With a reputation for being one of the world's most livable cities, Melbourne is a must for travelers heading to Australia. Whether you want to experience Australia's food scene, drink excellent coffee, visit world-class art galleries, or sit on a beach, Melbourne's got you covered.
This city has so much for you to do that there's no chance of growing bored. What it does mean though is that you'll need to allow yourself enough time to ensure you cover all the best places to visit in Melbourne. A week ought to do the trick, but to make the most of it you're going to need a rock solid Melbourne itinerary. Luckily, that's what we have here.
Melbourne is such a big city that it's best to break up your time there into the different parts of the city. With that approach, there's really no better place to start than in the CBD. Set out as a grid of streets north of the Yarra River, you'll find not only office buildings here, but also some of the city's most iconic sights. Start your day outside the steps of Flinders Street Station, a beautiful building as well as the oldest train station in Australia. With its Art Nouveau design and unmissable yellow exterior, this is a heritage building that also happens to be one of the city's busiest spots.
Markets are always a nice way to get a feel for the city you're in and there's a great one in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market. A city institution, the Queen Vic Market is a massive, sprawling open air market that has everything under the sun. Finish your day with a stroll through Chinatown along Little Bourke St and dig into the excellent food there. For tasty food in a relaxed atmosphere, head to Empress of China and get the dumplings.
Having seen quite a bit of the city center on your first day, it’s time to take a trip across the Yarra River and see what lies south side. Some might say that Melbourne’s attractions south of the Yarra are even more interesting than those in the CBD. First things first, getting across the river. As you cross either of the two modern pedestrian bridges here, Sandridge Bridge or Evan Walker Bridge, take a moment to admire the riverfront and the Melbourne Skyline looming large behind you. Once you’re across the river, you’ll find yourself on the Southbank Promenade. This picturesque pedestrian area runs right by the Yarra River and has all sorts of bars and restaurants. Eventually the path will bring you to Crown Casino, a popular destination for nightlife, entertainment, and gambling. Retrace your steps and you’ll soon find yourself at the foot of the tallest building in Melbourne, Eureka Tower. While it looks tall already from the street, it’ll feel even taller once you take the elevator up to the Eureka Skydeck for some exceptional city views. See if you can get up the nerve to stand in “The Edge”, a glass cube extending off the side of the building with a clear view down, beneath your feet.