The Ultimate Melbourne Bucket List: 101 Best Things to Do, See and Eat in 2024

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If you’ve got a visit to Melbourne on your travel bucket list, then I’ve got the Melbourne bucket list for you. This sophisticated, edgy and vibrant city is absolutely teeming with things to do and I can guarantee that you won’t get bored here.

From exploring our multicultural cuisine to spending time in our dazzling museums or checking out our famous street art scene, I’ve pulled together a list of absolutely everything you need to do in Australia’s capital of cool.

Who knows, even long-time Melbourne residents may find a few new things on this list of 101 things to experience in Melbourne!

I’m a Melbourne local and I’ve spent countless hours pounding the pavements of Melbourne in search of the must-dos.

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Melbourne bucket list: Sightseeing

1. Explore Melbourne’s famous maze of laneways

Full of hidden cafes, striking street art and cool boutiques, Melbourne’s laneways are a microcosm of our city’s vibrant culture. Guided tours can offer insider knowledge, but there’s also magic in aimless wandering.

2. Check out what’s happening at Federation Square

Always full of people, Fed Square is one of Melbourne’s most iconic locations. Whether it’s outdoor movies, cultural festivals or concerts, there’s always something happening here, rain or shine.

3. Take a train to Flinders Street Station

More than just a transit hub, Flinders Street Station is a Melbourne icon. Steeped in history, its grandiose façade and ticking clocks have been a meeting point for generations.

Flinders Street Station is one of the best things to see in Melbourne - it's an iconic building
Iconic Flinders St Station

4. Take a self-guided walk through Melbourne’s CBD

There’s something special about Melbourne’s CBD. A self-guided walk through its laneways and arcades reveals history, our famous coffee culture and bustling laneways.

5. Ride one of Melbourne’s iconic trams

The City Circle Tram is always free to do in Melbourne and hits up some of the city’s best tourist attractions, with interesting commentary to match (check out more free things to do in Melbourne).

Melbourne's tram system is a great way to get around - make sure to add the free City Circle Tram to your Melbourne bucket list
A free and historic City Circle tram

6. Join the crims at Old Melbourne Gaol

See where some of Australia’s most infamous criminals (including Ned Kelly) were housed at the Old Melbourne Gaol. Now a museum, you can wander the grounds or join a spooky night tour.

7. Take a cruise on the Yarra River 

Glide along the Yarra River (Birrarung) for a different perspective on Melbourne. Book a day cruise or go all out with a bottomless brunch cruise.

8. Admire the city’s 19th-century architecture

The Old Treasury Building and Parliament House stand as testaments to Melbourne’s rich 19th-century history, boasting stunning design and elegance.

9. Wander through the gorgeous Block Arcade

The Block Arcade is a Victorian-era gem, modelled after Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Stroll under its glass canopy, marvel at the mosaic floors, stop in for high tea at the Hopetoun Tearooms. And don’t forget to treat yourself to a bag of chocolate frogs from Haigh’s Chocolates – my personal favourite!

10. See the sun rise across Melbourne from a hot air balloon

Witness a stunning Melbourne sunrise from the unique vantage point of a hot air balloon. Floating peacefully above the city as it wakes, this experience is truly unforgettable. Book online here.

11. Visit the State Library’s La Trobe Reading Room

Gaze down at the interior of the State Library’s octagonal domed La Trobe Reading Room, or take one of the free tours of the library.

The La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library in Melbourne is a beautiful buildings to visit in Melbourne
Awesome views at the State Library

12. Take in the view from Melbourne Skydeck

Elevate yourself 88 stories high at the Melbourne Skydeck and take in the glittering cityscape. The gold-plated skyscraper offers a view like no other.

13. Wander along Southbank

Southbank rarely sleeps. Stroll along the riverside for a parade of buskers, tasty ice cream and endless snack options.

14. Snap a photo in front of the colourful Brighton bathing boxes

The Brighton bathing boxes are a colourful backdrop on Brighton beach. These vibrant huts are the perfect photo opp spot.

The Brighton Beach bathing boxes are one of Melbourne's most iconic sights
The colourful Brighton bathing boxes

Melbourne bucket list: Culture and art

15. Check out the latest works at the NGV

As Australia’s oldest art gallery, the NGV hosts an impressive array of artworks, from historic pieces to contemporary marvels – there’s always something new to discover.

16. Hunt for cool street art

Melbourne’s street art scene is world-renowned. Laneways like ACDC Lane, Caledonian Lane, Union Lane, Cocker Lane and Hosier Lane are outdoor galleries, showcasing vibrant, ever-changing urban masterpieces.

