Tourist Attractions and Things to do in Melbourne

Information on the main tourist attractions, places of interest and sights to see in and around Melbourne...

Information about Melbourne and Victoria is readily available for tourists and visitors, either online on the official Tourism Victoria website or at the Melbourne Visitor Information Centre.

  • Melbourne Visitor Information Centre
    At: Corner Swanston and Flinders Street, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC 3000
    Tel: 03 9658 9658
    Open: Daily 09:00-18:00, except Christmas Day and Good Friday

Local tourist offices can also provide general information on the area as well as details of fairs, markets, concerts and other events taking place in the region.

Tourist Attractions

Melbourne is full of tourist attractions, places to visit and things to do. Below is information about some of Melbourne and Victoria’s most popular tourist attractions.

Federation Square: Cultural precinct with a combination of museums (including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Ian Potter Centre), galleries, architecture, attractions, restaurants, bars and function centres. Over 2,000 events are held here each year including festivals, film screenings and sporting events.

Royal Exhibition Building: Carlton Gardens just north of Melbourne CBD is home to one of Victoria's most significant landmarks, the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building. In the past, the building has been used for various purposes, from housing the Victorian State Parliament, to serving as a hospital during the flu pandemic in 1919. It is currently used for trade shows, fairs and cultural events throughout the year, including the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Guided tours are available most days at 14:00.

Melbourne Zoo: This zoo is the oldest in Australia and features over 300 species from around the world including Sumatran tigers and Asian elephants. Other highlights include a Butterfly House, the Trail of the Elephants, an orang-utan sanctuary, platypus habitat and meet-the-keeper sessions.

  • Melbourne Zoo
    At: Elliot Avenue, Parkville, VIC 3052
    Tel: 03 9285 9300

Melbourne Aquarium: One of Australia's premier tourist attractions, the Melbourne Aquarium features a 360 degree Oceanarium with giant sharks and stingrays and a Great Barrier Reef exhibit with touch pools. There are also frequent temporary exhibitions held at the aquarium.

Old Melbourne Gaol: Built in the mid-1800s and closed in 1929, the Old Melbourne Gaol held many of Australia's most infamous citizens, including Ned Kelly. Organised tours including night time tours available.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne: Public gardens extending over 36 hectares and displaying over 50,000 plants. Highlights of the gardens include the Tropical Collection, featuring plants from tropical regions around the world; Guilfoyle’s Volcano, a water reservoir with spectacular views over the city and the Children's Garden. Events take place all year round including art exhibitions, walking tours and musical performances.

Great Ocean Road: Two hours from central Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road covers 243 Km from Torquay to Allansford. Highlights include the Twelve Apostles limestone formations, Lorne, Apollo Bay and the fishing town of Port Fairy. Tours operators offer different tour options and packages.

  • For further information from the Visit Victoria website: Click here

Yarra Valley: Wine region one hour's drive northeast of Melbourne with more than 80 wineries and accommodation options for weekend trips. Guided tours are available.

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Phillip Island: Just under two hours' drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island is connected to the mainland by a 640m bridge and is famous for its nature parks and wildlife, as well as its swimming and surf beaches. There is no public transport on the island, so taking a tour there is the best option for visitors without a car.

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Tourist and Resident Passes

The Melbourne iVenture Card allows entry to over 30 attractions in the Melbourne area. Passes are available for 2, 3 or 7 days.

The Culture Card Victoria is a card specifically for international students enrolled in post-secondary education institutes in the state of Victoria. It allows access to a number of attractions, museums and tours in Melbourne at a reduced price.

  • For further information about the card: Click here