Melbourne is a capital city of Victoria. Melbourne is full of culture and quirks with a strong sense of artistry and home to some of the best food, dining and live music in the country. It’s also home to a number of great attractions both natural and man-made, and with plenty of appealing surrounding destinations within easy reach of a day trip too, there’s something to keep everyone happy when visiting Melbourne. But with such a wide variety of experiences on offer in the city and its surrounds, what is the first-time visitor to Melbourne best off doing with their time here? And if you’ve got multiple days on your itinerary, what opportunities are there for exploration outside the city’s boundaries?

Hot Air Ballooning

A hot air balloon ride over Melbourne is an great option for those who are looking for some unforgettable view of Melbourne. Melbourne is one of the few cities in the world that allow such an experience directly over its skyline. Take in the beauty of the city as the sun rises and enjoy a bird’s eye view of all that you survey amidst the pure calm and serene skies. Balloon flights typically depart very early in the morning to take advantage of the calm morning air, so you’ll get the added benefit of seeing Melbourne illuminated by the glow of the sunrise which makes for a particularly scenic experience. 

Eureka Skydeck

Eureka Skydeck is the right place if you want to experience the beautiful city layout of Melbourne. Begin your journey with awe inspiring views from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform that boasts not only a central location overlooking the city and beyond, but a great starting point for any trip to Melbourne as it will allow you to get your bearings and determine where you’d like to go while also providing some great scenery to boot. For those that dare to take the views a step further, you’ll be able to experience Sky deck’s “The Edge” – an activity that will see you taken over the edge in a glass box, with views directly down into the city space.

Phillip Island Tour

Its only two hour drive from Melbourne.Phillip Island is especially famous for one reason: its penguins. With a trip to Phillip Island, you’ll be able to watch thousands of Little Penguins make their way to shore every night at the home of the world’s largest Little Penguin colony, an occurrence which is known as the “Penguin Parade”.

 Great Ocean Road Trip

This is often acclaimed as the most stunning drive in Australia – and one of the best in the world – no trip to Melbourne that lasts a decent amount of time would be complete without setting foot (or wheel?) on The Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s most scenic vantage points.Stretching over an expanse of 243 km along the Victorian Coast, the sheer array of vistas and views on offer with a trip along the Great Ocean Road is staggering – enough that it’s been voted as one of Australia’s Top 10 Destinations to Experience 2013 as well as having one of Australia’s Top 10 Sunsets in our national polls by the Aussie public.

Melbourne Cruising Restaurant

Enjoy one of Melbourne’s most unique dining experiences with a delicious 4 course meal aboard the Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant as it winds its way along the calm waters of the Yarra River past the glowing city lights of Melbourne! Over the course of 3 hours, you’ll enjoy freshly-prepared food as well as a number of included beverages – both alcoholic and soft drinks – for the duration of your cruise included in the price of admission. Seeing Melbourne city at night provides an entirely new viewpoint on the skyline, which you’ll be able to view from either the expansive viewing windows indoors, or outside on the viewing deck.

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Things to do in Melbourne