Melbourne, one of Australia’s most famous city – and rightly so. With a plethora of things to do and places to explore, you’re bound to love this city from the moment you step out of that plane or vehicle.
Wondering how you can make the most out of your upcoming Melbourne vacation or holiday? Worry no more, we’ll show you some of the best destinations and activities in this fantastic part of the world.
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See all the wonders at one of Melbourne’s many festivals. This well-curated arts festival makes its city’s residents experience familiar spaces in all new light. Tourists will find Melbourne’s festivals to be truly festive and exhilarating. Never is this more evident than with the brilliant White Night festival in February, or the famed Comedy Festival every April, the grand Melbourne Fringe in September or Melbourne Festival in October.
Queen Victoria Market
Go and experience Queen Victoria Market. Sydney has Paddy’s, in Melbourne, it’s the splendid Queen Vic. The open-air Queen Victoria Market is something you won’t see every day, packed with stallholders who are zealous about fresh produce. The market is very popular with locals as their go-to for fruits, vegetables, meat and a fantastic variety of dairy and smallgoods. It has also become a ‘must visit’ for tourists. With a huge number of stalls selling anything from clothes, accessories and others, the markets have grown into more than just the place to get the necessities.
Visit the Astor Theatre and see a classic. The Astor is an Art Deco place that’s been opened back in 1936. It’s, in fact, the last single-screen cinema of its kind in operation in Melbourne. You’ll find beautiful gold curtains framing the screen, plus the entire experience will make you go back to old Hollywood. The theatre offers a program of new and classic films in 35mm, 70mm as well as digital formats, plus it’s a cultural hub for movie fans, with remastered classics, double features, new and independent movies, film festivals and other unique events.
Get your nightlife on and dance until dawn. Sydneysiders might fight the good fight against the nightlife-crushing lockouts, but you’ll find Melburnians dancing until the small hours nearly every night of the week – no joke. Do yourself a favour and visit one of the many nightclubs while in Melbourne. On a Saturday night, go to Laundry Bar for an awesome hip-hop party, or dance to some old-school disco at the Toff in Town. Check out which Melbourne DJs are playing at Boney, Howler and Ferdydurke if you’ll be outside the city.
Take a day trip to the Yarra Valley. With its serene rolling green hills, swaying vineyards and timeworn farmhouses, it can be easy to forget that the Yarra Valley is less than an hour’s drive from the CBD. You’ll have the time of your life visiting cellar doors of the region’s famous wineries that are open every weekend, and the winery restaurants have become perhaps one of the most sought-after dining destinations here in Melbourne. Our picks are Tarrawarra Estate, Giant Steps and Yering Station, and don’t forget to fill up on some cheese from Yarra Valley Dairy while you’re at it.
Finding the right accommodation in Melbourne
What better way to rest up after a day’s worth of adventure than to cosy up on a luxurious hotel that fits your wants and budget. There are many awesome accommodations in Melbourne so be sure book one nearest your chosen destinations.
As some of our top picks above are far from each other, it’ll be wiser to book your own car as well, which will also serve to maximise your stay in Melbourne. DriveNow offers affordable cars with quick booking process to boot. Their website also offers quick tips and articles about the accommodations in Melbourne. You can know more about DriveNow here.
About the writer: Kimpy Olivar is a writer who loves to travel. He dreams of writing a book about all his adventures and misadventures in life.