1. Top 10 Things to do in Melbourne Looking to book things to do in MELBOURNE? CLICK HERE Victoria's capital is full of culture and quirks, with a strong sense of artistry and home to some of the best food, dining and live music in the country. It's home to a number of great attractions both natural and man-made, and with plenty of appealing surrounding destinations within easy reach of a day trip too, there's something to keep everyone happy when visiting Melbourne. But with such a wide variety of experiences on offer in the city and its surrounds, what is the first- time visitor to Melbourne best off doing with their time here? And if you've got multiple days on your itinerary, what opportunities are there for exploration outside the city's boundaries? From art, to attractions, to architecture and more, here, we look at the top 10 things to do in Melbourne. 10.Eureka Skydeck
2. Location: Riverside Quay, Southbank, Melbourne If you're looking to begin your visit to Melbourne by getting an idea of the city's layout - including the location of a number of other landmarks listed on this list - there are few better places than the Eureka Skydeck. Start your journey with awe inspiring views from the Southern Hemisphere's highest viewing platform that boasts not only a central location overlooking the city and beyond, but a great beginning point for any trip to Melbourne as it will allow you to get your bearings and determine where you'd like to go while also providing some great scenery to boot. For those that dare to take the views a step further, you'll be able to experience Skydeck's "The Edge" - an activity that will see you taken over the edge in a glass box, with views directly down into the cityscape. "Start your journey with awe inspiring views from the Southern Hemisphere's highest viewing platform that boasts not only a central location overlooking the city and beyond, but a great beginning point for any trip to Melbourne." Ticket prices are reasonable and on par with most other major cities' "towers", and there is also the option to purchase a "sun and stars" ticket that provides 2 entries in a single day so that you'll be able to see Melbourne at both day and night - each of which provides a wholly different atmosphere. Most believe that sunset is probably the best time of day for a viewing, with the colouring of the sky making for a wonderful contrast with the gradual transition from day to night as the city lights turn on one by one. Alternatively, you could begin your journey with another great viewpoint at... BUY TICKETS 9.The Shrine of Remembrance
3. Location: Kings Domain Parkland, St. Kilda Road, Melbourne This impressive feat of construction serves as both a fitting tribute to our veterans from wars throughout our history as well an ideal starting point for your adventures in Melbourne, for a variety of reasons: its central location serves as a great "lay of the land" spot from which to get your bearings in the city, it offers visitors great views from the top that provide an overview of Melbourne's Paris-style layout, and it's an impressive piece of architecture in its own right. Situated on a hill that provides a solid vantage point alongside other Melbournian highlights such as the Botanical Gardens and Government House, the Shrine of Remembrance is easily accessible via a short walk from the city's free City Circle Tram service and thus - along with Eureka Skydek - can serve as Item No. 1 on everyone's itinerary. As an added bonus, the Shrine's views come free of charge. "It offers visitors great views from the top that provide an overview of Melbourne's Paris-style layout, and it's an impressive piece of architecture in its own right." Of course, the Shrine itself is worthy of spending some time there, not only for the views but the solemn beauty of its surrounds. The Shrine is one of the focal points for annual ANZAC ceremonies in Australia and sits amongst some immaculately-kept gardens, while the daily ceremonial taking down of the flags at 5:00pm is well worth attending if you're in the area at that time. With a facade that mirrors that of ancient Greece and a great lookout accessibly for free just by climbing a few flights of stairs, the Shrine of Remembrance is the perfect way to kick off your Melbourne adventure - just remember to remove your hat upon entering (a mandatory sign of respect). 8.Go Hot Air Ballooning
