What to Do in Melbourne, Australia for a Month

Wondering what you can do for a month in Melbourne, Australia? As local travel experts, we have a list of great ideas for city-goers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

From its calm bayside beaches and historical city centre to its expansive international spread of cuisine, the city of Melbourne and its surrounding environs are bursting with activities. Whether you’re meandering the city’s iconic laneways or trekking your way along the Great Ocean Walk, Melbourne will not disappoint!

At Walk91, we love to share our amazing city with travellers from all around the world. If you’re looking for some of the best treks Melbourne has to offer, look no further than our Best-Selling Great Ocean Walk Tours or reach out to us for a Custom Tour Package and get a head start planning the Australian adventure you’ve been dreaming about.

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Fast Facts about Melbourne, Australia

Is Melbourne a big city?

Located in the southeastern state of Victoria, Melbourne is one of the largest cities in Australia, second only to the country’s capital of Sydney. The city has experienced explosive growth in the last ten years, reaching over 5 million “melburnian” residents in the metropolitan area. 

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But if you’re not a fan of cityscapes, don’t worry, Melbourne is far from your typical concrete jungle. With over 38 hectares of botanic gardens in the city centre, the Melbourne Gardens are a great place to unwind away from the hustle and bustle.

What’s the weather like in Melbourne?

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere you probably don’t often think about how the weather and climate differs in the Southern Hemisphere throughout the year. So while most people in the North are building snowmen during the holidays, you’ll find Australians hitting the beach or seeking refuge from the blistering sun. It’s a good idea to keep this in mind before packing your bag with swimsuits when you should be bringing coats, or vice versa!

One thing every Australian will tell you though is to bring sunscreen on your vacation down under. And there’s a good reason why Australians and visitors need to be sun smart, the country actually has some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world. So stay safe and lather up!

Melbourne, Australia is one of those cities with a truly endless amount of things to do and see not just in the urban centre but on its outskirts, too! So where to begin?

Here are some of the things you can do in Melbourne, Australia for a month.

Exploring the Multicultural City of Melbourne

The urban centre of Melbourne has a little something for everyone. With a month in Melbourne, Australia, you might just be able to see it all!

Where to eat and drink

Melbourne is home to some of the best eateries and cafes in Australia. Coffee addicts will be happy to learn that Melbourne is particularly known for its coffee scene. 

For some of the best brew and brunch in the city, we recommend you try Industry Beans, housed in a renovated warehouse with an award winning design. Or for those more health conscious individuals we recommend trying Combi a quirky little cafe that serves nutritious smoothies and super bowls.

For special events we recommend visiting Melbourne’s famous fine dining restaurant, Vue du Monde. If you know any French, you might be able to guess its special feature. The restaurant is located on the 55th floor of Melbourne’s iconic Rialto building, with stunning views of the city. There’s something to feast your eyes on!

If fine dining isn’t your thing, don’t worry, there’s really something for everyone, from laid-back Italian eateries to Asian fusion. Here are just 14 of the best restaurants in Melbourne you have to try.

Top sites to see in the city

Check Out Federation Square

Though it was a source of contention at the time of its unveiling, federation square is a now a must-see site to add to your list and a great place to start your sightseeing in Melbourne. The Square is opposite of Flinders Street station (below), another iconic gem of the city.

Explore Melbourne’s Famous Arcades and Laneways

Throughout Melbourne you will find eye-catching, almost whimsical, historical areas like the city laneways. Make sure you don’t miss the best laneways in Melbourne.

Get your Daily Dose of Culture at the National Gallery of Victoria

It’s the oldest public art gallery in Australia and the most visited! While entry to the permanent exhibitions is free, you can buy your tickets here for special events.

Get Trekking Outside Melbourne

If you only visit the urban centre of Melbourne you’ll be missing out on some of the best Victoria has to offer!

Discover your love of hiking on the Great Ocean Walk 

The Great Ocean Walk, found along Cape Otway, has some of the best views in Australia. You’ll be blown away by the 12 Apostles stationed along the coastline and stunning landscapes of the Australian bushland.

Walk91 offers a range of options for for self-guided walking tours. With a month in Melbourne, Australia, you’ll have plenty of time to hit the trails and take advantage of some of the multi-day tours. Why not check out the 12 Apostles Great Ocean Walk 3-Day Tour

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For the lovers of the outdoors, you can also experience all 104km of the Great Ocean Walk on Walk91’s 7-day Trip!

Make some furry friends at the Moonlit Sanctuary

Make a fun day trip for the kiddos and head to the Moonlit Sanctuary just south of Melbourne. 

The sanctuary offers a ton of interactive options for little ones to meet Australian wildlife a bit more up close and personal. You can take a wombat for a walk or take part in a dingo encounter. 

And don’t worry about that old Australian saying, these dingos won’t eat anyone!

Un-wine-d at a Yarra Valley Winery

You’ve got a while month in Melbourne so you may want to put a pause on the site seeing and relax with a glass of vino. Lucky for you, the Yarra Valley near Melbourne is known as one of the most prestigious and well-known wine regions in Victoria, Australia. 

Popular varietals include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon. With over 80 wineries to choose from you may want to narrow down your options, here are the 7 Best Wineries near Melbourne.

No matter what you do in Melbourne, Australia for a month, you’re bound to have a good time. Are you ready to go? If so, get in touch with us at Walk91 and start planning your trip to Melbourne!