Top Things to Do in Melbourne

The city of Melbourne is rich in history, and its stunning old buildings provide glimpses into life in the Gold Rush-era of the 19th century. Visit the Old Treasury Building and the Melbourne Museum to learn more about life in this fascinating city in the olden days, or dare yourself to take a more spine-chilling tour at the Old Melbourne Gaol.

Lovers of culture will enjoy exploring Federation Square and the National Gallery of Victoria, while sports fans will be right at home in the National Sports Museum, which displays a huge range of sporting memorabilia. 

If you want to get up close and personal with the wildlife, Phillip Island offers amazing penguin viewing experiences, and the Melbourne Zoo's interactive animal encounters are a must. 

Melbourne has some spectacular scenery, and what better way to observe it than from above? Eureka Skydeck takes you a staggering 88 floors up to witness panoramic views of the city and surrounds, while the Melbourne Star gives you the chance to see Melbourne's ever-changing landscape on a breathtaking Ferris wheel ride. For a more relaxed day on the ground, enjoy the spectacular flora and fauna of the Royal Botanic Gardens at a leisurely pace. 

Shoppers will be in heaven in Bourke Street Mall, and there's always a unique gift waiting to be found at the St Kilda Esplanade Markets. 

And, of course, don't pass up the opportunity to visit iconic Luna Park at St Kilda and enjoy the wild rides! 

Whatever you're interested in, Melbourne has the perfect activities to make your stay truly memorable. 

Federation Square

Federation Square is a unique cultural and entertainment precinct located in the centre of Melbourne.

Melbourne Museum

Located in the Carlton Gardens, Melbourne Museum is the largest museum complex in the southern hemisphere and draws on the latest technology and interpretation methods to give visitors a memorable insight into the nation's flora, fauna, culture and way of life.

Eureka Skydeck

Awe-inspiring views are on offer at Eureka Skydeck from the highest viewing platform in the southern hemisphere at Melbourne’s iconic Eureka Tower. Two dedicated lifts propel visitors to Level 88 in under 40 seconds.

Bourke Street Mall

Bourke Street Mall is Melbourne’s true retail heart, linking both Swanston and Elizabeth Streets. Wander through the bustling city shoppers and fill your arms with numerous bags, ranging from department stores like David Jones and MYER to Melbourne’s iconic GPO which now houses H&M.

Melbourne Star

Melbourne Star invites visitors to experience Melbourne in a whole new way. Located in the city’s waterfront precinct of Docklands, the Star provides a unique introduction to the city, with all its colour, culture and eccentricities.

St Kilda Esplanade Market

Every Sunday since 1970, the St Kilda Esplanade Market has been the destination for those searching for something special. Meet more than 140 artisans offering an exciting range of contemporary artworks. These goods include quality handmade artworks made from wood, glass, paper, resin and recycled materials.

Melbourne Zoo

Set on 22 hectares close to the heart of the city, the Melbourne Zoo has more than 320 wildlife species from Australia and around the world. The Australian Bush exhibit showcases Australia's wildlife.

Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience

Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th-century prison at the Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience. Learn about bushrangers and baby farmers and see where Ned Kelly was hanged. The City Watch House, where murderers and minor criminals were locked up to await their fate, is another highlight.

Luna Park

From the moment you step inside Mr Moon’s giant mouth, you are exposed to a world full of carnival flair, from the rides that send you sky-high, to historical carousel rides. Melbourne’s Luna Park has been the face of fun in St Kilda for generations.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Tucked away near Melbourne's Yarra River, the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne have more than 12,000 different species of plants covering 38 hectares.

Phillip Island Nature Park

Watching the colony of little penguins waddling ashore on Summerland Beach in Phillip Island Nature Park at sunset and making their way to their burrows after a day’s fishing is a delight.

National Gallery of Victoria: NGV International

The National Gallery Of Victoria (NGV) offers an extraordinary visual arts experience with international art on display at NGV International on St Kilda Road, Melbourne. It houses an extensive collection from Europe, Asia, America, and Oceania. General entry is free, while special exhibitions may be ticketed.

Old Treasury Building

The Old Treasury Building is regarded as one of the finest nineteenth century buildings in Australia. Occupying a unique position in the history of Melbourne, the Old Treasury Building’s origins lie with the great gold rush, symbolising the rapid development of the city.

National Sports Museum

Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia, and is home to the National Sports Museum located at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It houses an enormous collection of sporting memorabilia, multiple exhibitions and interactive zones.