Things to do
Set on the shores of picturesque Port Phillip Bay is Melbourne; the city where creativity and innovation come together to deliver great events, exciting places to explore and cutting-edge advancements that are globally acclaimed.
Melbourne is easy to navigate and perfect to explore on foot or via our extensive transport network. It invites delegates to discover its creative culture, expressed in its food, fashion, events, arts and music scene.
For those wanting to explore further afield, the unique natural beauty of regional Victoria is just a short trip away. Inspiring day trips are waiting to be enjoyed just over an hour from the city centre. Discover some Victoria’s rugged and dramatic coastlines, incredible food and boutique wineries, wellbeing experiences and charming regional villages that.
Eureka Sky Deck
Located on the banks of the Yarra River, Eureka is perfectly positioned for a 360 degree, floor-to-ceiling view of Melbourne’s CBD, sports precinct and beyond. With a range of activities for the entire family, Eureka is Melbourne’s must see attraction.
Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century. A historic landmark spread over two city blocks, it’s a vibrant and bustling inner-city Market where you can shop for everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, and local and imported gourmet foods, to cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs.
Melbourne Museum showcases Australian social history, Indigenous cultures, science and the environment. Located adjacent to the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, and home to IMAX Theatre Melbourne.
Melbourne Sealife Aquarium
Home to thousands of aquatic animals, including one of Australia’s largest Saltwater Crocodiles, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium takes you on an interactive adventure from the depths of the ocean to the icy waters of Antarctica.
Over 250 species from around the world can be found in the beautifully landscaped settings of Melbourne Zoo, just five minutes from the city centre. Stroll through Asian and African rainforests, where tigers roam through the trees and monkeys swing from the branches, then take the time to stop and see eye to eye with beautiful orangutans in their special elevated exhibit.
The National Gallery
The National Gallery of Victoria has two magnificent galleries, both with free entry to the permanent collection. Stretching from the top of Saint Kilda Road across the Yarra River to Federation Square, this cultural heartland encompasses the transformed National Gallery of Victoria International on St Kilda Road, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, and The Arts Centre, all within a short stroll from each other. Take a stroll or a tram along the city’s majestic, tree-lined main artery, a gateway to some of the city’s most beautiful parks and well-known landmarks.
The Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is a treasured part of Melbourne’s cultural life and a valuable asset to the heritage-rich city. With its stunning vistas, tranquil lakes and diverse plant collections, the Gardens are a place of continual discovery and delight. The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne holds a number of walks and tours which introduce visitors to the history, cultural significance and horticultural diversity of Melbourne’s finest garden.
Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores, this modern piazza has become the city’s meeting place. Federation Square hosts over 2000 events each year, it buzzes with cultural festivals, exhibitions, event launches, performances, forums, films, concerts and fashion shows. Life at Fed Square is so rich that there’s sure to be something exciting going on whenever you visit!
Stroll along leafy Lygon Street and discover Little Italy – the place where Melbourne’s famous cafe culture was born.
Located on the Southern bank of the Yarra River, Crowne is Melbourne’s premier entertainment venue. The Crowne Entertainment Complex offers a brilliant combination of luxury, warm service and non-stop excitement. Crowne boasts over 40 restaurants, cafes and bars, cinemas, an indoor amusement park plus a live entertainment theatre and two nightclubs.
Eat & Drink
Experience Melbourne’s mix of cultures in its myriad restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars. Whether you’re after modern, traditional, exotic or homespun flavours – Melbourne’s eclectic dining scene offers a startling array of the world’s great cuisines, from popular favourites to the truly groundbreaking.
Share a drink while snacking on high end tapas in a laneway eatery, take on a Szechuan chilli dish in Chinatown, or break out of the CBD and discover the city’s specialist eating destinations – Richmond for Vietnamese, Carlton’s ‘Little Italy’, Fitzroy for Spanish and Brunswick for Lebanese.
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