Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and has so much to offer. The city is famous for its many laneways filled with street art, its excellent food scene and its cultural diversity. Often referred to the cultural capital of Australia, here is our top sights in the city.
Go Shopping at Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market is a Melbourne landmark dating from the 19th century. The building itself is a stunning example of Victorian architecutre and is open every day with the exception of Monday.
The market is home to vendors selling fruits & vegetables, gourmet food, clothing, arts & crafts and souvenirs. Home to some of Melbourne’s tastiest food stalls, make sure to stop by the market for lunch. The Queen Victoria Market is home to an excellent food court offering a wide choice of cuisine such as Chinese, Italian, Indian and Turkish.
Check Out the Amazing Street Art
Melbourne is famous for its street art. The city is considered one of the street art capitals of the world. The City Council of Melbourne has designated areas of the city for artist to express themselves. This has resulted in a reduction of the levels of graffiti elsewhere around the city.
Take a trip out to St. Kilda
Escape the city and take a trip out to St. Kilda. The beach side suburb is described as Melbourne’s playground by the sea. You won’t be short things to do. St Kilda offers a wide variety of waterspouts, fishing, walking trails and if your lucky you might spot the colony of penguins that call St Kilda home.
Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne’s botanic gardens are located at the edge of the CBD, offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. It is a great spot to sit back and watch the world go by. The botanic gardens are home to over 8,500 plants species.
The gardens are divided into sections such as the Tropical Glasshouse, the Arid Garden, the Forest Walk, the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden and the Camellia Collection. There is so much to explore.
Take a stroll along Southbank Promenade
Located across the river from Flinders Street Station, Southbank Promenade is home to many trendy restaurants, many art pieces, and a wide selection of shops. Southbank is a great place to relax after a busy day of sightseeing.
Visit Flinders Street Station
An iconic Melbourne sight is Flinders Street Station. This stunning building was opening in 1910 and is listed on the Victorian heritage register. Flinders Street Station is Australias busiest train station. Inside you will find many restaurants and food vendors selling delicious foods. The station is also home to a small shopping area.
Take a Cruise Down The Yarra River
A cruise down Melbourne’s Yarra River is a great way to see the city. Relax on a boat as it takes you down the winding river passing many of Melbourne’s famous sights.
Explore Fitzroy Gardens
This beautiful parkland is located just outside Melbourne’s CBD. There are many individual attractions dotted throughout.
Fitzroy Gardens is home to Captain Cook’s Cottage. This cottage was brought to Melbourne from Captain James Cook’s native home in England. The cottage was then rebuild.
Other sights you will see at the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens is the magnificent Spanish-mission style conservatory that is filled with a display of colourful flowers.
If you are traveling with children make sure to check out the tiny Tudor village and Fairy Tree.
Free Walking Tour
As budget travellers we love a free walking tour. Check out the “I’m Free” walking tour in Melbourne. They offer three tours per day and each one is guided by an enthusiastic local. We didn’t need to book in advance.
No trip to Melbourne would be complete without checking out the hip and trendy coffee shops. Melbourne’s is famous for there high quality coffee scene. For coffee shop recommendations check out our previous blog “Melbourne Coffee Shop Guide”.
Check out the endless list of tours and activities Melbourne has to offer. We recommend Get Your Guide. We have always had positive experiences with this company and the prices are always very competitive.
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