Things to do while visiting Melbourne
We have put together some awesome places to check out on your visit to Melbourne
Visit the Queen Victoria market
Melbourne’s iconic Queen Vic Market turns 140 years old this year and is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere. Home to over 600 small businesses, discover a variety of clothing, jewellery, and souvenirs and revel in the atmosphere of the heritage listed Meat, Fish and Dairy halls. Queen Victoria Market is also a great place to enjoy a meal, grab one of Melbourne’s best coffees and enjoy a truly unique shopping experience.
Be sure to participate in the two hour Ultimate Foodie Tour, designed specifically for food lovers. Indulge in some of the best food the Market has to offer, learn about the rich history and meet some of the colourful characters who call the Market home. Bookings are essential.
Throughout the Winter and Summer months, Queen Vic Market plays host to Melbourne’s original night market. The popular Wednesday night event showcases a dazzling program of live entertainment, roving performers, artisan, and hand-made shopping and a large array of global street food.
See The State Library
One of the world’s great libraries, the State Library of Victoria is the state’s premier reference and research library and a gateway to the world’s information. The Library houses items that showcase Victoria’s cultural life, past and present, and makes them available to the community through a range of services, exhibitions and cultural programs.
The State Library of Victoria was founded in 1854, largely through the efforts of a number of prominent Melbourne citizens such as Sir Redmond Barry and Lieutenant-Governor Charles Joseph La Trobe, the vision for the original library was ambitious – to contain the ‘best of everything’ and become ‘a great emporium of learning and philosophy, of literature, science, and art’.
The Library’s collection goes well beyond books. It holds thousands of significant items reflecting Victoria’s cultural and social heritage, including historical documents such as John Batman’s journal, unique objects such as Ned Kelly’s armour, and paintings such as William Strutt’s Black Thursday, February 6th, 1851.
The balconies encircling the beautiful Domed Reading Room have now been transformed into exhibition areas.
Go to the Eureka Skydeck 88 – Southbank
Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe inspiring views from the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere at Melbourne’s Eureka Skydeck 88. Two dedicated lifts propel visitors to level 88 in under 40 seconds. Only Skydeck 88 can take you to The Edge, a switchable glass cube which slides out from the building, with you inside.
Skydeck 88 entertains the entire family with a host of activities and fascinating facts.
Take a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
See Melbourne from a different perspective on a flight on the Melbourne Star or take a “Welcome to Melbourne” Sparkling Flight and enjoy a glass of Sparkling wine or beer. The Melbourne Star experience is your visual introduction to Melbourne’s skyline and beyond on the 40-storey high observation wheel.
From the Dandenongs to the You Yangs, to the Mornington Peninsula and nearby Port Phillip Bay, invite curiosity and exploration, an outstanding outlook across all points of the compass.
It also happens to be the largest solid steel construction in the world, the Melbourne Star is an engineering wonder. It is a one-of-a-kind in the world, and its seven pointed star design, echoing the seven stars of the Australian flag, is an iconic feature of the Melbourne skyline. The L.E.D. light show every night highlights the star within a star design, a kaleidoscope of colour on Melbourne’s skyline.
Have a history lesson in the Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Museum showcases Australian social history, Indigenous cultures, science and the environment. It is located adjacent to the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, and home to IMAX Melbourne.
Take a breather in the Royal Botanic Gardens
Located on the south side of the sports precinct, over the Yarra you will discover a spectacular open space for children to explore, families to picnic, couples to canoodle, or individuals to relax and recharge in a tranquil setting.
With 38 hectares of landscaped gardens blooming flowers and abundant native and exotic vegetation. Take the popular Aboriginal Heritage Walk which shows the land through the eyes of traditional owners.
Spot bellbirds, black swans, eels, cockatoos, kookaburras and other wildlife. As summer evenings grow longer, the gardens light up with outdoor cinema screenings, theatre performance and exhibitions.