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Seeing Melbourne like a Local

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Melbourne has so many things to offer; from the sporting scene, to the arts, to the nightlife and finally the food, there is something for everyone. I love to explore my city and to play tourist - there is always something new to experience and discover. Come with me and see Melbourne like a local!

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

32 Places

9 City Tips

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32 Places

The Langham, Melbourne

Hotels

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Brunetti

Restaurants

Melbourne Zoo

Gardens, Zoos

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Melbourne Gardens

Gardens, Parks

Federation Square

Speciality Museums

KereKere Green

Restaurants

Old Melbourne Gaol

Historic Sites

Shrine of Remembrance

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums, Military Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

National Gallery of Victoria

Art Museums

Collins Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Stalactites

Restaurants

City Circle Tram

Tramways

Crown Casino

Casinos

Yarra River

Bodies of Water

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Aquariums

Melbourne Central

Neighbourhoods, Shopping Malls

Melbourne Museum

Speciality Museums

Dandenong Ranges

Mountains, National Parks

Luna Park Melbourne

Theme Parks

Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

Speciality Museums

Degraves Street

Neighbourhoods, Flea & Street Markets

Newport Lakes Parkland

Parks, Bodies of Water

Scienceworks

Speciality Museums

Healesville Sanctuary

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Valleys, Zoos

Sovereign Hill

Historic Sites, History Museums

Madame Brussels

Bars & Clubs

Flower Drum

Restaurants

Peninsula Hot Springs

Spas

Holgate Brewhouse

Breweries

Daylesford

Destinations

snuff82Melbourne's City Tips

  • VLine is the regional rail which is a good option for day trips and for touring, however, the stations can be situated outside of the town or away from the main attractions.
  • If you are new to Melbourne, check out sites such as "Weekend Notes"; "The White Hat Guide" or "What's on in Melbourne".
  • The SkyBus is the cheapest and quickest way to get to/from Tullamarine Airport and runs express to Southern Cross station which is a major transportation hub in the city.
  • Melbourne taxis can be hit-and-miss; they all operate on a meter system (no haggling) with a pre-paid system in place after 10:30 (which is applied variably).
  • On public holidays, some restaurants will add an extra fee to the bill (this is to cover the penalty rates) - it should be clearly stated on the menu or at your table.
  • Tipping is not required within Melbourne, or Australia, for that matter. If you'd like to add a tip, around 10% is a good guide at a restaurant.
  • The trams within the city are free (Free Tram Zone) will be marked on the tram stop and announced on the tram itself.
  • Within the CBD area there is a free tram (City Circle) which does a loop and provides audio commentary. It's often busy, but it's worth catching to orient yourself to the city
  • A MyKi is required for travel outside of the CBD on public transport. Buy them at the train station; tram stop or 7/11. Myki money is best for the traveller.
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    The Langham, Melbourne
    Hotels
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    The Langham is the ultimate in luxury accommodation within the heart of Melbourne. It is the attention to detail from the staff which makes all the difference - from bringing a cake to the table when having buffet breakfast with a friend for her birthday (even as a non-hotel guest), to a cake and card in our room when I stayed for an anniversary. If you're wanting to indulge, or treat someone special look into staying here. If you're on a tighter budget, look into a meal at Melba's or their high tea.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • High tea is divine - on the weekends and during school holidays, they often do special "themed events" so watch out for these
    • The buffet breakfast is a favourite with hotel and non-hotel patrons alike. The pancakes and chocolate fountain will be a hit with the kids (and those with a sweet tooth)
    • If you're really keen to stay here, but are on a bit of a budget, check Wotif for budget rates
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 161 Hotels in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Location 19/11/2017
    • Always a pleasure to stay at The Langham 18/11/2017
    • The Langham, Melbourne
    Address:
    1 Southgate Ave
    Melbourne, Victoria 3006
    Australia
    Phone:
    011 61 3 8592 7068
    Other:
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    St. Patrick's Cathedral
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    This beautiful cathedral is a lovely example of the Gothic style and is a peaceful place to visit. The gardens around feature statues of prominent Catholic figures as well as a water feature and gardens. From the cathedral you have a lovely view back over the city (down the 'Paris end' of Collins Street). Some points of interest: one of the gargoyles on the outside of the cathedral is a caricature of our former Premier, Jeff Kennett - this was done during the restoration. Also, when walking down the main aisle, have a look at the two centre passages - they were completed by different architects and are distinctly different!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Mass is typically at 1pm - you should avoid visiting at this time so as to avoid disrupting the service.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great old church 19/11/2017
    • Imposing but Beautiful 14/11/2017
    • St. Patrick's Cathedral
    Address:
    1 Cathedral Pl
    Melbourne, Victoria 3002
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9662 2233
    Other:
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    Brunetti
    Restaurants (Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean, European)
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    Brunetti's is a Lygon Street institution - famous for great coffee and wonderful pastries (and cakes...) it's a great place to stop and re-charge. There are other branches of Brunetti's located within the City Square and inside the Myer Building (3rd floor) which carry on the high standards.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • I particularly recommend the lemon tart and the Italian hot chocolate (available only in winter - try it with cream on top)
    • The Lygon Street branch does not have toilets attached - there are however toilets within the shopping centre complex (only if you are absolutely desperate though...)
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 3,367 restaurants in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Senses overload 19/11/2017
    • Love each of the cabinets filled with ...OMG 18/11/2017
    • Brunetti
    Address:
    380 Lygon St
    Carlton Vic
    Melbourne, Victoria 3053
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9347 2801
    Hours:
    Thu - Fri
    09:00 - 21:00
    Sat - Wed
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Melbourne Zoo
    Gardens, Zoos
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    The Melbourne Zoo features a fantastic collection of native and exotic animals in large, open plan enclosures set amongst beautiful landscaped grounds. Its a Melbourne tradition to take school trips here, have a picnic on the lawns or groove along to the Zoo Twilights concert series which runs over summer. Particular highlights (in terms of animals) include the Orangutan enclosure; the butterfly house (be warned that it is very hot and humid in there); the seal enclosure and the trail of the elephants

