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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!

Melbourne Cricket Ground
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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!

Queen Victoria Market

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!

Eureka Tower

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.

Melbourne Aquarium
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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!

Melbourne Zoo
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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.

Melbourne City Centre

Melbourne City Centre

Tour Melbourne City Centre with sightseeing opportunities that include the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens and Hoddle Grid's historic lanes and arcades.

Melbourne Museum
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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 Melbourne 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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    Australian Dollar ($)
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    UTC (+10:00)
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  • Best time to visit
    The Australian fall, from March to May, is especially pleasant!

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What people are saying about Melbourne

Outstanding ... Spent 2 hours in the sports museum (not enough time) !

Outstanding displays and memorabilia covering most sports. Personally satisfying for me, as I "tracked down" my Uncle in the AFL Legends Section (Bill Hutchison). Would "do" it again !

Very friendly and knowledgable tour guide!

I had an amazing time on my tour! Kent was an awesome guide, very knowledgeable about the area, buildings and history of the city, and was also very encouraging during the kayak. He gave useful pointers on how to kayak more efficiently and held a conversation really well! Would definitely recommend this activity to anybody: beginners and experienced kayakers.

Melbourne City Sights Kayak Tour Reviewed by Leigh, 11/08/2018

Marvellous tour that, 22(chwenty-chew!) out of 22(chwenty-chew!).

Our knowledgeable guide Peter added personality to our tour. I had previously visited the MCG to enjoy cricket and AFL matches. IMHO, the best sporting theatre in the world. On game day, the murmuring of excited fans as you get to the ground makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. The atmosphere once inside is electric. Today's tour was different with only a few adults and school groups traversing the arena the 'G took on a Cathedral type atmosphere. Electricity replaced by respect in all sections. The sense of history, past glories and the humbleness of defeat was acute. The tributes to past champions invoked a feeling of deep admiration for their abilities, qualities and achievements. The tour also exposed the army of behind-the-scenes workers that it takes to run this small city. Passing the media room, I caught a glimpse of a ghostly figure. A silver head old man in a beige jacket looking over the ground and I swear I heard, "Marvellous shot that, it's 2/22". A must see.

Awesome way to spend the day in Melbourne area!

We had a few days in Melbourne and spend a lot of time winding through the busy streets. So this wine tour was a very relaxing and refreshing way to see Melbourne/Yarra Valley. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Chandon was definitely the highlight of the trip and they save it as the grand finale. Only criticism would be that they need to have better music on the bus. They last thing I want to hear when I'm having a great time and drinking wine is radio commercials.

Full-Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience with Lunch Reviewed by Karen, 11/05/2018

Very exciting tour with a high amount of information and stats.

Missed out on going through the dressing rooms because there was a Shield game on but the tour was very factual and informative. I am a stats type of person and while it was information overload it was excellent.