Top attractions in Melbourne
Best things to do in Melbourne
The sights of Melbourne may not be as famous as rival Sydney's, but the charm of the world's "most livable city" nevertheless draws tourists from far and wide. Melburnians know how to have a good time, and so will you if you know what to see and do!
1. Melbourne Cricket Ground
As the birthplace of Test Cricket and the "spiritual home of Australian Rules Football," it's worth catching a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground just for the atmosphere, even if you don't know what's going on!
2. Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere and has been the heart and soul of Melbourne life since 1878. Treat yourself to one of its famous hot doughnuts if nothing else!
3. Eureka Tower
Named after the Eureka Rebellion that ushered in Australian democracy, the Eureka Tower is the city's tallest building. It offers spectacular views from its Skydeck.
4. Melbourne Aquarium
Located on the north bank of the Yarra River, the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is one of the city's top attractions. Discover over 2,000 different creatures across 12 habitat zones!
5. Melbourne Zoo
If you don't have time to venture out into Australia's expansive outback, have no fear! You can visit many of the country's endemic species at its largest zoo.
6. Melbourne City Centre
Tour Melbourne City Centre with sightseeing opportunities that include the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens and Hoddle Grid's historic lanes and arcades.
7. Melbourne Museum
Visit Melbourne Museum to learn more about the city and its... well, everything really! From dinosaurs to early computers, don't expect to cover it all in an afternoon!
Planning Your Visit
When to go?
The best time to visit Melbourne is during fall (March to May). Not only is the weather at its most tolerable, but the changing colors of the city's foliage lend an air of charm to its Victorian-era buildings. If you can, try to catch the annual Food and Wine Festival during the first half of March!
How many days?
If the purpose of your visit is simply to see Melbourne's sights then you will need at least 2 or 3 days. That said, Melbourne has a multitude of festivals happening year round so consider staying for a bit longer if any of them take your fancy!
Good to know
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- Best time to visit
- The Australian fall, from March to May, is especially pleasant!
Other Sightseeing Options in Melbourne
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What people are saying about Melbourne
I went to the Great Ocean Road trip knowing that it will be a small group which is important for me in terms of being able to socialize on holidays. And, the trip didn't disappoint. The arrangement done by Paul(the guide and host) was excellent. Paul was very welcoming, warm and an enthusiastic host and guide. He was very very informative about the location history, culture and tradition of Australia and very entertaining and approachable. The price maybe a bit expensive than other tours but trust me, it is totally worth it. You don't have to go with huge crowds and Paul was very attentive to everyone's comfort and satisfaction. I know what I'm going to get out of the trip the next time I travel along with Paul and I'm looking forward to it.
It was a great experience as I personally like kayaking . However, there was almost no “Tour” in this activity the “tour guide” sometimes talked to a whoever was near him without bothering waiting for the others to come closer so they can hear him, I guess a microphone or headphones would have been a good idea to include everyone in the explanations and discussions while doing such an activity < again, at the end there we're almost no interesting information from what he provided > * The guy was fairly good and helpful :)
We enjoyed the trip very much. Seeing the Great Ocean Road was a bucket list of ours and we were not disappointed. The trip was comfortable and our Tour Guide, Paul was very knowledgable and helpful.
We had a wonderful time, Juliet was an excellent guide. She made time to visit with each mini group and was full of information and quite stories. Will definitely be going on more trip/ tours.
Relaxing and fairly easy considering the COVID restrictions and natural chaos which accompanies events with children and animals.