“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comforts of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things. -air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky. -all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
Welcome to Melbourne! Or, if you haven’t yet set off, you are bound for a unique experience. Melbourne is located on the southern tip of mainland Australia and provides a diverse experience of the Australian landscape. With a population of approximately 5 million, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the Western world. It is known primarily for its exceptional coffee, beautiful scenery and graffitied laneways. The city itself is an exciting maze of coffee shops, colonial buildings and quirky terraces. To the north, the Yarra Valley provides seemingly endless, wide open vistas of rolling hills, vineyards and plantations. To the south, you will find the famous coloured bathhouses of Brighton Beach, the cultural melting pot of St Kilda, and further south, the beautiful beaches of the Mornington Peninsula, Wilsons Promontory and, last but certainly not least, the Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles.
Among these tips, I will show you not only the best places to go and things to do, but also the best times of year, the kind of clothing to pack if it is an outdoor experience, and I will point you to the right sources to find more detailed information.
Come with me on a journey of discovery to find the best that Melbourne has to offer!
- Bring Clothing For All Seasons
I cannot stress this enough! Melbourne is affectionately known by locals as having ‘four seasons in one day,’ every day. Even in winter, there are occasional warm days, and in the warmer months towards the end of the year, depending on where you are, you just might freeze. Summer temperatures can range from about 15° to well over 30°, while winter temperatures are usually between 6° and 15°. Autumn and spring have very similar average temperatures, but while autumn has the most stable weather patterns and plenty of sunny days, spring weather is not particularly wedding-friendly – it can change drastically on any given day.
Queensland, in contrast to Victoria, is sunny and warm year-round – winter temperatures rarely drop below 20°. When I first moved, the changeability of Melbourne weather shocked me, and I felt entirely unprepared for the onslaught of winter. I had very few warm clothes, and it took me a while to adjust to a new pattern of dressing – layers! There was many a time I was caught out – in the city, at the beach, on a walk – by either rain or a sudden cool change.
So, unlike I was, be prepared and always pack at least a light jumper, even on a reasonably warm day!
2. Remember To Explore Outside The City
Don’t get me wrong – Melbourne City is beautiful. It has a stunning riverfront locale, and offers plentiful good food and live music, but there is much more to see further afield which we will go on to explore, including beaches, mountains, small towns and national parks with stunning views. It may be worth obtaining a hire car to help you get around, as public transport options become limited once you reach the outer suburbs.
3. Eat A Meal At Chin Chin Restaurant
With over 3,000 Google reviews averaging well over 4 stars, this restaurant is a winner and a definite must-do. Chin Chin is a Thai/fusion restaurant with a classy yet relaxed feel and incredible food. Make sure you try the pork roll-ups!
4. Visit The Penguin Parade
Eat delicious food while watching the smallest penguins in the world waddle up the beach at Phillip Island, approximately 90 minutes from Melbourne CBD. If you can’t make it that far, St Kilda Pier also offers a similar experience. Hold on to your camera straps!
5. Experience The Melbourne Brunch
Brunch with the best at The Kettle Black on Albert Road, Higher Ground on Little Bourke Street or Three Bags Full, on Nicholson Street in Abbotsford. Make the most of the coffee, smashed avocado and eggs benedict, as they are what Melbournians are proudest of! Just make sure you put aside some savings for a house before they all drain away….
6. Take A Trip to Brighton Beach
See the famous brightly-coloured bathing houses on Brighton Beach. Take the Sandringham line train to Middle Brighton and either walk or catch an Uber for the short trip from there. It is the perfect location to grab some fish and chips and sit on the beach, but remember not to feed the seagulls, no matter what they try to tell you. Once there, make sure you get a picture with the iconic Australian flag bathing house!
7. Explore The Graffiti Laneways
No Melbourne tourist’s Instagram feed is complete without a few graffiti laneway pictures. Graffiti is one of Melbourne’s most iconic and recognizable art forms. For the best street art, try Hosier Lane, AC/DC Lane and Duckboard Place. For more, a quick Google search will show you the closest ones to your location.
8. Take A Tour Of The Old Melbourne Gaol
If you are one for conspiracy theories and creepy ghost stories, you will love taking a tour of the Old Melbourne Gaol. The Gaol was the site of the hanging of the famous bushranger Ned Kelly in 1880, a character now immortalized in film, legend and popular culture. Try one of their various night tours, found on their website or a deal page such as Groupon. They also offer A Night in the Watch House tours. Just make sure you are feeling brave!
