Melbourne is an incredible part of Australia. It is filled to the brim with interesting things to do, from delectable food all the way to beautiful scenery. So, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with what you should do on your next trip down south, we’ve got a comprehensive guide for where to go and what to see. What’s that sound? It’s the tram coming, better jump on and get going!
Experience Melbourne’s Vibrant Food Scene
Melbourne has always been known for its exquisite food scene, largely thanks to its vibrant and diverse population. Head over to Lygon street, Carlton for a taste of authentic Italian cuisine. Or maybe Greek food is more your speed? Pop on over to Oakleigh to be emersed in the most delicious delicacies you’ve ever tasted. The city is filled to the brim with tastes from all around the world, ranging from Chinese all the way to French. Whether you’ve gone to a steak restaurant in Melbourne or an Asian fusion dining hall, the standard and tastes are always incredible.
But it’s not just the after-dark experiences that stand out, head to the city for some of the best brunch you’ve ever tried, from buttery almond croissants to eggs benedict. You’ll likely return home with a full belly and a few recommendations for friends and family.
Let Your Hair Down Amongst The Incredible Nightlife
When the sun is out, Melbourne sparkles, with a variety of different things to do and see, but when the sun goes down, Melbourne really shines. The nightlife is heavily intertwined with the aforementioned food scene, but after a tasty dinner, the evening has just begun. If you’re looking for something simple and fun, then Chapel street is the place for you, the Windsor and Prahran end of the strip boasts a seemingly endless stream of bars for you to dance the night away. Line too long at the first place you try? That’s not a problem, simply walk a mere few steps for an equally as vibrant scene. If you’re looking for somewhere central, then where better to go than the CBD? Not only are you surrounded by the famed laneway bars that tease you with the muffled sound of music practically calling for you to come in, but you’re just a tram line away from every other part of the city, such as the northern suburbs. For an edgier take on the Chapel street scene, head over to Brunswick street in Fitzroy. Here you can enjoy a selection of eclectic bars, clubs and pubs, all of which are perfect to dance the night away in a quintessentially ‘Melbourne’ spot.
Take Yourself To A Sunday Market
If there is one thing Melbourne loves, it’s throwing a party, and that’s exactly what we do every Sunday, well, sort of. Every Sunday at the crack of dawn, market stalls are set up for the day in which friends and family will meet and peruse the aisles of the market looking for fresh fruit and vegetables, delicious snacks, and whatever else they happen upon. So where exactly is this market? Take your pick, there are so many to choose from! From the Queen Victoria markets to the South Melbourne markets, each selling its fair share of delightful delights. All the way to the Camberwell markets, where the fashion forward and environmentally minded sell their stylish goods to a new home. We highly recommend you stop by one.
Get Back To Nature With A Trip To The Botanic Gardens
The thing with Melbourne is it’s all go go go. There is always something to see, always something to do, and as exciting as it is, sometimes you just need a moment to catch your breath and relax. Enter Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens. You’d be forgiven if you thought you’d magically transported into the country, as the sprawling grounds are laden with luscious green grass and nature aplenty. The only giveaway is from certain peaks you’re granted a glorious view of the city. This is the perfect backdrop to relax, crack open a drink and lie back for a slow afternoon amongst nature.
A Day Of Culture At The NGV
If you happen to be in the city, the National Gallery of Victoria, popularly known as the NGV really can’t be missed, and we mean you can’t miss it even if you try. The building is an imposing building that stretches down St Kilda road. The simplistic, dark grey colour of the exterior in no way prepares you for the spoils that lie within. Each year it holds a number of enviable exhibitions, each one becoming a must-see amongst Melbourne locals. Spend a day marvelling not only at the art but at the beautiful architecture of the beloved gallery. This is a truly special experience and one to tick off the bucket list once you return home.
Get The Ultimate Insta At Melbourne’s Iconic Laneways
On occasion, certain attractions around the world can gain negative connotations due to the heavy tourist presence, but the iconic laneways of Melbourne are not one of them. Although many travellers come here looking for an insta shot or two against the distinctive backdrop of Hosier lane, the location is completely worth it. It’s covered head to toe in graffiti art and even though you’re a mere step or two away from the CBD, suddenly you feel as though you’re transported into a very special world of your own, Hosier lane is definitely worth passing by.
If you’re feeling a bit peckish, it’s time to check out Degraves street, filled with Melbourne institutions, cafes line the lane ready to serve you some of our incredible coffee and a delicious delight of your choice. Melbourne is packed to the brim with winding lanes filled with interesting shops and cafes, each with its own story. Simply wander away from Swanston street and suddenly you’re exploring the spoils of Flinders lane. They truly do make our city so unique.
Get Out Of Melbourne
One of the ultimate things to do when you’re in Melbourne is to get out of Melbourne. No seriously, every Melbournian knows the importance of a good weekend getaway or a day trip to reset and refresh. A speedy hour’s drive will take you out to the beauty of the Mornington Peninsula. Here you’re surrounded by green paddocks, leafy tree-lined roads, and most importantly peace and quiet. Once you’ve done your fair share of wandering amongst lush greenery, why not refresh yourself with a lovely glass of vino? That’s something else that populates the peninsula, an abundance of stunning wineries. Whether you’re looking for somewhere lowkey that pairs perfectly with a cheese board, a few stories and a roasting fire. Or perhaps somewhere a little more glamorous, overlooking the sprawling vineyard is more to your taste?
Finally, you can finish your trip by heading over to the likes of Red Hill or Flinders, to check out the local shops offering, which includes anything and everything from art to homewares to beautiful trinkets and keepsakes. Head past one of the many beaches with a coffee in hand on your way out and there you go, you’re fresh and ready to turn back to the hustle and bustle of the city.
Melbourne is an incredible city filled with life, excitement and vibrance. Whether you’ve come to experience the delights of the culinary scene, or perhaps a night of dancing the evening away, you won’t be left disappointed. One thing is for sure, you’ll be ready to book your next trip the second you leave.