You can be a tourist in your own town. Here’s a fantastic list of 19 Melbourne activities that will make you even more appreciative of the world’s most liveable city. Or if you’re visiting our cosmopolitan city for the first time these Melbourne activities will ensure your stay is cram packed with fun.
1. National Gallery Of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has a collection of more than 73,000 works of art. Make your way to the Great Hall to see the world’s largest stained-glass ceiling, which casts a kaleidoscope of colours onto the gallery floor.
2. The Ian Potter Centre
See the free exhibitions at the Ian Potter Centre at the NGV.
3. Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market offers fresh produce, hot donuts, souvenirs, homewares and more scattered throughout the market’s many diverse precincts. There’s also the Night Market every Wednesday in summer (November to March) and winter (June to August). The marketplace is alive with music, delicious food and late-night shopping.
Visit one of our many markets in and around the city. There’s the Esplanade Market in St Kilda, South Melbourne Market, Rose St Artists Market in Fitzroy, Sister’s Market in Brunswick and Camberwell Markets just to name a few.
Visit ACMI (the Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Federation Square. Screen Worlds is a free permanent exhibition that tells the ever-evolving story of the moving image. The interactive exhibition features objects, props and memorabilia including the original clock from Play School (1966–present)
6. Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens. Spread across 94 acres, the sprawling gardens contain a collection of 10,000 plants – both native and exotic, 11 lawns, a lake, tea-house, gift shop, and there’s ample space to relax and unwind. There’s also a 3.8-kilometre (2.4-mile) walking track known as ‘The Tan’ that circles the garden.
7. The Wheeler Centre
A hub for Victorian writers, The Wheeler Centre, in the State Library building, is focused on celebrating and exploring Australia’s literary scene. Visitors can engage in programmes and listen to guest speakers. Every Thursday at lunchtime, you can catch the free Lunchbox/Soapbox series, which provides a platform for curious minds to share stories and ideas.
8. Rooftop Bar & Cinema
For a great view cross Melbourne, try the rooftop bars around the city, including Swanston Streets Rooftop Bar & Cinema which is also a cinema.
9. Hosier Lane
Take a self-guided tour of Melbourne’s arcades and laneways, with colourful murals by well-known local artists. Start at Hosier Lane (opposite Federation Square) and follow the maze of laneways heading north from there.
10. Board Games At A Pub
Fancy sharing a pint with some Aussies at a local pub… while pouring over a nostalgia-inducing board game? Head to the Royal Standard Hotel every second Wednesday at 6pm. There are other gaming groups that meet in different parts of the city.
11. City Circle Tram
Take a free ride around the city and learn about the sites of Melbourne on the City Circle Tram.
12. Free Walking Tours
Join a free walking tour of the city from Federation Square. They depart daily at 10am and 2pm.
13. Parliament House
Take a tour of Parliament House.
14. Morning Meditation At Fed Square
Relax and focus with Morning Meditation at Federation Square, every Thursday morning from 8-8.30am.
15. Koogie Heritage Trust
The Koorie Heritage Trust, located at Federation Square, is the only public collection in Australia dedicated to the art and culture of Australia’s first people.
For free outdoor entertainment, Melbourne is the place to be. On a Friday or Saturday night, you’re bound to go past a busking musician as you wander the streets. Southbank will have acrobats or magicians attempting to delight and amaze you.
Outside Melbourne’s CBD
17. Brighton Beach Boxes
Head to Brighton Beach to check out the brightly painted bathing boxes.
18. Kokoda Memorial Trail
19. St Kilda Beach
So there you have it. 19 Melbourne activities that will ensure your day out or holiday stay is memorable and full of amazing photos and selfies to share with your friends and family. And once they’ve had a taste I’m guaranteeing they’ll be heading to the city to explore these fantastic Melbourne activities for themselves.