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Welcome to Melbourne

Long in competition with Sydney for the title of Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne is often the people’s choice, consistently topping the list of the world’s most livable cities. There’s a lot to love, from its melting pot of inhabitants and distinctly European ambience, to its brunch scene, art galleries, and nightlife. Global audiences fill coveted seats at the Arts Centre Melbourne and sporting temples like Melbourne Cricket Ground and Etihad Stadium. But it’s not just about arts and sports. The very essence of Melbourne lies in its neighborhoods. Discover the city’s coolest bars and eateries tucked away in the CBD’s narrow laneways; shop in flashy South Yarra or along Fitzroy’s hipster Brunswick Street; or stroll the sandy beaches of St. Kilda, just a few miles outside the city. And only a day trip away are the Yarra Valley wine region, Mornington Peninsula, and Great Ocean Road.

Top 15 attractions in Melbourne

Great Ocean Road

One of the world's most famous driving routes, Victoria's Great Ocean Road offers scenic surprises at every fork in the road. In signature Australian style, endless stretches of white sandy beaches are flanked by dense pockets of rain forest, charming coastal towns, and canopies populated by koalas.More

Yarra River

The Yarra River winds its way through Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) plus a number of suburbs. In the city, bars, restaurants, and parks thrive along its banks, bringing locals and tourists together. Numerous festivals and sporting events take place on the Yarra, including the famous Moomba Festival and rowing regattas.More

Twelve Apostles

Situated right at the end of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles are a set of eight rock formations—there used to be twelve—jutting out of the Southern Ocean. These limestone pillars were once connected to the nearby cliffs but have been eroded away into caves, pillars, and arches from the harsh conditions of the ocean.More

Loch Ard Gorge

A highlight of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, Loch Ard Gorge is a golden sand beach, almost entirely encased by crumbling ochre cliffs that form a tear-shaped oceanic chasm. It was the site of the Shipwreck Coast’s most famous shipwreck—the 1878 wreck of the Loch Ard—and is a popular stop on Great Ocean Road tours.More

Eureka Skydeck 88

A signature Melbourne experience, Eureka Skydeck 88 is a 360-degree viewing platform set atop the 974-foot (274-meter) Eureka Tower. For the daring there’s the Edge, a cantilevered glass cube that slides out from the building, leaving you suspended above the city streets. Vertigo, a green-screen set-up, simulates falling from the building.More

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

The largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the most famous sporting venues in Australia, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is more than a Melbourne landmark. The legendary stadium has hosted the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the annual Boxing Day Test Match, and Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final.More

Melbourne Southgate

Boasting a prime location on the banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne Southgate is a shopping, eating, and entertainment complex. As well as offering one of the most diverse shopping experiences in the city, Melbourne Southgate is just a few minutes walk from Flinders Street Station and Arts Centre Melbourne.More

Federation Square

Federation Square, just across from Flinders Street Station, is Melbourne's beating heart and favorite meeting spot. Numerous city events take place here throughout the year, making it a must-visit attraction for all travelers. The square is surrounded by many bars and restaurants, and is home to the Ian Potter Centre, an Australian art museum.More

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Get away from Melbourne’s bustling city center without actually leaving town at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. This 89-acre (36-hectare) park is home to more than 8,500 plant species, tranquil lakes, and lush lawns. Join guided walking tours, workshops, or presentations, or feel free to walk around the flourishing oasis on your own.More

Point Nepean National Park

One of Victoria’s most significant landscapes, Point Nepean National Park spans more than 1,000 acres (560 hectares) on the pristine Mornington Peninsula. Visitors can immerse themselves in the coastal views and native grasslands while exploring the rich history of the park. What began as indigenous land became one of the earliest European settlements in Victoria during 1845, then a quarantine station before the site turned into a military center. In addition to its rich culture, the park is host to a world of marine life, including emerald-colored sea shrubs and invertebrates.Discover Victorian landmarks, such as the park’s highest point, Cheviot Hill, overlooking the jetty where Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared in 1967. History buffs can visit Fort Nepean for panoramic views and explore military fortifications used in both World Wars. Numerous hiking trails and beach walks of varied length start in the park. To get the most out of your trip, visit the park’s information center for a self-guided walk brochure or audio tour equipment.More

St Paul's Cathedral

Located in the heart of Melbourne, St. Paul’s Cathedral is the only neo-Gothic building among a sea of modern structures in Federation Square. Built between 1880 and 1931 to commemorate the location of Melbourne’s first Christian service back in 1836, St. Paul’s features the 2nd-tallest Anglican spire in the world.More

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Australia might be famous for its kangaroos and koalas, but the Werribee Open Range Zoo offers all the excitement of an African safari on Aussie shores. Lions, rhinoceros, giraffes, and gorillas all roam freely in the park’s 494-acre (200-hectare) grasslands, affording visitors some incredible wildlife-watching opportunities.More

Moonlit Sanctuary

Located in the bushlands of Mornington Peninsula, Moonlit Sanctuary is a wildlife conservation park that is home to native Australian wildlife, including koalas, wallabies, kookaburras, and dingos. The sanctuary is most famous for its night tours, which allow visitors to see nocturnal pythons, feathertail gliders, quolls, and more.More

Hosier Lane

Once forgotten but now an integral part of Melbourne’s cultural scene, Hosier Lane is home to some of the city’s best street art. The laneway, which cuts between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane, exhibits regularly changing graffiti alongside a series of light boxes that exhibit the work of up and coming contemporary artists.More

