There's never a dull moment to be had in Melbourne, from concerts and festivals to sporting events, markets and historic landmarks to explore. This vibrant and culturally diverse city is bustling with world-class shopping and it hosts an endless amount of fantastic restaurants, bars, clubs and cafes.
The 'world's most liveable city' also harbours great galleries and a thriving arts and entertainment scene that attracts the world's best talent to its stages at the historical theatres dotted throughout the city precinct. No matter your budget, you can fill the hours with sightseeing and fun activities for young and old, with many attractions ideal for couples and families close by, such as the Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium and Luna Park.
A walk through the city will have you in awe at the charming architecture of yesteryear on every street corner mixed with the modern brilliance like Federation Square. There are many parks offering a place to relax on a park bench and enjoy a picnic lunch, and find surprises such as Captain Cooks Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens of the Melbourne Observatory in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Plus sports fans are spoilt for choice with A-grade venues across the city hosting regular events including regular matches of Melbourne's much-loved AFL.
Things to do in Melbourne
- Spring Racing Carnival
- Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Melbourne International Arts Festival (each October)
- Crown Casino
- Carlton Gardens
- Luna Park
- Queen Victoria Markets
- Melbourne Fashion Festival
- Melbourne Zoo
- Bridge Road shopping
Melbourne events not to miss
- Grand Prix - March
- AFL Finals - September
- Melbourne Cup - November
- Australian Open Tennis - January
- Chinese New Year - January
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival - March-April
- Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - February-March
- Melbourne Fashion Festival - March
- Melbourne Marathon - October
- Moomba - March
- New Year's Eve fireworks - December