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20 Best Melbourne Attractions

 
  • 01Melbourne City Centre

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    The city center of Melbourne represents the city's cultural, entertainment and financial heart. Locally called the Central Business District, the CBD or simply the City, it is where international and interstate visitors spend the bulk of their time. Most must-see attractions sit within the city's grid-planned center, as is much of the accommodation and nightlife. The main visitor information center is in Federation Square, right near the intersection of Swanston and Flinders Streets. Another information center exists near Cooks Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens, and a small information booth is in the Bourke Street Mall. Additionally, volunteer city ambassadors dressed in a distinctive red uniform are stationed along Swanston St to help tourists with inquiries and directions. The City Centre is Melbourne's hub of public transport. Every train line and most tram routes pass through or terminate in the city. All suburban trains will stop at the city's busiest interchange, Flinders Street Station. Country trains terminate at Southern Cross Station. Trams mostly run east to west along Bourke and Collins Streets, and north to south along Swanston Street.
  • 02Queen Victoria Market

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    Queen Victoria Market is the heart and soul of Melbourne. Eat, shop, explore and discover your way through our iconic food halls and heritage Sheds where the banter is as fresh as the produce. Or simply soak up the atmosphere of the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s no place like our Market. It’s an experience that engages all the senses. Queen Victoria Market is much more than the city’s fresh-food shopping Mecca – it’s a historic landmark, a tourist attraction, and a Melbourne institution. Spanning several city blocks, Queen Vic Market is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Shoppers can find everything from fruit and vegetables to local and imported gourmet foods, fashion and general merchandise. Wander through the bustling Meat, Fish and Dairy Halls, where you can pick up artisan cheeses, dressed meats, and take away food, or discover the seemingly endless array of seasonal fruit and vegetables showcasing the best of Australian produce. Explore the Market's historic sheds to grab a bargain or find a Melbourne-made treasure amongst clothing, jewelry, handicrafts, home wares and souvenirs.

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  • 03Melbourne Cricket ground

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    The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is located a short distance from Melbourne's city center in the Melbourne Sports Precinct at Yarra Park, which also includes the Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena, and AAMI Park. With a total capacity of 100,000 people, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the largest stadium in Australia, the tenth-largest stadium in the world, and the world's largest stadium for playing cricket. The Melbourne Cricket Ground has been the scene of many great sporting events and 'firsts' in Australian sporting history since being built in 1853, just 19 years after the founding of the City of Melbourne itself. It is the home of the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), the oldest sporting club in Australia. In 1877 the first game of Test cricket in history was played between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In 1971, the ground hosted the first One Day International cricket match. The Boxing Day Test match on Boxing Day (26 December) each year attracts huge crowds. In winter, it serves as the home of Australian Rules football (AFL). The stadium fills to capacity for the AFL Grand Final in late September.

     

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  • 04Great Ocean Road

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    Travel the Great Ocean Road and beyond and experience one of the world's most scenic coastal drives. See the towering 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks, and misty waterfalls. Discover a diverse array of things to see and do in the region, from outdoor activities such as surfing, scuba diving and sea kayaking to arts, cultural and heritage attractions. Admire the stunning coastline of the Great Ocean Walk, get up close to native wildlife at Tower Hill, and explore surf towns and seaside villages. Enjoy fine dining up and down the coast and stock up at local winemakers, dairy farms and fresh proved-ores along the way. The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometer stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. One of Australia's most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road is a magnificent three-day self-drive touring route from surf capital Torquay to the famous 12 Apostles, ending at historic fishing village Port Fairy.

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  • 05National Gallery of Victoria

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    The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest and pre-eminent public art museum, hosting blockbuster exhibitions and one of the world’s finest art collections. The collection encompasses treasures from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and the pre-Columbian period, in addition to an Oceanic gallery dedicated to the indigenous cultures of the Pacific area. The collection also includes nearly 16,000 international prints and drawings, a distinguished array of European and Asian decorative arts, and a gallery space dedicated to 4000 works representing the art of Asia. You will also find an outstanding collection of European and British paintings dating from 1200 to today, fashion and textile exhibits, photography, furniture and sculpture. Dining options include Persimmon, the Gallery Kitchen, and the Tea Room. The National Gallery of Victoria, popularly known as the NGV, is an art museum in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1861, it is Australia's oldest, largest and most visited art museum.

