Even though I’ve been to Melbourne multiple times, I’ve always found that I’ve discovered something new each time I’ve visited. Here are just eight of my favourite things to do collated from those trips.
1. Experience culinary Melbourne
Although I was born and bred in Sydney, I personally think and am happy to admit that Melbourne’s food and coffee culture is second to none in Australia. Everytime I’ve been in Melbourne, I’ve found that I’ve never had to look too far to when it comes to finding good food or coffee. A couple of my favourite spots would have to be wandering down Hardware Lane for breakfast and coffee; and most recently discovered, Saint Crispin in Collingwood – the cheesecake on their dessert menu is to die for!
If you’re a cheese lover, then you also won’t want to go past Spring Street Grocer who offer an amazing cheese masterclass where you can not only get an introduction to cheese, but also take some home with you as well!
2. Take a stroll along the Yarra River
By day or night, a walk along the Yarra River on South Bank is a must. My personal recommendation would be to take a walk from the east to the west (heading towards Docklands) when the sun is just about to set. You’ll be treated with a gorgeous view with the sun setting behind the river (as witnessed first hand, above!).
3. Discover the colourful graffitied laneways
It’s no secret that Melbourne is known as one of the world’s great street art captials and for its unique expressions of art on legally approved outdoor locations. A couple of great spots to see some of Melbourne’s murals are Hosier Lane (conveniently located opposite Federation Square) and Union Lane – off Bourke Street Mall.
4. Catch the City Circle tram
Melbourne’s City Circle tram (Tram route 35) is a free tram service that operates around Melbourne CBD. It’s a great (and free) way to get a glimpse of the city and also catch a ride on one of Melbourne’s iconic features. The City Circle trams run in both directions approximately every twelve minutes between 10am and 6pm Sunday to Wednesday and extended hours, 10am – 9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. View the timetable here.
5. Soak up the sunshine in a Melbourne park
With over 480 hectares of internationally acclaimed parks and gardens, there is a park to suit everyone’s lifestyle in Melbourne. A couple of my favourites that I’ve visited are the Treasury Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens.
6. See Melbourne on a bicycle with Melbourne Bike Share
Similar to Paris’ Velib, Melbourne Bike Share is a new form of public transport, designed for short trips across the city. Simply purchase a subscription that suits you, take a bike when you need it and then return it to one of the 50 bike stations throughout the city.
7. People watch in the afternoon sun from Federation Square
Not only is Federation Square a great meeting place and central hub for public transport being right opposite Flinders Street Station, it’s also a great spot to bask in the afternoon sun and people watch. During special events, like the Australian Open of Tennis, locals and travellers alike gather in Federation Square to catch a glimpse of the action on the big screen.
8. Watch the sunset from eighty-eight floors up at the Eureka Skydeck
Eighty-eight floors high with stunning views over Melbourne, the Eureka Skydeck 88 is the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. From the Skydeck, you’ll get to enjoy 360 degree views over Melbourne and on a clear day, can even look out to catch a glimpse of Phillip Island. I’d recommend heading up just before sunset and staying to watch the sun go down.
The Eureka Skydeck is priced at $19.50AUD per adult without any time limitations (other than exiting before 10pm when they close).
What are your favourite things to see and do in Melbourne?