Explore Melbourne

No matter what your interests, you'll find plenty to see and do in Melbourne. If you have a specific topic of interest that you would like to persue during your visit to Melbourne, you will probably find it in our "Experiences" section. Click on the "Experience" putton at the top of this page to go there.

Day Tips

Melbourne By Train

Regional Victoria by Train



The menu below details the main areas and neighbourhoods in and around Melbourne that are either popular tourist destinations, or have attractions of interest for visitors to the city. Most visitors tend to stay in the city or the inner suburbs, so this is where you will find the most frequented places and haunts for visitors. There are plenty of outer suburbs, however, that have places of interest and are also worth visiting if you have the time or if they contain specific places of interest that you would like to see. Those listed are the more well known and most frequented.

Weekends Beyond Melbourne

Dandenong Ranges

King Island

Mornington Peninsula

Werribee Gorge

Bellarine Peninsula

Victorian Goldfields
For more destinations beyond Melbourne, visit our comprehensive guide to other popular destinations, including day trips in the country, weekends away and visits to another state or territory. Many visitors do not realise that there are hundreds of interesting destinations in other parts of Australia that are easy to reach and relatively inexpensive to travel to from Melbourne. For example, by planning wisely and travelling overnight, some destinations like Sydney and Hobart can end up costing nothing to visit because you pay for your travel with the money you saved on that night's accommodation.

Beyond Melbourne Guide
Travel Options

By Car

By Train

By Tram

On Foot


See and Do
Melbourne history and heritage History & Heritage

Historic Homes, Heritage Sites and Museums.

Melbourne beaches Beachside

Bay and ocean swimming; beachside suburbs.

parks, gardens, reserves Parks, Gardens, Reserves

Explore Melbourne's beautiful parks, gardens and regional reserves.

Surprise Me!

Melbourne Address Book

Where was that movie or television series shot? Where did Melbourne's rich, famous and infamous people live? Which schools did they attend as youngsters? Where did that historic event take place? All is revealed.

Insider's Melbourne

When you are a visitor to a place, there is nothing like the knowledge of a local to take you to some of the lesser known but equally interesting corners of a city. Melbourne has plenty of fascinating nooks and crannies, many of which a lot of the locals don't even know about. So if you are a visitor or a local and eager to do a little exploring on or off the beaten track, here are hundreds of suggestions to get you going.

Puffing Billy Tourist Railway

Puffing Billy Tourist Railway

When it comes to an enjoyable day out, the steam-operated Puffing Billy Railway has a been a favourite since it was resurrected as a heritage tourist railway in 1962. This popular attraction operates every day along 24 kilometres of narrow gauge railway line through cool temperate rainforest, lush ferns and towering timbers, semi-urban development and rural farmland. It starting point is Belgave station, which is on a suburban railway line, so you don't need a car to get there.

Miniature Railways

Miniature Trains You Can Ride On

The nostalgic appeal of steam railways has led to the development of an offshoot hobby called Live Steam, where devotees can actually purchase and run their very own steam locomotives. Rideable, large-scale live steam railways have become a popular aspect of the live steam hobby. Few live steamers who own and run a rideable locomotive have the room in their backyard for their own track, so they band together and form clubs which in turn negotiate with local councils for the use of land, often in a local park or an area of bushland, on which to build a track and run their trains.

Yarra Valley
Yarra Valley

The closest wine region to the city of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is Victoria's oldest wine region, with over 3,600 hectares under vine. It is also Victoria's most visited wine area, located just one hours drive from Melbourne's CBD. There is far more to the Yarra Valley than just wineries, however, it is equally well known for its art galleries, accommodation, restaurants, cafes, antique stores, markets, woodland nature walks and recreational attractions such as the Healesville Sanctuary, Paintball Skirmish, Ballooning (Global Ballooning and Balloon Sunrise), Hedgend Maze, Marysville Salmon and Trout Ponds, Lavender Farm and Tourist Railway.

Point Nepean
Point Nepean

Point Nepean, the eastern headland at the entrance to Port Phillip, is a former military reserve that today is open to the public. The various military posts and fortifications are now used by walkers and cyclists to access the tip of Point Nepean as well as the many beaches and vantage points in and around the point. Its coast and adjacent waters are included in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park, while its land area is part of the Point Nepean National Park.

Point Nepean
Dandenong Ranges

Gently rolling hills covered in at times dense forest, interspersed by farms, orchards and picturesque villages is what the Dandenongs are all about. There are plenty of things to see and do along the way, just keep your eyes open and follow the signs to wherever takes your fancy. Scenic drives through the Ranges are just as popular today and are the best way to see and appreciate all that the Dandenongs have to offer. The Ranges are rich in wildlife with 130 native bird species, 31 native mammals, 21 reptiles and nine amphibian species recorded; these hills are the Lyrebird s most favoured habitat.

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