9. Visit The Immigration Museum
Just a short walk from the Flinders Street Station, the Immigration Museum offers a unique insight into Melbourne’s multicultural past. The permanent exhibits feature stories of settlement throughout the years, and the stone courtyard behind the museum lists the names of many early migrants. You may find your own ancestor on a plaque! Make sure you check the website for the latest temporary exhibits.
10. Try A Famous Melbourne Coffee
No visit to Melbourne is complete without the full coffee shop experience. For some of the best inner-city options, try Patricia, on the corner of Little Bourke and Little William Streets, Industry Beans, on Little Collins Street, and Dukes Coffee Roasters on Flinders Lane. The coffee is so good here that a trip to the CBD will often be characterized by jitters from an excess of caffeine, so make sure you have something active planned to burn off all the energy!
11. Warm Up A Winter Holiday With Mulled Wine
With a delicious hit of toasty warmth, spices and of course, alcohol, mulled wine will soothe you right down to your toes. Try Riverland Bar in the CBD, Left Bank on Southbank or The Hof Downtown in Docklands. This is the perfect soothing night out for if you are traveling with friends or your significant other. Classy and the perfect counter to those frosty southerly breezes.
12. Shop ‘Til You Drop
For those who love to shop, Melbourne is well-equipped with options to keep you busy all holiday long! Some of the best locations include Melbourne Central, Emporium, QV, Bourke Street Mall and Chadstone Shopping Centre. You can also book a shopping tour from an extensive list of options available via TripAdvisor or Groupon.
13. Have A Unique Dining Experience In A Lygon Street Restaurant
Lygon Street is the go-to place for a variety of cuisines at affordable prices. For delicious Italian food, try Brunetti, La Guido La Pasta and Il Cantuccio. Heartattack and Vine offers fresh European café food, and Ying Thai 2 and Thai City Restaurant are high rating Thai restaurants. For more standard pub food, try Green Man’s Arms.
14. Admire The Unique Architecture Of Federation Square And Flinders Street Station
Once named the 6th Best Public Square in the World, Fed Square offers a range of events, cafes and stunning architecture. Flinders Street Station, built in 1854, is the oldest train station in Australia. Make sure you grab a photo in front of the famous façade!
15. Shop For Trinkets To Take Home At Queen Victoria Market
What’s a holiday without souvenirs for your loved ones? Queen Victoria Markets are the place to go to shop till you drop. Open every day but Monday, and with the Winter Night Market on Wednesday evening, these markets are a Melbourne icon. The markets also offer fresh produce, including fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and cheeses, as well as food stalls where you can purchase snacks, meals and drinks.
16. Stroll Through The Fitzroy And Carlton Gardens
The Fitzroy Gardens are a beautiful 64-acre park located in East Melbourne. Featuring a Conservatory building, the historical Cooks Cottage, an Elm-lined path and much more, they are the ideal afternoon walking destination. Carlton Gardens, located in Carlton and sharing land with the Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building, also offers a variety of fountains and lakes to relax beside.
17. Wander The Melbourne Museum
The Melbourne Museum is an unusual and informative museum with a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits. Obtain an insight into Melbourne’s past, medical research history or Aboriginal culture. Concession tickets and children under 16 obtain free entry, so if you are on a study tour or exchange, it is a fantastic cheap outing. Check the website for ticket prices and what’s on.
18. Experience The Wonder of A Melbourne White Night Festival
On at least one August night each year, some of Melbourne’s biggest landmarks are lit up in a spectacular lighting display known as the White Night Festival. In addition to the displays, the festival also features winter food stalls and live music. Check the website for more details and dates.
19. Cruise The Yarra River
A Yarra cruise offers a stunning view of the city and a classic maritime atmosphere not to be missed. Try Groupon for a wide range of affordable options, including romantic evening cruises and daytime cruises suitable for the whole family or friend group. Once again – stay prepared and bring a variety of layers, as the weather can change at any moment!
20. Go Art-Gallery Hopping
Melbourne was once the home of the famous Heidelberg School artists, including Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton. As a result, Melbourne prides itself on its world-class art galleries and various pockets of artistic flair. Some specific options (and favourites of mine) are the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Heidelberg, Montsalvat in Eltham and the TarraWarra Museum of Art in Healesville. For a broader, more one-stop-shop experience, visit the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in the CBD. This last option offers free entry for the general exhibits, but prices will range for special exhibits.
