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Melbourne Do's and Don'ts - Best Travel Tips

Updated on October 6, 2011

Travelling and living in the exciting and beautiful city of Melbourne is a once in a lifetime experience. Whether you are travelling to Melbourne or going to live in Melbourne for a short while, be armed with these insider tips on what to do and what not to do in Melbourne. Take a print out or save this page on your handheld device because you will not find these travel tips for Melbourne in any brochure or booklet.

Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Melbourne Do's - What you must do while you're in Melbourne

Spend time walking the laneways in Melbourne CBD.

Drive to Great Ocean Road and go all the way up to the Twelve Apostles. Don't forget to carry an on-board GPS in your car.

The pubs and bars in Melbourne are simply amazing. Find out which one suits your fancy, spend time over there, and take back home some great memories.

The City Circle Tram passing by the Parliament of Victoria, on Spring Street, Melbourne
The City Circle Tram passing by the Parliament of Victoria, on Spring Street, Melbourne

Travel in the old city circle tram that still operates within the Melbourne CBD. It's free and it'll take you around Melbourne CBD.

Enjoy the Victorian architecture from the 19th and 20th century in Melbourne CBD.

Visit Docklands. It is a suburb in the outskirts of Melbourne CBD and boasts a few great restaurants where you can enjoy a nice wine and dine experience by the docks. Simply stunning!

Breathtaking views of Melbourne City from 'The Edge' at Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne
Breathtaking views of Melbourne City from 'The Edge' at Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne | Source

Go to the Eureka Skydeck Tower and witness Melbourne it its full glory from 'The Edge' which is at a height of about 300m. Enjoy panoramic ariel views of Melbourne and it's suburbs.

Visit the Queen Victoria Market for witnessing a multi-cultural hub of sellers of exotic fruits and vegetables.

Drive to the Yarra Valley Vineyards. Remember to take your GPS.

Enjoy serene views of the sunset at the St Kilda Pier
Enjoy serene views of the sunset at the St Kilda Pier

Spend an evening watching the sunset on the St Kilda Pier. You can take Tram #96 from Bourke Street.

Go to Smith Street in Collingwood for the strangest possible shops.You can take Tram #86 from Bourke Street.

For some exciting, niche and expensive shopping, visit the suburb of Prahran (Chapel Street) and Richmond (Bridge Road) or even the Chadstone Shopping Centre, in Chadstone.

The Federation Square is a hotspot for locals, and for tourists.
The Federation Square is a hotspot for locals, and for tourists.

Spend an afternoon at Federation Square (opposite Flinders Street Station).

Enjoy delicious Italian food on Lygon Street (Carlton). Take a tram from Swanston Street and get off at the Melbourne University tram stop. Lygon Street is a 5 minute walk from here.

Visit the Melbourne Zoo. Apart from the massive range of wildlife, birds and reptiles, witness the uber-cute Koala, an animal typical to Australia.

An aerial view of Brightton Beach. You can see the Melbourne CBD skyline in the background.
An aerial view of Brightton Beach. You can see the Melbourne CBD skyline in the background.

Visit the Art Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria (On St Kilda Road).

Spend an evening on Acland Street and Fitzroy Street in St Kilda.

Drive to Mornington Peninsula. Don't forget to take your GPS.

Visit all the beaches in Melbourne.

Go to Footscray (suburb) to witness an exciting cocktail of many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. You can take any train to Sydneham or Werribee from the Flinders Street Station. It is a 10 minute train ride.

Go to Kings Street in Melbourne CBD for its larger than life scene of nightclubs and strip joints.



The taxi rank just outside Flinder Street Station, Melbourne.
The taxi rank just outside Flinder Street Station, Melbourne.

Melbourne Don'ts - What you shouldn't do while you're in Melbourne

Don't use taxis in Melbourne during daytime. The public transport system in Melbourne is one of the best in the world.

If I were you, I wouldn't travel in public transport after 11pm on weekends.

Don't spend your time indoors. Melbourne is too beautiful, exciting and alive to watch from the confines of a hotel room window.

Don't go to Kings Street if strip clubs and shady joints are not your cup of tea. Kings Street is one of the most violence-prone street in Melbourne.

Don't eat at shabby looking food joints in the Melbourne CBD. If they look shabby, they are shabby. No exceptions.

Don't carry a knife or a sharp edged weapon with you. I know you won't, but just in case you are a crazy pumped up maniac who likes to do so, let me warn you that Melbourne has strict knife laws.

If you are visiting Melbourne, don't choose an accommodation which is more than 10 minutes of travelling time by public transport from the Melbourne CBD. The last thing you want to do is spend more time travelling from one place to another. If I were you, the Melbourne CBD or St Kilda would be the only two suburbs I'd choose to stay if I was visiting Melbourne.

Don't book your stay right away. Scout for great deals, especially of Serviced Apartments in St Kilda or Melbourne CBD. They are a great way to cut down on your expenditure. After all, you're going to come to your room only to sleep, aren't you?

Melbourne after dark

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    • Iammattdoran profile image

      Matt Doran 

      5 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Great Hub! I was in Melbourne in October. It was my favourite city - by far - in Australia. It's really livable and I really liked the feel of it.

    • hush4444 profile image

      hush4444 

      6 years ago from Hawaii

      I love travel hubs that give the readers inside information, rather than the same old travel tips that everyone already knows! You make Melbourne sound really exciting - can't wait to go there.

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      7 years ago

      You must! Melbourne is one city that you cannot miss visiting.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Aurelio.

      P

    • alocsin profile image

      alocsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for these suggestions for when I visit Melbourne. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • BabyCheetah profile image

      BabyCheetah 

      7 years ago from Melbourne

      Thanks for the advice ;)

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      7 years ago

      You should. Good luck on your cultural and gastronomical adventure!

      But stick to Footscray, only. I reckon that you give middle and west Footscray a miss.

      P

    • BabyCheetah profile image

      BabyCheetah 

      7 years ago from Melbourne

      Oh you're welcome. I guess I should try venture out there then with someone and give it a go ;)

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      7 years ago

      I know what you mean BabyCheetah but Footscray has changed a lot over the years, hasn't it?

      Spanky new railway station, less junkies (thank god) and more cops around. If nothing else, I love Footscray for the variety of food out there. You'd have to go on an empty stomach to take full benefit of this suburb, wouldn't you? Anyways enough of my ranting!

      Thanks for your feedback BabyCheetah! Much appreciated.

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      BabyCheetah 

      7 years ago from Melbourne

      Great job on this hub. I don't know about going to Footscray though but you have covered a lot :)

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