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What to Do in Melbourne: Must See Attractions

Melbourne Attractions

If the Land Down Under is calling your name, it's time to answer and make Melbourne your next vacation destination. With a unique flavor all of its own, Melbourne is one of the top picks on the globe for local and tourist voyagers seeking adventure. With Expedia, you'll be able to discover things to do in Melbourne as you plan your Melbourne tours.

Start packing your bags and dreaming about the best Melbourne excursions, as you're on your way to making magical memories as you visit the must see attractions in Melbourne.

As you map out Melbourne activities, make sure you don't miss any of the great places this city has to offer. Australia opens its arms to visitors with wonderful spots like the Healesville Sanctuary, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium, and the Melbourne Zoo to give people of all ages the opportunity to experience a broad range of wildlife and sea life. If it's thrill you seek, Luna Park will give you plenty of chances to scream as you try every ride. The Science Works Museum and Gumbaya Park are two other popular places for the entire family.

Melbourne knows about shopping as well. Werribee Plaza and Queen Victoria Market provide a wonderful selection of goods to tempt you to go on a spending spree. Other activities include taking your chances at the casino or headingout on a scenic train ride with the Puffing Billy Railway. You'll want to drop by the historic sites as well, such as the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Royal Exhibition Building, and the Old Melbourne Gaol. Nature lovers will be pleasantly surprised by the Yarra Valley, the Dandenong Ranges, and the Royal Botanic Gardens as well.

The fun doesn't stop in Melbourne with restaurants, shops, and local favorites galore. Use and make travel arrangements without any headaches. Find great prices when it comes to flights and hotels, and choose something to fit your budget in the heart of the action that is Melbourne. Your adventure awaits you! Enjoy your Melbourne excursions and come back for more, because you’ll never run out of things to do in Melbourne!

Things to Do in Melbourne with Kids

There are lots of unforgettable experiences in Melbourne that the entire gang will enjoy. Here are a few of the best family friendly experiences around.

Free Things to Do in Melbourne

They say the best things in life are free. Make sure you explore the following around Melbourne:

Salvation Army Heritage Centre - Talk to the friendly staff or curator and learn more about the special collections exhibited here.

West Space - This is a non-negotiable stop for culture vultures hoping to add an artistic flourish to their vacation.

Westgate Park - You'll fall for this attraction if you're in the mood to live it up and have some fun.

St. Kilda Sea Baths - Change into your swimwear and fit in a workout at this refreshing swimming spot.

Supreme Court of Victoria - Architecture expert or not, prepare to be wowed by this landmark's modernistic design.

Melbourne's GPO - Come to grips with some of the intriguing history of the region through this site.

Melbourne City Marina - Roam the streets and lose yourself in the atmosphere of this bustling local hangout.

Albert Park Lake - Just being close to the water is certain to leave you feeling peaceful and calm.

Council House 2 - Plan a visit and find out the significance of this place to the local community.

St Paul's Cathedral - Incorporate a little spirituality into your travels by visiting this religious sanctuary.

South Melbourne Beach - Skip rocks along the water, watch the sunset or simply appreciate the views from the shore.

Fitzroy Aboriginal Heritage Walking Trail - Take your camera and let the natural surrounds stimulate your imagination.

Flagstaff Gardens - Whether you know your geraniums from gerberas, it's easy to find beauty in this stunning display.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Melbourne

Melbourne Central Business District

Explore the magnificent Southbank riverfront, experience the city’s cultural charms in the arts precinct and see a glimpse of colonial history in central Melbourne.



The Yarra River’s waterfront offers a diverse range of hotels, galleries, bars and a casino complex.


St Kilda

Just behind Melbourne’s iconic St. Kilda Beach, this historic suburb is famous for its art scene, live music venues, mouth-watering cakes and the wild rides of Luna Park.



Travelers come to Docklands for its waterfront views, and you can see top attractions like Marvel Stadium and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel while you're in town.

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Melbourne Airport

Travelers come to Melbourne Airport for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like URBNSURF Sports Park and Woodlands Historic Park while you're in town.

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Delve into the eclectic mix of art galleries, second-hand clothing stores, gourmet cafés and trendy bars in Melbourne's first suburb.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Melbourne on a sunny day?

What to do in Melbourne on a rainy day?

There's no need to squelch your way through a damp day when there are great indoor activities like these to enjoy:

What is Melbourne famous for?

Your days will be full with all of these well-known attractions to tick off your itinerary:

  • Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • St Kilda Beach
  • Federation Square

What should I not miss in Melbourne?

Don't head home without ticking off the following list of fantastic sights:

  • Melbourne Central
  • SEA LIFE Melbourne
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • Marvel Stadium

Are there cheap things to do in Melbourne?

If you're on a tight budget, be sure to add the following low-cost experiences to your itinerary:

What can you do in Melbourne for free?

You could store your credit card in the hotel safe for the day, because these terrific attractions won't cost you a dime:

  • Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex
  • St Kilda Beach
  • Federation Square
  • Melbourne Central