50 things to do in the city of Melbourne

50 things to do in the city of Melbourne

Moving to Melbourne was by far one of the best things I have ever done and starting this little Melbourne blog has been pretty great! I can’t express how much I love this place and all that goes on. There is literally something to do every minute of day and there is no excuse not to get out and enjoy this beautiful, crazy, busy, bustling city!

Melbourne goes above and beyond to impress its visitors. A trip to Melbourne is not just about seeing, but about eating, tasting, trying, watching and listening.

Here are some of my top 50 things to do in the city of Melbourne (in no order):

  1. Take a picnic to The Royal Botanic Gardens
  2. Have a rooftop drink at Naked For Satan in Fitzroy
  3. Check out what’s on at the Princess Theatre
  4. Day trip to the Mornington Peninsula
  5. Have brunch at Oscar Cooper (I can highly recommend the eggs benedict)
  6. Plan a North side pub crawl
  7. Feast on yum cha at Flower Drum
  8. Go for swim/walk/picnic at St Kilda beach
  9. Put on your dancing shoes and go salsa dancing at The Nightcat
  10. Put on your joggers and go for a run around the Tan
  11. Visit Messina in Collingwood for the best ice cream you have EVER tasted
  12. Go to the Prahran Market and make sure you get a salad from Kook’s Kitchen
  13. Visit the Queen Victoria Markets and stock up on fresh fruit and veggies for the week
  14. Plan a shopping day at Melbourne Central (Make sure to stop by my favourite store Lush!)
  15. Do yourself a favour and get some Churros at San Churro
  16. Take a ride on the city circle tram
  17. Plan a day trip to Phillip island
  18. Visit the Eureka Skydeck
  19. Spend the afternoon on Sydney Road bar hopping (Make sure you stop into The Penny Black)
  20. Ride the Melbourne Star
  21. Visit Docklands
  22. Spend the day at Scienceworks
  23. Visit the National Gallery of Victoria
  24. Plan a day trip to The Melbourne Zoo
  25. Go to The Sea life Aquarium (Read my review of the Aquarium here!)
  26. Road trip to the Werribee Open Range Zoo
  27. Get into Retrostar on the corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston Street.
  28. Go to the Melbourne Museum
  29. Visit the state library of victoria
  30. Wander down Lygon Street
  31. Spend the day shopping along Chapel Street
  32. Visit Hosier Lane
  33. Have a picnic at Fitzroy Gardens
  34. Shop up a storm at H&M (you can literally spend hours in here)
  35. Have an IKEA day out (if you need to do some cheap house shopping)
  36. Find a concert to go to (there is always something on)
  37. Go to Crown Casino and (try to) win big
  38. Visit the Ice Bar in Southbank
  39. Go to see the Shrine of Remembrance
  40. Take your camera along and visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders St Station
  41. Discover the city and explore it’s laneways
  42. Attend a local yoga class
  43. Check out Galactic Circus
  44. Eat your way through the city (literally – go on a café/restaurant crawl)
  45. Day trip to the Great Ocean Road
  46. Day trip to the Yarra Valley wineries
  47. Go indoor rock climbing at The Hardrock in the city
  48. Try your best to get out of the Escape Rooms
  49. Plan a shopping day at The Emporium
  50. Take a book/your laptop and set yourself up for the day under a tree at Princes Park in Brunswick

Happy Exploring!

**Originally posted on January 19th 2015, updated on August 3rd 2018.

Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway
Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway

Shannon is a travel and lifestyle writer with a keen taste for global adventure – whether it be snorkeling in the waters of Fiji, or exploring the art and architecture of Barcelona. When Melbourne calls her back home, she spends most of her time exploring and planning weekend road trips. To fund all of her trips, Shannon is a freelance writer and marketer – she was named the Australian Young Marketer of the year in 2017!

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  1. October 2015 / 3:30 am

    A fantastic guide Shannon, it makes me realise why I’m so in love with Melbourne. It’s also a delight to see that people are enjoying escape rooms, it;s always a fun way to spend an hour panicking together as a group 🙂

  2. heidi b
    September 2015 / 7:57 pm

    love that you put in links 🙂 looking at all the websites now!!! thankyou x

  3. May 2015 / 6:30 am

    Love this! Soo many things to do in Melbs 🙂

  4. Lucy M
    January 2015 / 2:47 am

    The escape rooms and lunch at Oscar Cooper… that’s my kind of day 🙂

    • February 2015 / 6:35 am

      Sounds positively great to me too! Great minds think alike 🙂

      Shannon xo

  5. Sally Mac
    January 2015 / 2:44 am

    Looks like I’ll have to plan a day trip to Melbourne! Some great ideas there!

    • February 2015 / 6:37 am

      Yes you definitely should! You should also keep me posted on what you get up to!

      Thanks for stopping by TWH.

      Shannon xo

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