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78 Best Melbourne Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Being one of the most sport-centric cities in Australia, the more popular Melbourne attractions most definitely include landmarks like the MCG and Melbourne Park’s Rod Laver Arena, where the Australian Tennis Open is held each year. But don’t limit your exploration to Melbourne CBD.

The more memorable Melbourne attractions are worthy day trips away from the city centre including the World Heritage listed 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean RoadPhillip Island where you can see penguins wash up on shore; and Puffing Billy Steam Train, which will get you closer to Yarra Valley‘s finest wines.

78 Most Popular Attractions in Melbourne

1. Old Melbourne Gaol

  • For a realistic experience of what prison life was like in the 19th century, Old Melbourne Gaol gives visitors a true taste of what sentenced criminals
  • Adult $25, Concession $20, Child $13.50
  • +61 3 8663 7228
  • Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Daily 9:30am-5pm
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2. MCG – Melbourne Cricket Ground

  • The Melbourne Cricket Ground, usually referred to as the MCG (or colloquially ‘the G’), is one of Australia’s greatest sporting grounds.
  • Adult $20, Child $10; Sporting events vary
  • +61 3 9657 8888
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground, Brunton Avenue, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
  • Tours: Daily 10am-3pm (Gate 3); Closed on Good Friday, Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day and major MCG event days
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3. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne is globally recognised and is located close to Melbourne’s centre on the south bank of the Yarra River. Consisting
  • Free
  • +61 3 9252 2300
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Daily 7:30am-sunset
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4. Werribee Open Range Zoo

  • Werribee Open Range Zoo offers visitors a unique opportunity to see wildlife from Africa, North America, Asia and Australia, roaming free on 200 hectares
  • Adult $26.10, Children $12.90
  • 1300 966 784
  • Werribee Open Range Zoo, Werribee South, Victoria, Australia
  • Daily 9am-5pm
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5. Eureka Skydeck 88

  • Those looking to see Melbourne from a new perspective will find everything they’re looking for at the Eureka Skydeck 88. Situated nearly 300 metres
  • Adult $19.60, Child $11
  • +61 3 9693 8888
  • Eureka Skydeck 88
  • 10am - 10pm
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6. Melbourne Zoo

  • Melbourne Zoo is an amazing animal attraction located just minutes from the centre of Melbourne city. Experience and encounter 320 different animal species
  • Adults $30.80, Child $13.60
  • +61 3 9285 9300
  • Melbourne Zoo, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  • Daily 9am-5pm
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7. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

  • The Melbourne SEALIFE Aquarium is a popular family and visitor attraction in Melbourne, located on the Yarra River. The perfect place to come explore and
  • $17.50-$96
  • +61 3 9923 5925
  • SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, King Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Daily 9:30am-6:00pm
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8. Great Ocean Road

  • The Great Ocean Road is widely accepted as being one of the best drives in Australia and you will encounter some of the most unique attractions in the
  • From $115 AUD
  • Great Ocean Road, Peterborough, Victoria, Australia
  • Daily
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9. Melbourne Museum

    The Melbourne Museum displays thousands of exhibits featuring Australia’s indigenous culture, native animals, the planet’s history and other
  • Adult $10, Children free
  • 1300 130 152
  • Melbourne Museum, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
  • Daily 10am-5pm
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10. National Gallery of Victoria

  • Art, history and beauty lovers, the National Gallery of Victoria should be on your to do list next time Melbourne is your destination. This world-class
  • Free
  • +61 3 8620 2222
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Daily 10am-5pm (except Tuesdays)
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11. National Sports Museum

  • The National Sports Museum is the household to some of the greatest Australian athletes in the history of all sports. Famous events, grand finals and sporting
  • Adult $20, Child $15
  • (03) 9657 8879
  • National Sports Museum, Brunton Avenue, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Daily 10am-5pm
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12. Werribee Park

  • Werribee Park is perhaps the best place in Melbourne to enjoy a quiet picnic. With over 10 hectares of land, visitors can stroll through formal gardens
  • Free
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  • 320 K Road, Werribee South, Victoria, Australia
  • Daily 10am-4pm
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13. Queen Victoria Markets

  • The Queen Victoria Markets are nothing less than a Melbourne institution. The cultural, food and fresh centre of Melbourne’s bustling and friendly
  • Free
  • +61 3 9320 5822
  • Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Tue to Thu: 6am-2pm; Fri: 6am-5pm; Sat: 6am-3pm; Sun: 9am-4pm
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14. Luna Park

  • Luna Park is an amusement park located in Melbourne’s St. Kilda area, overlooking famed Port Phillip Bay. This historic park, which has been in an
  • Adults $45.95, Child $35.95 AUD
  • +613 9525 5033
  • Luna Park Melbourne, Saint Kilda, Victoria, Australia
  • Weekdays: 11am-6pm; Weekends & Holidays: 11am-8pm
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15. Puffing Billy Steam Train

  • The Puffing Billy Steam Train is a hundred year-old steam train track that has run through the same mountain area from Belgrave to Gembrook in the world-famous
  • Adults $49, Child $25
  • +61 3 9757 0700
  • Puffing Billy Railway, Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave, Victoria, Australia
  • Daily 10:30am
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Melbourne Attractions FAQs

What’s the weather like in Melbourne?

