9 things to do in Melbourne, Australia at night

9 things to do in Melbourne, Australia at night

When planning a trip to Melbourne, most travelers (and we were no exception) see it as a stopover on their way to either Tasmania or the Great Ocean Road to Kangaroo Island. To each of these places we strive to go to admire the uncreated beauty of nature and to meet amazing critters of all different sizes and stripes. But before you go further afield, you should pay attention to Philippa Island (we wrote about it here). The optimal solution is to head there first, and then either head to Tasmania or take the Great Ocean Road and drive to Kangaroo Island, making stops at the most interesting sites along the way. We did both (first to Tasmania, then back to Melbourne and on to Kangaroo Island), and we’d advise you to do the same.

But to get the most out of your trip, I recommend setting aside a couple of days to stay in Melbourne. So you’ll leisurely sightsee and be able to boast to friends that you’ve explored the city up and down. By the way, for this you enough for 1-2 days. The only thing that can prevent – the changeable weather. Melbourne isn’t called the “city of four seasons in a day” for nothing. The sun can shine brightly at 9:00, at 9:10 it can rain, it can get cold and then get hot again. Don’t forget to bring an umbrella and a warm jacket.

Melbourne has the lion’s share of the country’s population (about 16%). It is younger than Sydney and also got an intense boost of development during the Gold Rush. The city boasts modern, futuristic architecture.

The business district consists mainly of skyscrapers, but on the outskirts of the city it is difficult to find a building over 3 floors. Melbourne is laconic and uncluttered down to the last stone. The latest advances in civilization and historic monuments coexist in peace. It’s been voted the most livable city in the world. So what are the sights worth visiting in Melbourne?

First, let’s briefly list them and then describe each attraction in detail. Here you’ll learn all about spending time in Melbourne and the famous Phillip Island:

It takes you to the major attractions and listens to informative information about museums, theaters, the parliament building, Federation Square, and the Melbourne Oceanarium.

The park is known for its manicured lawns and tidy pathways that lead visitors through a fascinating world of flora.

Enjoy regular performances by the Australian Opera Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Australian Ballet Company and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The doors of the old jail, converted into a museum in 1972, are open for anyone who wants to get their knickers in a twist.

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And now let’s take a closer look at the listed sights of Melbourne. In order not to be unsubstantiated, we have backed up the text descriptions with colorful pictures.

The largest European megacities are gradually abandoning electric rail transport, but Melbourne is actively developing it. The city’s streetcar network is the longest in the world (!). As of December 1, 2015, its length was 250 kilometers and this is not the limit, the city services are constantly building new branches and expanding the existing ones. According to statistics, electric transport carries 180 million passengers annually.

The greatest interest for tourists is free sightseeing streetcar City Circle Tram, daily runs on the main streets. On it you can get to the major attractions and listen to informative information about museums, theaters, the Houses of Parliament, Federation Square and the Melbourne Oceanarium. The branch involves W-class streetcars built between ’23 and ’56.

Every great city has its own personal object of pride. For everyone in Melbourne, this is the Eureka glass tower, rising 297 meters and divided into 92 floors (including one underground). Construction of the skyscraper began in 2002 and was completed in 2006. It was designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, commissioned by the local authorities.

The tower was named after the rebellion at the mine of the same name. The red gilded crown of the building is meant to symbolize the blood spilled by the rebels, while the blue glass and white lines represent the banners of the fighters for justice. The high-rise has 556 apartments, 13 elevators that move at 9 meters per second, 52,000 square meters of windows and 3,680 stairs.

The Eureka Skydeck observation deck occupies the entire 88th floor of the tower and is among the highest vantage points in the Southern Hemisphere (285 meters above the ground) along with the Sydney Eye in Sydney. The price of a ticket to the tower is $20 for an adult and $11.5 for a child between the ages of 4 and 16. A characteristic feature – prodigious glass room, slightly forward from the main walls of the building, which creates the feeling of hanging over an abyss. You will have to pay extra for access to it, but it is worth the money. If you want to tickle your nerves, the cost of an adult ticket will increase by $ 12, and children’s tickets to $ 8. There is a system of discounts when you buy “Family Tickets”. See the website for more information.

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They say Melbourne is the coolest city in Australia. After visiting Melbourne, we agree! Melbourne has been called the most livable city in the world, but it’s also a great tourist destination.

