Melbourne's treasured trams give the streets historic charm as they glide through the centre of the main roads. Purchase an all-access Metcard and hop on and off at the designated stops, it's an easy way to see all of the city's suburbs. The trams run from 07:00 to 23:00 on weekends and the day fare for covering both city zones is just under $12.
Melbourne deserves to be discovered by foot. There is so much to see off the main paths. Tiny lanes with street art, hidden boutiques and beautiful old, forgotten buildings. The city is flat and easy to navigate but getting lost here is a real treat. You'll stumble across some amazing finds and a walk along the Yarra is a must-do.
A daily Metcard will give you access to the city trains. The lines stretch across the greater city areas and will take you to sights like Melbourne Zoo in just ten minutes. It's a reliable and affordable way to get around the city, but perhaps lacks the charm and instant convenience of the city trams.
Taxis are plentiful in a city where driving is the preferred transport option for residents. Hail one on the side of the road, or head to designated taxi ranks. The taxis are price regulated, but you'll notice a bunch of surcharges added to your fare. Road tolls, after-hours and a base entry fee of $3.10.
Melbourne has a booming arts scene, with over one hundred galleries to explore. From traditional public institutions to more abstract spaces, there's something to suit everyone's taste. Discover Australia's homegrown best at the Ian Potter centre in Federation Square. It's the world's first public gallery dedicated to Australian art. For some cutting edge moving image pieces, cross over to the nearby ACMI. Federation Square, Russell Court, Melbourne CBD
Just ten minutes from the CBD lies this enormous wildlife paradise, housing over 350 species. The layout makes it easy to roam and the enclosures are visitor-friendly, with beautiful gardens dotted throughout. It's easy to spend a whole day here, but for something extra special, be there at dusk. The zoo puts on twilight music performances and the atmosphere is enchanting. Elliott Ave, Parkville, Victoria 3052
This iconic heritage building is home to the southern hemisphere's largest open-air market, running day and night. The market is so vast that it has its own precincts, dedicated to different produce. So whatever you're in the mood to buy – you'll find it here. Spend a day or an evening wandering the aisles from fresh seafood to vintage fashion and one-of-a-kind souvenirs. 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
For sports fans, this is a must. Melbourne has a rich sporting history, and it's captured under one roof at this fascinating museum in the MCG Stadium. Relive emotional moments in time, from Formula One to the Melbourne Cup and experience the thrill of competing with interactive displays. The admission fee is just $15 making it an affordable and fun family day out.
Fuel the day's adventures with an all-day breakfast at award-winning Mario's in Fitzroy before heading off to explore the city. Wander through Carlton Gardens to Parliament Station and jump on board Tram route 35, a free service taking you around the city with an audio tour. Jump on and off as you please, taking the time to explore some of the street art adorning the city's charming laneways. Make your way back to Flinders St and Federation Square, the hub of the CBD and a popular evening destination.
: Make your way to the Ian Potter centre to admire work from Australia's best known artists, with exhibitions from edgy modern to traditional Aboriginal. Afterwards, head across Federation Square to the ACMI, a cutting edge museum dedicated to film and animation. Head down to the water and hop on a Yarra River Garden cruise, through the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. Back at the dock, make your way down to St Kilda to spend the rest of your evening enjoying dinner and drinks at one of the area's trendy bars.
Fill your morning wandering Queen Victoria Market. Savour the smell of fresh produce, steaming coffee and pick a unique memento from a quirky arts and crafts stall. Head across to Carlton and grab an authentic Italian meal on Lygon St. After lunch, head north to Parkville and visit Melbourne Zoo. Spend the rest of the afternoon walking amongst fabulous enclosures and stay until dusk to catch a music by twilight performance.
Take the train from Flinders St Station to Brighton Beach. Stroll across golden sands, dip your toes in crystal waters and snap the iconic rainbow-coloured beach huts. Make your way back into town and get off at Prahran Station. Head to Chapel St Bazaar for some retail therapy, stopping off at Prahran Market for lunch. Next, a final taste of quintessential Melbourne, the Museum of Sport. On your final night, head to Maha Bar & Grill, and celebrate in style over an exquisite Arabic sharing menu.