The Best Way to Spend 2 days in Melbourne

The Best Way to Spend 2 days in Melbourne

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Melbourne is the second-largest capital city in Australia and a serious contender for Sydney in the popularity stakes. If you are keen on some Melbourne sightseeing for the first time, choosing where to start might be a bit of a challenge. To get you started, I have found the best way to spend 2 days in Melbourne.

The Best Way to Spend 2 Days in Melbourne

I have visited Melbourne many times with different purposes and you could spend a lot more than two days but there are some essential Melbourne experiences you shouldn’t miss.

St Paul's Cathedral is worth seeing on your 2 days in Melbourne
St Paul’s Cathedral

You may have heard a few things about the Sydney/Melbourne rivalry. It does exist, which I find a little puzzling, since both cities are so different. Melbourne is known for its cool architecture, its hip cafés and thriving food scene. Street art is a major aspect of Melbourne’s busy cultural life.

With 2 days in Melbourne, you will see some spectacular architecture
Skyscrapers in Melbourne CBD

Generally, Melbourne has a more urban and cultural feel than Sydney, but it is full of charm and energy. The only downside might be the Melbourne climate, which tends to change quickly, so much so that you can sometimes expect four seasons in one day. Here are some fun things to do in Melbourne for couples or solo travellers.

As a first step, I recommend visiting the Melbourne tourist information centre to pick up a Melbourne tourist map so you can get your bearings.

Where to Stay in Melbourne

There are many places to stay in Melbourne, but if you are limited in time, I recommend choosing a central location and maybe trying to get a bit of a view. I selected these hotels based on location, views and budget.

Melbourne Boutique Hotels

With its high rises buildings all over the city, Melbourne has a lot of very standard hotels and it’s easy to get lost in the choice… Jazz Corner Hotel is a stylish jazz-themed hotel with great views. It’s near Flagstaff Gardens and only 10-15 mns from the heart of the city.

I stayed in that area on my last trip and it could be the best place to stay in Melbourne as it’s within walking distance of the many restaurants, Southern Cross station and yet it’s pretty quiet.

Best Melbourne Hotels for Views

Located between Queen Victoria Market and Old Melbourne Gaol, in a quiet area of town, Imagine Lighthouse has some stunning views from the top floors.

Southbank Hotels

If you want a good location, hotels in Southbank across the Yarra River, are pretty similar to the ones in the CBD. A high-level room with a view at Imagine Marco should be a treat.

Docklands Hotels

Located on the other side of Southern Cross Station, the Docklands area is popular with business travellers and have great views of the city. Very close to the station, Travelodge is a good option. A bit more expensive is Peppers Docklands, great location and spacious rooms.

Luxury Hotels Melbourne

A short stay in Melbourne, with all the great restaurants and shopping, should be a bit of treat. For special occasions, the Langham Hotel in Southbank, on the Yarra River. It’s a classic hotel and still fairly reasonable.

The QT Melbourne is in the city, in an excellent location close to restaurants and laneway bars. It’s modern, stylish and has big rooms.

Melbourne Apartments

If you like self-contained accommodation or are planning to stay more than 2 days, there are plenty of services apartments in Melbourne. Adina on Flinders is mid-range and close to restaurants and bars, with spacious apartments.

For a quiet location and very good prices, Docklands Private Collection of Apartments is ideal.

Cheap Accommodation Melbourne

If you are on a budget, I have a couple of very well priced options in the CBD. The Space Hotel is near Melbourne Old Gaol. It’s a hostel with a bar, gym and roof terrace. Small dorm rooms for 6 are clean and very reasonably priced.

City Tempo is near Queen Victoria markets and Flagstaff Gardens. Very clean studios, great prices and location.

Wander the Laneways

The laneways in Melbourne are famous. As a matter of fact, the laneways are that good, more things happen in there than on the main streets! The laneways are the heart and soul of the city and should definitely be on your Melbourne itinerary. That’s where the cultural vibe and nightlife is. You can do a lot in the Melbourne lanes, from shopping for unique fashion, having a casual but delicious breakfast or fine dining, enjoying a coffee at the end of the day, discovering newly painted street art or simply taking in that cool Melbourne vibe…

Spend some of your 2 days in Melbourne in the laneways
Melbourne Lanes

Degraves Street is one of the best Melbourne laneways. It goes from dead quiet in the morning, which is great for viewing street art, to bustling with Melbourne laneway cafes, restaurants and bars open late at night.

