Visiting Melbourne for the first time? We’ve put together our favourite things to do and see, from riding the tram along Flinders Street to picking up a few treasures at the Queen Victoria Market. Here are ten things not to be missed in Melbourne – after QuickBooks Connect, of course.
1. Visit the National Gallery of Victoria
See the impressive works of art and visual displays at the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road. Enjoy free entry to the permanent collection or visit one of the temporary exhibitions or late-night openings and performances.
2. Ride the tram
Take a ride on one of Melbourne’s iconic trams. The City Circle tram is free and will take you through the heart of the city. Stop by Docklands for a bite to eat, stroll the Royal Botanic Gardens, or hang out in Federation Square.
3. Shop ’til you drop
If you’re hanging around the city, check out Bourke Street Mall or the famous Block Arcade, or browse one of the 300 stores in Melbourne Centre on Lonsdale Street. For second-hand treasures, take a stroll along Chapel Street or grab a bargain at DFO South Wharf.
4. Feast on the city’s best eats
Melbourne is famous for its foodie hotspots. While you’re in town, enjoy an authentic Italian menu at the Gradi at Crown or taste an Asian-inspired feast at Chin Chin. A tasty brunch can be found at Bowery to Williamsburg, while pastry enthusiasts will love the hand-made eats at Lune Croissanterie.
5. Sample Melbourne’s world class coffee
If you need a caffeine fix, you’re in luck. Dukes Coffee Roasters serves up speciality coffee down Flinders Lane, with Bonnie Coffee Co just around the corner on Collins Street. St Ali in South Melbourne is one of the city’s most popular coffee spots, while Industry Beans is a Fitzroy favourite.
6. Catch a game of AFL
From cricket to tennis, Melbourne’s passion for sport runs deep. While you’re in town, head to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, known as the MCG, to watch a game of AFL.
7. Take a self-guided walking tour
There’s no better way to explore a city than on foot. Spend an afternoon taking a self-guided walking tour through all the city’s hot spots.
8. Explore Chinatown
Melbourne is home to Australia’s oldest Chinatown and it is definitely worth exploring. Found on Little Bourke Street, this is where you can enjoy authentic Asian eats, from crispy dumplings to saucy ramen.
9. Enjoy the view from the Eureka Skydeck
Eureka Tower is an impressive skyscraper situated on the Southbank precinct of Melbourne. Climb to the top of the Eureka Skydeck to be rewarded with glorious views across the entire city.
10. Unwind at a local bar
Overlooking Melbourne’s parliament house, Siglo serves up cocktails, wine and gourmet snacks from its rooftop terrace. For local wines and craft beers, there’s Arbory Bar and Eatery on the north bank of the Yarra, while Bomba on Lonsdale Street is a stunning rooftop bar boasting an enviable CBD location.