21. Ride To The Top Of The Eureka Skydeck
Get a birds-eye view of Melbourne CBD through the 360-degree glass walls of the Eureka Skydeck. Bear in mind this is not for those with a fear of heights! The attraction boasts the fastest lift in the Southern Hemisphere, and at 285 metres, depending on who you are, the experience will either invigorate you or send you rushing back to the ground floor. There is also a kiosk onsite for small meals and drinks. Tickets and various packages are available online.
22. Enjoy World-Class Live Music
Melbourne is considered on par with Berlin for live music. Forum Melbourne, Espy, Palais Theatre, The Tote and The Toff In Town are some of your best venues to hear quality acts from both Melbourne and abroad. For fans of jazz, there is also the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the more casual, community-based Eltham Jazz Festival in the northeastern suburb of Eltham.
23. Wander Through The University Of Melbourne
Opened in 1855, The University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus is sprawling and leafy, with cobbled paths and sandstone buildings dating back to its 19th century origins. It was also ranked in 2018 by Times Higher Education as the 32nd best university in the world academically and boasts several world-class graduate schools. This beautiful campus is located just a short walk from the Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Building.
24. Visit The Shrine Of Remembrance And Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens at South Bank offer a stunning, flora-lined walk next to the Yarra River. There are plenty of spots to bring a picnic and camp out on the grass, and, for the green thumbs, the gardens provide a striking array of plant life.
Also worth a visit is the Shrine of Remembrance, which can be found just beside the gardens. It was constructed following World War I, and the style is inspired by both the Tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus and the Parthenon in Athens. It is a solemn reminder of war, yet its commemorative features, including an eternal flame, give a sense of connection to those who have fought for Australia’s freedom.
25. Enjoy A Free Orchestral Performance In The Sidney Myer Music Bowl
In the first few months of each year, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra provides three free outdoor concerts in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, located within the Botanical Gardens. It is a favourite event which my husband and I attend at least once a year. Bring friends, a picnic rug, warm clothing and wet weather gear – no matter what time of year, rain is a staple! – and enjoy beautiful classical music. And food. How could I forget the food? There are also a variety of food trucks offering main meals, desserts and warming hot drinks.
26. Catch A Live Theatre Performance
Melbourne is renowned for not just its music, but also its wide range of quality theatrical performances. Be sure to check what is on before you arrive via the Visit Melbourne website. Primary venues are the Arts Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company at Southbank, the Malthouse Theatre and Arts House.
27. See The Community Garden Projects
Community garden projects are a thoughtful not-for-profit venture which Melbourne residents have taken on in order to provide for those in need. Organisations such as Fareshare, as well as the Victorian government and local governments have created a string of gardens which are tended by locals and volunteers. This provides a way to build community relationships, cater to the less fortunate and foster awareness of the environment. Accessible examples of this are Veg Out in St Kilda, Fareshare Kitchen Garden in Abbotsford and Pop Up Patch in Federation Square.
28. See A Cricket Match Or AFL Game At The MCG
Melbournites are crazy about their AFL (Australian Football League), and if you stick around, it won’t be long before someone asks you who your team is. The MCG is the equivalent of church for many fanatical Victorians. Get ahead of the game by attending a match yourself but do some reading or ask some other fans to explain the rules, as it isn’t as simple as it may appear! I’ll be honest, even though I’ve had it explained to me a couple of times, I’m still lost.
29. Feel A Rush of Adrenalin At Luna Park
Luna Park in St Kilda is a theme park for all ages. Open on weekends, public holidays (except Christmas Day) and school holidays, it offers a chance to leave the busy, professional city environment and have some well-deserved fun! It features a variety of attractions including the Speedy Beetle, Power Surge and, for the more adventurous, the Great Scenic Railway, a railway-themed rollercoaster.
30. Experience A City Oasis At The Melbourne Zoo
The Melbourne Zoo in Parkville is just a stone’s throw from The University of Melbourne, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Central Station, yet it feels like an isolated world of its own. For example, the elephant enclosure has been given a South East Asian flavour – one expects to turn the corner and be standing in a rice paddy. The primate section also has a definite jungle feel. Some of my highlights include the meerkats, the lemur enclosure (where you can wander among the animals), the reptile house and the climate-controlled butterfly house.
