Top 10 Things Melbourne Has To Offer

Explore the top 10 things Melbourne has to offer to help you plan your trip.

Exploring Melbourne’s laneways is just one aspect of this diverse city. Get a cricket or football fix. Soak up art and culture. Go high-end dining or grab the best pub burger. Shop for local designer fashion or cycle the bayside. Whatever you fancy, Melbourne is a city of choices.

DINE AT MELBOURNE’S BEST RESTAURANTS

Visit Attica, one of the world’s 50 best restaurants and delve into Ben Shewry’s unique menu. In Melbourne you’ll do destination dining in every nook, from the sublime Estelle Bar and Kitchen to Donovan’s for water views. As for the CBD, the original MoVida in graffiti-covered Hosier Lane serves knock-out tapas. Nearby, George Colombaris’s The Press Club produces a clever Greek menu.

Cumulus Inc,
Melbourne, VIC

DRINK AT MELBOURNE’S ROOFTOP BARS

Melbourne invented the rooftop bar scene. Join the legendary Emerson Sunday sessions in South Yarra, hunt creative cocktails at its Brunswick Street neighbour, Black Pearl, or sip wines at Bellota in South Melbourne and the CBD’s Cumulus Up in Flinders Lane.

CHEER AT WORLD-FAMOUS SPORTING EVENTS

Melbourne is sport crazy and its venues legendary. Join the fun at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground for the Australian Football League in winter or international cricket in the summer. Go trackside at Flemington for the excitement of the Spring Racing Carnival and Melbourne Cup. Be exhilarated by the Formula 1®  Australian Grand Prix and see international soccer stars at Hisense Arena.

Hansom, Gertrude Street,
Melbourne, VIC

SHOP MELBOURNE’S DESIGNER BOUTIQUES AND COOL LOCAL LABELS

Discover edgy and high-end fashion in Melbourne’s retail scene. Shop Australian designers like Alistair Trung on Little Collins Street and Alpha 60 in Flinders Lane. Find Lupa in Fitzroy before browsing Brunswick Street and Gertrude Street. Go vintage shopping on Chapel Street and get statement pieces on High Street, Armadale. Look for international brands at Emporium.

EXPLORE MELBOURNE’S LANEWAYS AND ARCHITECTURE

Melbourne’s historic urban environment is full of life. Spend hours exploring the city’s beautiful arcades, one-off boutiques, eclectic laneways and graffiti art. Visit the Melbourne Museum and the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building. Admire Victorian landmarks such as St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station and discover Art Deco with the beautiful Manchester Unity Building.

Stones of the Yarra Valley,
Yarra Valley, VIC

DAY TRIP TO WINERIES, FORESTS AND SURF BEACHES

Taste world-class wines, artisan cheeses and handmade chocolate in the Yarra Valley, 90 minutes drive east. Have your photo taken with a koala at Healesville Sanctuary or head into the nearby Dandenong Ranges for cute villages and towering forests. For more wines and surf beaches, drive 90 minutes south-east to the stunning Mornington Peninsula, or west to the Bellarine Peninsula.

EXPERIENCE LIFE ON THE ST KILDA ESPLANADE

Enjoy the tram ride to bohemian St Kilda and check out live pub music at the Espy. Go for great burgers at Barney Allen’s or the best pizza at Mr Wolf. Eat fish’n’chips on the beach, taste sublime coffee and cake on Acland Street and ride the rollercoaster at historic Luna Park.

Queen Victoria Market,
Melbourne, VIC

SHOP LOCAL AT MELBOURNE’S AMAZING MARKETS

Get among the hustle and bustle of the Queen Victoria Markets in the heart of the city, and pick up some fresh produce or fashion. Take the tram to the South Melbourne Market and enjoy dim sims under its historic awnings. For bric-a-brac and vintage bargains, catch an early train to the Sunday Camberwell Market, 10 kilometres east of the CBD.

GET CULTURED AT MELBOURNE’S ICONIC MUSEUMS

The National Gallery of Victoria spearheads a range of galleries, museums and other art sites. See the NGV’s impressive international and Australian exhibitions. Head over to the Heide Museum of Modern Art at Bulleen for insight into the famed Heide Circle. Visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image to immerse yourself in the world of film, television and digital culture. There are many more galleries and plenty of sculpture parks to discover in Melbourne.

Royal Botanic Gardens,
Melbourne, VIC

GET OUTDOORS IN MELBOURNE’S PARKS AND GARDENS

Run, cycle, walk or just relax in the stunning green spaces of Melbourne. Jog the tan track around the Royal Botanic Gardens and Kings Domain along the banks of the Yarra River, seeing Government House along the way. In Royal Park, find Melbourne Zoo. Picnic in Fitzroy Gardens in the CBD after visiting Captain Cook’s Cottage.

