Top 40 Places To Go Visit in Melbourne, The World's Most Liveable City

Updated on January 14, 2018
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Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and hobbies. She likes to travel when she gets time off.

Do you know Melbourne is one of the top most liveable cities in the world? Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria in Australia. It is situated in the south eastern part of Australia, at the estuary of the Yarra River which flows into Port Phillip Bay.

The population of Melbourne has just exceeded 4 million and has been rapidly increasing in the past decade. The conducive living environment, climate, good infrastructure, political stability, excellent business conditions and health care services have made Melbourne one of the most liveable cities in the world.

The city also attracts millions of visitors from other Australian states and other countries every year making it one of the most popular Australian destinations. There is a large number of attractions and activities in Melbourne that appeal to both Melburnians and tourists alike. There are many top places for sightseeing and things to do in Melbourne.

The City Circle Tram is a free service that runs within Melbourne's central business district. The maroon colour City Circle Tram passes by some major tourist attractions and links with other tram, train and bus routes around Melbourne.

Here are the top places to see in Melbourne that should be on your Melbourne bucket list:

1. Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station is a famous landmark on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in the city central. It is the central railway station for the train network that services the suburbs of Melbourne. A row of clocks above the main entrance shows the current departure times of the next train on each line.

Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street Station | Source
Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market | Source

2. Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market is the largest open air market in the city. There are many stalls selling all kinds of items from meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables to crafts, plants, souvenirs, clothes, jewellery, toys, shoes, pets, hardware tools, watches, gadgets and lots more.

3. The Crown

This is a huge entertainment complex next to the Yarra River in the heart of the city. There are cinemas, shops, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, shops and the Crown Casino. Visitors can indulge themselves with selections of dining, relax at a cafe overlooking the Yarra River or try their luck at the casino.

City Circle Trams
City Circle Trams | Source

4. Docklands

Docklands is situated around the Victoria Harbour and this is Melbourne's waterfront next to the CBD. There are prominent buildings in the area including the Etihad Stadium, Seven Network broadcasting centre, Costco and Harbour Town at the Waterfront City. The Waterfront City is an entertainment and shopping hub with restaurants, cinemas, bowling alleys, boutiques and amusement fairs.

5. Luna Park in St Kilda

Luna Park was built before the World War II and is Melbourne's historic amusement park located in St Kilda. It has a historic roller coaster that is still operating and plenty of other rides the children will enjoy.

6. Chinatown

Melbourne's Chinatown has been around since the gold rush in the 1800s and is the oldest Chinatown in Australia. It is situated on Little Bourke Street in the city and has a huge range of Asian restaurants and grocery stores.

Docklands from Harbour Esplanade
Docklands from Harbour Esplanade | Source
Luna Park
Luna Park | Source
Eureka Tower
Eureka Tower | Source
Shrine of Remembrance
Shrine of Remembrance | Source

7. Eureka Skydeck

Get a view of Melbourne from the skydeck of the highest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Experience the thrill as you step onto The Edge which is a glass cube projecting three metres out from the Eureka building.

8. Shrine of Remembrance

Located on St Kilda Road, the Shrine of Remembrance is Melbourne's largest memorial site of 114,000 men and women who had served and died in the Great War from 1914 - 1918. An aperture on the sanctuary's roof allows a ray of light to shine on the word LOVE inscribed on the Stone of Remembrance at exactly 11am on 11 November.

9. Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Bring the children to Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium for an educational and entertaining tour of the underwater world. Touch some sea urchins and starfish at the touch pool, watch the sharks and other fish dive for food during their feeding times and walk through the Oceanarium to discover many species of marine creatures.

Federation Square
Federation Square | Source
Baby elephant Mali with mother
Baby elephant Mali with mother | Source
Cruise ships at Port Melbourne
Cruise ships at Port Melbourne | Source

10. Federation square

This is probably the place with the ugliest group of buildings in the whole of Australia but then you might have a different opinion when you see the place. Federation Square is situated opposite the Flinders Street Station and a lot of events and activities are held at the centre. The centre includes the National Gallery of Victoria, ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), SBS TV and Radio Headquarters, some shops, restaurants and bars.

11. Melbourne Zoo

Kids will enjoy their day at the Melbourne Zoo. Meet Mali and her baby brother Ongard, the first elephants to be born at the Zoo in 2010. See other wildlife animals like the Tree Kangaroo, Brown Bear, Snow Leopard and many more.

