There are a variety of things to do in Melbourne and the city is diverse in the sense that it is sure to offer something that will pique everyone's interest.
From numerous outdoor parks and gardens, to a myriad of social and historical attractions, to a flourishing urban art scene, you are sure to discover something to do that everyone in your group or family will enjoy.
Transportation in Melbourne
To get around Melbourne, you can simply make use of one of the city's many transportation options. One of the most popular options is the Town Tram, which stops at nearly every major attraction in the city. You can either hop on the tram for a professional tour, or rather opt to take a Yarra River Cruise for a tour of the city from the water. Both of these options are a good way to get a nice overview of the city, and you can then choose to spend more time at the sites and attractions that most sparked your interest.
Shopping in Melbourne
If you enjoy shopping, Melbourne offers some of the best outdoor markets in the country. Oakleigh is home to the Oakleigh Rotary Sunday Market, which takes place every weekend and sells a variety of delicious food and other typical flea market products. All proceeds from the market go towards local projects in the community, so it's not only a fun way to explore the local culture, but also a great way to give back. If you're looking for more of a Farmer's Market feel, Prahran Market in South Yarra is where you'll want to head as it's one of the longest standing produce markets in the city.
There's also the South Melbourne Market, which has been in business for more than 130 years and is located at the corner of Cecil and Coventry. For those more into Melbourne's art scene, the St. Kilda Esplanade Market focuses on design and artistry and is located right along the seaside. The Sunday Market at the Arts Centre also hones in on the local art industry and is comprised of more than 150 vendors.
History, Museum and Architecture in Melbourne
History lovers will not be disappointed in Melbourne. One attraction in particular that should not be missed is the Royal Exhibition Building. Dubbed one of the world's oldest exhibition halls, the building was completed in 1880. Melbourne's original Parliament House was also located on this site and the building was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004. The restored interior is magnificent and is home to many art and cultural exhibitions. Located just outside the Royal Exhibition are the Carlton Gardens, which also hold World Heritage status and are perfect for an afternoon picnic. Make sure to take a tour of the grounds, as the gardens are home to a variety of plants, flowers and bird life.
On the north end of the gardens, you'll also discover the Melbourne Museum, which provides a thorough history of the city from the 1880's to the present. The Dinosaur Exhibition is particularly great for families visiting with children. Skeletons of several different types of dinosaurs can be observed and visual reconstructions demonstrate what life as a dinosaur was like millions of years ago.
For a glimpse into Aboriginal art and history, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Center is an interesting place to explore and is also located on the ground the the Melbourne Museum.