Top Things to Do Outdoors in Melbourne

From city streets to rugged coastlines to lush bushland and vineyards, stepping outdoors in Melbourne will always take you on an amazing adventure.

See the best of the city as you travel down the river on Melbourne River Cruises, or soar above the sights on the Melbourne Star. The lookout from SkyHigh Mount Dandenong delivers breathtaking views, and if you dare, you can even observe Melbourne as you plummet towards it on a skydive you'll never forget with Skydive Australia!

A great day at the beach can be had at beautiful St Kilda, which is also home to wild and wacky Luna Park.

Get in and amongst nature at Healesville Sanctuary or Melbourne Zoo, where you can see Australian wildlife up close, or travel out to Phillip Island to meet adorable penguins in person. The floral displays at the Royal Botanic Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens are also natural wonders, and the Australian Garden at Cranbourne will stun with its red desert landscapes and native plants.

For a day trip like no other, tour the Geelong Wine Region and enjoy an ever-changing landscape of volcanic plains, coast and vineyards, or if you simply want to get out and active for a while, head to Tennis World for a quick game or two.

Melbourne is a fascinating place to explore, and whether you prefer an urban or rural paradise, it's sure to delight.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Tucked away near Melbourne's Yarra River, the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne have more than 12,000 different species of plants covering 38 hectares.

SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

SkyHigh Mount Dandenong offers spectacular views looking back towards Melbourne. Their famous maze is fun for the whole family, whilst the English Garden is great for a stroll on a sunny day. There's also a bistro for casual dining and a restaurant, perfect for special occasions. 

Melbourne River Cruises

Discover the beautiful city of Melbourne from a unique perspective, Melbourne River Cruises has been showcasing this city and important landmarks to locals and visitors alike for over 35 years. Their sightseeing cruises highlight all this beautiful city has to offer with enjoyable and interesting commentary.

St Kilda

The beachside suburb of St Kilda is home to Melbourne's famous Luna Park amusement park, a historic pier, beautiful beach as well as funky bars and contemporary cafes.

Luna Park

From the moment you step inside Mr Moon’s giant mouth, you are exposed to a world full of carnival flair, from the rides that send you sky-high, to historical carousel rides. Melbourne’s Luna Park has been the face of fun in St Kilda for generations.

Melbourne Zoo

Set on 22 hectares close to the heart of the city, the Melbourne Zoo has more than 320 wildlife species from Australia and around the world. The Australian Bush exhibit showcases Australia's wildlife.

Skydive Australia

Skydiving Melbourne doesn’t get any more thrilling. Experience the ultimate adrenalin rush tandem skydiving from the St Kilda drop zone, the closest skydiving centre to Melbourne CBD. Exit the plane from up to 14,000 feet for an insane 60 seconds of life-changing freefall.

Tennis World

Melbourne Park, home to the Australian Open, is open to the public all year round. Play a game on a show court like the champions and complete your tennis fan experience with a 'behind the scenes' tour of Rod Laver Arena, including exclusive players areas.

Australian Garden

The opportunity to discover the astonishing beauty of more than 100,000 Australian plants and landscapes, set in 363 hectares of natural bushland, attracts many visitors to the Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne.

Melbourne Star

Melbourne Star invites visitors to experience Melbourne in a whole new way. Located in the city’s waterfront precinct of Docklands, the Star provides a unique introduction to the city, with all its colour, culture and eccentricities.

Geelong Wine Region

Whether it is the distinctive maritime flavours of The Bellarine, the ancient richness of the Moorabool Valley Wine Region or the rugged, exposed coastline of the Surf Coast, the Geelong Wine Region is united by boutique, family owned winegrowers producing premium quality hand crafted wines.

Phillip Island Nature Park

Watching the colony of little penguins waddling ashore on Summerland Beach in Phillip Island Nature Park at sunset and making their way to their burrows after a day’s fishing is a delight.

Fitzroy Gardens

This major Melbourne attraction is named after Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy (1796-1858), Governor-General of the Australian colonies from 1851 to 1855. Highlights include The Conservatory, home to amazing floral displays, Cooks' Cottage, The Fairies Tree and The Tudor Village.

Healesville Sanctuary

The chance to view Australian wildlife in a natural environment attracts many visitors to the Healesville Sanctuary, 65km east of Melbourne. There are more than 200 species of native birds, mammals and reptiles displayed in a beautiful bushland setting.