12. Port Melbourne

Board the tram from the city to Port Melbourne. Relax with a cuppa at one of the cafes. Take a stroll along the beach and enjoy the sea breeze. The Station Pier at Port Melbourne is the sea passenger terminal for cruise ships and navy ships.

Yarra River at Night
Yarra River at Night | Source

13. Yarra River Cruises

Go on a sightseeing cruise on a ferry along the Yarra River. Enjoy the spectacular views of the city as the ferry cruises by Williamstown and the Docklands.

14. Chapel Street

Chapel Street is made up of boutiques, shops, restaurants and entertainment centres. There are a number of sites of interest like the Prahran Town Hall, The Jam Factory and Prahran Market selling fresh fruits. Nearby is the Melbourne Bowling Club which is the first bowling club in Australia.

15. Melbourne Museum

The Melbourne Museum has had exhibits from Egypt and China in the past. It has numerous galleries including aboriginal exhibits, a gallery for children, an amphitheatre, a discovery centre, souvenir shop and a cafe.

16. Immigration Museum

The Immigration Museum on Flinders Street has a collection of resources and information relating to immigration history in Australia. It has education programs and excursions for schools students on immigration and diversity in Australia.

17. St Paul's Cathedral

Located on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Street diagonally opposite the Flinders Street Station, St Paul's Cathedral is a major landmark. It has a yellow-brown colour because it was built from sandstone and limestone.

18. St Patrick's Cathedral

The other major cathedral in Melbourne city is St Patrick's Cathedral. It is the tallest church in Australia, followed by St Paul's Cathedral. The construction of the bluestone church began in the late 1800s but was not completed until more than 30 years later in 1939.

St Patrick's Cathedral
St Patrick's Cathedral | Source

19. South Wharf

South Wharf is the area including the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre and Melbourne Maritime Museum. At South Wharf you will find DFO or Direct Factory Outlets with lots of retail shops offering discount prices.

20. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

This place is made up of the Melbourne Convention Centre and Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Thousands of exhibitions and events have been held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre since it opened in the 1990s. This Exhibition Centre has an amazing 30,000 square metres of pillarless floor space.

21. Polly Woodside

See the Polly Woodside Tall Ship which is next to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. It was built in 1885 in Belfast as a cargo ship transporting coal and wheat between England and South America. Explore the Polly Woodside and its history on site.

Polly Woodside
Polly Woodside | Source

22. Sandridge Bridge

The Sandridge Bridge connects the north bank to the south bank of the Yarra River in the city. It was formerly a railway bridge, it has been redeveloped for pedestrian and bikes. There is a row of exhibit panels and sculptures depicting the history of immigrants arriving by train.

23. Scienceworks

The children will have a blast at Scienceworks Museum in Spotswood. This museum has all the hands-on experiments, scientific exhibits, and other demonstrations related to science education. There is also a Planetarium at Scienceworks for children to find out more about the solar system and astronomy.

24. Lygon Street

The first Italian migrants settled around Lygon Street a long time ago. Now Lygon Street has the largest selection of Italian food being served here. You will notice most of the restaurants and cafes have dining tables on the footpaths. The people here enjoy the casual atmosphere chatting and dining outside these cafes.

Cooks' Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens
Cooks' Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens | Source

25. Smith Street

If you are after some bargain shopping in the city, take a tram to Smith Street where there are lots of factory outlets with discounts on fashion items and sporting goods. You can find goods with brand names like Nike, Adidas, Icebreaker, Kathmandu and Mountain Designs.

26. Cooks' Cottage

Captain James Cook, a British explorer and navigator, was the first European to have contact with the eastern coastline of Australia. The Cooks' Cottage was built by Captain Cook's parents in England in 1755. It was deconstructed and the bricks were packed and shipped to Australia together with some ivy plants that were growing outside the cottage. The cottage was then reconstructed at the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne with the same bricks and the ivy plants were planted around the cottage.

27. Old Melbourne Gaol

Australia's infamous Ned Kelly, criminals and other gangsters had spent time in the Old Melbourne Gaol. Take a tour of the Old Melbourne Gaol and experience the gallows of Melbourne's oldest prison.

