Melbourne always appears among the best places in the world to live, which makes it a fantastic place to visit and study. The city is known for its cultural diversity, opportunities, colour, amazing street art, coffee, and awesome green parks where you can enjoy Australian nature.
But perhaps Melbourne’s biggest fame is sports, like the Australia Open Tennis, Formula One Car Race, the Melbourne Cup horse race, and the many events held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). There is the opportunity to explore the city’s diverse galleries, cafes, and shops; walk in the beautiful botanic gardens; cruise along the Port Melbourne or Yarra River; or take jump aboard a heritage tram to discover Melbourne’s magic.
We’ve picked out 5 things to do in Melbourne that you must experience at least once. Take a read and get cracking on that ultimate to do list.
1 Federation Square
Federation Square is a venue for arts, culture and public events on the edge of the CBD of Melbourne. It’s home to Australia’s largest moving image collection and the genuinely fascinating permanent exhibition Screen Worlds. But this place also houses cinemas, blockbuster exhibitions, talks, events and a store. In fact, ACMI has been the location for some of Melbourne’s most popular exhibitions and shows over the past few years.
When Federation Square opened in 2002 to commemorate 100 years of federation, it divided Melburnians. There were those who loved it and those who hated it. Either way, it has become an integral part of the city and a great place for tourists to start their sightseeing. Located opposite Flinders Street Station, a major public transport hub, the building’s ultra-modern design of open and closed spaces contrasts with the surrounding Victorian architecture.
Map Location: Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne
Official site: http://www.fedsquare.com/
2 Royal Botanic Gardens
The Gardens are walking distance from the city centre, and offer an oasis of peace and greenery just outside of the urban bustle.
In the heart of green parkland extending south of the Yarra River, about two kilometres from the CBD. The Melbourne Gardens cover an area of 38 hectares with more than 8,500 plant species, it’s colourful, gorgeous and fascinating. But also, there is the Melbourne Observatory as a scientific research institution, the Shrine of Remembrance Museum which is a war memorial in Melbourne.
It’s a popular spot for local walkers and joggers, and the breathtaking landscapes make it ideal for a peaceful meditation session. Visiting the gardens is one of the best free things to do in Melbourne. In summer, live theatre is a highlight of the gardens, and a moonlight cinema is set up under the stars. This is also a popular spot for a picnic by the lake or a traditional high tea at The Terrace cafe.
Map Location: Birdwood Ave, South Yarra
Official site: http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/
3 Melbourne Cricket Ground
Home of Australian football and the National Sports Museum, also serving as a music venue and much more.
Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia, so it’s no surprise that a sports stadium sits among the city’s top tourist attractions. With a capacity of 100,000 people and a history dating back to 1853, the MCG is considered one of the world’s greatest stadiums. Explore the inner sanctum of the MCG, walk in the hallowed arena and experience where legends play by taking a guided tour!
Daily 75-minute tours take visitors for a trip down a memory lane of great moments in sporting history and incorporate the National Sports Museum, including the Australian Gallery of Sport and the Olympic Museum. You can also catch a game of cricket in summer or football during winter. Gain an insight into Melbourne’s sporting culture while exploring one of the world’s most iconic stadiums.
Maps Location: Brunton Ave, East Melbourne
Official site: http://www.mcg.org.au/
4 Southbank and Arts Centre Melbourne
On the banks of the Yarra River, a short stroll from Flinders Street Station, this area is packed with cultural attractions. Southbank promenade is filled with indoor/outdoor cafés, restaurants, and live entertainment. An excellent arts and crafts market is held every Sunday, and the area is also home to many festivals throughout the year. Easily recognizable by its spire, the Arts Centre Melbourne is a performing arts centre consisting of a complex of theatres and concert halls in the Melbourne Arts Precinct, located in the central Melbourne suburb of Southbank in Victoria, Australia.
Crown Melbourne is a one-stop destination. As the largest casino complex in the Southern Hemisphere, there’s something for everyone to do at Crown Melbourne. Firstly, Crown Towers is the go-to accommodation option for celebrities visiting Melbourne.
The Eureka Tower is Australia’s second tallest building; measuring 297.3 metres (975 ft). Its observation deck on the 88th floor is coincidentally called Eureka Skydeck 88.
One of Melbourne’s most unique bars is undoubtedly Ponyfish Island. Named after the mysterious creature apparently swimming in the Yarra River (Melbourne’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster), Ponyfish Island is a floating bar and restaurant. Access is via a single stairwell from the pedestrian bridge connecting Southbank to Flinders Street Station. Ponyfish Island serves classic breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes, as well as sharing platters.
Map Locate: St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Official site: http://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/
5 National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria, popularly known as the NGV, is an art museum in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Founded in 1861, it is Australia’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum.
The building is renowned for The Great Hall, where visitors are encouraged to lie on the floor and gaze at the colourful stained glass ceiling. Discover art, classic and contemporary, local and international at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).
Visit major international touring exhibitions and wander collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art at NGV International, the iconic St Kilda Road gallery with its famous waterfall and Great Hall.
Allow extra time for the fabulous gallery shop and its own impressive, well-curated collections of books, catalogues, wearable art and cards.
Map Locate: St. Kilda Road, Melbourne and Federation Square
Official site: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/