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's easily accessible by public transport (Tram 55 or train to Royal Park station). There is lots of parking, which is quite cheap
    • Bring your own food as the food options within the zoo are not great for anything other than snacks or drinks
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awsome place 19/11/2017
    • I LOVE Melbourne Zoo! 18/11/2017
    • Melbourne Zoo
    Address:
    Elliot Ave
    Parkville
    Melbourne, Victoria 3052
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 1300 966 784
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Melbourne Gardens
    Gardens, Parks
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    The Botanic Gardens (aka The Tan) are an oasis in the middle of the city. They sit within other gardens (e.g. the Alexandra Gardens) and are located right near The Shrine and the music bowl. Entering via the Observatory Gate is the best way to get started as you can pick up guides from the Visitors Centre - if you have little ones they'll love the childrens garden which you will pass. Meander along the paths, watch the ducks, enjoy the sunshine, or have a coffee at the cafe - it's easy to spend hours here!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Over summer there are live performances (The Wind in the Willows and a Shakespeare play) as well as the moonlight cinema.
    • Parking is often limited around the gardens, so it's best to catch the tram or to walk up from the city - just head towards the shrine
    • There are often night time tours of the observatory - check the website for details
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A restful day 18/11/2017
    • A little bit of Kiwi does your heart good 18/11/2017
    • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Melbourne Gardens
    Address:
    Birdwood Ave
    South Yarra
    Melbourne, Victoria 3004
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9252 2300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Federation Square
    Speciality Museums
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    Fed Square is home to the visitors centre, ACMI and the Ian Potter Gallery (Australian collection from the national gallery) as well as cafes, bars and restaurants. More than that, there is always something going on at Fed Square - from markets to cultural events to sports on the big screen, you'll find it. It's replaced the steps of flinders street as the place to meet and is good for loitering. I'd recommend checking out the gallery shop as well as the free exhibitions in ACMI and the Ian Potter centre..

