Take a stroll down Collins St, which is the major shopping strip. You can spend days exploring Melbourne’s labyrinthine alleyways, which are dotted with fantastic cafes and bars.

The Melbourne Cup

The biggest sporting event in Australia is held on the first Tuesday in November every year. The whole country stops to watch this two-mile horse race and to be on-track to watch the winner flash past the post is a must if you’re in town.


This inner southern beachside suburb is one of Melbourne’s hippest areas. It combines nightclubs, restaurants and live music, all in a bustling, colourful atmosphere.


Spend the evening alongside the Yarra River, which flows into the centre of Melbourne. As you get closer to the city, the Yarra is lined with some of Melbourne’s finest dining and shopping options.

Brunswick Street

The edgier northern cousin of St. Kilda, Brunswick Street runs from the CBD up through Fitzroy. Jump on a tram and enjoy the eclectic mix of bars, bookshops and live music that makes Brunswick St a must-see.


The crucible of Australian sport, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, is only a stone’s throw from the middle of town. If you get the chance to attend a sporting event there, don’t miss out, but tours of the venue also run year-round.

The Great Ocean Road

One of Australia’s great scenic coastal drives, The Great Ocean Road can be enjoyed as a day trip from Melbourne. It will also take you through the iconic Bells Beach in Torquay, so hire a car and head south for an hour or so.

Yarra Valley wineries

Victoria’s finest, most picturesque wine region. Jump on the Maroondah Highway and drive for an hour to the Yarra Valley wineries — you won’t regret it.

National Gallery of Victoria

Australia’s largest and oldest public art gallery. Situated on Southbank, the NGV is easy to get to and a great way to while away an afternoon.