Melbourne is a world city where cultures collide and manifest themselves in various restaurants, cafes, and attractions. This diverse metropolis has a Victorian-epoch feel because of the European-design of some of the buildings. You will have several things to do and places to visit during your trip.
If you are looking for what to do in Melbourne, here is a short list of must-visits and must-dos.
National Gallery of Victoria
If you love art, Melbourne will not disappoint, while in the city spend a few hours at the National Gallery of Victoria. It has two venues that showcase some of the world’s best artworks and has beautifully designed exteriors and interiors. Some of the works of Rembrandt, Tiepolo and Bonnard are on display. Learn more about art, admire the paintings and experience the fine points of Australian culture.
Royal Botanic Gardens
After exploring the city, an ideal stop is to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens. This green space established in the 180s covers two areas, which are Cranbourne and Melbourne. While going around the garden, you will see a variety of rare plants and other species. Botanists, gardeners or those that just love plants will find more than 8,000 species. Have a picnic, drink tea at The Terrace Café or just go on a leisurely stroll to de-stress.
Go on a Tram Tour
Trams are an integral part of the city’s public transportation network. They are also one of the most convenient ways to see some of its iconic attractions. The City Circle Tram provides a free way to discover the historic and beautiful structures of Melbourne such as the Windsor Hotel, Parliament House and the Princess Theatre, just to name a few spots. The loop takes approximately 50–60 minutes to complete and runs every 12 minutes.
Go on a Trip along the Great Ocean Road
Australia has some of the most stunning landscapes in the world. Use Melbourne as a base to see the beautiful coastline along the Great Ocean Road. The approximately 200km drive will take you to Port Campbell National park, the fetching natural wonder of the Twelve Apostles, the London Arch and a surfing hotspot at Bells Beach.
Drop By the Queen Victoria Markets
The Queen Victoria Market is a place to find delicious food and fresh produce. This local destination provides you with a glimpse of the city’s daily and the ordinary hustle and bustle. Have brunch at one of the cafes, try the hot jam doughnut or simply immerse in the routine life of Melbourne city dwellers.
Explore the Old Melbourne Gaol
If you are looking for a unique experience, a trip to the Melbourne Gaol might be what you are looking for. The most famous attraction inside is the mask and armor of the infamous Ned Kelly. The Gaol dates back to the mid-1840s, making it one of the oldest buildings in the city. Experience a ghost tour to learn more about its haunting and creepy past.
These are some of the attractions to include in your trip around Melbourne. The city has many other noteworthy destinations and experiences you can discover when you visit.