     

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  • 06Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

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    Take a fascinating journey from the coast to the ocean depths through 12 themed zones, including one of the world’s largest Saltwater Crocodiles residing in the state-of-the-art the Croc Lair exhibit. Don’t miss the Australia’s most interactive rainforest; get up close to the 10,000 creatures, including Australia’s largest collection of Sub-Antarctic penguins, the world’s largest collection of Sea Horses and the only Elephant Sharks in the captivity. Find out how it feels to touch a starfish and the other creatures living in our interactive rock pool. Fun talks and an animal feeds, special events and our Dive Adventure Trail means that there’s always a load for everyone to enjoy at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. The all new SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, with 12 amazing habitat zones to discover, is on top of the list of things to do in the Melbourne. No trip to Melbourne is complete without visiting the Melbourne Aquarium. Situated on the riverside, just opposite to the Crown Casino, the Melbourne Aquarium is a home to the thousands of animals, including sharks, turtles, stingrays, sawfish, tropical fish and much, much more.
  • 07Royal Botanic Gardens

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    The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is internationally renowned botanical gardens located near the center of the Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on the south bank of the Yarra River. They are 38 hectares (94 acres) of landscaped gardens consisting of a mix of native and exotic vegetation including over a 10,000 individual species. The Royal Botanic Gardens have a second division in the outer Melbourne suburb of Cranbourne, some 45 km southeast of the city. The 363 hectares (897 acres) Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne have a focus solely on the Australian native plants, and it features an award-winning special section called the Australian Garden, which was opened in May 2006.The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne are adjacent to a larger group of parklands directly southeast of the city, between St. Kilda Road and the Yarra River known as the Domain Parklands, which includes; the Kings Domain, the Alexandra Gardens, the Queen Victoria Gardens.

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  • 08Yarra Valley

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    A short one-hour drive from the Melbourne city sits the beautiful Yarra Valley. Best known for producing excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the Valley is home to more than the 120 wineries. Whether you take the family, run away for romance with your partner, or round up some friends, the Yarra Valley is the perfect weekend escape. Float high above the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon for unprecedented views of rolling hills strung with vines, lush greenery, and pastures. With boutique wineries around every bend in the valley, you'll soon be attuned to its charms. Enjoy a meal accompanied by a local wine amid the vines as you travel around. See alternate views of the valley from both inside and outside the curved Tarra Warra Museum of the Modern Art, built to integrate into the landscape. Pick up some winery specials to enjoy a gourmet picnic in the peaceful fern gullies and mountain ash at the Badger Weir Park near Healesville. Venture into the Christmas Hills and Sugarloaf Reservoir. Go bushwalking along the 18-kilometre trail, bird watching, sightseeing, sailing and shoreline fishing. Have a picnic at Ironbark Ridge or Saddle Dam overlooking the reservoir.
  • 09Puffing 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.
  • 10Federation Square

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    The beautiful city of Melbourne is home to many architectural marvels that attract tourists to a great extent. Federation Square is one of them.

    Highlights – Set up during 26th October 2002, this place covers an area of 3.2 hectares and is located right next to the busiest railway station in Melbourne.

    This is one of the best places to hang out with friends and family during a day trip because it has many facilities like the Melbourne Visitor Centre (underground facility), The Edge (450-seater facility providing stunning views of the Yarra River), Zinc (host to many weddings and corporate functions), National Gallery of Victoria, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Transport hotel bar, festival headquarters and venues to conduct international beer shows.

    Location –
    Melbourne CBD.


    Timings
    – Open all through the year.

    Price – Entry into the Federation Square is free of cost; however one needs to buy tickets for the events conducted here.
  • 11Southbank & Arts Centre Melbourne

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    If you are a lover of theatre, arts, drama and other dance/musical shows, the Southbank & Arts Centre at Melbourne (previously known as Victorian Arts Centre) should definitely be on top of your must-visit places.

    Highlights – Standing tall at a height of 182m, this centre was open to the general public during 1984 and has distinct zones within it for various performing arts. Some of the famous venues here are Hamer Hall, State Theatre, Playhouse, Fairfax Studio and Galleries.

    You can find legendary pop music artists, ballet dancers from across the globe, exhibitions of exquisite handcrafted clothes and accessories, famous stage plays and other events of great interest staged here at regular intervals. You can also take up one of the many guided tours available here to know more about this place.

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     Location – Southbank district.

     Timings – Depend on the timings of a particular show.

     Price – Varies as per show.
  • 12Eureka Tower

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    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.

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    Location – Southbank precinct of Melbourne.

    Timings – 10AM to 10PM.

    Price – 20AUD per adult and 11.50AUD for kids aged between 4 and 16years. 
  • 13Arcades and Laneways

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    There are lots of spacious arcades and hidden lanes in Melbourne that are still not explored by many tourists. These hidden gems can be unravelled only through exclusive tours that solely focus on hunting for these lanes & arcades and bring them to the eyes of the public.

    Highlights – When you come to Melbourne, set some time aside exclusively to discover more about the hidden/lesser-known/unexplored lanes that will surprise you to a great extent. There are various walking tours available to take you through all these lanes in the city.

    Half day tours usually start from a particular place with the guide explaining about the history and moving over to various laneways for morning tea, chocolate tasting etc.

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    Location – Federation Square, Degraves Street, Majorca Building, Centre Place, Centre Way, Block Arcade, Block Place, Royal Arcade etc. are some places covered.

    Timings – All through the year.

     Price – Around AUD73per person.
  • 14Melbourne Zoo

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    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.

     


  • 15Yarra River Cruise

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    Want to go to a place where your friends, family and kids can enjoy at the same time? Want to make the most of a long weekend? Cruise tours along the majestic Yarra River in Melbourne, is one of the solutions for these questions in your mind.

