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How To Spend 2 Days In Melbourne

Where fashion trends and art go hand-in-hand and people are spoilt for choice to enjoy the best culinary and adventure experiences, you can be sure you are in Melbourne. This city is as warm as its cosy cafes and as sophisticated as their fine dining hotspots. No wonder the traveler in you will be fascinated and awestruck with the diversity and the love of life that each part of Melbourne exudes. The cultural capital of Australia is very well-connected with the other parts of the continent with multi-city flights that makes a stopover easy. The robust network of trams, buses, and taxis in Melbourne will provide you seamless touring to different corners of the city.

2 Days In Melbourne Itinerary

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Day 1 in Melbourne: See the best sights in the city

For your first day, we listed a couple of things to do in Melbourne. You can choose among the activities to fill your itinerary.

Best Places to See In Melbourne

Visit the Grid area to discover the amazing fashion houses, art, restaurants, and history of this city.

The Federation Square, Hosier Lane, and Union lane are some of the popular lanes.

The Parliament House, The Golden Mile Heritage Route, and the Melbourne Town hall are some not-to-miss tourist attractions.

Australian Open Men's Final Night, Federation Square
Photo by Mitchell Luo / Unsplash

Melbourne’s Southbank offers a wide gamut of activities to keep you busy or you could just relax by the river. Stroll along the Yarra and Southbank Promenades or explore the beautiful gardens nearby. You can simply admire the city’s skyline from the Princes Bridge or visit the National Gallery of Victoria for a satiating dose of world-class art.

Southbank, Victoria, Australia.
Photo by Lycheeart / Unsplash

Finally, you can head towards the South of Melbourne to spend the day at the beachside locations like St. Kilda and Brighton Beach Boxes.

The best way to spend time in Melbourne is to eat, drink, enjoy sports, adventures, and shop till you drop.

Stroll down the cobbled pathways of the winding alleys at Collins Street to witness some interesting street art, graffiti, culture, and enjoy a cup of coffee at the Bourke Street.

If you are looking for some family fun, visit the Melbourne Zoo and watch the Harry Potter play at the Princess theatre.

Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia and you can enjoy football, cricket, tennis, and the Australian Grand Prix depending upon the time of your travel.

For the avid art and culture enthusiasts, The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) hosts more than 70000 artworks and an exciting range of international and local exhibitions.

Other places of interest include the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the Heide Museum of Modern Art at Bulleen. Spend your evenings watching exemplary performances at one of Melbourne's many theatres.

Day 2 in Melbourne: Check out the best adventures in the city

For your second day, check out the amazing adventures outside of the city center. We've also listed the best shopping place to buy your souvenirs in the city. If you have ample time, also check the best places to eat and drink in Melbourne.

A river cruise along the Yarra would give you a unique perspective towards the city. You can also plan day trips and go visiting the Twelve Apostles. Get close to koalas and penguins at the Penguin Island, around 2.5 hours south of Melbourne. And if you are fond of wine, ciders, and chocolates, take trips to the Yarra valley to feel right at home!

Koala looking back
Photo by Don Stott / Unsplash

For the adventurous types, feel the adrenaline rush of free-falling at the speed of 200 kph by skydiving over St. Kilda Beach. It is also an outstanding way to get a view of the city, and relax at Luna Park suggests Treksplorer.

Sky Rider at Luna Park in St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia.Grab some time out and just enjoy the view! The gondolas of this classic Ferris wheel ride travel high above the Park to offer breathtaking views of the St Kilda surrounds.
Photo by Lex Melony / Unsplash

Other tips for your 2 days in Melbourne

Where to Go Shopping in Melbourne

From local arts to the trendiest of global fashion, you will find loads of stuff to shop in Melbourne. The open-air Queen Victoria Market is an iconic shopping hub that also offers great food and wine, especially if you are on a budget, says our travel writer Pedro. You could also plan a bus trip to the Melbourne market or pick handcrafted artistic pieces from Roses St. Artists’ Market in Fitzroy.

The Queen Victoria Market with the view of Melbourne's skyline
Photo by Kon Karampelas / Unsplash

Best Places to Eat and Drink in Melbourne

The city boasts of some incredible rooftop bars namely ‘Naked in the Sky’ and ‘Rooftop Bar’ where you can enjoy the beautiful city and sunset views along with your drinks.

You should take time out to savour some deliciously brewed coffee at cafes and coffee shops like St. ALi in South Melbourne, Seven Seeds in Carlton or Industry Beans in Fitzroy.

And if you want to indulge in luxury, pre-book a meal at Attica, one of the world’s top 50 restaurants. The pricey ‘Melba Buffet’ is worth every penny and Sofitel No35 offers breathtaking views from the 35th storey. Looking for healthy salads and juices? Quickly grab a meal at Laneway Greens.

If you're in Fitzroy, enjoy the world's best croissant from Lune Croissanterie or enjoy savouries at bakeries on the Acland Street. The Queen Victoria Market is also a great food option.

Places to Stay in Melbourne

Travel blogger Alyse is a regular visitor to Melbourne and usually plans her stayover at Citadines on Bourke Street, near Chinatown. The CBD area is the central area where you should book your stay.

Park Hyatt is the luxury option if you want to splurge a little, though it is not located at the Grid. Other options worth considering are Hotel Pan Pacific and Crown Metropol in the South Bank area. Novotal Melbourne South Wharf is also an affordable yet luxurious 4-star hotel situated at the South Wharf Promenade.

The classy Langham Melbourne at the banks of river Yarra exudes sophistication and class from all corners.

In case you have a multi-city flight and you have a one-night stopover at Melbourne, you can opt for the Brady Hotels Jones Lane, a centrally-located modern hotel that is affordable yet comfortable.

Itineraries for more than 2 days in Melbourne

Planning a quick trip to Melbourne? We have some customized itineraries to suit your travel plans.

Five Days in Melbourne

Australian-based travel blogger Alyse is passionate about history, arts, and loves travelling. A language hoarder by profession, she prefers to travel ‘The Invisible Tourist Way’. Her Five-day travel guide of Melbourne covers all tourist and party places that a traveler could possibly visit in his five-day stayover at Melbourne. Get an insight into the best things to do and places to visit in the city here.

5 Days in Melbourne Itinerary: Complete Guide for First-Timers
Planning a 5 day Melbourne itinerary? This is packed with insider tips, things to do, best places to eat, shop, where to stay, day trips & more!
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About Doug Creighton

Data Scientist in Toronto in the tech industry. I have travelled to 40 countries and used to build handcrafted stopovers. Built this algorithm years ago for me and finally got it online for everyone.
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