With so much to see and do we start your day early with a coffee at Melbourne’s coffee hub in Carlton. We recommend DOC or Brunetti. And while you are there grab some breakfast or be temped by the array of mouth-watering pastries and cakes on offer.
With food in your tummy you should be ready to explore why this incredible city’s been crowned ‘The Most Liveable City in the World’ – seven years straight! Take a stroll down to Carlton Gardens where you can marvel at the historic Royal Exhibition Building before heading over to the Museum, which is great for young and old.
Make your way to Fed Square where you can grab a map from the Melbourne Visitor Centre. From here you can board the free historic City Circle Tram at Flinders Street Station. These iconic maroon and green trams will take you through the CBD, where you will be guided by audio commentary giving you insight into the landmarks as you pass them by. It’s the perfect way to get a snapshot of Melbourne – and it’s free! The tram runs every 12-15mins and takes 50mins to do the full loop. You can hop on and off at any stop along the way.
For lunch you will be spoilt for choices… take your pic at one of the cities laneways or arcades. Degraves Street (runs from Flinders street to Collins Street) or Block Arcade (from Collins street to Little Collins Street), are at the top of our list. And while you’re there, take a look at the colourful street art along the way… Hosier Lane is another must if this is your thing.
If you are looking at doing a bit of retail therapy then you can’t go past Bourke street mall and it’s surrounding arcades…. You will find everything here from high-end and current fashion, to beauty and more. You will not be disappointed.
Jump on a tram and make your way down to St Kilda Road to The Royal Botanical Gardens where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city behind. With it’s stunning landscapes and tranquil lakes, you can take a leisurely stroll through the array of paths, enjoy the Aboriginal Heritage Walk, Garden Discovery Tour, ride on the Garden Explorer or go back in time and take a trip on Punting on the Lake.
If you are travelling with children then the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is the perfect place for kids who love getting their hands dirty in the garden.
Work your way back up St Kilda Road to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) where there is always a program or event to satisfy the artist in us all. The NGV has two magnificent galleries located a short walk apart, both with free entry to the permanent collection. Check their website for updates.
Dinner time! Stroll down the Yarra and take your pic at the many restaurant options right on the promenade. We recommend Ludlow Bar or PJ O’Briens Irish Pub. Have an early dinner and relax while you soak up the atmosphere and watch the ferries go by.
As dusk approaches you can’t miss a sunset at Eureka Skydeck. With 360 degree panoramic views across Melbourne this is the place to be for a picture perfect selfie and reflection on the city below. Try and spot all the places you’ve visited earlier in the day.
Finish the day with a peek into Melbourne’s bar scene. Go where the locals go to find the latest great drinking spot. Arbory Bar & Eatery and Ponyfish Island are right on the Southbank precinct or you could head across the Yarra and see where the night takes you!
We start your day with breakfast at Southbank. Take your pic from the Restaurants on the main drag or head to Bear Brass where you can grab a table looking out onto the river. Whether you’re after something more traditional or something with a bit of a twist, Southbank has got plenty of great options to choose from.
If you have 2 days in Melbourne then don’t miss out on a Sun & Stars ticket at Eureka Skydeck. For just $25.50 per adult, you can experience both day and night views of Melbourne. The tickets entitles you to two visits on the same day or over two consecutive days. It is a must see for all first time visitors.
Once you have seen Melbourne from above… it’s time for you to get into the nitty gritty of why Melbourne really is the place to be! Get yourself a ticket on the Hop on and Off sightseeing bus and head over to St Kilda. You will see attractions like The Shrine, Arts Centre, Crown Casino, Luna Park and St Kilda Marina.
Hop off the bus in St Kilda and wonder down Acland Street where you can take your pic for lunch…. With so much to choose from, make sure you leave some room for a cake or two from one of the many world-famous patisseries!
No St Kilda adventure is complete without visiting iconic Luna Park. Bring out your inner child and take a ride on the Great Scenic Railway. Built in 1912, this world famous roller coaster will not only provide you with heart-stopping dips and turns, but also the most stunning views of Port Phillip Bay & St Kilda has to offer.
Jump back on the bus and make your way back to Fed Square where you can take a stroll down the Yarra and catch one of the many ferries that operate along the strip. Melbourne’s Yarra River provides the perfect destination for a river cruise that will let you enjoy the views of some of the city’s famous landmarks from its lovely waters.
We recommend the 2 hour trip which will cover sights such as Docklands, Bolte bridge and Westgate Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne & Olympic Park and Herring Island.
I’m sure you’ve worked up an appetite by now so head in to the CBD and try some of Melbourne’s hot spots. Flinders lane remains a dining powerhouse, the Spring Street end in particular Try Chin Chins if the lines aren’t out the door or Coda.
If the night is still young, then you will not be disappointed by the bars in the area. Take a stroll and follow the crowds!
After your busy sightseeing day we recommend a Day Trip/Tour to either Great Ocean Road or Phillip Island where you will experience some of Australia’s most famous sites. Sit back and enjoy the ride while you experience breathtaking scenery and coastlines.
You will return back in Melbourne in the evening just in time for Sunset at Eureka Skydeck. Using your Sun & Stars tickets you will have access to the most amazing views of Melbourne at sunset. A perfect way to end your 2 Days in Melbourne!
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