Degraves Street in one of my favourite Melbourne highlights
Degraves Street in Melbourne

In my opinion, the best laneways in Melbourne have great charm because they mix local life so well. It is the territory of hospitality workers having a cigarette break, of students having a chat sitting on milk crates, and of dressed up professionals waiting at the door of a swanky bar. The laneways are the cosy heart of Melbourne, where you can seek shelter from the famous cold and rain that may appear at any moment.

The Melbourne lanes have such a great atmosphere
Laneway in the heart of Melbourne

I was taken aback by the laneways on my first visit, they were so cool and European. They had that slightly louche vibe, which makes you hesitate a bit when knocking on a dark door to be let into an equally dark bar… And in true prohibition style, the light shines and the place is bustling and swinging…

So many cool shops to keep you busy during your 2 days in Melbourne
Shop in Melbourne lane

To learn more, I recommend taking this Melbourne laneways walking tour to get all the secret stories. Check out the additional information and current tour prices.

Go Back in Time in the Arcades

The arcades are another unique feature of the Victorian capital and should definitely be on your list if you only have two days in Melbourne. In a way, the arcades are the more upmarket and Victorian version of the laneways. And sometimes, they mix quite well. Indeed, you may walk through the elegant gate of a Victorian arcade and walk out through a laneway covered in graffiti…

With 2 days in Melbourne, make sure you don't miss the beautiful mosaic floor of the arcades
Mosaic Floor in Melbourne Arcade

Royal Arcade

The Royal Arcade is at 331-339 Bourke Street and was built in 1869. It connects Bourke Street Mall, Little Collins Street and Elizabeth Street

Block Arcade

The Block Arcade is the grandest and most beautiful Melbourne arcade. At 280-292 Collins Street, it is home to the Hopetoun Tea Rooms and Haigh’s Chocolates. The arcade is modelled on Milan’s grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and was built around 1891-1893. The floor mosaics are beautiful and this arcade is the perfect place for a high tea…

Treat yourself in the Royal Arcade in your 2 days in Melbourne
Block Arcade in Melbourne

Walk Arcade

The Walk Arcade is at 309-325 Bourke Street, and connects Bourke Street Mall and Little Collins Street. Going across the arcade will take you to a laneway called the Causeway.

Melbourne walking tours also include the arcades. Check out the additional information and current tour prices.

Crane Your Neck at Melbourne’s Skyscrapers

Coming from Sydney, where nothing is really that high, spending 2 days in Melbourne nearly gave me a sore neck! Some say that Sydney is asleep when it comes to daring, modern architecture and I have to agree.

You will see some great skyscrapers during your 2 days in Melbourne
Eureka Tower in Melbourne

There are some stunning buildings in Melbourne… I wasn’t looking for anything like that when I spent time in Melbourne but it was worth a few photos…

Seeing tall buildings is part of Melbourne's highlights
Skyscrapers against the light in Melbourne

Melbourne can now compete with New York and Chicago when it comes to heights…

Soar at the Eureka Skydeck

Speaking of tall buildings, it’s hard to miss the Eureka Tower… Finished in 2006, it stands at 297m and is the second tallest building in Australia. The Eureka Skydeck is a 360 viewing platform over Melbourne and its surroundings. 

Don't miss the Eureka Skydeck during your 2 days in Melbourne
View from the Eureka Skydeck

First, I’ll give you a few figures to dazzle you: 

  • 360 views over Melbourne
  • 285m above ground
  • 88th floor
  • 38 seconds, that’s how much time the lift needs to take you there…

The Best Views of Melbourne

After the quick shot up the tower, you can get around the space freely, there is a cafe, toilets and a desk where you can collect your photos. I didn’t actually hesitate to do this fairly touristy thing, I can comfortably say it’s one of the best things to do in Melbourne at night. The best time to visit is just before sundown. I loved seeing the city turn on its evening lights although the amount of light inside the Melbourne observation deck made it a little difficult to take good photos.