Summer – The weather can be very warm and dry during the summer months, from the 1st of December to the end of February. In January and February, temperatures can soar past 30 degrees Celsius.

Autumn – (March to May) sees cooler temperatures with fine, sunny days. Periods of light winds can be expected toward the end of the season.

Winter – June, July, and August are the coldest months in Melbourne. It sometimes snows in the hills outside the city, so the nights can be pretty chilly.

Spring – (September to November) temperatures can go to 20 degrees Celsius. However, this season is well-known for changeable weather conditions, from calm and sunny to cold and windy. Have in mind that October is the wettest month, so pack your umbrella.

 

When is the best time to visit Melbourne?

The best times to visit Melbourne is in Autumn, between March and May. This season features moderate temperature and tourist crowds. It is a prime time to visit some of the Melbourne’s surrounding highlights.

Summer is Melbourne’s peak travel season so hotels, as well as major attractions, bursts with tourists.

Spring, from September to November can also be a good time to visit. You can enjoy blooming flowers, rising temperatures, but also occasional rain.

Winter season affords cold weather and fewer travelers. However, if you like skiing you can enjoy the snowy slopes of Lake Mountain, just outside of the city.

 

Are there annual events in Melbourne?

There is never a dull moment in Melbourne. It is the only city in the world to host a tennis grand slam and a Formula One race. Australian Open, a prestige event in the tennis world, takes place in January, while the Australian Grand Prix sees the Formula One races every March.

But, this city is not just about sports. March is also the month for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, which shines a spotlight on an excellent gourmet scene.

Many festivals are held in Melbourne during the rest of the year from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to International Film Festival and Christmas Festival. A detailed guide is available on the official Melbourne website.

 

What happens on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne?

New Year’s Eve in Melbourne is an alcohol-free event. During the day, Eve Yarra Park, Edinburgh Gardens and Footscray Park host family-friendly activities. Festivities kick off in the morning, finishing with the fireworks at 9.30pm, ideal if you’ve got kids or want an early night.

If you are planning to see the midnight fireworks, there are a number of sites across the city but the Docklands is the most popular. You can expect food stalls, free music from local DJs, and kid activities.

When midnight hits, the entire city’s skyline lights up with a spectacular fireworks display. You can watch it from Federation Square, Treasury Gardens, and Yarra Park. However, the rooftop fireworks display can be seen from vantage points all over the city.

After that, the party atmosphere and dance parties break out. You can, also, toast to the New Year at some of the paid events and parties, as well as cruises along the Yarra River or Docklands.

New Year’s Eve Party Cruise

Cruise along the Yarra River on this 4 hour trip where you’ll get the best vantage points to see Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve fireworks. Package includes a buffet dinner, wine, beers, spirits and soft drinks.

 

 

What are the must-see attractions in Melbourne?

There are a lot of attractions in Melbourne that you shouldn’t miss. This city is the sporting capital of Australia, so Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), one of the world’s greatest stadiums, is among top tourist attractions. Directly opposite the MCG is Melbourne Park that hosts Australian Open tennis tournament, where you can see the famous Rod Laver Arena.

If you love museums, visit the National Gallery of Victoria, the oldest public gallery in Australia, that holds more than 70,000 works of art, and Melbourne Museum that houses a diverse collection of Australian artifacts.

To explore the natural side of the city, take a walk through the Grampians National Park to marvel outstanding natural beauty or enjoy the Royal Botanic Gardens, among the finest of their kind in the world.

For an unforgettable view climb the Eureka Tower that stands 91 stories above ground or the giant observation wheel, Melbourne Star.

One of the best-kept tourist secrets is the Parliament House, open to the public. However, a popular place with locals as well as tourists is Queen Victoria Market. In addition to food halls, you can find anything from clothes to unique souvenirs.

 

What attractions are a day trip away from Melbourne?

Great Ocean Road

Although Melbourne offers many interesting attractions, spend a day away from the city, and you won’t regret it. Experience the spectacular Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles. Marvel the incredible limestone formation while standing on the beach with the sand between your toes.

Yarra Valley

Another fascinating place is Victoria’s wine region, Yarra Valley. Visit the best-known wineries and enjoy the wine tasting as well as picturesque scenery.

Phillip Island

If you go on a day trip to Phillip Island, you’ll have a chance to see penguins, koalas, and kangaroos. Phillip Island is considered Melbourne’s wildlife wonderland. At sunset, you can watch Penguin Parade, as penguins waddle up the beach after a day at the sea.

Mornington Peninsula

Don’t miss the chance to unwind in the magical hot springs on the Mornington Peninsula. Soak in the natural hot pools for invigorating treatment that will cleanse your body.

There are more interesting things around the state of Victoria than meets the eye. You can find more ideas for a day trip away from the Melbourne here.

