Our Checklist For An Epic Weekend In Melbourne

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Published 20th August, 2019
Article author - Isabel Bates

Planning a trip to Melbourne? Australia's second-biggest city hosts countless delights, and here are just a few must-do activities to add to your itinerary!

Check out Hosier Lane Street Art

Street art is an integral part of the city’s culture. Hosier Lane opens up onto Federation Square and features many different works of graffiti with political undertones as well as pop culture portraits. ACDC Lane, Duckboard Place, and Centre Place are just a few other cool streets worth checking out in the city!

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See Brighton's Bathing Boxes

About 30 mins north of Melbourne, these bathing boxes are an iconic landmark to Brighton. There is no running water or electricity in these colourful huts, they are simply places to find shade and sit back by the beach. Each box painted with a different design makes for the perfect photo op!

Visit the Penguins at St. Kilda Beach

Every night just after sunset on the St. Kilda breakwater little penguins emerge from the rocks and waddle down into the ocean to hunt for fish. On a given night, you can expect to see about 10-20 penguins emerge. You know you’re in the right place when you can smell the birds or hear them squawking. Watch as the little penguins come out one at a time onto the rocks and make their way down into the ocean.

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Drive the Great Ocean Road

Over 250km in total, the Great Ocean Road makes for a great self-driving tour. It takes about three or more days total to complete the trip depending on your pace. You can expect to see beautiful beaches and natural landmarks around every turn. Highlights include the Twelve Apostles, London Arch, and Triplet Falls, among many other noteworthy stops. Bring your camera!

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Explore Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market is a historic landmark listed on the Victorian Heritage register and the largest open-air market you’ll find in the southern hemisphere. Take some time to explore the variety of vendors and pick up a treat or two! You can buy fresh fruit and vegetables or find some souvenirs.

Go Shopping at the Block Arcade

This shopping centre which opened in 1892 is an example of late Victorian-era architecture and is home to many adorable boutiques. You can spend your time perusing the Art of Dr. Seuss or enjoying a crepe at La Creperie Saint Germain.

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Taste Some Amazing Food

Melbourne is home to many great restaurants! If you’re looking for an instagrammable brunch, both Humble Rays and the Flovie Florist Café are great spots. For dinner, hit up Osteria Illaria if you’re craving some Italian food, or Lucy Liu if you’re in the mood for Asian.


Enjoy your time exploring Melbourne! This hip, culturally stimulating city will surely leave you hungry to come back. If you're interested in taking a group tour around Australia that'll give you an instant new crew of mates and the help of an experienced group leader, check out our Oz tours .

For more info about Australia, including our best tips on where to go, when to go, how much money to save, what to bring and so much more, check out our Ultimate Guide to Backpacking Oz here!

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Our Checklist For An Epic Weekend In Melbourne

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Published 20th August, 2019
Article author - Isabel Bates

Planning a trip to Melbourne? Australia's second-biggest city hosts countless delights, and here are just a few must-do activities to add to your itinerary!

Check out Hosier Lane Street Art 

Street art is an integral part of the city’s culture. Hosier Lane opens up onto Federation Square and features many different works of graffiti with political undertones as well as pop culture portraits. ACDC Lane, Duckboard Place, and Centre Place are just a few other cool streets worth checking out in the city!

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See Brighton's Bathing Boxes

About 30 mins north of Melbourne, these bathing boxes are an iconic landmark to Brighton. There is no running water or electricity in these colourful huts, they are simply places to find shade and sit back by the beach. Each box painted with a different design makes for the perfect photo op! 

Visit the Penguins at St. Kilda Beach 

Every night just after sunset on the St. Kilda breakwater little penguins emerge from the rocks and waddle down into the ocean to hunt for fish. On a given night, you can expect to see about 10-20 penguins emerge. You know you’re in the right place when you can smell the birds or hear them squawking. Watch as the little penguins come out one at a time onto the rocks and make their way down into the ocean. 

Great ocean road cliff views.png

Drive the Great Ocean Road

Over 250km in total, the Great Ocean Road makes for a great self-driving tour. It takes about three or more days total to complete the trip depending on your pace. You can expect to see beautiful beaches and natural landmarks around every turn. Highlights include the Twelve Apostles, London Arch, and Triplet Falls, among many other noteworthy stops. Bring your camera!

Queen Victoria Market .jpg

Explore Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market is a historic landmark listed on the Victorian Heritage register and the largest open-air market you’ll find in the southern hemisphere. Take some time to explore the variety of vendors and pick up a treat or two! You can buy fresh fruit and vegetables or find some souvenirs. 

Go Shopping at the Block Arcade 

This shopping centre which opened in 1892 is an example of late Victorian-era architecture and is home to many adorable boutiques. You can spend your time perusing the Art of Dr. Seuss or enjoying a crepe at La Creperie Saint Germain. 

Flovie Florist Cafe.jpg

Taste Some Amazing Food

Melbourne is home to many great restaurants! If you’re looking for an instagrammable brunch, both Humble Rays and the Flovie Florist Café are great spots. For dinner, hit up Osteria Illaria if you’re craving some Italian food, or Lucy Liu if you’re in the mood for Asian. 


Enjoy your time exploring Melbourne! This hip, culturally stimulating city will surely leave you hungry to come back. If you're interested in taking a group tour around Australia that'll give you an instant new crew of mates and the help of an experienced group leader, check out our Oz tours.

For more info about Australia, including our best tips on where to go, when to go, how much money to save, what to bring and so much more, check out our Ultimate Guide to Backpacking Oz here!

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