The view from the Eureka Tower is a Melbourne highlight
Melbourne from the Eureka Skydeck

The Edge

The other attraction at the Eureka Skydeck is the Edge. It’s a glass cube that literally edges off the side of the tower and hangs almost 300m above Melbourne streets. They make a big deal out of it with spooky noises when you’re in the cube so make sure that this is something you are comfortable with. You get great views and yes, the ground is a long way away when you look between your feet. There is an extra charge on top of the Eureka Deck price.

Will you do The Edge at the Eureka Tower with only 2 days in Melbourne?
The Edge at the Eureka Tower

Apart from feeling a little dizzy from the height and slightly embarrassed to be in such a tourist thing, I liked the views but you get the same ones from the viewing platform, really. The one thing I didn’t like was that cameras weren’t allowed in the cube, not even phones. They do offer to take a photo of you, which you have to pay extra for. So don’t feel bad if you don’t do this part of the Eureka Skydeck.

It’s Cold Up There!

A portion of the viewing platform is open-air, protected by a net so things or people can’t fall off. The wind and the temperature were very different at 300m than they were at ground level but what a sight!

This view from the Eureka Skydeck is worth spending 2 days in Melbourne
Melbourne at night from the Eureka Tower

I don’t regret visiting at dusk, the changing colours were beautiful however I wish I had arrived a little earlier. Most of the photos were taken around dusk and night time and I’m sure it’s worth visiting during the day.

If you want to make sure you don’t miss out on the best light hours during the day and at night, there is a “sun and stars” ticket to accommodate two visits in the same day.

Beautiful night views should feature in your 2 days in Melbourne
Evening Views over Melbourne

I’m very pleased to include the Eureka Tower in this Melbourne travel guide. Check out additional information and current prices for Eureka tower tickets.

Explore the Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark in Melbourne and the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Also known as “Vic Market” or “Queen Vic”, it was built on the site of the Old Melbourne Cemetery between 1860 and 1936, and is now the largest and the most intact 19th-century market.

The Queen Victoria Market must feature in your 2 days in Melbourne
Queen Victoria Market

A Rich and Diverse Market

Living in Sydney, I am actually very envious of this market. It’s one of the best places to shop in Melbourne when it comes to food. The choice of produce is excellent, there is a real-life in and around the market, and you do travel back in time. The market is on the corner of Victoria and William St, just north of the CBD. Queen Victoria Market occupies two city blocks and lies over 7 hectares, so you would need several hours to see it all. 

Spending 2 days in Melbourne requires a quick tour of the Queen Victoria Market
Dairy Produce Hall

There is a general market, a fresh produce market and an indoor hall. If you only have 2 days in Melbourne, the must-see area is the Dairy Produce Hall.

All in Art Deco charm, the Dairy Produce Hall has a fantastic range of produce, ranging from bread, cakes, sausages, wine, cheese and spices, as well as country-specific shops. The shops are enclosed stalls with large display windows and it’s a feast for the eyes…

Feast your eyes and senses at the Queen Victoria Market as part of your 2 days in Melbourne
Food Stalls at the Queen Victoria Market

If you are wondering where to go in Melbourne for a tasty breakfast and coffee, why not try the markets? It’s great to experience the Melbourne culture, with people playing music and enjoying a coffee…

The Queen Victoria Market is a highlight of Melbourne
Food displays at the Queen Victoria Market

For a more in-depth experience, you can take a foodie tour.

Queen Victoria Market Hours

Queen Victoria Market opens daily except Mondays and Wednesdays. There is a Victoria night market and summer markets on Wednesdays.

  • Tue-Wed-Thu 6am to 2pm
  • Fri: 6 am to 5pm
  • Sat: 6am to 3pm
  • Sun: 6am to 4pm
With 2 days in Melbourne, you have time to wander around the Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne

Queen Victoria Market’s reputation goes well beyond Melbourne, there is no equivalent in Sydney. In fact, the market is on the Victorian Heritage Register and on its way to join the UNESCO World Heritage List. In the meantime, it’s one of the great places to see in Melbourne.