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Check the Fed Square app or website for details of what's happening
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • POLISH FESTIVAL - November 2017 17/11/2017
    • Very nice! 14/11/2017
    • Federation Square
    Address:
    Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9655 1900
    Other:
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    KereKere Green
    Restaurants (Cafe, Australian)
    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    KereKere Green is a lovely addition to the Fitzroy Gardens. Perfect for a quiet coffee or a family outing - stop and have coffee or a bite to eat. There are lots of activities for little ones and space for them to crawl outside. From here you can see Cook's Cottage and some of the other attractions in the gardens

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #602 of 3,367 restaurants in Melbourne
    • Cafe amongst garden 12/10/2017
    • Top Toasties 01/10/2017
    • KereKere Green
    Address:
    230 Wellington Parade
    Fitzroy Gardens Visitors Centre
    Melbourne, Victoria 3002
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 421 483 790
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    07:00 - 17:00
    Sat - Sun
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Old Melbourne Gaol
    Historic Sites
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    The Old Melbourne Gaol is a very interesting place with lots of stories to tell... including the execution of the infamous Ned Kelly. The admission price includes access to the City Watch House (with a tour included - make sure that you allow enough time to do this) and the Old Magistrates Court (open in school holidays). There are also night time tours for those looking for a "ghostly" experience....

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can buy a combined pass which includes the Polly Woodside as well, which is good fun for children (or maritime buffs)
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very entertaining 18/11/2017
    • Interesting and Entertaining 18/11/2017
    • Old Melbourne Gaol
    Address:
    377 Russell St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9656 9889
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Shrine of Remembrance
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums, Military Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    The Shrine holds a special place for Melburnians, and for Australians in general. Celebrating our war history and those who fought for us, this grand building stands at the end of St Kilda road (before it curves around) - so aside from the history, you get amazing views from its balcony back over the city and towards the bay. There are galleries and museums below, as well as the building itself to explore. Inside the main area is the tomb of the unknown soldier. The shrine becomes a focus for ANZAC and Remembrance day celebrations and is also often a place where marches/parades start and end.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is a great place from which to start your explorations of the botanic gardens (as it's opposite the observatory gate) and is easily accessible on public transport
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really interesting respectful monument 19/11/2017
    • Impressive! 18/11/2017
    • Shrine of Remembrance
    Address:
    St. Kilda Road
    Melbourne, Victoria 3001
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9661 8100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    National Gallery of Victoria
    Art Museums
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    The NGV is a fantastic (and free way) to see some world class art in a beautiful building - even the children will enjoy the big open spaces, water wall (on entry) and the sculptures which are often in the courtyard. Travelling exhibitions are ticketed and are often very popular, so be prepared for queues if you're heading to one of these. My personal favourites are the European collections - big canvasses with portraits. Modern art is also represented within the gallery, if that's more of your style as is sculpture

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • My favourite painting is "The Banquet of Cleopatra" - make sure you check this very famous piece out!
    • If you want to go to a special exhibition, pre-book your tickets and try not to go on weekends
    • NGV international is closed on Tuesdays. The Ian Potter centre (Australian art - located at Fed Square) is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Melbourne Art Gallery - Exciting 18/11/2017
    • Never fails to disappoint 17/11/2017
    • National Gallery of Victoria
    Address:
    180 St Kilda Rd
    Melbourne, Victoria 8004
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 8620 2222
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Collins Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    Collins Street features some of the best architecture that Melbourne has to offer, particularly the "Paris end". Begin your walk at the City Square and up past the Regent Theatre (I highly recommend seeing a show here if you can), you'll pass high end boutiques and get a great view of some of beautiful buildings. Walk up until you reach the Parliament Buildings, then it's up to you whether you walk back on the other side, or continue from here to places such as St Patrick's Cathedral or the Fitzroy Gardens. See my Tip below for a Melbourne must-do

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go into the Sofitel hotel and catch the lifts to the 35th floor - do a lap around the atrium before going into the toilets for an amazing view out over Melbourne.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best place to kill time 14/11/2017
    • tour 07/11/2017
    • Collins Street
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    Stalactites
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Greek)
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    Stalactites is a Melbourne institution for greasy greek food after a night on the town. Open all hours, its a welcome relief from a trip to McDonalds to satisfy your food cravings and ward off a handover. The food is always good, the place is always packed and there are usually taxis outside.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 3,367 restaurants in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I wish we had this quality of food in Brisbane 16/11/2017
    • Good food and good ambiance 15/11/2017
    • Stalactites
    Address:
    177-183 Lonsdale St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 96633316
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 06:59
    Other:
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    City Circle Tram
    Tramways
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    The City Circle tram is a good way to orient yourself to Melbourne and some of the highlights of the city. Stay on and do a loop, whilst listening to the commentary and checking out some of the advertisements for attractions in the city. Now that trams within the city centre itself are free, it's not so important to keep using the city circle tram once you've done it once, but some people like the old wooden carriage

