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Welcome to Melbourne

Long in competition with Sydney for the title of Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne is often the people’s choice, consistently topping the list of the world’s most livable cities. There’s a lot to love, from its melting pot of inhabitants and distinctly European ambience, to its brunch scene, art galleries, and nightlife. Global audiences fill coveted seats at the Arts Centre Melbourne and sporting temples like Melbourne Cricket Ground and Etihad Stadium. But it’s not just about arts and sports. The very essence of Melbourne lies in its neighborhoods. Discover the city’s coolest bars and eateries tucked away in the CBD’s narrow laneways; shop in flashy South Yarra or along Fitzroy’s hipster Brunswick Street; or stroll the sandy beaches of St. Kilda, just a few miles outside the city. And only a day trip away are the Yarra Valley wine region, Mornington Peninsula, and Great Ocean Road.

Top 15 attractions in Melbourne

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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

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One of the world's most famous driving routes, Victoria's Great Ocean Road offers scenic surprises at every fork in the road. In signature Australian style, endless stretches of white sandy beaches are flanked by dense pockets of rain forest, charming coastal towns, and canopies populated by koalas.More
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Yarra River

Yarra River

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The Yarra River winds its way through Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) plus a number of suburbs. In the city, bars, restaurants, and parks thrive along its banks, bringing locals and tourists together. Numerous festivals and sporting events take place on the Yarra, including the famous Moomba Festival and rowing regattas.More
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Twelve Apostles

Twelve Apostles

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Situated right at the end of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles are a set of eight rock formations—there used to be twelve—jutting out of the Southern Ocean. These limestone pillars were once connected to the nearby cliffs but have been eroded away into caves, pillars, and arches from the harsh conditions of the ocean.More
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Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge

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The Great Ocean Road is one Victoria’s most naturally stunning sights, and Loch Ard Gorge is a dramatic highlight of an already dramatic journey. It was at this spot in 1878 where a ship carrying settlers from England to Melbourne was tragically wrecked on the rocks. Of the 54 passengers aboard the ship only two of the passengers survived—a teenage boy who heroically rescued a fellow teenage girl. After spending the night in a coastal sea cave, the duo found help with local settlers after scaling the rugged cliffs. Today those cliffs have a set of stairs that lead to the golden sands, where a protected beach is tucked beneath the towering, time-sculpted bluffs. Though the weather can be spectacularly stormy in winter, summer days are an invitation for picnicking, swimming, and sunbathing, and the striated cliffs form a natural amphitheater of coastal beauty around you. The gorge is located just a ten minute drive from the famous Twelve Apostles, which are arguably the most popular and visited site on Australia’s Great Ocean Road. At the top of the cliffs above the gorge, a modest cemetery has a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Loch Ard shipwreck—just one of an estimated 700 ships that have sank off this southern coast.More
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Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

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The largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the most famous sporting venues in Australia, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is more than a Melbourne landmark. The legendary stadium has hosted the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the annual Boxing Day Test Match, and Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final.More
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Eureka Skydeck 88

Eureka Skydeck 88

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A signature Melbourne experience, Eureka Skydeck 88 is a 360-degree viewing platform set atop the 974-foot (274-meter) Eureka Tower. For the daring there’s the Edge, a cantilevered glass cube that slides out from the building, leaving you suspended above the city streets. Vertigo, a green-screen set-up, simulates falling from the building.More
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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

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Get away from Melbourne’s bustling city center without actually leaving town at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. This 89-acre (36-hectare) park is home to more than 8,500 plant species, tranquil lakes, and lush lawns. Join guided walking tours, workshops, or presentations, or feel free to walk around the flourishing oasis on your own.More
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Federation Square

Federation Square

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Federation Square, just across from Flinders Street Station, is Melbourne's beating heart and favorite meeting spot. Numerous city events take place here throughout the year, making it a must-visit attraction for all travelers. The square is surrounded by many bars and restaurants, and is home to the Ian Potter Centre, an Australian art museum.More
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Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo

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The Melbourne Zoo has been open since 1862, making it Australia's oldest zoo. Modeled after the London Zoo, the Melbourne Zoo houses more than 300 species from around the world, from elephants and lions to Aussie natives like kangaroos and koalas. The zoo is also a conservation center dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction.More
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Luna Park Melbourne