    Highlights – River cruise tours have the potential to make any tour magical. The landscapes of Melbourne look absolutely divine from the waters. The best thing about these tours is that you can mix and match a couple of tours to get the experience of your lifetime.

    You can either choose the tour that takes you across various ports and docklands or the tour that takes you to gardens, picturesque places and sporting landscapes of Melbourne.

    Location – Yarra River.

    Timings –
    All through the year.

     Price – Around AUD23 per adult and AUD11 per kid.
  • 16Shrine of Remembrance

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    This is one of the important tourist attractions in Melbourne and is a place of historical importance as well.

    Highlights – Essentially a war memorial, this shrine was constructed as an ode to the hundreds of Australian men and women soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. The memorial was open to the general public during 11th November 1934 and is currently one of the biggest in Australia. Every year, on the 25th of April, ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is observed here.

    Today, tourists who come to this memorial can get a bird’s eye view of historic accidents through the memorial’s exhibition and museums. Lots of educational activities happen regularly to teach people about the richness of their bygone legacy.

    Location – Kings Domain, St. Kilda Road, Melbourne.

    Timings – 10AM to 5PM daily; closed for Christmas and Good Friday.

    Price – Admission is free of cost.
  • 17Docklands

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    Melbourne is one of those cities in the world that provide some entertainment or the other to the diverse range of tourists coming here. Docklands is one such urban development area in the city.

    Highlights – Fun, food, entertainment, arts, theatre shows, musicals, shopping, eating out, beauty & wellness treatments, heritage tours, hosting all latest events – you name it and you can experience all of it at Docklands! Come to the Victoria Harbour and Waterfront city and watch the beautiful landscapes of Melbourne from the waters, munching on some delicious delicacies. If you are a sports fan, catch a game if you are lucky, at Etihad Stadium. This place is easily accessible by train, car, foot, ferry and bus.

    Location – 2km away from Melbourne CBD.

    Timings – Depends on the timings of shops/complexes located here.

     Price
    – Varies according to buildings.
  • 18Half Moon Bay,Black Rock

    This little hiding hole is a perfect spot when you're in a group looking to head to the beach where not many people are around. Normally, you will be able to find a quiet spot to enjoy with your friends and hang out, but recently more and more people have discovered this area of the beach where it may be a little more crowded. Either way, it has the sandiness you want, plus a few rock pools and also a beautiful looking cliff's edge to admire also. Maybe Half Moon Bay isn't as private as it used to be but it's still one of my favorite beach positions to hang out at. Looking for a nice beach within Melbourne is a little difficult, to say the least. Half Moon Bay, on the other hand, is a gorgeous little spot and a real surprise in comparison to other Melbourne beaches. Great for swimming, tanning, reading and picnicking this is the perfect spot for when you don't want to leave the city in search of some sand, sea and sunshine. Half Moon Bay had been setting for yachting since the 1890s, and a branch of the Brighton Yacht Club formed the Black Rock Yacht Club in 1919.

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  • 19Chadstone shopping complex

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    Chadstone Shopping Centre is a super regional shopping center located in the southeastern suburb of Malvern East, Victoria in the city of Melbourne, Australia and is the biggest shopping center. Chadstone Shopping Centre is a great place for fashion and there's no better way to experience it all than to take a trip to Chadstone - The Fashion Capital. International designers of the caliber of A/X Armani Exchange, FCUK, Oroton, Max Co., Mecca Cosmetica and Polo Ralph Lauren sit alongside local labels like Alannah Hill, Anthea Crawford, Carla Zampatti, Trent Nathan and Saba. Sass and Bide, Collette Dinnigan and Princess Highway can be found exclusively at David Jones. Aero, Bracewell, Brave and Bettina Liano are exclusive at Myer. But style doesn't stop there. Chadstone - The Fashion Capital houses just under 400 stores; Major Stores include Myer, David Jones, Target, JB Hi-Fi, Borders Books Music Cafe, AMF Bowl, Coles, Bi-Lo, Kmart and Toys 'R' Us. As well as all the biggest names in fashion, Chadstone also offers entertainment for the whole family. Located on the lower level of the Centre is a precinct designed entirely for fun.

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  • 20Ecau De Vie

    Exclusively known for its bar food and amazing night-life experience, Ecau de Vie in Melbourne, offers some of the best drinks and dishes from the world to its guests.

    Highlights – Whiskeys and cocktails offered here are considered to be the best among all the bars in Melbourne. The best thing that you will find here is that the staff members are quite knowledgeable about the menu and will suggest some great drinks for you that you would have never heard of earlier! You have to reserve here in advance on all the days, because the bar gets too crowded within a short time of opening.

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    Location – 1, Malthouse Lane, Melbourne CBD. Price for two – Close to 90AUD. Speciality dishes – Oceanside Cocktail, Nitrogen Espresso Martini, Smoky Rob Roy, espresso zabaione, Kingston, 4 cheese sandwich and many more.

    Timings – 5PM to 1AM.