Top Attractions in Melbourne
Collected by Eleani Purcell , AFAR Local Expert
Livable is the adjective most commonly used to describe Melbourne, and it’s not hard to see why. Melbourne is an arts city, food city, and sports city, with something for everyone. Plus, it’s easy to get around—whether by foot, bike, or tram.
31 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Located down a narrow roadway, this store-meets-gallery features contemporary crafts by some of Melbourne’s most talented artisans. You’ll find earthy stoneware by Andrei Davidoff, timber decor items by Helen Walsh, chunky ceramic...
5 Carson Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
This intimate theater, hidden at the end of a CBD laneway, is Melbourne’s unofficial home of comedy, cabaret, and burlesque. Open six days a week and with at least two shows every night, it’s an excellent place to catch raucous...
100 Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
When you need a break from all the laneways and urbanscapes, head to the sprawling Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Here, 93 acres of landscaped gardens feature more than 10,000 species of native and exotic flora species. On sunny days, locals tend...
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067, Australia
Once home to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Abbotsford Convent now serves as an active arts, events, and cultural hub. The historic buildings host rotating exhibitions by emerging local artists, music and dance performances, and creative...
360 Phillips Track Beech Forest, Weeaproinah VIC 3237, Australia
If you’re cruising down the Great Ocean Road, be sure to make a pit stop at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures en route to the Twelve Apostles. Situated in the heart of the magnificently scenic Otway Ranges, this family-friendly attraction...
Badger Creek Rd, Victoria 3777, Australia
If you want to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s famous animals, head to Healesville Sanctuary, a native wildlife zoo set amid the beautiful bushland of the Yarra Valley just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne....
26 Star Cres, Docklands VIC 3008, Australia
Immerse yourself in art at this interactive gallery, the first of its kind in Australia. Here, the handpainted, larger-than-life murals are designed to appear 3-D in photos so that, when you take a picture in front of one, it looks like...
32 Elizabeth St, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
Sharpen your kitchen skills at this cooking school located right inside every Melbourne foodie’s favorite shopping spot, the Prahran Market. Here, notable Melbourne chefs and epicurean experts lead an ever-changing roster of...
154 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Built in 1929, the iconic Forum Theatre is one of the best places in Melbourne to catch live music and comedy. It regularly hosts top Australian and international acts, but its programming isn’t even its most compelling aspect. Built in the...
High St, Melbourne VIC, Australia
Located in the heart of hip Northcote, Ruckers Hill is a great place to take in the Melbourne city skyline. Bike over in the afternoon along the Yarra River and Merri Creek (which will take you past Abbotsford Convent, Collingwood...
288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
This vintage emporium in East Brunswick is the best place to rummage for retro fashion, furniture, records, and more. Covering a whopping 10,763 square feet, it’s stocked with a vast array of curious, collectible, and generally covetable...
37 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Besides an impressive stained-glass ceiling, this 1920s office building on bustling Swanston Street is home to some excellent shopping. In the Cathedral Arcade on the ground floor, you’ll find a few standout local boutiques, like Obus for...
201 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Get the Melbourne look at this homegrown hero of the fashion scene, which has two showrooms on stylish Flinders Lane. Start at the street-level store, which features capsule collections and limited-edition pieces, then head outside and...
20 Manchester Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Find cool pieces by an array of new and noteworthy Australian brands at this small concept store, founded to showcase independent designers in an artistic shopping environment. The Melbourne City space stocks a monthly edit of men’s,...
Fairfield VIC 3078, Australia
If you want to experience the Aussie bush without the long drive, head to this sprawling swath of natural parkland just 10 minutes from the center of Melbourne. Perfect for families or couples looking to escape the urban bustle, the park...
41 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
When the Melbourne International Comedy Festival finishes, the laughs keep coming at Spleen’s free comedy nights, held every Monday at 8:30 p.m. A mixed group of guests, ranging from comedy connoisseurs to boisterous backpackers,...
200 Wellington St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia
In Melbourne, coffee is king. As part of a long love affair with the caffeinated brew, the city has perfected the processes that go into producing a consummate cup of joe, making it one of the best places to hone your own coffee-making...
Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia
Located an easy 10-minute walk southeast of the CBD, Fitzroy Gardens is one of Melbourne’s quaintest green spaces. Featuring avenues of elegant elm trees and paths paved in the shape of a Union Jack, this 64-acre, picnic-perfect parkland is...
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