31. Indulge Your Reading Habit At The State Library
For the history and literature buffs, the State Library of Victoria is the place to be. Its stunning architectural design, range of books and exhibits will keep you fascinated for hours. For those less bookish travelling companions, its proximity to the shopping meccas of Melbourne Central and QV make it the ideal compromise.
32. Explore The Many Walking Tracks In The Dandenong Ranges
The Dandenong Ranges are a beautiful, temperate rainforest just an hour’s drive from Melbourne CBD. They can also be accessed via the Belgrave line from Central Station in approximately 2 hours. On a clear day, Bring a picnic to take to One Tree Hill, Burkes Lookout or Fern Tree Gully Picnic Ground, or my favourite – Hamer Arboretum, or strap on your walking shoes to experience Sherbrooke or Olinda Falls.
33. Ride The Puffing Billy Steam Train
A remarkable feature of the Dandenong Ranges is Puffing Billy – an antique steam train which runs daily from Belgrave to Gembrook. Observe the forest from the quaint open-air carriages, and be sure, as usual, to pack warm clothes and wet weather gear as well as a hat. Check the website for tickets and more details. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the ride!
34. Have A Literary Lunch At Miss Marple’s Tea Room
Another wonderful, quaint feature of the Dandenong Ranges is Miss Marple’s Tea Room. Located in Sassafras, it is constructed to echo the style of the famous Agatha Christie character, Miss Marple. All the food is memorable, but the Quiche Lorraine is a must try. Bookings are essential, and the phone number can be found on their website.
35. Marvel At The Artistic Genius Of William Ricketts
The William Ricketts Sanctuary, located on the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, is a tribute to an eccentric artist with an admirable passion for conserving the Aboriginal heritage of central Australia, a place he knew and loved well. Over 90 of his beautiful sculptures are preserved in the sanctuary, along with his cottage, where you can find a video offering more information about the artist’s life. The full circuit is approximately 500m, making it the perfect option for a low-energy walk!
36. Wander The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden
Now, this is a real winner. Once known as the National Rhododendron Gardens, the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden are a sprawling, breathtaking vista of floral paradise at every turn. Most spectacular during spring and autumn, but still a winner all year round, the gardens offer an impressive array of rhododendrons, daffodils, proteas and blooms of many other varieties. There is also a cafe onsite which is open on weekends.
37. Experience The Famous Pie Floater At Pie In The Sky
Get a taste of South Australia in Melbourne! A pie floater is an Adelaide special – a meat pie submerged in soup. Whether that sounds delicious or revolting to you, you won’t know unless you try it. Pie in the Sky has won an impressive swag of awards for their pie-and-pea-soup combination, and it doesn’t disappoint. My personal favourite is the Beef Burgundy – slow-cooked red wine perfection!
38. Get Up Close And Personal With Australian Wildlife At Healesville Sanctuary
About 1 hour and 20 minutes from Melbourne CBD, in the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley, is the Healesville Sanctuary. This is a must-see for tourists who want to experience as much as they can of Australia on a trip to Melbourne. See kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, koalas and snakes, and for an extra fee you can spend 10 minutes getting a ‘Close-up’ with your animal of choice. Be sure to check the website for current details.
39. Travel The Great Ocean Road
Driving along the clifftop bends of the Great Ocean Road is truly an unforgettable experience. I have visited the Great Ocean Road twice now, and I still find Loch Ard Gorge one of the most breathtaking sights I have ever seen. You will need a hire car or tour bus to explore as the road begins in Torquay, 1 hour and 20 minutes southwest of Melbourne city, and the full stretch extends for 243 kms. Must-sees are: Bells Beach, the famous surfing mecca, Lorne, the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, The Grotto and The Arch.
40. Explore Otway National Park
Another great feature of the Great Ocean Road and one which deserves an entry all to itself is Otway National Park. This is a great spot to explore during a camping holiday at Wye River or a stay in Apollo Bay, just a short distance away. Embark on a serious hiking quest along the Great Ocean Walk, a short exploration of Maits Rest, a visit to the Cape Otway Lightstation or a dizzying treetop adventure at Otway Fly. Otway National Park is also known for some spectacular waterfalls, including Stevenson Falls, Phantom Falls and Erskine Falls. Check Parks Victoria for up-to-date information, or Airbnb for accommodation, but be sure to book early, as it fills up fast!