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We had the opportunity to take a trip and see some of the cities, and here are some recommendations on what to do in Melbourne.

What to do in Melbourne.

Melbourne is a great starting point for exploring the Great Ocean Road. Melbourne is the place to spend your days relaxing and enjoying the city’s vibrant atmosphere.

1. Queen Victoria Market.

I’ve never been alone for market tours. We usually find them repetitive and a little unrealistic, but the Queen Victoria Market tour was not like that at all!

We had so much fun meeting vendors at this historic market.

The Queen Victoria Market tour gave us an insight into the history of the market (did you know it was built on a cemetery?) And allowed us to interact with the store owners while sampling their amazing foods like local cheese and honey, oysters, wine, beer and chocolate.

You won’t leave the market hungry, that’s for sure.

Everything here is top notch.

The market is for chefs and restaurants, so you only get the best.

Planning what to do in Melbourne: Visit the Victoria Market website

2. Hidden Secrets. A tour of the alleyways and arcades.

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Hidden Secrets offers you a selection of Melbourne city tours, check their website for details

Melbourne is filled with narrow streets and covered arcades. Exploring them all can get you lost, and you won’t truly appreciate their significance and history unless you go to Hidden Secrets Alleyways and Arcades.

This is the original Melbourne alley tour with more than a decade of experience.

Here you’ll find unusual cafes such as Melbourne’s smallest coffee shop, independent designers and specialty stores.

Like the Queen Market Market Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to talk to store owners and explore the neighborhood in more detail than if you were wandering the streets alone. i

It’s a great way to navigate the city and find out what to do in Melbourne for the rest of your trip!

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3. Hot air ballooning over the city

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Take in the hot air balloon from a bird’s eye view.

This is one of the few places on earth where you can fly a hot air balloon over the city. It’s the city’s largest hot air ballooning center, and the ride is spectacular.

Make sure you give yourself a few days in Melbourne for this trip. The winds are constantly changing, so flights can be canceled at the last minute.

But you can get in the next day when the weather improves, like we did!

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The morning starts at 4:00 am when your guide meets you at your hotel before heading out to the field for takeoff.

It’s all hands on deck, so make sure you dress comfortably and remember that even though it’s warm outside, it can still be brisk and cold in the sky. So wear layers.

The 45-minute flight takes you right over the city and gives us a bird’s eye view of the soccer, cricket and tennis stadiums.

The flight is followed by a champagne breakfast and you’ve already had the adventure of a lifetime before most people even wake up.

To book a hot air balloon flight over Melbourne, visit Global Ballooning for reservations.

4. Graffiti Lanes.

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Melbourne has some amazing Graffiti Artists.

The Hidden Secrets Lanes and Arcades Tour will show you Melbourne’s graffiti lanes, but you have to go back to really explore the art.

These lanes are dedicated to graffiti, so artists don’t run around the city.

There’s a lot of political and social commentary in graffiti, and you’re likely to see an artist at work if you hang around long enough.

Two popular lanes are Hosier Lane and Union Lane.

Enjoying the city tours? Check out our cool city tours of the summer tour.

5. Eureka Sky Deck.

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A city tour isn’t complete without going up to the big observation deck. Like most international cities, Melbourne has its own high vantage point on the Eureka Sky Deck.

It’s a great view of the city and the river, but it has a unique feature that we haven’t yet seen at other vantage points in the city.

The Edge is the world’s only movable glass structure that moves and hangs from the edge of the sky deck on the 88th floor.

Unlike the gorgeous glass floor in Toronto, which is free to enter, you have to pay an extra $15 to enter SkyDeck. We didn’t find it worth the money, but if you have a fear of heights, you’re sure to get the thrill you’re looking for.

We had a young girl on the sky deck, and she loved every minute of it. It’s a good idea to lock yourself in an elevator type room, move out of the main building, and then the floors seem to fall at your feet.

I just expected so much more.

For more information on what to do in Melbourne, visit the Eureka Sky Deck website

6. Explore Federation Square

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Federation Square at night.

Federation Square is just about the coolest city square we’ve been to. Sure, there are screaming squares all over the world, but there’s a lot going on in Federation Square.

