Things to Do in Melbourne

by Claire Young

Love holidays, but hate travelling? With so much happening in your own backyard, there’s no need to jump on a plane for your next adventure. Here are 6 reasons to stay right where you are and have a staycation in Melbourne:

An endless festival calendar

The Australian Open may be over for another year, but there’s still plenty to keep you entertained this summer. From food, films to comedy, there are heaps of festivals to enjoy. Sample the best Aussie cuisine at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, catch a movie under the stars at Moonlight Cinema and don’t miss the world-renowned Melbourne Comedy Festival in late March.

Stunning cityscape

Melbourne may not be able to top Sydney’s picturesque cityscape, but we still think the city has some killer views worth checking out.  Head to Melbourne’s highest vantage point, Eureka Skydeck, to remind yourself just how awesome your home city is, with 360-degree floor to ceiling views of the CBD. Or take to the sky for uninterrupted views across Docklands, The Dandenong Ranges and Mount Macedon on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Go at night to add stargazing to the experience, as you turn for 30-minutes inside an enclosed glass cabin.

Delicious food and cocktails

We don’t need to tell you that Melbourne serves up some of the best food in Australia – it’s probably one of the reasons you chose to call this amazing city home. Ditch your local go-to restaurant for one evening to try a new and unique spot for dinner. Step on-board a colonial tramcar for a special dining experience like no other, enjoy a delicious 5 course menu and open bar, while touring the streets of Melbourne and taking in the sights. Or, if you prefer not to travel as you eat, book a table at The Hotel Windsor, the last remaining grand heritage hotel in Australia, for an indulgent 3 course dinner and sparkling wine.

Australia’s cultural capital

Brimming with cafés, museums and theatres, it’s no surprise Melbourne is named the cultural capital of Australia. An evening theatre performance at Werribbee Park Mansion is a great cultural activity to do on your staycation. Normally closed to the public, the mansion provides a stunning setting to enjoy a comedic play and a glass of bubbles. Holidays are also for indulging. Go on a chocolate wonderland tour, guided by a master chocolatier, to discover why Melbourne is also labelled the chocolate capital of Australia. Enjoy chocolate tastings from the city’s top chocolate specialists, as you make your way around Melbourne’s hidden lanes and arcades.

The Mornington Peninsula right on your doorstep

Take a short drive east to escape the busy city for a day of relaxation or adventure in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Rejuvenate as you soak in hot springs rich with natural minerals for the afternoon. Be sure to grab a spot in the hilltop pool for 360-degree views of the region, before ending the day with an indulgent dinner and a glass of local wine. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous to do on your day trip, head straight to St Andrews Beach for a horse trek along the sand with spectacular costal views.

Special places to stay

There is no shortage of cool places to stay in Melbourne, but if you’re hoping to spend a night away from home somewhere particularly special, our top pick is luxury rooftop glamping. Yes, it’s camping, but not as you know it. Own your very own penthouse-tent for a night and wake-up in air-conditioned luxury to a breakfast box and freshly brewed coffee. On arrival you’ll find a fully-stocked esky with local craft beers to enjoy, and if you still need convincing, complimentary Gelato Messina is also available, delivered directly to your tent. If only all hotels were this fun!

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