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One Day in Melbourne

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With so much to see and do in Melbourne, one day seems hardly enough, so let's keep it simple and make it as varied as possible without straying too far. The no. 86 and no. 57 trams are all you need, plus a sensible pair of walking shoes. Enjoy!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

8 Places

2 City Tips

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8 Places

Degraves Street

Flea & Street Markets, Neighbourhoods

Block Arcade

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Royal Exhibition Building

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Gardens

Smith Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Queen Victoria Market

Food Tours, Flea & Street Markets

Southbank

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Yarra River

Bodies of Water

Chinatown

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Milan S's City Tips

  • The free Melbourne Official Visitor Map is excellent. It has a very good Melbourne lane inset which you might need in case you stray.
  • Get a myki pass from any 7 Eleven store to use on the tram.
  • Degraves Street
    Flea & Street Markets, Neighbourhoods
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    Milan S Says:

    With only one day to explore, throw yourself into the Melbourne laneway experience right away by starting your urban trek with breakfast in the heart of the CBD. It's busy, buzzing, and the ambiance is as invigorating as the caffeine hits on offer. I always enjoy watching a city wake up and ready itself for the day, so pick whatever Degraves Street cafe takes your fancy and observe the local Melburnians going about their everyday business.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If finding a table is an issue, just ask to share one. People are almost always obliging and random conversations are likely to ensue.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 461 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A special place in Melbourne 10/12/2018
    • A coffee lovers mecca 06/12/2018
    • Degraves Street
    Address:
    Degraves Street
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Australia
    Phone:
    9001340118
    Other:
  • Block Arcade
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Milan S Says:

    A bit of old world splendor is on offer here at Block Arcade – a natural progression from breakfast on Degraves Street and a great place to indulge in a bit of window shopping. They say Melbourne is where the 'old money' is and you definitely get the feeling that a lot of pride is taken in preserving the buildings in this area.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • I suggest taking tram 86 for the next leg of your journey. Have your "myki" card ready to pay the fare (available at any 7-eleven store).
    • Once you exit the Block, cross over Little Collins and continue through the Royal Arcade to Bourke St Mall. From there you can hop on a tram.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 461 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Surprise Glamour 12/12/2018
    • City visit 12/12/2018
    • Block Arcade
    Address:
    282 Collins St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9654 5244
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$8
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Royal Exhibition Building
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Gardens
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    Milan S Says:

    It's time for a welcome dose of open space at this World Heritage listed building. Built in 1880, it is one of the world's oldest exhibition pavilions and there is always something going on inside. The no. 86 tram stops virtually opposite it, so hop off and take a peek.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • From here, take a 15 minute walk down trendy Gertrude St to the Smith St precinct, or hop back on the no. 86 tram (which follows the same route).
    • Regular guided tours depart at 2pm from the adjacent Melbourne Museum.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 461 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful old building that once served as Australia's parliament house. 11/12/2018
    • Went to a graduation ceremony 09/12/2018
    • Royal Exhibition Building
    Address:
    Carlton Gardens
    11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 8341 7777
    Other:
  • Smith Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Milan S Says:

    Smith Street offers visitors a taste of the 'real Melbourne,' without having to venture miles away from the city center. You'll find a bit of everything here – art galleries, pastry shops, old pubs, boutiques, factory outlets, bistros, restaurants, cheap eats, old furniture, knick knacks – the list goes on. It is Melbourne in a nutshell.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • There are some excellent factory outlets for outdoor clothing in the next block if you cross Johnston Street and stay on the left.
    • Arriving by tram 86: get off at the first stop on Smith St and continue on foot in the same direction. Go as far as Johnston St, then cross Smith St and explore the other side.
    • When you're done, hop back on the no. 86 to the CBD and get off at Elizabeth St. From here, catch no. 57 (northbound) which takes you right past the Queen Victoria market.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Collingwood
    • Wonderland 23/10/2018
    • Shopping, Food, Drinks and Everything in Between! 29/09/2018
    • Smith Street
    Address:
    Victoria Parade to Alexander Parade
    Collingwood, Yarra, Victoria
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9415 8470
  • Queen Victoria Market
    Food Tours, Flea & Street Markets
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    Milan S Says:

    Even if I've just eaten this place always makes me hungry! The food hall is the sort of place a celebrity chef would visit with a TV crew, although it's all very affordable, and 'real' people do their 'real' shopping here too. Under the huge adjacent semi-open area you can buy fruit and vegetables, souvenirs, cheap gifts, and just about any style of leather jacket or coat you can imagine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Markets are closed Mondays, Wednesdays and all public holidays.
    • "Foodies Dream Tour" departs at 10am on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 65 Victoria St. Bookings are essential. Check their website for prices.
    • A Night Market is held here every Wednesday, 5pm-10pm.
    • The Donut Van is a must-try!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 150 Shopping in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Night market was great! 13/12/2018
    • Queen Victoria Markets Melbourne 13/12/2018
    • Queen Victoria Market
    Phone:
    +61 3 9320 5822
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Tue
    6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Thu
    6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Fri
    6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat
    6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
  • Southbank
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Milan S Says:

    On the banks of the Yarra River, this is a lovely place to wind down, have a drink and be soothed by the flowing water. Be warned however, there are many temptations here – shopping outlets, the Ice Bar, the Malthouse Theatre and of course Crown Casino - but my pick of the bunch would be the Eureka Skydeck and its amazing views to round off the perfect day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The last entry to the Skydeck is at 9.30pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 461 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very busy and energetic 10/12/2018
    • Lovely and relaxing 09/12/2018
    • Southbank
    Address:
    Southbank Promenade
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Australia
    Other:
  • Yarra River
    Bodies of Water
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    Milan S Says:

    There are all sorts of river cruises you can do on the Yarra. Letting the city lights serenade you as you enjoy a dinner cruise might be a great way to complete a big day on the town; alternatively, a simple stroll along the riverbank might do.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If keen to do a dinner cruise, expect to depart at about 7.30pm from Southgate.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 461 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful river walk 13/12/2018
    • Very intersesting &different 11/12/2018
    • Yarra River
    Address:
    Southbank Promenade
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 1300 365 975
    Other:
  • Chinatown
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Milan S Says:

    This bustling hub of oriental cuisine always delivers, at all hours and under all conditions. Neat little laneways veer off either side of Little Bourke St, with plenty of hidden dumpling bars just waiting to be discovered.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Manchuria Bar in Waratah place will transport you back in time. A real hidden gem, look out for the little red neon sign and climb the stairs...
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 461 things to do in Melbourne
    • Home base for China's exiles 04/12/2018
    • Nothing special. 01/12/2018
    • Chinatown
    Address:
    Little Bourke Street
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Australia
    Other:
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