What to do in Melbourne?
City Circle Tram
The City Circle Tram is a free and convenient way to see the sights of central Melbourne and the Docklands while experiencing a ride on one of the city's much loved heritage trams. An audio commentary provides details of city landmarks and major attractions such as the City Museum, Parliament House, Docklands, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre.
The City Circle Tram also links with other tram, train and bus routes around Melbourne.
To catch the City Circle Tram, simply wait at any tram stop along the City Circle Tram route. These tram stops are specially marked with a City Circle sign.
Melbourne's lively laneways wind unpredictably between the wide, ordered streets where bullock carts hauled goods in the 19th century. Today you can escape Melbourne's modern-day traffic in these charming backstreets.
Let the aroma of good coffee and gourmet outlets tempt you to Degraves Street and Centre Place
There's more great café culture along Crossley Street, as well as stylish boutiques and small, popular lunch places. Nearby Liverpool Street is lined with good-value Asian eateries and friendly Italian restaurants.
Shrine of Remembrance
Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne's most iconic landmark, where Victorians have been coming since 1934 to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping.
Enter the Shrine and experience the quiet solitude of the Sanctuary where hundreds of thousands pay their respects each year.
Surrounded by the Shrine Reserve, the Shrine is elevated, overlooking the city of Melbourne within 13 hectares of beautiful parkland.
Queen Victoria Market
Visit Melbourne’s favourite shopping destination where you can wander the heritage sheds for an authentic local experience. Uncover a variety of clothing, jewellery and souvenirs, and taste the atmosphere of the meat, fish and deli halls.
Take the 90 minute Ultimate Foodie Tour, a small group walking tour for food lovers and eat the best food the market has to offer.
National Gallery of Victoria
If you are into museums, then NGV is a must during your visit to Melbourne. Opened in 1861, this is Australia's oldest art gallery. The building is beautiful, and you can visit it on your way to the CBD. Check out the museum’s website for current exhibitions and activities.
Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe inspiring view of Melbourne from the observation deck of the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. Located at Level 88, Eureka Skydeck is Melbourne's 'must-see' attraction. Skydeck 88 is the only observation deck in the world that can thrill you with the Edge - a glass cube which projects 3 metres out from the building, with you in it!
Great Ocean Road
Set off on your own Great Ocean Road adventure and experience one of the world's most scenic coastal drives. See the towering 12 Apostles, get up close to native wildlife, and take in iconic surf breaks, pristine rainforest and misty waterfalls as you go. Choose from a diverse array of things to see and do all across the region. Get outdoors on bushwalking, surfing and mountain biking expeditions or take the cultural route through galleries, museums and heritage attractions.
Admire the stunning coastline on the Great Ocean Walk, see koalas, emus and kangaroos at Tower Hill, and explore surf towns and inspiring seaside villages. Gourmands will relish the opportunity to explore the expanding culinary scene, while stopping in at cellar doors, farm gates and fresh provedores to stock up for the journey home.
We recommend staying overnight so you can make the most of the trip. The GOR can also be toured in one day. If you were to do it in one day, we suggest booking a day tour.
Take an early morning balloon flight, meet passionate food and wine producers, and encounter a platypus at Healesville Sanctuary in the Yarra Valley. Wander the walking trails, meander the villages and discover the hidden delights of the Dandenong Ranges among its scenic winding roads, abundant artist studios, craft stores and renowned gardens.
Yarra Valley is a great one day trip. Breathtaking views of the wineries, scrumptious food and delicious wine will make your day. We love having lunch at Zonzo Estate (make sure you give them a call and make a reservation) and later relax at Domaine Chandon winery.
The Prom is one of Victoria’s most-loved places. At the southernmost tip of mainland Australia, it offers spectacular scenery of huge granite mountains, open forest, rainforest, sweeping beaches and coastlines. Great bushwalks extend from under an hour to over three days. Visitors can camp, caravan or stay in huts, cabins, wilderness retreats or lodges at Tidal River where there is a general store and take-away food shop. Wilsons Promontory Lightstation is perched on a small peninsula jutting into the wild seas of Bass Strait. The waters surrounding the Prom are protected as a marine national park and marine park and offer outstanding diving.
We suggest at least two days at the Prom, as it is a 4 hours drive from Melbourne and there’s so much to do and enjoy.
Endless family fun and iconic wildlife, pristine white beaches and hi-octane motorsports, you'll find it all on a seaside holiday at Phillip Island, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. See little penguins and sleepy koalas in their natural habitat, teach the kids to swim on a quiet bay beach, and soak up all the action at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Scale the great sandstone mountains of the Grampians region to reach breathtaking views and a bright, new perspective. Head out on walking tracks that lead to powerful waterfalls, wildlife, dazzling wildflower displays and awe-inspiring lookouts. Savour celebrated local wine at cellar doors and a sublime meal at a multi-award-winning restaurant. Take in extraordinary art, old and new, in galleries indoors and out. Wherever you go, be enchanted and inspired by the striking landscapes of the Grampians spread out before you.