One of the main questions we get asked is what are the best tourist attractions in Melbourne that we don’t know about? So we knew for sure we had to dig deep and not only experience the attractions right in front of your nose, but the ones that don’t get flashed around in advertisements because as you know we want to give you not only the places and activities local people love to do, but the ones you as a tourist would be interested in.
This is because the attractions on offer in Melbourne are often kept a little secretive really (except as mentioned the traditional well-advertised ones which are great too). That is not by design though, more so because there are just too many to list. On this page you will find a fantastic list of attractions and our Hidden Gem selection. This is an ever-expanding page as well so be sure to head back later to see the additions, but you can also join the newsletter to be kept up to date and if you have a spot that is your favourite and don’t see it here let us know and we can help others have even more fun while in Melbourne.
First, we must know what you’re into? Is it more the arts scene you are after, just looking at different things, places to visit?
Or are you more the get involved physically and need to do something type of person/people when considering attractions?
Either way it’s just a matter of wading through the flow of options regarding tourist attractions in Melbourne and we are here to help you do just that.
Let’s look at some of the best places to go and have a look depending on what you would like to do.
If you’re interested in the more traditional tourist attractions in Melbourne where you can turn up, have a look at spectacular architecture, history, nature and take lots of pictures then look no further than my personal favourite Shrine of Remembrance for location, beauty, education and it’s free.
You won’t be able to take it all in while here, unless of course you set aside a full day, but that is the beauty as well. Spend as much time here as you please and there is always something you have missed so a second look is recommended.
The shrine is a war memorial, originally built to honour the brave men and women from Victoria that served in World War 1. It is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in war.
You can get some fantastic photographs from this location and who doesn’t want to take a few pics on holidays?
You will also want to check out the Eureka Skydeck, China Town, Yarra River, Old Melbourne Gaol, St Patricks Cathedral, St Pauls Cathedral and an absolute must is the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Individual stories for all of these are being worked on and we can’t wait to bring them to you as soon as they’re finished.
There are a host of family tourist attractions in Melbourne too, but these certainly aren’t limited to family only.
The SeaLife Melbourne Aquarium along the Yarra River and Melbourne Zoo is great for wildlife.
The aquarium takes around two hours to complete depending on how busy it is and how long you stay at each exhibit.
The Melbourne Zoo will take a little longer, once again depending on how long you stay in each area.
Our favourites are certainly the elephant enclosures and meercats so be sure to check out each of these.
The Melbourne Revealed Hidden Gem of attractions however is most definitely Curtin House.
If you want to experience tourist attractions in Melbourne and get it all in one location, shopping, food and drink wise that is, then this is it and we thoroughly recommend having a look through all six storeys.
Start at the bottom with Cookie, a classic beer hall that boasts over 200 beers (24 on tap) and an 88-page wine list.
Upon reaching the top of your journey is a beautiful reward of one of the best views across Melbourne, where you can also indulge in your favourite beverage and bite to eat at Rooftop Bar.
These guys do a great burger so if you’re the type that loves to sit down and have a beer and burger then definitely try these guys out because it’s not just the food and drinks that are sensational, you won’t get a better view from a pub in Melbourne.
Perhaps the best feature of Curtin House is the fact this rooftop bar isn’t your stock standard one at all.
If you’re visiting December through to April, then you’re in luck because these guys have an unbelievable rooftop cinema as well that must be experienced!