If you’re in town for the races, take an extra day to explore the Victorian capital’s eclectic riches.
24 hours to spend in Melbourne? Go!
Start in the middle
Start your Melbourne adventure in the heart of the CBD at Federation Square, a hub of galleries, performance spaces and restaurants beside the Yarra River. Cross the Southgate footbridge and take a half-hour river cruise on Classic Steamboat Cruise’s 1924 lovely old heritage ferry, MV Grower.
Get lost in a laneway
Next, dive into Melbourne’s glorious maze of laneways with all their hidden treasures: cafes, galleries, boutiques, bars and street art. Gems include Hosier Lane, Hardware Lane, AC/DC Lane and foodie haven Centre Place. And don’t forget Dame Edna Place!
No trip to Melbourne is complete without a ride on its historical trams. The City Circle Tram is free and has audio commentary – an easy way to accumulate fun facts as you sightsee.
Next, take a wander along the river to the Southbank Centre, where a buzzing strip of al fresco eateries offer plenty of choice for a leisurely lunch. At nearby Eureka Tower you can ascend to the southern hemisphere’s highest vantage point, Skydeck, on the eighty-eighth floor and 285 metres above the ground. Check out the panoramas all the way to the Dandenong Ranges and Port Phillip Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows, or brave The Edge – a glass cube that slides you right out into the view.
Take the tram to Richmond, a vibrant suburb on the CBD fringes, and browse the fabulous retail avenues of Bridge Road and Swan Street. You’re close to the legendary Melbourne Cricket Ground and if time allows, it’s well worth a tour or a trip to its Sports Museum, before finishing your day with an evening of Melbourne’s famed culinary delights amid Richmond’s multitude of eateries and small bars.