Melbourne is one helluva vibrant city, chock-full of hidden laneways, underground bars, world-class coffee, amazing street art and some of the best dressed Aussies around. Head just a little outside the bustling centre and say hello beaches, incredible rock structures and thundering waves right on your doorstep! A destination for both city slickers and outdoor adventurers combined – here’s our bucket list of what to do in both Melbourne CBD and beyond.
Brunch like a boss
Melbournites not only love art on the walls they also expect to see it in their food. Yep, Melbourne is an Instagram food blogger’s dream (just check @breakfastinmelbourne) where it feels like everything has been designed to aesthetic perfection and is tasty as heck too. And for most Aussie’s, brunch is kind of a big deal … so pull up a chair in a laneway and indulge in one of the most epic brekkies of your life.
Let’s get cultural
From colourful murals on the streets to 100 galleries big and small, Melbourne’s art scene is pumping. Take a walking tour along the laneways and byways for impressive street art, browse Australian masterpieces at the National Gallery of Victoria or if you’re lucky enough to catch White Night, watch the city transform into a lit-up wonderland.
Flat white, long mac, golden latte…
In Melbourne, they take their coffee seriously and boy does it pay off. Whether you’re a long black kind of traveller, on the search for a perfectly crafted flat white, looking for a latte with a superfood boost (oh hey matcha lattes) or ermmm avocado coffee, Melbourne’s got it and then some. The city’s favourite coffee spot changes on the reg – but we’d recommend giving Brother Baba Budan a shot.
Get amongst it at an AFL game
Grab a tinny and prepare to heckle hard! Aussie rules is unique to Australia and is an incredibly expressive and energetic experience – where it seems the shorter the shorts the better.
Hit the road traveller
Pack those backs and rev those engines as you embark on a roadie along Victoria’s rugged coastline. Play spot the koala in the treetops, stop for snaps at the impressive 12 apostles, watch thundering waves along the Great Ocean Road and camp amongst the Aussie wilderness.
Did someone say PENGUINS?
A city surrounded by nature, Melbourne is the perfect destination to see some of Australia’s most famous critters. From Kangaroos bounding at dusk in the Grampians and Yarra Valley, koalas hanging in the trees along the Great Ocean Road, dolphins, whales and seals along the coast and unique Little Penguins waddling up the shoreline on Phillip Island (or even St Kilda).
Reach new heights
Experience Melbourne from above in a hot air balloon. Ascend gently and float up, up and away across the Yarra Valley vineyards at sunrise. Soaring above the Yarra River, you’re guaranteed the most jaw-dropping views that will stick with you for a lifetime – this is truly a pinch-yourself experience worth adding to that bucket list.
Put a spring in your step
90 minutes south of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula you’ll find the exquisite Peninsula Hot Springs. Immerse yourself in thermal pools filled with 50°C waters rich in healing minerals and take some well-deserved ‘me time’. Leave you phone behind, grab a glass of wine and experience a well-loved destination for both locals and visitors.
From sunrise to sunset on June 22, we’ll be celebrating World Bathing Day — a day for people from all cultures and generations to gather together to share storytelling and activities. Come along and enjoy experiences such as a Global Bathing Journey, Body Clay Workshop, Forest Bathing, Didgeridoo Sound Meditation and much more. The best part is that all of this is included in Bath House entry (bookings required)😊 Head to bit.ly/phsworldbathingday to view the full schedule.
Okay, so wine tasting isn’t exactly a new recommendation, but what about wine tasting in an upside-down house? There are numerous vineyards and cellars dotted about Melbourne – but our pick is Oakdene Vineyard. Treat yourself to a sumptuous meal in the restaurant, enjoy the wine and garden view, and if anyone asks why you are wobbly – blame the architecture!
Grab a little perspective
Another pick within the sleepy but vibrant Mornington Peninsula is Capel Sound Foreshores Reserve, a pocket of seaside paradise. There are many iconic beaches a quick drive from Melbourne’s CBD; Brighton Beach, St Kilda and Half Moon Bay but we’d recommend getting up early and hitting up this coastline for sunrise. Set up a campsite, breathe in fresh air and take stock of your travels.
Become a jetsetter
This won’t be for everyone, but for a once in a lifetime experience that would unleash your inner daredevil, we’d highly recommend a joy flight over the Barwon Heads bluff, Point Lonsdale light house and shoreline. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, thrill seeker or steady photo taker – there are planes to suit everyone.
Ready to try the lot? Let’s go!
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