Top 10 Things To Do In Perth

Explore Kings Park, Fremantle , Rottnest Island and much more on this list of the top 10 experiences in Perth.

Australia’s only capital city on the Indian Ocean oozes confidence. Explore Perth’s hip wine bars and sunny beaches, spectacular green parks and glittering skyscrapers, funky neighbourhoods and beautiful colonial architecture. Be enthralled by a city on the move that has passion for the past and energy for the future.

Enjoy Spectacular Views in Kings Park

Wander one of the biggest city parks in the world, Kings Park and the Perth Botanic Garden. Take in gorgeous views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and Darling Ranges as you walk bushland trails, admire manicured gardens and stop at one of the various cafés in the area.

Jus Burgers, Northbridge, Perth, WA

Explore Perth’s Diverse Precincts

Turn down Hay Street and find funky Wolf Lane for eclectic collections of cafés, bars and boutiques. Chill out in Subiaco, meet office workers in Perth’s city bars, hit up vintage and antique shops along Leederville’s Oxford Street and head to Northbridge for designer fashion, hip cafes and cutting-edge restaurants.

Visit the Historic Seaside Port of Fremantle

Thirty minutes from Perth’s centre, Fremantle Harbour has its own special character. Discover colonial remnants like Fremantle Prison, the Arts Centre and Old Courthouse. Delve into seafaring history at the terrific Maritime Museum and Shipwreck Galleries, then drink from a choice of 43 tap beers at the 1843 landmark Sail & Anchor. Visit famous craft brewer Little Creatures’ Freo HQ.

The Aviary Bar & Restaurant, Perth, WA

Hit Perth’s Small Bars

The small bar movement in Perth has grown substantially with many popping up across the City Centre  and surrounding suburbs. Sample wine and tapas at laneway gem Andaluz, join the cool crowd at The Aviary or go for a vintage feel at Hula Bula, with its tiki décor and retro cocktails. Also in the City Centre  are Helvetica and 399 Bar. In hip Northbridge, find Ezra Pound Bar and The Bird Wine Bar.

Explore Perth’s Museum, Gallery and Zoo

Discover more about Australia’s amazing west coast at the Western Australian Museum, with its fascinating local scientific and cultural collection. Delve into an extensive collection of Indigenous art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Make time for Perth Zoo, dedicated to conserving Australian wildlife.

Cottesloe Beach, Perth, WA

Chill Out or Surf at Perth’s Best Beaches

Don’t miss Perth’s beachside towns. Stop in Scarborough for coffee at funky cafés Wild Fig and Kinky Lizard before taking to the waves at Trigg and North Beaches. Closer to the city centre, watch the sunset across the waters of Cottesloe Beach, a great spot for families and picnics under shady Norfolk Pines.

Feel an Adrenalin Rush with Perth’s Adventure Activities

Loop 360 degrees in the air above the Indian Ocean in a high-speed aerobatic flight. That’s just the start for adrenalin junkies. Take a rally-driving adventure, doing hot laps like the pros, or jump in the passenger seat and let the experts do the driving. Take to Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway in a V8 for a serious rush.

Quokka, Rottnest Island, WA

Hop on a Ferry to Rottnest Island and Meet Quokkas

Feel a world away on Rottnest Island, even though it’s only 19 kilometres from Perth. Access this car-free island by ferry, helicopter or private boat. Relax on one of more than 60 beaches, snorkel coral reefs, dive shipwrecks and explore history. Best of all, get close to cute little marsupial the cute quokka, found only in Western Australia.

Sail Perth’s Beautiful River and Coastline

Pursue your passion for yachts or learn to sail in Perth, a city that loves its boats. In the home of Australia’s America’s Cup challenge, take to the river or the coast, especially at sunset. Head to the Royal Perth Yacht Club’s Discover Sailing Centre on the Swan River for safe and picturesque sailing on Matilda Bay.

Lancaster Wines, Swan Valley, WA

Plan a Swan Valley Winery Day Trip

Drive 25 minutes north-east of the City Centre  to the Swan Valley where you’ll find 40 vineyards and many cellar doors offering tastings in Western Australia’s oldest wine region. You can cycle through the vineyards or take a cruise upriver, sipping local wines and enjoying the scenery with visits to cellar doors.

32 Important Life Hacks For Students In Melbourne

It’s probably going to rain. A lot. But it’s OK! We’re about to give you the ultimate list of life hacks for your time in Melbourne.

Food

1. Footscray Market is a huge indoor arcade in the west of the city, where you can pick up fresh, good quality fruit, veg, seafood and meat at seriously low prices.

2. Minh Phat Asian Supermarket, between the CBD and East Melbourne, is the best place to pick up Asian food and ingredients in the whole city.

3. Go shopping 20 minutes before the market closes, when vendors will be offloading everything for rock-bottom prices. $1 fruit bowl anyone?