Melbourne is famous for its street art - wandering through the laneways is one thing you should add to your Melbourne bucket list
Melbourne’s famous street art

17. Or take a street tour with artists

Get the inside scoop on Melbourne’s street art scene with a tour led by real street artists with Melbourne Street Tours.

18. Learn about Melbourne’s Aboriginal history

Discover Melbourne’s rich Aboriginal heritage at the Koorie Heritage Trust. Check out my guide to Indigenous Melbourne for even more experiences.

19. Join an Indigenous guide on the Aboriginal Heritage Walk

Join an Indigenous guide in the Royal Botanic Gardens for the Aboriginal Heritage Walk. Experience a smoking ceremony and learn about the traditional uses of plants.

20. Check out the cool suburbs of Collingwood and Fitzroy

Packed with great food, pubs, and street art, the suburbs of Collingwood and Fitzroy offer a slice of Melbourne’s hippest culture.

21. See Australian artworks at the Ian Potter Centre

Right in Fed Square, the Ian Potter Centre proudly showcases Australian art. It’s a cultural treasure trove, reflecting the nation’s rich artistic heritage.

22. See who’s at the Wheeler Centre

The Wheeler Centre is a haven for book lovers and thinkers. Check out their schedule for thought-provoking talks and intimate author discussions.

23. Take a tour of Melbourne Town Hall

Discover the historical significance of the 19th-century Melbourne Town Hall. Its tours reveal the building’s fascinating past and architectural splendour.

24. Learn about Australia’s immigrant history at the Immigration Museum

One of the best museums in Melbourne, the Immigration Museum is a poignant reminder of Australia’s diverse roots. It offers a compelling look at the stories and struggles of those who helped shape Melbourne.

25. Pay your respects at the Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is a solemn yet beautiful place. Pay your respects, while also enjoying the gorgeous views of the city from the steps.

Pay a visit to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne to pay respects to the fallen
The Shrine of Remembrance

26. Visit the Islamic Museum of Australia

The Islamic Museum of Australia showcases Islamic art and culture. Join in cooking classes or presentations for a rich, cross-cultural experience.

27. Celebrate Melbourne’s architecture at Open House

Once a year, Melbourne’s architectural wonders open their doors during Open House. It’s a rare chance to peek inside buildings usually off-limits to the public.

28. Experience Lunar New Year

Experience the vibrant Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown. The air fills with the crackle of firecrackers and lion dances take over the streets.

29. Visit ACMI

ACMI (the Australian Centre for the Moving Image) is an fun exploration of film, video games and digital art. It’s interactive, engaging and always cutting-edge.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image is an interactive fun museum in Melbourne

30. Browse for books at Readings

One of the best bookshops in the world, at Readings the written word reigns supreme.

31. Treat yourself in Collingwood

Take yourself out for a day of self-care and soak in the Finnish sauna at Sense of Self for a truly relaxing experience.

32. Explore what’s happening at Abbotsford Convent

This former convent is now home to studios, galleries, eateries and bars. Abbotsford Convent is an inner-city cultural hotspot with events held year-round.

33. Check out the wonderful Melbourne Museum

Always rotating, the exhibits at the Melbourne Museum are a fascinating journey through time, offering insights into the city’s history and culture.

The Melbourne Museum is one of the best things to do in Melbourne for those wanting to learn more about the history of the city
The Melbourne Museum

34. Take a Neighbours tour

For fans of the iconic show Neighbours, a tour of Ramsay Street is a dream come true. It’s a fun and nostalgic addition to any Melbourne visit.

35. Visit a “trick art” exhibition

Get creative at ArtVo, an interactive art gallery where you become part of the artwork. It’s a fun, immersive experience that’s perfect for all ages.

36. Get hands-on at Scienceworks

Scienceworks is an interactive museum with plenty of science-y things to see and do – including a room that makes lightning!

37. Explore the night sky at the Planetarium

The Planetarium offers a mesmerising journey through the stars, day or night. It’s a cosmic adventure that’s both educational and awe-inspiring. It’s one of the best things to do in Melbourne with kids.

38. Immerse yourself in an interactive cinematic experience

Delve into the world of film in a whole new way with Underground Cinema. It’s a unique, immersive experience that goes beyond just watching a movie.

Melbourne bucket list: Entertainment and music

39. Laugh yourself silly at the annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Laugh out loud at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Every year, the city erupts in giggles and guffaws, as comedic talents from around the globe showcase their skills.

