Melbourne is a hip, dynamic metropolis, with an exciting city center, inner-city neighborhoods that are full of unique character, and lush green parks and mountain ranges where you can enjoy Australian nature at its finest.
The city is known for its many laneways, its cultural diversity, excellent dining options for all budgets, and amazing street art. It’s also known for being the coffee capital of the world, and for being regularly voted as the world’s most livable city!
Let’s explore the best things to do in Melbourne:
What is it?
Adelphi Hotel’s rooftop pool, which has swiftly become one of the most photographed pools in Melbourne.
Well, a glass-bottomed section of the pool actually cantilevers out over Flinders Lane, meaning you can spy all the tiny ant people scurrying along while you’re submerged in water. After an upgrade in late 2017, the rooftop pool deck is looking as fresh as ever.
You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel, though you do have to pay. Grab a spritz and your beach towel, and you’ll be golden.
An overnight stay in the hotel itself. Located within a hulking 1938 building on the busy CBD hotspot that is Flinders Lane, the Adelphi Hotel is a nice landing spot for those who value edgy design, location and first-rate service.
Located within a hulking 1938 building on the busy CBD hotspot that is Flinders Lane, the Adelphi Hotel is a nice landing spot for those who value edgy design, location and first-rate service.
The Adelphi is a gorgeously styled boutique hotel, from its signature zig-zagged floor right down to the ubiquitous lolly jars in every room. Redesigned in 2013 by Hachem, the hotel might not be as sophisticated as its neighboring Westin Hotel, but that lack of stuffiness works to Adelphi’s advantage, especially considering you’re sharing walls with some of the city’s hottest restaurants.
With only 34 rooms, the Adelphi can afford to be a little playful in design. Kitschy lamps, furry rugs and not-very-functional-but-still-cute couches line the corners of rooms, with the centerpiece king-sized bed a comfy standout.
The brightly-hued rooms also come with 40-inch flat screens (with unlimited movies), spacious bathrooms with rainfall showerheads and minibars full of free snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
Peckish? You’re in luck. Staying at the Adelphi means you’re seconds from Japanese diner Supernormal, the French-Vietnamese Coda and arguably the city’s busiest restaurant, Chin Chin (if you don’t mind the queues!). Downstairs at the Adelphi is also a sweet tooth’s paradise thanks to Om Nom Dessert Restaurant.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the rooftop. The Adelphi’s rooftop pool is probably one of the most photographed pools in Melbourne, thanks to its cantilevering glass bottom, which juts out over Flinders Lane. It’s open from 6 am most days if you’re one for an early-morning swim, otherwise, Friday evening is perfect for a swim and an after-work cocktail.
Time Out tip: Do keep in mind that you are on a bustling CBD street and noise travels remarkably well up those cobblestone laneways. Bring your earplugs if you want a solid night’s sleep.
Read more at https://www.timeout.com/
Stroll the botanic gardens
The Botanic Gardens are walking distance from the city center, and offer an oasis of calm, peace and greenery just outside of the urban bustle. They’re a popular spot for local walkers and joggers, and the breathtaking landscapes make them ideal for a peaceful meditation session.
With more than 8,500 plant species, the botanic gardens are colorful, gorgeous and fascinating. You could even bring a sketchbook and try your hand at drawing some of the beautiful flowers or backdrops!
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Experience an African adventure just 30 minutes from Melbourne.
Get onboard a guided safari across the unique open range savannah and spot rhinos, giraffes and zebras. On the walking trails come face-to-face with a pride of lions, visit one of the world‘s largest gorilla exhibits, see cheeky monkeys at play and discover a family of hippos in their wetland home.
For those looking for even more adventure, book into an encounter. Feed a giraffe, stroke a serval, see amazing animals on the Savannah from an open vehicle plus many more to choose from.
If you are looking for an evening experience the new Sunset Safari offers a three-hour program that includes dinner, safari and entertainment or for visitors looking for unique accommodation, check out the overnight glamping experience, Slumber Safari.
Children under 16 years of age receive free entry every weekend, during Victorian Government school holidays and on Victorian public holidays.
All zoo visitors and members must book a ticket online in advance.
Zoo visitor numbers will be limited to a maximum of 1500 people per day and all visitors (including babies and children aged 0-4) and Zoo Members are required to book a ticket online in advance.
Zoo Member tickets will be free but must be booked online in advance.
- Disabled access available, contact operator for details
- BBQ facilities
- Car park
- Coach parking
- Conference/convention facilities
Have a gourmet Greek dinner
Melbourne has the largest Greek population of any city outside of Athens, and the close-knit, vibrant Greek community always has plenty of cultural events going on.
There’s also the wonderful Greek Precinct, where you’ll find Greek cuisine of a standard that you’d expect in Greece itself! This area also has many Greek cultural shops, and the Hellenic Museum is nearby.
If you’re in Melbourne in March or September, you may also wish to check out the Antipodes Festival or the Greek Film Festival respectively.
Get sporty at the MCG
The Melbourne Cricket Ground bills itself as “Australia’s favorite stadium”, with good reason. Melbourne is a sports-mad city, and the MCG is the center of the action.
Home to the Melbourne Cricket Club, the stadium also plays host to the wildly popular AFL, as well as international soccer, rugby and various other events.
Originally built in 1853, the stadium has been renewed many times, and is the largest stadium in Australia, as well as being the 10th largest in the world: the record for the largest crowd at the MCG is around 130,000 people.
The MCG is also home to the Australian Gallery of Sport and the Olympic Museum.
