The Greater Melbourne region is armed with a long list of activities, attractions, and experiences that are simply world class.
Working up an appetite allows a snapshot of Melbourne’s rich multiculturalism: head to Lygon Street for Italian, Victoria Street for Vietnamese, or Chinatown in the city centre, among other superb precincts. Some dining gems and funky bars require you to look a bit harder thanks to Melbourne’s famed laneway culture. And in case you hadn’t heard, coffee in Melbourne is hard to beat.
Melburnians display a penchant for attending just about anything – the opening of a car door is not out of the question – and its events calendar is jam-packed. Art, comedy, theatre, and film festivals mix with world-renowned sporting events.
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest public art gallery in Australia and is a must-visit. It has two sites: NGV International on St Kilda Road and The Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia, which is located at Federation Square.
Nestled on the banks of the Yarra River, Southbank is a humming area, home to restaurants, bars, and the Crown Casino complex. When it comes to shopping, Chapel Street earns top billing but is just one of many great retail choices in Melbourne.
For incredible encounters with marine life, head to the Melbourne Aquarium or the Australian Shark and Ray Centre at Dandenong South.
A stroll within the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, or further afield at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, is sure to impress. The seaside suburb of St Kilda is abuzz during warmer months and is home to Luna Park. Or visit Williamstown and soak up the maritime vibe.