Top 24 Things to do in Melbourne, Australia

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Make the most of your time visiting Melbourne! I’ve curated this list of the top 24 attractions in Melbourne, Australia grouped by proximity.

 

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1. Queen Victoria Market

  • Fri: 6:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue, Thur: 6:00am-2:00pm
  • Sat: 6:00am-3:00pm
  • Sun: 9:00am-4:00pm

“The Queen Victoria Market (also known locally as Vic Market or Queen Vic) is a major landmark in Melbourne, Australia, and at around seven hectares (17 acres) is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. The Market is significant to Melbourne’s culture and heritage and has been listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.”

2. Old Melbourne Gaol

  • Mon-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

“The Old Melbourne Gaol is a museum on Russell Street, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It consists of a bluestone building and courtyard, and is located next to the old City Police Watch House and City Courts buildings.”

3. Chinese Museum

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm

“The Chinese Museum or Museum of Chinese Australian History is an Australian history museum located in Melbourne’s Chinatown. The Museum was established in 1985 with a charter to present the history of Australians of Chinese ancestry.”

4. Hellenic Museum

  • Tue-Sun: 10:00am-4:00pm

Why you should visit: Like Greece, but in Australia.

5. Chinatown Melbourne

“Chinatown (Chinese: 墨爾本華埠) is an ethnic enclave in the Central Business District of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Centred at the eastern end of Little Bourke Street, it extends between the corners of Swanston and Spring Streets, and consists of laneways, alleys and arcades.”

6. The Public Purse

“The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most prestigious annual Thoroughbred horse race. It is a 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.”

7. Rialto Tower Observation Deck

This skyscraper’s claim to fame is that it’s “the second-tallest reinforced concrete building and the tallest office building in the Southern Hemisphere, when measured to its roof.”

8. Immigration Museum

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm

“The Immigration Museum is a museum primarily displaying Australia’s immigration history. It is located on Flinders Street in Melbourne, Victoria, in the Old Customs House.”

9. Scott Alley

  • Mon-Sun: 7:00am-9:00pm

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10. Princes Park

“Princes Park is a 38.6 hectare (95.4 acre) park in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Carlton North, Victoria. It is located directly north of the University of Melbourne and bounded on its eastern and western sides by Melbourne General Cemetery and Royal Parade respectively.”

11. Ian Potter Museum Of Art

  • Sat, Sun: 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Tue-Fri: 10:00am-5:00pm

12. Royal Exhibition Building

“The Carlton Gardens is a World Heritage Site located on the northeastern edge of the Central Business District in the suburb of Carlton, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
The 26-hectare (64-acre) site contains the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum and Imax Cinema, tennis courts and an award-winning children’s playground.”

13. Melbourne Museum

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm

14. Fitzroy Town Hall

“Fitzroy is an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3 km north-east of Melbourne’s Central Business District in the local government area of the City of Yarra. At the 2016 Census, Fitzroy had a population of 10,445.”

15. Collingwood Town Hall

“Built between 1885 and 1890 to the design of local architects George R. Johnson in the Second Empire style, rich in detail and prominent mansard roofs and pyramid domes.”

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16. Federation Square

“Federation Square is a mixed-use development in the inner city of Melbourne, covering an area of 3.2 ha (7.9 acres) and centred on three major public spaces – St. Paul’s Court, The Square, and The Atrium.”

17. Australian Centre For The Moving Image

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm

“The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is Australia’s national museum of film, video games, digital culture and art – situated at the heart of Melbourne in Federation Square. During the 2015-16 financial year, 1.45 million people visited ACMI, the second-highest attendance of any gallery or museum in Australia, and the most visited moving image museum in the world.”

18. Fitzroy Gardens

City park! Unwind in Fitzroy Gardens.

19. National Sports Museum

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm

“The Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct is a series of sports stadiums and venues, located in Melbourne, Victoria, in Australia. The precinct is situated around 3 km east of the Melbourne city centre, located in suburbs of Melbourne and Jolimont, near East Melbourne and Richmond.”

20. National Gallery Of Victoria – NGV

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm

“The National Gallery of Victoria, popularly known as the NGV, is an art museum in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1861, it is Australia’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum.”

21. Shrine Of Remembrance

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm

“The Shrine of Remembrance, located in Kings Domain on St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I and is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in war. It is a site of annual observances of ANZAC Day (25 April) and Remembrance Day (11 November) and is one of the largest war memorials in Australia.”

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22. Fawkner Park

City park! Nothing beats Fawkner Park.

23. Herring Island

“Herring Island is a small 3.2 hectares (7.9 acres) artificial island located in Melbourne’s Yarra River at South Yarra, approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the city centre. It is the only island in the Yarra River.”

24. Albert Park

City park! Experience the great outdoors in Albert Park.

*Anything in quotes is from Wikipedia. 

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