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station is Melbourne’s most historic train station and a major transportation hub. Built in 1854, the station still features remnants of the past like the large clock on the facade, stained glass windows, and old-school flip displays for train departures. The station allows travelers to shuttle between the outer suburbs and the heart of Melbourne with ease.More

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Ways to See the Great Ocean Road

Ways to See the Great Ocean Road

Top activities in Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
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Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne
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Melbourne Skydeck Entry Ticket

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Grampians National Park Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne
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Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise
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Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

Enjoyed the river cruise
Joanna_W, Mar 2023
Highlights of Melbourne Cruise
It gave us some great ideas of what to visit next !
City of Tall Buildings.
Jacoro_L, Mar 2023
Highlights of Melbourne Cruise
A great place to visit.
Melbourne private tour
AJ_F, Mar 2023
Melbourne Sights & Sounds Private Tour
It was a great way to see the city.
Awesome !
Steven_L, Mar 2023
Melbourne Skydeck Entry Ticket
You get to see great views of the Melbourne skyline & the Edge is pretty cool.
Day well spent!
Christina_K, Mar 2023
Great Ocean Road Tour Plus Koalas, Forest Walk And Morning Tea.
One of the best ways to get to see the Great Ocean Road!
irene_t, Mar 2023
Melbourne Skydeck Entry Ticket
All was a great experience Voyager edge Melbourne from eureka building amazing site day and night It is a must to see definitely
Great tour!
Jennifer_P, Feb 2023
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
You’re able to see some Aussie highlights and tour around Philips island!
Do yourself a favour & go
Jodie_C, Feb 2023
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
The food was lovely & it was great to see parts of Melbourne that you don’t get to see.
Best way to see Melbourne
James_C, Feb 2023
Electric Bike Tour of Melbourne
This was an excellent way to see Melbourne!
Great way to see Melbourne
David_E, Jan 2023
Famous Melbourne City Bike Tour
Though it was about 10 miles of biking, it was easy riding and a great way to see the city.
See Melbourne float by
Rodger_P, Jan 2023
River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise
Great way to see Melbourne and surrounds in a pleasant and unique way.
Fun relaxing way to see the city from a different perspective
Lisa_L, Jan 2023
Melbourne City Twilight Kayak Tour
After a 37 degree day in Melbourne kayaking on the Yarra was a refreshing way to see the sights and cool down.
It was a lovely 13-hour...
Van_N, Jan 2023
Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne
The tour covered a lot of attractions between Melbourne and Great Ocean Road, making the 13 hours spent very valuable.
Blissful day out
Julie, Jan 2023
Peninsula Hot Springs Day Trip with Thermal Bathing Entry from Melbourne
What a unique experience I had at the Peninsula Hot Springs!
Susan_L, Jan 2023
Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
The Great Ocean Road is a must to see when visiting Melbourne.
Private tour
Ellen_G, Jan 2023
Custom Private Day Tour Melbourne to all surrounding areas for up to 11 people
Since we only had one day in Melbourne having a private tour with an itinerary we could set was the perfect way to see as much as we could in a limited amount of time.
A new way to see Melbourne
Grant_D, Dec 2022
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
Get to see Melbourne from a totally different perspective.
Breathtaking sights, Great tour guide
Morgan_J, Dec 2022
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People
It was really fun to get to see a wild koloa 🐨.
Beny_R, Dec 2022
Complete Melbourne Walking Tour
It was a great experience to see Melbourne.
Amazing tour, great knowledgeable tour guide!
Jim_C, Dec 2022
Melbourne Street Art Tour
The tour of the art studio was fantastic getting to see where artists work as well!!
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All about Melbourne

When to visit

Alfresco dining, music festivals, and night markets mean that there’s always something to do in Melbourne come summertime, and events such as the Australia Day Parade and Christmas Festival Melbourne pull in the crowds. Don’t be put off by a winter visit—low season prices can make a city break more affordable, and Melbourne is well placed for visiting Victoria’s ski resorts.

People Also Ask

What is Melbourne most known for?

Cosmopolitan Melbourne rivals Sydney for the title of Australia’s cultural capital. Consistently topping the list of the world’s most livable cities, Melbourne may have a distinctly European ambience, but it has its own unique vibe, thanks, largely, to its 230-plus laneways where street art and cafe culture flourish.

How many days do I need in Melbourne?

You should aim for a minimum of three days in Melbourne to soak up the city’s atmosphere and see all the most important attractions. If you plan on exploring the surrounding area, and take a day trip to Phillip Island, for example, give yourself five days or more.

What should I not miss Melbourne?

Luna Park, the National Gallery of Victoria, and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are all top Melbourne attractions. One of the best things to do is to stroll around the city’s diverse neighborhoods and through the laneways running off the main streets—they are filled with bars, cafes, and street art.

What activities are there in Melbourne?

Melbourne is filled with cultural activities, from seeing Australian, European, and Asian art at the National Gallery of Victoria to checking out street art on a guided tour of the laneways. Outdoor lovers will enjoy strolling around the Royal Botanic Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens and hitting St. Kilda Beach.

What can you do in Melbourne for free?

Some of Melbourne’s top attractions are free to visit, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, and State Library of Victoria. You can also take a ride on the City Circle Tram, a free hop-on, hop-off service that runs between Melbourne’s major attractions.

What food is famous in Melbourne?

Rather than a specific dish, Melbourne is known for its diverse culinary offerings. Melbourne’s multicultural population has left its mark on the city’s food scene, and so its food options are endless, from Italian and Greek to Vietnamese and Chinese. The coffee is famously good here, too.


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