A Weekend in Melbourne, Australia’s Second City

This is a guest post by Clark Boyd, who has featured on a number of travel and finance blogs

A Weekend in Melbourne, Australia’s Second City

Modern-day Melbourne is undoubtedly one of the sporting, cultural and gastronomic hubs of Australia. With so much to do and see in the city, weekend visitors are spoiled for choice.

In fact, if you are planning a short stay in ‘Marvellous Melbourne’, you will need to be selective, as there really is an overabundance of cultural delights here. Fortunately, help is at hand.

Below are a few of the city’s treasures to enjoy during a weekend in Melbourne.

melbourne skyline

A great place to begin your tour is the Queen Victoria Market.

Of the three Victoria-era markets in the city’s CBD (Central Business District), ‘The Vic’ is the sole survivor; and with 17 acres of space inside, it is the largest market of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Aside from being one of Melbourne’s landmark attractions – and an excellent place to get a flavour of the city’s vibrant spirit – this is an ideal starting point from which to explore central Melbourne.

queen victoria market

Heading south from here towards Flinders Street, there is an enviable wealth of restaurants and cafes, making it a tempting spot to stop and grab lunch.

This area also boasts the shopping haven of Collins Street, which is a boulevard lined with high-end boutiques and glamorous fashion outlets. Once you arrive at Flinders Street, you will find the Immigration Museum – an indispensable resource for those who want to learn more about Australia’s history.

The museum eschews the treatment of overarching themes in favour of a more personal approach focused on the individual stories of migrants to Australia. Melbourne may be brimming with museums, but this is one of the best.

immigration Museum

For those in search of something a little sportier, try the National Sports Museum in Yarra Park. The museum is housed within the Melbourne Cricket Ground, surely one of the nation’s great monuments to sport.

Yarra Park is located centrally, so it is easily reached, particularly if you are short of time in the city.

Tram Isle

One of the most enjoyable ways to see Melbourne is to dine on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. These trams travel round the city much like the regular fleet of tramcars, with the major difference that they have been converted into top-class restaurants.

Open for lunch, early dinner and dinner, this is a highly recommended way to get a taste of Melbourne.

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Another premier location for evening entertainment is the Crown Casino Entertainment Complex. Featuring cinemas, bars, high-class shopping and a wide range of restaurants, there is something for everyone here.

Furthermore, its location in the Southbank precinct is very central, meaning you won’t miss any of the action. It is therefore understandable that this is one of the most popular areas to stay in the city.

Melbourne Cityscape

There is a plethora of hotels around the Southbank, so there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. These hotels range from the comparatively basic, such as Travelodge, through to premium hotels such as the Mantra Southbank and Crown Promenade Hotel.

All three of these hotels are within walking distance of the Eureka Skydeck, which contains the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform, known as The Edge.

What better way to finish a weekend in Melbourne than a trip to the Edge to survey all the great sights you’ve seen in Australia’s second city?


Author Bio: This piece was written by Clark Boyd, who has featured on a number of travel and finance blogs. Travellers to Melbourne can make the most of an American Express credit card by using Membership Rewards points to purchase a Crown Promenade Gift Voucher worth up to $1000. Gift vouchers purchased with American Express credit cards must be used within 3 months of issue.

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