If you have booked your flight ticket to Melbourne and wondering what you should include in your itinerary? You’re in luck! I have compounded an ultimate bucket list which covers from sight-seeing, shopping to eating and drinking.
1. Visit Shrine of Remembrance
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2. Stroll and Picnic at Royal Botanic Gardens
After visiting Shrine of Remembrance, walk over to the Royal Botanic Garden and have a picnic. Of course you have to visit during Spring, Summer or Autumn. I’m not telling you to go picnic in the middle of freezing winter months (jokes on you).
3. Try your hardest to find the best coffee
You’ve probably already seen tons of photos of Hosier Lane! It is one of the most recognisable from many tourism photo campaigns and it is definitely one of the most popular things to do in Melbourne. If you’re interested in street art, there are still many laneways which you can explore aside from the famous Hosier Lane.
5. Be In Awe of State Library of Victoria
The library which is located at Swanston Street not only has a huge park outside, certainly a great spot for picnic lunch or reading. It also has amazing and definitely ‘instagrammable’ interior design. The dome and ceiling look equally mesmerising, and you can actually walk up the stairs or take the elevator until level 5/6 to enjoy the view from the corridor.
6. Meander Through the Queen Victoria Market
The open-air Queen Victoria Market is loud and proud, packed with veteran stallholders who are passionate about fresh produce, hot donuts, souvenirs, homewares and more. There’s also the Night Market every Wednesday night between November and April.
7. Grab Yourself A Finger-Licking Good ‘On-It Burger’
We stumbled upon this burger shop on our first day (which is near the apartment we stayed at) and only realised there are so many great reviews and hypes on their burgers. We ordered two and they are SO scrumptious! The burgers were well stacked, the patty is juicy and sufficient and the dressing is simply excellent – most importantly it all held together to the last bite. P.S their services are good as well.
8. Take Instagram-Worthy OOTDs With The Colourful Bathing Boxes at Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach which is the home to the famous bathing boxes, is definitely the second most popular attraction in social medias! It has 90 brightly coloured bathing boxes that line the foreshore and you
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9. Enjoy Fish and Chips By The Beach
Picture this: the sun on your skin, the breeze on your face, the sand between your toes, and your fingers on your fish and chips. Nothing tastes more resolutely of summer than the box of fish and chips we’ve got ourself from old school fish and chips shop which situated right opposite the Brighton Pier.
10. Explore Melbourne’s Southbank
Take a stroll at the Southbank which stretched alongside the Yarra River from Princes Bridge to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The Southbank entertainment precinct includes some of Melbourne’s top restaurants, high-end retailers and Crown Casino. This is a great spot to gaze upon Melbourne’s skyline.
11. Let’s Raise A Glass Ponyfish Island
If you would love to have a drink after strolling the Yarra River bank, check out this whimsical pontoon bar smack dab in the middle of the Yarra River. You could easily spot it as it is located right beneath the Southbank bridge, pretty cool huh.
12. Get Adrenaline Rush At Luna Park
In need for some adrenaline rush? Head over to Luna Park (Australia’s oldest amusement park)! The entrance is free but, of course, the activities cost extra. If you want to take some Instagramable shots here, Luna Park sells huge blue cotton candy floss, which is utterly photogenic!
13. Penguin Spotting at St Kilda Pier
Do you know that you could actually spot little penguins (which is also called fairy penguins) at St Kilda Pier? The black-and-white cuties are there all year round, but the best viewing is in summer after sunset. P.S don’t climb on the rocks (that’s where they lay eggs and rear young), don’t use flash on your camera and don’t feed or touch them.
Aside from this, St Kilda Pier is a great spot to immerse yourself in the gorgeous ocean view. It also provides panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay.
14. Catch Dramatic Sunset At Princess Pier
Princess Pier is an amazing spot if you are into photography! The best time to visit would either be early in the morning or later afternoon when the sun is close to setting. The stumps jutting out of the water, cruise ships moving in and out amazing sun sets and sun rises make for some beautiful photography moments.