Luna Park Melbourne

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First opened in 1912, Luna Park Melbourne is a slice of theme park history. Enter through the mouth of Mr. Moon and ride historic attractions, including the Great Scenic Railway wooden roller coaster. Old-time favorites, such as a ghost train and hall of mirrors, offer thrills to kids, as do bumper cars, carousels, and modern rides.More
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ArtVo

ArtVo

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Put yourself in the picture at ArtVo, the first immersive art gallery, or “trick art” gallery, in Australia. Spanning 21,528 square feet (2,000 square meters), the Melbourne gallery displays more than 100 interactive, large-scale paintings on walls and floors that allow you to become part of the art through photos.More
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St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

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Located in the heart of Melbourne, St. Paul’s Cathedral is the only neo-Gothic building among a sea of modern structures in Federation Square. Built between 1880 and 1931 to commemorate the location of Melbourne’s first Christian service back in 1836, St. Paul’s features the 2nd-tallest Anglican spire in the world.More
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Werribee Open Range Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo

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Australia might be famous for its kangaroos and koalas, but the Werribee Open Range Zoo offers all the excitement of an African safari on Aussie shores. Lions, rhinoceros, giraffes, and gorillas all roam freely in the park’s 494-acre (200-hectare) grasslands, affording visitors some incredible wildlife-watching opportunities.More
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Melbourne Southgate

Melbourne Southgate

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Boasting a prime location on the banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne Southgate is a shopping, eating, and entertainment complex. As well as offering one of the most diverse shopping experiences in the city, Melbourne Southgate is just a few minutes walk from Flinders Street Station and Arts Centre Melbourne.More
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Hosier Lane

Hosier Lane

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Once forgotten but now an integral part of Melbourne’s cultural scene, Hosier Lane is home to some of the city’s best street art. The laneway, which cuts between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane, exhibits regularly changing graffiti alongside a series of light boxes that exhibit the work of up and coming contemporary artists.More

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Ways to See the Great Ocean Road

Ways to See the Great Ocean Road

Top Spots for Art Lovers in Melbourne

Top Spots for Art Lovers in Melbourne

Top activities in Melbourne

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
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Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
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Yarra Valley Wine and Winery Tour from Melbourne
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Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Day Trip from Melbourne
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Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne
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Boutique All-Inclusive Great Ocean Road, 12 Apostles and Rainforest Experience
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Yarra Valley Wine & Food Tour Departing from Melbourne
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Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

