Visiting Melbourne soon? Here’s a complete bucket list for you. These must-visit places and activities range from a wide variety of interests and things to do, from exploring wildlife and beautiful natural scenery to enjoying immersive art experiences and going through thousands upon thousands of artwork. Check out the 15 best things to do in Melbourne, Australia!

  1. Explore the Yarra River

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The Yarra River is a sight to behold on its own – its breathtaking views of a wide expanse of clear blue waters are sure to make your day. There’s a Riverside skate park here, and various Museums too like the Polly Woodside Museum and the National Sports Museum. You can also shop til you drop at Southgate, where you can also find various restaurants lined up to fill your tummy. For an astonishing view of the whole city, pay a visit to Eureka Skydeck 88, also located at Yarra River.

Yarra River

  • Location: East Central Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
  • Operating hours: n/a
  • Rate: n/a
  1. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria

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The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is one of the leaders in the conservation of plants especially through the rich biodiversity research programs the Gardens has. This inner-city oasis houses more than 8,500 plant species from all over the world, arranged in a neat garden with clean-cut lawns, tranquil lakes and gorgeous wildlife for guests to enjoy. An afternoon here is certainly well-spent.

Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria

  • Location: Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne
  • Operating hours: 7.30am to sunset every day of the year
  • Rate: n/a
  1. Queen Victoria Market

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Maybe you’re a bus-bee who likes to be around buzzing city life – in that case, make sure to visit the Queen Victoria Market. This market is a historical landmark filled with vibrant shops and scenes, and you can shop for everything under the sun. Check out their wide selection of fruits and vegetables, local and imported gourmet food, clothing, make-up, souvenirs and more. There are various stalls as well for liquor, organic food, delicatessen, desserts and pastries, cafes, seafood, garden items, kitchen and homeware items, technology, and crowd favorites from local artists and designers. Don’t miss out!

Queen Victoria Market

  • Location: Corner of Elizabeth & Victoria Streets, Melbourne 3000
  • Operating hours: 8 am – 3 pm
  • Rate: varies
  1. Yarra Valley Balloon Flight

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The Yarra Valley has been featured on so many TV shows and documentaries, and with good reason: it’s no ordinary valley. This valley has been the home of some of the best vineyards in Australia, and it’s only a short drive away from Melbourne that you have to absolutely visit it if you’re in the area. There’s a natural amphitheater that makes for a perfect location for ballooning tours: it has great views, beautiful natural scenery, stellar food and wine, and predictable weather. Mountains surround the valley as you take off into the countryside, and don’t forget to invite your friends too! A one-hour flight can hold up 24 people in one go.

Yarra Valley Balloon Flight

  • Location: Meetup: Balgownie Estate: 1309 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen
  • Operating hours: 10-11 AM (experience lasts 4-5 hours total)
  • Rate: Balloon flight ($ 405 for adults, $325 for children), Balloon flight with champagne breakfast ($435 for adults, $340 for children)
  1. Federation Square

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Federation Square is oozing with lively Melbourne culture and events, that it’s hard to stay away from this place. It serves as the home of major cultural attractions, events, and experiences, and the foodie in you would be delighted to know that it has a wide array of great restaurants, bars, and specialty stores too. For starters, visit the Australian Center for Moving Images while you’re here, where you can enjoy showcases about TV, digital culture, cinema, and games. There’s also an ACMI shop where you can purchase gifts and film merchandise that the cinephile in you would be sure to appreciate.

  • Location: Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Operating hours: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Rate: varies
  1. Eureka Skydeck

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Dubbing themselves as “not your normal Melbourne tourist attraction,” Eureka Skydeck promises an adrenaline rush of a lifetime. Perfect for thrill seekers, the Eureka Skydeck is Melbourne’s highest point of view in the city, standing tall at almost 300 meters above Melbourne. Eureka Skydeck is also the origin of the world’s first Edge Experience, where guests enter a glass cube that protrudes out from the building.

Eureka Skydeck

  • Location: Riverside Quay, Southbank Melbourne
  • Operating hours: 10am – 10pm Daily, last entry 930 pm
  • Rate: Adults $20, Child $11.50
  1. Shrine of Remembrance

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Reminiscent of Classical architecture, the Shrine of Remembrance serves as a state memorial monument in honor of the Australians who served in the war. It houses Galleries of Remembrance, which features over 800 artifacts, photographs, uniforms and works of art that depict the experiences of Australians at war from the mid 1800’s until today. Its Gallery of Medals houses replicas of 22 medals representing the service medals awarded to Australians for those who served gallantly in the war and the six who sacrificed their lives.

Shrine of Remembrance

  • Location: Birdwood Avenue and St Kilda Road, 1.3km from Flinders Street Railway Station.
  • Operating hours: 10 am – 5pm
  • Rate: free
  1. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral is dubbed as the largest and tallest church in all of Australia, which is why we think it’s well worth the visit. It’s built on a traditional east-west axis (where the altar faces the east), which symbolizes the commitment to believing the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It features Gothic architecture, filled with detail in every nook and cranny of the Church, so history and architecture aficionados will find much enjoyment here.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

  • Location: Albert Street, Eastern Hill, Melbourne,
  • Operating hours: n/a
  • Rate: n/a
  1. Philip Island Australian Wildlife

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If there’s anything that’s a must-experience in Australia, it’s their Wildlife. Philip Island Australian Wildlife is one of the best places to visit for this purpose in Melbourne, as it houses a wide variety of kangaroos and wallabies roaming freely on the grounds of this sanctuary. Here, guests can freely feed and interact with them, and you can see with your very own eyes the largest members of the Kangaroo family (the Red Kangaroo) as well as the smallest (the Parma Wallaby & Red-necked Pademelon). If you’re traveling with the little ones, we’re sure they’ll be amazed by the showcase of bats and koalas here too! Aside from this, many species of birds are also found in the park as well, so there’s a lot to explore.

