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Top 10 touristy things you MUST see and do in Melbourne

Top 10 touristy things you MUST see and do in Melbourne - Australia

There are plenty of things to do in Melbourne, from visiting the zoo or aquarium or hanging out in Docklands for the day or spending the day shopping in Chapel Street. We have created the below list of the top 10 “touristy” things to see and do in Melbourne to help you plan your next trip!

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Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo

The world-renowned Melbourne Zoo is located a few minutes from the Melbourne CBD within Royal Park. It’s beautifully laid out with lots of shady spots for those hot summer days of wandering around the zoo. The animal displays are large enough for the animals to roam around without being too cramped. You could easily spend the whole day here and make sure to pack a picnic as there are plenty of grassed picnic areas for you to enjoy.

Crown Casino 

The Crown Casino in Melbourne is located on Southbank, right at the Yarra River waters’ edge. This massive complex has a heap of restaurants and cafe within the Crown Casino, a cinema, some shopping mall, lots of shows, hotels, convention centre, days spas and of course the casino! Dress up for the evening and hit the casino to gamble the night away (responsibly of course!). There is no entry fee however you do have to be over 18 years old to enter the Casino.

Queen Victoria Market

Known to the locals as the Vic Markets, The Queen Victoria Markets are located on the outskirts of the Melbourne CBD but a fairly easy walk from anywhere in the “main” city area. Most locals spend the day at the QVM (Queen Victoria Markets) purchasing fresh fish, fruit, veggies and a great range of deli foods or just relaxing and eating from some of the delicious vendors! It’s also a great spot for tourists too, for the same reason locals come here but also because there are lots of Aussie souvenirs and clothing to purchase.

Make sure to ask if you can get a discount, while Aussies don’t usually “haggle”, my motto is “there’s no harm in asking!” We have heard that some vendors will give you up to 20% discount! Or you could hit the markets on Wednesday night for the Night markets, open from 5pm to 10pm from November 2013 to February 2014, drink, eat and party the night away!

 Queen Victoria Market

Melbourne Aquarium

The Melbourne Aquarium is located on the Yarra River across from the Crown casino, very similar to the Sydney Aquarium with a few small tanks, a penguin tank, a few large walk-through tanks and touch tanks. While each aquarium is fairly similar, there are small differences which make each unique. The Melbourne aquarium has recently welcomed “Pinjarra” the world’s largest saltwater crocodile as their new main attraction!

Eureka Skydeck

We found the Eureka Skydeck (level 88) to be a little bittersweet, we went at night and found while the view was incredible, it was an awful place to take photos! All the reflections on the windows make it very difficult to get a decent picture. We would still recommend going as the views of Melbourne are really nice from up there!

You can also try out “the Edge” which is a glass box section of the building that extends out, however, for the price, I think this is a little overrated. I would suggest going about 30mins before sunset so you can get a bit of daylight, sunset and then if you still want to stick around you can see the city at night. There is also a restaurant on the 89th floor which you have to book a table beforehand and it’s a little expensive but nice for a special occasion.

Melbourne Skydeck at Night

Luna Park Melbourne

Luna Park Melbourne is open weekends, school holidays and public holidays from 11am, it’s located in the heart of St. Kilda, just a short stroll from St. Kilda Beach.  The Park’s biggest attraction is its Scenic Railway Roller Coaster, a large wooden coaster that sends its passengers, at high speed, around the outside of the entire Park.

It boasts the title of being the oldest continually operating wooden roller coaster in the world and the only one of its kind with a standing brakeman in control aboard its moving carriages. This world-famous roller coaster will not only provide you with heart-stopping dips and turns but also has the most stunning views of Port Phillip Bay that St. Kilda has to offer.

Entry is free, you just need to purchase tickets for rides and food.

Luna Park Melbourne

Walk around Docklands

Docklands is a waterfront precinct of Melbourne with lots of restaurants and café’s (my fave is Berth Restaurant & Bar), harbour town shopping mall, Sunday markets, strange art, cruises and so much more.

Go Shopping on Chapel Street

Chapel Street is known as Melbourne Premium shopping, cultural and tourist destination. It seems that no matter what you want to do, you will be able to do it in the Chapel Street precinct. Start off the day with some shopping then stop in at one or more of the cafes to keep your energy up during the day then treat yourself to dinner at one of the many restaurants and then pop out and enjoy the nightlife on offer. If you prefer a more cultural experience there are many cultural and art exhibitions street art, boutique and craft shops to visit.

Take a tour of the city by helicopter

This is one of my favourite activities! What a better way to see a city than from the air, views from the beach to the mountains. You can easily see all the sights of Melbourne city and the wine region in one day. Fly over the MCG, Melbourne Park and Albert Park racetrack, just to name a couple of attractions before heading away from the hustle and bustle for some wine tasting and lunch.

Helicopter tour of Yarra Valley in Victoria

Visit the Melbourne Museum

Melbourne is the arts and cultural hub of Australia. Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria, with displays ranging from the natural environment to the culture and history of Melbourne.

