morning, the Queen Victoria Market is like Melbourne’s version of Covent Garden in London. Always full of bargains, a great Deli Hall and a bustling atmosphere, it’s easy to spend a few hours of your morning here.

Next head south to the Royal Botanical Gardens for a nice stroll when the weather is right. But if not cross the road and head into the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). After checking out some of the galleries follow the Yarra river around to Southbank (a large shopping centre) or stop for a drink in the middle of the Yarra at Ponyfish Island. Not far from here is the unmistakable Eureka Tower which is Australia’s 2nd tallest building. Eighty-eight levels up is the Eureka Skydeck 88 observation deck which has some of the best views over Melbourne.

In the late afternoon hop on a tram out to St Kilda, a hip waterside suburb. St Kilda, along with nearby Brighton is the closest Melbourne gets to a ‘beach’. There’s also an indoor pool, Melbourne’s Luna Park and the Palais Theatre along the coast. For a late afternoon sugar hit walk along Ackland St and head for the European cake and coffee shops – the selection of cakes is remarkable and extremely difficult to say no to!

By the water it’s nice to walk along the St Kilda pier. 30mins before dusk keep a look out for the penguins (behind the pier). St Kilda has a great vibe and is a great place to linger, so stick around and soak up the atmosphere into the evening.

Melbourne - Luna Park at St Kilda

Luna Park at St Kilda

Vacationers

Follow the Globetrotters itinerary for Days 1-2.

DAY 3

Morning Fitzroy Gardens
Afternoon Chapel St
Evening Yarra Cruise & Docklands
Today start off with a walk or run around Fitzroy Gardens and take a break by going into the historic Cook’s cottage within the gardens. Take a tram south to the Prahran market to check out the fresh specialty produce and perhaps a mid-morning snack. Feel like checking out some of Melbourne’s best shopping? Next check out the shops on Chapel St which could easily fill the majority of your afternoon.
In the late afternoon head back to south side of the city, head onto a Yarra River Cruise and get off in the Docklands precinct. This is a modern part of the city that only in the last decade has been transformed into an entertainment destination and still under further development. Check out some cool modern architecture and inspiring sculptures in the NewQuay area. Behind Harbour Town is the Melbourne Star Obsersation Wheel which has had an on-again-off-again relationship with the city but is finally now back in operation.
Webb Bridge near Docklands

Webb Bridge near Docklands

Culture Buffs

Culture buffs could never get enough of what Melbourne has to offer, but at a bear minimum could spend at least two extra days in the city prioritising some extra cultural sights most suited to their specific interests and tastes.

Follow the vacationers itinerary for days 1 – 3.

DAY 4

Morning Smith St
Afternoon CBD north
Evening Crowne complex

For breakfast this morning head up to Smith St in Collingwood which is becoming known for offering all of Melbourne’s delights in a nutshell – great eats, shops & vintage markets. Then venture back down towards the city and check out one of the sights in the northern pocket that suit your interests, such as the Melbourne Museum, Old Melbourne Gaol or the City Baths. For lunch head a few blocks south for Chinatown or the Greek Precient on Lonsdale St.

Melbourne Central

Melbourne Central

Have you had enough of Melbourne’s great shopping yet? If not, spend some time at Melbourne Central which has many big international brands. History buffs will appreciate this mall as it has been built around a historic shot tower and is the centerpiece of the centre. One block opposite is another centre, QV.

For those ready for a big night out, there’s loads of entertainment options and things to do to at the Crown complex, even if the casino itself may not be of interest there’s numerous bars, clubs, shops, a cinema, restaurants, shows and family-friendly attractions. It’s an extravagant venue but certainly an interesting one and is a buzzing place to explore.

DAY 5

Depending on your interests dedicate the day exploring some sights specific to your interests, here is just a pick from many…

Shopping buffs
Brunswick St
Gertrude St
DFO

History buffs
Immigration Museum
Parliament House
Royal Exhibition Building

Sports buffs
Melbourne Cricket Grown (‘MCG’) and the sports precinct

Other
Melbourne Zoo

Got more time? Consider these day trips

After seeing all the sights around town, if you have more time up your sleeve why not venture to someĀ of these fascinating destinations within close proximity:

Great Ocean Rd

Great Ocean Rd

- Great Ocean Road. Take a road trip through smallĀ  towns, beaches, see rock formations in the ocean (such as the Twelve Apostles, through there are no longer twelve), waterfalls, and a whole lot more.
- Mornington Penninsula. Beaches, wineries, hiking opportunities. A great way to completely unwind from the city life.
- Yarra Valley. Visit the cellar doors of Victoria’s oldest wine region, specialising in cool climate wines, Pinot Noir, sparkling wine and Chardonnay.

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