Our top 10 Melbourne attractions
1. Federation Square:
Built to commemorate the Centenary of Federation in 2001, the bold design creates a series of interlocking and cascading spaces with building angles creating different views and connections. A popular meeting place, the square is always buzzing with activity and events both day and night.
2. Melbourne Cricket Ground:
There’s nothing more Melbourne than a cricket match or football game at ‘The G’, but don’t worry if there’s nothing on the sporting schedule when you’re in town, take a guided tour for a behind-the-scenes perspective and tread the hallowed grounds.
3. National Gallery of Victoria:
Australia's oldest and largest public gallery, is spread over two locations and houses more than 66,000 works across the mediums of painting, sculpture, antiquity, photography, decorative arts, furniture, fashion textiles and multimedia.
4. Queen Victoria Market:
Established in 1878, the ‘Vic Market’ is a must-do for any discerning foodie. Spanning two city blocks, the open-air stalls offer a plethora of local produce, imported cheese, delicatessen specialities, pastries, meat, poultry, fish and fresh flowers you will also find clothing, crafts and souvenirs.
5. Dandenong Ranges:
Towering trees, crisp mountain air and stunning natural scenery, the Dandenongs is around an hour’s drive from Melbourne and the ideal place to escape the city’s hustle and bustle. The village of Olinda, known for its gardens, crafts and picturesque falls is a lovely place to stop as is Ferntree Gully which boasts several bushwalking trails.
6. Arcades and Laneways:
Get lost as you explore Melbourne’s many historic and charming arcades and laneways. Brimming with eclectic cafes, quirky boutiques and colourful street art, each has its own personality and hidden treasures to be discovered.
7. Eureka Skydeck:
Ride to the 88th floor of Southbank’s Eureka Tower and take in the cityscape from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. Those with a stomach for heights can step into “The Edge”, a glass cube protruding from the side of the building.
8. Old Melbourne Gaol:
Built in the mid 1800’s this bluestone compound is one of the city’s oldest structures and was home to numerous infamous inmates including Ned Kelly, Squizzy Taylor and Chopper Read. History is brought to life with interactive displays and re-enactments and visitors can also take the Hangman’s night tour if they dare.
9. Chapel Street:
Stretching 2km through the suburbs of South Yarra and Prahran, this is Melbourne's mecca for shopping, dining and nightlife. The renowned destination offers the ultimate high street experience and is the ideal place to discover boutique finds, vibrant culture, diverse dining and eclectic architecture.
10. Kings Domain Gardens:
Nestled alongside the Yarra River, these historic 19th-century gardens feature manicured lawns, fountains, pathways and a number of landmark structures including the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Government House, La Trobe Cottage and the sombre Shrine of Remembrance.