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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

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Australian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+10:00)
  • Country Code
    +61
  • Best time to visit
    The Australian fall, from March to May, is especially pleasant!

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What people are saying about Melbourne

Well organized but quite rushed, Christian kind guide and safe driver

Christian was quite nice, however we were 24 guests and difficult to talk to everybody. He was explaining some things, apart from that we were not chatting with each other. The other guests were mainly couples or groups of families. After start (pick up late b/o traffic issues) we had to speed up. All stops were quick with sharp timing. Additionally, during winter there is a strict schedule, since the goal is to be at the pinguins for sunset, meaning around 5.10 p.o. at that day. First stop at Moonlit Sanctuary with lunch, then walking around for 45 min. Definitely not worth to buy extra tickets for padding koalas or feeding kangaroos! At Churchill Island Heritage Farm 3 lessons e.g. sheep-shearing (horrible) and sheep-gathering by a sheep dog (quite ok). Thereafter to Philip Island. I had baught an upgrade for the penguin parade visiting. But that was definitely not worth it. Later all other people came to that special/expensive area anyway.

Penguin Parade Afternoon Wildlife Tour Half-Day Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/18/2019

Long day but we had spectacular weather and great views.

I can definitely see the advantages of the reverse trip as it was almost sundown by the time we got to 12 Apostles and very busy by then. Altogether a terrific guide (Chris) who made the day enjoyable. It’s a long day but the views are great.

Great Ocean Road Classic Full-Day Tour from Melbourne Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/09/2019

Great trip for a packed day in Yarra Valley/Dandenong ranges!

You get to see all the must sees in one day! Of cause because of the time limit you might not get as much time every place as you would like, but compared to how much you see, I think it is fair and enough time! Had such a good experience

Puffing Billy & Australian Wildlife: Healesville Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/21/2019

A good day out however be prepared to spend a lot of time on the bus

A good day out however would have liked to spend more time at Apollo Bay for lunch rather than at the first stop where we had tea as well as at the Great Ocean road memorial as not much to see here.

Great Ocean Road Day Tour from Melbourne Reviewed by Adele, 06/09/2019

Spectacular sunset over the Twelve Apostles!

Excellent guide! Paul was friendly, caring, well organized, great at answering questions, very knowledgeable, and a good driver.

Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/19/2019