Book a Day Trip from Melbourne

As a traveller, it can be confusing to navigate roads, trains, buses and arrange suitable itineraries. You can take all that stress out by following professional tour guides who will show you all the best places to visit near Melbourne.

 

Is there an attractions pass to save more money when visiting Melbourne?

the iVenture pass is the best option if you’re planning on visiting multiple attractions in Melbourne. You can buy a 3 day pass, 7 day pass, flexi three attraction pass, flexi five attraction pass or flexi seven attraction pass. There are also dining discounts available with each iVenture package.

 

What are the best Melbourne attractions and activities for couples?

Melbourne isn’t Paris, but there is plenty to do with your partner.

Melbourne Balloon Flight

Try a magical hot air balloon flight over the city. It is one of the most unique and romantic things you can do in Melbourne. Drift over city’s parks, gardens and Yarra River at early dawn.

Garden Highlights

For those who are afraid of heights, visit the Carlton Garden that surrounds Royal Exhibition Building. Share a kiss in a scene similar to a romantic movie, which this World Heritage-listed garden would surely provide. If that isn’t enough, try with some old-fashioned romance: see the major sights on a horse-drawn carriage through the heart of the city. Perfect for a special occasion.

Tramcar Restaurant

Have a meal together at a Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It could be Melbourne’s version of the Orient Express with great food, wine, and amazing views.

Dinner Cruise

The sunrise views at the Shrine of Remembrance have amazed thousands of people. It will definitely provide a breathtaking experience.

If you are looking for more activities in the evening, check out these 10 things you can do in Melbourne at night.

 

What Melbourne attractions can you see on a budget?

If you are on a budget, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in Melbourne. There are many low priced and free things to do.

Yarra River

Head to the Yarra River and take a stroll. Walking is a free and healthy way of discovering Melbourne. If you are in need of some sun, go to St. Kilda Beach to play beach volleyball, cycle or walk the promenade.

Chinatown

Melbourne’s Chinatown is just as authentic as New York’s Chinatown district. In addition, meals are cheap and there are many restaurants to choose from.

State Library of Victoria

The State Library of Victoria is worth exploring for its heritage architecture alone. Obviously, be as quiet as possible while exploring as there are some students and researchers actively working.

Federation Square

This is where most tour busses take off, where crowds gather to watch big sporting events, and where people gather for New Year’s eve fireworks. There are also a number of free museums and exhibitions in the complex. It’s probably the best meeting point in Melbourne.

 

 

Are there any shore excursions for travelers on cruises?

Yes, there are plenty of options for shore excursions in Melbourne.

Cruises going to Melbourne dock at Station Pier, Port Melbourne, which is about 20 minutes away from the CBD by tram. Generally, there won’t be tour companies waiting outside to sell packages to travellers so it’s best to plan ahead if you want to experience Melbourne attractions.

Otherwise, if you prefer to explore Melbourne yourself, make sure you purchase a myki card at the Beacon Cove Foodstore located at 103 Beach St, Port Melbourne, then catch a tram into the city where you have access to free trams around the Melbourne city circle.

Booking externally would easily save you money and time. Booking an excursion with your cruise can cost you up to 50% more. Take a look at these shore excursions tailored especially for travelers arriving into Melbourne from a cruise.

 

Is there reliable public transport in Melbourne?

Trains, trams, and buses in Melbourne are an easy way to get around and see all of the best attractions. However, you will need a myki card, a ticket for the public transport network system. International and interstate visitors can buy a myki Explorer pack, which combines a myki card, visitor information, and special offers.

 

How far is the airport from Melbourne?

There are 2 airports used by travellers. One is Tullarmarine Airport, which is close, and the other is Avalon airport.

Tullamarine Airport is 19 kilometers north-west of Melbourne’s central business district (CBD). Take a SkyBus that operates 24 hours a day. It will take you about 20-30 minutes to the CBD depending on traffic conditions. You can take a taxi if you are in a hurry, or hire a car. In order to get to the city center, go along Tullamarine Freeway (M2), exit at Bulla Road and follow it to the city center.

Avalon airport, the second airport used by some travelers, is located 55 kilometers from the Melbourne CBD. You can also take a SkyBus to Melbourne. If you decide to hire a car, go to the Princes Freeway, drive along, cross over the Westgate Bridge and head to the CBD.

Melbourne Airport Transfer Services

Book ahead and organize your airport transfer to or from Melbourne airports. There are a number of options including private cars, vans or shuttle services.

 

What Melbourne attractions can you see on an airport stopover?

If you have more than 4 hours between flights, you can take the Skybus into Melbourne CBD to see some of the attractions. Under 4 hours is a little bit risky and maybe not worth the trouble. Plan ahead and make sure not to miss your flight.

 

Is there a Hop On Hop Off Bus?

Melbourne has a Hop On Hop Off Bus. They are open-topped, easily recognized buses running two separate routes: City Route and St Kilda Route. Along the City route passengers can hop on and hop off at any of the 15 stops. If you continue sightseeing along the St Kilda route, you’ll have another 12 tour stops. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy panoramic views of the city’s most incredible sights.

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