Melbourne tourist attractions & things to do

Are you looking for things to do in Melbourne? Don't know what is available for you or what is good? Come and discover all you need to know right here, right now!

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Overlooking Federation Square and Flinders St Station
Federation Square in the foreground and
Flinders St Station in the background

Are you looking for places to visit in Melbourne or you are wondering what sightseeing activities and attractions there are? If so, look no further! This city is packed with things to do for the Melbourne tourist. It doesn't matter if you are looking for a tour of Melbourne, or simply some fun things to do, there is something for everyone!

This is by no means a comprehensive list of what's on offer, I will be constantly coming back and updating this page to bring you more activities and attractions.

Firstly, here are some free things you can do in Melbourne.

1. Flinders Street Station & Federation Square. Located on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Street, it is often referred to as the "meeting point" or "under the clocks" (refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance). It is a distinct landmark that anyone can find and that virtually everyone uses as a meeting point.

Flinders Street Station acts as the "city centre" train stop for all incoming suburban trains and is the busiest suburban railway Station in the southern hemisphere. From here you can easily walk to various other attractions such as up Swanston St, along the Yarra River, across to the botanical gardens and much more! The actual station building itself is an impressive architectural wonder and was built in 1905.


Federation Square, just across the road, by contrast is a massive modern public area full of galleries, restaurants, bars, cafes, museums, information centres and much more. You either love or hate its design. Either way, whatever your take on its architecture, everyone agrees it is a fantastic public area.

Throughout the year there are all kinds of free activities from live music acts, cultural festivals, live screenings of sporting events, markets, shows, exhibitions, and much more. In fact, there are over 2,000 events annually. If you're ever bored and looking for something fun to do, this is the place to head to. To find out what's happening at "the Square" visit www.fedsquare.com/events

2. Parliament House of Victoria tour. Located on Spring Street at the intersection of either Bourke or Collins Street, it is an impressive building from another era. The tours run daily at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3.45 pm (on days that parliament is not sitting, find out here). Learn about the history of Australia, how Victoria was the seat of political power until 1927 and much more.

3. Queen Victoria Market. Located at the top end of Elizabeth Street (catch trams 19, 57 or 59) and on Victoria and Peel Street, this market is bound to amaze you. It is massive and has a selection to boggle even the biggest of shoppers. Many people go for the fresh produce (fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, bread, cheese, etc) and others go for the shopping (with a bit of everything from shoes and cloths, tourist souvenirs, art, plants, bedding, luggage and much more). There are also plenty of food stalls and cafes for you to relax in once you've shopped until you've dropped. It is open:

Tuesday & Thursday: 6am - 2pm,Friday: 6am - 5pm,Saturday: 6am - 3pm,Sunday: 9am - 4pm.

An old Melbourne tram
Walk to the markets or catch one of
the free City Circle trams!

During the summer months there is also the Suzuki Night Market which runs every Wednesday night during summer from 5.30pm to 10.00pm. So what's different about this night market? It is more a cultural affair with hawker style food stalls, artists & regional producers, live music & entertainment and wine & beer bars. It is a great way to enjoy a beautiful summers evening in Melbourne.

4. The Botanical Gardens & Albert Park lake. Enjoy a beautiful sunny day in one of these two parks. The Botanical Gardens is just a short walk from Flinders Street Station, over the Yarra river and down St Kilda Road. Bring a picnic lunch, a couple of beers or a bottle of wine, a ball and Frisbee and you're set to relax for the day. You'll find all sorts of people enjoying the natural landscape, from gardening enthusiasts, groups of school children, uni students doing some study in the sun, and friends just enjoying each other's company. The gardens themselves a gorgeous and have winding walks all through them. If you're interested in make a BBQ lunch or dinner, just keep walking a little further south and you'll find Albert Park lake, another stunning spot to enjoy the sun.

5. The State Library. A beautiful building located at the top end of Swanston Street. If you're looking for some free internet, this is the place! Not only that, the interior and exterior architecture is stunning. Out the front is all grassed and on sunny days it is packed with people just lazing about and enjoying the atmosphere. Well worth a look and a good way to pass an hour or two.

6. So much more... This is by no means a full list - in fact, it is just the tiniest tip of the iceberg - I will be back shortly to update this with some more attractions for you. However, I cannot suggest highly enough just walking around the city centre and exploring - locals still find new things after 20 years!

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