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Best Things To Do in Melbourne

With the best things to do in Melbourne, it is the world’s most livable city is the capital of the state of Victoria located in Australia. Melbourne is in the southeastern mainland Australia, within the state of Victoria. Melbourne is found at the midpoint of the Quaternary lava which steadily flows towards the western side, in the east, there are the Silurian mudstones and along Port Phillip, in the southeast direction is the Holocene sand accumulation. It is a junction of Yarra Valley and Yarra River and towards the east, the famous Dandenong Ranges are situated and it also extends northward to the valleys of Yarra tributaries which are the Moonee Ponds Creek, Plenty River, Merri Creek as well as the Darebin Creek.

 Melbourne is located in the middle of some very hot and humid inland areas and the cool southern ocean and that’s why Melbourne has warm summers and cool winters. The main airport of Melbourne is the second busiest in Australia and the bustling Port of Melbourne which is Australia's busiest port is a very important shipping harbor. Melbourne has an extensive transport network. Melbourne has the most extensive freeway network and has the world's largest urban tram network.  Melbourne is a city that doesn't give all its secrets away in one go. To crack its mysteries, you need a keen eye, a bit of time and a healthy sense of curiosity. You can go explore the Melbourne Zoo, eat sumptuous and delicious Ethiopian food and walk to the top of Rucker’s Hill in Northcote to watch the sunset over the city. The best things to do in Melbourne at night is bar hopping to the various and happening eatouts to enjoy good karaoke music and have a great time socialising. For the finer music lovers, do miss to catch a show at ‘The Forum’ which has seen the biggest names of stars over the years. So book your next trip here to have a truly wonderful time with family and friends.

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    Horseback Winery Day Tour in Melbourne
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    About the Activity:Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Australia in this three hour ride of the winery on a horseback.Acquaint yourself with variety of wines and get a chance to taste wines from two renowned wineries. Ride through the magnificent bush, the farmland and the ...

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    Sea Kayak Tour in Melbourne
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    About the Activity:Indulge into this two hours kayaking tour and paddle past the homes of rich and famous, colorful beach boxes and turquoise waters of Port Phillip Bay.Start your tour at 7.15 AM from Flinders Street in Melbourne head out for the day. Start by discoverin...

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    About the Activity:Enjoy the snorkeling activity in the clear waters of Melbourne.Commence your tour at 7.15 AM from Flinders Street in Melbourne.Reach Point Nepean National Park and mesmerize the rich history and magnificent view of the surrounding landscape.After taki...

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    About the Activity:Embark on this amazing and adventurous tour amidst the Cairn's rainforest.Get picked up from your hotel in Cairns at around 2 PM and drive up the scenic Gillies range to the Cairns Tablelands, climbing up to 800 metres above sea level this is one of Au...

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    About the Activity:Start the day bright and early with a 7:30 am departure from Melbourne CBD where make a 2-hour journey to the township of Forrest. Known as one of the best single trail mountain bike networks in Victoria, spend 2 hours riding the Yaugher trails through...

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    About the Activity:Get ready for an exhilarating day out in one of Melbourne’s true hidden gems - The You Yang’s Regional Park, which is home to some world class mountain biking trails only 45 minutes from Melbourne! Reach the starting point of activity, which is the Reg...

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    About the Activity:Explore behind the scenes of the venues that play host to some of Australia's favourite sporting events.Reach the starting point, which is the Federation Square at around 8.30 AM and meet your guide from where your tour will start.Visit Flemington, hom...

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    About the Activity:A sunrise hot air balloon flight over Melbourne is a truly remarkable experience. There are few major cities in he world that can be traversed by hot air balloon and there certainly is no better way to take in Australia's second largest city. In the mo...

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    About the Activity:Go for this amazing coffee walk tour, which last for 2 hours. These 2 hours will be of everything you ever wanted to know about coffee , but were too afraid to ask. Reach the starting point, Corner LaTrobe and Elizabeth Sts at around 10 AM where you w...

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    About the Activity:Cleland Wildlife Park is nestled within the beautiful Cleland Conservation Park just 30 minutes away from the city centre. Whilst immersing yourself in the wonders of this natural bush environment, discover some of the 130 species of native wildlife in...

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Attractions

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Royal Botanic Gardens

If you are someone deeply interested in botany then you must not skip the Royal botanical gardens in Sydney. The place was opened in 1816 which makes it one of the oldest scientific institution not only in Australia but in the whole world.

