Melbourne was voted one of the most livable cities in the world—and once you visit, you’ll quickly agree it’s a well-deserved accolade.
Inside this exciting and vibrant city, whether you’re a sports fan, history buff, shopaholic or night owl, there’s always something to do and plenty to enjoy. And another perk is it’s easy to get around the entire city, thanks in large part to it being home to the world’s longest tram network.
But, first things first, head to Australia’s sporting mecca, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). This East Melbourne sports stadium hosts’ cricket games, as well as soccer games, rugby matches and even concerts. And it isn’t just the oldest and largest sporting venue in Australia; the National Sports Museum is also located here. Two sporting attractions in one location? It’s a dream come true for any sports fanatic.
Another must-visit tourist attraction is Queen Victoria Market. You’ll also hear it called Queen Vic and Vic Market. This two-block Melbourne shopping market has it all—fresh produce, gourmet foods, apparel, handcrafts and more. It’s revered by locals, and envied by everyone else as it’s the largest open-air market located south of the Equator.
While you might be hesitant to hop in a car after you’ve already driven or flown into Melbourne, a scenic drive on Great Ocean Road is well worth spending half of a day in a car. But you won’t be inside the car the whole drive. There are numerous stops and lookout points dotted along this 243 km road nestled against the Victorian Coast. The views are stunning, and your pictures will turn out great for you to reminisce about later with your friends.
And we can’t talk about the goodness that’s Melbourne unless we talk about its scrumptious waterfront seafood restaurants. St. Kilda is a great area to eat some freshly netted seafood. You can also try Cerberus Beach House or Waterfront Southgate, as both receive great reviews for their seafood and beachfront views.
For all you nightlife folk, Melbourne is energetic during the day, and even more so at night. Check out one of the city’s many rooftop bars to enjoy a nightcap with your skyline views, or just head to the central business district (CBD)—we hear you can basically bar crawl your way around the area.
As you plan your visit to Melbourne, be sure to find a Melbourne hotel that puts you in close proximity to all of the city’s must-see attractions. But, location isn’t the only thing that matters. You also want a Melbourne hotel that’s reasonably priced. And we can help with that. Use IHG Reward’s Club Your Rate. It lets you book a hotel directly, and it’s the only way to get our lowest prices and earn points to receive exclusive rewards with your future IHG hotel stays.
Happy planning and we hope you enjoy your stay in beautiful Melbourne, Australia.