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try to avoid peak hour as a lot of workers use it as free transport
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Free introduction to Melbourne City 18/11/2017
    • A great way to get around 18/11/2017
    • City Circle Tram
    Phone:
    +61 1800 800 007
    Other:
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    Crown Casino
    Casinos
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    I am not normally a fan of casinos, but I couldn't leave Crown off the list for a number of reasons aside from the gaming floors (which, frankly can be a little bit smelly and off putting). Crown has a lovely atrium with "jumping" fountains which will keep the little ones amused - plus, at certain times of the year (e.g. Chinese New Year and Christmas) they will set up massive sound-and-light shows in here for free. Similarly, along the river bank it's quite pleasant to walk; they often have attractions outside (the hawkers market is a particular favourite) and the cafes are fairly decent if you just want a coffee in the sunshine. The food at Crown is also surprisingly good - it's home to a number of very upmarket restaurants (e.g. Nobu) with price tags to match. If those aren't to your budget, the food court isn't too dire. Crown also features a cinema, a video game arcade as well as heaps of bars. If you're keen to stay out late and party the night away, the bars at the casino will help you do just that. Make sure you catch the flame towers outside (but don't stand too close, they're pretty hot!)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lots to do apart from gambling 19/11/2017
    • Fine for entertainment if you exert self-discipline 18/11/2017
    • Crown Casino
    Address:
    Crown Entertainment Complex 8 Whiteman St
    Southbank
    Melbourne, Victoria 3006
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9292 8888
    Other:
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    Yarra River
    Bodies of Water
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    The Yarra is often considered to be the poor cousin of Sydney's harbour, but it does has its charm - particularly with the new developments and walking trails that are popping up in the city. Heading towards the MCG, it's a lovely stroll through Birrarung Marr towards the sporting precinct (and definitely quicker than the train or tram for a major event) - you'll pass Art Play, a good playground, some sculptures and a ferris wheel (which seems to come and go randomly). Heading along the river in the opposite direction, on one side you have Southgate and the casino - further along is the Polly Woodside and some new funky eateries and bars. Heading back on the opposite side of the bank, this is being newly developed and you'll find the aquarium and other sights.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try a river cruise if you're super keen to see a bit more
    • Use one of the share bikes found around the city and go for a cycle along the river
    • consider this as a good BBQ/picnic spot (particularly on the south bank)
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Calm and Composed river in the middle of the city 19/11/2017
    • Lovely walk along the river 14/11/2017
    • Yarra River
    Address:
    Southbank Promenade
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 1300 365 975
    Other:
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    Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    An aquarium is always popular with the kids, and this aquarium featuring penguins, touch tanks and a walk through tank is no exception. If you're not planning a trip to Sydney, then consider taking the children to see this one. If you are going to Sydney, however, save your money for the much bigger (and better) darling harbour aquarium.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Avoid school holidays if possible as the queues will be massive
    • public transport is the best way to access - either walk from southern cross or catch the tram
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    • fascinatting 18/11/2017
    • Great day out 18/11/2017
    • Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
    Phone:
    +61 1800 026 576
    Price range:
    USD 34 - USD 34
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Melbourne Central
    Neighbourhoods, Shopping Malls
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    The shot tower and the "singing clock" used to be stalwarts of tourism in Melbourne with hordes of tourists waiting to capture pictures of the clock playing "waltzing Matilda" and chiming along.... clearly this is still a kitschy memory burned in my mind. Aside from the singing clock, Melbourne Central features not only the train station, but all of the usual conveniences expected in a shopping centre - food courts, relatively decent restaurants, some pop-up stalls and your typical high street venues. Walk through to get your shopping on, or consider a visit to the cinemas (and the restaurants up there are not bad)