4. Location: Flights available over Melbourne CBD and Yarra Valley Those with a bit of extra coin to spare and who are wanting some unforgettable views will want to take a hot air balloon ride over Melbourne, as it's one of the few cities in the world that allow such an experience directly over its skyline. Take in the beauty of the city as the sun rises and enjoy a bird's eye view of all that you survey amidst the pure calm and serene skies. Balloon flights typically depart very early in the morning to take advantage of the calm morning air, so you'll get the added benefit of seeing Melbourne illuminated by the glow of the sunrise which makes for a particularly scenic experience. From high above, you'll be able to see many of the major landmarks and city highlights of Melbourne from a vantage point few others get to experience - regional attractions such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Rod Laver Arena, Flemington Raceway, Albert Park Racetrack and much more take on an entirely different life when viewed from on high. "Balloon flights typically depart very early in the morning to take advantage of the calm morning air, so you'll get the added benefit of seeing Melbourne illuminated by the glow of the sunrise which makes for a particularly scenic experience." Balloon flights are also offered from destinations outside Melbourne that provide an alternative view if cityscapes aren't your thing; the Yarra Valley is especially popular, as the beautiful greenery and rolling vineyards below make for an entirely different spectacle. Alternatively, if your time's limited, a helicopter flight over Melbourne is the perfect choice for those wanting an aerial view of the city
5. without the desire for the early morning wakeup call that a ballooning experience requires. BOOK NOW 7.See St. Paul's Cathedral / Flinders St Station Location: Flinders and Swanson Streets, Melbourne CBD Despite its modern and cosmopolitan reputation, Melbourne is home to numerous examples of impressive older architecture - two of the most impressive of which lie within short walking distance of one another. Perhaps the most prominent and impressive of these is St. Paul's Cathedral. A truly stunning building constructed in typical Gothic style, the cathedral sits just across the road from Melbourne's historic Flinder's Street Station, and the two combine to make for a small "hub" district that feels a world away from Australia's second-largest city despite being located right in its heart. "Despite its modern and cosmopolitan reputation, Melbourne is home to numerous examples of impressive older architecture - two of the most impressive of which lie within short walking distance of one another." St. Paul's Cathedral is just as impressive inside as out; the interior boasts impressive craftsmanship as a lot of passion and work obviously went into its construction; from the wooden pews to the carvings on the walls and stained glass which emanates an array of colours from on high, the interior is both an impressive and tranquil place. One does not have to be a particularly religious or spiritual person to appreciate their time here, as the church serves as a pleasant and peaceful haven from the traffic and general city noise taking place just outside, and it's the ideal spot to duck in and enjoy on either a hot and steamy or rainy Melbourne day. Flinder's Street Station, meanwhile, is just across the road and a respectable piece of architecture itself - the station serves as a great central hub that accurately reflects the atmosphere of Melbourne in general: slightly alternative, a strong cultural influence and a functional work of art. Flinder's Street Station is surrounded by various shops, coffees, and cafes while also serving as a gateway to the various other parts of Melbourne and its outlying suburbs, and if you're a fan of coffee there are plenty of spots both within and around to sample a cup of Melbourne's most famous
6. brew. 6.The Dandenong Ranges Location: Approx. 1 hours' drive east of Melbourne CBD Those looking for a dose of nature while getting out of the city for a day or two can look inland and head towards the lush reaches of the greater Melbourne region's Dandenong Ranges, an area that's both scenic and provides several unique activities of its own. The majestic mountain range is famed for its towering Mountain Ash trees and features a blend of wonderful scenery, spots to get fantastic local food, charming little villages and small stores offering various hand-crafted goods. Options for exploring the ranges are numerous; ride on Australia's most notable narrow gauge railway through the breathtaking Blue Dandenong Ranges, visit the area by coach, join a smaller tour for the full Dandenong Ranges experience, or have the best of both worlds with a combined city and Dandenong Ranges tour. "The majestic mountain range is famed for its towering Mountain Ash trees and features a blend of wonderful scenery, spots to get fantastic local food, charming little villages and small stores offering various hand-crafted goods." You'll likely want to go to the Dandenongs outside winter, as it gets cold enough for snow during the coolest parts of the year, and it's during the greener times of year the flora truly comes to life. During these seasons, it's highly recommended to join a wildlife coach tour to discover the Blue Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Valley and visit Healesville Sanctuary, or upgrade to include the Puffing Billy railway.