Melbourne Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

(Melbourne, Victoria - VIC, Australia)

Melbourne Tourist AttractionsA city packed with interesting sights and tourist attractions, Melbourne is certainly an appealing part of Australia and lends itself to a family holiday. Tourists first arriving in Melbourne are strongly advised to tour the city, and with regular bus tours available, it is easy to acquaint yourself with the main attractions and overall layout of the city.

Particular tourist attractions worth looking out for include the Melbourne Planetarium, the Ashcombe Maze, the Crown Entertainment Complex and the Bellarine Peninsula Railway, where superb seafront panoramas are guaranteed. Standing to the south-east of the city, day trips to the imposing hill named 'Arthurs Seat' are recommended, and the coastal views on offer here are certainly hard to better.

City Explorer Bus Tours

Tel: +61 (0)3 9650 7000
City Explorer double-decker buses provide a do-it-yourself tour of the city, on a bus that circles past major tourist attractions, including Melbourne Zoo and the numerous parks located to the east of the centre. The tour ticket remains valid for one complete circuit and allows you to leave the bus at any one of the designated stops to view the tourist attractions, and then catch any other following bus operated by City Explorer.

Walking Tours

Address: Melbourne Visitor Information Centre, Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria (VIC), Australia
Tel: +44 (0)3 9658 9658
There are a number of walking tours around the city of Melbourne and these provide tourists with a real insight into some of the city's most noteworthy sights. Walking tours have the distinct advantage of feeling more personal than a bus tour, and since they are led by knowledgeable local guides, you are encouraged to interact and ask questions along the way.

Melbourne Tourist Attractions

Boat Tours

Address: Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria (VIC), Australia
Tel: +61 (03) 9614 1215
Boat tours of Melbourne are one of the most enjoyable and relaxing ways to travel around the area. Regular boats cruise down the Yarra River and depart every 30 minutes from Prince Walk. Tickets for the boat tours are available at the Blue Melbourne River Cruises Kiosk, which is situated on Princes Bridge and easy to locate.

Melbourne Planetarium

Address: 2 Booker Street, Spotswood, Melbourne, Victoria (VIC), 3015, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 9392 4800
Located at the Scienceworks Museum, the Melbourne Planetarium takes you on a journey through the galaxy and universe, all from the comfort of your chair. Using state-of-the-art technology, the night sky is projected onto the huge domed ceiling and each show last around 30 minutes.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 16:30
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors, children and families

Helicopter Tours

Tel: +61 (0)2 9700 7888
Helicopter tours provide one of the most spectacular and memorable ways to see this spreading city - from the air. Flying over the city centre, the surrounding bays, Port Melbourne and the numerous beaches, these helicopter tours last around 30 minutes and whilst a little on the pricey side, certainly are quite special.
Open hours: hours vary
Admission: charge, booking in advance is usually necessary

Melbourne Tourist Attractions

Arthur's Seat Chairlift

Address: Arthur's Seat Road, Dromana, Victoria (VIC), 3936, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 5987 2565
Arthur's Seat Chairlift, in the Mornington Peninsula district of Melbourne, is one of the city's most popular attractions for both tourists and locals in this part of Victoria. Built in 1960, this exciting chairlift transports visitors 300 metres / 984 feet up to Arthur's Seat State Park, which has excellent picnic and barbecue facilities, walking trails, a car museum and a restaurant. During the journey, Arthur's Seat Chairlift offers some truly superb views of Port Phillip Bay and the surrounding countryside.
Open hours: September to June, daily - 11:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for children

Ashcombe Maze

Address: Red Hill Road, Shoreham, Victoria (VIC), 3916, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 5989 8387
Situated within the Mornington Peninsula area, Ashcombe Maze is simply vast, being both the oldest and biggest hedge maze in the whole of Australia. Highlights include surrounding landscaped gardens, flower borders and a café area.
Open hours: daily - 13:30 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for children, seniors and groups

Melbourne Tourist Attractions

Melbourne Theatres

There are a large number of excellent theatres in both the city and throughout the Victoria area, with regular theatrical productions, operas, concerts, ballets, pantomimes, musicals and general events.

