Melbourne is a city best explored with insider knowledge – otherwise you’ll never know what might be hiding down the next laneway! Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s always something happening in the cultural capital of Australia.
Make the most of your time in the city by ticking off these eight must-do experiences:
1. Go bar and restaurant hopping and taste the best of Melbourne’s cuisine
Discover the most exciting food districts of Melbourne by walking around Fitzroy, Southbank, Chinatown and Lygon Street. You can taste the finest Melbourne coffee, pastries, cocktails and more. Experience Melbourne’s most Instagrammable brunches, plus if you happen to be in the area for Taste of Melbourne this year (November 30 – 3rd December), take the opportunity to celebrate Melbourne’s culture and food scene with a feast.
2. Dress up for a day at the races
November and December is horse racing season in Melbourne, and the perfect opportunity to dress up and have a beverage in the sun. Plus, it’s the best way to check out the latest in spring fashion…
3. Discover the most exclusive rooftop dining
Nothing could be more ‘Melbourne’ than dining or drinking… on a rooftop. Luckily there are plenty of fine establishments that will get you sorted with great food and a gorgeous view.
4. Sit back and relax at an outdoor cinema
As the nights get warmer, it’s time to take advantage of the beautiful weather with the ultimate cinematic experience: outdoor cinema. And you can even watch one outside on (yep, you guessed it) a rooftop!
5. Visit art galleries and explore new exhibitions
In Melbourne, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to art and museums. The NGV often hosts large international art exhibitions, while ACMI is the place to go for film exhibitions, moving image artists plus gaming and virtual reality.
Michael Lin’s hand-painted installation, Federation (2017) closes tomorrow at 5pm. Free entry at NGV International. #NGV #MichaelLin • • • Image: Installation view of Michael Lin: Federation (detail) at NGV International © Michael Lin. This project has been generously supported by the Neilson Foundation
6. Do a street art tour
If you’re not in the mood for an art gallery, then you’ll find plenty of art in the streets of Melbourne. A walking tour is a great way to get to know the background of the artists and wind through the streets to places you wouldn’t think to look…
7. Shop in the local boutiques
Be the envy of all your friends and pick up something unique in a local Melbourne boutique. Melbourne is known for its fashion, but there are also quirky places like a zine workshop, a custom jean shop that does onsite alterations, and plenty of local jewellery designers.
8. Bring the family along to Carols by Candlelight
Embrace the ultimate Christmas spirit by experiencing Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. It’s one of the biggest events of the year, and an iconic one for all lovers of the holiday season.
We’re partnering with Nova to give you the chance to get access to the best Melbourne experiences on offer. Head to the Nova’s WIN page to find out how to enter, and stay tuned on Nova 100’s channels for more exclusive Melbourne experiences.
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