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Things to do in Melbourne

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Melbourne is full of lovely venues and gardens to visit. This guide shows gives you a chance to see some our our magnificent places in the CBD.

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  • History Buff
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller

18 Places

1 City Tip

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18 Places

Melba Restaurant

Restaurants

Melbourne Zoo

Gardens, Zoos

Federation Square

Speciality Museums

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Gardens, Parks

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Arenas & Stadiums, Speciality Museums

City Circle Tram

Tramways

Shrine of Remembrance

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

Old Melbourne Gaol

Historic Sites

Fitzroy Gardens

Gardens

St Paul's Cathedral

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Arenas & Stadiums

Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

Speciality Museums

Como House and Gardens

Gardens, Historic Sites

Melbourne & Olympic Parks

Arenas & Stadiums

Cooks' Cottage

Historic Sites

Hopetoun Tea Rooms

Restaurants

Queen Victoria Market

Food Tours, Flea & Street Markets

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Barbara N's City Tips

  • If staying in the city you can catch a tram or in the suburbs a train (purchase a myki first).
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    Melba Restaurant
    Restaurants (Italian, Indian, Seafood, Asian, Australian)
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    Barbara N Says:

    Melba's food is delicious and well worth the visit. The ambience of the dining room is very special. Something magic for lunch or dinner. Enquire about the lovely High Tea's available for special occasions.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Bookings essential. Dress semi formal. Can have coffee and cake if arrive early. Bookings essential. Dress Semi Formal.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #213 of 3,589 restaurants in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Absolutely delicious 15/09/2018
    • Extensive buffet! 14/09/2018
    • Melba Restaurant
    Address:
    1 Southgate Ave
    The Langham, Southbank
    Melbourne, Victoria 3006
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 8696 8888
    Price range:
    USD 17 - USD 100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:30 am - 10:30 am
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Other:
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    Melbourne Zoo
    Gardens, Zoos
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    Barbara N Says:

    There is so much to see at this lovely Zoo. It is set out with care and the animals are outstanding.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Dress for comfort as it is a long day.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 529 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Enclosures too small 19/09/2018
    • Beautiful zoo- Easy to get around. Natural settings 18/09/2018
    • Melbourne Zoo
    Address:
    Elliott Avenue
    Parkville
    Melbourne, Victoria 3052
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 1300 966 784
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Federation Square
    Speciality Museums
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    Barbara N Says:

    There are lovely Restaurants in Federation Square or just enjoy the ambience

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • At times Rallies and TV programs are in this space, so inquire first before visiting
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 529 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Architecturally interesting 20/09/2018
    • Must visit 19/09/2018
    • Federation Square
    Address:
    Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9655 1900
    Other:
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    Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Gardens, Parks
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    Barbara N Says:

    This garden is magic. Full of beautiful trees and plants. There is a Restaurant in the gardens worth a visit. Lovely grounds for picnics and special occassions

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pick a fine day without rain to enjoy at it's peak
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 529 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pleasant stroll 19/09/2018
    • Good for relaxing day 19/09/2018
    • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Address:
    Birdwood Ave
    South Yarra
    Melbourne, Victoria 3004
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9252 2300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
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    Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
    Arenas & Stadiums, Speciality Museums
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    Barbara N Says:

    Tours are available and they are well worth the visit. MCG is often full when AFL football and cricket are played. It is a real spectical

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Book first and try to attend when there are no functions
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 529 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • MCG the place to be. 21/09/2018
    • Football 🏈 20/09/2018
    • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
    Phone:
    +61 3 9657 8888
    Price range:
    USD 11 - USD 11
    Other:
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    City Circle Tram
    Tramways
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    Barbara N Says:

    A great way to see all the sights of Melbourne CBD at no cost

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • As you can hop off and on try to study a map to help when you alight.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 529 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Easy and free to run the gauntlet of the CBD 20/09/2018
    • I loved the old trams! 20/09/2018
    • City Circle Tram
    Phone:
    +91 88002 37808
    Other:
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    Shrine of Remembrance
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums, Military Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Barbara N Says:

    A very historic building to honour our Anzacs. You will love the surrounding gardens also.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Picnics can be held in nearby gardens.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 529 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must visit 19/09/2018
    • A citadel of reverence 19/09/2018
    • Shrine of Remembrance
    Address:
    St. Kilda Road
    Melbourne, Victoria 3001
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9661 8100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Old Melbourne Gaol
    Historic Sites
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    Barbara N Says:

