Melbourne is a fascinating city offering a variety of opportunities for those travellers backpacking Australia, looking to learn more or simply wanting to kick back and enjoy a break. In partnership with Royal Brunei we’re able to offer affordable student discounted rates from London to Melbourne. Don’t miss out, book your cheap student flights today and enjoy these 10 awesome things to do in Melbourne:
Federation Square is Melbourne’s is a must see as it famously blends unique cultural precinct, museums and galleries, and the finest of dining with its many restaurants, cafes and bars.Federation Square is also a hub of Melbourne activities with function centres, guided tours at 11am and 2pm Monday to Saturday and over 2000 events held annually, including multicultural festivals, markets, film screenings, sporting events and much more and best yet most are free.
Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market is more than just Melbourne’s shopping mecca, it is an historic landmark, a tourist attraction and a shopping institution for those intrigued by Melbourne. This vast and vibrant shopping fantasy was opened on 20 March 1878 and has served consumers’ needs for more than 120 years. Melbourne is known for its multi-cultures and is a fantastic place to expand your taste buds as the market sells verything from exotic Australian fruit and vegetables and local and imported gourmet foods, meat, fish and poultry to hardware, clothing and authentic Australian artefacts and souvenirs.For that ultimate trip why not try some wine tasting which will provide you with a great opportunity to try some of the world class wines produced in many regions throughout the state. The market is the most popular visitor attraction and is only open 5 days a week so make sure you plan your day before you set out.
Take a stroll down the Yarra River
Take advantage of Melbourne’s hot and sunny weather and take a stroll alongside its most famous resident the Yarra River. This is a great thing that you can do for free during the day or night.So why not walk along the riverside and take in the bright lights with your reflection dancing along the water. Alternatively, by day you can walk by the waterfront will bring you upon many works of contemporary art as well as unusual venues. If you don’t want to miss out on any artwork along the river bank, take a look for the Yarra River Precinct Artswalk map before you set off.
Melbourne Balloon Flight at Sunrise
Come on a magical hot air balloon flight over Melbourne; being one of the few cities in the world that can literally make you feel on top of the world. So why not admire Melbourne’s city skyline at early dawn as your balloon flies for approximately one hour and then toast your good fortune with an optional champagne breakfast. Your Melbourne balloon flight includes complimentary hotel transfers for your convenience, so you cannot go wrong. In the early morning you will be able to see the sights as your balloon will drift over Melbourne’s parks, gardens and the Yarra River as the city comes to life. So get your camera ready to take some pictures of some iconic venues such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Park and Albert Park racetrack. So let us take you up, up and away.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
If you have an eye for detail and creativity why nothead up McArthur St to see one of the world’s largest and finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture. Designed by William Wardell, St Patrick’s was named after the patron saint of Ireland, reflecting Melbourne’s local Catholic community’s main origin. Building began in 1863 and continued until the spires were added in 1939. The imposing bluestone exterior and grounds are but a preview of its contents: inside are several tonnes of bells, an organ with 4500 pipes, ornate stained-glass windows and the remains of former archbishops.
Visit the Eureka Skydeck
Why not kick start your journey on top of the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform, Eureka Skydeck. The Skydeckshould be everyone’s first point of call in Melbourne as it will allow you to get your bearings and determine where you’d like to go while also providing some great scenery to boot. For those that dare to take the views a step further, you’ll be able to experience The Edge; a thrilling encounter taking you over the edge in a glass box.Ticket prices are fairly cheap and with their discounted rates you will be able to purchase a sun and stars ticket that provides 2 entries in a single day so that you’ll be able to see Melbourne at both day and night each of which provides a wholly different atmosphere.Most believe that sunset is probably the best time of day for a viewing, with the colouring of the sky making for a wonderful contrast with the gradual transition from day to night as the city lights turn on one by one.
Travel to Phillip Island
One of the most popular natural destinations in Melbourne is the Phillip Island which is especially famous for its penguins. With a trip to Phillip Island, you’ll be able to watch thousands of Little Penguins make their way to shore every night to what is seen as the home of the world’s largest Little Penguin colony with Penguin Parade. Beside from these adorable penguins there is plenty to do on Phillip Island such as visiting the nearby Koala Conservation Centre where you can get up close and personal to Australia’s famous animal. If you’re not yet tired why not visit Australia’s favourite animal and the geographical highlights offered by Churchill Island and The Nobbies for a stunning stretch of headland featuring a range of scenery-rich wooden boardwalks. To get the most out of your money way not book entry tickets in advance or opt for an unlimited entry Melbourne’s best attractions .If you require transport, combine a city tour with a coach trip out to Phillip Island, or take a designated Phillip Island tour.
Visit the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
Melbourne is home to another outstanding and free art gallery; the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). So if you love contemporary art, challenging and innovative artwork, do not miss out on a trip to the ACCA. The building itself stands apart from the rest with its distinctive with a steel rust- red facade that is a landmark in the Southbank area. The ACCA is a lover of art so you will never be disappointed at their unusual and exciting exhibits.
Take a tour around the neighbours set
Everybody needs good neighbours! So why not go see the best on Ramsay Street, where all the dramas unfold every day on the set of Australia’s long-running soap opera, ‘Neighbours.’ On their official tour, see the actual houses and the street that provide the backdrop of this internationally loved Aussie television show, and you may have the opportunity to meet one of the cast members or to enter the studios to see the exterior of the sets. So what are you waiting for but your flight today!
Take the Melbourne Cricket Tour
The MCG Tour is the ultimate dream for any cricket fan as it allows the visitor to relive their great sporting memories through a comprehensive tour of this marvellous stadium. If you’re a sports lover you will be able to explore the history and excitement of sporting Melbourne.Sit in the coach’s box, media facilities and exclusive member areas just like pro. A Melbourne landmark and one of the seven wonders of the sporting world, no visit to Melbourne is complete without witnessing a summertime cricket match or winter game of Australian Rules football at the MCG.A visit to the National Sporting Museum here reveals the MCG’s history as an Olympic Games venue, and particular sports are highlighted in several exhibits, including the alarmingly realistic Shane Warne Hologram. This is one place where big men on the ground fly, grown men scream and cry, and emotions are let loose. So there no other time to visit Melbourne.
That’s it, our ten amazing things to do in Melbourne. So what are you waiting for? Book your trip today and travel there in style on Royal Brunei’s new 787 Dreamliner planes. Luxury travel, without the luxury price tag.