 

Location: The Royal botanical garden is located in the Mrs. Macquarie's road in Sydney and the place is quite accessible from most of the major locations in the city.

Highlights: It is one of the major botanical gardens located in the heart of Sydney where you will find plants of a wide variety of species.

Price: The entry is free to all which makes more people come here and explore the place.

Best time to visit: The botanical garden is open from 9 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening so you need to visit the place during these times to be able to see plants that are on the display.
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Puffing Billy Railway

Puffing Billy travels through the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne (sometimes referred to as 'The Dandenongs') All aboard Puffing Billy – Australia's most popular steam train ride! Running daily from the foothills at Belgrave to the mountain town of Gembrook, Puffing Billy is the most fun way to tour the Dandenong Ranges. Puffing Billy's rattling red carriages run across three historic timber bridges, uphill and down dale, through valleys and plains filled with tree ferns, and under the shadow of towering mountain ash. The route runs through the eucalyptus of Sherbrooke Forest, past the steam museum at Menzies Creek and the picnic grounds at Emerald Lake, in the pretty town of Gembrook. The one-way journey is 24 km (15 miles), taking just under two hours. Puffing Billy is Australia's favorite steam train and is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century-old steam train is still running on its original 25-kilometer mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.
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Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo is Australia's oldest zoo and was modeled on London Zoo. The zoo was opened on 6 October 1862 at the Royal Park site in 55-acre (22 ha) on land donated by the City of Melbourne. Before this, animals were housed at the botanical gardens in Melbourne. Visitors can see historical cages, including the heritage listed Elephant House, which has been renovated and adapted for use for customers paying to sleep overnight in tents at the zoo in popular Roar and Snore evenings. These evenings allow the public to see some of the nocturnal animals at the zoo in evening guided tours by keepers. One of the most famous exhibits was Quinine the elephant. The zoo is set among flower gardens and picnic areas. Many of the animals are now organized in bioclimatic zones: African rainforest featuring gorillas, mandrills, pigmy hippos and parrots; Asian Rainforest with tigers and otters; and the Australian bush with koalas, kangaroos, emus, echidnas and endangered hairy-nosed wombats.

 
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National Sports Museum

Nowhere in the world can you find a museum that celebrates a nation's rich sporting history like the National Sports Museum at an unmatchable venue like the MCG. In air-conditioned comfort, the museum offers something for everybody all year round with school holiday activities. Interactive gallery and Australia's largest collection of sporting, memorabilia. Across a multitude of sports, the museum features memorabilia from some of the country’s biggest heroes and Highlight moments that have shaped the traditions of Australian sport. The NSM displays: Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, Australian Football Hall of Fame, Champions – Thoroughbred Racing Gallery, MCG – The People’s Ground, Melbourne Cricket Club Museum, Backyard to Baggy Green Exhibition (including a Shane Warne 3D hologram), Australian Football Exhibition (including a James Hird 3D hologram), An interactive gallery for visitors of all ages, Game On!

 
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Old Melbourne Gaol

Since 1845 until its closure in 1929 the Old Melbourne, Gold has held Melbourne's most dangerous criminals. The original cells also held petty offenders, debtors, children, the homeless and the mentally ill along with Australia’s most infamous citizen, the bush-ranger Ned Kelly. The gallows, where 133 prisoners were hanged, are still in place at the jail. Today you can visit the Old Melbourne Jail and find out what life was life was like for the men and women who lived and died here. Explore all three levels including the execution area and see Ned Kelly’s death mask. Join the Charge Sergeant on a tour of the cells when you visit the Watch House. Take a night tour with the Hangman or join our Ghost. What Ghost? An Evening tour. Take part in the recreation of a famous trial in Court One of the Old Magistrate’s Court during school holidays. "Such is Life!" - The last words of Ned Kelly as he stood on the gallows at the Old Melbourne Jail, 11 November 1880.


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Eureka Tower

What is a trip without any adventurous activity? Get some adrenalin into your bodies when you come to Melbourne by taking part in the Europa Skydeck.

Highlights – Located at a height of 292m, the Eureka Tower promises to provide ultimate thrill and entertainment to the adventure enthusiasts.

