Are you a resident of Melbourne or the state of Victoria, Australia and looking for some fun? Or, are you planning an epic trip with friends or family—and looking for a unique, Instagram-worthy experience filled with all the must-do activities?
If you answered ‘yes’ to either of those questions, this one’s for you.
Residents are lucky to be surrounded by tons of things to do in Melbourne. And if you’re one of the nearly 35 million people to visit Melbourne every year, then you’re lucky, too. Whether you’re in the mood for something more casual or something more upscale, this list has something for you.
Keep reading for advice on navigating Melbourne!
Sip High Tea at Bellinzona
Picture this—you’re in Australia’s spa capital.
You’re at the Bellinzona Resort (a Daylesford tradition, btw), seated in a grand dining room, overlooking the Wombat State Forest. All around you are three-tiered food stands with a variety of dishes, including tasty sandwiches, fresh scones, and more.
On the tables is the most extensive assortment of teas you’ve ever seen—and you love tea—all served in dainty, handpainted, fine China teapots.
This dreamy scene can be a reality. It’s called having the High Tea experience in Daylesford.
Seating is every Thursday and Saturday from 12-4.
Guests can get a classic Devonshire Tea for $18 per person or Royal High Tea for $49 (champagne bubbles included!).
Dress in your best neat-casual and enjoy the afternoon with friends or loved ones.
Try Glamping at Balgownie Estate
A mere 10-minute drive from Bendigo City Centre is the Balgownie Estate Winery, Retreat & Restaurant—where glamping is possible.
Rent a car for as little as ten dollars a day and you can go anywhere, so this drive will seem like nothing!
This resort has amazingly cool sleeping arrangements. Choose from a luxury bell tent, twin-size bell tent, or a safari tent.
If you’ve ever dreamed of playing a part in a cool adventure movie, this is your opportunity—your inner child will thank you.
Oh, and did we mention these fifteen glamping tents surround the vineyard? Wake up to authentic, breathtaking views of the Victorian countryside starting from $155 a night.
Have Pizza With Pooches at Cleveland Winery
Calling all dog lovers!
Has your Instagram account turned into a shrine for your four-legged friend? Do you take your pooch everywhere? Then you’ll want to start spending your Sundays at the Cleveland Winery.
Officially dubbed Pizza and Pooches, this community event allows you to spend the whole day with your furry buddy, and other guests’ pets, too!
From 12-3, relax with your friends, animals, and a glass of fresh, local wine on Cleveland Winery’s Chardonnay Terrace.
Pro tip: to get mentioned on their page, don’t forget to #PizzaPooches!
Dine at the Heritage Restaurant
Heritage Restaurant is known around Melbourne for being the place where lovers of food and wine, wine and dine. This gorgeous restaurant features large windows that capture that perfect golden hour glow. The panoramic views overlook the stunning Bellinzona gardens, providing a great backdrop.
The restaurant is perfect for several occasions—a romantic evening for two, a casual lunch with Mum, or an evening out with friends. Come during the warmer months to enjoy the outdoor deck that sits over the Wombat State Forest.
If you’re a local, visit on Wednesdays—Local’s Night celebrates residents with a two- or three-course meal and a glass of wine. Only $40 per person gets you a two-course, and it’s only $10 more for three. Plus, you get to sip on wine from the renowned Cleveland Winery or Balgownie Estate Wine. This is the perfect place for an upcoming anniversary meal or birthday get-together with a special friend.
Shop at the Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market, aka Melbourne’s Marketplace, is a sprawling shopping site that offers quality produce, clothing and shoes, barbers, health and beauty supplies, seafood, and much, much more. If you can think of it, there’s a chance there’s a stall for it at this market.
Trading hours are from 6 AM – 3 PM every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; Saturdays from 6 AM -4 PM; and Sundays from 9 AM -4 PM. This gives you plenty of time to accommodate schedules. For transportation, consider
- Free bike parking throughout the market
- Taking the tram, which departs nearly every 5 minutes and is right outside the market
- Driving and parking at one of the many spots around
- Taking a 7-minute walk from the nearest train station
Just as there’s a stall for everything, there’s a mode of transportation for all situations and people. Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience right in the region!
Dance the Night Away to Live Music
Melbourne has a ton of great artists that stop by and perform. Spend your night dancing to your favourite band, best outfit on, no cares in the world other than having a great time.
There are several music venues to choose from, so go with the one that fits your vibe. Some local-approved options include:
- The Gasometer Hotel—where you can party on the roof
- Section 8—the oh-so-trendy shipping container bar that offers genre-spanning music and low prices
- Cherry Bar—take a pic next to the AC/DC Lane sign; check out open mic nights on Mondays or search for free gigs
- Rubix Warehouse—where underground becomes front and centre; go here for the next-level atmosphere
All music lovers need to spend at least one evening at one of these great venues or the many others around. Melbourne’s music scene is one to experience for locals and visitors alike.
No More FOMO: Enjoy These Amazing Things to Do in Melbourne
Keep your camera and your phone charged—you’re going to want to document these fabulous experiences!
This is just a taste of all the many things to do in Melbourne. With this list in mind, you’ll never be bored at home scrolling your feed again. Instead, you’ll be out living your best life!