    A great part of Melbourne History. Well worth the visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try to not be scared.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 529 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing!! 20/09/2018
    • Aussie History 16/09/2018
    • Old Melbourne Gaol
    Address:
    377 Russell St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9656 9889
    Price range:
    USD 28 - USD 28
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Fitzroy Gardens
    Gardens
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    Barbara N Says:

    Captain Cooks Cottage is in the Fitzroy Gardens and worth the visit to gain information of Melbourne's History.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take care of children in this cottage. Picnic in the gardens nearby.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 529 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice gardens. 20/09/2018
    • Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne 18/09/2018
    • Fitzroy Gardens
    Address:
    230 Wellington Parade
    Wellington Parade and Clarendon Street
    Melbourne, Victoria 3002
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9658 9658
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    St Paul's Cathedral
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Barbara N Says:

    A beautiful church well worth the visit. This church is very special to our History.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Aim to respect others and be very quiet when entering.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 529 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • one the beautiful cathedral 19/09/2018
    • Mass Beautiful Choir 04/09/2018
    • St Paul's Cathedral
    Phone:
    +61 3 9653 4333
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Sat
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Other:
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    Sidney Myer Music Bowl
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Barbara N Says:

    Try to attend a concert etc. at the Music Bowl as the atmosphere is magic.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Need to book if attending a show.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #97 of 529 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Carols by Candlelight 06/07/2018
    • Melbourne Icon 08/04/2018
    • Sidney Myer Music Bowl
    Address:
    Linlithgow Ave
    Kings Domain Gardens
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9281 8000
    Other:
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    Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story
    Speciality Museums
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    Barbara N Says:

    Children love this venue as it is so educational. A lovely family day out.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Children find Polly Woodside very exciting
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #93 of 529 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A visit to a Tall Ship 09/08/2018
    • A great morning of history 04/07/2018
    • 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
    Other:
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    Como House and Gardens
    Gardens, Historic Sites
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    Barbara N Says:

    A beautiful Historic House and Garden well worth the visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Architect lovers will find this building fasinating
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 1,264 things to do in Greater Melbourne
    • Como House 15/08/2018
    • Lovely House and Gardens 09/08/2018
    • Como House and Gardens
    Address:
    Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave
    Victoria 3141
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9656 9889
    Other:
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    Melbourne & Olympic Parks
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Barbara N Says:

    Attend with or without a function or match. Great atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Enquire as to what is on.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #108 of 529 things to do in Melbourne
    • Harlem globetrotters 14/04/2018
    • Margaret Court Arena 08/04/2018
    • Melbourne & Olympic Parks
    Address:
    Olympic Boulevard
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9286 1600
    Other:
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    Cooks' Cottage
    Historic Sites
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    Barbara N Says:

    Excellent History in this cottage. Something for everyone.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Lots to see around and about Cooks Cottage so allow some extra time
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #73 of 529 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Piece of history 19/09/2018
    • An intriguing home 09/09/2018
    • Cooks' Cottage
    Address:
    Fitzroy Gardens
    Wellington Parade
    Melbourne, Victoria 3002
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9658 9658
    Price range:
    USD 3 - USD 3
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Hopetoun Tea Rooms
    Restaurants (Healthy)
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    Barbara N Says:

    What a treat. A lovely tea room to visit. Great coffee and cakes to please all.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try to arrive early or you will be in a queue.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 3,589 restaurants in Melbourne
    • Simply Divine 20/09/2018
    • What a lovely day.. 19/09/2018
    • Hopetoun Tea Rooms
    Address:
    282 Collins St
    Shops 1 and 2, Block Arcade
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9650 2777
    Price range:
    USD 3 - USD 20
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Queen Victoria Market
    Food Tours, Flea & Street Markets
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    Barbara N Says:

    Fabulous bargains are found here. Often there are night markets so worth enquiring

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can find stalls with food so go around lunch time
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 141 Shopping in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not As Good As Before 21/09/2018
    • Nothing Special 21/09/2018
    • Queen Victoria Market
    Phone:
    +61 3 9320 5822
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Tue
    6:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Thu
    6:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Fri
    6:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sat
    6:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Other:
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    Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
    Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Barbara N Says:

    This is magic. The views are outstanding and give a lovely overall atmosphere of Melbourne

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try to go at twilight for best atmosphere and sights
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 529 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wheely good time 19/09/2018
    • not so amazing 19/09/2018
    • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
    Address:
    101 Waterfront Way
    Melbourne, Victoria 3008
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 86889688
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
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