Get a panoramic view of Melbourne City from around 300m above sea level from all 360 degrees. There are close to 30 viewfinders on the Skydeck, through which you can spot some of the major landmarks of Melbourne from the towering heights of the Eureka. This is the only place in the world where you will find “The Edge” – a glass cube located at 88th floor of the tower, providing incredible views to tourists who are suspended from here.


Location – Southbank precinct of Melbourne.

Timings – 10AM to 10PM.

Price – 20AUD per adult and 11.50AUD for kids aged between 4 and 16years. 
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Williamstown Beach

Providing beautiful views of the commercial landscapes of Melbourne, Williamstown Beach is one of the most-loved beaches in this city by locals and tourists.



Highlights –
This beach is situated very close to the main city is often one of the most sought-after weekend getaways for locals. It is fondly addressed as Willy Beach by the locals. Every month local traders put up waterside craft stalls at the Nelson’s Place Point. If you are lucky enough, you can watch the lively ambience in this waterside stall and buy some excellent local handicrafts at reasonable rates.

Location -
It is very easily accessible through public transport as it is just about 5 minutes away from Gem Pier Station.

Activities –
deep water swimming, paddle swimming, sunbaking, sailing, walking, relaxing strolls, watching fireworks at night during important festival days etc.
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Sorrento Beach

One of the scenic and beautiful beaches of Melbourne, Sorrento, is an absolute treat to watch during the sunset hours.



Highlights –
Encompassed by a canopy of Port Philip Bay waters on one side and Bass Straight waters on the other side, Sorrento proves to be an awesome tourist spot for people of all age groups. The foreshore that surrounds the beach is replete with absolute natural extravaganza, making it one of the Melbourne’s most beautiful beaches. Added to this, the beach has lots of jetties clear-water rock pools and an incredible coastline that you just cannot get enough of! Visit here during the evenings to time your trip with the sunset, to experience the beauty of the beach in its full form.

Location –
Around 90minutes from the Central Business District of Melbourne.

Activities –
Awesome walking trails which find lots of early morning walkers and joggers making full use of it daily.

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Melbourne

  • What are some of the must-do activities in Melbourne?

    Melbourne has some of the top attractions like beaches, architecture, vast art collections and freakish cafes. It has lots to offer, from its narrow lanes which are full of art to beer gardens. There are few things that one must do in Melbourne are:

    • Wander Queen Victoria Market
    • Explore Federation Square
    • The beach in St Kilda
    • Travel to Phillip Island
    • Hot Air Ballooning
    • the Shrine of Remembrance

  • Which are must-try adventure sports in Melbourne?

    Melbourne is a city where you can live your life to the fullest. It is perfect for adrenaline junkies. There are a lot of adventure sport options, which include everything skydiving to high-speed stunt driving. When it comes to the most exciting sports, Melbourne, the world’s most livable city is the best place to indulge and there is a lot more to do in Australia than just traveling through the Outback and befriending kangaroos! These are the must-try sports:

    • Canoeing and Kayaking
    • Rally School
    • Paintball
    • Climbing and abseiling
    • Rap Jumping
    • Bungee Jumping
    • Quad Biking
    • Surfing
    • Skydive Melbourne
    • Rap Jumping

  • What are the most romantic things to do in Melbourne for couples?

    Melbourne is said to be made for the lovebirds. Date nights are easy in Melbourne and there is a lot of places where people can go for their perfect dates. Melbourne is home to several little wine bars, very cozy and romantic restaurants along with various picnic spots which rank amongst the top in the whole wide world. Some of the popular things to do are:

    • Enjoy champagne while listening to a concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
    • Have a meal on the tramcar restaurant
    • Spend a lazy afternoon in Curtin House
    • Dining on the footpath in Lygon Street
    • Feel the wind at St Kilda Pier
    • Explore the lanes of Melbourne
    • Visit Mount Dandenong
    • Studley Park Boathouse
    • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
    • Hot air balloon

  • Which are some famous places for scuba diving in Melbourne and what are the charges?

    Melbourne, which is world’s most livable city is surrounded by water and is rich in islands and reefs and there is nothing like Melbourne. It is a magnificent place for scuba diving. Diving which is the most exciting sports in Melbourne can be risky, but if someone can handle the conditions then maybe he or she can probably handle anything in the world. Some of the places are:

    • Mornington Peninsula
    • The Great Indian Ocean
    • Geelong and the Bellarine
    • Gippsland

    Charges for Scuba Diving range from around $88 to about $650 depending upon the type of dive.