40. See a show at one of Melbourne’s beautiful theatres

Melbourne’s theatres are the stages for world-class blockbuster theatre shows and musicals. See what’s on at the Princess Theatre, Regent Theatre or Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Check out what's playing at one of Melbourne's beautiful theatres
The beautiful Princess Theatre

41. Try to grab some bargain tickets

Keep an eye on Tix at 12 for bargain theatre tickets. Every Tuesday, it’s your chance to snag great deals on some of the city’s best shows.

42. Catch a band at The Espy

Catch a band at The Espy in St Kilda, freshly renovated and ready to rock. It’s a legendary Melbourne music venue.

43. Brave the rickety rollercoaster at Luna Park

Dare to ride the rickety rollercoaster at Luna Park. It’s a thrilling piece of Melbourne’s history, promising fun and screams in equal measure.

Luna Park is one of the most fun places to visit in Melbourne - even if you don't go inside, stop outside for a photo on your Melbourne bucket list
Luna Park in St Kilda

44. Snuggle up with your SO at the Coburg Drive-In

Snuggle up at the Coburg Drive-In for a retro movie night. It’s a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

45. Catch a comedy show at Spleen Bar

Get your comedy fix at Spleen Bar. Their free shows (gold coin donation appreciated) are a great way to discover new comedic talents in a laid-back setting.

46. See a show at The Corner Hotel

The Corner Hotel isn’t just a venue – it’s a Melbourne institution. Hosting an array of shows from rock to indie, this place showcases the city’s eclectic music vibe.

The Corner Hotel is one of the best places to see live music in Melbourne

47. Watch a movie under the stars

Lounge under the stars on a warm Melbourne night, watching a blockbuster or a cult classic at the Moonlight Cinema – it’s the perfect Melbourne summer activity.

48. See a show at RISING

Melbourne’s coolest new winter festival, RISING is Melbourne’s winter highlight, combining arts, music and culture in a festival like no other.

49. Grab a showbag at the Royal Melbourne Show

For me, the Royal Melbourne Show is so nostalgic – and the showbags are legendary! Held each September, it’s got animal exhibits, dodgem cars and carnival games.

50. Catch a concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl

The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is a Melbourne icon, hosting everything from rock concerts to classical music under the stars. Keep an eye out for the free concerts in summer.

51. Scare yourself silly on a ghost tour

You may learn some spooky stories – but these ghost tours of Melbourne are more about discovering the city’s creepy and criminal past. Ghost sightings not guaranteed!

52. Mix booze and history on a Drinking History Tour

Combine history and hops on a Drinking History Tour. It’s a unique way to learn about Melbourne’s past while enjoying some of its best brews – a fun one to add to any Melbourne bucket list!

53. Catch a stunning candlelight concert

Hear Mozart, Taylor Swift or Pink Floyd performed by an orchestra while surrounded by the warm glow of candlelight. These Candlelight Concerts are absolutely stunning.

Melbourne bucket list: Food and drink

54. Sample everything on an Ultimate Foodie Tour

Find delicious local produce and discover fascinating stories on the Ultimate Foodie Tour at Melbourne’s famous Queen Victoria Market, the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere. It’s an absolute must-do on your Melbourne food bucket list and one of my favourite Melbourne food tours.

Delicious goodies at Queen Vic Market

55. Become a coffee snob

Got coffee on your Melbourne must do list? Melbourne’s coffee scene is world-class. Check out some of the best coffee in Melbourne or join a coffee walking tour.

56. Nibble on a huge dim sim

The South Melbourne Market’s huge dim sims are a local legend. You can’t say you’ve been to Melbourne if you haven’t tried one.

57. Catch one of the Queen Vic Market’s night markets

Held throughout the year, the night markets at the Queen Vic Market are where you can try out local produce and the best of Melbourne’s food trucks. There’s music, dancing and a whole lot of fun.

58. Transport yourself to Vietnam

Victoria Street in Richmond is Melbourne’s slice of Vietnam, offering authentic pho and banh mi.

59. Grab a parma and chips at a pub

A must-do on any Melbourne bucket list is a pub meal at one of Melbourne’s many pubs. The Marquis of Lorne, the Standard Hotel and the Napier Hotel are some great choices, although you can walk into just about any pub in Melbourne and have a great time.

60. Explore native Australian ingredients

Big Esso showcases native Australian ingredients in a modern, exciting way. Think saltbush and pepperberry alongside exotic meats like crocodile and emu.