Giant screens are made for people to watch outdoor events. There are theatrical performances in the back alleys, and artists hang out outside showing off their talents.

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There are art galleries, restaurants, cafes and rooftop bars. Federation Square is the place to be.

We love our hometown of Toronto, but as we strolled through Melbourne’s Federation Square, Dave commented, “Toronto has nothing in this city.

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7. A day trip along the Great Ocean Road

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A day trip to the Twelve Apostles

There’s no doubt that the Great Ocean Road is Victoria’s top attraction.

It’s only a three-hour drive from Melbourne, and if you’re visiting the city, it’s a must-see. There are tours that take place daily, or you can rent a car to see the 12 Apostles.

The views are worth the hype, but we recommend taking more time to explore.

We participated in the four-day Great Ocean Walk to the 12 Apostles and it was great. We’ll be writing more about it in the coming weeks.

Visiting Victoria? Pick up your Lonely Planet guidebook to find out what to do in Melbourne.

8. Australian Open

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Watch the Australian Open on a giant screen

Melbourne is home to the Australian Open, and when it happens (as it did when we were there), the city explodes with energy.

Don’t worry if you don’t have tickets to the venue, the big screens show all the moves of the event in Federation Square.

Every bar is playing every match, and you can spy a player walking down the streets.

We didn’t attend the Australian Open ourselves, but it was really great to be there during the time it was happening.

South Australia is right next to Victoria, consider visiting this other beautiful state. Check out our story on South Australia, where you can visit Kangaroo Island

9. Sunset over the Yarra River.

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Take a walk across one of the many bridges or book a sunset boat tour to admire the sunset in Melbourne.

The city shines to perfection when the sun goes down, and you don’t want to miss it while you’re there.

There are many restaurants and bars along the river where you can see the sunset.

We enjoyed the view from the rooftop patio at the Transit Hotel just above the cab.

10. Eat

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What to do in Melbourne? Eat, of course. Melbourne is a foodie paradise with restaurants to suit all tastes.

You’ll find most on the banks of the Yarra River offering choices of every culture and cuisine.

We loved the Asian fusion menu at Taxi Kitchen, Authentic Greek Cuisine at Gazi Restaurant and the stylish Donovan creations on the beach.

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10. Go to the beach.

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Speaking of the beach, you have to go down to St. Kilda Beach for kayaking, strolling along the waterfront and watching penguins.

St. Kilda Beach Pier is a historic Edwardian building that has been renovated and is worth a walk down the long pier to see.

A colony of penguins also lives here, so you’ll be lucky enough to spot one.

It was hot while we were there, so the penguins were either staying cold under the rocks (we noticed a lot of back and bottom) or in the water somewhere hunting for food.

There was no doubt about it, the smell was 100% that of a penguin colony.

Australia is known for its beaches, check out these stunning photos of Queensland

11. Take the free streetcar.

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Melbourne has a unique feature that allows tourists and locals alike to take the free streetcar anywhere within the Melbourne city circle.

It is easy to get on and off and will take you to most places you want to go in the city center.

There are historic streetcars and new streetcars, but both are free. If you want to try the whole loop for sightseeing in the city, the streetcar takes 45 minutes to complete the loop.

12. Where to stay in Melbourne.

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We stayed at the Lindrum Hotel in the heart of Melbourne. It was within walking distance of everything. It is one of Melbourne’s most stylish boutique hotels with great service and attention to detail.

The former snooker lounge of esteemed world billiards champion Walter Lindrum, the hotel has kept its roots in billiards history.

There’s a free pool table in the lobby where everyone can play. It’s a chic, luxurious, but quaint enough hotel that it doesn’t look like a major chain hotel. We highly recommend it.

For more affordable accommodations, we also enjoyed our stay at the Travelodge on the South Shore.

Located next to the Eureka Sky Deck, it’s a great central location. Both hotels offer free Wi-Fi for guests.

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The best things to do in Melbourne

As you can see, there is no shortage of things to do in Melbourne. It’s a city that can keep tourists busy for days.

Have you been to Melbourne?

Do you agree with us that it’s the coolest city in Australia? We want to hear.

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Eight great things about Queensland

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Our trip to Australia is in partnership with Tourism Australia and Air New Zealand. Air New Zealand offers daily flights from Canada to Australia. All opinions are ours.

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