  • Which are some famous places for snorkeling in Melbourne and what are the charges?

    Melbourne which is the world’s most livable city offers a number of attractions. There are snorkeling tours which give you pleasant surprise in oceans. It gives the best experience, which is another reason why people want to visit Melbourne. The most famous place where people go for snorkeling is Shark Diving at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

    Gear charges for Snorkeling range from around $13 to $230

  • Which are some of the best wine tours in Melbourne?

    Melbourne, the world's most livable city, is home to several grape yards. These grape yards produce some of the best quality wine which is found all across the globe. Some of the best wines are available all across the good restaurants in Melbourne are bought from the cellars of these wine producers. The vineyards are picturesque with a sense of calmness and serenity about them. Some of the famous wine tours in the region which attract large tourists are –

    • Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours
    • Yarra Valley Wine and Winery Tour
    • Epicurean Food and Wine Tours

  • What are the charges of sea kayaking in Melbourne? Is it worth doing it?

    The city of Melbourne plays host to various kinds of adventure sports. One of the main kinds of adventure sport is the Sea Kayaking. These Sea Kayaking tours take place from the ports of Port Phillip and Westernport Bays. These tours are guided by professionals and are convenient for both amateurs as well as beginners. The tourists have the option of selecting from the various kinds of tours which are available and choose the one which suits them the most. There are also provisions for accommodating birthday parties and other social events at very cheap rates. It would be best advised to book the tickets online to get the best offers. Priced at only around $78, it is very cheap and convenient.

  • Where can I enjoy the nightlife in Melbourne and how safe is to go out at night?

    In the past few years, Melbourne has become increasingly safe and tourist friendly. The local authorities have ensured that safety and security are maintained in Melbourne 24/7 for each and every day of the year. These initiatives have transformed Melbourne into the World’s most livable city. Melbourne's party scene has also taken huge strides in the past decade and a half. For a tourist, it is very easy to visit a very good restaurant at about 1 am in the morning, visit various nightlife hotspots and dance till 4 am and after that catch a bus or taxi back to your hotel or your home. Some of the best places to enjoy the nightlife in Melbourne are –

    • Bird's Basement
    • Paris Cat Jazz Club
    • Whisky & Alement
    • Young and Jackson's Hotel
    • The Lui Bar

  • What are some famous beach activities in Melbourne?

    Beaches are one of the most popular tourist attractions all across the globe and Melbourne is no exception. There are some world class beaches spread across the region of Melbourne which attract huge crowds from all parts of the world. There are various activities which you can enjoy in some of these beaches. These activities are mainly targeted at the thrill seekers and fun lovers who have a daredevil attitude. Some of the most popular beach activities which each and every tourist visiting Melbourne can enjoy are –

    • Stand-Up Paddle boarding
    • Surfing
    • Kayaking & Canoeing
    • Windsurfing
    • Kitesurfing
    • Nature as well as Wildlife Tours
    • Boat Hire
    • Fishing Charters as well as Tours

  • Which are some of the best cycling trails in Melbourne?

    Melbourne is surrounded by a great deal of flora and fauna. This thriving environment along with the huge biodiversity makes it one of the most popular and sought-after regions when it comes to cycling. Starting from the eucalypt forests, windswept beaches, rolling picturesque hills, snow-covered mountains, and fields scattered with patches of wildflower blooms, Melbourne is full of various nature trails where one can go cycling. Some of the most popular cycling trails across the region of Melbourne are –

    • Portsea Return
    • 1/20 along with The Wall
    • Yarra Glen
    • Kinglake
    • Mornington and Two Bays
    • Beach Road which starts from St. Kilda and ends at Mordialloc
    • Yarra Boulevard

  • Where can I go for horse riding tour in Melbourne?

    Melbourne, the world's most livable city, is a city filled with various secrets which are stored for its visitors. There is a big love affair between horse riding and Melbourne city which can be experienced in its history, literature, culture as well as popular mythology. Starting from the eucalypt forests, windswept beaches, rolling picturesque hills, snow-covered mountains and fields scattered with patches of wildflower blooms, Melbourne is full of various nature trails where one can go horse riding. There are various undiscovered trails which are bound to make your riding experience an exciting adrenaline charged one. Horse riding in Melbourne gives an opportunity to experience the wildlife and become aware of the natural history of the region. Some of the popular horse trails of the region are –

  • Which are best places to see wildlife in and around Melbourne?