Be Spooked in the Old Melbourne Gaol

My first trips to Melbourne were about cool cocktail bars and boutique shopping. Living in Sydney, I thought I had all the historic buildings back home… Wrong! The Old Gaol in Russell Street in one of my new Melbourne places to visit.

The Old Melbourne Gaol is worth visiting if you have 2 days in Melbourne
Old Melbourne Gaol Courtyard

The Old Melbourne Gaol Building

A bluestone building with a courtyard, next to the City Police Watch House and the City Courts Building, the Old Melbourne Gaol has been a prison since the early days of the colony.

From the outside, the building looks small and out of place in the streets of modern Melbourne, but it must have cast a mighty shadow in its heyday. Victorian society, in England and its colonies, was obsessed with criminals and how to reform them. 

If you have 2 days in Melbourne, don't miss a visit of the Old Melbourne Gaol
Inside the Old Melbourne Gaol

Inside the Prison

Between 1842 and 1924, the prison housed Melbourne’s most dangerous criminals, petty offenders but also the homeless and the mentally ill. Even children as young as three spent time in Old Melbourne Gaol. Also, no less than 135 people where hanged at the prison, including the famous bush ranger Ned Kelly.

Some areas of the gaol are now part of the RMIT University Campus and not all is open to the public. The section open to visitors is the main gaol, on three levels. 

The Old Melbourne Gaol is a Melbourne highlight
The Old Melbourne Gaol

The prison is dark and daunting, and the blue stone has an eerie sheen. Visitors are encouraged to stay quiet and respect the place and its painful history.

The cells are small and claustrophobic, however the gaol is remarkably well preserved and there are plenty of displays to tell the sometimes sad and moving stories of the people who came to stay in the prison, and those who were hanged in the gallows.

With 2 days in Melbourne, you can allow some time to see the Old Melbourne Gaol
Cell doors at the Old Melbourne Gaol

Convict History

The fascination most Australians have for their criminal past can be puzzling to visitors, however I found the Old Melbourne Gaol to be a really vivid account of what life was like in the young colony of Victoria and one of the great Melbourne highlights.

If you have more time in Melbourne, you can take a tour of the City Police Watch House, which will give you an idea of what it was like to be arrested in put in jail…

The City Courts Building, which was in operation between 1911 and 1994, is also open during Victorian school holidays. And if you are into jails, there is a very good specimen in Fremantle, in Western Australia.

You can join the Melbourne gaol tour, check out additional information and current tour prices. And if you are game, there is even a Melbourne gaol ghost tour.

Melbourne Shopping

Shopping in Melbourne is really good and that was a focus of my first visits several years ago. Again comparing to Sydney, the Melbourne boutiques are really good. Some good Melbourne shopping streets are: Chapel Street in South Yarra, Bridge Road in Richmond or Sydney Road in Brunswick. The city is also where you will find some of the best shopping in Melbourne

Spending 2 days in Melbourne might give you enough time to do some shopping
Shopping in Melbourne

The Victorian arcades have some of the best Melbourne fashion boutiques. I would say that the main difference the other Australian capital cities is the fact that Melbourne shops tend to have plenty of private labels and unique items. 

The unique and quirky fashion shops are a Melbourne highlight
Milliner Shop in Melbourne

Away from mainstream fashion, Melbourne offers a diverse and exciting shopping experience. Not only the shops are good, but Melbourne has the right culture around shopping. I felt that shopping was an experience that people value and enjoy, as opposed to a practical and rushed endeavour.

The best laneways in Melbourne are full of cool shops
Shopping in the Melbourne lanes

Relax at Southbank & the Yarra River

The Yarra River runs through Melbourne, just south of the CBD, and Southbank is a good area for nightlife with great views over the city.

With 2 days in Melbourne, you can make time to wander along the Yarra River in Southbank
View from Southbank in Melbourne

In order to soak up the atmosphere, I recommend trying one of the places to eat on Southbank while enjoying the view over the Melbourne skyline. There are also many bars in Southbank

Search for Melbourne Street Art

Melbourne is famous for its street art, which is becoming very popular around Australia, including in Perth. As it turns out, street art is so prevalent in Melbourne that it will be hard to avoid it. 

