Eureka Sky Deck
Delight in stunning views of Melbourne from nearly 300 metres (297 to be exact) above street level. Eureka Sky Deck is not only one of the best places to see in Melbourne, it’s the Southern Hemisphere’s highest observation deck. One visit is never enough since Melbourne’s well-known erratic weather makes for different viewing conditions on just about every day. For a truly jaw-dropping experience, step out onto “The Edge,” a glass cube extending three metres out from the building and providing extraordinary views across Melbourne.
You can purchase take-away coffee, soft drinks and snacks at the venue’s SkyCafe. And the Skydeck shop stocks a selection of Melbourne and Australian souvenirs to take home as a memento of your visit to the region’s tallest residential tower.
With a choice of three tours that have ominous names like 'A Night in the Watch House.' 'Ghosts, what Ghosts?' and 'Hangman's Night Tour,' you'll be guaranteed to get a memorable experience of this grim precinct. It includes Melbourne's oldest prison, the historic Magistrate's Court and former Police City Watch House and has been the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840s. Bushranger Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have also spent time within its walls.
Puffing Billy Railway
Pack a picnic and step aboard this century-old steam train for a historic journey through the majestic Dandenong Ranges, which are dotted with fern gullies, enormous Mountain Ash trees and rainforest landscapes.
This lush, fertile valley has it all. Enjoy charming farms and wineries, a platypus preserve, hot air balloon tours and walking trails to friendly villages, winding roads, quirky artist studios, craft shops and brilliant gardens.
Visit with the famous Phillips Island penguins, take an unforgettable helicopter tour of the island or just explore the island’s stunning beaches and landscapes.
Great Ocean Road
No visit to Melbourne is complete unless you’ve travelled this breathtaking coastal drive. Along the way, you’ll experience the massive 12 Apostles, famous surf breaks, waterfalls, winemakers, dairy farms and fresh provedores. Activities include surfing, scuba diving, sea kayaking, nature hiking and more.
Melbourne Cricket Grounds
Traditionally, the MCG has provided the live drama to thrill millions worldwide, including memorable events such as the Olympic Games, Test Cricket and Australian football’s Grand Final on the last Saturday in September. But behind the scenes, the MCG Tour gives each visitor the opportunity to relive their great sporting memories.
Take a guided tour of this marvellous stadium, where so many champions of yesterday and today have performed.
This tour departs regularly between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. from inside Gate 3 every day of the year (except Good Friday, Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day and major MCG event days).
Interested in experiencing an Australian Rules Football match? Head to stunning Marvel Stadium.
Bourke Street Mall
Known as “Melbourne’s Retail Heart,” this vibrant, bustling pedestrian-only mall is home to two of the city’s biggest department stores: Myer, which features a varied collection of casual and luxury brands for men and women, and also the upscale David Jones. You’ll also find the flagship stores for Forever New, Sportsgirl and Zara.
DFO at South Wharf
Boasting over 100 leading Australian and International stores with unrivalled discounts, DFO at South Wharf offers the latest fashions, children’s wear, footwear, handbags, jewellery, accessories, sporting goods and apparel. If all that saving works up an appetite, grab a table at one of the chic cafés.
Queen Victoria Market
This historic landmark is one of the premier attractions in Melbourne with a colourful variety of restaurants, fashion boutiques, artisan stalls, outdoor cafés and more, highlighting over 600 retailers. Browse for everything from fruit and vegetables to local and imported gourmet foods, fashion and general merchandise.
This magnificent postmodern building is home to a permanent collection of diverse artifacts and exhibits examining cultures from Australia and the Pacific Islands. The Bunjilaka exhibit explores the traditions of the country's Aboriginal groups, while the Australia Gallery focuses on Victoria's heritage (and includes the preserved body of Australia's greatest racehorse, Phar Lap). You can even walk into the old Neighbours set. You’ll also find permanent and touring exhibitions, interactive performances and events, relaxing cafés, an IMAX Theatre, a gift shop and undercover parking. But plan to stay for at least two hours or you’ll leave disappointed. There’s just so much to see!
Ian Potter Centre
The National Gallery of Victoria is so large that it’s divided into the Australian and the International collections, which are housed at separate venues. The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is at Federation Square, home of Australian art, and NGV International is located at St Kilda Road, housing the gallery's magnificent international artworks.
The Ian Potter Gallery is a must-see to give you a broad insight into Australian art. You’ll find a great selection of colonial to contemporary art and frequent exhibitions focused on Australian artists. In addition to these fantastic offerings, there are lectures, musical performances, film screenings and other social and cultural events that complement the exhibitions.
The Federation Square (known as “Fed Square” colloquially) has received a lot of both positive and negative comment. Generally, people either love or loathe it. It was one of the most significant architectural developments undertaken in Melbourne and Australia. Plus, it’s a spectacle of glass, steel and desert-coloured stone that catches the sun beautifully.
Fed Square hosts a number of major attractions, including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (the home of Australian Art). It’s also the major civic and cultural venue for Melbourne, hosting over 2,000 events and activities each year. featuring Australia Day celebrations, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and the Melbourne Comedy Festival among many others.
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