4. Head to Elizabeth Street in the CBD to find a flurry of fantastic restaurants, selling everything from Thai food to Bubble Tea.

5. South Melbourne Market Dim Sims. Enough said.

6. Enjoy a pizza for $10 while listening to live music in the Little Creatures Melbourne Dining Hall. Plus, they have Wi-Fi so you can even get some work done while you’re there.

7. Students at the University of Melbourne or Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology can snack on mouth-wateringly good souvlaki at Lambs on Lygon Street – a favourite for late-night bites!

8. Melburnians in the Kensington area should head to La Tortilleria to feast on quesadillas from just $3.50 and tacos from only $4.70 – that’s dinner sorted!

Coffee

9. University of Melbourne students go for coffee at the Manchester Press, a rustic café set in a former warehouse. They specialise in latte art, so your drink will look as cool as the setting.

10. Grab a Gobble Gobble Jaffle (yes that’s a real thing) and a flat white from Naked Espresso Bar on your lunch break. Your wallet will barely feel a thing and you’ll be satisfied for life.

11. If you’re living in Prahan & East Melbourne, drop by Market Lane on a Saturday for free coffee tasting!

Weather

12. Melbourne’s weather is completely unpredictable. In fact, this southern city is famous for experiencing four seasons in one day. So buy a lightweight raincoat that you can take everywhere with you and never leave the house without an umbrella.

Shopping

13. If you don’t own water-resistant boots, you’re going to need a pair for the winter months, so don’t wait ’til you’re ankle deep in a puddle before making a purchase! (See Weather, above!)

14. Use Ozbargain to find outrageously good deals on absolutely everything!
Sport

Sport

15. Melbournites are passionate about their sport, particularly AFL (otherwise known as Australian Rules Football or Aussie Rules). If you want to fit in quickly, pick a team to support and pick it fast! Most conversations in this city begin and end with discussions on Aussie Rules.

Transport

16. Familiarise yourself with the sites of Melbourne’s CBD on the City Circle Tram. This free hop-on, hop-off tram service operates seven days a week and takes in all the major CBD sites, including Federation Square, the Old Treasury Building, Parliament House and the Princess Theatre. It also includes a running commentary as you pass or stop at a place of historical or cultural significance.

17. Melbourne’s public transport is the easiest and cheapest way to move around the city, but you’ll need a Myki card to travel. Topping up your Myki with the monthly Myki pass is usually cheaper if you’re using it to get to and from university every day. It costs around $65.

18. Ticket inspectors are ruthless in the city areas and you can face a hefty fine if you forget to tap on, regardless of how legitimate your excuse is.

19. Escalator etiquette dictates you HAVE to stand on the left and walk on the right, or risk being confronted by an angry local.

20. For University of Melbourne students taking either the Sunbury, Williamstown, Upfield, Craigieburn or Werribee train lines to uni, take the 401 bus to uni from North Melbourne Station and it will cut your travel time by 15 minutes in peak hour.

21. Cycling is another cheap and easy way to get around the city. But be warned, some intersections in the city rely on ‘hook turns’, a rather confusing but legal requirement to move into the far left lane if you are intending to turn right. Cyclist should also obey these road rules unless otherwise indicated.

Study

22. You can access past exam papers for most subjects at the University of Melbourne.

23. Subscribe to the digital version of The Age newspaper by entering your student email address. You get the first month for just $1 and 40% off every month after that.

24. All major Melbourne universities offer free Wi-Fi for students while on campus. If you’re out and about, try cafés like Starbucks or McDonalds, public libraries and museums, Federation Square, Flinders St train station and the Queen Victoria Markets.

Arts, Culture & Things To Do

25. With your student card, you can get into the Melbourne Museum and all its sister museums, like the super-interesting Immigration Museum, for absolutely free!.

26. National Gallery of Victoria offers free entry, and has free Wi-Fi with lots of benches and chairs tucked away in quiet corners. If you want a drink or muffin while you’re there, the Crossbar Café on Level 3 is the best spot to relax for a couple of hours.

27. Go to the beach! From Port Melbourne and Elwood beaches to St Kilda, Chelsea, Brighton and Blackrock, your choices are endless!

28. Attend White Night, the city’s famous dusk-to-dawn festival, and keep your eye out for special international student events.

29. Spend a night (or several) at Cherry Bar on AC/DC Lane, where you might be lucky enough to stumble upon a free gig (or several) at this infamous rock music venue.

30. If you go to Victoria University, you can get great discounts at the Malthouse Theatre, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming shows and productions!

31. International students can sign up for a Culture Card Victoria, which means you get discounts on a whole variety of cultural attractions, exhibitions and events. What more could you ask for?

32. Wander through Melbourne’s arty lanes and graffitied alleyways. As one of the street capitals of the world, you’ll be happy to get lost in this city. Start at Hosier and Rutledge Lane, opposite Federation Square – you won’t be disappointed.