Heading to Melbourne? Here’s what to do!
1. Free City Tour
Check out Melbourne’s laneways, hear the stories, learn about the history and get a ‘taste’ of what Melbourne is all about. A Free city walking tour departs daily at 10:30am and will guide you through Federation Square, Chinatown, Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne Cricket Ground & more. Hear stories of Ned Kelly, Indigenous History, Melbourne’s Underworld and all that the city centre has to offer. The tour departs from the Sir Redmond Barry statue in front of the State Library at 10:30am. Don’t forget your camera!
2. Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations and has been voted as one of top scenic drives in the world. The drive along the coastline itself takes four hours one way from the city of Melbourne. Along the way be sure to check out Bells Beach, the surf side towns of Torquay, Lorne & Apollo Bay, Cape Otway Lighthouse, London bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and of course, the 12 Apostles!
There are a variety of tour options: 1 Day, 2 Day & 3 Day tours. We recommend a 3 day tour that will allow you to also explore the Grampians National Park. Alternatively, chat to the Base Travel Desk about hiring a Campervan.
3. St Kilda
St Kilda is a weird, wacky & beautiful, beach side suburb of Melbourne. Tram 96 operates between Melbourne & St Kilda and takes roughly 15 minutes from each destination. St Kilda is buzzing with character, history, Luna Park, good nightlife, street side cafes, a beach, Melbournians looking for a city getaway & a variety of ‘creative’ type locals. Base Backpackers is located in St Kilda – close to the city, yet away from the hustle and bustle.
4. Phillip Island
Home of the Penguins! Phillip Island is about 90 minutes south of Melbourne. When exploring the island expect surf beaches, bay, wildlife, wallabies, a historic homestead on neighbouring Churchill Island, the Grand Prix Race Track and the Penguin Parade! There are 32,000 small penguins that live on the island and each night you have the opportunity to watch them swim back onto the beach and make their way home.
5. AFL Footy Game
Victoria is home to the Australian Football League – a sport that is completely unique to Australia and the locals are absolutely hooked on it! Games are on every weekend throughout the season and ticket prices are cheap – make sure you check it out!
6. Neighbours Tours
This tour will only interest those who know what ‘Neighbours’ is, so if you have no idea what we are talking about – move on. For those of you still with us, Ramsay Street is actually in a Melbourne suburb. Tours run each day with a visit to Ramsay Street, Show re runs on the bus & the opportunity to meet one of the cast (past or present). Neighbours night is held in St Kilda every second Monday and is a lot of fun – Dr Karl’s band may even make an appearance.
7. Yarra Valley / Mornington Peninsula Winery Tour
Mornington Peninsula has some great beaches, chocolate factories & wineries. The Peninsula runs south of Melbourne and tours depart daily. Alternatively, Yarra Valley is the more well known wine region & located north of Melbourne. Tours to each are a great day out.
Melbourne loves markets! Whether it is food, souvenirs, fashion & cheap everything – head down to a local market. Queen Victoria Market is in the city centre and open all year round, 5 days a week. During summer make sure you hit the night markets on a Wednesday – live music & cheap sangria. St Kilda night markets are also a must do in summer – expect to see international food stalls, drumming circles, fire twirling and more. On the weekends, South Melbourne market is just a short tram ride from the city & St Kilda.
9. Wilsons Promontory National Park
32 kilometres of national park with some beautiful beaches and hiking trails. You will find Wilson’s Prom 2 hours south of Melbourne and this place is a little off the tourist trail so don’t be surprised to find yourself basking in the sun at your very own beach.
10. Hire a Bike
There are 50 bike stations in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. We recommend hiring a bike in the city centre and riding through Albert Park towards St Kilda. Follow the bike trail along the coastline east of the city towards Elwood & Brighton. As you ride along the bay you will pass by mansions (Brighton is Melbourne’s affluent suburb). Look out for the brightly coloured Brighton Beach Boxes and a lookout that offers beautiful views of the beach and the city skyline.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or chat to the helpful staff at your local Base Travel Desk.