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • there is a little free library hidden away with the hipster-esque shops...
    • do take some pictures of the atrium, even if you avoid the clock
    • if you're dying for a massage to relieve those aching legs, the one on the bottom floor (as you walk from the station towards lonsdale street) is my tip.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Buzzing 14/11/2017
    • Shoppers paradise 14/11/2017
    • Melbourne Central
    Phone:
    +61 3 9922 1100
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 18:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 21:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Melbourne Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    I love a museum. I do not, however, love this museum. It's ok - and is a great place to take children (which is why I have kept it on my list), but it's not British Museum standard (I've been spoilt). Expect lots of displays with little information about them..... and lots of "modern stuff" with not too much old stuff. It combines a bit of australian history, natural history, science etc The displays I like the most are: the dinosaurs (I like old things in museums); the human body exhibit and the outdoor rainforest (not sure why it's in a museum, but it's pretty nice). Make sure if you have little ones to head to the children's area - they'll happily play away...

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • special exhibits are ticketed seperately and often have timed entry
    • the museum is also home to IMAX, which is worth a visit on a rainy Melbourne day (especially for the specific IMAX films)
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Melbourne Museum.. check.. :) 18/11/2017
    • Free entry for children and fun for all ages 18/11/2017
    • Melbourne Museum
    Address:
    11 Nicholson Pl
    Carlton
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 8341 7777
    Price range:
    USD 14 - USD 14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Dandenong Ranges
    Mountains, National Parks
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    The Dandenong Ranges (not to be confused with Dandenong) are a leafy, green oasis within an easy drive of Melbourne (there is public transport to Belgrave, but it's buses beyond that) that combine beautiful forests, little towns, foodie delights and B&B's galore. Some of the highlights include Puffing Billy (a steam train that runs from Belgrave - a standard feature on any Melbourne child's memory), William Rickett's sanctuary (an outdoor sculpture gallery) and afternoon tea (scones with jam and cream). Whilst most visitors stick to the 'main towns' of Olinda and Sassafras, I love to explore the more forgotten haunts of the Dandenongs... Mt Dandenong is a lovely little town with nice cafes and shops; Emerald is another hidden gem (and great for the Emerald Lake park) as are Monbulk and Kalista. I also like to head out towards Silvan for the pick-your-own berry farms and farm door produce. Olinda and Sassafras are lovely, but not on the weekend...

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Olinda and Sassafras are super busy on weekends and public holidays. Be warned - parking is a nightmare and the crowds are huge
    • Miss Marple's (Olinda) always has super long queues. If you're keen to have a kitsch afternoon tea, put your name down early to avoid disappointment
    • Pack your walking shoes to enjoy the walking trails and hikes in the mountains
    • Don't waste your time (or money) with SkyHigh.
    • The car is the best way to see the Dandenongs as public transport can be sketchy. Be prepared for winding roads and some hairpin bends
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Dandenong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The favourite hiking ground for Melbournians 15/10/2017
    • I live here! I love it! 15/10/2017
    • Dandenong Ranges
    Phone:
    +61 3 9758 7522
    Other:
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    Luna Park Melbourne
    Theme Parks
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    Luna Park is tacky and kind of sad in a run-down amusement park way. It is, however, a prominent feature on the St Kilda foreshore and I don't think you'd be able to head past with children in tow without going to visit. The park is free to enter and you can buy single rides, multi ride passes or day passes depending on how much of a glutton for punishment you are. I recommend that if you're passing by, without children, buying a single ride pass and going on the ferris wheel for a lovely view over the bay.

    Good for
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 38 things to do in St Kilda
    • Our visit 13/11/2017
    • Perfect for the Family 12/11/2017
    • Luna Park Melbourne
    Address:
    18 Lower Esplanade
    St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9525 5033
    Other:
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    Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story
    Speciality Museums
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    The Polly Woodside is an iconic replica tall ship, berthed along Jeff's Shed (for the non-Melbournians, I am referring to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre) and conveniently near a great bar (the boatbuilders yard). Great for the kids (and for maritime buff's), this features a museum as well - and often interactive pirate-type shows

