Melbourne is such a beautiful city. I’ve been there twice and it was a lovely experience on both. The first I was a student and it was a very budget trip and the second was with my parents, so a great tourist and food itinerary.
Both times I visited during the winter time and it so cold, we could enjoy nice restaurants, great wineries, stunning views and I will share with you my favourite things to do if you’re a first timer in Melbourne!
How to get there
You can fly with many Australians airlines as well as Qantas, Virgin, JetStar and Tiger…Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania.
Things to do and see in Melbourne
Brighton Beach and the Bathing Boxes
You have probably seen some photos of the Brighton Bathing Boxes, 82 multi-coloured beach huts lining the foreshore of one of Melbourne’s most exclusive neighbourhoods. They are one of the most photographed spots in the city and it’s very cool!
They were built more than 100 years ago when Australians were a little more modest and were used by women for privacy when changing into their swimwear. Nowadays, Brighton Bathing boxes can only be sold to locals living in the Bayside area, and there are strict rules. If you go to Melbourne, don’t miss out!
St Kilda and the Pier
St Kilda is a lovely area in Melbourne and I really recommend you to check it out, have a walking through the area, there’re a lot of cafes, huge and delicious desserts…you can walk on the sand to see the coastal area, see the Luna Park and also check the St Kilda Pier to watch the penguins. It’s very cute!
Melbourne CBD is very pretty! I love the architecture, stores, cafes and walk around is very easy. If you can choose a place to stay, I recommend to stay in the CBD for the first time. Check out some places around the CBD:
Flinders Street Railway Station
Graffiti Lanes – street art! Amazing!
Royal Botanic Gardens
Eureka Skydeck – to see the skyline view.
Crowne Casino in Southbank
We’ve done a day trip to Yarra Valley to do a wine taste and we’ve also tried delicious cheeses and chocolates from the local factories. I really recommend you to book before. It’s an amazing trip and the scenery is gorgeous!
Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles (Breathtaking)
I spent just 4 days, I did a day trip, but if you can I recommend you to book an accommodation and spend more time because it’s an amazing trip. The day tour is good but you’re going to spend so many time driving and it can be hard. So try to book a day or more if you have to do the Great Ocean Road.
How to get there
It is a 4.5-hour scenic drive from Melbourne via Geelong along the Great Ocean Road to the 12 Apostles. You can return to Melbourne on the 3.5-hour inland route along the Princes Highway. From Melbourne there are also many options for day tours, with accommodation available for short trips and longer stays.
There are so many beautiful things to see during the trip, Torquay, the surf world-famous Bells Beach, 12 Apostles, a lot of wildlife and nature. Take time to appreciate every second of this place! It’s one of the most beautiful in the world!