Melbourne Tourist Attractions and Best Things to do in Melbourne, Australia

The city is a dynamic metropolis, has an exciting city center, hip, inner-city neighborhoods which are full of unique character, mountain ranges, and lush green parks. Melbourne is regularly voted as the most livable city in the world and it is also known as the coffee capital of the world. There are many things to do in Melbourne as it known for its cultural diversity, excellent dining options, amazing street art and so on.

Amazing Things to do in Melbourne
Amazing Things to do in Melbourne

Top 15 things to do in Melbourne


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Tour the best city for the world’s best coffee

Coffee Shops in Melbourne
Coffee Shops in Melbourne

Melbourne offers one of the best coffee in the world and one of the things to do while in Melbourne is to learn about the coffee culture in Melbourne and also try out the culture and which will make you turn to a coffee lover. There are many places that you will find great coffee in Melbourne even if you are just walking through the lanes of the city. You can even go on a tailored tour if you are coffee aficionados. You should also visit Patricia on Little Bourke street for the best cup of coffee in Melbourne.

Visit the Federation Square

Federation Square photo by Jorge Lascar via Wikipedia CC
Federation Square photo by Jorge Lascar via Wikipedia CC

This is a great place to start your sightseeing and it is an integral part of the city. The square was opened in 2002 to commemorate 100 years of federation and it divided the people of Melbourne. The square is found opposite Flinders street station which is a major public transport hub and the building has an ultra-modern design. The square houses more than 2000 events annually and you will always find entertainment in the intimate indoor venues and even the central outdoor performance space. You will also see the Ian Potter Centre and Australian Centre for the Moving Image which the federation square houses.

Check out the stunning street art

Street Art in Melbourne, Australia by Annie Spratt via Unsplash
Street Art in Melbourne, Australia by Annie Spratt via Unsplash

Melbourne very popular for its street art and it is considered among the street art capitals of the world. A certain area was designated by the city council for street artists and you will love the mind-blowing high-quality art which changes constantly. You can go on Melbourne street art tour which is run by street artists and you can learn more about what you are seeing, how it is made and who is involved in making spectacular underground art scene.

Go sightseeing at the Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria photo by Adrian Vittorio via Wikipedia CC
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria By Photographer: Adrian Vittorio – Copyright Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, CC BY 4.0

This is located in the heart of green parkland and it extends to the south of Yarra River which is about 2km from the CBD. The garden covers two locations which are Melbourne and Cranbourne and it was established in 1846. The Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the finest of its kind in the world and is home to more than 8500 species of plants which includes many rare specimens. The highlight of the tour is the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden and the Aboriginal Heritage Walk and in the summer, you can watch live theater and moonlight cinema which is set up under the stars.

Watch the city from the Eureka Tower

Eureka Tower Melbourne
Eureka Tower Melbourne

Eureka Tower is 91 stories from the ground level and it is in the heart of Southbank, it is named in recognition of the Eureka Stockade. You will surely love the skyscraper’s gold-plated windows and the gold crown which makes it sparkle when the sun catches the top of the building. You can also have a stunning view of the city from Skydeck and if you want more adventure, you can go to the Edge and this is a glass cube which slides out 3m from the building.

Visit Southbank and Arts Centre

Arts Centre Melbourne
Arts Centre Melbourne

There are many cultural attractions that are waiting for you which is just a short stroll away from Flinders Street Station. There are many restaurants, indoor and outdoor cafes, live entertainment at the Southbank promenade. One of the things you should do as a tourist is to visit Southbank and the highlight of the tour is the Art Centre where you will find a wide range of theaters and spaces like the Playhouse, State Theatre, Hamer Hall, and Fairfax theatre.

Learn more about history at the Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol photo by Charlie Brewer via Wikipedia CC
Old Melbourne Gaol photo by Charlie Brewer via Wikipedia CC

This is a museum that is once operated as a prison from its opening in 1842 to 1929 located in the city center. This is also a site where many executions of Australia’s most infamous criminals were executed. You will have a glimpse into life in the 1800s, the highlight of the museum is the spectacular range of artifacts, and also the death masks of many executed criminals. Some considered the museum to be haunted and you can go on ghost tours offered by the museum.

