Top 10 things to do in Melbourne

Australia's cultural capital is an experience in itself, but these Melbourne experiences will allow you to enjoy the best of what the city has to offer from a truly unique perspective.

Ride the Star Observation Wheel 

Climb aboard a completely enclosed air-conditioned cabin on the Star Observation Wheel and enjoy uninterrupted 360° views of Melbourne CBD, the Docklands precinct, Dandenong Ranges and Mount Macedon. This 30 minute ride includes a complimentary in-cabin audio tour plus a map to orientate yourself.  

>> Melbourne Star Observation Wheel ride

Enjoy dinner by the Yarra River

For an indulgent and romantic Melbourne experience you can't go past dinner by the Yarra River. Spend a relaxed afternoon sipping a cocktail while watching the sun set over the Yarra River, then indulge in a delicious 3 course meal accompanied by a bottle of red, white or sparkling wine. Cheers to that!

>> 3 course dinner with cocktails and wine by the river, for 2

See Melbourne from a hot air balloon

Leave the hustle and bustle of the city streets and take to the sky on a hot air balloon ride. Enjoy an hour of peace and serentity as you float above the city taking in the breathtaking views before making a smooth landing. Feeling peckish? There's also the option to enjoy a traditional champagne breakfast (for an additional cost) at the swanky Pullman Hotel.

>> Hot air balloon flight over Melbourne

Take a Melbourne city highlights tour

Explore the best of what Melbourne has to offer from its Royal Botanic Gardens, to its famous shopping precincts, cultural icons and Melburnian lifestyle. Its inner city suburbs offer a treasure trove of boutiques where you'll come across vintage finds and eclectic eateries. Grab a refreshment at trendy Acland Street in St Kilda and stop for a photo with the colourful Brighton Beach bathing boxes.

>> Half day Melbourne highlights city tour - Adult
>> Half day Melbourne highlights city tour - Child

Go on a safari adventure

Experience an African safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo, located half an hour out of Melbourne. Set along a beautiful and picturesque stretch of the Werribee River, the zoo is home to magnificent grassland animals including rhinos, giraffes, zebras and antelopes that roam in an open range setting.

>> Off road animal safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Tour the major sporting venues

Sports lovers will be in heaven on this full day sport tour. Visit Flemington Race Course, take a behind the scenes tour of Rod Laver Arena, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and score a visit to the National Sports Museum! The tour also drives through the Commonwealth Games athletes' village and around Albert Park on the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit.

>> Sports lovers tour of Melbourne with lunch

Chill out and sip cocktails at IceBar 

Enter the coolest bar in Australia and sip a cocktail in a year-round icy winter wonderland. You'll receive snow gear on entry to combat the chilling minus 10 degree temperature. The bar is full of amazing ice sculptures and furniture which provide the perfect backdrop for photos.

>> IceBar entry and cocktail 

Visit Melbourne’s Eureka Skydeck

Melbourne's iconic Eureka Tower is the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. The 297.3 metre skyscraper offers 360 degree floor-to-ceiling views and has two dedicated lifts that propel visitors to level 88 in under 40 seconds. There's also “The Edge Experience” – a switchable glass cube which slides out from the building, with you inside! 

>> Eureka Skydeck and The Edge experience

Experience the thrill of V8 racing

Like to live life in the fast lane? Then this V8 driving experience at Sandown Raceway located just over half an hour out of Melbourne will get the adrenaline pumping. Choose whether you want to drive a Holden or Ford and feel the thrill of reaching speeds of up to 200kph. You'll learn pro driving techniques for handling the car, cornering and braking plus your in-car coach will talk you through advanced gear changes and brake points so that you can drive fast, but safely.

>> V8 race car front seat ride - 3 Laps

Swim with sharks

Dive into the deep end for a thrilling underwater guided tour at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. Come face-to-face with grey nurse sharks, seven gill sharks, giant stingrays, sea turtles and hundreds of exotic fish as you explore the 2.2 million litre Oceanarium. It's an experience you'll never forget.

>> Shark diving at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium