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Things to do in Melbourne
Best known as Australia’s cultural capital, this epicentre of food, art and entertainment has long been a staple on the itinerary of savvy travellers – but Melbourne boasts plenty more wow factor beyond its national claim to fame. Take into consideration the city’s proximity to rolling mountain ranges, internationally-acclaimed wine regions and golden beaches and it’s easy to see why Melbourne is one of the most popular destinations in Australia.
Begin your journey with a tour of Melbourne’s most notable attractions – from the labyrinth of laneways to the iconic Federation Square – then set your sights beyond the CBD to discover the spectacular landscapes that await just outside the city limits. Book flights to Melbourne with Virgin Australia and get ready to experience the pulse of Victoria’s vibrant capital your own way.
Kick-start your urban exploration with a crawl of Melbourne’s top attractions. Whether you’re an avid sports fan or a self-confessed art aficionado, Melbourne has ample activities to suit every type of traveller.
National Gallery Victoria
The oldest, largest and most-visited museum in Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria easily takes the title of the most noteworthy art gallery in Melbourne. Specialising in Australian and indigenous artworks, this comprehensive collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics and textiles is one not to be missed.
Arts Centre Melbourne
If you’d rather see art come to life, plan to see a live performance at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Showcasing everything from opera and music to theatre and dance, this inspiring venue is the premier location to catch a Melbourne show. For an extra special experience, opt for a performance held in the complex’s Hamer Hall – a spectacular concert venue and home of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Discover Australia’s heritage through a different lens at the Melbourne Museum. Displaying natural history exhibits in lieu of contemporary artworks, this entertaining and educational outing covers all areas of Australian life with exhibits like the living Forest Gallery, the Science and Life Gallery and the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, just to name a few.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Better known by sports enthusiasts as ‘the G’, this famous stadium sets the stage for Australia’s largest sporting events, from the AFL Grand Final to the Ashes Test Cricket Series. Experience the inner sanctum as a spectator or explore the grounds on a guided tour, where you can follow in the footsteps of sporting legends atop the grass of the main arena.
Perched between the Yarra River and the iconic Flinders Street Railway Station, this modern plaza combines restaurants, bars and shops with a continually rotating roster of events, perfectly suited to solo travellers and families alike. Don’t miss the Fed Square Book Market, which takes place every Saturday afternoon.
A quintessential component of the city’s arts-focused identity, no trip to Melbourne is complete without an afternoon spent meandering through the city’s laneways. A natural extension from the medley of galleries and museums, these narrow alleys delight with one-of-a-kind street art, hidden-away watering holes and little-known Melbourne cafés at every turn.
Melbourne Laneway Tours
A convenient way to see the city’s network of side streets without the fear of getting lost, Melbourne tour provider MelTours will take you on a guided walk through some of the most iconic laneways in Melbourne – all in the company of a knowledgeable local.
No time for a full-fledged street-art tour? Make a beeline for Hosier Lane. Located in the heart of the CBD, this inner-city alleyway is amongst the most famed thoroughfares in town, acting as an ever-changing canvas for Melbourne’s most prominent graffiti artists.
Laneway Cafés in Melbourne’s CBD
Second only in fame to the laneways themselves, Melbourne’s renowned cafés (and the delicious brews they serve) have earned them a title on the international stage. Acclaimed for serving some of the best coffee in the world, there’s no shortage of outlets in the CBD to get your caffeine fix, with cafés like Patricia, Market Lane and Manchester Press topping the list of the best cafés in Melbourne.
Melbourne Laneway Festival
If you’re fortunate enough to find yourself in Melbourne during St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, there’s no better way to experience the spirit of the city’s of alleyways. Sprung from humble beginnings in a little-known Melbourne bar, this celebration of music, community and self-expression has since become one of the most coveted annual events in the Australian social calendar, with events extending beyond the Melbourne festival to include a line up of capital cities nationwide.
Restaurants in Melbourne
While Melbourne’s laneways may be a feast for the eyes, the city’s boldest sensory experiences can be found amidst its collection of world-class restaurants and bars, which continually push the envelope to stay ahead of – and determine – the latest trends in food and drink.
One of the restaurants leading the charge is Ben Shewry’s Attica. Boasting a catalogue of accolades almost as long as its waitlist, this unassuming suburban bistro is in fact a pioneer in avant-garde Australian dining, bringing native produce to the forefront with a distinctly unique execution.
Alongside Attica, restaurants like Vue de Monde and Cutler and Co champion the Modern Australian ethos, while up-and-comers like IDES turn traditional dining on its head, presenting patrons with their menus only after the final course of their degustation has been served. Other notable venues include Tipo 00 – a humble Italian restaurant nestled in Melbourne’s Little Bourke Street – and The Press Club – a contemporary Greek restaurant headed by celebrity chef George Calombaris.
Not interested in fine dining? Not to worry – Melbourne's epicurean delights aren't limited to white table cloths and set menus. Head to Chinatown to feast on what could arguably be called some of the best dim sum in the country, or dig in to delicious Mexican cuisine at Melbourne CBD restaurant, Mamasita.
Dining during daylight hours? Melbourne is also home to a well-established brunch culture, with cafes like The Kettle Black, Little Big Sugar Salt and Cumulus Inc firmly rooted on the list of local favourites.
Shopping in Melbourne
With things like food, drink, arts and entertainment making up the fundamental elements of the city’s DNA, it comes as no surprise that Melbourne has also found itself at the forefront of Australia’s fashion scene. And with every eclectic neighbourhood comes an entirely new way to experience shopping in Melbourne.
For bargain hunters, the factory outlets of Bridge Road in Richmond have reached legend status amongst locals, while The Vintage Garage in nearby Collingwood has any lover of 50’s and 60’s threads covered.
On the southern side of the Yarra, Chapel Street still holds the crown when it comes to luxury boutiques, with home-grown designers like Shakuhachi, Sass & Bide and LIFEwithBIRD promising to keep big spenders and window shoppers busy for hours.
For all your other retail needs, Melbourne’s central shopping centre, Emporium Melbourne, brings the nation’s more familiar department stores to the heart of Bourke Street in the CBD.
If you’ve made your way to Melbourne before, chances are you’ve heard of – or experienced – its unpredictable weather patterns. Known for having four seasons in one day, its wise to anticipate a wide array of weather conditions during your stay, from cold, drizzly mornings to hot and sunny afternoons. To be safe, consider your luggage an arsenal against the city’s consistently shifting temperatures. While the extra items may seem like an inconvenience at first, you’ll be thankful you brought equal supplies of bathers and jumpers when Melbourne’s weather forecast inevitably flips.
Melbourne Airport arrivals
Afforded with a sophisticated public transport system and an ample supply of taxis, it’s easy to get in and around once your flight to Melbourne touches down at Tullamarine Airport.
For fast and convenient access to the city centre, head straight for the on-site taxi rank, located just outside the airport’s arrivals terminal. Alternatively, opt for the budget-friendly SkyBus, which departs every 10 minutes, 24-hours a day.
Once you arrive in Melbourne’s CBD, chart your own path with Public Transport Victoria’s comprehensive train and tram services. Offering free transport in Melbourne’s designated Free Tram Zone and an extensive train network to boot, it’s simple to explore the best of Melbourne and surrounds by rail.
Feeling inspired to explore? Book your flights to Melbourne with Virgin Australia today.
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