Planning a getaway? Putting together an itinerary with plenty to do in too little time? Whatever you are looking for, here are some of our recommended things to see in Melbourne.
Queen Victoria Market Tour
Also known affectionately as ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic’, 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.
Join a tour led by a local with Hunt and Gather Food Tour
Included: 2 hour tour, food samples, gift bag and a coffee voucher plus a seasonal recipe card
Venue: Tours depart from 65 Victoria Street, Melbourne.
Address: Queen Victoria Market, 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, 3000
Opening Hours: 6:00am to 2:00pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Sunbury Wine Region
Introducing Sunbury – one of Victoria's best kept secrets, idyllically located on the fringes of Melbourne's bustling CBD. One of Australia's oldest wine regions, this charming rural area is brimming with farm-to-table restaurants, world-class cellar doors and roadside providores, making it the perfect destination for a day trip or a weekend escape.
Thinking about visiting the Sunbury Wine Region? Then read our latest blog on The Top 5 Wineries to Visit in the Sunbury Wine Region and start planning!
Visit Living Legends – The International Home of Rest for Racing Champions
Opened in 2006, Living Legends is a non-profit organisation that strives to reintegrate former racehorses into the public. Providing these retired champions with an expansive paddock and around-the-clock care, this unique nature reserve offers visitors the chance to meet the racing industry's gentle giants while enjoying the spectacular surrounds of Melbourne's hinterland.
Things to do at Living Legends
Not only a sanctuary for racecourse retirees, this remarkable 700-hectare nature reserve is also home to herds of wild kangaroos and an abundance of walking trails. Walk, cycle or birdwatch amidst the historic Woodland Homestead, or see kangaroos roam in their natural habitat in the Kangaroo and Parklands Area. Additionally, there will be daily guided tours at 11:00am and 2:00pm for a more educative and enjoyable experience.
A short, six minute drive from PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport, Living Legends is the perfect destination for a day of family fun. Guests of PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport also enjoy access to Living Legends' complimentary pick-up and drop-off services, bringing you directly from the comfort of your spacious suite to the heart of Victoria's countryside. Please note that guests will need to arrange the shuttle in advance directly with Living Legends. For further information, please speak with us at +61 3 9307 1165.
If it’s winter and you have a full day, the snowfields are just a few hours’ drive away from the city. Whether or not you have hit the slopes before, Mount Buller is the perfect place to start your snowy adventures. Comprising over 300 hectares Mt Buller consists of a ski resort, with 22 lifts able to move 40,000 people an hour.
Website: Mount Buller
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Royal Botanic Gardens
An oasis on the city fringe, the Royal Botanic Gardens flaunts over 50,000 plants on 36 hectares of land and plays host to a myriad of special events, school holiday action and classes for the young and young at heart. Started in 1846 the botanic gardens feature a range of native and non Australian species. Guests can join an Observatory tour or kids tour held in the summer months.
Address: Birdwood Ave, South Yarra, 3141
Website: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne