Recognized for its rich cultural heritage, great wining and dining options, and beautiful street art, Melbourne offers a plethora of unique experiences for tourists. Here are the ten must-do things in one of the most livable cities in the world!
#1 Enjoy the street art
The city leaders approved special areas throughout the city for the street artists to express themselves creatively. The graffiti they create are high-quality and ever-changing.
If you want to experience this incredible underground art-scene in Melbourne, make sure to take the tour organized by the artists themselves. They’ll give you an insight into who the artists are and how they create. If you’d like to view the graffiti at your own pace, grab a map of street art and start exploring by yourself.
#2 Drink the best coffee in the world
The users of booking.com have voted Melbourne’s coffee the best in the world, leaving behind cities like Vienna and Rome. Melbourne residents have a highly-developed coffee culture and Melbourne baristas are known for their coffee skills. If you’re a passionate coffee lover, all you need to do is venture down some trendy lanes to find amazing coffee.
It’s virtually impossible to have bad coffee in the city of Melbourne. But if you’re looking only for the best, check out the selection at “Patricia”. For true coffee aficionados, there are also special coffee tours.
#3 Party with rock music
The live rock scene in Melbourne is truly amazing. The home city of many iconic Aussie bands constantly attracts new talent from all around the world and live performances are everywhere. Some of the best venues to listen to great live rock are the Evelyn Hotel, the Post Office Hotel, and the Spotted Mallard.
#4 Winery tours
If you’d like to venture out of the city and see some of the beautiful Melbourne landscape there are amazing winery tours that depart from the city of Melbourne regularly. In true Melbourne fashion, coffee is never too far away either, check out Café Bus for example. These winery tours offer a very unique experience in renowned boutique wineries.
Visit rustic cellars where you can sample a variety of quality wines, as well as ale, cider, and gourmet delights for lunch, or local produce for morning tea.
#5 The Sporting Spirit
If you’re a sports addict, make sure to visit the most iconic stadium down-under – The MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) or the “G” to locals. Melbournians are mad about sport and this stadium is their favorite venue. The MCG is the largest stadium in the country and hosts cricket, rugby, soccer, as well as AFL (Australian Rules Football) games and can accommodate over 100,000 people.
#6 Visit the botanic gardens
Very close to the center of the city, the botanic gardens are a great change from the urban chaos. With their calmness and beautiful landscape (composed of over 8,500 types of plants), the gardens are popular among joggers and walkers, as well as those who prefer meditation. It’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a quiet picnic with your family.
Are you looking for world-class shopping? Then Melbourne is the right place for you. Visit Chapel Street, Highpoint Shopping Centre, and the former Melbourne Government Post office (now a shopping mall – Melbourne’s GPO) to buy quality clothes, Fitzroy for pre-loved fashion, or Bridge Road in Richmond for outlets and homewares.
#8 River tours
River tours along the Yarra River are a great place to experience the city center. With so many tour operators, there’s something for every taste and budget – you can even enjoy kayak tours!
#9 Go to the Immigration Museum
The Immigration Museum celebrates modern Australia and the various cultures that live there. History lovers will enjoy the various themes and stories it tells – those of the immigrants that built the country, the people living in Melbourne, and their shopping and trading habits. Melbourne is a multi-cultural society who has developed its own, eclectic culture and this museum helps explain how.
#10 The Melbourne Zoo
If you’re visiting Melbourne with your kids, don’t forget to go to the Melbourne Zoo. The zoo is a home to a great number of native Australian species and also a number of exotic animals from around the world. There’s also the Werribee Zoo although it is a little out of the town it’s worth the travel. It offers a plethora of fun experiences for the whole family (such as African safari) and events to keep the little ones entertained throughout the day.