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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 - Melbourne Gardens

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

Concerts, Arenas & Stadiums

Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

Speciality Museums

Como

Gardens, Historic Sites

Melbourne & Olympic Parks

Arenas & Stadiums

Cooks' Cottage

Historic Sites

Hopetoun Tearooms

Restaurants

Queen Victoria Market

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 #89 of 3,382 restaurants in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Always a brilliant night 11/12/2017
    • Great Food but silly prices 11/12/2017
    • 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
    06:30 - 10:30
    12:00 - 16:00
    18:00 - 22:30
    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 #14 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Do an "Experience" - wonderful for whole family 12/12/2017
    • A great day out for the whole family 11/12/2017
    • 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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    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 #34 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tourist attraction 10/12/2017
    • If you want to see the cultural diversity of Melbourne, do visit here! 09/12/2017
    • 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 - Melbourne Gardens
    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 #1 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Depends on the season 13/12/2017
    • Peaceful and green place 13/12/2017
    • 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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    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 #2 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • love giong to this place 13/12/2017
    • Went for a Free Cricket Match 11/12/2017
    • 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 #4 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Thoroughly enjoyed this 13/12/2017
    • Useless 13/12/2017
    • City Circle Tram
    Phone:
    +61 1800 800 007
    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 #3 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It's Alright 13/12/2017
    • Great view - but don't run 13/12/2017
    • 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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    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 #16 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Take the guided tour 12/12/2017
    • Interesting dark history 12/12/2017
    • 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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    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 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Peaceful garden 13/12/2017
    • Beautiful Gardens 06/12/2017
    • Fitzroy Gardens
    Address:
    230 Wellington Parade
    Wellington Parade and Clarendon Street
    Melbourne, Victoria 3002
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9658 9658
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    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 #33 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice Church but.... 09/12/2017
    • Church in front of Federation Square 04/12/2017
    • St Paul's Cathedral
    Phone:
    +61 3 9653 4333
    Hours:
    Sun
    08:00 - 19:00
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 18:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Sidney Myer Music Bowl
    Concerts, 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 #12 of 43 Concerts & Shows in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A free concert would be too expensive 28/11/2017
    • Good venue view wasn't the best 20/11/2017
    • Sidney Myer Music Bowl
    Address:
    Alexandra Ave
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9281 8360
    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 #87 of 437 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
    Other:
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    Como
    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 #125 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    • Great house and gardens and fab coffee shop! 28/08/2017
    • You'll be surprised to find such a tranquil spot in the middle of a major city. 09/08/2017
    • Como
    Address:
    Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave
    Melbourne, Victoria 3141
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9827 2500
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:00
    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 #116 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    • Up There With The Best In The World 06/10/2017
    • Sport is king in Melbourne 18/08/2017
    • Melbourne & Olympic Parks
    Address:
    Batman Avenue
    Melbourne, Victoria
    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 #54 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • small and quaint 06/12/2017
    • HISTORICAL 01/12/2017
    • Cooks' Cottage
    Address:
    Fitzroy Gardens
    Wellington Parade
    Melbourne, Victoria 3002
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9658 9658
    Price range:
    USD 4 - USD 4
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Hopetoun Tearooms
    Restaurants (British, Australian)
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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 #28 of 3,382 restaurants in Melbourne
    • Delightful Olde World Charm 12/12/2017
    • SPLENDID! 10/12/2017
    • Hopetoun Tearooms
    Address:
    282 Collins St
    Shops 1 and 2, Block Arcade
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9650 2777
    Price range:
    USD 3 - USD 19
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Queen Victoria Market
    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 #26 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good place 13/12/2017
    • Huge markets 13/12/2017
    • Queen Victoria Market
    Address:
    Corner Elizabeth and Victoria Streets
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9320 5822
    Hours:
    Tue
    06:00 - 14:00
    Thu
    06:00 - 14:00
    Fri
    06:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    06:00 - 15:00
    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 #47 of 437 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Experience 13/12/2017
    • Outstanding, Excellent views. 10/12/2017
    • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
    Address:
    101 Waterfront Way
    Melbourne, Victoria 3008
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 86889688
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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