41. Get Lost At Hanging Rock
Relive the drama of the famous Joan Lindsay book which later became the Peter Weir film and most recently, the Foxtel series Picnic at Hanging Rock at the location which inspired the story. Parking is $10, and you will want to get there early on weekends and public holidays as it fills fast! There is a kiosk and information centre where you can immerse yourself in the story before the short hike up to the rock itself. Keep a close watch on children, as it is surprisingly easy to get lost among the crags (I may or may not know from experience!)
42. Float In An Idyllic Location At Turpins Falls
Located just 30 minutes from Hanging Rock, or 1.5 hours from Melbourne CBD, Turpins Falls is the ideal spot for an inland cool-off during Melbourne’s parched summers. On sweltering December/January weekends, it is a sea of colourful flotation devices as it is a popular escape for city-dwellers and tourists alike. Bring plenty of sunscreen, water and snacks, and, on a somber note, be careful of the cliffs as visitors have sadly fallen to their deaths in the area.
43. Soak In The Warmth Of Peninsula Hot Springs
For a true relaxation experience, one cannot go past the Peninsula Hot Springs at Rye, on the Mornington Peninsula. Featuring over 50 varied bathing options including hot and cold pools, a Turkish bath, massaging showers and a sauna, a day spent here will leave you invigorated and refreshed. Check the website for ticket details, and bookings are essential. Make sure you plan for a good meal in Rye afterward though – so much relaxing leaves you surprisingly starved, and Captains of Rye Back Bar does a great burger and chips.
44. Take A Winery Tour In The Yarra Valley
Yarra Valley wines are some of the most sought-after in the world. The Yarra Valley region is dotted with numerous wineries offering tastings, gourmet food and a chance to unwind. Some of the best wineries are Helen & Joey Estate, Domaine Chandon and Rob Dolan Wines. For more details and options, check Groupon, TripAdvisor or Visit Yarra Valley.
45. Go Camping in Wilsons Promontory National Park
Another essential visit if you have time to venture about 3 hours out of the city is Wilsons Promontory National Park. It is a 505 km2 reserve with a seemingly endless amount of hikes, views, bays to swim in and last but certainly not least, spots to relax. Tidal River Camping Ground is the most popular camping spot and is located about 30 minutes beyond the entry to the national park. It has several peaks and beachside tracks to explore, both powered and unpowered sites and extensive amenities. Campsite bookings are essential via Parks Victoria. Please note: weather conditions in Wilsons Promontory are often extreme and change rapidly. Bring sturdy camping gear and be ready to leave when conditions worsen. The local wombats are also very accustomed to human food and will go to unbelievable lengths to obtain any items that are left out, therefore all Eskys and other food containers must be kept in your car.
46. Shop For Treasures At St Andrews Community Market
Just 1 hour from the CBD, the St Andrews Community Market is a quaint, popular market where you can find fresh organic vegetables, homewares, knick knacks, live music and delicious food and chai. The market is set in the dense bushland of St Andrews, a tiny township which comes alive every Saturday from 8am-2pm during market time. Check Visit Yarra Valley for up-to-date information.
47. Feel Like A Storybook Character At The Californian Redwood Forest
Entering the Californian Redwood Forest in Warburton, just over 1.5 hours west of the CBD, is an ethereal experience. The grove of over 1476 trees in perfect aligned rows is eerily silent apart from the swaying and slight creaking of treetops, and the rushing Cement Creek a few hundred metres beyond the forest. The forest is perfect as the romantic spot for a walk and photography session, or as a place for little ones to run and play amongst the trees.
48. Enjoy A Riverside Stroll In Warrandyte
Built along the Yarra River, Warrandyte is one of the most prominent suburbs for tourists outside the city. About 45 minutes from the CBD, Warrandyte is a beautiful spot for a coffee and a stroll along the river. Grab a scrumptious pie or hot drink from The Bakery Warrandyte, explore the quaint little shops including Ratty & Moles Riverbank Antiques and Yarra Cottage Books, or just watch the world go by while dangling your feet in the river.
49. Go Swimming Or Kayaking At Pound Bend
Pound Bend, also in Warrandyte, is an iconic spot known for the 145 metre diversion tunnel built during the 1870s to assist in the gold mining quest that gripped 19th century Victorians. The tunnel is still a main feature of the swimming spot, which also has a launch area for kayaks, as well as a toilet block and several picnic spots. Keep an eye on small children, as the rocks close to the tunnel’s entrance are quite sharp and slippery, and the current is strong in places.
