The Best of Melbourne in 48-Hours


Melbourne is a fusion of vibrant arts, historic architecture, delectable cuisines, and an infectious energy that promises a captivating experience. Known for its rich cultural tapestry, hidden laneways filled with vivid street art, and a world-class arts scene, this city effortlessly combines the contemporary with the historic.

Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in its thriving arts precinct, indulge in its culinary delights, or simply soak in its iconic landmarks, our two-day itinerary ensures you capture the essence of Melbourne. Dive in and let the magic of Melbourne unfold!

Day 1: Central Melbourne & Arts Precinct


  1. Flinders Street Station: Start your day with Melbourne’s iconic railway station. Snap a photo in front of its famous clocks.
  2. Federation Square: Right across from Flinders Street Station. You can grab breakfast here and visit the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia if you’re into Australian art.

Late Morning: 3. Royal Botanic Gardens: A peaceful retreat in the heart of the city. Wander through the themed gardens and beside the lake.

Afternoon: 4. Southbank and Arts Precinct: Walk along the Yarra River, enjoy views of the city, and explore the Arts Precinct. – National Gallery of Victoria (NGV International): It’s the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia and has an impressive collection. 5. Eureka Skydeck: For an unparalleled view of Melbourne, head to this observation deck. It’s especially captivating around sunset.

Evening: 6. Dinner in Chinatown: Located on Little Bourke Street, this area is bustling with history and offers a wide range of delicious dining options.

  1. Catch a Show: If you’re into theatre, Melbourne is home to many world-class venues. Consider booking a show at the Princess Theatre or the Regent Theatre.

Day 2: Cultural Exploration & Shopping


  1. Queen Victoria Market: Start your day early with a trip to this historic market. It’s an excellent place for breakfast, shopping, and soaking up the local vibes.
  2. State Library of Victoria: A magnificent 19th-century building with stunning interiors and exhibitions.

Late Morning to Afternoon: 3. Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building: Dive into the culture, history, and nature of Victoria.

  1. Carlton Gardens: Adjacent to the museum, it’s a World Heritage Site and offers a serene environment.
The very imposing State Library of Victoria

Afternoon: 5. Shopping and Exploration: Wander through Melbourne’s iconic shopping precincts:

  • Collins Street: High-end boutiques.
  • Bourke Street Mall: Major retailers, street performers, and historic arcades like The Block Arcade and Royal Arcade.

Evening: 6. Dinner at Hardware Lane: Famed for its al fresco dining, enjoy a meal amidst the ambiance of live music.

  1. Melbourne’s Rooftop Bars: Finish your trip by experiencing Melbourne’s nightlife from above. Rooftop Bar & Cinema or Madame Brussels are popular options.

Optional Activities Depending on Interest:

Melbourne Zoo lions await your visit
  • Melbourne Zoo: If you’re into wildlife.
  • St. Kilda Beach: For beach lovers, though this might take half a day.
  • Shrine of Remembrance: For those interested in Australia’s war history.
  • Laneway exploration: Melbourne is famous for its hidden lanes filled with street art, bars, and cafes. Particularly Hosier Lane for street art enthusiasts.

Remember, while this itinerary packs in a lot, you should pick and choose based on your interests and pace. Also, be sure to check for any events, festivals, or exhibitions that might be happening during your visit. Enjoy Melbourne!

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