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Melbourne at its finest!
kerry_r, Aug 2022
Melbourne Skydeck Entry Ticket
An excellent way to see the city of Melbourne and its surroundings.
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The perfect way to see and eat your way around Melbourne
Helen_B, Jul 2022
Foodies Bucket List - Walking Tour
The perfect way to see Melbourne!
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Melbourne in 10 minutes
Maureen_M, Jul 2022
Melbourne Skydeck Entry Ticket
Virtual reality well conducted and great experience coving Melbourne attractions.
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Aaron went out of his way...
Valerie_S, May 2022
Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
We definitely had a very enjoyable time with him and will strongly recommend him as a tour guide to anyone wishing to visit melbourne
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Wear sensible shoes, you’re in for a great time
Jessica_K, May 2022
Melbourne Walking Tour: Uncover Hidden Laneway Bars
We’ll be back to see more of Melbourne.
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Great way to see Melbourne at night
Katherine_M, May 2022
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
A great way to see Melbourne at night
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A great way to see a...
Warren_D, May 2022
Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops
A great way to see a specific period in Melbourne's history and learn of the dodgy characters that ruled.
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PenMcEncroe, May 2022
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
In winter would prefer to be downstairs so you can see through the windows.
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All of the tour. The...
Evelyn_M, May 2022
Melbourne Street Art Tour
The walking guide was informative and got to see Melbourne lanes covered with clever and interesting arts then the final destination and able to witness few available artists at work in the studio and the yummy snacks and drinks.
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Amazing tours of Victoria!
brianmarklynch, Apr 2022
Melbourne Combo: Great Ocean Road Day Trip and Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne
Highly recommended for a trip outside of Melbourne to see some of the best of Victoria.
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Great trip!
Ashley_C, Apr 2022
Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Boutique Tour - Max 12 People
Would recommend the trip to anyone that has limited time in Melbourne and wishes to see the sites.
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Jacqueline_C, Mar 2022
Highlights of Melbourne Cruise
They made you feel safe and is a great way to see parts of melbourne
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Great Day on the Great Ocean Road
Leisa_F, Mar 2022
Small-Group Great Ocean Road Day Trip from Melbourne + Native Tree Planted
Highly recommend to anyone who would like to see an amazing part of Australia in a day trip from Melbourne.
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Helena_S, Mar 2022
Highlights of Melbourne Cruise
It was amazing to see and hear information of the details of iconic bridges, and buildings in Melbourne.
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Great finale to a holiday
Rica_B, Aug 2022
Peninsula Hot Springs and Beach Boxes Day Trip
The hot springs itself was so relaxing, and not too busy when we visited, so we managed to out all the pools we wanted as well as the saunas and steam baths.
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A MUST For Your MELBOURNE Trip!
valerie_t, Jul 2022
Melbourne Sights & Sounds Private Tour
I explained I wanted to see and experience the local culture, and boy, did he come through!
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Manwinder_S, Jul 2022
Great Ocean Road Small-Group Ecotour from Melbourne
We also thank you GO WEST TOUR for getting us to here and there to see the other side of Melbourne.
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Awesome experience
DanielleAnn_O, Jul 2022
Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
The penguins were the absolute highlight of the day, we were hoping to book an experience where we just went to visit them and cut out the wildlife experience (as we are from Australia and have seen our animals at zoos and parks before).
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Wonderful day trip!
MariCarmen_N, Jul 2022
Pure Nature - Phillip Island, Penguins & Exclusive Wildlife Sanctuary Encounter
Once on the Island we visited a park to be with animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, Koalas and finally to see the little penguins coming out of the sea and going to their burrows.
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Exhilarating Show Not to Be Missed
Jacqueline_C, Jun 2022
Melbourne Magic Show: Impossible Occurrences Ticket
This is not said lightly as we also visited the NGV Picasso Exhibition and went to several other highly rated activities including the 12 Apostles but this surprising world-class show captivated us with the scope and variety of his repertoire, Luke kept the small group of around 60 captivated for almost an hour and a half, he involved members of the group and remembered all their names, children were invited to participate and a great night of pure entertainment was enjoyed by all.
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All about Melbourne

When to visit

Alfresco dining, music festivals, and night markets mean that there’s always something to do in Melbourne come summertime, and events such as the Australia Day Parade and Christmas Festival Melbourne pull in the crowds. Don’t be put off by a winter visit—low season prices can make a city break more affordable, and Melbourne is well placed for visiting Victoria’s ski resorts.

People Also Ask

What is Melbourne most known for?

Cosmopolitan Melbourne rivals Sydney for the title of Australia’s cultural capital. Consistently topping the list of the world’s most livable cities, Melbourne may have a distinctly European ambience, but it has its own unique vibe, thanks, largely, to its 230-plus laneways where street art and cafe culture flourish.

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How many days do I need in Melbourne?

You should aim for a minimum of three days in Melbourne to soak up the city’s atmosphere and see all the most important attractions. If you plan on exploring the surrounding area, and take a day trip to Phillip Island, for example, give yourself five days or more.

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What should I not miss Melbourne?

Luna Park, the National Gallery of Victoria, and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are all top Melbourne attractions. One of the best things to do is to stroll around the city’s diverse neighborhoods and through the laneways running off the main streets—they are filled with bars, cafes, and street art.

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What activities are there in Melbourne?

Melbourne is filled with cultural activities, from seeing Australian, European, and Asian art at the National Gallery of Victoria to checking out street art on a guided tour of the laneways. Outdoor lovers will enjoy strolling around the Royal Botanic Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens and hitting St. Kilda Beach.

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What can you do in Melbourne for free?

Some of Melbourne’s top attractions are free to visit, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, and State Library of Victoria. You can also take a ride on the City Circle Tram, a free hop-on, hop-off service that runs between Melbourne’s major attractions.

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What food is famous in Melbourne?

Rather than a specific dish, Melbourne is known for its diverse culinary offerings. Melbourne’s multicultural population has left its mark on the city’s food scene, and so its food options are endless, from Italian and Greek to Vietnamese and Chinese. The coffee is famously good here, too.

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