Located in the southeastern state of Victoria, Australia, Melbourne welcomes over 2.7 million tourists to its vast city. With so many sights, events, and local culture to experience, it can become a bit overwhelming figuring out what you’d like to do while in Melbourne. Don’t worry. We’re here to help with a list full of various things to do. There’s bound to be something that’ll pique your interest.
Here are 8 things you should check out while in Melbourne.
We’ve compiled the following list of things to do to ensure that no matter what time of year you choose to visit Melbourne, you’ll have an unforgettable experience.
The Block Arcade
One of the must-see experiences in Melbourne is a trip to The Block Arcade. Constructed in the late 1800s, The Block Arcade is the standout boutique shopping experience in Melbourne. There, you’ll find high-end fashion, jewellery, restaurants, art, and cafes.
The Block Arcade is considered one of Melbourne’s most richly decorated interior spaces. With ornate mosaic tiled flooring, glass canopies, and carved stone finishings, shopping at The Block Arcade is a one-of-a-kind experience that you can only find in Melbourne.
For more information, go to The Block Arcade‘s website.
If you’re looking for another opportunity to shop, Desgraves Street is another must.
At Desgraves Street, you’ll find cafes, decadent desserts, and Italian dining. Just walk down Desgraves for a variety of shopping boutiques ranging from shoe stores to Clementine’s, a unique store celebrating all things Victorian.
For an eclectic time, make sure to stop at Desgraves Street.
National Gallery of Victoria
Established in 1861, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s largest and oldest art museum. The NGV is home to a vast world of international art showcasing pieces of European, Asian, Oceanic, and American art.
With over 70,000 pieces housed in two galleries, the NGV International and NGV Australia, it might seem a bit intimidating to figure out where to start. Thankfully, the NGV provides daily collection and exhibit tours to guide you through the unique art pieces. The NGV conducts daily tours you can join, or you have the option of booking a group tour for a more personal experience.
If you’re feeling peckish during your visit, the NGV has several dining options for you. The Garden Restaurant overlooks the NGV Grollo Equiset Garden, the moat, and sculptures. Whether dining indoors or outdoors, the picturesque view of the garden provides an elegant experience as beautiful as the art in the NGV. Bookings are recommended.
For more information, visit the National Gallery of Victoria‘s website.
Arts Center Melbourne
For those interested in the performing arts, the Arts Center Melbourne is sure to provide an unparalleled experience when it comes to live theatre or musical performances.
If you’re hungry, the Arts Center Melbourne has several dining options ranging from restaurants to cafes to help satiate your hunger. There are also several bars to share a drink before or after the show with friends.
The Arts Center Melbourne is home to world-class residents such as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, and the Melbourne Theatre Company, so be sure to make a visit to Center while in Melbourne.
Head to the Arts Center Melbourne website for more information.
Located along the Yarra River, Crown Melbourne is the premier destination for fine dining experiences, entertainment, and casino gaming.
With over 29 restaurants to choose from, Crown Melbourne has a plethora of riches when it comes to dining options. When it comes to premium restaurants, Crown Melbourne offers Asian, steak, seafood, buffet, and Mediterranean cuisine. After dinner, you can enjoy the various bars Crown Melbourne has to offer or indulge yourself with some in-house entertainment that ranges from live concerts or nightclubs.
When it comes to casino gaming, Crown Melbourne is unmatched. You’ll find an array of gaming options available 24/7 house in a refined environment. There are dozens of table games or gaming machines to test your luck. You can also arrange private poker matches between your friends, dates, or co-workers for a friendly poker tournament.
Visit the Crown Melbourne website for more information.
Depending on the time of year you travel to Melbourne, you might have an opportunity to enjoy some local events. Here are some annual events you might want to plan around your visit to Melbourne.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Since 1993, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) has played host to thousands of food and wine lovers every March. There, you’ll find a lively network of restaurants ready to serve you with the finest cuisine and drinks Melbourne has to offer.
As you walk the streets of Melbourne while dining and enjoying the finest wines, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy all of the wonderful street art. Wherever you turn, there are wall-high pieces of art to see.
For more info, head to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Starting in March and usually running through April, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) is the second-largest comedy festival in the world. Established in 1987, MICF was created to develop and showcase the talents of hundreds of artists. Whether it be through stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio, or visual arts, the performers on hand are sure to tickle your funny bone.
Visit the Melbourne International Comedy Festival website for tickets and more info.
Melbourne International Film Festival
Held for two to three weeks during the month of August, The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is a fantastic opportunity to see through the eyes of local filmmakers. As one of the oldest film festivals in the world, MIFF has become the largest film festival in both Australia and the southern hemisphere.
With a ton of film categories on hand at the festival, MIFF ensures that the voices of numerous artists are free to express themselves how they see fit. The genres of films that are featured range from documentaries, animated films, short films, music films, and sporting films, to name a few.
Head to the Melbourne International Film Festival website for tickets and festival info.
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