Rival to Sydney and home of some of the country’s best coffee, Melbourne invites travellers from all walks of life. Here’s how to make the most of your time in the artsy city in just two days.
One of the main rivalries between Sydney and Melbourne is over public transportation and it’s not hard to see who the winner is. With free trams across the entire city centre, buses, trains and adequate signage, Melbourne is incredibly easy to get around as a visitor. If you’re planning on catching a tram outside of the free city zone, you’ll need to pick up a Myki card which you can do from any 7/11.
Now for the fun part, the what to do and what to see in Melbourne. If you’re travelling with kids, you’ll want to hit up Werribee Open Range Zoo, Luna Park in St Kilda, and Scienceworks, an interactive museum for kids young and old. Start your trip into the heart of Melbourne at the top of the Eureka Skydeck. It’s a great way to see the whole of Melbourne and get your bearings.
Walk along the Yarra River before crossing to the opposite side of the city through the iconic Flinders Street Railway Station. From here, you’ll be able to easily walk to Federation Square, AC/DC Lane and Queen Victoria Gardens. Alternatively, hop on one of the free city circle trams and head to Docklands, Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Museum, Bourke Street Mall and Chinatown.
Before the day has ended, catch the tram to St Kilda and walk along the beach to Brighton Beach where you can catch the sun set over the water from the colourful Brighton Bathing Boxes.
If you can pull yourself away from the fun and excitement of Melbourne and you’ve got access to a car, I highly recommend making the trip out to Phillip Island. If the cute penguins waddling along the beach aren’t enough to get you there, the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and Grand Prix Circuit should be.
Melbourne is a hub of food but if you’re looking for a vegan/ plant-based option or if you have a food intolerance you can’t escape, try Matcha Mylkbar in St Kilda. I highly recommend ordering the pancake stack and a latte tasting board for a decadent breakfast!
What’s do you love most about Melbourne? Let me know in the comments below!