Philip Island Australian Wildlife

  • Location: 2115 Phillip Island Rd, Cowes, Melbourne
  • Operating hours: from 10 am, closing time varies
  • Rate: Adult (19$), Child (9$)
  1. Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

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This 3-hour Yarra River dinner cruise is a must-do experience in Melbourne. What with its relaxing ambiance and mouthwatering food, it’s hard to say no to! You can enjoy some of the city’s most breath-taking sites and views while dining on a four-course meal under the star-studded night sky and drifting afloat clear dark blue seas. Menu items include entrees like balsamic glazed smoked lamb, seasme glass noodles, mains include chargrilled chicken breast, portuguese lamb shank, crispy skinned moroccan salmon fillet. Has vegetarian options, various wines, beers and spirits, and drinks and meal sets for the kids. 

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

  • Location: Southbank Promenade Berth 3, located near the southgate restaurant and shopping district
  • Operating hours: 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM, check-in starts 7:15 – 7:30 PM
  • Rate: 140$ (Adult), 90$ (children 14-17), $6 (children 2-13)
  1. Melbourne Zoo

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For more close interaction with Australian animals and wildlife, pay a visit to the Melbourne Zoo. This zoo is popular among families and adventurers alike, because they let guests enjoy close-up encounters and face-to-face time with giraffes and other animals. You can check out how the zoo cares for the critically endangered Sumatran tigers, and get the chance to experience interacting with gorillas behind the scenes too. There’s also an Australian Wildlife Breakfast option where you can dine in the company of Koalas and Kangaroos, and you can also choose to go on an overnight camp with animals and zoo-keepers up close. Melbourne Zoo also features “Keeper Kids” where kids can let their imagination run wild as they pretend to be zoo keepers for a day.

Melbourne Zoo

  • Location: Elliott Ave, Parkville, VIC
  • Operating hours: 9 AM –  5PM
  • Rate: $36 (adults) $18 (children), children are free on weekends and holidays
  1. The Australian Ballet

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Art and culture thrive here at Melbourne, and one of the best ways to see this come alive is by watching the Australian Ballet. Catch Australia’s national ballet company perform stellar works from classical repertoire and contemporary pieces in a rare opportunity. They perform different pieces fit for different tastes, like Bodytorque: Atelier, Murphy, The Merry Widow, Verve and more.

The Australian Ballet

  • Location: 100 St Kilda Rd
  • Operating hours: varies, depends on the show
  • Rate: varies, starts at $67
  1. Her Majesty’s Theatre

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Enter another lifetime here at Her Majesty’s Theater. Filled with intricate architectural beauty, this theater is lined with grand staircases, meticulous detail, stunning geometric lights, plush velvet seats and rich crimson and gold decor, perfect for a night out where you can dress to the nines. Aside from beautiful architecture, Her Majesty’s Theatre is also known to play host to Melbourne’s great musicals, from opera to ballet, to plays and concerts. There are dedicated spaces and private catering options available for private celebrations – whether you’re a group or a couple, you can enjoy privacy here at Her Majesty’s Theatre, where you’re sure to be treated like royalty.

Her Majesty’s Theatre

  • Location: 219 Exhibition St, Melbourne
  • Operating hours: varies, depends on the show
  • Rate: varies, depends on the show
  1. ArtVo Immersive Gallery Experience

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ArtVo is where you go when you want to have some fun and spend an afternoon amidst quirky art pieces. It’s an immersive art gallery experience where you’re actually allowed to touch and interact with the artwork, and where you can photograph yourself to become part of the artwork too (because we all know you’re a masterpiece!). With quite a number of themed zones, prepare to explore interactive and large-scale optical illusions and enjoy larger-than-life murals the whole gang can enjoy.

ArtVo Immersive Gallery Experience

  • Location: 26 Star Cres, Level 1, Harbour Town, Docklands Vic 3008
  • Operating hours: Sun-Thurs 10am with last admittance at 5pm
  • Fri-Sat 10am with last admittance at 9pm
  • Rate: Adults $28, Children 5-15 years $18, Children 0-4 years Free
  1. National Gallery of Victoria

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For a more traditional approach to art museums, pay a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria. This is the oldest and most frequently visited gallery in Australia, and with good reason: it houses a huge number of art pieces from international and local artists and has several exhibitions, programs, and events suited for all tastes – from contemporary art to historic exhibitions. They also have curated items featuring fashion and design, architecture and even sound and dance to pay homage to all forms of art, featuring over 70,000 works spanning a thousand years.

National Gallery of Victoria

  • Location: 180 ST KILDA ROAD, MELBOURNE
  • Operating hours: 10 am – 5pm daily
  • Rate: General entry is free

Where to stay in Melbourne

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To enjoy all these things to do and see in the city, you will need a comfortable stay in the city. Check here our recommended hotels listed in Agoda:

1.The Langham Melbourne Hotel ⭐️ 9.1

  • Price: from SGD 219/night

2. Novotel Melbourne South Wharf ⭐️ 9.1

  • Price: from SGD 156/night

3. Adelphi Hotel ⭐️ 9.3

  • Price: from SGD 239/night

4. Sage Melbourne Ringwood ⭐️ 9.4

  • Price: from SGD189/night

5. Seaside Home ⭐️ 9.1

  • Price: from SGD 87/night

Melbourne – a city of excitement and fun

A jam-packed itinerary is how you know you’re making the most out of your trip to Melbourne but sometimes, this could get a little painful on the wallet. Not to worry – you can score some great travel deals here on ShopBack, from flight tickets to accommodations so you can visit all the cafes and vineyards, do all the tours and make the most out of your trip!

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