Melbourne and Surrounds
Below are some key attractions in Melbourne and its surroundings:
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is a 243 kilometre cliff-hugging stretch of road that starts a 90 minute drive from Melbourne. Through this drive there are rainforest and beach views and also a few attractions and landmarks such as whale watching, the Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay, the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch, the Otaway Fly and the 12 Apostles. Koalas and kangaroos may pop out and make an appearance.
The Melbourne Zoo is home to over 2,000 beautiful animals who are only a 15 minute drive from Melbourne CBD. The team at Melbourne Zoo all work together to help conserve the animals and fight extinction. At Melbourne Zoo, there is the opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals with Wild Encounters.
Queen Victoria Market
Only a short walk from the city centre, the Queen Victoria Market is a shopping precinct held in heritage sheds with many different kinds of wares to be sold from food and fresh produce to clothing and toys. The most popular attraction the market has to offer is the 90-minute Ultimate Foodie Tour which is a small group walking tour for food lovers to taste test the best food the market has to offer.
Just a 90 minute drive south of Melbourne, Phillip Island makes a great day trip. Phillip Island offers visitors the chance to see incredible Australian wildlife amongst spectacular landscapes. The Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm and Nobbies Centre are just a few of the island’s unique attractions. Follow the Southern Gippsland Wine Trail and experience Phillip Island’s excellent cool climate wines and fresh organic produce.
Situated in the heart of Southbank in the iconic Eureka Tower, the Skydeck stands at a staggering 297 metres above the streets of Melbourne. Both locals and visitors regard the Skydeck as one of the best things to do in Melbourne. As the highest public observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere, we offer unparalleled views over Melbourne. Enjoying birds eye views of the iconic MCG and sporting precinct, Port Phillip Bay, Albert Park Lake and out as far as the Dandenong Ranges should be on every visitor’s list of Melbourne Things to do.
Melbourne’s precinct is overflowing with a plethora of laneways that poke out from intersections, underpasses and gaps between buildings.With the best graffiti-laden lanes filled with one-off shops, high-end restaurants and a few dozen hidden bars Melbourne’s laneways are an opportunity not to miss.
Less then an hours drive from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is renowned for its cellar doors and delicious Yarra produce. It is the home to vineyards, fine dining and quaint accommodation making the Yarra Valley one of Melbourne’s favourite weekend destination.
Melbourne Cricket Ground Tours
Nothing can match the tradition and heritage of the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Explore the inner sanctum of the MCG, walk on the hallowed arena and experience where legends play by taking a guided 75 minute MCG tour!
Gain an insight into Melbourne’s sporting culture while exploring one of the world’s most iconic stadiums, as you hear from our proud MCC volunteers and go behind the scenes of the ‘G.
Overlooking the famous Port Phillip Bay, this historic park has been a destination for Melbourne families for the past century. With 2012 celebrating 100 years of fun-filled adventures, Luna Park continues to surge forward with a generous mix of heritage listed attractions and brand new thrill rides to satisfy all thrill seekers.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
You’ve never seen Melbourne like this. Come fly on Melbourne Star, the Southern Hemisphere’s only giant observation wheel, for a view like no other and an experience you’ll never forget.
The Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance is the National War Memorial of Victoria, a monument dedicated to all those who have served in the armed conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australia has participated.
National Gallery Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia. Situated over two magnificent buildings – NGV International and NGV Australia – the Gallery hosts a wide range of international and local artists, exhibitions, programs and events; from contemporary art to major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture, sound and dance.
Australia’s first immersive, ‘trick-art’ gallery! Priceless photos. Unbelievable scenarios. The gallery first opened at The District in 2016. Stepping into a world of optical illusions, the larger than life murals allow people of all ages to come face to face with wild animals, scale rocky crevasses and surf the ultimate pipelines. Stretching over 1400 square metres.
Australian Sports Museum
The Australian Sports Museum at the MCG is your one stop shop for celebrating sport in Australian society. And there is something for everyone. Historic artefacts from some of the great moments in the story of sport, places to learn about the greats of our most popular games, fun interactive moments, and the opportunity for flat out play. Take your time to take it all in, there’s always something more to see!
Buchan Caves Reserve
Discover a honeycomb of spectacular limestone formations carved by an underground river almost 400 million years ago at Buchan Caves. Tour the largest cave system in Victoria, enjoy a picnic in the scenic heritage-listed landscape or camp a night under the stars.