Melbourne Itinerary Ideas

Arguably one of the world’s most pleasant cities, Melbourne combines the bustle of a modern metropolis with tranquility, nature, and a decidedly laid-back vibe. The diverse sights of this coastal locale lend themselves well to all sorts of travel preferences. Check out these five Melbourne itinerary examples below, each created with Inspirock’s free trip planner, and explore the range of options for discovering town.

The Nature Lover’s Melbourne Itinerary

Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) by ghatamos (CC)
Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) by ghatamos (CC)

Known as ‘Australia’s Garden City’, Melbourne offers plenty of green zones to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Check out tons of native flora and fauna at the Melbourne Zoo and Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. Stroll through the expansive Royal Botanic Gardens and Queen Victoria Gardens for a look at thousands of species of lush greenery. Melbourne remains mild throughout the year, but the warmer and drier days of the antipodean summer are ideal for your outdoor urban adventures.

Explore for yourself with this sample itinerary, created with the Melbourne trip planner:

The Victorian Melbourne Itinerary

Flinders Street Station Melbourne by Nicki Mannix (CC)
Flinders Street Station Melbourne by Nicki Mannix (CC)

One of the epicenters of Australia’s 19th-century colonial wave, Melbourne is awash in Victorian-era buildings from a range of architectural styles. Pay a visit to the stately Royal Exhibition Building, home to the nation’s first parliament, and the grandiose Flinders Street Station, one of the city’s most prominent landmarks. The elegant cathedrals of St Patrick’s and St Paul’s make for excellent stops as well.

Made with the Melbourne trip planner, this example itinerary offers some sightseeing ideas:

The Museum Maniac’s Melbourne Itinerary

Old Melbourne Gaol by Mertie . (CC)
Old Melbourne Gaol by Mertie . (CC)

As arguably the nation’s cultural capital, it comes as no surprise that Melbourne features a world-class array of excellent museums and educational institutions to impress even the most curious of minds. The Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol offer solid insight into the origins of European prison colonies on the continent, while the Immigration Museum provides the backstory to Melbourne’s hugely-diverse population. Stop by the RAAF Museum and National Sports Museums to delve into the history of two prominent national symbols.

Have a look for yourself at this museum-focused sample itinerary, created with the Melbourne sightseeing planner:

The Beach Bum’s Melbourne Itinerary

Black Rock Sunset by Aristotle Jonas Tanag Photography (CC)
Black Rock Sunset by Aristotle Jonas Tanag Photography (CC)

Beachgoers can thank their lucky stars that Melbourne boasts tons of pristine sandy stretches despite its urban sprawl, perfect for a relaxing day out. Though you’ll find beaches all around Port Philip Bay, St. Kilda stands as one of the area’s most popular, thanks to its fantastic city views and killer sunsets. Middle Park, Elwood, Brighton Beach, Black Rock, and Williamstown are all alternatives just a stone’s throw from town.

Check out this Melbourne trip planner and itinerary to get a taste of the city’s fine beaches and relaxing waterfront spot:

The All-Around 7-Day Melbourne Itinerary

apostles by istolethetv (CC)
apostles by istolethetv (CC)

Melbourne’s host of top-tier attractions draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, and with good reason: from Victorian delights to a raucous nightlife scene, this southern Australian metropolis bursts at the seams with things to do. Enjoy strolling through busting neighborhoods like the Southbank and Degraves Street, or marvel at the panoramic view from the observation wheel or Eureka Skydeck. Don’t miss the chance to get outside the city a bit by day-tripping on the Great Ocean Road; this spectacularly-beautiful, 243 km (151 mi) seaside highway features breathtaking views out over the sea, sea stacks, and plenty of excellent beaches. In the Yarra Valley, Warrandyte State Park is a hotspot for bush-trekking and animal-spotting.

For a bit of inspiration, browse through this sample 7-day Melbourne itinerary, created with Inspirock’s Melbourne trip planner:

Multifaceted Melbourne: You can do it all

The city by Steve Davidson (CC)
The city by Steve Davidson (CC)

Melbourne and its surroundings boast something for everyone, and this titan of southern Australia welcomes visitors with open arms. Read up on popular attractions and discover hidden gems and save time and hassle by planning your vacation using Inspirock’s free trip planner. There’s more than one way to indulge in this world city, and the only limit is your imagination.

Alex

Alex

A Seattle-area native, Alex recently returned home after several years living in the Netherlands, Lithuania, the UK, Serbia, and Georgia. His travels in between have ranged from Calcutta to Krakow, with more on the way.
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