Melbourne is one of Australia’s best cities to go shopping, explore the outdoors or try some culinary delights. Whether you’re here for the weekend, or just have a day free with nothing planned, what can you get up to in order to make the most of Melbourne? With new deals from Groupon every day we’re here to help you have a brilliant experience.

#1 Yarra River

River flowing through Melbourne

Many people say life in Melbourne revolves around the Yarra River and its clear to see why. With so many parks, places to eat and events seemingly going on all year round you can just take a seat and watch the world go by, the river is the star feature of the city.

YARRA RIVER

 

#2 Port Phillip

Hotspot close to CBD

A city in its own right, Port Phillip encompasses much of the area from Southbank down to Brighton. If you’re not there to explore around Albert Park Lake, you’ll most likely be down by St. Kilda Pier, especially if you’re visiting Luna Park.

PORT PHILLIP

 

#3 Yarra Valley

Area famed for produce

Even though the rivers starts in the city, the Yarra Valley stretches far beyond the city limits and deep in to Victoria. Whether you want to take a tour of a winery or venture high above in a hot air balloon, a little bit of exploration into the valley is a must.

YARRA VALLEY

 

#4 Queen Victoria Market

Famous food market

Want to get a good sense of the culinary scene in Melbourne? Make sure Queen Victoria Market is high on your list. Going since roughly 1869, it’s the biggest market of its kind in this part of the world and is the place to be early on a weekend morning, especially if you want superb coffee.

QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET

 

#5 Federation Square

Top rated public square

One of the most popular spots in Melbourne, Federation Square is seen as one of the best public squares in the world. It has too many great pubs and restaurants to name and is also a fantastic spot if you want to soak up some culture from a guided tour or visit to ACMI.

FEDERATION SQUARE

 

#6 Royal Botanic Gardens

Well maintained city park

If you love nothing more than an afternoon stroll through a park, Melbourne has you covered with the Royal Botanic Gardens. It isn’t all about stopping to smell the roses. You can do here anything from punting on Ornamental Lake to watching Hollywood classics at the Moonlight Cinema.

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS

 

#7 Eureka Tower

Viewing deck on skyscraper

Stretching high above the Melbourne skyline and promising the best views of the city, Eureka Tower is one of the most popular attractions in town. And if you’re brave, you can step out in to Edge, the special glass cube that actually moves out of the building, letting you see all the way down.

 EUREKA TOWER

 

#8 Crown Melbourne

Hotel & Casino in CBD

One of Melbourne’s most notable buildings, the Crown Melbourne has become a mainstay of the CBD. Known for its luxury hotels room, premium restaurants (Nobu and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal to name just two) and lively entertainment, it’s one of the highest rated attractions in the city.

CROWN MELBOURNE

 

#9 Luna Park

Beloved local amusement park

It’s a safe bet you’ll have a fun day out in Melbourne when you visit Luna Park. The oldest amusement park in the country (going since 1912), Luna Park has rides and games to suit all ages, making it perfect for family days out or a fun date idea when you want something other than dinner and a movie.

Luna Park

 

#10 National Gallery of Victoria

Australia’s oldest art gallery

Soak up some of that famous Melbourne culture with a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria. It’s the country’s oldest art museum, claiming to have over 70,000 pieces of art housed. It also is known for having a varied exhibition schedule promising something new every time you visit.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA

 

#11 Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Aquarium with varied collection

Where else would you find crocodiles and sharks in the middle of Melbourne than at the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium? Housing one of the best collections of aquatic life in the country, you can see crocs, penguins, rays, turtles and watch animals get fed throughout the day.

SEA LIFE MELBOURNE AQUARIUM

 

#12 Royal Exhibition Building

Historic city centre building

One of Melbourne’s landmark buildings, Royal Exhibition Building has been a jack of all trades over the years, becoming everything from an aquarium to a fully functioning hospital. Now it’s seen as a leading exhibition space with a wide spectrum of events throughout the year

ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING

 

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We always have new and exciting deals to be found at Groupon so that you can have a fantastic time in Melbourne, all while making a great saving. With so much to see and do in Victoria’s capital, when you use our deals, you’ll be sure to find the perfect experience for any occasion.

Free things to do in Melbourne

Planning a big day out in Melbourne on a budget? We have great deals right here on this page for the best attractions. If you want some inspiration for things to do that are completely free, we suggest:

  • Getting interactive with the free exhibitions at ACMI
  • Checking out the street art along Hosier Lane
  • Visiting Camberwell Market or Rose Street Artists Market
  • Riding the City Circle tram (it even has an audio commentary on board)

What can I do in Melbourne this weekend?

Weekends in Melbourne are always great fun, whether you’ll be museum hopping, doing a pub crawl or just want to relax and chill.

We recommend checking out what the latest events at Queen Vic Market are as they always having something going on.

If you have the whole day free, jump in the car, get some fresh air and visit the likes of Ballarat or cruise along the Great Ocean Road.

What can I do in Melbourne with kids?

If you’re stuck for something to do with the kids, then don’t fret, you’ll easily be able to find something new and exciting to keep them entertained. The aquarium is great for any animal lovers and the city’s adventure parks, with their flumes and go-karts, can make for an exciting day out for the whole family. If you’d like something a little more educational, then the city’s museums could be a good pick, with the Melbourne Museum’s giant wombat bones being a standout exhibit.[GG13]

Things to do in Brunswick

Many neighbourhoods lay claim to being the coolest, but in our estimation if you consider yourself a bit of a trendsetter, you’ll want to stick around Brunswick.

It’s the place to be if you like:

  • Craft beer scene
  • Pop up restaurants (some of the best food is around Lygon St)
  • Artsy boutiques
  • Indoor climbing at Northside Boulders

Essential Travel Hacks in Melbourne

If you’ve never been to Melbourne before and need to get “clued in” on what to know, some of our travel hacks for the city include:

  • Keep a jacket with you. While its always great weather during the day, in the evenings you can really feel the drop if you’re not used to it
  • The 901 bus from the airport is the cheapest way to get in to town
  • Cafes in laneways (if you’re quite central) will usually be cheaper for coffee and lunch than on main streets

What’s the weather like in Melbourne?

Obviously if you’re looking for sunshine all day long, anytime between November to January is really worth visiting. The rainiest months are April and May, where you’d expect (at most) 55mm of rain throughout the month.

Time of Year

Min. temperature

Max. temperature

Jan

+15°C

+26°C

April

+12°C

+21°C

July

+6°C

+14°C

October

+10°C

+20°C

How do I get around Melbourne?

Public transport in Melbourne is fantastic, with easy integration between trams, trains and buses.

If you’re going to be using it a lot, get yourself a myki card. They can be bought and topped up at over 800 locations across the city. And if you know you’re only going to need it for one day, make sure to get the myki explorer card which gets you unlimited travel and a map, so you don’t get too lost while exploring.

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