48 hours in Melbourne: Top 5 must-do’s
Our Australasia, Canada & Alaska Product Manager, Lauren, spent 48 hours in Melbourne before a guided walk with Great Walks of Australia. Read on for Lauren’s top 5 must-do’s in this charming city.
1. People Watch
Enjoy an early morning coffee, breakfast or brunch in one of Melbourne’s many quirky restaurants! I tried out ST ALi and would highly recommend!
2. Book a Guided Tour
A great way to see the city and get your bearings is on a guided city tour – and Melbourne being Melbourne, means these aren’t any ordinary city tours! Travel with a local guide and see the sights of Melbourne (and more) by bicycle, stop for coffee and cake (included) and enjoy lunch (also included) at Victoria Markets. Or if cycling doesn’t take your fancy take a guided walking tour and uncover the hidden secrets of Melbourne on a signature lanes and arcades walk. You’ll visit some of the quirkiest cafes and independent designers and see the architecture and street art Melbourne is famous for, with historical tales of Melbourne along the way.
3. Catch a Game of Cricket
Walk through leafy East Melbourne to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for an afternoon game – Any game! As one of the biggest sporting clubs in the world, the MCC has one of the largest waiting lists for membership; there are currently more than 236,000 people on the waiting list! The waiting list has become such a tradition that many parents sign their children up when they’re born, with the average waiting time currently at around 19 years!
4. Order a Cocktail on a Rooftop Bar
Enjoy pre dinner drinks in one of the many roof top bars overlooking the city, Loop Roof looks really cool, a cutting-edge cafe/bar with panoramic views, serving eclectic, modern food and inventive cocktails! After pre dinner drinks, dine out somewhere nice – the choice of options is endless! There’s everything from quirky rooftop burger bars where you dine in train carriages to fine dining at Southbank, overlooking the Yarra River fresh. Try fresh, locally sourced produce at Pure South Dinning, I can personally recommend the Bass Strait wild caught scallops and free-range pork belly!
5. Explore the Yarra Valley
Explore further afield and enjoy a full day sightseeing in the Yarra Valley. Discover the Yarra Valley’s thriving wine industry on a tour with The Australian Wine Tour Company, which promises to be an entertaining, sociable and educational day out. We enjoyed four premium cellar door tastings, plus an a la carte lunch at Balgownie Estate and also visited the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie – a sweet feast for the senses and a wonderful way to end the day!