24 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Melbourne

Updated: Nov 3, 2021

Welcome to Melbourne, Victoria!

We’ve lived in Melbourne for just over a month, and this city floors me. I am not a big city girl, nor do I like urban lifestyles. But this city is different; Melbourne has me questioning my distaste for city life.

Melbourne is Australia’s second-largest city and voted many times as the world’s most livable city (currently standing second behind Vienna, Austria). Melbourne, lovingly referred to as “Melb” by locals, is vibrant, multicultural, clean, and elegant. It is filled with hidden laneways and lined with decadent cafes and eateries. Much of its architecture was funded by the 1850s gold rush and still has a European feel.

Melbourne has the largest tram system outside of Europe, and the fourth largest in the world overall.

If you’re a sports fan, you’ve also come to the right city. The National Basketball Association is headquartered here and other well-known attractions such as the Australian Open for tennis, the famous Melbourne Cricket ground, and Australian Football stadium. These stadiums roar many nights of the week!

And if art is your jam, you’ll be in for a treat. There are art galleries galore, including one of my faves, the National Gallery of Victoria with interesting modern and indigenous art. You’ll also find architectural design on nearly every corner and massive sculptures.

Melbourne has the highest number of restaurants and cafes per number of people than any other city in the world!

The chic cafes, beaches, famous shopping, botanic gardens, and Yarra River give the city a unique personality. Not to mention, travel within the city limits is free with a hop-on hop-off tram! There are also fun day trips in driving distance. In this blog, I’ll list my top-rated tourist spots and attractions in Melbourne! Please note: they are in no particular order.

1. Royal Botanic Gardens