Melbourne Tourist Attractions

There are many Melbourne tourist attractions that will give you a good impression of what Melbourne is about.

From Federation Square to river foreshores, from historical attractions to city laneways and observation decks.

However, you cannot absorb Melbourne with a few snap shots. Melbourne has soul and to really get to know it you cannot just scratch its surface.

One of the best ways of getting to know the Melbourne culture is to immerse yourself in the Melbourne lanes and arcades, with their intimate shops, cafes and atmosphere. To really get to see the more hidden sights we recommend to take a Melbourne walking tour.

As an alternative, you can also explore Melbourne by bike, kayak or with a guide. There are various other recommended sightseeing Melbourne tours to get you started.

The Yarra River

The Yarra foreshore is picturesque and a great place for walks from Federation Square. Cut down to the river and walk all the way to the Melbourne sports venues and the MCG. Across Princess Bridge is the Southbank arts and entertainment precinct.

Melbourne Southbank foreshoreFrom there I recommend you take one of the popular Yarra Cruises, or the Williamstown Ferry. They travel either up- or downstream along the river and into Port Phillip Bay.

Taking a River Cruise is an ambient Melbourne experience with magnificent views of the Melbourne Skyline, city foreshore, urban parklands, sports arenas and Melbourne Docks.

Melbourne City attractions

Free City Circle Tram Melbourne The Free Melbourne City Circle Tram and the Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle are hop on, hop off services that give you a good overview of what there is to see. They have announcements about all the Melbourne Tourist attractions on the way.

These and a few other things to do in Melbourne are free.

One of most popuplar attractions is the Tram Car Restaurant Melbourne. It follows along the city circle tracks. You can experience exquisite dining and wining in a historical tram passing by the city lights, sights and attractions.

View from Rialto tower Melbourne Well worth the view is the Melbourne Observation deck , which will give you a great vista over Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay, and on a good day all the way to the Dandenongs and surrounding areas.

Right on the Yarra, there is the Melbourne Aquarium , the only Southern Ocean aquarium in Australia. The state of the art complex, featuring over 1000 sea creatures, including giant sharks and stingrays, is well worth a visit.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne are famous, tranquil, expansive, and right at the south end of the city. You will find an amazing range of plants, as well as opportunities to relax.

Melbourne Guide for the Senses

Melbourne is famous for its multiplicity of tastes, subcultures and styles.

China town Melbourne gate The various city precincts are important attractions Melbourne has to offer: there is China Town , the Greek precinct, the Italian quarter, and more, each of them with their distinctive shopping and dining experiences from around the world.

Melbourne is also the fashion and coffee culture capital of Australia. The list of Australia tourist attractions has to include the various exquisite Melbourne shopping experiences you can have right in the city.

To check out the visual arts scene, investigate the art galleries Melbourne.

Historical attractions

Entry to the historical Royal Arcade Melbourne If you are on a history trail, there is a fantastic array of historical Melbourne attractions . Throughout the city there are many heritage buildings as well as stunning new constructions along its wide tree lined avenues and in its intimate lanes.

For a deeper understanding of its history, there is a whole list of museums Melbourne is proud of: the Gold Treasury, the Melbourne City museum, the Immigration museum, and the Old Melbourne Goal are just the beginning of a list of places tracing past times and influences in Melbourne.

This is a long list of Melbourne tourist attractions. Many visitors return to visit Melbourne places of interest they missed on earlier visits, and we locals are still finding new areas to explore.

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