Read more at https://www.thecrazytourist.com/
Adventure Clues – Street Art Scavenger Hunt
If you’re visiting Melbourne for the culture, then you won’t want to miss out on all of the amazing street art on offer. Some pieces are a little hard to find but well worth discovering. Adventure Clues has a dedicated cryptic street art tour that leads you straight to all of the most famous pieces without wasting time.
Adventure Clues tours are self-guided on your mobile and set out in scavenger hunt style, so you get to solve fun clues and learn more about each destination without the tour guide. There’s also a trail set in Fitzroy and Collingwood that leads you to hipster bars and cool locations – so there’s something for everyone here. Reasonably priced at $25 per person be sure to check Adventure Clues out if you’re looking for something fun and different.
Luna Park Melbourne
Step through the famous Mr. Moon mouth to soak up the carnival atmosphere and rides that have entertained visitors for an unbelievable 108 years.
Brave the heights of the Great Scenic Railway for spectacular views of the city and stunning Port Phillip Bay, or view the amazing glow of the 6,000 lights adorning the magical and heritage Luna Park Carousel.
Try out your skill at the dodgems, enter the House of Horrors if you dare, or simply get spinning, zooming, twirling and shrieking on the many rides and attractions with an Unlimited Ride Ticket.
Soak up the spectacular festival vibes while enjoying delicious food and drinks, it’s all about having fun a Luna Park. Can you even fit this all in one day?
Open: Every weekend, Victorian School Holidays and all Public Holidays excluding Christmas Day (25 December).
- Actively welcomes people with access needs
- Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance
- Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times
- Car park
- Conference/convention facilities
- Games/recreation room
See an AFL game at the MCG
What is it?
Victoria’s favorite sport. Australian Rules Football was born here, and to this day the Melbourne Cricket Ground (known more colloquially as the ‘G) is the best place to see it all go down.
It’s a bloody good time, no matter what team you’re barracking for. Rug up, get a pie, a hot jam doughnut and a beer, yell like a bastard, heckle the umpires and have a right old laugh at the little tackers having a crack during half-time.
Seeing a game of AFLW, as well. The women’s league of the AFL hit the big time a few years back, and what better way is there to support the athletes than heading along to a game? The AFLW season starts in February and ends in late March.
The MCG, truly one of the world’s greatest sporting venues, was built back in 1853 when the Melbourne Cricket Club had to find new digs because Australia’s first steam train was coming through the oval.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground has been a juggernaut ever since – the first-ever cricket Test match was played here in 1877, the 1956 Olympic Games were staged here and, on the last Saturday in September every year, the biggest show in Australian sport, the AFL Grand Final, descends on the ‘G’ to pack it to the rafters with 100,000 screaming sports fans (the attendance record remains 121,000 for the 1970 grand final between Carlton and Collingwood).
But the ‘G’ is much more than merely a coliseum for sporting warriors. Many huge music concerts have been staged here and the G-man himself (um, God) deigned to visit in the form of Pope John Paul, who held mass at the MCG on a visit to Melbourne in 1986.
Today, with the recent redevelopment of the northern side of the stadium (the venue’s biggest redux in 150 years), the ground holds 100,000 people and is home turf for the Victorian Bushrangers and Melbourne Stars, cricket teams. Four AFL teams play regular home matches at the MCG – Melbourne, Richmond, Collingwood and Hawthorn.
MCG tours operate on non-match days, accessing the stands, the coaches’ boxes, the famous Long Room, players’ change rooms and onto the hallowed turf itself when available. Bookings are not essential for individuals and small groups.
The MCG is also home to the National Sports Museum, Australia’s largest multi-sports tourist attraction.
Read more at https://www.timeout.com/
Iconic Melbourne precinct! The best thing about Brunswick St is the people. Here you will see people from all walks of life. Appreciate the social ambiance even before you hit the shopping.
Take a long stroll down Brunswick St which is full of interesting and cool establishments, such as jazz, bookstores, cafes, giftware and alternative shops! This place rocks – on a recent visit here a group spent the whole day just visiting shops and cafes over only a few hundred meters!
Check out cafes like Stagger Lee’s, Industry Beans (just off Brunswick St), and Madame Sousou. Not to mention internationally acclaimed bar Black Pearl, Indian eatery Mukka and vegan delight Smith & Daughters.
Brunswick St is a great place for vintage clothing. Relive the 80s! It’s also great for op shops. A popular stop is the factory outlets – get yourself some bargain Allanah Hill.
Brunswick St has been used as a location in the filming of Australian television series such as Offspring and Rush.
Smith St, Collingwood
Smith St has been transformed in recent years to be a trendy precinct full of fashion, great cafes and restaurants and boutique stores. Check out Lost and Found, an amazing second-hand store with several levels of wares where treasures can be found.
A must is to take a diversion to nearby Proud Mary, one of Melbourne’s finest cafes in a renovated warehouse.
For fine dining check out Saint Crispin also a hatted sensation. Or grab a gourmet burger from Huxtaburger (one of Melbourne’s best), pizza from Bontempo, and savor the vegetarian delights of Smith & Daughters and Vegie Bar.
Further down Smith St are some factory outlets including Nike and Adidas. Also, cool to duck out to the Abbotsford Convent nearby and check out the architecture and cafes.
Shop till you drop
Melbourne is renowned for its world-class shopping; in particular, Chapel Street is popular with both local and international celebrities for its excellent range of high-quality clothing or visit the former Melbourne Government Post office, which now functions as a shopping mall.
Bridge Road in Richmond is a great spot for outlet shopping, great food at budget prices, and excellent homewares.
Fitzroy is well-known for its eclectic, vintage finds, and further afield, Highpoint and Chadstone are excellent, large shopping malls with a wide range of Australian and international brands.