Melbourne is a gritty down-to-earth city with a lot of hidden secrets.
It has a buzzing cultural life and tourists and locals are spoilt for choice when it comes to food. If you’re planning a trip to Melbourne or want to find out the top spots to go in your own backyard, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are a few activities you may not have thought of:
See a show by Circus Oz
Breathtaking feats, serious fun, and Australian humour for audiences of all ages.
Head along to Melbourne Zoo
Explore a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne.
Trek through the Trail of the Elephants, stroll through lush Asian and African rainforests, walk where tigers roam, head down the bush track to see Australian wildlife including koalas, or be wowed by the beauty of the butterfly room.
Location: Elliott Avenue, Parkville, Victoria.
Children are free on Victorian school holidays and weekends.
Watch a game at the MCG
The 'G' is one of the world’s great sporting venues. Head along to a cricket game in summer and watch an AFL match in winter.
Take in the stunning view at Lui Bar
Every seat at Lui Bar enjoys spectacular views over Melbourne. Lui Bar has top-notch bar snack and beer and wine collection.
Eureka Skydeck 88
What better way to take in the city skyline than from almost 300 metres up in the air? If you're feeling brave, step out into the glass-floored Edge Experience.
Get a taste of Melbourne
You could dine in at Attica – considered the Best Restaurant in Australasia.
Or try what Timeout magazine dubbed the "best pizza in the world" at 400 Gradi. And if you need a great coffee head to Market Lane!
Relax at Aurora Spa at the Prince Hotel or take a dip at the Japanese Bath House.
Looking for something a little more unusual? Try these:
Go underground and explore a cave
The Buchan Caves date back 300-400 million years and are a group of limestone caves that include the Royal Cave and the Fairy Cave.
Visit a themed bar
Melbourne has a sensational night-life and has some seriously wacky bars to cater for everyone.
For the best rock’n’roll head along to Cherry Bar. Other themed bars include Madame Brussels, the hospital-themed Croft Institute, Berlin Bar, 1806, and 29th Apartment.
A paradise for cat lovers
Melbourne is homes to Australia’s first ever cat cafe. Diners can enjoy a coffee will patting an array of kitties at the Cat Cafe on Guildford Lane.
Be daring and go Rap Jumping
Looking for a totally unique Adrenalin thrill? Rap Jumping is an advanced form of freestyle rope work which sees you running 7-stories down the side of a building face-first.
Not everything fun comes at a cost, here are some great free activities:
The National Gallery of Victoria
Founded in 1861, the National Gallery of Victoria is Australia's oldest art museum.
Spend time with the NGV’s impressive (and free!) permanent collection. There is also a regular rotation of special exhibitions to keep you going back for more.
Queen Victoria Market
Entry is free, but you might be tempted to spend here. Bursting with character and gourmet produce, the Queen Victoria Market in the CBD is worth a visit.
You’ve probably already seen photos of Hosier Lane in Melbourne. It is one of the city's most popular attractions and the most celebrated laneway for street art.
Pieces change almost daily and subject matter runs to the mostly political and counter-culture.
It’s a two minute walk from Flinders Street Station and Federation Square, and runs between Flinders St and Collins St.
Stroll around the Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne's 94-acre Royal Botanical Gardens are simply glorious.
You could also head to the Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre, enjoy a lap in the City Circle Tram or pay your respects at the Shrine of Remembrance.