61. Grab a drink at a rooftop bar

Melbourne’s rooftop bars offer drinks with a view. There’s nothing like enjoying a cocktail or two while soaking up the city’s skyline. Some of my faves are Rooftop, Loop and Good Heavens.

62. Have high tea

Dating back to 1892, high tea at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the beautiful Block Arcade is a Melbourne must-do.

A window display of all the delicious treats at Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade in Melbourne. It's one of the best places for high tea in Melbourne.
Hopetoun Tea Rooms’ delightful delicacies

63. Eat your way around the world

You don’t have leave Melbourne to taste the world – in this city, you can try everything from Australian food to Zimbabwean dishes.

64. Dine in the dark

Use all your senses at Dining in the Dark. Locations change, but you can always guarantee that you’ll be served delicious food and see (pardon the pun) how your other senses take over when your eyes are covered.

65. Line up for croissants

Lune Croissanterie’s croissants are a worldwide sensation, and for good reason. Light, flaky and utterly delicious – they’re a must-try for any pastry afficionado.

66. See how many dumplings you can eat

Make your own way through the many restaurants in Chinatown or join a dumpling walking tour to hit up the best spots (it’s one of the best walking tours of Melbourne).

Chinatown is one of the best places to eat in Melbourne
Chinatown in Melbourne

67. Stroll through Little Italy

Carlton is a slice of Italy. Enjoy a classic Italian meal, sip on a perfectly brewed coffee or eat Italian cakes in this inner-city suburb.

68. Eat fish and chips on the beach

Fish and chips and beaches go together like yin and yang. From St Kilda to Williamstown, there are great spots around Melbourne where you can enjoy traditional fish and chips with a view of the ocean.

69. Splurge on a meal at Attica

Dining at Attica is undoubtedly a splurge, but it’s an unforgettable experience at a restaurant that’s earned its place among the world’s best.

70. Head out for yum cha

Gather your friends and indulge in a variety of dumplings and traditional Chinese dishes. Some of the best yum cha in Melbourne can be found at David’s in Prahran, and Shark Fin Inn and Secret Kitchen in the CBD.

71. Grab brunch

Melbourne’s brunch scene is legendary. From classic avo on toast to inventive cuisine, it’s an essential part of the city’s food culture.

72. Eat your way through the food trucks at Welcome to Thornbury

Food truck heaven, Welcome to Thornbury has seating for 1,500 people. Make your way through the food stalls, hang out in the beer garden and try your luck on the retro arcade games.

73. Sample Melbourne’s craft beer scene

Stomping Ground, Bodriggy Brewing, Moon Dog and Mountain Goat Beer are all worth an afternoon.

74. Have a drink in the middle of the Yarra River

The Yarra River is an integral part of Melbourne – so why not put a few bars on the water? Check out Ponyfish Island at the bottom of the Southbank Pedestrian Bridge or the seasonal Arbory Afloat.

Ponyfish Island is a fun bar and cafe in the middle of the Yarra River in Melbourne
Ponyfish Island – a bar in the middle of the Yarra River

75. Dine at a Cat Café

Melbourne’s Cashmere Cat Café is a haven for cat lovers. Enjoy a coffee and some kitty cuddles in a cosy, feline-friendly setting – it’s a purr-fect way to relax!

76. Experience Melbourne’s best restaurants during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is a foodie’s dream come true. It’s your ticket to experiencing some of Melbourne’s finest dining at bargain prices – a real treat for your taste buds without breaking the bank.

Shopping and markets

77. Shop artisan goods at the Rose Street Artists Market

Open every weekend, the Rose Street Artists Market is a creative space where you can find unique, handmade items and support local artists.

78. Give your credit card a workout

Melbourne is a shopper’s paradise and you can find huge malls like the Emporium in the CBD or funky streets like Greville St in Prahran and Brunswick and Smith Streets in Fitzroy.

79. Catch the monthly market at the Heide Museum of Modern Art

Combine combing for unique local finds with exploring the beauty of modern art at the monthly market at the Heide Museum of Modern Art.

80. See the Myer Christmas windows

Every Christmas, the Myer windows turn into extravagant displays that bring to life the magic of Christmas. Line up with the crowds to catch a glimpse of a Christmas in Melbourne tradition.

81. Search for unique buys at the Camberwell Sunday Market

More of a locals’ market, the Camberwell Sunday Market is a haven for unique finds. From vintage treasures to artisan crafts, it’s a must-visit for anyone looking for something a little different.

