Things to do in Melbourne

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There are plenty of fun things to do in Melbourne, particularly when the weather is warm and the sun is out. Enjoy the great outdoors with a stroll t... Read More

There are plenty of fun things to do in Melbourne, particularly when the weather is warm and the sun is out. Enjoy the great outdoors with a stroll through the city in search of street art, or take in the gardens and Yarra River during a walk around the Tan. A sunrise flight over the city with Global Ballooning will be a lifetime memory, as will spending time with sports fans at a game of AFL (or “footy,” as Australians call it). Melbourne is also home to myriad cultural venues, from galleries like NGV International to performance spaces such as Melbourne Recital Centre.

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  • Aboriginal Heritage Walk in Melbourne Courtesy of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Aboriginal Heritage Walk

    One of the most popular tours in Melbourne's splendid Botanic Gardens is this one led by indigenous guides. Visitors are first treated to a traditional... Read More

  • ACMI Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne Alamy
    Australian Centre for the Moving Image

    Although there are often marquee temporary exhibitions on display at this institution, locally known as ACMI, the permanent galleries are equally as... Read More

  • AFL Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Alamy

    From April to October, most of Melbourne can be found at either the Melbourne Cricket Ground or Etihad Stadium watching the AFL (Australian Football... Read More

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    Arts Centre Melbourne

    Australia's largest performing arts venue plays host to an array of concerts and productions that cater to a wide audience throughout the year, from... Read More

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    Brighton Beach

    Named after the seaside town in England, Brighton is an upscale bayside suburb in south Melbourne. Its beach, however, is best known for its brightly... Read More

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    City Circle Tram

    Also known as route 35, this free tram is an easy way to get around the city quickly—and it's also a popular tourist attraction. The route, which runs... Read More

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    Eureka Skydeck

    Head 88 stories above the city for the best views in all of Melbourne. At 935 feet above the ground, this 360-degree observatory has, on a clear day,... Read More

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    Federation Square

    This controversial cluster of buildings on the banks of the Yarra is equally loved and loathed. Designed by local firms Lab Architecture Studio and... Read More

  • Global Ballooning in Melbourne Courtesy of Global Ballooning
    Global Ballooning

    The early bird certainly gets the worm when it comes to this unique city tour. At sunrise, hot-air balloons take off from the south of the city,... Read More

  • Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne Courtesy of Heide Museum of Modern Art
    Heide Museum of Modern Art

    This museum was once the home of art patrons John and Sunday Reed, who opened their doors to many of Australia's best-known artists and intellectuals... Read More

  • Hidden Secrets Tours in Melbourne Courtesy of Hidden Secrets Tours
    Hidden Secrets Tours

    Even Melburnians who join the popular Laneways & Arcades tour, Hidden Secrets' flagship expedition, learn something about their city. Starting in... Read More

  • Humble Vintage Bike Hire in Melbourne Courtesy of The Humble Vintage
    Humble Vintage

    Pick up one of Humble Vintage's excellent rental bikes at vintage-bicycle restorer Mottainai Cycles. From women's step-throughs to vintage racers, these... Read More

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    Melbourne Cricket Ground

    This huge stadium, within walking distance of the city, hosts two of Melbourne's biggest sporting events each year: the Boxing Day Test Match, when... Read More

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    Melbourne Museum

    This vast museum is the largest in the southern hemisphere; it houses a living temperate rainforest and galleries dedicated to natural history and... Read More

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    Melbourne Zoo

    There is nothing quite like ogling the antics of orangutans or leering at lion cubs to keep the kids (even the big ones) happy. Melbourne's zoo is... Read More

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    The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

    When Federation Square was completed in 2002, the National Gallery of Victoria moved its Australian collection from the gallery on St Kilda Road to 20... Read More

  • NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) International in Melbourne Alamy
    NGV International

    The National Gallery of Victoria is not only the oldest public art museum in Australia, it is also one of its most impressive. Its collections span... Read More

  • Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne Alamy
    Royal Botanic Gardens

    From the south banks of the Yarra River, these extensive gardens spread for about 900 acres and feature about 10,000 species of plants from around the... Read More

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    Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

    Walk below the ocean, with sharks and rays skimming overhead, before coming to face to face with Pinjarra, a 17-foot-long saltwater crocodile, who's one... Read More

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    Street Art

    One of Melbourne's biggest tourist attractions is its street art, and many of the best places to see it—Union Lane, Caledonian Lane, and Centre Place... Read More

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