Dive into downtown Melbourne for day and get into the rhythm of this exciting metropolis. Discover distinctly Melbourne attractions, primo shopping and a world-renowned culinary scene right in the heart of town.

Hop on and off the free City Circle Tram as it loops around the CBD, creating the prefect jumping off point for major and minor attractions.

Squares and laneways

Start at favourite meeting spot and cultural hub, Federation Square. Take in exemplary works by Australian artists past and present at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, explore your love of film and digital culture at ACMI, or learn about indigenous history on walk led by guides from the Koorie Heritage Trust.

Cross Flinders Street and delve into the city’s laneway tendrils for street art inspiration. Cruise through uber-famous Hosier Lane, nearby Rutledge Lane and further east to AC/DC Lane and Duckboard Place and come face-to-face with a wild display of urban art.

Coffee breaks, shopping escapades

It's about time for a pit stop, and back over Swanston Street, cafes Switch Board, Dukes at Ross House or Journal do Melbourne coffee right. While you're in the area, check out gorgeously ornate Block Arcade. Recharge with high tea at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms as serious shopping awaits.

First stop – bustling Bourke Street Mall. Watch out for trams as you crisscross the mall between iconic department stores David Jones and Myer, and the GPO. Or head further north to cool, young thing, Emporium.

Melbourne Central offers more great shopping and striking views of the 19th-century façade of the State Library of Victoria. Step inside to wonder at the magnificent domed reading room. 

Venture northwest to the legendary Queen Victoria Market. Pick up fresh bread, produce and deli delights for your ultimate picnic lunch or tuck into hot borek, bratwurst and jam doughnuts as you shop for souvenirs.

Take me to the river

Spend some time by the great Yarra River, the perfect backdrop to your cityscape pics. From Flinders Street Station, cross the river to Southbank and South Wharf, a waterside entertainment precinct. 

Find myriad dining options, including Fatto, Rockpool and Bistro Guillaume, or toast to glorious river views at the Arbory or Ponyfish Island. Find the most impressive city views on nearby Eureka Skydeck 88, the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere.

NGV and parklands

A short stroll or tram ride along St Kilda Road will take you past the Arts Centre to NGV International for an extraordinary collection of art from all over the globe and blockbuster exhibitions.

Need some green in your day? While away an afternoon in Melbourne's famous public parks and gardens. Cross the road into the Domain Parklands, past the Shrine of Remembrance war memorial and onto the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Neighbourhoods

If you have some time up your sleeve, venture out into the surrounding neighbourhoods, each with its own charms. Enjoy seaside breezes and vibes at St Kilda, eclectic arts and eats in Fitzroy or a taste of Italy on Lygon Street in Carlton, all accessible by tram.

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