The world’s most liveable city, Melbourne boasts activities to suit every traveller.  Whether you are an adventurer, foodie, sports fan, want to retreat and relax or experience the diverse and vibrant Australian culture – there is something for you here.

Experience Melbourne’s Iconic Sporting Culture

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Friday Night Football at the MCG

The ‘sporting capital of the world’ certainly lives up to expectations with a raft of different events, from the iconic Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, to the F1 Grand Prix, football, rugby, Aussie rules, the Australian Open tennis grand slam and golf tournaments on some of the world’s best courses and cricket there is something for everyone.  The jewel in the crown for Melbourne is certainly the Melbourne Cricket Ground, a spectacular 100,000 capacity stadium that hosts Melbourne’s biggest and best games.  If you are travelling between March – September, make sure you check out the national sport – AFL – impresses tourists the world over.

Wine Tasting and Craft Beer

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Delicious wine and cheeses at the Chandon winery

Australia has some of the best wine in the world, and wine regions all over the country, in Melbourne be sure to check out the Yarra Valley.  An hour east of the city the Yarra Valley has some great wines that are nestled in a picturesque part of the country that is perfect for a relax and retreat if you want to take a few days out of the city.   Melbourne also has a booming craft beer movement – some really cool microbreweries are down on the Mornington Peninsula and around Red Hill – be sure to check out some of the pale ales that are starting to get international attention.  If you can’t get out of the city – The Local Taphouse in St Kilda is the perfect way to sample some of the beers, expert staff and amazing beers, while The Supper Club has a number of Aussie wines on the list in a very upscale bar.

Great Ocean Road

The Twelve Apostles

Located 1.5hours south-west of Melbourne the Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic drives in the world.  In the same conversation as Route 66 or Route 1 in the USA this road – it is a sight to behold.  Hire a car and take in the breathtaking coastline at your own pace – the 12 Apostles is iconic and a must visit.  If you want to take it at a slower pace discover one of the many spa resorts and unwind with a massage and breathtaking view.  For the adventurers you can indulge in some surfing, hiking or take in the views of this incredible part of the world from the air and skydive over the beaches.

Breakfast on Chapel St (some of the worlds best coffee)

Delicious Breakfast at Oscar Cooper

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Delicious Breakfast at Oscar Cooper

Melbourne has a thriving coffee culture and Chapel Street is the perfect place to get a feel for the coffee that Melbourne is best known.  Only 5 minutes out of the city Chapel St is an institution with hundreds of cafes offering great food and the world’s best coffee.  Just off Chapel you will find the well-known Oscar Cooper – start your day off in style and be seen in one of the best café/restaurants in the area.  If you come during the morning try their eggs benedict with a cappuccino – it goes down a treat.

Famous Melbourne Shopping Streets

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DeGraves St Cafés

Shop till you drop or get lost in the labyrinth of arcades and alleys that give this beautiful city its identity.  Start at the Paris end of Collins St for the luxury designers and work your way down through to the Bourke St Malls.  Make sure you take some time to explore the Royal Arcade, the Walk Arcade and the Block Arcade to name a few of the more secluded shopping hotspots.  DeGraves St is a great stop for lunch, while full of tourists it has a uniquely vibrant feel that is what gives Melbourne its own unique identity.

Eat at Melbourne’s best food in Flinders Lane

Delicious dinner at Coda

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Delicious dinner at Coda

There are amazing restaurants in Flinders Lane, world class dining awaits those who are prepared to discover this exclusive district in Melbourne, from more casual relaxed restaurants to fine dining cuisine there really is something for everyone.  Cuisines from across the world come together in this street that takes on a magical feel of a Saturday night.  Try Coda (although you will need to book) for some incredible Vietnamese fusion or Supernormal (bookings recommended) for a twist on Asian influenced dishes.

Evening drinks at Lui Bar
Finish your trip in Melbourne with drinks at Lui Bar – 55 floors above Melbourne.  Lui Bar has amazing collection of beers, spirits, wines and cocktails from around the world and is great for a few beers with friends or a romantic evening over a bottle of Dom.   The cocktails on offer are full of taste and reflect the elegance of the bar that is self-described as the epitome of class – a reputation it certainly lives up to.  Dress up a little and spend an evening in style overlooking the spectacular city skyline while enjoying a drink to cap off your trip in Melbourne.

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Drinks at Lui Bar

 

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  1. I’m not much of a sports fan but having worked in events and seen some of the VIP areas of the MCG I have to say it is pretty cool – they do tours during the day which give you a chance to see the Members Dining Room, the Long Room and some interesting historical info too.

    What I would add to the list is 1. NGV – world class art gallery and always something different on that’s outside the regular collections. 2. Hosier La. for amazing street art (always changing and FREE!). 3. Crown Casino and a stroll up Southbank – even if you’re not a gambler, it’s worth it.

    Even as I’m writing this I’m thinking up more stuff but this comment is already massive so I’ll leave it there! LOL! Freaking love this city!

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