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Being the second largest Capital City in Australia, there is a whole lot to cover in just 3 days. To get amongst the action in the city, head Southbank and Fed Square and when you have had your fill, enjoy some recovery time at the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens. Just short distances out of town you will find St Kilda for a great day by the beach or Werribee Zoo in which you can expect more adventure than your typical zoo. Melbourne has long been heralded the fashion destination of Australia. Melbourne Fashion Festival in March is a main event, along with Spring Racing in October where the fashion is questionably more of the focus than the races themselves. It stands to reason then, that shopping is a big focus. You can find a multitude of shopping locations with vast ranges of clothing. If you are into your shopping, check out a few of the hot spots listed. To add to this, Melbourne is the café capital of Australia. Unique, individual cafes and restaurants are abundant in every part of the city and surrounding suburbs so make sure you get out and indulge. Check out our Melbourne Food Guide for a list of amazing cafes and restaurants.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

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12 Places

Day 1

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Gardens, Parks

Federation Square

Speciality Museums

Southbank

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Melbourne Central

Neighbourhoods, Shopping Malls

Tan Track

Hiking Trails

Day 2

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Zoos

Chapel Street

Neighbourhoods

Woods at Windsor

Restaurants

Day 3

St. Kilda Beach

Beaches

Melbourne Museum

Speciality Museums

Queen Victoria Market

Flea & Street Markets

Claypots Seafood Bar

Restaurants

Lynda C's City Tips

  • Trams are a great way to get around in Melbourne. There are free trams that operate within the CBD but for others you will need a Myki card. This can be purchased at many retailers including 7-11 stores and topped up online. This will also cover you on trains and buses. Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for more information.
  • Melbourne Bike Share is a great way to see the city. There are 51 terminals around the city and daily, weekly or annual subscriptions are available.
  • Melbourne Bike Share is available day and night. Simply swipe your credit card, register and you can have the first 30 min free.
  • Prices of food and drinks in Melbourne are on the higher end.
  • Tipping is not expected with your everyday dining; however it is more frequent in finer dining establishments. Generally it is good to tip a little.
  • Day time is generally casual and relaxed in Melbourne however this is also the home of fashion in Australia so keep it smart. Eating out at night varies on the venue, you will feel most comfortable in smart, fashionable attire.
    Day 1
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    Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
    Gardens, Parks
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    Lynda C Says:

    A short 20 minute walk from the city will have you arriving at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, a lovely, relaxing escape for a morning or afternoon. Take a walk around and learn about Australian flora, then kick back on one of the many grassed areas and soak up the sun and fresh air. The lake is the centre piece of the park where you will also find The Terrace Café. Entry to the gardens is free so it makes for an inexpensive day out for the whole family.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Have a bite at The Terrace Café and Tea Rooms which serves from 9/9.45 am (depending on time of year) until 5 daily. Choose from the A La Carte menu or book in for a High Tea or even a Gourmet Picnic.
    • The Aboriginal Heritage Walk will provide you with lots of information regarding the history of Indigenous culture. Available Sunday – Thursday 11am to 12.30pm.
    • Book yourself in for a Garden Explorer Tour if you would like an in-depth explanation of the gardens.
    • Between December and March the Moonlight Cinema comes to life starting at 8.30pm.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 488 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Always peaceful 27/04/2015
    • Beautiful and tranquil 26/04/2015
    • Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
    Address:
    Birdwood Ave
    South Yarra
    Melbourne 3141
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9252 2300
    Other:
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    Federation Square
    Speciality Museums
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    Lynda C Says:

    One of the main hubs in Melbourne, Fed Square offers many cultural experiences. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which is in itself of architectural interest, has exhibitions and workshops from 9am daily. The Ian Potter Centre, dedicated to Australian Art displays historical pieces through to modern day and has a suite dedicated to Australian Indigenous artwork. With Public Art Exhibitions as well as street artist and musicians you will find plenty to hold your interest here. Take a load off for awhile and enjoy the big screen featuring movies, shows and information.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the Fed Square website for a great downloadable walking map around this part of the city.
    • Show the world you were here by getting yourself in front of Fed webcam that streams live.
    • While you’re here visit the Melbourne Visitor Centre where you can also buy souvenirs.
    • Utilise free Wifi while you are at the square.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 488 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Public Space 25/04/2015
    • The heart of city 22/04/2015
    • Federation Square
    Address:
    Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets
    Melbourne 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    61 3 9655 1900
    Other:
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    Southbank
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lynda C Says:

