The 8 Best Things to Do in Melbourne, Australia

August 6, 2017 Flossie Demartino

Lovely, laid-back Melbourne has something for everyone: family fare, local and international art, haute boutiques, multicultural dining, Australian and Aboriginal history, spectator sports, and pulsing, swanky nightlife. Cruise on the free City Circle Tram loop to check out unique attractions like the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Healesville Sanctuary, which buzzes with local animal species.
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1. City Circle Tram

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia +61 1800 800 007
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

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.Trams operate in both directions every 12 minutes between 10am and 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday and between 10am and 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.City Circle Trams do not run on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Reviewed By JFTasmania - Melbourne, Australia

Nice that the city it's on free trams, especially in a time when people are lining up for your money - for example try parking in the city!
There are a few reasonable parking buildings that will not fleece you, then you can ride the tram around to where you wanna go for free.
Also there's the nostalgic side. These are old well restored trams, a bit rickity and noisy, not exactly my style, but I can see lots of people appreciate such things, so has to almost be a must if your coming to admire the Victorian era of the city.

2. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Birdwood Ave | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia +61 3 9252 2300
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Visit Melbourne's inner-city oasis. Over 10,000 plant species from around the world are presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees are home to an amazing range of wildlife.

Reviewed By CupcakeSue - Melbourne

A stroll through Melbournes Botanical Gardens is a must. The beautiful old trees, swans on the lakes, manicured lawns and variety of specific displays create a beautiful serene ambience...a very manageable stroll or quick tram ride from Melbournes busy city.

3. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Yarra Park, Jolimont, Melbourne, Victoria 8002, Australia +61 3 9657 8888
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is Australia's largest, oldest and most popular sporting venue. The MCG has hosted plenty of international cricket, including the first-ever Test and the 1992 World Cup final, countless VFL/AFL Grand Finals, the 1956 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games. It also hosted the final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Other sporting spectacles include FIFA World Cup soccer qualifiers, rugby league home and away matches and State of Origin and international rugby union clashes. Apart from its sporting events, the MCG has also witnessed many blockbuster music Concerts, and even Pope John Paul II held a mass there when he visited Melbourne in 1986. The MCG has a total capacity of 100,024 people, comprising 95,024 seats and 5000 standing room spaces. The stadium also houses the National Sports Museum, which includes some of the most priceless pieces of memorabilia in Australian sporting history.

Reviewed By Gunny2015 - Singapore

Great stadium used not only for cricket but mainly for Aussie rules football. Tour the changing rooms, tactics room, ice baths etc. and get to walk through the hallowed Long Room. Great guide.

4. ArtVo

26 Star Cres | Level 1, Harbour Town, Melbourne, Victoria 3008, Australia +61 3 9600 1118
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5 based on 583 reviews

ArtVo

Welcome to Australia's first immersive, 3D 'trick-art' gallery. Priceless photos. Unbelievable scenarios. Explore the interactive gallery with over 11 themed zones. Touch the art and have fun!

Reviewed By Penelope K

If you want to take some amazing photo's of the family or selfies, this is the place. The pictures are 3 dimensional, and there are many to see. There are no seats along the way, so it can be a bit tiring. If you have...MoreThank you Penelope for taking the time to review us! We hope you had an awesome time with us Regards, Team ArtVo

5. Shrine of Remembrance

St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia +61 3 9661 8100
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

