4 Classic Melbourne Experiences

August 10, 2011 by

Things To Do

A classic soup shop on Degraves - one of Melbournes most famous laneways

1. Explore Hidden Laneways:

Experience what beautiful Melbourne has to offer on a small group guided walking tour to quaint shops, cozy cafes, and down wondrous lanes and arcades. A modern shopping tour for everyone, your 3-hour tour will reveal local designer fashion, handmade jewelry, contemporary gallery spaces and basement bookstores.

Your local guides, with over 50 stores to share, are keen to show you things you have not seen before, so no department stores or world famous big brands are on the radar – there’s no secret there! A little history, and attention to amazing architecture, makes this mid-morning walk inspirational to locals and visitors alike. This is not a discount tour – no koalas or buses to be seen!

All tour guests receive a hidden secrets goodies bag, and the tour is concluded with a gourmet lunch and glass of wine.

2. Movies in the great outdoors:

Summer evenings are the most wonderful time in Melbourne. Balmy breezes, clear skies, fruit bats overhead, and friendly locals make it the perfect environment to relax with friends. And for about two decades, Melburnians have also been blessed with a great variety of outdoor cinema venues, catering to all tastes and styles.

The trailblazer was Moonlight Cinema, which operates in the grounds of the wonderful Botanical Gardens. With a blend of new release and classic films (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, anyone?) it often sells out. Low seats, dinner picnic packs, champagne and more are available at the venue, or you can bring your own.

Other operators include upmarket OpenAir cinema at Birrarung Mar, parkland on the banks of the Yarra River in the city; Rooftop Cinema – offering  cult classics and beer to a groovy young crowd on the roof of a central city building; and St Kilda Open Air, on the roof of the Sea Baths in the bayside suburb of St Kilda .

3. Hustle and Bustle at the Queen Victoria Market:

Operating since 1878, the Queen Victoria Market is the finest place in town to shop for fresh fruit and vegetables, gourmet meats and cheeses, condiments, seafood – you name it and they’ve got it.

Melbourne is a city that loves food, and the Queen Victoria Market is where gourmets, chefs, office workers, families and just about everyone who eats come to do their shopping. The atmosphere is particularly busy and vibrant on Saturday mornings, especially if a feast like Christmas or Easter is just around the corner.

On Wednesday evenings in summer, a Night Market with food and entertainment lights up the marketplace. A souvenir and flea market operates on Sundays, with children’s rides, musicians and outdoor cafes.

4. Ride the Puffing Billy Steam Train:

Enjoy a day trip in the Victorian countryside just outside of Melbourne, and ride this classic narrow-gauge steam train. It’s a great experience for people of all ages.

Start your tour chugging along on the Puffing Billy Steam Train through the cool fern gullies and rolling countryside of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges. Nearby Sherbrook Forest is home to lyrebirds, crimson rosellas, cockatoos and kookaburras – some of Australia’s most beautiful and exotic bird species. Keep your eyes and ears peeled.

Enjoy a traditional morning tea of Aussie billy tea, lamingtons and even vegemite crackers!

Once the train ride is over, take advantage of your proximity to the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley, home to some of Australia’s most celebrated fine food and wine producers, and the world-class Healsville Wildlife Sanctuary – an amazing showcase of Australia’s unique wildlife.

-Viator Travel Team

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