Wall art in Melbourne is lively and raw and in some places, you can see Melbourne street artists at work. Some of the best street art in Melbourne is in the CBD.

The main areas of Street Art in Melbourne CBD are:

Blender Lane

Near 104-106 Franklin Street

Blender Lane is worth a visit if you have 2 days in Melbourne
Blender Lane

Hardware Lane

Cnr of Little Bourke Street

Union Lane

Cnr of Little Collins Street

Street Art in one of the Melbourne highlights
Union Lane

Tattersalls Lane

Between Lonsdale Street and Little Bourke Street

Crossley Street

Between Bourke Street and Little Bourke Street

Meyers Lane

Between Bourke Street and Little Collins Street

Duckboard Lane

Off Flinders Lane, it wraps around a block

Don't miss the street art in Duckboard Lane as part of your Melbourne highlights itinerary
Duckboard Lane

AC/DC Lane

Between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane

AC/DC Lane is one of best places to see street art as part of your 2 days in Melbourne
AC/DC Lane

Hosier Lane

Between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane is Hosier Lane, a very famous Melbourne street for wall art. Rutledge Lane is off Hosier Lane and wraps around a block. Some of the best Australian street artists do some work here!

Hosier Lane is where you will find some of the best street art in Melbourne
Hosier Lane

Hosier Lane street art changes often as graffiti artists come in and do their work.

Degraves Street

Between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane.

During the day, Degraves Street is full of laneway cafes and restaurants with tables lined in the middle of the street. Therefore, the best time is to visit in the morning. Indeed, there are some interesting displays along the way and in one small lane just off the street.

Have a coffee in Degraves Street and find some beautiful Melbourne laneway art
Degraves Street

Beaney Lane

Off Russell Street

Some of the best Melbourne street art is in Beaney Lane
Beaney Lane

Rankins Lane & Warburton Lane

Off Little Bourke Street

Rankins Lane is a lesser known location for Melbourne laneway art
Rankins Lane

Warburton Lane

Off Little Bourke Street

Melbourne laneway art is also present in Warburton Lane
Warburton Lane

Caledonian Street

Between Lonsdale Street and Little Bourke Street

Melbourne street art tours are a good idea if you don’t have a lot of time. Check out additional information and current tour prices. Alternatively, you may be able to find a Melbourne street art map at the tourist office.

Visit a Park

Whilst the centre of Melbourne has a very urban feel, there are some spacious and green parks around, where Melburnians like to enjoy a walk or a picnic.

Get an early start during your 2 days in Melbourne and head to Flagstaff Gardens
Flagstaff Gardens in Melbourne

The Flagstaff Gardens are in the Northern part of the city, not far from Queen Victoria Market and are the oldest park in Melbourne. First established in 1862, they are a popular and well-maintained garden, with a broad range of tree essences and flowers.

Take a Tram

Melbourne has a very efficient network of trams. A Melbourne trip wouldn’t complete without a ride on the tram. The great thing is that trams within the CBD are free. If you wish to travel further afield, the best way is to use a rechargeable Myki card.

Using the tram is a great way to get around if you only have 2 days in Melbourne
Heritage Tram in Melbourne

Tram 35 is a free hop-on, hop-off service which loops around central Melbourne. There is an audio commentary pointing out the main landmarks and attractions, and you get to travel in a heritage tram!

Beyond Melbourne

If you want to explore further afield after 2 days in the city, I strongly recommend adding some Melbourne day tours to your itinerary. These day trips from Melbourne can also be extended into longer weekends. Geelong is only an hours’ drive and a nice coastal town.

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of the greatest drives in Australia and I loved my time there. If you want to do it in a day, which is possible, but a long day, I recommend taking a tour from Melbourne. Check out the additional information and current tour prices.

The Great Ocean Road is of the best day trips from Melbourne
Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road

Philip Island

Southeast of Melbourne is Philip Island, a pristine haven for wildlife. There is a day tour from Melbourne that combines a food tasting adventure with wildlife watching. Check out the additional information and current tour prices.

