MELBOURNE is one of the world’s most liveable cities. Some say THE world’s most liveable city. So, where to go in Melbourne? There’s an endless list of places to go in Melbourne, with exciting things to see and experience at any time of day.
Here are 10 fun things to do in Melbourne recommended by the DriveNow team.
1. Climb the 1000 Steps, Mt Dandenong
Experience a fraction of the exhaustion felt by Australian soldiers following the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea in WWII. Appreciate the surrounding tree ferns, manna gum trees and plaques in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives on the trail.
2. Block Arcade for high tea, CBD
The Block Arcade’s stunning 19th century architecture is a sight for sore eyes, while the delicious treats at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms inside the Arcade are scrumptious delights for hungry tummies!
3. Visit the Vic Market, CBD
The lively and colourful Queen Victoria Market has existed for more than a century. Open every day of the week except Monday and Wednesday, shop for everything from clothing, souvenirs and cosmetics to fruit and vegetables.
4. Get up close with animals at Werribee Open Range Zoo
One of Melbourne’s most exciting places to go, the Werribee Zoo is home to zebras, lions, giraffes, rhinos and kangaroos. Experience your very own African adventure with an Off Road Safari, taking you closer to these magnificent animals.
5. Watch a movie in the moonlight, St Kilda
Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is the place to be from dusk in summer. Located on the South Beach Reserve next to the St Kilda Sea Baths, watch the latest movies or the good old classics. Bring your own food and blankets or hire a comfy beanbag.
6. Go ice skating, Docklands
You can still escape to a winter wonderland in a city with no snow. The whole family will enjoy ice skating. Saturday nights is Glow Night, where you skate around to some of the best dance tunes while wearing white and glowing in the dark.
7. Check out world-class graffiti art, CBD
Take some time to experience Melbourne’s vibrant urban culture. Unique, colourful stencils and murals line Melbounre’s alleyways, with some of the most popular art located in Hosier and Rutledge Lane (opposite Federation Square) and Union Lane (off Bourke Street Mall).
8. Grab some pizza or gelati, Carlton
Experience a taste of Italy by with a mouthwatering pizza from the first pizzeria established in Australia, Toto’s Pizza House. If you feel like some desert, enjoy ice cream from a nearby gelateria while walking along Melbourne’s famous Lygon St.
9. Cycle the Main Yarra Trail, northeast Melbourne
The scenic riverside path follows the Yarra River, running from Melbourne’s northeast suburbs to the CBD. Relax as you follow the windy path, which is touted as one of Melbourne’s best bike rides.
10. Shop until you drop, inner Melbourne
Melbourne is famously labelled Australia’s fashion capital. Explore the quirky shops along Brunswick St, grab a bargain at one of the several factory outlets in Smith St, find stunning clothes for upcoming events in Chapel St or Bridge Rd.
– BRIANNA PIAZZA