24 Hours in Melbourne

We’ve packed a lot of punch into our ultimate itinerary. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Melbourne.

Welcome to Melbourne. There’s so much to see and so little time to see it all. Follow our itinerary for a perfect Melbourne day full of shopping, attractions, dining and more.

Pancakes from Time Out at Fed Square.
Pancakes from Time Out at Fed Square. (Courtesy Time Out Fed Square).


Step out of your hotel, and head off to taste some of Melbourne’s world-famous coffee. Coffee connoisseurs are swamped for choice in Australia’s caffeine capital.

For breakfast, try Time Out at Federation Square. They offer a great range on their menu including buttermilk pancakes, smashed avocado, eggs Benedict, smoothies, and you can even toast your breakfast with a Bloody Mary or a Mimosa.

Start your sightseeing day by experiencing a new view of Melbourne from the 88th floor of Eureka Tower at Eureka Skydeck. Wander around and take in sweeping views of the city and surrounds. You can get your bearings for the adventurous day ahead.

Big and little kids alike will love a trip 
to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. You’ll get to discover plenty of incredible aquatic life including penguins, sharks, stingrays, jellyfish and all types of fish.

Browse the NGV International
Browse the NGV International. (©Robert Blackburn/Visit Victoria)


Wander the iconic laneways of inner city Melbourne, and stop in a café for lunch. Be sure to get out your phone and snap some photos of Melbourne’s colourful street art. Must-see laneways for street art include Hosier Lane and AC/DC Lane.

Melbourne is also renowned for its shopping, so I hope you have saved your pennies. Major stores and fashion retailers line Bourke Street Mall, while Collins Street also offers plenty of retail therapy.

A relaxing afternoon trip to a museum is next on the agenda. At Federation Square you are spoilt for choice. If you’d like to discover more about Australian art head to The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Whilst cinephiles will enjoy a trip to ACMI, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. It houses numerous exhibits based around film, TV, video games, digital culture and art.

Traditional and contemporary art lovers are catered for too with the world-renowned NGV International on St Kilda Road. It is home to a huge collection of art and numerous exhibition spaces. Currently on display is the major exhibition, “MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art.”

Finish your night with cocktails at 1806.
Finish your night with cocktails at 1806. (Courtesy 1806)


There’s plenty of choice for dinner options in Melbourne too. You can try cuisines from all over the world. In the mood for French? Then head to The French Brasserie for authentic, traditional and modern French favourites. Or how about Italian? Try Sarti in Russell Place. For Japanese, visit Saké Restaurant and Bar, with two locations in Flinders Lane and at Hamer Hall by the Yarra River.

An after-dinner drink is a must, and Melbourne is home to some very cool bars. Cocktail aficionados will want to try 1806 on Exhibition Street. For the best bar views in the city head straight for Rooftop Bar on Level 7 of Curtain House. You’ll get super cool Melbourne views, and a great drinks menu, including cocktails like "Lady Marmalade" and "Shallow Halapeno."

If musicals are your thing, then you are in luck as Melbourne is the musical capital of Australia, with fantastic productions playing most nights of the week. This month catch “Mamma Mia! The Musical” 
at the Princess Theatre from 10 July, 2018, or 
see “The Wizard of Oz,” now playing at 
the Regent Theatre.