    Stretching along the Southside of the Yarra River, Southbank is a must see and you will no doubt find yourself in the area for many reasons. A destination for fans of the arts, it is the home of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Arts Centre as well as the Concert Hall and Recital Centre. Eureka Tower is located here; it is the tallest residential building reaching over 300 metres and it offers amazing views of the city. It is also home to Southgate Shopping Centre and the Melbourne Casino along with a host of bars and restaurants.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Just a 10 minute walk down the Yarra will get you to South Wharf, where you can stroll along the Promenade and or shop at the DFO (Direct Factory Outlet). Yarra River Tours also depart from here.
    • Euerka Skydeck charges an admission fee. Last entry is at 9.30pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 488 things to do in Melbourne
    • Southbank is the place to be in Melbourne! 24/04/2015
    • Make time for this 22/04/2015
    • Southbank
    Address:
    Southbank Promenade
    Melbourne
    Australia
    Other:
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    Melbourne Central
    Neighbourhoods, Shopping Malls
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    Lynda C Says:

    It is worth your time to stop here to see the beautiful glass dome which is the largest of its kind in the world. However with 300 stores over 5 levels you may want to spend some time here! The food court and eateries will enable you a pause from shopping as well as a cinema if you really need a break. Melbourne Central is also home to Shot Tower, an impressive 9 story high tower with a museum.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Shot Tower is open Monday to Thursday 10am–6pm, Friday 10am–9pm, Saturday 10am–6pm and Sunday 10am–5pm with free entry.
    • If you find it a challenge to keep up with fashion and what is right for you, talk to the Centre staff about having a styling session in their styling suite.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 488 things to do in Melbourne
    • Busy 25/04/2015
    • Interesting Shot Tower, Make Sure You Go Inside 24/04/2015
    • Melbourne Central
    Address:
    211 LaTrobe St
    Melbourne
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 99221122
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 7:00
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 8:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 11:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 8:00
    Other:
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    Tan Track
    Hiking Trails
    Lynda C Says:

    ‘The Tan’ has become iconic in Melbourne for those into outdoor training. A 3.8km stretch of tan coloured track surrounds the Botanic Gardens and you will see all sorts of people running, walking and making use of the surrounding grassed areas to keep fit. There are now several events that are held here such as the ‘Go Tan’ run for charity.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Various training groups operate here, if you want to take part.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #191 of 488 things to do in Melbourne
    • Good run. Very crowded 08/03/2015
    • Iconic Melbourne run 27/02/2015
    • Tan Track
    Address:
    Linlithgow Avenue / Birdwood Avenue
    Royal Botanic Gardens
    Melbourne
    Australia
  • Day 2
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    Werribee Open Range Zoo
    Zoos
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    Lynda C Says:

    Unlike your typical zoo, Werribee is about wide open spaces for the animals to roam – in fact 225 hectares of open savannah. On Safari you can see rhinos, zebras and giraffes and along the walking trail, monkeys, gorillas, lions and cheetahs as well as native Australian animals. The park is beautifully maintained and you will enjoy leisurely strolling around. If you want to spend a little more time, there is even Slumber Safari – stay in a cabin over night and wake up to the savannah.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Have lunch at the Meerkat café or bring you own and utilise the BBQ and picnic facilities.
    • By car it is a 30-40 minute drive from the city. You can also take the train to Werribee station and then the 439 bus from the station to the zoo.
    • The safari tour goes for 40 minutes and departs every 30 minutes. You can also book in for behind the scenes tours such as the Gorilla Encounter.
    • As this is an open range zoo, the visibility of animals can vary however there is always plenty to see, just a little patience is needed on occasion. A worthwhile trade off to know the animals have quality of life.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Werribee
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • We love this zoo! 24/04/2015
    • great animal encounters 24/04/2015
    • Werribee Open Range Zoo
    Address:
    Werribee 30 minutes south of Melbourne City
    K Road
    Werribee 3030
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9731 9600
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 - 7:00
    Other:
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    Chapel Street
    Neighbourhoods
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    Lynda C Says:

    With over 900 stores, the serious shopper could really spend the whole day here. A wide variety of stores from boutiques boasting local designers, second hand stores as well as well-known Australian brands, it is a location for all tastes and budgets. Chapel Street is the obvious highlight of the Precinct but it also includes Commercial Road, South Yarra and Prahan which all have plenty to offer.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Hang around for the evening and enjoy the many great restaurants, bars and clubs and gay clubs. You will also get the opportunity to see ‘hotted up cars’ doing the customary ‘chaps laps’.
    • Stop in at the Prahan market while you are here which is popular with the locals for fresh and organic produce.
    • Catching the tram is easy from the CBD and Chapel Street Precinct has its own website with detailed instructions on how to reach your desired location.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #131 of 488 things to do in Melbourne
    • Great street on a Saturday 19/04/2015
    • Worth checking out 18/04/2015
    • Chapel Street
    Other:
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    Woods at Windsor
    Restaurants (Bar, Hamburgers, Thai, Australian, Wine Bar)
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    Lynda C Says:

