Lose yourself among bars and boutiques, galleries and street art, and high-end restaurants and hole-in-the-wall cafes in Melbourne’s famous laneways.
Join the happy throng filling up the cafes, boutiques and eateries on this walkway linking Melbourne’s fashion precinct with Flinders Street Station.
Wander down the bluestone laneways and take in the dizzying array of colours, characters and shapes created by local and international street artists.
You might recognise it from the stereotypical images of Melbourne’s famous laneways. Idle the afternoon away by the bluestone cobbles of Centre Place and become part of a Melbourne postcard scene.
A pedestrian laneway crowded with hole-in-the-wall coffee shops and eateries. Grab a table outside to make the most of alfresco dining or settle into one of the intimate spaces.
A popular spot for night time revellers and foodies for years. Pull up a chair and dine al fresco in the summer months or find somewhere cosy inside during the wintertime.
Shopping in Melbourne always comes with added extras, with laneway discoveries and cafe culture as much a part of the retail experience itself.
For fresh food, irresistible treats, unique gifts and endless bargains, there’s nothing like a market – and Melbourne has them scattered across the city. Browse aisles and aisles of fresh produce, and endless glass cabinets of heavenly deli goods or pick up artworks, jewellery and clothing by local creatives. You’re bound to find what you’re looking for, and a few things you weren’t.
DFO South Wharf
If you take shopping seriously, DFO South Wharf is the place to go. A one-stop shop of more than 120 stores offering discounted prices, DFO South Wharf is conveniently within a stone’s throw of the city centre.
The southern hemisphere’s largest shopping centre featuring over 550 stores, designer boutiques and 35 luxury brands. Just 25 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, by car, bus, train or the complimentary shuttle bus services which depart Federation Square and other CBD locations and Crown daily at 10:00am.
The City Circle Tram service provides a free and convenient way to get around central Melbourne. To catch the free City Circle Tram service (route number 35), simply ‘hop on – hop off’ the tram at any of the specially marked stops on the route. Enjoy each of Melbourne’s city attractions and the added bonus of experiencing traditional Melbourne transportation. What’s more, travel within the central area of Melbourne by tram is also free, though you will need a myki card if you plan to start or finish your journey outside of this central area.
Melbourne is the coffee capital of Australia. Follow the aromas of freshly extracted single origin coffee beans down cobblestoned laneways and into laid-back coffee strips for that caffeine buzz. Melbourne continues to raise the bar with its outstanding range of aromatic brews found in every corner. Each cup is unique, with the city’s rich coffee history at its heart and stirred with passion.
Hit the stairs and reward yourself with a brew with a view at Melbourne’s finest rooftop bars tucked away in city laneways or sprawling over majestic buildings. Or immerse yourself in Melbourne’s blockbuster musical performances in historical and beautiful theatres. If heights are your thing, experience The Edge at the Eureka Skydeck for spectacular views of Melbourne and beyond!
Just an hour away from Melbourne, you can drift over the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon at dawn, taking in the beautiful vineyards and scenery of the valleys and rivers or wander into a world of whimsy in the Dandenong Ranges’ eclectic shops, ancient forests, abundant wildlife, and hidden retreats.
Explore natural wonders of land and sea, from the nightly penguin parade and colony of fur seals to sleepy koalas. Discover endless coastlines and seaside villages, abundant wildlife, international motorsport and a multitude of family attractions. Dine out by the water or catch your own dinner with a line off the local pier. All these just less than two hours from Melbourne.
Breathe in the fresh sea air, sample innovative local cuisine, and soak up the relaxed alfresco lifestyle of the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne. Explore the galleries, spas and cafes in breezy seaside villages, cool off with a day on the beach, or escape to the hinterland for gourmet delights at boutique wineries.
Revel in the stunning coastal scenery on a journey along the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most scenic routes and home to the famous 12 Apostles! Take a helicopter ride to get a bird’s eye view of these famous natural wonders from a different angle. With a stunning coastline stretching for hundreds of kilometres, fertile farm country and wineries aplenty, there’s lots for foodies and wine lovers as well.
Ballarat is a thriving hub of contemporary arts, events and food and wine, with a fascinating heritage backdrop. Go for a self-guided heritage walk and explore the legacy of the gold rush and admire the city’s Victorian and Edwardian buildings, parks, gardens and statues.