We spent two full days in Melbourne to explore the city. That might sound little, but 2 days is more than plenty for you to cover the tourist attractions! I’ve often heard that Melbourne is boring, but I beg to differ.
I believe so long as you look hard enough, every place has got its charms.
Yarra bend park
Melbourne VIC 3078, Australia
We went to Yarra Bend Park for a breath of fresh air in the morning. Located not too far from the city centre, we got to experience the beauty of nature while being able to see the cityscape peeking through the trees. I’ve written my post on the Yarra Bend Park: Read it here!
St Kilda Beach
This seaside town has been a popular place for Australians and tourists alike to enjoy the summer since the Victorian times. Having been there, I completely understand how that is such. St Kilda Beach and the epitome of ‘old is gold’, Luna Park, are must-sees of the summer playground. St Kilda is located just a 15 minutes drive from Melbourne, and there are also trams that can take you there. I’ve also done a post on exploring St Kilda with my family: Read it here!
The second day of Melbourne was spent with minimal driving, and we did most of our exploring within the city by taking the City Circle Tram, which is free for tourists!! Unlike the MRT’s Circle Line, the City Circle Tram actually goes in a round route and in two directions. The tram begins and ends its route at Flinders Street, and runs every 12 minutes.
City Circle Tram Route: (Clockwise) Flinders Street > Harbour Esplanade > Docklands Drive > La Trobe Street > Victoria Street > Nicholson Street > Spring Street > Flinders Street.
Apart from the City Circle Tram, Melbourne also newly implemented Free Tram Zones within the city, which allows tourists to travel freely within the specified areas.
St Paul’s Cathedral
Flinders Ln & Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening hours: 0800 – 1800
Like the Notre-Dame de Paris, St Paul’s Cathedral of Melbourne is also built in Gothic architecture and has been open since 1931. We didn’t get to go in since we were running out of time, but it was still a beauty to look at.
Parliament House Melbourne
Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia
Public tours: Mon-Fri 0930, 1030, 1130, 1330, 1430 & 1545 (excluding PH)
This Neo-classical building has been the seat of the Parliament of Victoria, Australia, since 1855. The Parliament House holds public tours at the above timings, and has newly added express tours as well. The steps in front of the Parliament House was swarming with tourists trying to get a picture. This attraction is also located conveniently in front of the Flinders Street station for the City Circle Tram.
State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening hours: 1000 – 2100
The State Library of Victoria looks like any old building you’d expect to see when I tell you it’s been open since 1856. Although it looks like a picnic ground from the outside, the inside of the library building looked really majestic, and incredibly serene, perfect to get some reading done I suppose. We didn’t walk in to snap a photo because I thought it was quite rude to all the people trying to get some peace and quiet, but check out a virtual tour of the library here.
Flinders Street Station
Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
This is my one and only shot of Flinders Street Station as we drove past just to get a peek of it. I’m not a huge architecture geek, but I suppose if I am, I would be very intrigued by all the different landmark buildings in Melbourne. Seems like all the buildings I’ve mentioned so far are of different architectural styles: Flinders Street Station was constructed in 1905 to the French Renaissance architectural style, and opened in 1910.
Shrine of Remembrance
Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3001, Australia
Opening hours: 1000 – 1700
The Shrine of Remembrance is a war memorial opened in 1934 to honour the men and women of Victoria who served in the World War I. Over the years, the Shrine of Remembrance has also served as a memorial for all Australians involved in war. The Galleries of Remembrance and Balcony are also open for you to visit the exhibitions and attend the guided tours to the memorial.
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Birdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
Opening hours: 0730 – sunset
We left ourselves with a little less than an hour to walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens. It holds over 10,000 plant species from around the world, which gives the gardens its charms. It was the perfect place for our evening stroll before dinner, where we sat and took many family selfies. The gardens was way bigger than we could explore, so I advise leaving more time for this spot if you’re interested!
It’s really easy to get around Melbourne with their tram and train system. It’s pretty well-connected and all the attractions are all fairly close together. I hope this itinerary lets you have a glimpse of Melbourne before you make your trip there!