10 Exciting Things to Do in Melbourne
8th December 2023
Melbourne is calling! This city has it all, from thrill-seeking at Luna Park to admiring the incredible artworks at the National Art Gallery. Here are some of the top 10 things to do in Melbourne that will make your trip unforgettable. We can’t forget to mention that they are only a short walk or tram ride away from your Melbourne accommodation.
St Kilda Beach
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St Kilda Beach is located on Melbourne’s seaside and provides a refreshing break if you want to go for a swim or take a stroll. After taking a dip in the beautiful water, there are several restaurants along the pathway where you can watch the sunset with your loved one. Enjoy a swim in the pool or work out at the Sea Baths. Locals recommend Republica or Beachcomers for its tasty cocktails and stunning beach views. If you are looking to dance the night away, The Hotel Esplanade has live music and a great atmosphere.
Hours: 24/7 access
Location: Between St Kilda Marina and St Kilda Harbour
Explore Acland Street
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Acland Street has everything! With a variety of traditional treats, delectable eateries and shops that are sure to please the entire family. We highly recommend Acland Cake Shop’s vanilla slice, chai latte, polish baked goods, and much, much more.
Hours: Opening times vary
Location: Acland Street
Shop til you drop
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With a mix of boutique and high-end fashion brands, Melbourne is your ultimate shopping destination. Explore a wide range of shops at Emporium and Bourke Street Mail, both of which are only a tram ride away from your Melbourne accommodation. Alternatively, stroll through the historic Block Arcade and Royal Arcade before heading up to the Paris end of Collins Street. There, you can sample high fashion or go on a walking tour of hidden laneways to see the ever-changing street art.
Hours: Hours vary depending on the store
Location: Melbourne CBD
Sea Life Melbourne
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If you enjoy exploring everything under the sea, then this is the place to go. Sea life Melbourne is located near the Yarra River and is an underwater wonderland with a diverse array of animals and exhibits. There are numerous feeding times throughout the day with a complimentary education talk and you get to enjoy watching rays, sharks, crocodiles, and fish feeding.
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday, 9:30am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday
Location: King St, Melbourne
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Melbourne Zoo is a great place to bring your kids to see some adorable wildlife these upcoming school holidays! Get up close and personal with giraffes or watch the playful Orangutans at Melbourne Zoo. Meet the keepers and learn something new about your favourite animals; keeper talks run every day beginning at 10:40 am and ending at 4 pm.
Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday to Sunday
Location: Elliott Ave, Parkville
Image via Luna Park
The thrill-seeking amusement park known as Luna Park is only a short 8-minute drive from your Melbourne accommodation. Bring your friends and experience some of the most daring rides, such as Pharaoh’s Curse and the Power Surge. After you’ve tried some of the rides, try the carnival favourites! There are numerous options ranging from hotdogs to snow cones.
Hours: 6 pm – 10pm Friday, 11am – 10pm Saturday, 11am – 7pm Sunday
Location: 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
Royal Botanic Gardens
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Take a walk through the Victoria Botanic Gardens, which offers stunning views as well as useful resources for learning about the area. The gardens cover 38 hectares, making it an ideal location for a picnic and taking in the scenery. Home to over 8,500 plant species from around the world, as well as amazing and diverse plant collections.
Hours: 7:30am – 7:30pm Monday to Sunday
Location: Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne
National Art Gallery
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The National Art Gallery houses over 75,000 pieces of art, with collections that reflect diversity in cultural identities, artistic practices, and geographies while connecting art and people. Richard Mosse’s moving image work, Broken Spectre, will be on display at the gallery until April 22nd, 2023.
This collection is a powerful response to the devastation happening in the Amazon Rainforest. There are currently several other exhibitions running at the gallery, so you will be spoiled for choice!
Hours: 10am – 5pm Monday to Sunday
Location: 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Melbourne Sky Deck
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View Melbourne from the sky! The Melbourne Skydeck experience dazzles, entertains, and informs visitors with its spectacular and ever-changing views, cutting-edge virtual, and the Southern Hemisphere’s highest observation deck. If you are looking for things to do in Melbourne at night, there are several packages available, such as cocktails in the clouds, which includes two signature cocktails, two admission tickets, and access to the voyager theatre.
Hours: 12pm – 10pm Monday to Sunday
Location: 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank
Queen Victoria Market
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Queen Victoria Market is one of Melbourne’s most iconic attractions, with incredible food stalls and bric-a-brac to explore. The locals recommend picking up snacks from the markets and enjoying them by the water for a perfect date idea in Melbourne. Prahran and South Melbourne markets are also popular among locals! South Melbourne is a short drive away, and Prahran is only a tram ride away.
Queen Victoria Market
Hours: 6 am – 3 pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 6 am – 4 pm Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm Sunday
Location: Queen St, Melbourne
Hours: 7am – 5pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 3pm Sundays
Location: 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
South Melbourne Market
Hours: 8am – 4pm Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 8am – 5pm Friday
Location: 322-326 Coventry St, South Melbourne
If you’re planning a trip to Melbourne soon, you’ll have a year’s worth of activities to do. So, what are you holding out for? Book a room at View Melbourne and begin planning your getaway.