For day trips from Melbourne, have a look at Phillip Island
Phillip Island

Wilsons Promontory National Park

The Prom, as it is known locally, is a fairly long drive from Melbourne but you will be blown away by the gorgeous scenery and the pristine beaches. Check out the additional information and current tour prices.

Melbourne day trips can take you to the Wilsons Promontory National Park
Wilsons Promontory National Park

Sovereign Hill

I came across Sovereign Hill almost by accident and had a wonderful time visiting this preserved Goldfields town. It’s only two hours west of Melbourne near Ballarat so it’s easily done as a day trip. Check out the additional information and current tour prices.

Interested in Melbourne day tours? Try Sovereign Hill
Sovereign Hill

If you are driving, you only need to buy the entry ticket. Check out current prices.

Grampians National Park

I visited the Grampians National Park when seeking an escape from Melbourne and it was an adventure! You can see the highlights as a day trip from Melbourne. Check out the additional information and current tour prices.

The Grampians National Park is one of the better day trips from Melbourne
Grampians National Park

Is this enough for you to do in Melbourne? Or would you have other suggestions? Please tell me in the comments!

Melbourne is the second largest capital city in Australia and a serious contender for Sydney in the popularity stakes. To inspire you, I have found the best way to spend 2 days in Melbourne.
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46 Comments

  1. Carlinn Meyer

    March 2, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Great informative post! Wish we had this when my boyfriend went to Melbourne! He had no idea what to do haha

    1. Delphine

      March 3, 2019 at 3:01 am

      Hi Carlinn, Melbourne is good just to wander around, it’s easy to find interesting lanes and cosy restaurants!

  2. Lauren

    March 2, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Fabulous post – can’t believe I leave this beautiful city tomorrow, it’s one of the few cities where I’ve felt at home. Although you did miss my favourite spot – St Kilda 😉

    1. Delphine

      March 3, 2019 at 3:00 am

      Hi Lauren, I didn’t have enough time to make it to St Kilda in just 2 days in Melbourne. I will make some time for it next time!

  3. Charlotte Døvle

    March 3, 2019 at 12:01 am

    What a great guide, so many awesome things to do! I love Australia and can’t wait to be back in a couple of months. Hopefully we will have time to spend a few days in Melbourne 🙂

    1. Delphine

      March 3, 2019 at 2:59 am

      Hi Charlotte, Melbourne is a really interesting place, I’m sure you will enjoy it!

  4. Kelly Barcus

    March 3, 2019 at 8:32 am

    So many amazing things to check out in Melbourne! Thanks for all the great tips!

    1. Delphine

      March 3, 2019 at 8:53 am

      Thanks Kelly, Melbourne is a great city break, I look forward to sharing more tips!

  5. Jenn and Ed Coleman

    May 26, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Melbourne seems like the goal to which modern hipster cities strive for with street art and walking tours. I imagine their food scene is off the charts too. I wonder how GPS reception is in those walkways and arcades. If the signal isn’t boosted I don’t think you’re unit will see very many satellites.

    1. Delphine

      May 27, 2019 at 9:27 am

      The food scene is indeed excellent in Melbourne. However, many restaurants don’t take bookings so it can be difficult to get into the really popular ones. The street art scene is constantly evolving and it’s not unusual to see artists at work. As for the GPS signal, it’s actually very good, including in the lanes.

  6. Sandy N Vyjay

    May 29, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Melbourne is such a beautiful city. You bring alive the city in all its vibrant colour to life through your pictures and narrative. There is so much to see and experience in Melbourne. Two days there seems to be a really eventful experience without a single dull moment. Your itinerary is really expansive and along the lines of what we really like. Out of the many sights the glittering street art of Melbourne is something we would absolutely love to see.

    1. Delphine

      May 29, 2019 at 8:07 am

      Hi Sandy, there is indeed so much to do in Melbourne. I agree that street art is absolutely fantastic, it’s in many little lanes around Melbourne. It’s a really cool place with a lot happening!

