What to do in Melbourne

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Melbourne Tourist Attractions & Activities

It’s no secret why Melbourne is consistently named “the world’s most liveable city” year after year. It’s easy to get around, there’s plenty to see, and with seemingly endless options for things to do in Melbourne, it’s an incredible place to call home for even a short time. From vibrant nightlife to amazing restaurants that feature every type of cuisine from around the world, this gem in Victoria is popular with travellers, adventurers, and families alike. Come and see why millions of people flock to Melbourne every year.

What to Do in Melbourne

Whether you are an art enthusiast or prefer to live life in the fast lane, Australia’s cultural capital has no shortage of tours and sightseeing options for whatever type of getaway you seek. For those who prefer a refined holiday, the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia’s oldest public art museum, is a must-see, and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art holds a unique collection of modern art unlike anywhere else. There are also plenty of art, film, and cultural festivals that take place nearly year-round across the city, and the East End Theatre District boasts a number of nightly performances for all interests and budgets. Catch a show, enjoy a nightcap, and marvel at the artistic beauty radiating throughout this neighbourhood.

For those with a taste for active pursuits, another of Melbourne’s nicknames may appeal to you—the "World's Ultimate Sports City". Between tennis, Formula One racing, golf, and a multitude of other sporting opportunities, a day watching or playing sports is virtually always available. Of course, no holiday is complete without a trip to the top of the Eureka Skydeck 88 (one of the top Melbourne tourist attractions). A bird’s-eye view of the city awaits those who face the 360-degree panorama.

You’ll find first-rate adventures around every corner in Melbourne. If you’re up for some more exploration, expand your journey north and discover the plethora of things to do in Sydney as well. No matter where you sojourn in Australia, you’ll find great deals on Expedia.com.au. Our affordable packages make it easy for you to plan, book, and go. With hotels, flights, and car hire deals, it’s never been easier to start planning your getaway, leaving you with extra time (and money) to enjoy the journey. Book your trip today and start experiencing the best of Melbourne right away.


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1. Rod Laver Arena

Whether you come to the Rod Laver Arena to see a tennis match during the Australian Open, cheer on another sports game or sing along with your favorite band under its retractable roof, you will be impressed by this top-of-the-bill events venue.
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Rod Laver Arena

2. Melbourne Cricket Ground

Find out where sports history is made when you visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), known affectionately as “the G” to its regular revelers. The MCG has provided the setting for some of the most momentous events in Melbourne’s long and rich sporting heritage. Check out a match or a sports event at the immense stadium and explore the National Sports Museum. Take a tour and enjoy the views from one of the G’s bars and cafés.
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Australia’s premier stadium is a symbol of Melbourne’s sporting heritage, drawing thousands of fans to cricket, football, rugby and soccer matches and events.

3. Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach is actually a generic name for three different parts of Port Phillip Bay. Upper Brighton Beach leads into Middle Brighton Beach, known primarily for its historic sea baths and iconic pier. But one of the main attractions is undoubtedly Dendy Street Beach, whose famous beach huts have made it one of the most photographed locations on this picturesque stretch of coastline.
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Brighton Beach

4. St Kilda Beach

Think of your perfect seaside resort, and St Kilda Beach probably ticks most of the boxes. This suburban community south of the centre of Melbourne has been welcoming fun-seeking families for over a century. Despite its proximity to the city, it retains the old-world village feel and pleasantly bohemian atmosphere that has long made it a favourite escape for locals and visitors alike.
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St. Kilda Beach showing tropical scenes and a sandy beach

5. Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market has been the number one open-air shopping destination in Melbourne for over 130 years. This historic market is built over an old cemetery and is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, comprising more than 600 stalls.
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Queen Victoria Market showing signage, street scenes and markets

6. Collins Street

Many of Melbourne’s most charming features come together along Collins Street, the city’s historic financial centre. As well as unrivalled shopping, dining and entertainment, people come here to admire some of the architectural jewels in Australia’s crown.
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Collins Street which includes a city, modern architecture and street scenes

7. Princess Theatre

The Princess Theatre is one of Melbourne's cultural jewels, having hosted such renowned productions as The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. Admire its majestic architecture and then take a seat in its intimate performance hall, which can hold 1,470 people. Savour a whimsical evening of champagne and music, mingle with drama-loving guests and experience Melbourne's rich cultural heritage.
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Princess Theatre featuring a city, a skyscraper and street scenes

8. Royal Botanic Gardens

Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens is a spacious Victorian-era landscaped garden and educational and horticultural treasure in the heart of the city. Established in 1846, the 38-hectare (93.9-acre) garden showcases over 50,000 plants, including rare exotic species and threatened native plants. Explore the complex of gardens, groves and conservatories and learn about the breathtaking diversity of the plant kingdom, as well as local Aboriginal cultural heritage, intriguing ecosystems and historic artifacts.
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Royal Botanic Gardens featuring a garden

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