The Best Things To Do In Melbourne, Australia

Best Things To Do Melbourne Australia

Your flights and hotel are booked, and now you’re wondering what you should do in Melbourne – worry not, little grasshopper! Amanda Round the Globe has you covered 😉

Best Things To Do Melbourne Australia




The Best Things to Do In Melbourne

After living in Melbourne for a few months (most of my time here being unemployed), I have experienced quite a bit of the city. Here are the absolute best things to do in Melbourne, Australia – whether you have a few days or a few weeks, try to fit in as much of this as you can. Melbourne is one of my favorite places in the world and you don’t want to miss any of these!

Twelve Apostles, Australia

1.The Great Ocean Road

Even if you only have a few days in Melbourne, make sure you spend at least one of those driving down the Great Ocean Road, all the way to the Twelve Apostles. It’s my favorite thing I’ve done in Melbourne so far. The scenic drive down will take about 4 hours along the coast, but you can take the inland highway and make it back in about 3 hours.

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Day Trip from Melbourne

I’d recommend packing snacks, plenty of water, coffee, and a lunch to go. I ate in the car, got my groove on to the radio, and stopped along the coast only to take some photos. We also stopped for a quick coffee break at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie, which has a full breakfast/lunch menu if you’re so inclined (and a lot of chocolate).

2. Eat all the Vegan Foods

I’ve been eating out extensively, all in the name of research, to curate this epic list of the best vegan restaurants in Melbourne. Check it out and let me know your favorite! Pro tip: about half of them are in Fitzroy, so head there first.

Burrito Bowl Urban Projuice Best Vegan Restaurants Melbourne

Red Sparrow Pizza Pizzeria Melbourne

Red Lentil Dal Sister of Soul Best Vegan Restaurants Melbourne

3. Tram it to St Kilda

St Kilda is an eccentric little suburb – it has a full on beach vibe, an adorable little pier (if you stay until sunrise you can see the penguins roll in), and loads of cute restaurants and shops. Pack a jacket, cause it gets windy, and check out my favorite restaurant in St Kilda.

St Kilda Beach, Melbourne, Australia

4. Cruise the City by Bike

Cruise through the city by bike for a more local perspective! Did you know that you can rent these adorable blue bikes at one of fifty stations throughout the city? Rides under 30 mins are free, and subscriptions start at just $3 per day.

Melbourne Things to Do Bike Share

5. Go to Hipster Paradise aka Fitzroy

Fitzroy may be home of the hipsters, but it’s also a heavenly place for any vegan or trendy millennial. The Fitz is full of vegan restaurants, vintage shops, record and book stores, and Australia’s largest Cruelty Free shop.

Best Things to Do In Melbourne, Australia

My go-to Fitzroy stops are Smith and Deli, Vegie Bar, the Cruelty Free Shop, and Yong Green Foods. Don’t forget to grab a doughnut from Doughnut Time to take home for later (or scarf it down on the tram).

6. Take Advantage of the Insane Amount of Op Shops

Op Shops (short for Opportunity Shops, basically a second hand store), are rampant in Australia. They are everywhere, and they are amazing. I have scored some major designer branded clothes for extremely cheap in some of these stores. If you’re in need of new clothes, check out the op shops around the city.

7. Photograph the City

Melbourne is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to. The Yarra River, the parks spread through the city, the street graffiti; bring your camera and take it all in. Melbourne is truly one of the most instagrammable cities in the world. [This view is from the Eureka Skydeck, 88 stories up in the air]. Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne, Australia

8. The Touristy Spots

Of course, check out the spots that every tourist must see: go to Hosier Lane for street art, walk down DeGraves Street for a coffee and cupcake, and have a glass of wine on the edge of the Yarra River.

Street Art Melbourne

Yarra River, Melbourne, Australia

9. Brighton Beach Houses

Take a trip down the coast, a bit past St Kilda, to check out the beach huts lining Brighton Beach. There are about 100 of them!