  7. Sandra Papas

    May 29, 2019 at 8:29 am

    I cant after dozens of visits I still haven’t been to the Gaol! Have a trip booked for August so I’m definitely putting it on the list this time!

    1. Delphine

      May 29, 2019 at 11:14 am

      Hi Sandy, the gaol is really interesting! You really feel as though time has stopped when you’re inside. Of course, it’s not the happiest of places, some of the stories are really sad, but it’s very good place to learn more about Melbourne and its history. And there is plenty of stuff relating to Ned Kelly, Australia’s most famous bushranger!

  8. Heather

    May 29, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    This truly is the ultimate and perfect guide to Melbourne. You have me quite excited to visit! I LOVE those views from the Skydeck and I agree with you that dusk is the best time to visit. I love the lighting in your photos. Also The Block Arcade would be a must with me. I love that it has several arcades though. They’re fascinating to me. You have me 100% with the street art! I am a HUGE fan of street art. Thank you for giving us the locations of where they all are. Nothing is more frustrating when you’re trying to find the street art and can’t and there’s no location given. Great job!

    1. Delphine

      May 29, 2019 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Heather, I love Melbourne’s urban culture, a mix of architecture, shopping, food and street art. The arcades and street art are quite unique to Melbourne. I had a great time wandering the streets and looking for the murals, however they change quite often!

  9. Alison

    May 29, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Melbourne looks AMAZING! I have always wanted to drive The Great Ocean Road and see the 12 Apostles. The city looks like a wonderful place to explore with the laneways, trams and arcades. I have also heard (from when my daughter visited) that the food scene is pretty awesome.

    1. Delphine

      May 30, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Melbourne is indeed amazing and the Great Ocean Road isn’t that far at all so it makes it easy to do as a side trip when you visit. As for the food scene, I think it’s actually better than Sydney at the moment. There are plenty of good restaurants and cafes, and they are all trying to outdo each other in the good food stakes!

  10. Lara Dunning

    May 30, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    I would love to check out the food scene and all the historic spots. I like the itinerary as it covers quite a bit of ground and different areas. One day we will make it there!

    1. Delphine

      May 30, 2019 at 7:25 pm

      Melbourne has this very hype image with incredible skyscrapers and street art, but there is also a historical side. That’s why I recommend visiting the Old Gaol. And when you’re done with all the visiting and walking, enjoy a great meal at a restaurant!

  11. Rhonda Albom

    May 30, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    I really enjoy the laneways and arcades in Melbourne. I like how close they are to the street art and Southbank. Melbourne is my ‘go to’ place for a weekend getaway or shopping.

    1. Delphine

      May 30, 2019 at 7:23 pm

      I remember dying to go to Melbourne just for the shopping… I wasn’t disappointed, it was so much better than Sydney. I felt there was a great culture around shopping and socialising in cafes in Melbourne.

  12. Ketki

    May 30, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Melbourne Arcade’s mosaic floor looks amazing. The buildings look fantastic. The street art and food, well everything is so appealing and would make anyone plan a trip there soon!

    1. Delphine

      May 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      Hi Ketki, the arcade floor is a reminder that these spaces were very popular in the Victorian era and a sign of wealth as well. It still works today, it’s a great shopping experience!

  13. Mirela The Travel Bunny

    May 30, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Laneway, the market spots, and the street art are my cup of tea. I’m learning more and more that I’m not really interested in modern urban architecture, although some buildings can be interesting.

    1. Delphine

      May 31, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      Mirela, that’s fair enough… The good thing about Melbourne is that there are plenty of other things to do if you’re not into architecture. I’m not big on museums in the new world, I tend to find them a bit boring, so I stick to what I like best.

  14. Kevin

    June 1, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    As someone who (unfortunately) has not yet been to Australia, this was a really great introduction to a city I basically only knew by name. The skyline looks so picturesque, especially from the Eureka Skydeck. I am pretty sure I could spend two whole days exploring all the bars, restaurants, and cafes in the laneways, which look like they really are the heart and soul of the city. You mention that you might get all four seasons in one day – does Melbourne get really cold? Do you recommend layering clothing while there to be ready for anything?