82. Window shop the “Paris end” of Collins St

The “Paris end” of Collins St is the section towards Spring St, and it’s lined with designer stores. It’s a luxury shopping experience, whether you’re just window shopping or ready to max out your credit card.

The Paris End of Collins Street is where you can go shopping in Melbourne for high-end designers
Go shopping at the “Paris end” of Collins St

Melbourne bucket list: Outdoors and green spaces

83. Go for a romantic punt on the lake

Not many people know that you can go for a punt on the lake in the Botanic Gardens – complete with your own punter!

84. See the penguins waddle up each night at St Kilda beach

One of the cutest things you’ll ever see in Melbourne, every night Little Penguins waddle up to St Kilda Beach to their nests. You can catch a glimpse from the St Kilda Pier. (Update: Currently closed while the redevelopment of the pier is underway.)

85. Go for a stroll along Merri Creek

Wandering along Merri Creek, it’s easy to forget that you’re in a city of 5 million people.

86. Pat farm animals at the Collingwood Children’s Farm

Collingwood Children’s Farm is a hit with kids (and big animal lovers). Pet some farm animals and then grab a bite or a coffee at the Farm Café.

87. Hire a GoBoat

Hire one of the electric boats from GoBoat and head down the river for a boating adventure. BYO picnic, drinks and captain’s hat!

88. Hit the beach in St Kilda

Melbourne’s most famous beach, St Kilda Beach is great for sunbathing, swimming or just people-watching.

89. Hire a kayak

Kayaking on the Yarra River gives you a different view of Melbourne. Opt for a moonlit kayak trip for a truly magical experience.

The Yarra River runs through the heart of Melbourne - add a kayak trip or cruise down the river to your Melbourne bucket list

90. Have a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens

With 36 hectares of lush green lawns, gardens, lakes and ponds, you can find your own peaceful spot for a bite outdoors in the Royal Botanic Gardens. I’m a fan of these Mystery Picnic Dates, which make organising a picnic super fun and easy. (Read my Mystery Picnic Melbourne review for all the details.)

91. Go for a run or a walk around the Tan

The 3.8-kilometre track around the Royal Botanic Gardens is known to locals as the Tan and it’s perfect for a run or a stroll. Every Melburnian has done the Tan at least some point in their life.

92. Attend an event at the majestic Royal Exhibition Building

Carlton’s Royal Exhibition Building is a stunning example of 19th-century architecture. Designed by Joseph Reed and built in 1880 for the Melbourne International Exhibition, it’s now a space for huge events and exhibitions.

93. Explore the Fitzroy Gardens

The Fitzroy Gardens are within walking distance of the CBD and it’s a great spot for a picnic, finding the Fairies Tree or admiring the gardens.

94. Instagram the pink lake

Each summer, a pink lake appears in Westgate Park – a phenomenon caused by algae. Get your camera and snap the surreal hues.

95. Take a dip at the St Kilda Sea Baths

The iconic St Kilda Sea Baths is a historical building where you can go for a swim and then enjoy a bite to eat and a drink or two.

96. Stay the night at Melbourne Zoo

Wake up with the animals on an overnight safari at Melbourne Zoo. Experience the zoo after hours when all the other visitors have left for the day.

The Melbourne Zoo is one of the best things to do in Melbourne with kids


97. Watch an AFL match at the MCG

Watching an AFL game at the MCG is an absolute must for any visit to Melbourne when it’s footy season.

98. See tennis greats in action at the Australian Open

Held each January, the Australian Open brings the best of the best in tennis. It’s the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, and players from all over the world compete for a chance at glory.

The Australian Open is one of Melbourne's best sporting events

99. Place a bet in the “race that stops a nation”

Melbourne is the only city in the world that has a public holiday for a horse race. While the Melbourne Cup is often more about the fashion than the horses, it’s a big event for the city.

100. Take a tour of the MCG

The 10th largest stadium in the world, the MCG – or The ‘G as it’s more commonly called – is a Melbourne landmark. There are regular tours of the grounds.

101. Go sports mad at the National Sports Museum

The National Sports Museum celebrates Melbourne’s sports culture. It’s a must-visit for anyone passionate about sports, offering a comprehensive look at Australia’s sporting achievements.

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I’m Rebecca, a Melbourne local excited to show you the best of Melbourne. I've visited more than 40 countries and have a Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management. After living abroad for 8 years, I’m back home in Melbourne, rediscovering this city that I love and have missed. My aim is to help you find the best things to do in Melbourne.

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