Best Things to Do In Melbourne, Australia

10. Edgars Mission

Take a trip to visit some rescued animals at Edgars Mission!

Best Things to Do In Melbourne, Australia

Edgars Mission Melbourne

11. Lentil As Anything; Abbotsford Convent

Lentil as Anything is a fantastic vegetarian, pay-as-you-feel restaurant. The Abbotsford location is nestled into a convent, surrounded by a massive farm. Take a friend and spend the day surrounded by animals, nature, and amazing food.

Best Things to Do In Melbourne, Australia

12. Check out the View From the Shrine Of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is just outside of the city on St Kilda Road. Walk up to the top (for free!) for a stunning view of the city.

Best Things To Do Melbourne Australia

13. Shop in Melbourne’s Famous Royal Arcade

Take a stroll through the famous malls in Melbourne. The Royal Arcade is one of my favorites.

Best Things To Do Melbourne Australia

Melbourne is an amazing city and  there is so much to do. Let me know in the comments what your top places in Melbourne are!




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Catching up on R&R in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

My sister, Breanna, and I landed in San Juan del Sur after many people told us it’s a must see in Nicaragua. We had no idea what to expect, but we were excited. We got in after dark and tried to figure out where our airbnb was.

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After two hours of syphoning wifi in a tiki bar, without getting directions or help from our host, we gave up on the airbnb. I found a hostel for $10 a night per person next door to the tiki bar downtown, and we got a room for ourselves. The hostel was incredible – the rooms had two beds each, so we got our own private room for $20 a night. Definite score. The hostel was basic, but we loved that it was indoor/outdoor. The kitchen was outside and there was a little surfer mural painted on the wall. So rad!

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We were within walking distance to the beach, also. The walk to the beach was adorable and super scenic.

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We woke up the next morning and headed to the beach. The beach is covered with restaurants along the shore. We stopped by the cutest one to grab a cup of coffee and discuss our plans for the day.

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After absolutely no debate, we decided the best way to spend the day was on the beach.

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We walked along the beach for a bit before becoming complete sloths.

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At the other side of the beach, we found a condominium with an incredible private pool. We were extremely disappointed when we were unable to climb the fence and a security guard was called. We scurried off pretty quickly back to the other side.

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We lounged hard core on the beach the whole day, only taking breaks to have fruit smoothies and gallo pinto (Nicaraguan fried rice and beans). After a nice tropical (aka completely red) tan started to develop, we stopped back at our hostel to rinse off and cover up. We got ready quickly so as not to miss the sunset. I think it was worth the rush.

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One of the most incredible sunsets I’ve ever seen. The clouds looked like puffy balls of cotton candy.

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Dios mio!

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After the sunset, we were completely wiped out (relaxing all day does that to you), and headed off to bed.

The next day we decided to tour the very small beach town. The shops downtown are mostly owned by Europeans, Canadians, or Americans, so it is very tourist friendly and very English speaking.

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We seriously pondered getting pedicures at this cute little pink spa, but figured walking on the beach was probably exfoliation enough.

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We went back to the beach restaurant for another cup of coffee, some deep conversation, and people watching. We ended up staying until the afternoon, racking up a bill of yet more fruit smoothies, a few pina coladas (for Bre), and a bazillion bottles of water.

We spent more time working on our sunburns; they were coming along rather nicely at this point. We got so good at extreme lounging, I could probably teach a course in it now.

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San Juan del Sur was an incredible place to visit and I am so happy we made it there. It is a great place to take some time to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate. It’s a bit touristy, but a wonderful spot to eat, drink, relax, and be merry. It seemed that most people stayed in San Juan del Sur for the nightlife, but took shuttle buses to nearby beaches for surfing during the day. There are some adorable coffee shops, clothing stores, bars, and restaurants – we even found a vegetarian/vegan restaurant! I loved San Juan del Sur even though I’m not a huge party-er (I was mostly in bed by 10PM), and I’m also not a huge surfer. San Juan del Sur has so much more to offer than what I expected. I would definitely recommend a stop to check it out!

 

 

 

 

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