    Melbourne and its surrounding areas are home to a wide array of animals and plants which thrive in this favorable climate. Melbourne, the world's most livable city, also provides proper environment for the wildlife to thrive in the region. The tourists visiting the region would be amazed by the diverse wildlife which inhabits these regions. Some of the popular regions to find wildlife in this area are-

    • Werribee Open Range Zoo
    • Melbourne Zoo
    • Phillip Island to watch Penguins, Seals, Koalas, and various other animals
    • Moonlit Sanctuary

  • What are the charges of hot air balloon safari in Melbourne? Is it worth doing it?

    Amongst the various things you can do in the city of Melbourne, a tide on the hot air balloon over Melbourne is one of the most breathtaking options, which would take you to a ride of a lifetime. You can view all the major attractions of the city from the air such as the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, Albert Park Formula 1 track, Shrine of Remembrance as well as the beautiful Yarra River meandering its way through the suburbs of the city. While floating in the morning sky you would get a bird’s eye view of the city. It is definitely an item which a tourist should not miss. The rates for a hot air balloon safari in Melbourne ranges from $465 to $328.

  • Where can I go for beach skydiving in Melbourne? Is it safe?

    There are not many adventure sports as popular as skydiving in Melbourne, world’s most livable city is the perfect setting to do so. You will experience an ultimate adrenalin rush while skydiving from the drops zones at St Kilda beach. This is one of the closest centers for skydiving in Melbourne CBD. While at an altitude of about 15,000 feet you exit the plane and enjoy a free fall of about 60 seconds which would be the best time of your life. You would be amazed to get a 360-degree view of Melbourne city while you slowly descend on to the Port Phillip Bay.

  • Which are best places to for a shopping tour in Melbourne?

    For those tourists who do not like to navigate around the city themselves in search of the best locations to shop at, shopping tours are the best option. Melbourne, the world’s most livable city, provides a huge opportunity to the tourists to visit various renowned shopping stores and destinations and buy the items which they choose to own. Outlet shopping tours are one of the best ways to get a bargain and at the same time be able to choose from some of the biggest clothing lines in the industry. Some of the best places to go for a shopping tour in Melbourne are-

    • Bourke Street Mall
    • The Block Arcade
    • Melbourne Central
    • Queen Victoria Village
    • Emporium Melbourne

  • Where can I get to see penguins in Melbourne?

    Melbourne is an urban masterpiece complete with lots of high rise buildings and business spaces. But even among this, surprisingly the tourists don’t need to travel much of a distance in order to see the wild penguins which dwell in Melbourne. The region of St Kilda breakwater located at the flag end of the St Kilda Pier is inhabited by a large colony of around 1200 Little Penguins. During dusk each day, these penguins come out and swim to the breakwater, where they then come out of the sea and waddle slowly over the rocks of the breakwater rocks to go back to their nests located in the rocks of the breakwater.

  • What is the cost of a helicopter tour of Melbourne? What all places I will see?

    A Helicopter ride will give you a bird’s eye view of the entire city which would simply take your breath away. There are various spots which you can see through the helicopter tour of Melbourne. You can view all the major attractions of the city from the air such as the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, Albert Park Formula 1 track, Shrine of Remembrance as well as the beautiful Yarra River meandering its way through the suburbs of the city. The price of a flight ranges from $195 to $300 for a flight time of 30mins.

  • Which are some best places to see in Melbourne for sports lovers?

    There are various sports which are played in Melbourne, world’s most livable city. Ranging from cricket, soccer, Australian Rules football, rugby, tennis, horseracing, there are provisions to play all the famous sports in Melbourne which is considered the sporting capital of Australia. Almost all of the sports have a well-established stadium in Melbourne which is of the highest standard when it comes to the amenities as well as the infrastructure. Some of the most popular sporting destinations in Melbourne which are must visit for all the tourists are –

    • Melbourne Cricket Ground
    • National Sports Museum
    • Flemington Racecourse
    • Rod Laver Arena
    • Etihad Stadium
    • Melbourne City Baths
    • Black Light Mini Golf
    • Transport Public Bar
    • Hisense Arena
    • AAMI Park

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