The tree-lined streets of Melbourne’s Central Business District may be laid out on a grid, but there’s much more than meets the eye behind the façades of stunning heritage buildings and in the maze of graffiti-covered laneways.
Melbourne CBD is the city’s inner hub for nightlife, shopping, dining, sightseeing and entertainment. A good place to begin is the historic icon, Flinders Street Station. The train station’s Swanston Street intersection includes the stunning neo-Gothic St. Paul’s Cathedral, the cultural hub of Federation Square and a classic Australian corner pub.
Wake up with a fresh cup of Melbourne’s famous coffee from a café in the narrow Degraves Street. Try local delicacies and fresh produce at the historic Queen Victoria Market. Enjoy a shopper’s paradise in Bourke Street Mall or Melbourne Central. Upmarket designer stores can be found in northern Collins Street, while factory outlet stores line Spencer Street.
Take in some of Melbourne’s finest collections of art at the Southbank riverside arts precinct, which includes the imposing National Gallery of Victoria, the Arts Centre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, as well as a magnificent collection of cutting-edge theatre venues. Admire the ever-changing murals in nearby Hosier Lane or check out the latest in cinema at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Don’t miss seeing a musical at one of the CBD’s historic theatres. Have a pre-show dinner at one of the fine-dining restaurants dotted around the city or make your selection from the dining precincts along Hardware Lane, Meyers Place, Curtin House, the Southbank Promenade and Chinatown on Little Bourke Street.
Look over modern Melbourne from the dizzying skydeck of the Eureka Building or see penguins and crocodiles at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, on the banks of the Yarra River. Birrarung Marr, by the Yarra, offers a peaceful oasis of Wurundjeri Aboriginal heritage in the city.
Melbourne CBD is accessible via major train, tram and bus lines and there are plenty of parking spaces. Explore on foot or catch free trams within the central network. Chat to the staff at the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square to find out what festivals and events are on during your visit.
Shopping, Dining and Urban
A unique focus on marine life in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic makes for a wonderful viewing experience.
Melbourne's shopping district is home to big department stores and intimate, chic boutiques, all housed in beautifully preserved historical buildings.
This sky-high tower demands attention on the Melbourne horizon, and offers panoramic views from the highest observation platform in the Southern Hemisphere.
Miles of rugged beaches, wave-carved rock formations, and dense rainforest await on this full-day adventure along Australia's most famous scenic highway. Cruise along the Great Ocean Road to see icons like the 12 Apostles, stroll beneath towering trees to spot koalas and lorikeets, and linger over lunch in seaside Apollo Bay.
Departing Melbourne at around midday, we journey to the city’s most colourful attraction – the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes – for an opportunity to visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks.
Enjoy an enchanting dinner cruise on Melbourne's Yarra River, while indulging a 4-course meal prepared by a gourmet chef. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the evening atmosphere as you dine and cruise under the stars. Arrive at the wharf and hop aboard your dinner cruise.
Discover the very best of Melbourne on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24 or 48 hour pass, explore the city to your own schedule, seeing all of the major landmarks along the way.
Experience Melbourne from the Eureka Skydeck 88 and catch a bird's-eye view of the city skyline and beyond. Upgrade to the Edge experience for a unique chance to stand on a switch-operated glass cube that slides out from the building with you inside.
Towering 120 meters or equivalent to 40 stories high over the Docklands, the Melbourne Star, the only giant observation wheel in the Southern Hemisphere, joining London Eye, Singapore Flyer and Las Vegas High Roller. Take flight and discover a truly unique experience.
Who said you couldn’t plan a whole vacation around coffee?
Sail through the sky this June 5th as you celebrate Hot Air Balloon Day with some of the top hot air balloon activities in the world.