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • School holidays will feature extra activities, but longer queues
    • Make sure that you spend time in the museum
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    • turned up, but never got in 17/11/2017
    • Sun sea and sail ye olde style 06/11/2017
    • Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story
    Address:
    Melbourne Maritime Museum 2A Clarendon St
    South Wharf
    Melbourne, Victoria 3006
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9656 9804
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    Degraves Street
    Neighbourhoods, Flea & Street Markets
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    Degraves Street is one of Melbourne's iconic laneways. For me, its where I like to start my walking tours along the laneways to explore hidden gems. Degraves is lined with cafes on both sides (as you head towards flinders lane), but preceeding these are some quirky shops and a great place for cupcakes. Beware of where you sit if you're after a coffee - I recommend steering clear of Andiamo and heading towards Degraves Espresso From Degraves street, keep walking in the same direction through the lanes and malls to discover independent shops, street art and some interesting architecture

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Think of Degraves as the starting point of your Melbourne adventure, rather than the culmination!
    • There is a direct entrance to Flinders Street Station from Degraves street, only open at certain times. This is also home to some very funky little shops
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • so much food to choose from 13/11/2017
    • Great Spot 12/11/2017
    • Degraves Street
    Address:
    Degraves Street
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Australia
    Phone:
    9001340118
    Other:
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    Newport Lakes Parkland
    Parks, Bodies of Water
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    Newport Lakes is a former bluestone quarry that has been turned into some amazing parkland just minutes from the CBD. You'd never know it was here if you didn't have some inside knowledge, but it's worth a detour if you're in the area. Aside from the conservation area around the lake, there are 'stepping stones' across the lake which are a lot of fun, as well as a number of trails. Outside the lake itself you'll find a few sporting ovals, several playgrounds and BBQ/picnic/toilet facilities. There is also a native plant nursery which is worth a stop.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #221 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
    • Hobsons Bay - best kept secret 24/06/2017
    • Melbourne's best kept secret 16/11/2016
    • Newport Lakes Parkland
    Address:
    Via Margaret Street
    Melbourne, Victoria 2004
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9932 1000
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    Scienceworks
    Speciality Museums
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    Scienceworks is a great, interactive museum that is super child friendly with more than enough to keep the adults occupied as well. In addition to all; of the techniology exhibitions, there's an outdoor area (with playground), regular shows during the day (lightning anyone?) and the old pumping station (situated by the water). Scienceworks is also home to the Planetarium which is well worth the time.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Planetarium shows are only at certain times, so if you're keen to incorporate this, plan ahead
    • though there is parking, you can get to Scienceworks via the train (short walk from Spotswood station) or via the much more fun Punt passenger ferry
    • Combine this with a trip to williamstown or to Newport lakes
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Spotswood
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visited for Robotica 11/11/2017
    • A bit of a trek, but great for kids 30/10/2017
    • Scienceworks
    Address:
    2 Booker St
    Spotswood, Hobsons Bay, Victoria 3015
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9392 4800
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:30
    Other:
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    Healesville Sanctuary
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Valleys, Zoos
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    Though the Melbourne Zoo does feature some Australian animals, this is the place to go if you're keen to see as many Australian critters as possible. In a naturalistic bush-setting, it's a lovely place to wander. Pack your lunch and don't miss the Birds of Prey show

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You'll need a car to get here, public transport will be almost impossible
    • if you're short on time, consider combining this with a trip to the yarra valley for some wine tasting
    • As always, school holidays and weekends will be much busier, so plan ahead if possible
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Healesville
    • A real gem and you see Platypus 17/11/2017
    • Peaceful and large 15/11/2017
    • Healesville Sanctuary
    Address:
    Badger Creek Road
    Healesville, Victoria 3777
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 1300 966 784
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Sovereign Hill
    Historic Sites, History Museums
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    Sovereign Hill is unashamedly my favourite tourist attraction in Victoria.The goldrush was fundamental to the creation of Victoria as we know it and this outdoor museum is a fantastic place to learn more about it, whilst having fun. I know it's not super-authentic, as a lot of the buildings have been re-created but it's still awesome. Ballarat is about an hours drive away from Melbourne (give or take) and you really do need the full day to see all of the attraction here (if not two, as they just keep expanding) - consider staying the night, or getting up super early to arrive as the doors open (there is enough to do in the Ballarat area to justify the overnight trip) Do not leave here without panning for gold, watching the gold pour, eating boiled sweets and going in both of the mines. That is a bare minimum effort. Though it is expensive, there are lots of free activities running (especially over the holidays), so make sure that you try to see as many of these as possible to get the most our of your visit

