Did you know that Melbourne was ranked the most liveable city in the world for 7 consecutive years?! This is a testament to the city’s unique blend of infrastructure, environment, culture, and stability.
Despite being the second-largest metropolis in Australia, Melbourne has a “small-town feel” – i.e., quality dining from little coffee shops/restaurants, historic architecture, tree-lined promenades, and hidden laneways. It’s generally a fun place to visit, live, and work.
Here are the best things to do in Melbourne
1. Royal Botanical Gardens – Wilderness in the City
Lush lawn, Zen lakes, and a diverse eco-system of over 8,000 plant species—the Royal Botanical Gardens is the perfect escape from the urban landscape. It’s easy to get lost in the garden and forget you’re smack in the middle of a city with 5 million residents.
It’s accessibility and expanse make it an ideal spot to set-up a picnic with your friends and family. Tip: consider the Ornamental Lake for your picnic site. Oh, and entry is free! So, you cannot “afford” to skip this attraction.
Address: Birdwood Ave, South Yarra
2. Queen Victoria Market – Fresh Produce, Historic Icon
In the mood for some exploration while stocking up on your house supplies? Queen Victoria Market is easily the hub of fresh produce in Melbourne. It’s the go-to shopping location for locals since 1878—and an ideal place to experience Melbournian culture.
The open-air market is packed with iconic stalls—where you can grab some accessories, clothes, and unique souvenirs while filling your basket with veggies. During summer you can catch a music concert, night market, and a ton of other functions. Tip: The market is closed on Monday and Wednesday.
Location: Queen and Victoria Streets, Melbourne
3. Federation Square – Artistic?
Federation Square is arguably one of the most divisive landmarks in Melbourne. Some claim it’s modern art—others claim it makes their eyes bleed. But whichever camp you belong to, there’s no denying that it’s a magnet for tourists and locals alike.
Fed Square is home to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Ian Potter Centre, and the BMW Edge Amphitheatre. There’s always an indoor or outdoor event running. As a cherry on top of the cake, it’s a free Wi-Fi site!
Address: Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne
4. Melbourne Cricket Ground – Go Aussies!
What’s the point of visiting the sporting capital of Australia without checking out the Melbourne Cricket Ground? The stadium has a rich and proud history—including hosting Commonwealth and Olympic Games. You can jump on one of the tourist tours of the stadiums, or catch a game during winter (football) and summer (cricket).
Address: Brunton Ave, East Melbourne
5. Eureka Skydeck – The City Under Your Feet
Looking for the best thing to do in Melbourne? How about a bird’s eye view of the whole city? It doesn’t get grander than that. Take a lift to the 88th floor and stand tall on the highest public viewpoint in the city. And for the adrenaline junkies, The Edge is a glass cube that slides out from the building—giving you a view of the city, right under your feet.
Address: 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank
Bonus Activity: Melbourne’s laneways are an often-overlooked treasure trove! Step off the main streets and veer into the inner streets. You’ll find eye-catching street art, hidden bars, tiny cafes, unique galleries, and one-off boutiques to make your experience memorable.