Go for a night out at the Crown Casino Complex

Crown Towers Melbourne
Crown Towers Melbourne

This is a big casino and resort complex that is adjacent to River Yarra, it is the biggest casino complex in the southern hemisphere and also among the largest internationally. If you love gambling, then is this the right place for you and it also offers luxury shopping destination with wonderful restaurants and it is pumping with nightlife. You can also go have fun at the pyrotechnic towers which are just outside of the complex as they shoot fireballs into the night sky.

Have a picnic at the Carlton Gardens

Carlton Gardens by orderinchaos via Wikipedia CC
Carlton Gardens by orderinchaos via Wikipedia CC

This is a 26-hectare site which contains the Melbourne Museum, Royal Exhibition Building, and Imax cinema. This site is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and it is not far from the city center. The highlight of the visit is the lovely mountains, immaculate gardens, beautiful architecture. You will also see a wide range of Australian and international flora and fauna occasionally.

Go on a City Circle Tram Tour

Melbourne Tram
Melbourne Tram

This is one of the things you should do while in Melbourne if you want to more about Melbourne and the city circle Tram offers tourists an easy and free way of seeing the CBD. The tour is accompanied by commentary and it passes through many of the grand historic buildings like the Old Treasury Building, Parliament House, Princess Theatre, and the Windsor Hotel.

Visit the Melbourne Zoo

Lion Melbourne Zoo
Lion Melbourne Zoo

This is 22-hectare Zoo which dates back to the 1852 and it homes more than 320 species of animals in the best of modern facilities in state of the art enclosures. The highlight of the zoo is the Trail of the Elephants and the Orangutan Sanctuary. You can also see a twilight music concert, or go on a tour behind the scene of some enclosures, you will surely have a fun time here.

Go on Yarra River Cruise

Yarra River Cruise photo by Rexness via Wikipedia CC
Yarra River Cruise photo by Rexness via Wikipedia CC

This is a perfect way to see Melbourne top sights and you will also get an insight into the history of Yarra River. This is the best way to know the grounds before you even explore Melbourne by foot. You should try and keep an eye out for Birrarung Marr which also means the river of mists and shadows which is a waterfront parkland that celebrates the Aboriginal ties with the Yarra River.

Tryout Gourmet Greek dinner

Greek Food Dinner
Greek Food Dinner

Outside of Athens, Melbourne has the largest population of Greek in any city and Greek community has plenty of cultural events that you can explore. You can visit the Greek Precinct where you can try out Greek cuisines which is of the same standard as if you are in Greece. There are also many Greek cultural shops and museum that you can visit nearby.

Explore Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market

This is a hotspot for both the tourists and the locals alike and it has been at the center of fresh produce shopping since 1878. You will find hard to find souvenir here and also there are food halls, market stalls which sell almost everything from art, clothing, and toys. You can also go on a tour here and special events like music concerts, night markets, and other functions are held here in the summer.

Visit the Immigration Museum

Immigration Museum Melbourne photo by Kensarlance via Wikipedia CC
Immigration Museum Melbourne photo by Kensarlance via Wikipedia CC

This is located in the elegant Old Customs House and you will get to learn about the stories of people from around the world who now call Melbourne home. The highlight of the tour is the permanent collection and the special exhibitions. You will have a different perspective of early European settlement at this museum.

Flinders Street, Melbourne, Australia by Kieren Andrews via Unsplash
Flinders Street, Melbourne, Australia by Kieren Andrews via Unsplash

Melbourne has a diverse culture and this is the right place for you as there are many attractions to see and explore either you love a sport, food, coffee, actions, adventure, history, arts and so on, you are well covered.

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Queen Victoria Market Ultimate Foodie Tour photo via KLOOK
Queen Victoria Market Ultimate Foodie Tour photo via KLOOK

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  1. This is really a complete guide to enjoy your stay in Melbourne to the fullest. Great post, it was so informative. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Great list, I definitely add this to my itinerary when I travel to Melbourne someday. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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