8 Must-Do Melbourne Experiences

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Centre Place, Melbourne
(©Robert Blackburn/Visit Victoria)
Have Coffee in an Iconic Melbourne Laneway

Wander down one of Melbourne's iconic laneways, like Centre Place (pictured) or Flinders Lane, find a cafe and pull up a chair or a milk crate (the type of seating is in direct correlation to the coolness factor of said cafe). Order a coffee—maybe a flat white, a cappucino, or a soy latte—these days there are so many variations. Then simply sip and relax, you are on your way to being a true Melburnian.

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2016 AFL Grand Final at the MCG
(Courtesy Melbourne Cricket Ground)
Attend an AFL Game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

AFL, or Aussie Rules football, is Victoria's favourite sport, and the hallowed grounds of the Melbourne Cricket Ground are AFL's spiritual home. Choose a team—if you ask locals they all have their favourite—don a scarf or jersey in support, and head to the MCG for an epic game of footy.

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Hosier Lane, Melbourne
(©Visit Victoria)
See Street Art in Hosier Lane

Melbourne’s premier street art laneway is Hosier Lane. Located just opposite Federation Square, it runs between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane. The laneway itself is a visual overload of colours and images, the result of artwork on top of artwork being created. There’s a mix of tags and murals, as well as tribute pieces. Join the hordes, take a selfie, and if you are lucky, you might even catch an artist in action!

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Federation Square, Melbourne
(©Visit Victoria)
Hang Out at Federation Square

Hang out at Federation Square, Melbourne's meeting place. Sit and marvel at this rather unique building. Find a local and then debate the architectural merits of this iconic structure. Eat at one of the restaurants, then visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image or head to the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia to see some incredible Australian art.

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Tram outside Flinders Street Station
(©Yarra Trams)
Hop on a Tram

Hop aboard a tram and see Melbourne on this iconic form of transport. Plus if you travel within the Free Tram Zone in the CBD, you don't have to pay a thing. Talk about a cheap sightseeing trip around the city—yes please!

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Transit Bar, Melbourne
(©Robert Blackburn/Visit Victoria)
Find a Hidden 'Melbourne' Bar

Melbourne is known for its very "Melbourne-esque" bars: bars hidden down a laneway, bars hidden behind a secret door or bars hidden in plain sight on a rooftop (like Transit Rooftop Bar). There are too many "cool" bars to mention here, and half the fun is stumbling upon them for yourself.

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Princess Theatre, Melbourne
(©Josie Withers Photography/Visit Victoria)
Enjoy Melbourne's Cultural Delights

From world-class musicals and theatre, brilliant live music or major art exhibitions, Melbourne has it all. Visit theatres like the Princess Theatre or the Regent Theatre. Some may even go so far as to call Melbourne the Cultural Capital of Australia, but there is much debate to this, which bring us to our final must-do.

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Sydney vs Melbourne
Top: (©Hamilton Lund/Destination NSW). Bottom: (©Josie Withers Photography/Visit Victoria)
Debate whether Sydney or Melbourne is the better city

The final part of your must-do Melourne experience is to debate whether Sydney or Melbourne is the better city. You can choose your side. Make like a local and join Team Melbourne, or pretend to be a sunny Sydneysider. Discuss whether Melbourne's Yarra River is any match for Sydney's harbour, or whether Sydney can compete with all of Melbourne's world-class sporting events, plus there's the cool factor of Melbourne's many hip bars. I'll try to stay impartial and say its best to visit both cities and make up your mind for yourself!

 

By Roshan Sukhla

Melbourne is Victoria's capital, and Australia's coolest Southern city, although Hobart is a very close second these days. When you visit Melbourne you need to embrace the Melbourne way of life. From finding a bar down a hidden laneway to seeing an AFL game, here's our must-do Melbourne experiences.

Roshan Sukhla
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