50. Go Tobogganing At Mt Donna Buang
Mt Donna Buang, just outside Warburton, provides the closest access to snow during winter from Melbourne CBD. While Lake Mountain, past Marysville, is the closest place to go for skiing, Mt Donna Buang provides a tobogganing experience that is readily accessible as well as affordable. Accessing the 1250m peak and 21m tower is free of charge, and toboggan hire costs range according to days of the week, but are not exorbitant. There are ample toilet facilities and a food van at the summit during peak times. Check Visit Warburton for snow reports and other details.
51. Explore The Cathedral Ranges State Park
Located just over 2 hours northeast of the CBD, the Cathedral Ranges State Park are a sharply jutting ridge of rock approximately 7 kms long, with stunning views and a variety of hikes to explore every outcrop. From Neds Gully Campground and Picnic area, you can take the Neds Gully Track up to Neds Saddle, which is a central spot with tracks to Little Cathedral and Cathedral Peak. Further along the road, you will find Cooks Mill Campground, a great place for an overnight stay. For keen adventurers, rock climbing is also a popular activity here. Make sure you start early in the day, especially in the cooler months, as the bushland is dense, and darkness sets in quick due to the tall mountains. For more relevant information, see the Parks Victoria website.
52. Take A Historical Trip To Sovereign Hill
Ballarat, approximately 1.5 hours from Melbourne CBD, is the site of the famous Eureka Stockade (rebellion) of 1854. In November and December of that year, around 150 gold prospectors formed the Ballarat Reform League, a group who sought freedom from the British-imposed laws surrounding prospecting. They constructed a stockade from which they fought government troops on December 3. They lost the battle, along with 22 members of their company, but the event prompted a series of reforms to mining policies.
You can get your own taste of the gold rush at Sovereign Hill, a tourist centre featuring a museum, gold mine tours, replica town and gold panning. Check the Sovereign Hill website for more details.
53. Wander The Rebuilt Town Of Marysville
After the devastating Black Saturday bushfires of 2009 swept the countryside of Marysville, there was a concerted effort on the part of the tight-knit community to rebuild and create a viable local economy. They succeeded, and the town is a now a beautiful tourist centre which both pays homage to a tragic past and looks forward to a brighter future. As well as stunning walks and waterfalls nearby, there are a range of cafes, restaurants and gift stores to wander, as well as Bruno’s Art and Sculpture Garden, a quirky artist’s haven of weird and wonderful sculptures. For more information, check TripAdvisor or Marysville Tourism.
54. Fill Up With Sweets At The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
Located just outside Healesville, the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is a chocolate lover’s dream. Ice cream, baked goods, gifts, and of course lots and lots of all kinds of chocolate dwell here. This is a wildly popular attraction, so be aware that weekends will be crowded and parking spots are scarce. I recommend going early or in the afternoon in order to get a more relaxed experience!
55. Take A Paddle Steamer Ride In Echuca
Echuca, on the Murray River in Central Victoria, is a historical town famous for its antique paddle steamers. The perfect romantic outing, or an exciting experience for young children, paddle steamer rides are affordable, and there are a range of options to choose from online. Check TripAdvisor for deals and information.
TOP REASONS TO BOOK THIS TRIP
Food and coffee: Melbourne food is mind-blowing! And the coffee has caffeine aficionados from across the globe singing its praises.
Variety: Melbourne and its surrounding features are a veritable feast of options – city, mountains, surf, forest and country.
Between music, art and theatre, Melbourne is an art-lover’s dream
Parks Victoria: https://parkweb.vic.gov.au/
Visit Yarra Valley: https://visityarravalley.com.au
Broadsheet (for food and shopping recommendations): https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne
Visit Melbourne: https://www.visitmelbourne.com/
Visit Warburton: https://www.visitwarburton.com.au/
Sovereign Hill: https://www.sovereignhill.com.au/
Marysville Tourism: http://www.marysvilletourism.com/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kirralee Nicolle is a writer and student who lives in Melbourne. She loves travelling and exploring new places.
Her favourite destination so far was Kenya, where she visited in 2014 and fell in love with the beauty, culture and people. Her ideal place to visit would be St Petersburg, Russia, her husband’s hometown.
She moved to Melbourne from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia at the beginning of 2015 to study, however she fell in love, got married and settled in the suburbs. Melbourne is now a place she feels a strong connection to as it has an abundance of hidden treasures and beautiful scenery.