Melbourne is known to be the cultural metropolis of Australia. Whatever you’re into, she’ll serve it for for you, with style.
She’s full of alleyways that lead to secret dining treasures or edgy nightlife. If your style is more trendy but no less tame, she offers rooftop venues to enjoy world class cocktails, or sporting events all year round for the footy-obsessed Melbournians. Awarded the most livable city in the world for the seventh year in a row, this European-like city boasts of multicultural vibrancy from it’s inhabitants, to its architecture, to the food its renowned for.
FREE Things to Do
Who said culture came at a cost? There are two spectacular museums you can visit for free in Melbourne. Yes, the best things in life are indeed free.
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
Over 2.6 million visitors pop in each year, making the NVG Australia’s most visited art museum, as well as the largest and the oldest. With an extensive exhibition schedule and over 73,000 works of Australian, Indigenous and international significance, NVG has unique exhibits every few months, mosts of which can be viewed for free. Make sure you check the NGV website to see what exhibits are going on, as well as events they're hosting.
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Not into museums? ACMI may change your mind. This museum offers interactive and educational fun in film, TV, video games, digital culture and art. The exhibits are never ordinary and you're always guaranteed to get your money's worth.
It's a badly-kept secret that Melbourne has many charming alleyways which will lead you to a cultural adventure or tasty treat. Get lost through Hosier Lane, Degraves St or Centre Pl to check out the amazing and ever-changing graffiti. Keep your eyes wide open, some of these alleyways contain graffiti by world famous street artists.
No trip to Melbourne would be complete without a few hours spent at the South Melbourne or Queen Victoria Markets (though no local would ever call them by their full name. It’s the ‘Vic Markets’ or just ‘The Markets’ to you and I.) If you're around in the summertime, Vic Markets hosts Night Markets every Wednesday night. Make sure to stop by and buy Aussie momentos to take home with you.
A popular favourite, St. Kilda beach provides a great place to catch up on getting that Aussie glow. The shore offers a place to watch kitesurfers take to the waters or stop for refreshments at the end of the iconic pier. Our recommendation is to stay till dusk and head to the breakwater and check out the little penguin colony. They return back to their nests everyday as the sunsets.
If the beach is not your thing, Melbourne hosts amazing botanical gardens. The St. Kilda and Royal Botanical gardens are great places to go for a peaceful stroll, people watch, have a lovely picnic, or watch free musical concerts.
FUN Things to Do
Sport is akin to religion in Melbourne, including the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open and the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, to name a few.
Australian Football League (AFL)
The footy, Australia's #1 sport, was birthed in Melbourne. So, yeah, Melbournians take it really seriously. If you say you don’t like footy, it just means you’ve never seen an AFL game live. It’s the only way to enjoy the atmosphere and appreciate the speed and physicality of the players. Not to mention the supporters.
Spring Racing Carnival
Everyone becomes a horse-racing expert at least once a year, with ‘hot tips’ of ‘sure-fire winners’ doing the rounds regularly during the Spring Carnival.
Need to get away from getting away? We have two words for you: retail therapy. Melbourne has heaps and heaps of shopping centers to help you cool down or stay out of the cold, depending on when you're visiting. The best places to shop in the CBD are Queen Victoria Center (QV)and Melbourne Central. Need more space to spread out your shopping wings? Chapel Street in South Yarra has plenty of shops, restaurants, café, and bars to help you destress from the stress of traveling.
DELICIOUS Things to Eat
Melbourne is known for her first-rate coffee, exceptional restaurants, and the countries best bars. We take our food very, very seriously. With endless variety, you can find almost anything in Melbourne. Feeling fancy, head to Maha for a sensational and decadent experience. For something a little more casual, there’s the ever-popular 8bit in CBD for a burger that can’t be beat. Both renown restaurants can be found on the Liven, an app that rewards you for dining out. Everytime you use Liven to discover and eat at a restaurant, bar, or café you earn 10-30% back on your bill for the next time you eat!
To burn off those delicious calories, we recommend you head to Revolver and dance feet off at one of the best nightclubs in the world.
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