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48 hours in Melbourne

Two days in Melbourne gives you the chance to scratch the surface and get to know a city that will undoubtedly become a favourite.

Day one

Catch Melbourne as it awakens as you float high in a hot air balloon. The following gourmet breakfast ensures you're raring to race into sports mad Melbourne. Enjoy a morning with Melbourne Sports Tours, visiting revered sites like Flemington Racecourse and the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

If food and wine are more to your taste, come down to land and throw yourself into Melbourne's laneways, chasing the aroma of freshly-extracted coffee and gastronomic goodness to hidden cafés and restaurants. Feast on Thai treats at Chin Chin or elegant, seasonal dishes in the loft-inspired surrounds of Cumulus Inc. Admire colourful street art and duck into small but beautifully curated galleries and workshops to while away the afternoon.

Watch night fall with a cocktail high above buzzing Federation Square at Transit Lounge. Cross the river for dinner at Fatto, an ideal spot to take in the city lights from across the water. Round out your evening with a leisurely stroll along Southbank, or return to the laneways to venture further into the hyped local bar scene.

Day two

Hire a set of wheels to see Melbourne right. Join a bicycle tour or freestyle to the inner-city neighbourhoods of Fitzroy, Collingwood and Carlton to cruise Melbourne's hippest streets and multicultural neighbourhoods, as well as the celebrated Queen Victoria Market.

Jump on a tram and chase the sun to cosmopolitan St Kilda, the beachside playground that has attracted artists and musicians since its days as a genteel seaside resort to the storied hedonism of the 1970s.

Join locals exercising along the palm-lined foreshore or set sail on Port Phillip Bay. Roam the cafes, restaurants and bars on Fitzroy Street, and drool in the windows of Acland Street's cake shops, a legacy of the area's Eastern European Jewish community.

Relax with an afternoon drink by the seaside at Captain Baxter. Be tempted by the sunset to shuffle along the foreshore to the Stokehouse, where dining options run the gamut from breezy to swanky. Further along the Esplanade, Donovans is the place to go for fine dining with finer views.

Take your night into the early hours of the morning at The Prince of Wales Hotel. Join in the people-watching and lively banter at the anything-goes Prince Public Bar, or head upstairs to catch big-name punk, indie, rock and electronic acts in the legendary Prince Bandroom.


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48 hours in Melbourne

Food & wine

Best restaurants

Enjoy innovative cuisines as you discover Melbourne's best dining experiences at restaurants celebrated by critics and locals alike.

Food & wine


Take an unexpected turn, duck into one of Melbourne's famed laneways, scamper up some stairs and take a tipple in a bar with a distinct personality.

Art & culture


Delve deep into the history of places near and far at Melbourne's varied museums, dedicated to all manner of the city's quirky local stories.


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Melbourne sport

Horse racing

Metropolitan races take place at Flemington, Moonee Valley, Caulfield and Sandown racecourses.


Check out cricket in Melbourne during the summer months.

Motor racing

Melbourne's motorsports rev up in March for the first event of the Formula 1™ international season.

Australian Football

Watch an AFL game at one of Melbourne's famous venues for the ultimate local sporting experience.


Dining in St Kilda


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