Melbourne Highlights & Essential Things To Do
Discover Your Local Melbourne Area
It's no secret that Melbournians love their coffee, flamboyant celebrations and their sweeping parks and gardens. Melbourne's major business and financial centre is where it all happens. Being the transport hub of the city, trams lumber back and forth down central Melbourne. Intimate laneways and arcades keep you thrilled and the culinary hot spots are swarming with friendly and dynamic Melbournians.
A visit to Melbourne's largest business and residential area would not be complete without a stop at its renowned meeting place. Federation Square is the city's cultural hub where people from all around Melbourne make the trip to watch events on the Big Screen. Choose from an array of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops or see what's on at the Ian Potter Centre. Things to do include visiting the country's first public art museum dedicated solely to Australian art, which boasts a collection numbering almost 25,000! Sculptures, prints, photography, textile and iconic paintings including Frederick McCubbin's "The Pioneer" and Tom Roberts' "Shearing the Rams" complete this national treasure. Guide yourself over to Hosier and Rutledge Lane (opposite Federation Square) and view street art consisting of cartoons, vampire faces, monsters, ninjas and skulls at one of the world's greatest street art capitals.
Shop as your heart desires at Bourke Street Mall, which is lined with upscale places to go for clothing and knick-knacks, or hit up Queen Victoria Market on a Sunday for a carnival-like setting. The fresh food mecca boasts more than 600 retailers! Melbourne's baristas always whip up a fine brew too. Meander through Alexandra Gardens located on the south bank of the Yarra River. Laze around and view the historic rowing boathouses from across the Yarra River. Look out as cute Gentoo and King Penguins play or roll up your sleeves and feed the fish at Melbourne Aquarium.
Sophisticated yet edgy, Melbourne's city centre beams with diversity amongst a metropolitan frenzy.