Melbourne is arguably Australia’s most innovative and interesting capital city. From stylish fashion boutiques, laneway cafes and trendy bars to botanic gardens, sports stadiums and an abundance of theatres, Melbourne has something for everyone.
The Melbourne Shuttle is a free hop on and hop off the bus service, stopping at key city destinations.The complete trip takes approximately one hour and includes an informative onboard commentary as you travel around Melbourne. The shuttle runs daily every 15 - 20 minutes between 9.30am and 4.00pm.
Federation Square is Melbourne’s meeting place and a unique cultural and community project. Opened in 2002, its development was one of the most complex and ambitious construction projects ever undertaken in Australia. The size of an entire city block, you will find a vast array of cultural institutions, restaurants, bars & cafes. Be inspired by the stunning architecture
Created to reach for the sky, nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe inspiring view of Melbourne. Located on Level 88, the Skydeck is the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. Not for the faint hearted, The Edge is a glass cube which projects 3 meters out from the building - with you in it! Open 7 days from 10.00am - 10.00pm.
The International collections of the NGV are regarded as the most comprehensive in the country; indeed, in certain areas, their collections rival in quality and depth, the best in the world. The newly renovated NGV International offers visitors some of the biggest names in international art. Open 10.00am - 5.00pm except Tuesdays.
Explore a rain forest. See Phar Lap in the flesh. Touch a dinosaur bone. Walk onto a set of the TV show Neighbours. Live a lifetime in no time at all at Melbourne’s award winning Museum. Open 7 days from 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Queen Victoria Market is more than just Melbourne’s shopping mecca - it’s a historical landmark, a tourist attraction and an institution for Melburnians. This vast, vibrant centre of trade and commerce was officially opened on 20 March, 1878 and has served consumers’ needs for more than 125 years.
Immerse yourself in hours of underwater adventure at The Melbourne Aquarium, where a spectacular collection of Australian aquatic life with over 10,000 exotic animals is showcased. This is the newest and most state-of-the-art aquarium in Australia and provides a complete interactive entertainment experience, from guided tours with marine specialists to scuba diving in the tank with the sharks! Open 7 days. Allow up to 2 ½ hours for your visit.
These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels ensure a delightful, innovative approach to dining. Cruise the streets of Melbourne enjoying fine cuisine and the very best of Australian wines. Since their inception in 1983, the restaurants have become a star attraction and tourist symbol in Melbourne.
Melbourne’s historic network of laneways and arcades boasts the unique, the exotic and the quirky. Discover an eclectic and delightful mix of small boutiques selling everything from Melbourne designed fashion to Russian dolls and lollipops. Find and explore the Block, Cathedral and Royal arcades, Degraves and Crossley streets, Presgrove and Centre places and more.
Home to some of Australia’s premier performing arts companies, The Arts Centre consists of the Theatres Building housed under the magnificent spire which towers 162 metres above St Kilda Road. Alongside is the impressive Concert Hall, and across the road in the Kings Domain is the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
The city’s most famous tree-lined shopping street. Home to high end jewellery, fashion, shoes, and luxury goods, you will also find multi-level shopping centres packed with fashion, homewares and gift stores. A must see is the 19th century Block Arcade with its selection of beautiful stores.
The traditional home of Australian sport now boasts the finest facilities in the World. The MCG has seen it all... Olympic & Commonwealth Games, Test Cricket, International soccer & rugby and of course AFL. Lord’s, embley, Old Trafford, Eden Gardens and Yankee Stadium are considered among the greatest sporting arenas in the world, but for history, pure drama and emotion it’s hard to look past the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Tours are available on non-event days between 10.00am - 3.00pm.
The stadium is situated in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands, just minutes from the CBD. Etihad Stadium is the only football stadium in the Southern Hemisphere with a fully retractable roof.
Home of the Australian Open Tennis Championships, The Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park was completed in 1988 as part of the original National Tennis Centre complex. This multi-use venue is able to host a wide range of sports and entertainment events, from Grand Slam tennis matches to international rock stars, and motorbike super-cross action to conferences, dinners and classical performances. Guided tours are available.
Each night at sunset, the world’s smallest penguins, the Little Penguins emerge from the sea and waddle ashore to their sand dune burrows. This is a truly memorable natural wildlife experience. Experience the wonder of the Little Penguins coming ashore after a day’s fishing at sea. The elevated boardwalks and viewing stands allow you to enjoy all the ‘penguin action’ without disturbing them or their burrow homes
Experience the wonder and diversity of the world’s wildlife with a walk through the award-winning Melbourne Zoo. More than 300 species are on display every day of the year in a brilliant botanical setting only 4km from the city. Wander through the lush tropical surrounds of the Asian and African rainforests and be amazed by the spectacular tree-top viewing at the new Orang-utan Sanctuary.