7 Things to do in Melbourne

By Gwendolyn Han,

Ranked the world’s most livable city for five consecutive years, Melbourne is a fantastic destination whether you’re on a family trip, romantic holiday or travelling with kids. Filled with parks, winding laneways, shopping and culture, Melbourne boasts mild, temperate weather; ideal for travel at any time of the year.

Among the hundreds of attractions in Melbs, here’s our pick on things to do along with the best places to stay.

Melbourne CBD

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Pegasus Apart’Hotel

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Pegasus is an upscale but affordable 4-star serviced apartment, located in the heart of the city centre, a stone’s throw away from shopping malls, restaurants, shops and parks. A quick five-minute walk will get you to Melbourne Central Station which is ideal if you’re travelling to neighbouring areas during your time here.

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All rooms are equipped with a modern kitchenette with studio rooms starting at 30m2. Roomier options include the Select Studio and Executive One Bedroom Suite which are both fitted with a separate study room (40m2).

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Suites for families are also available. With rooms decked in decorative themes such as “Jungle” and “Racing Room” you won’t have to worry about keeping the little ones entertained.

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Queen Victoria Market

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Affectionately known as Queen Vic, the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere is a fresh-food shopping mecca – visitors can find anything from local fruits and vegetables to imported gourmet delicatessen as well as unique Melbourne-crafted accessories, organic skincare and homeware.

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Photos courtesy of Queen Victoria Market

Visitors looking to munch on some really yummy food, chomp down on piping hot, jam-filled donuts at the American Donut Kitchen along Queen Street, or delicious grilled Bratwurst at Bratwurst & Co. in the Deli Hall. Finish off with velvety chocolate bites at popular local chocolatier Koko Black, also located in the Deli Hall. Click here for information on getting there and for opening hours.

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San Churro

These golden, crisp pastries are all the rage these days, and for good reason! If you’re a churro newbie, there’s no better place than San Churro to have your very first bite.

Made fresh to order and dusted with cinnamon or icing sugar, these churros are made from an authentic Spanish recipe and come with your preference of chocolate dips and fruits. There’s also a wide selection of quality chocolate and snack boxes you can purchase as great gifts for friends and family back home.

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Immigration Museum

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Photo courtesy of the Immigration Museum

You won’t find abstract art or centuries-old historical artifacts at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum. Here the subject matter goes deep, to the very core of Melbournians and the larger Victorian community: it explores the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of the people of Victoria, and the story of how migrants, from more than 200 countries, came to call it home.

Visitors can expect a thought-provoking experience and deeper understanding of why communities from as far as Africa, Asia and Europe made the long journey southwards, with unique interactive displays exploring topics of identity, beliefs and heritage.


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SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

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Photo courtesy of Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Marvel at thousands of different marine species from reef sharks to bizarre bugs at one of Melbourne’s most popular attractions. Daily feeds and presentations run every 30 minutes between 11am – 4pm. Featuring one of the largest crocodile displays in the world and many other interactive animal encounters, the aquarium is bound to engage both the young and old.

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Photo courtesy of Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Do you love Manny, Diego and Sid from the Ice Age movie? The aquarium offers the chance to join their crazy adventure at its fully immersive 4-D show, with exclusive footage combined with in-theatre special effects. Book tickets directly from the website to enjoy special group rates and a 10% discount on regular prices.

Fitzroy

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Tyrian Serviced Apartments

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Photo courtesy of Tyrian Serviced Apartments

If you’re looking to immerse in Melbourne’s alternative side, Tyrian Serviced Apartments is the only luxury hotel you’ll find right in the heart of eclectic Fitzroy. The modern 4.5-star accommodation has gotten many rave reviews for its brand new designer furniture fittings, friendly staff and excellent location.

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Photo courtesy of Tyrian Serviced Apartments

Large and luxurious apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms are available for your picking, the smallest starting at 50m2. All units come with free Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchenette, living room with flat-screen TV and en suite with luxury Morrissey bath products. Another great thing about Tyrian is its guest-only car park that’ll cut the hassle of searching for parking in crowded Fitzroy.

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Clear iT

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Photo courtesy of Clear iT

Be prepared to spend half a day at Clear iT scouring infinite racks of clearance clothing, bags and shoes from renowned Australian designer brands such as Gorman, Princess Highway, Dangerfield and more. Only one of three outlets in Australia, visitors can expect massive discounts on unique and trendsetting items across two levels of the warehouse.

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Messina

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Photo courtesy of Messina

No trip to Melbourne should be made without giving the country’s best gelato a go. Messina offers 40 mouth-watering flavours from the lightest of sorbets to the darkest of chocolates. With 5 new flavour creations such as “Robert Brownie Junior” and “So Wrong Its Right” every week you might just have to pick your travel dates according to the release dates of new flavours!  Props to getting it right for taste and creativity!


Phillip Island

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Oak Tree Lodge

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One of the quaintest accommodations you’ll find on Phillip Island, this bed and breakfast is situated in a little village called Rhyll, along the eastern coast of the island. Ideal as a relaxing, private retreat for couples or groups, the cottages have separate indoor and outdoor lounge areas with traditional wood fires for that extra warmth in winter.

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True to a quintessential B&B experience, visitors can expect unrivalled hospitality at the lodge: fresh food supplies packed in the refrigerator; cottages pre-heated for the guests’ comfort; locally-made chocolate bars as welcome gifts. And there are just four cottages available, so be sure to book them early!

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Penguin Parade

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Be prepared for tons of ooos and aaahhs at the island’s famous Penguin Parade! Catch hundreds of adorable tiny penguins make their way ashore at sunset after a day’s fishing, back to the safety of their homes in the sand burrows.

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General viewing tickets (S$25.10) at Summerland Beach offers beachfront tiered seating with elevated views. If you want a closer look at all the cute waddling action, opt for Penguin Plus tickets (S$47.20) or Underground Viewing (S$60) which offer sheltered, eye-level views.

Penguin parade is a 20-minute drive from Oak Tree Lodge.