Known as the land of sport, Melbourne, Australia is a hub of coffee, cricket, and culture in the land down under. Known to tennis fans for the Australian Open, racing fans for the Formula One Gran Prix, cricket fans for the boxing day test matches at the MCG, and fans of coffee for fantastic tastes and talented baristas, this cosmopolitan city welcomes all who visit. The central business district (CBD) and surrounding area provide entertainment of all sorts and there’s even more to see outside of the urban area.
From the cake shops of St. Kilda’s Ackland Street to the seaside vibe of the Docklands and everything in between, Melbourne is a city of character and color. Wander the laneways of DeGraves Street and the Block Arcade, grab some free wifi in a fantastic people watching spot at Federation Square, take in an afternoon stroll along the Yarra River or pick up a pie and a large long black (coffee) and grab a tram right out into the suburbs – no matter where you roam, Melbourne is filled with life.
Like many cities, you can spend two days, two months, or two years and never experience it all. Perhaps you have an afternoon to check out the beach in Port Melbourne, shop till you drop on Chapel Street, or take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Queen Victoria Market. Maybe you have a Sunday to spare to shop the Sunday Arts Market or take in the market along the banks of the sea in St. Kilda. If you’re lucky, you’ll have an evening to spare in the summer and can grab a concert at the Sidney Meyer Music Bowl in the Botanical Gardens or let your taste buds travel the world at the weekly Queen Victoria Night Market. If you’re visiting over Australia Day in January, or Anzac Day in April, and can take in all of the festivities and ceremonies designed to unite a shared community.
Even better, make the time in your visit to get outside the city. Ask a local for their suggestions, grab a car or a train ticket, and get on your way! Hike, sail, relax, learn, play and more in the many adventures that lie beyond Melbourne’s CBD. You can do a quick trip, an overnight stay, or throw caution to the wind and stay until you’ve had your fill. Go in search of what’s beyond – the magic you find may surprise you.
Pack a Daypack & Go
Here’s your daypack packing list for day trips from Melbourne:
- Swimsuit for the beaches
- Water bottle
- Snacks to munch
If you’re making it an overnight in Apollo Bay or elsewhere, add:
- One change of clothes
- A light jacket for cool evenings
- Toiletry bag