Activities & Itineraries

100 Things To Do In Melbourne

By James Shackell - 15 May 2018

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Looking for things to do in Melbourne? Join the club. There's just so much to do in Melbourne. Every bloody day there's a new festival (you can't get rid of them). Every day a new pop-up-food-truck-cum-silent-opera-disco. Melbourne is a city with a terminal case of 'Ooh, what's that shiny thing over there?' A craze sweeps the city, then it's on to the next thing. New restaurant, secret bar, fresh-cooked boutique cinema. New York may be the city that never sleeps, but Melbourne is the city that never stops. 

All that choice can be a little overwhelming, so we've narrowed it down for you. 100 excellent things to do in Melbourne. A little food, a few board games, a bit of kitschy touristy sight-seeing (nothing wrong with that). If you're visiting our fair city for the first time, consider this your spotter's guide. 

  1. Browse the latest exhibition at the NGV. Or just lie on the floor of the Great Hall and stare up at that stained-glass ceiling. 
  2. Pick up a paperback at one of Melbourne’s second-hand bookstores.
  3. Work out your inner demons at the Melbourne Break Room.
  4. Catch an e-sports game at GGEZ in the city. They also do some ripping burgers. 
  5. Swing by Maker & Monger for the best cheese toastie ever. The 'Pimento' is our personal pick. 
  6. Challenge a stranger to a game of chess at the State Library. There's free boards in the Dome Reading Room. 
  7. Grab a bargain at one of Sydney Rd’s best op-shops.
  8. Watch back-to-back cult classics at The Astor. Grab a homemade strawberry choc-top while you're there. 
  9. Work off last night’s cocktail calories on the 1000 Steps (drop into Lorna for brunch after).
  10. Grab some new greenery at one of Melbourne’s best nurseries. Try not to kill them. 
  11. Go punting at the gorgeous Fairfield Boathouse (bonus points if you bring poetry).
  12. Get lost at one of Melbourne’s many (many) escape rooms.

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Photography: Ben Tyers

  1. Meet the furry friends at Edgar’s Mission (we’ll call this one ‘Greater Melbourne’) 
  2. Speaking of fur, here are all the spots to take your doggo for a swim in Melbourne.
  3. Or you could always treat them to a cocktail at The Tipsy Cow. Woof. 
  4. Need to pinch them pennies? There’s a bunch of free stuff happening around town.
  5. Not to mention dozens of Melbourne markets this month.
  6. Get some Zen at Beyond Rest with a nude floating session.
  7. Or recharge your batteries at Melbourne’s CBD Japanese onsen.
  8. Sing along to show tunes at Murmur, Melbourne’s laneway piano bar.

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  1. Sip a single malt at Whisky Den in the CBD. 
  2. Ride the old roller coaster at Luna Park. Genuine life-fears on this thing.
  3. While you’re in St Kilda, grab a pastry at Monarch Cakes. It’s been going since 1934.
  4. Drink among the clouds at one of Melbourne’s rooftop bars.
  5. Jump on a Green Xplorer tour in Brunswick and meet some urban beekeepers.
  6. Catch the latest Jaws pop-culture Trivia Night (better bring you’re A-Game).
  7. In fact, there’s a heap of good regular trivia nights in town.
  8. Enjoy an arthouse flick at the boutique Thornbury Picture House. For more cinema ideas, hit up this list
  9. Get some history up you at Melbourne Museum.
  10. Grab the kids and head down to Melbourne Zoo. Shotgun otters first!
  11. Practise your comic book illustrations at Squishface Studios. A proper Brunswick gem. 
  12. Pick up some reading material at The Sticky Institute, the zine store under Flinders St Station.
  13. Throw axes at things (not people) at Maniax in Abbotsford.
  14. Kill virtual reality zombies at Zero Latency’s studio warehouse in North Melbourne.
  15. Hunt down Melbourne’s best speakeasies. Start with Promise Bar, The Store Room and Jungle Boy.
  16. Game the night away at Bartronica in the CBD. They've got multiple Nintendo 64 consoles. 
  17. Organise a cheeky bagel date at 5 & Dime. Our pick: the jalapeno & cheese bagel with a huge schmear of cream cheese. 

