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.
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...
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....
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...
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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