Visiting Melbourne in Winter – Things to See and Do
There is so much to see and do in Melbourne and visiting in the winter time can be just perfect. There are so many free things to see and do. So get your winter coat and your walking shoes and follow us along for a wonderful winter in Melbourne.
There are endless places to sleep in Melbourne and the variety of accommodation is vast. From Airbnbs to hostels to hotels. We were lucky enough to find the brilliant apartments called 140 Little Collins Apartment Hotel. This hotel is right in the middle of the city in the most perfect location. We walked everywhere from here. The apartment was HUGE! We had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, laundry, dining area and lounge room. And did I mention the balcony with a view of the city. We stayed on the 10th floor which had a wonderful view to Federation Square. The apartment was serviced daily and had absolutely everything we needed. I could not recommend 140 Little Collins Apartment Hotel enough. The perfect family city stay.
3 Day in Melbourne Itinerary
With 3 days in Melbourne there is so much to see and do and many of the activities we did were free. The following are all the FREE activities we visited. Obviously the piping hot jam donuts cost a few dollars but well worth it!!
- Hosier Lane is the most popular graffiti art lane that is a huge tourist attraction. We saw an artist at work and there are many pieces fighting for wall space. For a more intimate and arty street art head to AC/DC Lane and wander from there as it isn’t as well known and the street art seems a lot cleaner
- Queen Victoria Markets is nearly 140 years old and operates in the most beautiful art deco halls. The signage and tiling in the building are worth the visit. The fruit and deli counters with their colourful characters make your visit worth the trip. We were in awe wondering the aisles looking at all the selection of cheeses and cakes and candy. Head outside to get some hot jam donuts from the icon Donut Van
- The Royal Exhibition Hall is a short walk from the Queen Victoria Markets. The Hall is a large building that is surrounded by fountains and gardens and large open spaces. If possible wander in and look up and the stunning ceilings.
- The Melbourne Museum is adjacent to the Royal Exhibition Building. This museum is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere when it opened in 2000.
- From the Royal Exhibition Hall it is a short walk to Houses of Parliament Building. We didn’t have the opportunity to go on a tour here but the outside of the building is stunning. The grand stairs leading up to the ornate doors and tiling is worth the visit.
- Across from the Parliament Building is the Princess Theatre. The theatre scene in Melbourne is huge and you will need to book ahead if you are wanting to see a show. We had not thought to book ahead so we tried our luck at the Princess Theatre lottery. At 4pm each day of a performance the lottery begins. Complete the form and place it in the barrel. At exactly 4.30pm 12 names are drawn from the barrel offering front row seats at $40 each. We were not the lucky chosen ones but it was worth a try.
- Federation Square is the hub for all tourist information. The volunteers in the tourist centre will point you in the right direction and we found that they offer honest opinions on attractions and things to do. The Federation Square is a great meeting point in the cit and is directly opposite Flinders Street Station which is a beautiful building and the main hub of train transport for the city.
- Crossing the Yarra River from Federation Square is the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and building which is the hub of all international artists that showcase in Victoria. We saw the Van Gogh exhibit here.
- A 15min walk from Federation Square is the Shrine of Remembrance which is a grand structure that pays homage to all war veterans that have served the Australian Forces. Well worth a visit to see this beautiful building.The Shrine is directly next to the Royal botanical Gardens.
- We hired bikes to ride from Federation Square to the Shrine of Remembrance and over to Cook’s Cottage. Stopping at the MCG along the way. Cook’s Cottage is the oldest building in Australia and was the house belonging to Captain Cook’s parents. The house was dismantled in England then transported to Melbourne and rebuilt. It stands in the Fitzroy Gardens.
- Within the Fitzroy Gardens are a miniature Tudor village and a fairy garden well worth a visit for any girl or boy who loves fairies and mini houses.Cottage
- There are two choices if you are wanting a high view over Melbourne City. We were lucky enough to visit the Eureka SkyDeck and the Melbourne Star. Both offer wonderful views of the whole city. We much preferred the Eureka as it was close to the inner city and offered views of the whole of Melbourne right from the middle.
- Catch a tram to St Kilda to head to Luna Park for a fun theme park in an old school environment right by the sea.
Getting around Melbourne is extremely easy as is arriving from the airport. We arrived at Tullamarine Airport which is the closest to the Melbourne CBD. The SkyBus is the easiest and cheapest way to get into the city. We showed our boarding pass and received a discount for our tickers. $34 return got us into the city. There is only one stop and it is at Southern Cross Station A main hub of Melbourne. We walked to our accommodation from here but we could ave hopped on a tram. The kids are FREE on the SkyBus.
Within the Melbourne CBD is a free tram zone. This is signed at the tram stations so there is no confusion. These trams are FREE and no transport card is needed. There is also the FREE City Circle tram that is an older traditional tram that has commentary along the route.
If you are wanting to travel outside the free tram zone the only option is a MYKI card. Ever traveller needs their own card and these can be purchased and topped up at train stations and convenience stores.
Bike riding is another great way to get around. We hired bikes from a rental place but there is also the city bike scheme that can be utilised. The city is fairly flat with wide bike paths to use.
Eating and Drinking
My list of places I wanted to eat at was huge and the list was way too long for a three day visit. We left Melbourne with very full and happy tummies. Every corner has the cutest places to eat at, get coffee from or just stare at the magnificent creations in the window. The popular places will have a large queue or are booked out well in advance. The coffee is amazing in Melbourne and every cup we had I thought it was the best ever then I tried another that was my new fave. You simply can’t go wrong at any place to eat as the standards are kept high to keep up with the competition. This also keeps the prices quite reasonable and I think cheaper than most capital cities in Australia. We ate dinner at Supernormal which was very modern, funky and the in place at the moment. I would leave the kids with a sitter for this place. We sat at the bar and watch the chefs at work. We also had dinner at Hakata Gensuke. This was a ramen bar that we had to queue for and it was well worth the wait. Amazing, cheap and so fresh. Breakfast in a laneway is a must when in Melbourne. The unique cafes will not disappoint. We also tried Cumulus Inc which was a great place and the coffee is divine.
Once you have had your quota of coffee you can move to finding a rooftop bar. There are plenty to choose from and also will give you a great view of the city. And visiting in the winter the outdoor fireplaces are a great spot to stop and sip your glass of red. We loved the rooftop bar on the top floor of the QT hotel.
Whether you are visiting Melbourne for a few days for a getaway or it is the beginning of your holidays to the ski fields or the Great Ocean Road, visiting Melbourne in Winter is a wonderful time to see the sights and delights on all Melbourne has to offer.
Disclaimer: We were guests of 140 Little Collins Apartment Hotels. All our thoughts are our own and are honest views. We paid for all other activiies whilst in Melbourne.
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