Melbourne was established in 1835 when it was founded by two Tasmanian settlers. The capital of the state of Victoria spans 9,990 square kilometers and has more than 4.5. million inhabitants. It is the second largest metropolis in Australia. The city has many gardens, parks and historic buildings. Melbourne has an active artistic scene and the city offers a wide variety of cultural events. Hereby a two-day itinerary to make most of your visit in this city.
What to do in Melbourne – Day 1
- Use the city circle tram for a guided tour of the center;
- Join Federation Square to discover the Australian Center for Moving Images;
- Stroll along the Yarra River;
- Finish of the day with a swim and a drink in St Kilda.
City Circle Tram
Free, convenient and educational the City Circle Tram is a must for every visit to Melbourne. This authentic tram enables you to visit the city while enjoying a guided audio tour on the main attractions. In addition, information brochures are available on board.
Taking this tram is really easy. Just go to one of the scheduled stops on the free tram zone. The tram, which is very recognisable do to its retro look, runs every 12 minutes. The whole tour takes 48 minutes and you can get out at any stop you like and hop back on later.
Federation Square is one of Melbourne’s main public squares. There are bars, restaurants and shops. It is also a cultural place that hosts among others the Australian Center for Moving Images. Throughout the year many events are organised here.
Water is always a great plus in a big city. In Melbourne you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Yarra River. You can take great walks along this river on roads suitable for cyclists, pedestrians and joggers. BBQ, picnic and fishing facilities are also available.
Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens are located in the heart of Melbourne, south of the Yarra River. Rich in 10.000 plant species the gardens cover over 38 hectares. They harbour native and non-native vegetation as well some small lakes. The diversity of the garden makes visiting them a very pleasant pastime.
It is possible to visit this park for free all year (from 7:30 to 18:00)
Close to the center of town you find St. Kilda, a very popular spot in Melbourne. Access to the beach combined with the many activities here (bars, restaurants, Luna Park, etc…) ensures there is something to do for everybody. What is better than a swim in the Ocean and a drink to end a busy day!
What to do in Melbourne: Day 2
- Get your brekkie at Queen Victoria Market;
- Go for a walk on the Victoria Harbor Promonade;
- Enjoy all the centre of town has to offer: Chinatown, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne’s Arcades…;
- Discover the graffiti spread throughout the city;
- China in the Fitzroy neighbourhood.
Queen Victoria Market
Located in the Melbourne the Queen Victoria Market will awaken your senses! It has turned into a one of the most popular tourist destinations of the city. Let yourself get carried away by the friendly atmosphere of this market and its more then pleasant smalls. Composed in two part, you will find a wide choice of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, fish and speciality foods. The second part is devoted to non-food products, such as clothing, jewellery and handcraft items.
The market is open every morning of the week except Mondays and Wednesdays. On Wednesday evenings the atmosphere is transformed with festive shows, bars and restaurants.
(Tuesday and Thursday 6 am – 2 pm / Wednesday 5 pm – 10 pm / Friday 6 am – 5 pm / Saturday 6 am – 3 pm / Sunday 9 am – 4 pm)
Victoria Harbour Promonade
East of the city center you will find the port built along the Yarra River. At the edge of the river the Victoria Harbour Promenade offers a pleasant moment of relaxation. Take a moment to stroll along this small road and take in the sights. You can get to the Promenade with the free tram.
Melbourne’s city center has many places that cater to a great variety of interests. Atypical neighbourhoods, historical monuments, dynamic squares… So many reasons to get lost in these streets!
Two possibilities are available for you to discover the city center. You can walk from place to place, having your curiosity control your direction. A nice and flexible approach to exploring this part of Melbourne. An alternative is to have a guide, such as those provided by Free Walking Tours, which are organised daily in the City.
Anyway, we recommend you to visit: Chinatown, Center Place, the Carlton Gardens and the Melbourne Arcades…
Street art and graffiti are integral parts of Melbourne’s identity. Melbourne is arguably the most artistic city in Australia and its street art is recognised around the world. Many walls are currently covered with tags from professionals and amateurs the like. Some great artists have come to leave a mark in these streets, including Banksi and Space Invader. Union Lane and Hosier Lane are great sports to admire these works!
Fitzroy is a specific district of Melbourne where you can find an artistic and bohemian atmosphere. The neighbourhood is marked by street art and hosts a variety of musical performances. Considered the live music center of Melbourne, The Old Bar and Evelyn Hotel are some of the main venues for great performances.
For all travel tips when traveling to Melbourne, check out: Melbourne Travel Tips
Melbourne has two airports. There are several ways to get into the city venter:
From Melbourne International Airport and Domenstic to Tullamarine:
Option 1: Skybus Shuttle, departs every 15 minutes (19 AUD/person);
Option 2: Taxi (approximately 45 AUD)
From Melbroune Domestic Airport to Avalon:
Skybus shuttle, approximately an one hour ride (19 AUD/Person)
For all information regarding public transportation in Melbourne check out: www.transportnsw.info
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