Known as one of the most livable cities on earth, Melbourne’s multicultural charm sees it attracting over 10.4 million visitors every single year thanks to a host of activities and locations fit to suit every taste and travel requirement. In fact, there’s so much going on here that even a long-term stay is unlikely to see you fitting everything in. That’s why you’ll likely want to do whatever you can to make the most of every hour that you have.
We aren’t going to lie to you, whether you’re visiting for a week or more, that can be a struggle, but we’ve got some top tips to help you make every hour of your Melbourne trip count.
Get your head around how to get around
Regardless of what you intend to do when you’re in Melbourne, making the most of your time means always factoring for transport when you’re planning your trip. After all, the more time you spend trying to navigate the city, the less time you’ll have for the fantastic activities on offer. Before you head off, it’s therefore vital that you suss out the most viable forms of Victoria transport, including the iconic train and tram lines which will require you to purchase a Myki Card so that you can hop on and off without wasting a second.
Choose an element of Melbourne to focus on
As is the case with any bustling city, even your best intentions aren’t going to see you finding time for every single Melbourne site worth visiting, and trying to do so is only going to hinder your trip. Making the most of your time here therefore largely means finding the elements on which you would most like to focus. For instance, individuals centring their trips around Melbourne’s more cultural side will likely want to prioritise sites like the National Gallery of Victoria, ArtVo, and Melbourne’s iconic graffiti-strewn laneways. Meanwhile, someone more interested in the natural sites would likely do better focusing on options like Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Dandenong Ranges National Park, and so on. Simply choose a ‘theme’ for your trip, if you will, and don’t be afraid to run with it.
Don’t stop once the sun goes down
If you head back to your hotel as soon as the sun goes down, then not only will you limit what you can do in a day, but you’ll also miss out on a large part of Melbourne’s charm. From top Melbourne restaurants like Attica and Embla to the best bars and nightclubs Melbourne has to offer, including Spice Market and The Black Rabbit, Melbourne really can be your oyster once the sun goes down. Even for those who don’t quite fancy a night on the town, evening events like the Winter Night Market and the Neon Tour are sure to see you marvelling at this destination for all hours.
Melbourne has a lot to offer, and you can make the most of that fact by simply savouring your time in the city with these tips at hand.