Top Ten Things To Do In Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is one of the Australian cities with a countless number of natural and man made tourist attractions which are easy to reach and explore. The city has something to keep every visitor happy. Below is a list of top ten things to do in Melbourne while on a vacation anytime of the year.

Things To Do In Melbourne

Discover the Eureka Skydeck Experience

Eureka Skydeckflickr/Andrea Lai

Eureka Skydeck holds the title of the highest viewing platform in southern hemisphere. It’s made of glass walls and stands at 88 levels high. It serves as a great start to know the city’s main attraction sites and thus makes it easy to establish the bearing of the next destination. The ticket prices are fair and one can buy a sun and stars to enjoy viewing the city both day and night. Sunset is regarded as the best time to view the city as the coloring of the sky creates a cool contrast with the city lights.

Go Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooningflickr/Adrian Wong

This is one of the best ways to explore the city of Melbourne from few meters above the ground. Hot air balloon rides show the scenic beauty of Melbourne and most of them depart in the morning. The glow of the sunrise provides a good view of the city’s landmarks and regional attractions such as Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Albert Park Racetrack and Flemington Raceway among many others.

Visit the Shrine of Remembrance

Shrine of Remembranceflickr/Pascal

This is a tribute all war fighters who died while fighting for the city. It acts as a central landmark where visitors can establish all the other locations of the city. While on top, this shrine offers a good view of the Melbourne city’s Paris style layout and is easily accessible by taking a short walk from the free city circle Tram service. It’s surrounded by attractive gardens and hence worth everybody’s time.

Explore the Dandenong Ranges

Dandenong Rangesflickr/Adrian Mohedano

This is the ultimate gateway for those who want to break the boredom of the city center. It has towering ash mountain trees with a cool blend of beautiful scenery. The Dandenong ranges are also full of well cooked local foods and hand crafted items. One can also discover the Yarra Valley, Healesville sanctuary and blue Dandenong ranges. This attraction site is accessible via narrow gauge railway or get directions from wildlife coach tour.

See Melbourne Wildlife Zoo/Aquarium

Melbourne Aquariumflickr/Cosette Paneque

Melbourne has plenty to offer when it comes to wildlife and exotic animals. It has a good number of zoos and aquariums to quench every visitor’s thirst for wildlife adventure. The Melbourne Aquarium has a wide variety of penguins together with other weird and amazing sealife creatures. Also, visitors may try the shark dive extreme experience which puts you in a face to face situation with ocean predators. Melbourne zoo on the other hand has more than 320 animal species such as gorillas, elephants, meerkats and Orang-utans among many others.

Head to the Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Roadflickr/Cosette Paneque

This is regarded as the most eye-catching drive in Australia and no trip in Melbourne is complete without visiting great ocean road. It stretches for about 243km along the Victorian coast and has a lot of geological information worth taking photographs for remembrance. It’s advisable to rent a car and go with a coach tour so as to enjoy the highlights of this iconic stretch.

Browse the Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Marketflickr/Alpha

This is a vibrant market with a good blend of Melbourne cultures and ethnicity together with a wide range of souvenirs and foods. The queen of the market also has groceries and a good variety of fresh fruits for storage purposes in case you are spending a good number of days in Melbourne.

Visit Flinders St Station

Flinders St Stationflickr/Michael Coghlan

This is one of the most ancient architectural designs in Melbourne city alongside St Paul’s cathedral. Flinder’s street station acts as a great hub for with a reflection of the entire Melbourne city. It’s surrounded by cafes, coffees and shops which act as gateway to other destinations around the city. St Paul’s Cathedral on the other hand impresses the eye with its wooden pews, wall carvings and stained glasses. It can be visited by anyone irrespective of the religion. Flinders Street Station is the definite place to relax and enjoy your day while at Melbourne.

Outdoor Moonlight Cinema

Outdoor Moonlight Cinemaflickr/Madeleine Holland

This is located in the botanical gardens and is the most preferred place for night outs. It has large cinemas that offer nice and cool relaxation time at night after an exhaustive day. It also provides a good view of Melbourne’s CBD and enables you to get exposed to the city’s night life.

Visit the Grainger Museum

Grainger Museumwikimedia.org/wikimedia

This museum provides historical exhibitions of Australian culture and diversity. It’s located at the University of Melbourne’s gate and is very rich in flora and fauna of Australian origin. While in Melbourne, make a point of touring this museum and enjoy yourself.