Top five things to do in Melbourne
1. Visit Hosier Lane
Melbourne is renowned for its quirky lanes and vibrant street art boasting colourful creations across walls, doorways, and even bins.
Only a 4-minute walk to Flinders Street Station, Hosier Lane is a hub for tourists and artists eager to indulge in Australian culture.
From cartoon characters and animals to celebrities and politicians, there is something for everyone to marvel at.
2. Penguin Watching at St Kilda
Just off the rocks on St Kilda’s rustic pier, Melbourne’s native penguins swim, sleep and play. Wander down just after nightfall and find a flock of tourists, cameras at the ready, poised to snap Insta-worthy shots.
You cannot feed the penguins, but if you’re lucky, you’ll see them catch a meal. If you’ve never seen a penguin in its natural habitat before, this is the experience of a lifetime.
3. Old Melbourne Gaol
A trip to the gaol is not for the faint-hearted. Founded in 1845, the Melbourne Gaol was home to some of Australia’s most notorious criminals, including gang leader and murderer, Ned Kelly.
Walk in the footsteps of former prisoners as you weave your way in and out of old cells, torture chambers and recreational yards.
Open: Wed-Sun 10am-6pm; oldmelbournegaol.com
4. Queen Victoria Market
First opened in 1878, this is Melbourne’s oldest, and most frequented, market. From bookstalls to jewellers, this place has it all. With live music by locals and a friendly atmosphere, this is a tourist hotspot.
If visiting between June and August you can explore the marketplace at night. Queen Victoria Market is the place to be.
Open: 6am-3pm Tues, Thurs, Fri; 6am-4pm Sat; 9am-4pm Sun. qvm.com.au
5. Botanical Gardens
If you are looking for a serene place to relax and unwind in nature’s oasis, look no further. The Botanical Garden extends across 38 hectares and is home to over 8,500 species of plants.
There are also activities, such as forest therapy (£19.55) and punting on the lake (£41.89 per boat) and it is a great for a family day out.
Open 7:30am-5:30pm Mon-Sun. www.rbg.vic.gov.au
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