The cosmopolitan capital city of Victoria, Melbourne is a metropolis that consists of an emphasis on culture, art, and great food with many memorable and unique things to do for both first time visitors and locals alike. It’s a city that can be enjoyed over the course of both short and long stays, although prioritising what you’re looking to do in such a diverse city can often be a difficult task.
With both its large physical area and huge array of options for activities and attractions to visit, forming an itinerary for a short trip to Melbourne can sometimes seem daunting, especially for those who are short on time and strictly looking for the best value for money.
Due to frequent questions and requests from our customers, we at Experience Oz have put together some suggested itineraries for Melbourne holidays for stays of lengths of 2, 3, 4 and 5 days in order to help the first-time visitor form an efficient sightseeing plan to ensure no essential sight or stone is left unturned and your time in Melbourne is maximised to the fullest!
See the sights of Melbourne
Melbourne City Sightseeing Tour: Melbourne is a city that is widely renowned for its gardens, history, culture, character and European-style charm, and a city tour is the best way to see all of the essentials of the capital with maximum efficiency to ensure no time is wasted. All the main architectural must-see’s are covered on a sightseeing itinerary that can make things easier for those tight on time as well as providing additional insight and commentary to boot.
With such highlights included on the tour itinerary as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Federation Square, Chinatown, Parliament House and much more, you’re sure to get a true taste of the diversity that Melbourne is all about.
Head to the Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road Day Trip: Widely considered one of the world’s most beautiful and dramatic drives, the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is an amazing stretch of coastline that is a must-see while in the region. A tour will take you to see the highlights of this spectacular track that offers some great geographic and wildlife photo opportunities, all of which culminates in the iconic Apostles rock formations jutting out of the ocean.
The Great Ocean Road was voted by the public as having the #3 Most Beautiful Sunsets in Australia in our nation-wide poll; as a result, a sunset tour comes recommended so you can see it for yourself!
Yarra River Cruise and Shopping
Melbourne River Cruise: Melbourne’s Yarra River provides the perfect destination for a river cruise that will let you enjoy the views of some of the city’s famous landmarks from its lovely waters. See the iconic Botanic Gardens, River Gardens and Dockland or experience a cruise at night to experience the river by moonlight while enjoying a delicious dinner in comfort and privacy.
In the afternoon, take advantage of Melbourne’s status as Australia’s “shopping capital” by indulging in a dose of retail therapy at any number of shopping options throughout the city – ranging from the massive Chadstone complex (Australia’s largest) to the myriad quirky smaller boutiques that can be found within the city’s many laneways.
Visit the sports precinct
Melbourne is a city steeped in sporting history and culture and therefore has numerous fields, stadiums, racetracks and courts that have born witness to some of Australia’s most spectacular athletic feats, rivalries and matches. As the birthplace of Aussie Rules Football and the site of such famous venues as the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Rod Laver Arena and Flemington Racecourse, there’s likely to be at least one lingering memory every Aussie has of a huge event taking place here
If you’re wanting an insider’s look at each of these facilities, a sports tour of Melbourne will let you get a behind-the-scenes look at these world class sporting venues.
Eureka Skydeck and Melbourne Aquarium
Within Melbourne city itself are two highly popular destinations for visitors that showcase some of the best of what the city has to offer. The Eureka Skydeck, located on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower, is the highest viewing platform in the entire southern hemisphere and offers great views of the entire city and beyond. It’s a great way to get a visual recap of the places in Melbourne you’ve already visited and see all the sights from an entirely different angle.
Once back down at ground level, head to Melbourne Aquarium to discover the amazing range of creatures from a variety of seascapes including the depths of Antarctica, Rivers, Reefs and the weird and wonderful that live further down below the ocean’s surface. Melbourne Aquarium is in easy walking distance of Eureka Skydeck so you won’t need to take public transport!
In addition, if you are looking for further ideas on activities, attractions and other things to do in Melbourne, don’t hesitate to check out our main Melbourne region section for an extended catalogue of things to do!