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Photography: Visit Victoria 

  1. Overcome your crippling shark phobia at Melbourne Aquarium.
  2. Dig through some trash and treasure at Camberwell Market
  3. Take the $20 challenge at Savers in Brunswick. Craziest outfit wins.
  4. Catch a gig at one of Melbourne’s great live music venues.
  5. Day trip to Dandenong Ranges and eat all of the scones.
  6. Load up on CC’s and take a scenic drive around Victoria.
  7. Dig the crates at one of Melbourne’s hip vinyl stores.
  8. Check out the latest student works at the RMIT Gallery. It’s free too.
  9. Sink some beers and play some barefoot lawn bowls. We’ve rounded up the best spots
  10. Bowls not your speed? Try a game of croquet at the Brunswick Mallet Club.
  11. Get your giggle on at North Melbourne’s Comic’s Lounge.
  12. Catch a play at The Malthouse. If you don’t know what’s going on, just quote Kafka and get the hell out of there.  
  13. ACMI always has a good exhibition going on. Perfect for a rainy day.
  14. Actually here’s heaps of stuff to do when the weather is crap in Melbourne.
  15. Learn a new skill at Work-Shop Melbourne. They have classes in just about everything.
  16. Expand your mind with a School of Life Workshop. The Art Of Good Conversation is a cracker.
  17. Paint and drink wine at the same time at Collingwood’s Cork & Chroma.
  18. Hone your ninja warrior skills on Bounce INC’s obstacle course.

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Photography: Griffin Simm

  1. Get obnoxiously competitive at Melbourne’s board game bar: Queen Of Spades.
  2. Pack a picnic and head to Hanging Rock for the day (just make sure the phones are charged...)
  3. Race Wild Buggy Tomcars over a crazy obstacle course at Wild Buggy in Heatherton. Sure beats Sidetracked. 
  4. Belt out some shower classics at one of Melbourne’s best karaoke bars. Benjys is one of our all-time faves. 
  5. Peace out with a facial at HUD Skin & Body. Or treat yourself to a manicure—we know all the best spots
  6. Jump on the kitch-tastic tramcar restaurant. The food is surprisingly good...
  7. Treat yourself to a night of culture. Ballet or Opera at The Arts Centre are always a solid idea.
  8. Stretch your legs with a walk in the Botanic Gardens. Pro tip: you can sneak in after hours through a gap in Gate D.
  9. Centre you chi (whatever that means) with a free yoga class at Fed Square.
  10. Book a cheeky stay-cay in the CBD. Crown Metropol or Ovolo Laneways are both excellent.
  11. Get your geek on at Zen Gaming Lounge (our favourite Melbourne LAN parlour)
  12. Hang with some swinging cats in the Lido Cinema’s Jazz Room.
  13. Try your hand at wheel pottery (literally) at Ceramiques in Elsternwick.

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Photography: Annika Kafcaloudis 

  1. Scoop some Apple Pie Gelato (honestly—the best) at Pidapipo in Degraves St.
  2. Channel your inner Viking at Mjolner in the CBD. Two horns of ale, please.
  3. Discover the city’s mushroom-dotted fairy-tale bar. Yep, we’re talking Storyville
  4. Sink a pint (or three) at one of Melbourne’s best craft breweries.
  5. Sponsor a greyhound in need at GAP Cafe in the CBD.
  6. Save $$$ on greenery at one of The Jungle Collective’s famous warehouse sales.
  7. Put your money where your mouth is with Melbourne’s craziest eating challenges.
  8. Try the ‘Gelato con Brioche’ at Compa in Fitzroy.
  9. Go pinkies out at one of Melbourne’s classy high tea sessions.
  10. Frown in puzzlement at the Heide Museum Of Modern Art.
  11. Grab a veggie curry at Lentil As Anything at the Abbotsford Convent.
  12. While you’re there, visit the ducklings at Collingwood Children’s Farm.
  13. Don the lycra (please don’t) and check out one of Melbourne’s urban bike trails.
  14. Want to go further afield? Check out the best 10 great walks near Melbourne.
  15. Play some pool (or is it billiards?) at AK8 Billiards Lounge.
  16. Pimp your apartment with a rummage through Geelong’s best vintage markets.
  17. Join a gourmet paella class at Hola Con Lola (it comes with a trip to South Melbourne Market).
  18. Hit up the latest zany theme-weekend at Welcome To Thornbury.
  19. Grab some mates and join one of the city’s social netball leagues.
  20. Buy an Uncle Tetsu cheesecake all to yourself and eat it while watching Geordie Shore re-runs.
  21. Pick up some new comics at Minotaur on Elizabeth St.

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Photography: Visit Victoria 

  1. Pack a picnic and chill in one of Melbourne's inner-city parks. Carlton Gardens, Edinburgh Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens are all stunning in Spring or Autumn. 
  2. Treat yo’ self with an epic cocktail (and apple panna cotta) at Om Nom Dessert Bar.
  3. Soak up some old world luxury at Werribee Park & Mansion.
  4. Road test Victoria’s best country bakeries (get ready for a lot of pies).
  5. Master tea brewing, astronomy or origami at Laneway Learning.
  6. Grab Nan and join a knitting class at Yarn & Co.
  7. Blow the diet at one of Melbourne’s best dessert bars.
  8. Face your fears with a walk on the Eureka Skydeck.
  9. Volunteer your time (for a very good cause) at the Fitzroy Soup Van.
  10. Say howdy to the penguin colony at St Kilda Pier (best viewing is just after sunset).
  11. Taste the best of Spring at one of Victoria’s berry picking farms.

More Things To Do In Melbourne

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