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One of the busiest cities of the world, Melbourne in Australia is a fusion of all the best experiences that all tourists crave. From world-class dining to sports events to exhibitions of curated art, Melbourne has a lot to offer. Get ready for a pandemonium of activity and entertainment as you set foot in Melbourne! Here is a list of the things you should definitely do in Melbourne.

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1. Get a Bird's Eye View of Melbourne City on a Hot Air Balloon

With towering skyscrapers dotting a glimmering skyline, Melbourne is one of the most beautiful cities of the world. Before you go exploring the city, why don't you take a sneak peek at the city's highlights from up above? Float peacefully through the sky on a hot air balloon ride as you enjoy aerial views of the suburbs, the MCG, the Shrine of Remembrance, the Yarra River, etc.

Some hot air balloon services also include a delicious champagne breakfast in air. Often, these hot air balloon services have professionals to take stunning photographs of you among the clouds. It is a very memorable experience.

2. Lose Yourself Amongst Art in the National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria is Australia's oldest museum, and arguably the most popular one. It houses some of the world’s best historical and contemporary artwork, photography, antiquities, sculptures and artifacts as a part of its highly celebrated permanent collection.

You can spend a whole day admiring art at the National Gallery of Victoria, as it showcases over seventy thousand works of art. Sometimes the National Gallery of Victoria also offers impressive temporary exhibitions.

3. Ride a Dirt Bike in Melbourne

If you are the adventurous type, why don't you try dirt bike riding? You can easily find dirt bikes for sale in Melbourne or you can even take them on rent. Melbourne also has plenty of dirt bike trails that you can hit for an adventurous day out. You can also head to the Broadmeadows Motocross Park or the Dandenong Motorcycle Club to ride a dirt bike.

It is the perfect adrenaline-packed getaway for tourists who want a respite from the hustle-bustle of the city.

4. Take a trip to the Melbourne Zoo

The Melbourne Zoo is one of the major attractions of the city. It is home to over three hundred vibrant species of animals, reptiles, birds and insects from all parts of the world! The fantastic array of animals in the Melbourne Zoo includes Sumatran Tigers, Australian Fur Seals, Asian Elephants, Gorillas, Kangaroos and Penguins, among many others.

The zoo offers many experiences for visitors like Close-up encounters, Tiger Behind the Scenes and Australian Wildlife Tour for which you can book tickets well in advance. Even though it is the oldest zoo in Australia, the Melbourne Zoo is continually changing to include new fun-filled experiences.

One of their most famous attractions is Dino Park, an exciting new experience featuring life-like dinosaur animatronics that will take you back to prehistoric times,

5. Visit the Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is a National War Memorial in Victoria. It honours the sacrifice and service of Australian men and women who served in World War I. Known for its architectural style inspired by the Greek Parthenon, the Shrine of Remembrance is more than just a static monument.

The organizing committee of the Shrine of Remembrance organizes various tours and events throughout the year to engage the visitors. You will leave the Shrine of Remembrance with invaluable insights into the lives of these citizens who served in the armed conflicts that involved Australia.

6. Take a Leisurely Stroll in the Royal Botanic Gardens

If you are a nature-enthusiast, then a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens is a must-do for you! With over eight thousand plant species spread over thirty-six hectares of zen gardens, tranquil lakes and opulent lawns, this place is like paradise on earth. You can spend the day here peacefully walking among beautiful plants and trees, connecting with nature.

You can also book a punt cruise on Ornamental Lake. While you are there, make sure you don't miss the multitude of vibrant flowers in the Tropical Greenhouse.

7. Admire the Street Art of Melbourne

Any visit to Melbourne is incomplete without exploring the internationally acclaimed stencil work and funky graffiti on the streets of the city. The elaborate street art here has earned Melbourne a spot in the list of the street art capitals of the world. Take a fun outing to Hozier Lane (this city's street art centre) and explore every surface in its spray-painted glory.

These murals showcase so much talent that they are excellent living art exhibitions. To see more of the city’s best street art, you can also head to Centre Place, Flinders Court, Union Lane, Presgrave Place, Russell Place, Croft Alley and Caledonian Lane.

Melbourne is a city bustling with activities all year round! You can catch a show of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Princess Theatre. Melbourne is Australia's coffee capital, so make sure to have coffee at one of the famous cafes. You can even take a kayak down the Yarra River at night! If you keep your eyes open, you might have the most exciting experiences of your life in Melbourne.
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  1. What a beautiful way to see Melbourne-via hot air balloon ride!

  2. Take me to Melbourne ASAP! It looks like there is so much to do. I'd love to take a hot air balloon ride for a bird's eye view

  3. I've never been to Melbourne, well not yet!!! I hear so much about how awesome this city is, can't wait to visit it.

  4. I've always wanted to visit Australia but never considered Melbourne. Now, I may have to reconsider.

  5. I have never been to Australia but I have heard a lot of great things about the street arts in Melbourne. I would definitely want to visit Melbourne when I get the chance to travel to Australia

  6. I wish I was able to travel to Melbourne now!

  7. Wow very nice. I have Melbourne in my travel list so your article will be very helpful.

  8. This sounds like an amazing place to visit. My favorite part would be enjoying the art I think.

  9. Reading this makes me feel like I’m in Melbourne. Very detailed. I’m looking forward to more travel blogs from you.

  10. I would love to spend a weekend in Melbourne. I didn’t realize how many fun and exciting things there were to do here! Lavern Moore

  11. Thanks for sharing things to do in Melbourne. Australia is already in our bucket list but things which you mentioned above is new to us. I already bookmarked this post for future reference

  12. I had no idea there was so much things to do in Melbourne. Now you have me thinking of taking a trip there soon.

  13. Never been to Melbourne so reading your post is like a quick short travel there, even though a virtual one, and I love it. Thanks for sharing this!

  14. That bird's eyeview is breathtaking!

  15. What a comprehensive guide of some fun things to do in Melbourne! I'd love to do that hot air balloon ride!


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