How to Spend 72 Hours in Melbourne
Melbourne is one of our all-time favourite cities. There's always something new to love about the place; whether it’s rooftop cocktail bars in Fitzroy or catching an Aussie rules game at the MCG, Melbourne has so much variety. If you’ve never been, here’s how we recommend spending three days:
Day one in Melbourne
One of the best and most famous things about Melbourne is its laneways. Today you should make it your priority to check out the secrets of these multi-coloured streets. You could take a guidebook but they go out of date too quickly and the lanes can be hard to find. For the best experience, take the ‘Lanes and Arcades’ walking tour and you’ll be led by a local guide who knows all the top hidden spots, revealing some awesome street art, the quirkiest cafés, and a satisfying dose of local history too. For dinner, your first night should be out on the Southbank. There are restaurants all along the waterfront here so you’re spolit for choice. We can recommend The Rockpool Bar & Grill for oysters, awesome steaks and a great selection of Aussie wine.
Day two in Melbourne
Take advantage of Melbourne’s free tram zone, which makes it easy (and obviously cost effective) to get around the city centre. Hop onboard the City Circle Tram and get off at Queen Victoria Market. Locals call it the ‘Vic market’ and it’s a great place to pick up some locally produced souvenirs. There are also some tasty treats to be found in the food court so arrive hungry. From here you can jump back on the tram or take a walk to Docklands for a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. This will give you the best views over the city.
Day three in Melbourne
Today you can venture a little further afield and discover more about local life in Melbourne. First stop, South Yarra. This is only 10 minutes from the CBD and a great place to get a late breakfast and do some shopping amidst the numerous art galleries. From here you can drop down into super-trendy Prahran for a coffee en route to the beachfront suburb of St Kilda. Here you can take a chilled out stroll along the foreshore.