A packed agenda of food, wine, sports and arts is your introduction to Melbourne – from its creative, exciting city centre to its buzzing neighbourhood hubs. It’s the gateway to Victoria’s world-class wineries, natural springs, spectacular coastline and alpine villages.
Melbourne is a city filled with natural beauty, cosmopolitan flavour and a diversity of experiences on offer. Whatever your interests, something is sure to delight or enrapture - stroll the city laneways and soak up the atmosphere, street art, architecture and the friendliness of locals; linger in a bustling café, share a peaceful park with a black swan, or saunter along a city beach.
There is so much to see & do - these are just some of the ‘must see’ attractions.
5 Must See Attractions in Melbourne
1. Federation Square – Federation Square is Melbourne's most prominent meeting place and a unique cultural precinct which, including multicultural festivals, markets, film screenings, sporting events and much more, brings together a creative mix of attractions, museums and galleries, and the finest of dining with its many restaurants, cafes and bars.
2. Melbourne Aquarium – Situated on the riverside, Melbourne Aquarium is home to thousands of animals including sharks, turtles, stingrays, tropical fish and more. Walk underwater through the glass viewing tunnels and come face-to-face with remarkable marine and freshwater animals that Australia is famous for.
3. Melbourne Laneways – Experience Melbourne's eclectic spirit with a night out exploring the wonderful nightspots, bars, restaurants, galleries and boutiques peppering the city's streets and laneways.
4. Queen Victoria Market –Those with a need for knick-knacks will be in their element with a visit to Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, a bustling outdoor hub with an item, souvenir or meal to suit pretty much every taste. This is the Queen of all markets and the vibrant, exciting mix of cultures and ethnicities of Melbourne can be discovered here, with a variety of foods and souvenirs from all corners of the Earth on offer.
5. Melbourne Museum – Enjoyed by over one million visitors each year, Melbourne Museum is one of Melbourne's favourite award winning cultural destinations.
5 Things on in August in Melbourne
1. Take inspiration from attending a conference at the MCG and see a football game. Check out the AFL games on the weekend before the conference.
2. Take in an Australian or international film at the Melbourne International Film Festival on from 2 – 19 August.
3. Peruse an exciting exhibition at the NGV of modern and contemporary art from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/moma-at-ngv/
4. Enjoy an evening of local fool vendors, musical entertainment and market stalls at the Winter Night Market at the Queen Victoria market, every Wednesday night, 5pm-10pm (6 June – 29 Aug)
5. Step into another world and visit Wonderland, an exhibition at ACMI (Australian Centre of the Moving Image) inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
For more on what’s going on in Melbourne, visit https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne
5 Things to See Outside of Melbourne
1. Yarra Valley Winery Tours – Visit your choice of the picturesque Yarra Valley or stunning Mornington Peninsula where you can sample some of the best wine in the region.
2. Penguin Parade to Phillip Island – Witness this uniquely Australian experience at Phillip Island as the world’s smallest Penguins come home from the sea and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows.
3. The Great Ocean Road – Travel along one of the most breathtaking and scenic coastlines that includes the Twelve Apostles, Otway rainforest and Bells Beach.
4. Healesville Sanctuary – The wonder of the Australian bush comes alive at this premier wildlife park. It is home to over 300 species of wildlife including koalas, dingoes and the platypus.
5. Spa country in Daylesford – Sample mineral waters, explore craft and antique shops, go boating on the lake or just relax.