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
Its a very nice trip and a great way to view the city and a rare opportunity of travelling under the Westgate and Bolte bridges and seeing them from that angle. I particularly recommend viewing the city from outside on the back of the boat as they are views you can only get from the water. There are plenty of good spots in Williamstown to have a meal as well. The commentary was interesting too and for the price it is good value.
Excellent and fun tour. Paul was so accommodating for everyone on the tour - going above and beyond for us to enjoy it. Paul’s informative commentary also was excellent. Lunch was beautiful - a truely wonderful tour day! Highly recommend this tour. The scenery was breathtaking.
Great, informative commentary. Very comfortable vessel. Very friendly and efficient staff. Not all parents bothered to keep their children under control so very noisy at times. Would recommend the 2 hour trip to anyone who wants to know more about Melbourne.
Parked at Crown, very cheap parking for the city. Walked across the bridge straight to the aquarium. Easy entry into aquarium. Kids loved it! Unfortunately being a wet day, it was packed! Still it was an enjoyable day.
The ride was pleasant but the boat lost both engines on the way back from Port Melbourne to the city. They offered us to jump in the next boat though but we chose to walk instead.