    Since you are already at Chapel street you really can’t leave without sampling the bars and restaurants and the Woods is a great place to start. Very special burgers, tapas, amazing deserts and a great drinks menu all set in a cosy setting. If you can’t decide, the Chefs menu will make life easy. Or if you are up for something different, you can even design your own meatballs!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try the Lime Serpent cocktail for a fresh end to a meal and a great start to a night out!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 45 restaurants in Windsor
    • A perfect European food 02/01/2015
    • Beautiful place 06/11/2014
    • Woods at Windsor
    Address:
    108 Chapel Street
    Windsor 3181
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9521 1900
    Price range:
    23 $ - 78 $
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    17:00 - 15:00
    Fri - Sat
    15:00 - 15:00
    Other:
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    St. Kilda Beach
    Beaches
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    Lynda C Says:

    Take in the sea views of Port Phillip while walking along the boardwalk. Relax in the parks and gardens and enjoy a great selection of restaurants and bars plus a host of activities. St Kilda is certainly a must when visiting Melbourne. Only 20 minutes by tram from the city, it is a great escape for a half or full day. If you are feeling like a bit of adventure, fishing charters, jetboating, kitesurfing and skydiving can also be arranged and of course there is the infamous Luna Park to entertain the whole family.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tram 96 is the most direct tram from Bourke street in the city. These trams run every 10 minutes from 5.30am to 1.30am and it will take around 20 minutes to get there.
    • Claypots is a great seafood restaurant to checkout while you are here or if you want a quick bite, grab a kabab or a burger.
    • A running track has been mapped out over 4km, a great location to get some exercise in.
    • If you feel like a bike ride, utilise the Melbourne Bike Share which has a drop off point here.
    • St Kilda Esplanade Market – an open air gallery of artworks and souvenirs – happens every Sunday from 10am.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 488 things to do in Melbourne
    • Magnificent Beach in Melbourne 20/04/2015
    • Average Beach 19/04/2015
    • St. Kilda Beach
    Address:
    Jacka Boulevard
    Melbourne
    Australia
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    Melbourne Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Lynda C Says:

    The largest museum in the Southern hemisphere, boasting seven main galleries and a Touring Hall, this museum will even interest those who wouldn’t normally visit a museum. Many of the exhibits are interactive and there is even a Childrens Gallery to keep the kids entertained. While you are here, it is worth spending some time in the Bunjilaka Indigenous Museum. This gallery celebrates Aboriginal Art and culture with changing exhibitions and is well worth the money especially if you have not yet experienced this important part of Australia’s culture.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The tickets for Museum and Bunjilaka can also be bought online. IMAX cinema is also located here.
    • Get the free city circle tram here to Victoria Parade.
    • They have a kid-friendly café with great food. They even host birthday parties.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 488 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must visit 26/04/2015
    • Interesting 25/04/2015
    • Melbourne Museum
    Address:
    11 Nicholson St
    Carlton
    Melbourne 3001
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 8341 7777
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 7:00
    Other:
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    Queen Victoria Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Lynda C Says:

    The ‘Vic Market’ – a boast a wonderful array of fresh produce as well as clothing and souvenirs – has been a landmark in Melbourne for the last century. Limited edition fashion, jewellery and crafts made by local designers can be found in eclectic displays. This is a great place to stock up on gifts and souvenirs if you want to take a piece of Australia home with you.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Make sure you come hungry and sample from the array of delicious meals and foods available.
    • Stop 8 on the visitors shuttle or take any tram that heads north down Elizabeth or William Streets.
    • Free wifi is available here.
    • Unlike many other shopping destinations, you might just be able to bargain with the local traders.
    • From November until March you can visit the night market here which has more of a focus on food.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 488 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • All fresh 26/04/2015
    • Variety, value and fun 26/04/2015
    • Queen Victoria Market
    Address:
    Corner Elizabeth and Victoria Streets
    Melbourne
    Australia
    Phone:
    03 9320 5822
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 - 6:00
    Tue
    6:00 - 4:00
    Thu
    6:00 - 4:00
    Fri
    6:00 - 7:00
    Sat
    6:00 - 5:00
    Other:
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    Claypots Seafood Bar
    Restaurants (Australian)
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    Lynda C Says:

    What would a trip to the beach be without sampling the daily catch! This bustling restaurant specialises in super fresh fish and seafood dishes in clay pots as the name suggests. Art installations and live music will keep you entertained and you can take a seat at the bar or the courtyard to enjoy a drink or two. Come in for lunch or dinner.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • There are no bookings here so occasionally you may need to wait a little.
    From the community
    Ranked #678 of 3,185 restaurants in Melbourne
    • Great food, good value 21/02/2015
    • Best seafood restaurant ever 01/02/2015
    • Claypots Seafood Bar
    Address:
    153 Gertrude Street
    Melbourne 3065
    Australia
    Phone:
    (03) 9416 4116
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