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Though you can get there on VLine (they have coaches from the station), driving is more efficient
    • Book in for your mine tour as soon as you arrive and plan your day around it
    • See as many of the shows/free activities as you can to make the most of your visit
    • There are often free walking tours of a particular area which are very informative and definitely add to the experience
    • For the super keen, you can actually stay onsite!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 77 things to do in Ballarat
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Brilliant 18/11/2017
    • Fun day out 18/11/2017
    • Sovereign Hill
    Address:
    Bradshaw Street
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 5337 1100
    Price range:
    USD 5,550 - USD 5,550
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Madame Brussels
    Bars & Clubs
    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    Melbourne has many, many rooftop bars. This is one of the better ones, in my opinion. You'll feel like you've stepped into an English Lawn Tennis Club, with the fake grass and décor - complete with jugs of Pims. Take your life in your hands and walk up the steps for a great place to spend an afternoon or evening with friends.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The elevator is iffy at best, do take the stairs
    • Arrive early if you want to be seated
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 191 Nightlife in Melbourne
    • Cool place 19/05/2017
    • Cool venue in a central location 07/04/2017
    • Madame Brussels
    Address:
    3/59 Bourke St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9662 2775
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Flower Drum
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    The Flower Drum is an iconic Melbourne restaurant that has the honour of winning a Michellin Star (or two, I forget). It's super expensive, super luxe but you'll have an amazing Chinese meal with superb hospitality. Dress up and go to be pampered - and don't expect to get out of there quickly....

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • If you're on a budget, try going for lunch - 2 courses from $45 p/person
    • Book ahead!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 3,367 restaurants in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 50th anniversary 06/11/2017
    • 😒 04/11/2017
    • Flower Drum
    Address:
    17 Market Lane
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9662 3655
    Hours:
    Sun
    18:00 - 22:30
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 - 15:00
    18:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Peninsula Hot Springs
    Spas
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    A day trip to the Hot Springs is worth the effort - the public bathing area features a variety of thermal mineral pools of varying temperatures and sizes and a great cafe. The private area allows you to get a bit more tranquillity without sacrificing your bathing experience. The springs also offer massages, facials and other beauty treatments which you have to book ahead for. You can also hire towels, robes and lockers - all of which I recommend. These are not Japanese springs - appropriate swim wear is mandatory. You can bring children, but they're not allowed in certain areas between certain times, in order to ensure that the other guests can have a bit of space

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • if you're keen to avoid the crowds, go early and save money or consider a lunch-and-bathe package
    • you need a car to access this - consider combining it with a trip to the peninsula to see other local attractions
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Fingal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Spot To Relax 19/11/2017
    • Do not buy a gift voucher from this place!!!! 16/11/2017
    • Peninsula Hot Springs
    Address:
    Springs Lane
    Fingal, Victoria 3939
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 5950 8777
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Holgate Brewhouse
    Breweries
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    Located in gorgeous Woodend (which is worth a visit unto itself), the Holgate Brewhouse features great craft beer on tap, excellent pub meals and a place to stay. It's walking distance from the train station, so no need to take the care on this expedition. Get a tasting paddle, sit in the sunny courtyard and enjoy a parma. Child friendly as well, if you're with the little ones.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • see the rest of the town whilst you're there - there is some great local produce, nice shops and a fantastic playground for those with children
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Woodend
    • Pleasant Lunch 07/11/2017
    • Cool little brewery with just the right amount of oomph! 13/10/2017
    • Holgate Brewhouse
    Address:
    79 High St
    Woodend, Victoria 3442
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 5427 2510
    Hours:
    Mon
    14:00 - 00:00
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Daylesford
    Destinations
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    snuff82Melbourne Says:

    Daylesford is a lovely country town, located in the heart of spa country. The main street is packed with cafes, little shops and local produce. Further away are galleries and fantastic antique places (The Mill Markets have to be seen to be believed) - a short drive away is Hepburn Springs with its famous mineral springs park and quaint shops. There are also lots of walks in the local area, with some great parks around.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Stay overnight to explore more of the area and surrounds
    • It's a colder climate than Melbourne and in Autumn/Winter around 4pm it starts to get very chilly - pack a jacked and watch for black ice on the road
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Daylesford
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