Victoria - Top 10 things to do in Melbourne

By Louise Johnson
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Melbourne skyline and Yarra River, Melbourne, Victoria

Melbourne skyline and Yarra River, Melbourne, Victoria [©Great Wine Capitals]

Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria
Fashion at the Spring Racing Carnival - Caulfield, Victoria
Spring Racing Carnival - Moonee Valley
Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria

You may be in Melbourne for the Spring Racing Carnival, but you can't spend the whole week at Flemington. Here's a top 10 great things to do in Melbourne in between the horses.

  1. Discover the secrets of Melbourne with a Hidden Secrets tour. There are three options:
    • a sommelier's walk that visits three venues for exclusive wine tastings,
    • the lanes and arcades tour which takes you to local designers and specialty retailers hidden in the back alleys of Melbourne city, or
    • a the Vintage Outing to take in some amazing eclectic vintage boutiques ... read more
  2. Step onto hallowed turf at the home of AFL and cricket as you take a behind the scenes tour of the MCG and the new National Sports more  

  3. If you want to escape the bustle of Spring Racing Carnival fever, visit one of Australia's oldest cultural institutions, the State Library of Victoria. See one of the regularly changing exhibitions or grab a book and head to the octagonal Reading Room and soak up some atmosphere. Marcus Clarke wrote much of his For the Term of his Natural Life in this room ... read more

  4. If you want to see the Yarra River there are two great options. Hop on a bike and enjoy a two hour cycle through the city precincts and surrounds with Real Melbourne Bike Tours ... read more

    Or if you prefer a slower, more relaxing tour, taste a slice of heaven with a traditional gondola ride, complete with champagne and a spectacular sunset more

  5. With more Australian art on permanent display than any other gallery in the world, as well as special exhibitions and programs, cafes, a restaurant and a new perspective of the city through its glass matrix, NGV Australia is more than a great place to view art ... read more

  6. Melbourne Zoo is Australia’s oldest and is home to more than 350 animal species from around the world. You can party like an animal at the Cup Eve party on 3 November or even stay over night with the Roar n' Snore experience... read more

  7. Get as high as you can at the Eureka Skydeck and take in the whole of Melbourne City at once. You can probably see Flemington from up here, so if you don't feel like jostling for a place on the rails, take your binoculars to the top of the world ... read more

  8. Head to the Queen Victoria Markets and act like a local, buying the freshest organic meat or veg and pick up something from the deli section with more than 50 vendors. Or you can join a Foodies Dream Tour and learn about the history of the largest market in the southern hemisphere while tasting your way around ... read more

  9. Explore Federation Square and learn about the history of racing at the Australian Racing Museum - the staff should have some great racing tips ... read more

  10. See the best of Melbourne astride a thoroughbred, a Harley Davidson motorbike. Tour options range from a one-hour inner city spin, through to full days heading down the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles ... read more



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