La Trobe University
La Trobe University | Source
Puffing Billy at Lakeside Station
Puffing Billy at Lakeside Station | Source

28. Kingsbury Drive Community Market

Take a tram ride to La Trobe University in Bundoora on Sunday. The Community Market in Car Park 2 has many stalls selling fresh fruits, vegetables, crafts, bric-a-bracs and plants. Held every Sunday from 9.00am to 1.00pm.

29. Cooper's Settlement Children's Farm

Located in the northern suburb in Bundoora Park, Cooper's Settlement has farm animals in the barns. Children can feed baby lambs, milk a cow, ride a pony or go on a tractor ride. There is an Animal Gallery, Visitors Centre and Heritage Village within the vicinity of the Park.

30. Puffing Billy

The Puffing Billy is a hundred-year-old steam train that is still running every day, bringing locals and tourists through the mountains from Belgrave to Gembrook. Enjoy a scenic ride through the Dandenong Ranges, stopping at Emerald which is the highest station in the journey. Hop off at Lakeside station and enjoy the day with a BBQ picnic or paddle boats at the Emerald Lake Park, or continue your journey to explore the historic town of Gembrook.

Mount Dandenong
Mount Dandenong | Source

31. Mount Dandenong

Travel towards Mount Dandenong and explore the tourist town of Olinda. There are local shops of antiques and crafts in Olinda, and some restaurants and cafes. Explore the walking tracks, flower gardens and Olinda Falls.

32. Yarra Valley Dairy

Enjoy the taste of fresh handmade farmhouse cheese from the cheese factory of Yarra Valley Dairy. Try some goats cheese with crackers and mascapone ice-cream at the Cheese Shop or bring home a variety of soft cheeses from the shop.

33. Warratina Lavender Farm

The Warratina Lavender Farm is situated at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges and one hour's drive from Melbourne. The farm has acres and acres of lavender shrubs planted in orderly rows and visitors to the farm will be greeted with the lovely frangrance of the lavender flowers. Relax with a cup of lavender tea and some lavender cookies at the Lavender Cottage Tea House. There is a selection of lavender items available for sale in the cottage store.

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34. Healesville Sanctuary

Kids will love this zoo in the bushland. Come and meet the native animals like kangaroos, wallabies, wombat, dingoes and platypuses.

35. Hedgend Maze

Travel to the Hedgend Maze in Healesville. There are 20 acres of park area to explore here. The main attractions include the Giant Maze of hedges, mini golf, giant checkers, native maze and lookout tower.

36. Mount Buller

Skiing season opens from June to September every year. Less than 3 hours from the city, Mount Buller is a popular alpine destination for tourists. It has the most resort accommodations for visitors and offers skiing lessons for those who wants to learn how to ski. Bring your own warm snow clothings if you want to go to Mount Buller.

Grampians National Park
Grampians National Park | Source

37. Phillip Island

Phillip Island is 140km southeast of Melbourne. The Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is the main tourist attraction but there are other things to do like visiting the Phillip Island Wildlife Park, The Grand Prix Circuit, Purple Hen Winery, Coast Cruises, Helicopter Rides, The Chocolate Factory and lots more.

38. Grampians National Park

This rugged landscape has breathtaking views and attracts a million visitors every year. It is great for bushwalking, hiking, camping, fishing, rock climbing and trekking.

39. Great Ocean Road

The scenic Great Ocean Road meanders along the south-eastern coast of Australia from Torquay to Warrnambool. Visitors will enjoy spectacular views of the ocean as they travel along one of Australia's most scenic roads. Visit Torquay if you want to do some surfing at the beaches or shop for RipCurl or Quiksilver merchandise at the Plaza.

More information on the Great Ocean Road here:

The Twelve Apostles
The Twelve Apostles | Source

40. The Twelve Apostles

The Great Ocean Road journey continues to the Twelve Apostles which are limestone rock formations near the coast of Port Campbell National Park. Some of the limestones have collapsed under harsh erosion and only eight remain standing.

41. Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is one hour from the city. Go and relax at the many beaches along the coastline of the peninsula, do some fishing, scuba diving or sailing. Visit some of the wineries, pick-your-own fruits at the farms, play a game of golf or hang out at the restaurants and cafes.

At the southern tip of the peninsula is Cape Schanck, about 15 minutes' drive from Rosebud. The main attraction in Cape Schanck is the lighthouse and beautiful views of the rugged coastline.