Even if you are not into photography, it’s still a nice place for an evening walk with a nice sea breeze washing over you.
15. Yum Cha a.k.a Have Dim Sum at Chinatown
When you’re craving for Chinese food or simply want to Yum-Cha during your trip in Melbourne, head straight for the red paifang (Chinese-style arches) on Little Bourke Street. Melbourne’s Chinatown has existed since the 1860s, and to this day it’s the place to go for top-notch noodles, wontons and bao. Our pick is Shark Fin Inn.
16. Eat A Scoop (Maybe Two) Of Gelato At Pidapipo
If you have a sweet tooth and crave for the authentic Gelato, don’t you dare to miss out Pidapipo! The trained chef, Lisa Valmorbida has travelled to Italy and studied at the Capigiani Gelato University, before returning to Melbourne to open up her own gelateria. I even went back twice! My favourite flavours are pistachio and nutella with nutella swirl.
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17. Shop Until Drop at Chadstone Shopping Centre
Chadstone Shopping Centre which is the biggest shopping centre in Australia and claims to be the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere. You could literally find everything you need here from luxurious brands to restaurants.
18. Take A Ride On The City Circle Tram
The City Circle Tram is a must-do. The free City Circle Tram allows tourists and Melburnians to travel throughout the city, hopping on and off as they wish.
You get to see attractions such as Flinders Street Station, Melbourne Town Hall, Manchester Unity Building and more.
19. Grab Yourself Australian Cider
If you love cider, make sure you check out some local made cider at the alcohol shop. I discovered Pagan Cider which is originated from Tasmania and it instantly becomes my favourite.
20. Have Churros For Your Tea Break
San Churro is my quintessential churros chain store which I go to every time I visit Australia. It never fails to impress. I love to eat churros with icing sprinkled on top. But, dip them in salted caramel and dark chocolate has slowly become my favourite alternative.
21. Wander At Block Arcade
If you happen to visit just one arcade in Melbourne, make sure it’s the Block Arcade. It was built in the 1890s, and you would certainly know it by looking at the interior design. The fanciest-looking entrance is via Collins Street. With the high, domed glass ceilings, extravagant cornices and an ornate tiled floor the Block, Block Arcade instantly casts a magic spell on you. You could find fancy chocolate shops, old-fashioned tea rooms, jewellery shops, watch shops and more.
22. Check Out The Breathtaking Carlton Gardens and Melbourne Museum
By far this is my favourite park in Melbourne. Carlton Garden itself is heavenly gorgeous which consists of dramaitc tree-lined avenues, a majestic fountain, and enticing formal flowerbeds, and of course plenty of lush green picnic spots. Within the park, you’ll find the Royal Exhibition Building, the Melbourne Museum, and even an IMAX Movie Theatre!
23. Feast Your Eyes with Scenic 360 Degree Views on Melbourne Skyline At Eureka Skydeck 88
Take the speedy elevator which whisked you up the 88 stories in just under 40 seconds and you will have the Melbourne city in your eyes, under your feet. The best time to go is an hour right before sunset so you could actually watch the sun sets. You should also wait until the dark has completely swallowed the entire city. Melbourne is even gorgeous when it is lighted up with city lights.
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24. Take A Road Trip To Great Ocean Road
Whether you love the nature or just want to snap some jaw-dropping photos, you MUST consider making a road trip to Great Ocean Road. I have to say Great Ocean Road is definitely the highlight of my entire Melbourne trip and I have no words to describe how breathtaking and magical my entire road trip was.
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25. Enjoy A Taste Of Italy
Do you know that Italian is the second largest ethnic group in Melbourne, Australia? Hence, you could really expect to have great Italian food there. You could easily spot Italian restaurants at Lygon Street which is Italian Precinct, also known as Little Italy. Or you could actually be bold and discover other Italian restaurants. Our favourite pick is Ladro.