Colorful painted bathing houses along Brighton beach in Melbourne, Australia
AUSTRALIA'S ARTSY SIDE

Cruise to Melbourne, Australia

Australia's sport, culture and coffee capital, Melbourne is the Land Down Under's most European-style city. Many of its top attractions are right in the city center, making exploration by foot an easy proposition. Grab a shot of single-origin espresso from a hip coffee shop and do some people watching at Federation Square, Melbourne's art, culture and public event space — check out the Ian Potter Centre, a gallery dedicated to Australian art, or the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, devoted to all types of screen art. Stroll among native ferns and palms at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Cruise to Melbourne and take a day trip to the Yarra Valley to take in views of rolling vineyards and sample some world-class chardonnay.
National Language English
Currency Accepted Australian Dollar (AUD)

Things To Do in Melbourne

Street art in Melbourne, Australia

Spot Street Art

Street art in Melbourne, Australia

Street art in Melbourne, Australia

Spot Street Art

Melbourne is famous for its colorful and thought-provoking street art. See creative graffiti in city alleys like Hosier Lane, Centre Place, Union Lane, Caledonian Lane, Duckboard Place, Rutledge Lane and AC/DC Lane. In Fitzroy, check out Johnston and Rose Streets.

The Royal Exhibit Building in Melbourne, Australia

Get Cultured

The Royal Exhibit Building in Melbourne, Australia

The Royal Exhibit Building in Melbourne, Australia

Get Cultured

Some of the city's top art and culture attractions include the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Heide Museum of Modern Art, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the National Gallery of Victoria. Learn more about local history at Melbourne Museum and Aboriginal arts and culture at Koorie Heritage Trust.

Colorful bathing houses on white sandy beach at Brighton beach in Melbourne
Colorful bathing houses on white sandy beach at Brighton beach in Melbourne

Oceanside Retreat

Efficient public transport makes it easy to visit Melbourne's suburbs. St. Kilda is a seaside town known for its cake shops, pier and Luna Park amusement park. Or head to Brighton Beach, where you can check out the famously colorful Bathing Boxes and stroll the calm shorefront.

Turkish borek made out of mille feuille and minced meat
Turkish borek made out of mille feuille and minced meat

Local Cuisine

Melbourne is a multicultural city, and dining here reflects that. For cheap eats, head to Queen Victoria Market and grab a Turkish borek, a savory pastry of flaky phyllo dough filled with meat and cheese. Cruise to Melbourne and visit Chinatown for delicious dumplings. Head to the south or north banks of the Yarra River for upscale dining, with seafood-focused fare like seared king prawns with or tortellini or updated Australian classics like beef and Guinness pie with classic "mushy peas."

Shopping in the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Australia
Shopping in the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Australia

Shopping

There are several shopping districts in the Melbourne Ciy Center (CBD for short), including Bourke Street Mall, Emporium and Melbourne Central. For a locally designed souvenir, visit Melbournalia during your cruise. Their range includes Melbourne art prints and Australian-inspired accessories, like kangaroo tea towels. Stroll through the stalls at the Queen Victoria Market or the boutiques at the Block Arcade, where you can find tailors, tea purveyors, jewelers and more.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Melbourne is known for its "four seasons in one day" weather, so always be prepared with a jacket and umbrella.
2 Take advantage of the free tram services within the city grid, which can carry you to most of the main attractions.

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