Located in Carlton Gardens, opposite the historic Royal Exhibition Building, the Melbourne Museum houses a permanent collection in eight galleries, including one just for children. The highlights include a complete skeleton of a blue whale, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a living rainforest, the racehorse Phar Lap and an IMAX theatre on site. All of the major international exhibitions are usually presented in the Touring Hall.

The IMAX at the Melbourne Museum is the world’s largest cinema format, with a screen up to eight storeys high! All types of films from documentaries to latest release movies, can be experienced in 2D or 3D.

Open daily 10 am – 5:00 pm

Have you been to Melbourne? What are your favourite things to do? Tell us in the below comments… 

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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious! With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!

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  1. Travelling King

    I seem to have a bit of a love hate relationship with Melbourne, sometimes i love it and somewhere i get there and ask myself why the heck did we come here!
    The aquarium is fairly average however not a bad idea for something to do on a rainy day in Melbourne.. (which is often- haha!)
    Thanks so the suggestions!!
    I plan to do another top 10 to do in Melbourne (lots of things to do really) – people tend to prefer short posts i think 🙂

  2. Travelling King

    Hi Renuka,
    Im glad you enjoyed your time in Melbourne! What was your favourite thing to do?

  3. Jean | Holy Smithereens

    Great and informative list Sam! I’ve been to Melbourne maybe 3-4 times but all are either for work or very quick 1-2 day trips so it’s a shame I haven’t really explored it that much! I imagine it’s pretty popular this season with Australian Open

  4. Deia @ Nomad Wallet

    Great round-up! Some of my favorite places in Melbourne. Great food on Chapel St and I love the vibe at Queen Victoria Market!

  5. Travelling King

    Hey Deia!
    Really loved the QVM!

  6. Cory Lee

    Thanks for sharing these places! I’ll be visiting Melbourne for the first time next month and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do, and this post helped me out.

  7. Travelling King

    Thanks Cory!
    Have fun in Melbourne!

  8. Sharon @ Where's Sharon?

    Great wrap up!! As a proud Melbournian, I can’t say I completely agree – mainly because I think Melbourne’s best part is all its different and interesting inner city suburbs and they have barely got a mention. Maybe this is because I think with my stomach though and they are great places to eat!! I also have to agree that the Melbourne Aquarium is a big disappointment, and I don’t think much of Luna Park either – the surrounding St Kilda is definitely worth a visit 🙂

  9. Travelling King

    Hey Sharon!
    Thanks so much!
    I dunno about Melbourne, i think i will have to go back soon and find these “interesting” places you talk about haha!
    To be honest i have never been a big fan of Melbourne, i find the city annoying to drive around in and the city is very much like adelaide, not much to do in it! 🙂 I need to find these little laneway foodie places and other interesting places to “show me” what melbourne is really about

  10. Michele

    It is a long time since I have been to Melbourne as a tourist and I ma surprised a tnow expensive everything it for entry now. Another interesting place is the Immigration Museum on Flinders St gives a great insight into how Australia developed through immigration.

  11. Travelling King

    Hey Michele,
    THanks for the great tip!
    Will have to look into it next time we are there

  12. Graeme Voigt

    Wooh! I’m glad to see I’ve done most of these!
    (I think you should add Hosier Lane to the list 😉 )

  13. Travelling King

    Hey Graeme
    I really need to get back to Melbourne and find out more about the lane ways!
    thanks for the recommendation!

  14. Travelling King

    yeah Adelaide-ieans aren’t big on fahsion – we are a little slow to catch on.
    Lets hope it will change in the future!

  15. Samantha @mytanfeet

    I haven’t been to Australia yet but it’s on the list. Definitely want to see Melbourne and be a tourist for a day or two but I’d love to find those little local spots as well! Perhaps you can show me around? 🙂 Excellent list, big thanks for including the extra info too! Now I won’t need to look it up individually !

  16. Travelling King

    Hey Samantha,
    I would love to show you around however we live in Adelaide – although im not opposed to flying over to Melbourne for the weekend!

  17. Ashley @ A Southern Gypsy

    Saving this for next February! 🙂

  18. Hannah Wasielewski

    The helicopter tour sounds like so much fun! but was it expensive? I’m going to Melbourne in February, so these are some great tips! I love reading your blog!

  19. Travelling King

    Hey Hannah,
    it was a lot of fun!
    It was quite expensive approx $900 for the 2 of us.
    However short flights are much cheaper.

    Thank you for your lovely compliment 🙂

  20. Danielle (Bubs on the Move)

    Completely agree about the Eureka Skydeck. It was so frustrating that we couldn’t get a decent picture either. We decided to pass on the “Edge” because of the price.

  21. Travelling King

    Hey Danielle,

    Its a good experience and nice to see Melb from up high however taking photos is hopeless and the edge is a waste of money, fun for about 2 mins but not worth the price (IMO)

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