The capital city of Victoria is a beautiful spot – quirky and fun, with a real connection to the arts and a great focus on enjoying the best that this city has to offer.
It’s home to some of the best restaurants in the country and has a plethora of live music to enjoy and experience.
There are plenty of day trips and there are natural and manmade attractions to choose from, so truly something for everyone here.
With such a huge range of attractions to select from, though, you might find it overwhelming choosing what to do in Melbourne. From the huge range of attractions, arts and amazing sights, we’ve narrowed things down to the top 11 attractions in and around town.
01. Eureka Skydeck
Get the lay of the land here with a trip to the 88th-floor of this incredible building. From the highest viewing spot in the Southern Hemisphere, you can enjoy a view unlike any other. Get your bearings and figure out where to head next, while also soaking up some incredible scenery.
02. Take a Flying Lesson
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of soaring high above the clouds, and you’re sure to get the thrill of your life when you take flaying lessons in Melbourne. Exhilarating doesn’t even come close when you get behind the stick of a plane with a flying lesson. Enjoy what is sure to be the experience of a lifetime.
03. Shrine of Remembrance
Take a look at this stunning tribute to the war veterans of Australia while you also enjoy a great view from the top of the shrine. With a great view and a great location – on the fringe of the Botanical Gardens – you’ll find this a great spot to visit.
04. Go Hot Air Ballooning
While we’re on the subject of incredible views, be sure to consider a trip up in a hot air balloon as a way to make the most of the Melbourne views. Take it all in as the sun rises and enjoy the feeling of being in calm and serene skies as you float over the city.
05. St. Paul’s Cathedral / Flinders Street Station
If you’re heading out anywhere, there’s a chance that you’ll be passing by Flinders Street Station. As a result, it won’t be hard for you to check out the impressive St Paul’s Cathedral. This is a truly stunning spot that has been created in Gothic style and it sits diagonally across from Flinders Street Station.
06. Visit the Dandenongs
Get a hit of some nature while you get out of the city on a fun day trip (or weekend away). This lush spot is well worth a visit. These majestic mountains are home to wildlife, artisan craftspeople and a range a forestry and walks so impressive that you’ll find it hard to choose which one to go for.
07. The Queen Victoria Market
Don’t miss this hectic and fun spot. Explore the aisles of food, cheese and curios before shopping for a picnic and heading to a sunny spot to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
08. Drive the Great Ocean Road
Sweeping cliffs, winding roads and stunning scenery. A drive down the Great Ocean Road is a great way to get some sightseeing in.
09. Travel to Phillip Island
Fairy Penguins? Sign me up! A trip to Phillip Island isn’t complete without a journey to see the nightly march of the fairy penguins.
10. See the Wildlife at a Zoo or Aquarium
Once you have seen the tiny penguins in the wild you can explore the range of sea life at the Melbourne Aquarium. Perched on the shores of the Yarra, this is a central attraction for the whole family.
11. Explore the city’s Laneways
Melbourne is renowned for its laneways, so be sure to schedule a day for exploring them and sampling delights at every turn.