Our Favourite Things to do in Melbourne, Australia!
There’s no place like Melbourne. From the moment you roll into town, hopes high and excitement pounding, the city and surrounding suburbs continue to inspire, thrill and tantalise. The city streets, art splattered lanes and endless rows of ripe grapes border everything you could possibly want or dream of into a single, sparkling region. Culturally-driven and highly fashionable, don’t be misled by the skyline – there’s more to the soul of this cosmopolitan capital than the CBD. Let’s explore what Melbourne and Victoria in general have to offer in four fast points.
1. Get Lost in the Laneways
The real Melbourne lies in the darkened maze of laneways zig-zagging the region, famous for ground to roof street art. Hosier Lane and Centre Place are two must-see icons, but who wants to limit their exploration to the expected? Make a day of it. Even if you’ve already taken a laneway tour, they’re actually re-painted (or re-canvased) regularly, encouraging fresh takes on social issues, self-expression and impressionism. Worked up an appetite? Take a break from Degraves Lane and sample one of the many city cafes. You won’t taste better coffee anywhere else.
Inside Scoop: Keith Haring continues to be a popular artist. Stalk his work in the always-trendy Collingwood.
2. Take in a Game
If you’ve arrived down under during footy season, why not enjoy our version of a day at the ballpark? The Australian Football League (AFL, also affectionately known as aerial ping-pong) has a strong presence in Victoria, inspiring the sort of passion often witnessed at soccer games or cricket matches – Melbournians love their football. Rug up (it’s usually cold), get a good seat, order a pie with sauce and let the magic unfold.
Inside Scoop: Confused about the rules? Go with the home-team crowd and cheer the colours common to your section. You’ll get a smile-inducing buzz.
3. Enjoy a Yarra Valley Break
60 short minutes separates you and the verdant green countryside of the famed Yarra Valley, where vineyards and stately houses are the norm, and cellar doors are open wide every weekend. Be sure to book your spot on a day-tour early though, as this popular day-long jaunt fills up lightning fast and spaces are limited. Interested in self-driving? We recommend a lingering stop at TarraWarra Estate and Giant Steps – while you won’t be able to drink much (drunk driving laws are strictly enforced), you can still spoil your palette with a tasting board and a few accompanying cheeses!
Inside Scoop: Sleep locally overnight. Ensure you get the best of both worlds and make the most of your time in the Yarra Valley – no designated driver required! Cycle the Yarra wine trail, from dusk til dawn, settling into a comfortable bed, surrounded by a beautiful setting.
4. Explore the Queen Victoria Markets
If you’re chasing an authentic slice of Australia that doesn’t come from a cheap souvenir store, Queen Victoria market is the place to go. Colourful, bold and brimming with stall-owners, you’ll be delighted by the vast array of goods, foods and little extras on offer. Locals often shop the fresh fruit, veg and meat section, supporting Victorian growers and farmers over bigger corporations, while visitors get lost in rows of paintings, bookmarks, art and everything in-between! Think clothes, accessories, and unique bric and brac to line your suitcases.
Inside Scoop: The markets do not operate on Monday or Wednesday – go shopping in town instead!
Is it time for an Aussie adventure? Discover Melbourne on this 7 day Victoria’s Hidden Gems Coach Tour and make memories you’ll treasure for years to come.