Melbourne is the World’s most liveable city! It may not boast the stunning views of the Sydney Harbour; however, Melbourne is the cultural and food capital of Australia. If you’re into coffee, Melbourne has some of the best coffee in the world – there’s no need to search far and wide, when you walk into a café in Melbourne you are guaranteed a delicious coffee. Melbourne is also known for its sports, and has been named the sports capital of the world after hosting globally renowned events for a number of years. One day in marvelous Melbourne is definitely not enough and you will want to come back!!!
Guest post by Charlene Hales
What’s the best time to visit Melbourne?
Melbourne has very mild weather conditions all year around so it’s always the best time to visit. In the warmer months, December to May, you can visit stunning beaches only a short tram ride or drive away from the city center, and enjoy outdoor dining. Melbourne hosts the Australian Tennis Open in January, which attracts many tourists and is a fun day out. Melbourne also has many gardens and parks, and celebrates countless outdoor festivals during this time such as the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. In the cooler months, you can still experience Melbourne culture by visiting museums, exploring the city laneways, and much much more.
What’s good to know about Melbourne?
The first people to live around the area which is now Melbourne were the Aboriginal people. In 1835 John Batman and a group of businessmen bought some land from the local Aborigines for some trinkets. In 1837 the new settlement was named Melbourne (after the British Prime Minister at the time: Lord Melbourne). Due to the gold rush in a nearby town, Melbourne became Australia’s largest city in the 1860s and was also the capital city for some years and before Canberra was built. Although a fairly new city, Melbourne has preserved a lot of its Victorian architecture and now boasts a perfect mixture of old and new.
One Day in Melbourne Itinerary
Top things to do in Melbourne, Australia
Follow this guide and make the best of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do on your one day in Melbourne.
Start your day at Flinders street station
Flinders Street Station is one of Melbourne’s iconic buildings. It’s certainly a stand out in terms of architecture and its central location makes it an ideal meeting spot and starting point for your one day in Melbourne.
From Flinders Street Station, cross St Kilda Road to Federation Square. You will either love or hate the modern and somewhat abstract buildings, nothing in-between. It is one of the city’s most important cultural places. Enjoy the free interactive Australian Film Exhibition which has something interesting for all ages, the Gallery dedicated to Australian artists, or simply stroll around and enjoy the surrounding views of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Yarra River and Flinders Street Station.
Lane ways & street art – a must see!
From Federation Square, cross Russell Street over to St Paul’s Cathedral. If you wish have a look inside as the architecture is pretty amazing. Then head up the street to Hosier Lane and its nearby laneways, which in my opinion showcases Melbourne’s best street art. On weekends, you are sure to see several wedding parties using the super cool street art as a backdrop for their wedding shots. You are also likely to bump into some street artists creating their latest tag and art. As you walk through Melbourne’s inner city, other laneways you should check out include Union Place, ACDC Lane, Caledonian Lane and Centre Place (also a good place to grab a tasty and cheap bite to eat).
A visit to Melbourne is incomplete without a coffee. While admiring Melbourne’s laneways head to Degraves Street. This European-style laneway is a hub for coffee shops and restaurants, no matter the weather, grab a table outside, order a coffee (and a late brunch) and enjoy people watching.
Melbourne from up high
Take one of several footbridges that cross the Yarra River to the Southbank area and head over to Eureka Sky Deck. This is the tallest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere and it’s made out of glass so you will experience outstanding 360 degree views of the city and beyond.
Walk along the banks of the Yarra River. Enjoy river and city views and the buzz of the many street performers along the way. To quench your thirst, head down to Ponyfish Island via a set of stairs, a bar on an island under a bridge in the middle of the river. It’s a really fun vibe especially on weekend afternoons.
There are endless dining options in Melbourne. You can opt to stay in the Southbank area with an array of different cuisines and top-notch restaurants but note that most places are on the expensive side.
Recommendation – head back over the bridge by foot or tram and go to Chinatown on Little Bourke Street. This area is famous for Chinese food including dumplings, Peking duck and Sichuan. Enjoy a cheap but delicious feast together with your BYO bottle of wine or whisky in a casual and lively atmosphere.
For the little people
Head over to Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium for few hours of interactive fun.
Where to stay in Melbourne?
The Victoria Hotel
The Victoria Hotel is perfectly located value deal hotel, only a short walk from the Federation Square. The rooms offer comfortable stay and classical-style furnishings. The hotel features a swimming pool, a sauna and a rooftop fitness center.
Quest Flemington Central
Quest Flemington Central is the unique design hotel experience, located next to the Flemington Racecourse. The hotel features sensational building facilities including an infinity pool, gym and a rooftop terrace. The apartments offer a luxury and comfortable stay for both business and leisure travelers.
Art Series – The Larwill Studio
Art Series – The Larwill Studio are exceptional contemporary suites only a 8 minute drive from Melbourne city center. The spacious rooms offer amazing comfort and feature artwork by David Larwill. . Its shared areas are designed to enjoy your stay to the fullest.
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Extra tips for visiting Melbourne
– Melbourne is best explored by foot, as it’s grid like streets are easy to navigate and most attractions are within walking distance.
– If you feel that you’ve walked enough for one day, take the free City Circle Tram, number 35. The free City Circle tram operates in a circular route passing major tourist attractions. Start your journey at Flinders Street Station and work your way around the city.
– The quickest and easiest way to travel from the airport into the city is by taxi and takes around 20-30 minutes, but try to avoid the morning peak time of 7-9am.
– Make your trip to Melbourne even more exciting! Check out Tripadvisor for the detailed list of all the activities and organized tours in Melbourne or around the area.
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