Melbourne is well-known for being Australia's stylish, cultured and sporting hub. The city provides tourists and locals with a dynamic and cosmopolitan feel. Whether you are looking for a night out at the theatre, or looking for the next food, fashion festival or event, Melbourne will have you covered.
With so many activities to partake in and sights to see we thought we would share with you our top 10 things to do in Melbourne, Victoria. So in no particular order let's begin.
From local produce like cheeses and breads to wine, fashion and the latest trends, the Queen Victoria Markets in Melbourne are nothing short of amazing. Stroll up and down the food hall taking in all the delicious seafood and poultry and even check out the sales people out from their stalls, pulling you in for their latest specials. Don't go past the donut van in the middle of the markets for a jam filled experience, one you will not forget!
To get a great view of the Melbourne night life you should not go past trying out a roof top bar. One that comes to mind is Madame Brussels, which looks like a miniature golf course/ mad hatters tea party gone right. Share a couple of jugs of the best cocktails with friends or enjoy a nice glass of wine even by yourself, while star gazing.
With so many sights to take in and sometimes so little time, one of the best ways to see it all is from the free City Circle tram ride, offered to locals and tourists. This will take you right throughout Melbourne city allowing you to stop at any location including Docklands, Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, Bourke Street and many more.
Heading out of the city on a tram going south, you will come across the famous St Kilda Beach. Take a walk along the beach past the iconic Luna Park heading towards to Acland Street, where you will have ample amounts of restaurants to pick from for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Melbourne is known for being the fashion capital of Australia and with places like Bourke Street Mall, Chadstone Shopping Centre, the DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) in South Wharf and the Melbourne Central Dome; you will understand why so many people love to head to Melbourne for some retail therapy. You might even find something to wear for the Melbourne Cup?!
Feeling like a bit of Australian history? Old Melbourne Gaol would be the place to go. Discover three levels of the Melbourne gaol, including the execution site and view the infamous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly's death mask. Try a night tour if you really want to get serious about the gaol experience.
During the winter months Melbourne is decorated with the colours of all the local clubs and football teams who play AFL. The must see games are held at the MCG which is a remarkable location and can hold up to 100,000 people. In summer the sport changes to the cricket where thousands of people come along to cheer on their local and national teams. Another huge sporting event held every year in Melbourne is the Australian Open.
If you are around Melbourne during the first week of November, be sure not miss the Melbourne Cup, where celebrities from all over the world come together to celebrate the sport of horse racing and see the race that stops a nation. Make sure you have you fascinator and doll up for the Flemington Racecourse. All the sports in Melbourne allow you to see some great games; races and players compete for titles and awards.
Visit the Crown Casino along Southbank for a great bite to eat at restaurants like Nobu, Rockpool Bar & Grill and Spice Temple and The Fat Duck by Heston Blumenthal. You can't go past these amazing restaurants with theatrics and tasty meals!
The Crown Casino is also well-known for holding the annual Australian TV awards - The Logies, you can view the great entrance hall where all the stars enter.
Located on Southbank in Melbourne is the Eureka Tower, standing at 297.3 metres tall the skyscraper is the tallest building in Melbourne. At the 88th level, approx. 285 metres above sea level you will find the Skydeck, which is the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the best 360 degree view of Melbourne and a must see either at night or during the day. Try out the 'Edge', which is a glass box that extends out over the building leaving you looking down and the city below. Great for those thrill seekers!
If you are unable to make a sporting event, for example Roger Federer VS Rafael Nadal at the Australian Tennis Open then Federation Square is your next best location. Crowds upon crowds of people gather at federation Square to watch games, shows and movies. Festivals are also held here it is a great tourist destination that always has something to give.
Don't miss out on the experience which is the incredible city of Melbourne, where the opportunities and fun are endless. If you need to hire a car, give Auto Europe Australia a call on 1300 656 601 or visit our online booking engine.