Wondering what to do while you're in Melbourne? You can't go wrong with some of the top ranked attractions in the whole city! Check out these top spots with a hired car and have the time of your life.
Witness the majesty of modern Melbourne on Degraves Street. If you're a foodie at heart and feel like nothing more than a delicious dinner or perfect cup of coffee, head to this laneway.
You'll be spoilt for choice, with some of the best cafes and eateries in the city. Degraves Espresso, Majorca House, Il Tempo and Little Cupcakes are all stellar options.
National Sports Museum
Sport is a significant part of Melbourne and Australia as a whole, and at this attraction you'll be immersed in this vibrant, passionate world. This world class museum showcases Australian football, cricket, soccer and even the Olympic Games.
There are various areas where you can find out about sports, Australia's role and key figures. A couple of the highlights include Faster, Higher, Stronger – the Olympics exhibit, and Baggy Green – the cricket hall of fame.
National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria was founded in 1861, making it the oldest public art gallery in the country. The works showcased here are eclectic, exciting and diverse. The NGV Collection is more than 68,000 strong and is constantly expanding and developing.
On St Kilda Road is the international works, including the late modern and contemporary art exhibit as well as one that explores the ancient world. The Australian collection can be seen at Federation Square. This is the ideal place to go to learn more about the amazing art produced by people who call this country home – it encompasses thousands of years and a huge array of styles, inspirations and materials. Melbourne Now is an exhibition that looks at contemporary art from the Indigenous peoples of Australia.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Get in touch with nature at the Royal Botanic Gardens. This inner city oasis is perfect for picnics, an serene stroll and as a place where you will immediately feel relaxed.
At the visitor centre, pick up a map and brochure that will guide you around the complex. On your way out, stop in at The Gardens Shop or one of the delightful cafes – The Terrace or Jardin Tan.
The gardens is also a pivotal part of maintaining conservation and biodiversity research in Australia, with innovative and extensive programs that protect rare and threatened plants. The team are dedicated to educating people about the natural world and advancing knowledge and conservation about horticulture.
For a thrilling activity that will test your ability to think quick and work under pressure, head to the Escape Room Melbourne. This is the city's original live puzzle game and is a winning attraction for locals and travellers alike.
In 70 minutes, you will have to solve a series of puzzles with your team to escape the mysterious and surprising room.