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. All visitors are invited to participate in a Remembrance Ceremony featuring the Ray of Light re-enactment. Surrounded by the Shrine Reserve, the Shrine is elevated, overlooking the city of Melbourne within 13 hectares of beautiful parkland. Enjoy stunning views of the Reserve and many of Melbourne's landmarks from the balcony of the Shrine. Explore the monuments and memorials throughout the Reserve, including the Gallipoli Memorial, as well as the many remembrance trees dedicated to Victorian service units from the Boer War onwards. The Eternal Flame on the Second World War Forecourt symbolises eternal life for those who have served. The Ray of Light ceremony is central to the experience of the Shrine of Remembrance. A ray of natural sunlight passes through an aperture in the ceiling of the Sanctuary and falls onto the Stone of Remembrance over the word "love" at precisely 11.00 am on 11 November each year. This is the moment when the armistice was signed in 1918 marking the end of hostilities in the First World War. The ceremony is now reproduced every half hour using electric light to allow all visitors to the Shrine to experience it. The Shrine also has an extensive permanent and temporary exhibition space. The Galleries of Remembrance is a $45 million Victorian Government redevelopment that utilises 1,600 square metres of undercroft space beneath the Shrine. Over 850 objects illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from Pre-Federation to the present day, with a particular focus on individual and unit stories of Victorian service and sacrifice. A highlight of the exhibition is the SS Devanha lifeboat, a Gallipoli landing boat on loan from the collection of the Australian War Memorial. The Devanha carried soldiers of the 12th Battalion and the 3rd Field Ambulance into Anzac Cove on the morning of 25 April 1915.

Reviewed By Ian_Perth_Australia - Perth, Australia

I am not in Melbourne often, so a visit to the Shrine was a must considering I stayed across the road. It is an important and solemn place to visit, to remind us all of the sacrifice that occurs when we go to war.

6. The Australian Ballet

2 Kavanagh St | Level 4, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia +61 1300 369 741
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4.5 based on 186 reviews

The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet exists to inspire, delight and challenge audiences through the power of its Performances. The Australian Ballet is one of the world's premier ballet companies and has delivered extraordinary Performances for over 50 years. A commitment to artistic excellence, a spirited style and a willingness to take risks have defined the company from its earliest days, both onstage and off. Moving effortlessly between the great classical Ballets and new contemporary commissions, the company has a uniquely Australian style, powered by artistry and athleticism. UPCOMING Ballets MURPHY | Melbourne 16 – 26 MAR | SYDNEY 6 – 23 APR THE MERRY WIDOW | SYDNEY 28 APR – 19 MAY | Canberra 25 – 30 MAY | Melbourne 7 – 16 JUN VERVE | Melbourne 21 – 30 JUN THE SLEEPING BEAUTY | Adelaide 6 - 12 JUL 2018 GISELLE | Melbourne 30 AUG – 8 SEP SPARTACUS | Melbourne 18 – 29 SEP | SYDNEY 9 – 24 NOV CINDERELLA | SYDNEY 30 NOV – 19 DEC

Reviewed By ksquared2014 - Melbourne, Australia

It really doesn't get much better than this! The performance (which celebrates Graeme Murphy's 50 year contribution to the Australian Ballet) starts of with a film clip of Graeme talking (amongst other things), about his passion in finding the artist in performers - that moment...MoreThanks for your review and thoughts on the production and costumes. Happy to hear you enjoyed the introductory short film which will form part of a documentary by Philippe Charluet. Keep your eye out for that one!

7. State Library of Victoria

328 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia +61 3 8664 7000
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

State Library of Victoria

Reviewed By Julene M - Sydney

A grand building of the Victorian era with a gorgeous dome and excellent facilities.
With a day to spare in Melbourne I decided to visit the library. The changing face of Victoria exhibition was excellent. I enjoyed seeing Ned Kelly artifacts too.
Later I visited the geneology section where I was helped by a very knowledgeable lady.

8. Haigh's Chocolates Rialto

495 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia +61 3 9620 3555
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4.5 based on 252 reviews

Haigh's Chocolates Rialto

Known as the New York end of Collins Street, our newest store is located at 495 Collins Street, just next door to the Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto Hotel in the heart of Melbourne’s financial district. It is our sixth Melbourne store, and fourth in the CBD after we first opened at the Paris end of Collins Street in 1965. Located within a heritage listed Queen Anne style building that dates back to the late 1800’s, the architecture is a perfect fit for Haigh’s. Whether you are staying in the hotel, or visiting the busy Docklands, our team are ready to help you find something delicious at one of our largest stores.

Reviewed By Dimitris L - Sydney, Australia

Haigh's Chocolates are wonderfully tasty, no matter what type you choose. There are so many different varieties and we just could not stop at one, but of course there is a limit. The down side is that we found that Haigh's chocolates also tend to be on the expensive side a bit.

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