42. Arthurs Seat Maze Garden

Situated in Mornington Peninsula, the Arthurs Seat Maze Garden have 15 hectares of parkands with several outdoor and indoor mazes. Plenty of fun activities for the children including the Tube Slide and they will definitely want to buy all the candies at the Amazing Lolly Shop.

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      Cotswold-G 3 years ago

      Been there many times but haven't been there for abut 10 years or so now. The Eureka Skydeck wasn't there the last time I was! I remember going on the Polly Woodside and wandering around Victoria Market. I have friends there and in Mansfield - not far from Mt. Buller.

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      Emily 3 years ago from Florida

      What a great hub! You have inspired me to go to Melbourne. My husband and I have always wanted to go to Australia. We will definitely use this hub as our guide... whenever that is!

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      jim 4 years ago

      i love it

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      weedprices, gee..thanks!

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      Mat 4 years ago

      Wow, great hub!

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      Skylanders, I hope you'll get to visit more places in Melbourne next time. Thank you for stopping by.

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      sarahshuihan, it's nice to hear you have lived in Australia before. I'm sure you'll get to visit Melbourne again some day!

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      ocbill, most dingoes are found in the wild, but there are some domesticated dingoes, too. Hybrids of dingoes are on the rise due to interbreeding with other species of dogs roaming in the wild.

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      newusedcarssacram, yes..there are many amazing places to see in Melbourne. Thank you for your comment!

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      Suzanne Kirkhope 4 years ago from California

      Great hub. I was fortunate enough to visit Melbourne, but only for a couple of days! We did some things on your list, but would live to see some more!

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      Sarah 4 years ago from USA

      I LOVED Melbourne when I lived in Australia five years ago. I couldn't visit all the places you mentioned and it makes me wish I could go back!

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      ocbill 4 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Nice places to visit. I am surprised the dingos are there. I thought it was only in the outback.

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      ocbill 4 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Nice places. I am surprised about those dingos. I thought they stayed in the wilder areas.

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      newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      Wow, so many amazing places to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      Ratatoesk, I'm pleased to know you have been to Melbourne before. If you visit Melbourne during the autumn months (from March to May), you will get to see a whole range of autumn leaf colours from yellow, orange, red, brown to purple. Thank you for stopping by to share your experience.

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      Mike Robbers, I hope you'll get to visit Melbourne one day. Thank you for your kind comment and voting :)

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      Ratatoesk 4 years ago

      I have been in Melbourne only for a couple of days in 2000, when I was on my way from Sydney to Ayers Rock. I havn´t seen so much in this short time but I really remember all the green trees, everywhere I saw trees. This I absolutely loved. - Later on I met an old german couple talking about the very little green in the city.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Melbourne seems to be a really nice place to visit. I'd love to move there one day! Great article! Voted up, interesting & beautiful

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      Rumana 5 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      sure, I will :)

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      rumanasaiyed, you can see those places when you visit Melbourne again next time :)

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      Rumana 5 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      I stood in Melbourne for 1.5 years but haven't visited all the mentioned places. I wish, I would have visited all the places :(

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Update: August 14, 2012 - Once again, Melbourne has been named the world's most liveable city.

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      myequatorial 6 years ago from Miracle Island

      Someday can be there.............

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      fli8uk 6 years ago from Pakistan

      wow i like elephants these are looking like that small elephant keep the big :))

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      qsera 6 years ago

      Wow! This hub is so impressive. I would love to plan my next trip to Melbourne :)

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      angemac23 6 years ago from Canada

      Very useful information! Thank you!

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      Cavallo, St Paul's and St Patrick's are two different cathedrals in the city. St Paul's is Anglican and St Patrick's is Catholic.

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      Will345davis, you will love Melbourne, it is a great place. Cheers.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      So helpful, thanks!

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      cavallo 6 years ago from Newmarket,UK

      Better than any travel agent for info. Though is it St Paul or St Patrick Cathedral ?

      Would love to go to Melbourne. Have relatives there.

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      will345davis 6 years ago

      I love Australia. It's on my bucket list to visit. When I do, these places will definitely be on my list of sights to see. Great hub. Very informative

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      Princess, thank you for your votes. Cheers.

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      A nice comprehensive list, lady rain! Voted up and useful.


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      alvinalex 6 years ago

      Awesome Hub! Thanks to share