So hop on as we bring you the top 12 activities to do in Melbourne City from a tourist perspective. We recommend these especially for those who do not intend to drive in Melbourne.
Bonus - Tips for families having a holiday in the city of Melbourne.
1 Melbourne Zoo
We are big fans of zoos, especially zoos in Australia. We had been to Sydney Zoo and was quite impressed with the setup. For Melbourne Zoo, it is a little more laid back and natural compared to Sydney Zoo. There are no cable cars, but there are bush walk trails to explore. With a cool weather, a day out at the zoo is perfect for families with kids
The reptile zone and the Orangutan zone are a hit with the kids. The former boost reptiles we have not seen before whereas the latter gets you up close with the Orangutan separated by a glass wall.
For kolas loves, they can be found at the zoo. However spotting them might be difficult if they decide to hide amongst the leaves. We reckon at least half a day is needed to cover all the animals exhibits at the zoo.
Fun factor: 4/5
Getting there: Tram 55 runs from William Street in the city centre, stopping directly near the back entrance of the zoo.
2 Melbourne Museum
Fun factor : 4/5
Getting there : Free city Tram stops at Victoria Parade. Enjoy a slow 10 minutes walk through Carlton Gardens and you will reach Melbourne's Museum
|Children museum @ Melbourne museum|
|Collingwood Children's Farm|
A working farm within 5 km from the city?
Yes, there is one at Melbourne and it is the Collingwood Children Farm. Children can get a close up experience with real farm animals here. However if you are expecting a petting zoo, you may be a tad disappointed. Horses, cows, huge white chickens, pigs and peacocks can be found on the farm.
Old McDonald had a farm, E I E I O
On that farm he has a cow, E I E I O
There are cow milking or brushing sessions daily.
Fun factor : 3 / 5
Getting there : Transportation is tricky, we took a cab there and at the end , the cab fare too and back cost more than the farm admission.
4 Luna Park
|Luna Park Melbourne|
Some of the original rides such as the world oldest continually-operating roller coaster, the Scenic Railway are still around. Don't miss a chance to take a photo with the original iconic " Mr Moon " face entrance too.
Somehow compared to the Luna Park in Sydney, the boys had more rides and more fun!
Fun Factor : 4.5 / 5
Getting here : Tram 16 via Federation Square or Tram 96 via Crown casino
|The Little Brick Man was there too! Follow him on Instagram.|
|Puffing Billy Melbourne|
Take a ride in Australia favourite steam train the old fashion way... With your legs sticking out of the carriage!
This century old puffing steam train is still running on its original mountain track from Belgrave. A unique experience that rides through the scenic Dandenong Ranges that kids will remember for a while.
Fun Factor : 4 / 5
Getting there : if you are not driving. The best way to get there is via a day tour.
6 Great Ocean Road
If you are driving, you would normally take 2 days to complete the route. Day tour companies do provide a one day trip that covers 560 km from Melbourne to Great Ocean Road in a day!
Highlight a will be the limestone formation The Twelve Apostles and the lesser known Loch Ard Gouge
Fun Factor : 3.5 / 5
Getting there : If you are not driving, the best way will be a day tour from the local tour company.
The major Day Tour companies include AAT Kings, Gray Line and Melbourne's Best tour.
This one is for the arcade fans. Galactic Circus is the largest arcade amusement park in Melbourne. Located at Crown Entertainment complex, it provides hours of fun for the arcade lover.
The best part of the games is that it dispense tickets . You can change the physical tickets for gifts. This is probably why this place can be addictive!
Fun factor : 4 / 5
Getting there : Via the free city tram , stop at Melbourne Convention Center
8 Monkey Mania
For parents who love to shop, they would usually made a beeline for Harbourtown, Melbourne factory outlet. Good news for the little ones, Monkey Mania , an indoor playground is located there.
Being the princes of indoor playgrounds, it will be hard to stop the boys from having their share of fun. Good news, the play is unlimited , so parents can shop while the children play ( provided at least one adult is left to supervise)
Fun factor : 3.5 / 5
Getting there : Via the free city tram , stop at Harbourtown
9 Go for a play, performance or even a circus!
Calender of Events
Fun factor : 4 / 5
10 Take a Walk along Yarra River
|Walk along Yarra River|
Best time to walk would be during the cool spring and autumn evenings.
Fun factor : 3 /5
11 Spend the morning at the Gardens
|Gardens of Melbourne|
Melbourne is known as the Garden a city of Australia. It has a lot of green lungs within the city that makes the air in the city crisp and fresh. Step into Carlton Gardens, Treasury Gardens, Fitzroy Gardens for a breath of fresh air.
Visit the Shrine of remembrance or the Ian Potter a foundation Children's Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens. You could easily spend a whole morning or even a day at one of these beautiful gardens.
Fun Factor : 4/5
Getting there : There is almost one garden at every corner of Melbourne, just look for the one closet to the hotel. The Royal Botanic Gardens will be the place to go if you want to explore the flora and fauna of Melbourne.
12 Walk the Back lanes
Just remind them that they should not do the same back home if you want to preserve a clean white wall!
Fun Factor : 2.5 / 5
|Melbourne Backlanes Graffiti|
Additional tips for families
|Tips for having fun in Melbourne|
- Choose an apartment
- Stay close to Federation Square
- Avoid taxis
- Bring walking shoes
- Bring a stroller
- Spend at least 1 week in Melbourne
- Get an Optus $2 a day card
- Get a myki tram pass
2 hours fare Aud 3.58 ( adult) Aud 1.79 ( child)
Daily fare Aud 7.16 ( adult) Aud 3.58 ( child)
* fares are subjected to changes
Check out our Melbourne video below to find out what we did during our stay in Melbourne.
The above pictures were taken from our instagram account. Follow us on our adventures on Instagram.
|View From Shrine Of Remembrance|