Melbourne is a little further down the East Coast, but boy it is worth the extra hours spent on a bus. Nowadays, Melbourne is called the culture capital of Australia. This vibrant city has a rich history, loads of culture, arts and attitude! The perfect way to experience the city is by using the red city circle tram. The red city circle tram provides comments as you pass by the city’s unique and historical landmarks. Melbourne is known for its good food, boutique bars and laneways filled with amazing street art! Hence, a few hours away you will find the Great Ocean Road, where you can see the breath taking twelve apostles. 

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What to do?

Great Ocean Road

See the breathtaking 12 Apostles, spot native wildlife and explore the amazing surf breaks and waterfalls. Go for a walk, surf, mountain bike trip or explore the cultural side of the city.

Peruse the sheds at Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market is an open-air market that’s filled with people who are passionate about fresh products (and are happy to tell you about it). The Victoria Market is popular by locals and is their go-to market to buy fresh fruit, vegetables etc. Over the past few years to Victoria Market has become a must see by tourist and I mean why not. The market is filled with stalls selling, food, clothes, accessories and more. Important to note, keep in mind the opening hours/days of the market (since it is closed on Monday and Wednesday).

See a classic at the Astor Theatre

The Astor Theater was opened in 1936 and is in fact the last single-screen cinema of its kind in Melbourne. Therefore, a pretty special place to visit! The Astor Theater still has gold curtains and the entire experience feels like you have been flashed back to Hollywood in the olden days.

 Take a day trip to the Yarra Valley

Les than one hour away from Melbourne, you find the Yarra Valley. The Yarra Valley is one of Victoria’s premier wine region. You can find vineyards, old farmhouses and beautiful rolling green hills. Every weekend you can visit one of the most unique wineries.

Try a cocktail at Beneath Driver Lane

An underground bar in Melbourne’s City Centrum, Beneath Driver Lane. Nowadays, one of the coolest bars around Melbourne city Centre.

Check out the amazing street art

All around Melbourne you will find stunning street art. You can even join a street art tour where they show you the best spots around the city center.

Go see Flinders street station

You might know the Flinders street station of postcards or brochures. This stunning building was opened in 1910, and it is listed on the Victorian heritage register.

Visit Brighton beach

Go visit Port Phillip Bay under the watch of 82 bathing boxes, a row of uniformly proportioned wooden bathing boxes lining the foreshore at Brighton Beach.

Where to stay?

Most backpackers, who are travelling to Melbourne, stay at Space hotel. Space hotel is one of the popular accommodations in Melbourne. Space Hotel is a merge between up- market backpacker accommodation and budget boutique hotel. This is budget accommodation as it was never meant to be. Offering a wide range of room options for budgets both big and small.With modern designer rooms featuring iPod-docking stations, high quality mattresses and flat screen TVs, not to mention spaces to play games, watch movies, workout and lounge around; it’s the best way to discover all that Melbourne has to offer.