A Weekend in Melbourne: 2 Days in 4 Ways in the City

Melbourne is a big city and one weekend is just not enough to explore every corner of it. Unfortunately, many times one weekend is all we have, so let’s see how we can make the most of it in this vibrant city.

Let’s check out 4 different ways that you can spend a weekend exploring Melbourne.

Option 1

Day one

Start your first day by visiting and exploring the Carlton Gardens area. Carlton Gardens is a World Heritage site and it lies north of the CBD. In addition to magnificent landscaping and different cultural events, Carlton Gardens contain the Melbourne Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building.

Then you can stop at Elizabeth Street where you’ll find all the best shops in Melbourne. Best known as the central retail area in Melbourne, this street features some of the most famous boutiques and retailers. Here you can shop until you drop.

To end the first day of your Melbourne weekend trip, make sure you visit the Docklands. There you’ll find many bars and restaurants. You can even take a dinner cruise or visit the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

Day two

On the second day, make sure you visit the Parliament House, Little Italy, and the hotel  Windsor. Parliament House of Victoria is open to the public every day except on Christmas Day. Inside the Parliament House, you’ll be able to see many historical treasures, amazing architecture, and contemporary art displayed throughout the building.

The Hotel Windsor is a must-see since you’re in the area. The hotel was built in 1883 and peering inside will be worth your while. You can even have a cup of tea. Little Italy, or Bourke Hill, is just around the corner from the Parliament House. Take a break here, and have a cup of coffee or a nice Italian meal.

End your day by taking a stroll down the Yarra River promenade. Visit some of the popular bars, restaurants, and food courts and most of all don’t pass on visiting the Crown Casino.

Option 2

Day one

The other option will take you to the south side of Melbourne. Here you should start by visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Shrine of Remembrance, and the National Gallery of Victoria. Each of these places is very special and you’ll have a great time checking them out.

Then, once you end your visit to the NGV, make sure you make a stop on the Southbank promenade. A great view of the Yarra River and a long strip of bars, restaurants, and food corners where you can take a bite and wind down.

Finish your day by treating yourself to a breathtaking view from the tallest building in Melbourne. The Eureka Tower offers the best view of the whole of Melbourne. And if you’re in the mood for something more exotic, check out one of the best Melbourne brothels located in the south of the city.

Day two

You can start the second day by taking a tram to St Kilda. In this area, you’ll have the chance to see Acland Street and the popular Luna Park. Acland Street is the main street in St Kilda and here you’ll find numerous bakeries, pastry shops, and food and drink shops.

Luna Park with a huge clown’s face at the entrance is a must-stop and take-a-photo kind of place. If you want, you can take a ride in one of the old-school carnival rides.

Then make you don’t miss the sunset from the St Kilda pier. The sunsets here are even more special because you’ll get to witness the colony of the smallest penguins comes to settle for the night in the rocks of the pier. For dinner, and night entertainment make sure you stop by the Esplanade.

Option 3

Day one

This third option is great for families. On the first day, you can jump on the City Circle Tram. This ride will allow you to see some of the most popular Melbourne tourist attractions and from the tram, you can stop at Fed Square – the venue for arts, culture, and public events.

Then you can visit Phillip Island and enjoy all the wildlife and amazing nature there. You can expect to see penguins, koalas, dingos, possums, seals, and dolphins. In addition to all the animals, you can go trail walking and enjoy breathtaking views of the island.

Day two

Sunday mornings are perfect for Market visits, so we recommend you visit Queen Victoria Market and get some brekkie. Then you can go visit the ArtVo Museum. ArtVo is more of an immersive art gallery where visitors can interact with the artwork, take photos and in that way become part of the art. ArtVo is the first museum of this kind in all the Australia.

After exploring the ArtVo, you can take your family to Collingwood Children’s Farm where you will see several farm animals such as sheep, pigs, horses, and so on. Here you can take a stroll or have a picnic while engaging with the animals and farming community.

End your family weekend in St Kilda by having a pizza or some other kid-friendly dishes.

Option 4

Day one

If you’re taking your significant other to Melbourne, this last option will be right up your alley. Start your stroll around the city at Federation Square, and make a stop at the ACMI (national museum of screen culture), and The Ian Potter Centre. Don’t forget to take some photos in Hosier Lane while you’re in the area.

Then take a moment to admire St Paul’s Cathedral and continue to Bourke Street, making sure you pass by the Royal Arcade and Block Arcade. Swanston street will lead you straight to Chinatown where you can make a break for lunch.

Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the Royal Botanic Gardens or checking out their latest exciting blockbuster show at NGV International.

Day two

Sunday mornings are ideal for a stroll through the Rose Street Artists’ Market or St Kilda Esplanade Market – maybe even both. You’ll find a lot of handcrafted goods. Then you can book a Yarra River cruise and explore Melbourne from the riverside.

To witness a romantic sunset, Melbourne Skydeck is the place to go. While there, you can end your couple’s weekend by treating yourselves to a nice dinner in Eureka 89, enjoying breathtaking views of Melbourne, and indulging in the tastiest menus. But don’t forget to book a table in advance.

And there you have four different options on how to spend a weekend in Melbourne. Tell us which one you liked the most.