    1. Delphine

      June 2, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Kevin, the thing Melbourne getting four seasons in a day is actually true, the weather changes very quickly. Winter can get really cold in Melbourne, so it’s important to be mildly ready for it. Layering clothes is a good idea, as well as having a light coat. The good news is that there is a place to retreat from the weather and have a warm drink!

  15. Emma

    November 17, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I’ve been to Melbourne just once and absolutely loved it! I’ve always known that I’ll go back and spend much more time there as I was literally only there for 2 days. I can see from your post that there are loads of things that I missed. I really loved the Laneway culture and the old gaol was very interesting as well.

    1. Delphine

      November 19, 2019 at 5:32 am

      Hi Emma, I did all these things in two days so I was busy but I was also working for some of that time… Melbourne is a great city, with plenty to experience. I want to go back to experience more street art !

  16. Samantha Karen

    November 18, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Melbourne is one of my bucketlist travel destinations and this post made me want to go even more so! The city views at night, and the street art look so amazing! The whole city looks like a dream! If I eve make it to AUS I will use this post to guide my adventures in Melbourne.

    1. Delphine

      November 19, 2019 at 5:32 am

      Thanks Karen, Melbourne is worth at least two days but you can see a lot in that period of time… Don’t forget to venture beyond Melbourne too!

  17. Patricia Pagenel

    November 20, 2019 at 3:00 am

    We skipped Melbourne when we traveled to Australia, but we would definitely include it next time around. The city seems to boast an interesting mix of old architecture and modern high-rises. Queen Victoria Market would be a cool place for a stroll and trying some of the fresh produce and meat there!

    1. Delphine

      November 22, 2019 at 2:45 pm

      It’s hard to include everything in one trip when you visit Australia. I love Melbourne for work trips or a weekend. I enjoyed a simple breakfast at Queen Victoria markets, it’s such a Melbourne thing to do!

  18. ania

    November 20, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Looks like I missed a lot when I was in Melbourne, at least I have additional reasons to visit again

    1. Delphine

      November 22, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      It’s hard to see everything in Melbourne in just two days. Those are my favourite things but there are other options like the zoo or the aquarium!

  19. Wendy

    November 22, 2019 at 1:46 am

    I have always wanted to go to Melbourne. My family would love to go on the Eureka Skydeck and see the views from above. This is a fantastic itinerary.

    1. Delphine

      November 22, 2019 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks Wendy, I’m pleased you like the itinerary. It’s a busy two days but Melbourne is so exciting, you can pack a lot in!

  20. Renee

    November 22, 2019 at 9:24 am

    I think you just planned the perfect 2-days for me! Thank you! From the Laneways to the Arcades to the QE Market to the city streets with graffiti to the shopping and ending the night in the Tower to take in those beautiful cityscape views, especially at night. I love the modern architecture too. I would love to travel to Melbourne.

    1. Delphine

      November 22, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      Melbourne at night is especially good, with all the secret bars in the laneways. And you get to see it from the Eureka Deck, it’s stunning!

  21. Erica

    November 22, 2019 at 11:07 am

    I´ve yet to visit Australia, but Melbs has always been the top city I want to experience there. Gorgeous street art, amazing coffee culture and historical markets. Love this itinerary, definitely saving it for when I FINALLY make it to Aus 🙂

    1. Delphine

      November 22, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Erica, if you already call Melbourne “Melbs”, you’re halfway there. The coffee culture is very strong in Melbourne, it’s a great reason to go.

  22. Alice Ford

    November 22, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Melbourne looks like the perfect city, culture, great food, and beautiful sceneries.

    1. Delphine

      November 22, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks Alice, Victoria is a great state to visit and Melbourne has a great vibe.

  23. Sage

    November 22, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    I love how thorough this is! I’d definitely want to explore the murals, and the Old Melbourne Gaol seems fascinatingly spooky!

    1. Delphine

      November 23, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      Hi Sage, the Old Melbourne Gaol is indeed spooky and fascinating. There is so much history there and yet it now sits in the middle of very modern architecture… Melbourne is great that way that it mixes the old and the new very well…

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