Top 5 Things to Do in Melbourne

Melbourne is a wonderful city for a holiday with family or friends. A vibrant city with amazing sights, a phenomenal amount of things to do, charming laneways, hidden secrets and friendly locals - these are just a few reasons why Melbourne has been voted 'The Most Liveable City in the World' for three years running!

    By Matt Pruys


    If Melbourne is such a great place to live, just imagine how memorable a holiday in Melbourne could be! What better way to help guide you around this city, than to get the perspective of Melburnians? With our office currently based in Melbourne, the friendly staff at have provided our own take on Melbourne and give some hot tips for travellers.

    City Life in Melbourne

    The centre of Melbourne, otherwise known as the Central Business District (or CBD), holds much of what Melbourne has to offer to travellers. In this section of our Melbourne by Melburnians guide, five of the staff here at HomeAway give their insights into why they love the Melbourne city life. Their answers will help you find some fantastic features of Melbourne on your holiday.

    Melbourne by Night

    If you're a night owl, then Melbourne is the place for you! The city really does come alive at night with plenty happening on each night of the week, so it doesn't matter when you visit - there will be something to do! From live music in sensational venues, to quiet bars more suited to a chat, to the coolest clubs in town, three HomeAway staff members provide you with all you need to know!

    Culture in Melbourne

    The culture in Melbourne is a big reason why so many people fall in love with this city. Travellers are spoilt for choice for restaurant options, with a raft of different ethnicities represented. From Asian, to Middle-Eastern, to old-school American diners, Melbourne will satisfy your every culinary need. Add to that the booming sporting culture that Melbourne is renowned for, accessible day trip locations and a host of outdoor activites to engage in, and the ingredients are there for a memorable holiday. In this section, we have five HomeAway staff members providing you with every cultural fact about the city that you could think of.

    Melbourne for Families

    If you're bringing the little ones on holiday, you know all too well the need to keep them entertained. Luckily for you, Melbourne has an absolute ton of fantastic activities that will have the whole family enraptured for hours. Our family-friendly HomeAway staff provide you with the best family activities to do in Melbourne, along with some suggestions on where to visit for dinner!


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  1. Walk Through History

    St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most beautiful and historic sites in Melbourne. You’ll find it right in the heart of the city. The site of the Cathedral itself is historic and had established a long history even before St. Paul’s was built in the 1880s. You’ll see it right away if you travel to the corners of Swanston and Flinders Streets in Melbourne. Even if you aren’t visiting to pray, you’ll enjoy the amazing architecture and quiet history of St. Paul’s.
  2. Ride Through the City

    The City Circle Tram is one of the best ways to get around Melbourne and explore all the sights, and it's free. Listen to audio commentary as you ride past landmarks and attractions. On the ride, you’ll see Melbourne sights like Parliament House, Federation Square, the Princess Theatre and the Docklands. Look for the tram stops throughout the city to hop aboard. They run every Sunday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  3. Visit the Animals

    Every member of the family will enjoy a trip to the Melbourne Zoo. It’s home to more than 350 different animal species who live in a variety of different habitats, including the Eastern Bongo, which is a beautiful and critically endangered antelope. The Melbourne Zoo is Australia’s oldest zoo, and an attraction that you shouldn’t miss on your city holiday. Animal lovers of all kinds will enjoy a visit to this attraction.
  4. Tour Area Wineries

    Take a Winebus Winery Tour to get a real taste of Melbourne. The winery tour is a relaxed adventure that takes you through the wine-making area of Yarra Valley, a beautiful part of Australia. Tour guides will tell you about wine as you travel to four different wineries. During the tour, you’ll stop for a delicious gourmet lunch, and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to taste various vintages.
  5. Sleep in Style

    There are enough things to do in Melbourne to keep you occupied all day, every day, but how will you spend your nights? Instead of going to a huge hotel building that offers cramped quarters and impersonal service, get yourself a beautiful holiday rental. At the end of the day, you can retire to your own modern apartment, beautiful family home, or maybe even a private lodge. A free car rental may even be included in the home rental package, if you're lucky!!

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