Find out what to do in Melbourne here! Don't miss out on Australia's coffee capital, Melbourne - a city of culture, art and great food with unique and memorable things to do for visitors and locals alike. Venture outside your Melbourne hotel whether it's sunny or a rainy day - or even on Australia Day for an experience you will never forget around Victoria's capital.
The city is alive with fantastic restaurants, quirky cafes and charming little side streets in the CBD that will keep you busy exploring for days or take a Melbourne tour with a local if your time is short!. For the cultural minded you are in for a treat when looking for what to do in Melbourne with award winning theatre productions, shows and festivals, and be sure to take time to discover the great shopping destinations and markets.
Animal lovers will feel right at home at Melbourne zoo and be in for a treat watching the fairy penguins race up the beach at Phillip Island. Venture away from the city to find world-class vineyards at Yarra Valley and breathtaking scenery along the Great Ocean Road with the twelve apostles. Tour the major sporting venues, dive with sharks at Melbourne Aquarium, see unusual sea life on kayak, Scuba and snorkelling adventures, and take an extreme view of Melbourne from the Eureka Skydeck. In addition, for an overview of things to do in Victoria or an itinerary for Melbourne sightseeing, be sure to visit our Melbourne city guide pages.
Getting Around Melbourne
Walking and cycling
As the city is relatively flat, it is easy to walk and cycle around. There are a number of scenic walking and cycling trails that are waiting to be discovered and will lead you to some excellent cafes and restaurants as well as shops and attractions.
Rent-a-Bike Federation Wharf, Federation Square, Melbourne 03 9654 2762
Bonanza Bike Rental Shop 2, Melbourne Aquarium, Corner of Flinders & King St 03 9629 1112
If you are staying in the CBD, you will find that most of the shops, restaurants, bars and attractions are within walking distance, and as for those that aren't, well they are simply a short tram, bus or train ride away. All three forms of transport are easy and reliable to use and run throughout city. You will be able to get around Melbourne easily and at a cheaper rate than the other forms of transportation.
You will only need one type of ticket for all three forms of transport, a Metcard. For more information call 131 638.
It is always easy to spot a cab (bright yellow) in Melbourne and there is always one around to hail from the road or you will come across many taxi ranks around the city. Alternatively you could always call and book a taxi.
13 Cabs 13 22 27
Silver Top Taxis 13 10 08
Melbourne Cabs 1300 635 222
There are regular ferry services from South Bank on the Yarra River and around to Williamstown. This is a great way to travel and take in the lovely scenery at the same time. For more information visit their website
You will find a number of car rental companies in the city. Keep in mind that when driving in the city you may have to perform a hook-turn occasionally as the tram lines use the same roads as the cars. The minimum age to rent a car is 25, however some companies will rent to people below 25 usually with additional surcharges and restrictions. For more information visit our car hire partner Vroom Vroom Vroom