Melbourne is one of the most important cultural, economic and sports centres in Australia, the second largest city of this country. Its population is more than 4 million people.
Nowadays it is the largest port and the centre of automotive and computer technology in the Asia-Pacific region. It’s known as a city with unpredictable weather, and it’s always a favorite destination of travelers.
If you are going to visit this amazing city, study our list of top ten things to do in Melbourne.
1. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
If you are looking for family things to do in Melbourne, don’t miss visiting Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. These beautiful gardens are visited by more than a million people each year. The gardens were opened in 1846 and cover an area of almost 40 hectares or 100 acres.
There are about 10,000 different species of plants, both native and from around the world. There are many different types of lawns and different areas dedicated to a certain type of plant. The gardens are situated on Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra and about a 15–20 minute walk from the Flinders Street Station. They are open each day from 7.30 am until sunset.
2. Eureka Skydeck 88
Among the most exciting things to do in Melbourne we would like to mention Eureka Skydeck. This amazing lookout is the tallest in the southern hemisphere. Opened in 2006 it is a residential building with the 88th floor being used as a lookout, which is at a height of 285m (935ft). Also of interest are the lifts that take you up to the 88th floor travel at about 9m (30ft) per second.
When you have finished your visit be sure to check out the shop which sells unique Skydeck items plus a range of other Australia souvenirs. It’s almost impossible not to be able to locate this building but if you do have trouble the address is 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank.
3. State Library of Victoria
If you prefer quiet cosy atmosphere, among interesting things to do in Melbourne we can offer to visit State Library of Victoria. This impressive library was opened in 1856 and today is home to more than two million books plus many thousands of other publications, such as newspapers, manuscripts etc.
The library has seven reading rooms of which the La Trobe Reading Room is the most impressive. This room measures almost 35m in height and diameter and has room for hundreds of readers. The front of the library has a wonderful grassed area that is a popular spot for people to enjoy lunch or just relax for a while. The library can be found at 328 Swanston Street.
4. Great Ocean Road
If you want to get away from the city for a while why not go for a drive along the Great Ocean Road? This road covers about 240km between the towns of Torquay and Allansford, both south west of Melbourne.
The drive has incredible scenery such as high cliffs, and views of huge waves as well as passing though farming land and rainforest. There are many small towns on the way so accommodation isn’t generally a problem. This drive has been voted the most beautiful in Australia and one of the most beautiful in the world.
5. City Circle Tram
Tired of walking? Take notice on fun things in Melbourne. A great way to see the city of Melbourne is on the City Circle Tram. Not only will it give your legs a rest but it’s free! You can hop on and off as many times as you like along the route. The tram travels a specific route in both directions and make stops every 12 minutes.
If you want to do a complete loop it will take just under 50 minutes. On board you will find free maps of the city. The service starts at 10 am daily and finishes at either 6 pm or 9 pm depending on your day of travel. The route number is 35 and this service is run by Yarra Trams, ph 1800 800 007.
Situated on the banks of the Yarra River, Southbank is a popular area known for its exciting atmosphere and regular street performances, and one of good things to do in Melbourne. The area has many shops, restaurants, cafes, theatres, art centres and more.
Here you will find different companies offering interesting and relaxing river cruises which are a perfect way to see many of the sights of this wonderful city. Southbank is just a few minutes walk from Flinders Street Station.
7. Flight Experience
Have you ever wanted to be an airline pilot? Or wondered how these amazing machines fly? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you need to head to Flight Experience. It’s really one of the most exciting and fun things to do Melbourne. You can sit in a fully equipped Boeing 737 flight simulator which is as near as you can get to the real thing.
You will ‘fly’ the 737 with a qualified pilot who will act as your instructor and co-pilot. If you are a nervous flyer Flight Experience also offer fear of flying courses which may just help you get into the pilot’s seat!
8. Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Would you like to see Melbourne from a different perspective? Why not try the amazing Melbourne Star? This observation wheel is open daily (depending on weather conditions) from 10 am to 10 pm.
The wheel is approximately 120m (400ft) in height. There are 21 glass cabins that are air-conditioned and carry up to 20 people. One revolution takes 30 minutes and gives amazing views to about 40km away.
The Melbourne Star is located in the Docklands area at 101 Waterfront Way.
9. Queen Victoria Market
Looking for a bargain? Then visit this amazing market. People have been selling and buying all sorts of food and goods here since 1878. The market is open five days a week: Tue, Thur, 6 am – 2 pm; Fri 6 am – 5 pm; Sat 6 am – 3 pm; Sun 9 am – 4 pm. It is located on the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets.
You can find just about everything here such as clothing, toys, souvenirs, hardware, flowers as well as different foods like meats, seafood, and vegetables. You will also find an array of cafes and takeaways.
Parking is available and the market is within walking distance of bus, tram and train stops.
10. Luna Park Melbourne
No matter what age you are, you will enjoy Luna Park. For more than 100 years this park has been entertaining people, young and old. There are about a dozen different rides available, some quite gentle and others only for those with a head for heights and a strong stomach!
We do advise that if you have any medical conditions you check with your doctor before embarking on these rides.
Luna Park is located at 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda. The park is very close to the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay, so why not enjoy a relaxing picnic to help you calm down after the exciting rides?