Melbourne Tourist Attractions

Melbourne Concert Hall

Address: Victorian Arts Centre, 100 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria (VIC), 3000, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 9281 8000
Melbourne Concert Hall, in the heart of the city centre, is the premier concert venue on offer. Victoria's key venue for major concerts and opera, the Hall also hosts the whole gamut of musical productions - from symphony orchestra to rock concerts. Although it is the largest venue in the Victorian Arts Centre, seating at least 2,400, its modern design gives all patrons a feeling of being close to the stage.
Open hours: hours vary
Admission: charge, discounts available for children

City Circle Tram

Address: Tram stops along Flinders, Spring, Latrobe and Spencer Streets, Melbourne, Victoria (VIC), 3000, Australia
Tel: 13 1638 (Local calls only)
The City Circle Tram is much more than just a free transport system and has become a tourist attraction in its own right. Providing an enchanting way to travel around central Melbourne, these historic trams date back to the early 20th century and run at ten-minute intervals during the day.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: free

Melbourne Tourist Attractions

Crown Entertainment Complex

Address: 8 Whiteman Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 9292 8888
This cast multi-million dollar entertainment complex can be found in the Southbank district of Melbourne and incorporates many exciting features. Attractions at the Crown Entertainment Complex include a casino, state-of-the-art multi-screen cinema, shops, restaurants, wine bars and cafés.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Melbourne admission charge: free


Address: 2 Ann Street, Williamstown, Melbourne, Victoria (VIC), 3016, Australia
Tel: +61(0)3 9397 3477
The Enterprize, in the Williamstown district of the city, is an authentic replica of a historic sailing ship that transported some of the first immigrants to Melbourne during the 1830s. With regular trips departing from Gem Pier, the city's Enterprize is an important part of Melbourne's history.
Open hours: Saturday and Sunday - 12:00 to 16:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for children and families

Flinders Street Station

Address: Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria (VIC), 3000, Australia
Flinders Street Station is a major landmark in the city and is also a particularly popular place to meet. With Victorian architecture and striking, large clock faces, Melbourne's Flinders Street Station was built in the late 19th century.
Open hours: daily - 05:00 to 03:00
Admission: free

The Golden Mile

Address: Melbourne, Victoria (VIC), 3000, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 9654 2288
The Golden Mile is a popular walking trail that celebrates the city's history and heritage. Taking in many of the most important landmarks available, the Golden Miles travels through the city centre and passes buildings such as the Melbourne Parliament House and the Royal Exhibition Centre.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

The Dandenong Ranges

Address: Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Melbourne, Victoria (VIC), Australia
The Dandenong Ranges, in the Yarra Valley, are one of the most peaceful places in Victoria. With spectacular mountain views, scenic surrounding countryside and a number of tourist attractions, the Dandenong Ranges provide the perfect place to escape hectic Melbourne city life.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Bellarine Peninsula Railway

Address: Queenscliff Railway Station, 20 Symonds Street, Queenscliff, Victoria (VIC), 3275, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 5258 2069
The Bellarine Peninsula Railway, located on Symonds Street, travels from Queenscliff, along the seafront and then back again. With glorious steam trains and restored carriages, this is one of the most memorable ways to tour the city and the journey lasts around one and a half hours.
Open hours: Sunday - 11:00 to 14:30
Admission: charge

Campbelltown Miniature Railway

Address: 434 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, Melbourne, Victoria (VIC), 3804, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 9796 8481
Located on the outskirts of the city, the Campbelltown Miniature Railway is a thrilling attraction for all of the family, with regular steam train rides around the surrounding scenic countryside.
Open hours: Sunday - 11:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge

Altona Miniature Railway

Address: Blenheim Road, Altona North, Melbourne, Victoria (VIC), 3025, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 9741 6580
The Altona Miniature Railway, in the Inner West area of the city, is a popular park, dedicated to miniature steam engines, locomotives and trains. Other attractions at the Altona Miniature Railway include picnic areas and many seasonal train-related events throughout the Melbourne calendar.
Open hours: third Sunday each month - 12:00 to 16:00
Admission: charge

Steam Locomotive Society of Victoria

Address: 128 Rowans Road, Moorabbin, Melbourne, Victoria (VIC), 3189, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 9553 4037
Situated on the Inner East side of the city, the Steam Locomotive Society of Victoria has two tracks and features superb examples of miniature steam locomotives. With train rides, interactive displays and friendly members, this is a popular way to spend the afternoon in this area of Melbourne.
Open hours: February to December, first Sunday in month - 13:30 to 16:30
Admission: charge