To appreciate the many textures of Melbourne, spread your wings and discover surrounding areas like Collins Street, Lygon Street, and Brunswick Street.
Do make the effort to see some of the nearby museums and galleries, which help make this region the special place it is. Spend a few hours of discovering the exhibits at Melbourne Museum in Carlton, the Royal Exhibition Building and Abbotsford Convent in Abbotsford. To catch home-grown and touring acts, pick up some tickets to the Forum Theatre, the Regent Theatre and the Her Majesty's Theatre, one of the region’s great performing arts venues. The area is a dream destination for lovers of art. Visit the National Gallery of Victoria, the Ian Potter Museum of Art in Carlton and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Southbank.
Enjoy a day of laughter with the entire family at the Studley Park Boathouse in Kew. Admire all kinds of interesting creatures at Melbourne Aquarium and the Collingwood Children's Farm in Abbotsford.
When it’s time to take a break from the noisy streets of Melbourne, head to the nearby outdoor areas. If you're in need of a little tranquility head to the Birrarung Marr Park and the Yarra Bend Park in Kew.
See what is in fashion locally and purchase some original souvenirs in a few of the nearby shopping venues such as the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Central and the Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre in Richmond.
For those without kids, there are some great places to spend time, such as the Carlton and United Breweries in Abbotsford.
Get familiar with the local sports stars in Melbourne by catching a game at Hisense Arena, home of the Melbourne Tigers and the Melbourne Vixens. Hisense Arena also hosts concerts and entertainment.
After spending the day enjoying Collingwood, recharge your batteries in one of the area’s popular bed-and-breakfasts, hotels or short-stay apartments. Make reservations for the Travelodge Southbank Melbourne, the Citadines on Bourke Melbourne, or the Pegasus Apart’Hotel.