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The Adventure Clues Top 5's

Last Updated: June 25, 2024 Articles
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Top Five Free Activities

City Circle Tram

Website: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/route/1112/35/

Why: Accompanied by a commentary and used by approximately three million people per year, the hop-on, hop-off heritage tram passes many attractions across Melbourne. The trams run every 12 minutes and take about 50 minutes to complete the entire loop.

State Library Victoria

Website: https://www.slv.vic.gov.au

Why: Established in 1854, State Library Victoria is Australia’s oldest public libraries and one of the first free libraries in the world. It now holds millions of stories and world-class exhibitions.

Hosier Lane

Website: https://www.visitmelbourne.com/regions/Melbourne/Things-to-do/Art-theatreand-culture/Public-art/VV-Hosier-Lane.aspx

Why: Well congrats you already did it! Admire the bright originality of the ever-changing street art through this famous laneway.

Queen Victoria Market

Website: https://qvm.com.au

Why: Featuring a wide variety of fresh produce and specialty shopping, Queen Victoria Market is an iconic place to visit in Melbourne and has been running since 1878.

State Library Victoria

Website: https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/

Why: Established in 1854, State Library Victoria is Australia’s oldest public libraries and one of the first free libraries in the world. It now holds millions of stories and world-class exhibitions.

Top Five Paid Activities

Melbourne Zoo

Website: http://www.zoo.org.au/melbourne

Price: Adult $38, child aged 4-15years is free on weekends and school holidays and $19

Monday – Friday outside of holidays.

Why: Open 9am – 5pm every day of the year, Melbourne Zoo has experiences for animal
lovers of all ages!

Skydeck – The Eureka Tower

Website: http://www.eurekaskydeck.com.au/

Price: $23 per adult, $14.50 per child or from $46 per family

Why: Located on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower (91 stories in total), Skydeck offers the highest public view in any building in the Southern Hemisphere with a glass cube that sits 3 metres out from the building.

Yarra River Cruise

Website: https://www.viator.com/tours/Melbourne/River-Gardens-Melbourne-SightseeingCruise/d384-3013SIGHTB

Price: From $27.00

Why: Just a one-hour cruise gives you a relaxing tour past top city sights, like the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Cricket Ground, and National Tennis Centre.

Luna Park

Website: https://lunapark.com.au/

Price: $5 entry fee + from $39.95 for unlimited rides per person for children/adults

Why: Rollercoasters, dodgem cars and ferris wheel – a fun family (or adult day) to be had with sweet treats and pluto pups!

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Website: https://www.acmi.net.au/re-new/

Price: Various depending on screening/exhibition

Why: Home to Australia’s largest moving image collection, ACMI is Australia’s national museum of film, TV, videogames, digital culture.

Top Five Cheap and Cheerful Bars

Father’s Office

With Happy Hour Monday-Saturday 5-7pm & 8-10pm and all day on Sunday, you won’t need to conjure up an excuse to celebrate.

Captain Baxter

St Kilda’s rooftop restaurant and bar with amazing views of the beach and Happy Hour: Wednesday to Friday 5pm-7pm

Sir Duke With $12 cocktails from 3pm daily

Sir Duke is an all-day diner featuring an array of locally grown produce.

Hello Jose

Hello José serves up Mexican inspired food and drink while offering a unique and memorable experience. It’s a place where customers and staff alike go to share a smile, a

Asian Bar Café

Bringing you it’s lowest prices best vibes all year round.

Top Five Coolest Bars

Section 8

Based in Chinatown, Section 8 is an old shipping container turned bar with an impressive alcohol range.

Jungle Boy

Entered via a fake fridge at the back of Boston Sub, a sandwich shop – this leafy courtyard bar with chilled tropical vibes and tiki masks is more than cool.

Naked in the Sky

Well known as one of Melbourne’s best bars, not only for its drinks but for its food too – Naked in the sky offers a sweeping view of the city and Brunswick Street also.

Milk the Cow

Featuring a 5-metre-long cheese cabinet, you can get a sparkling wine, cider or sake to match the creamy stuff up until 1am.

Cumulus Inc

Celebrating the historic turn of the century rag trade building in which it is located, the space is a busy social hub with a wine bar located upstairs welcoming reservations of up to 10.

Top Five Cocktail Bars/Speakeasies

Eau De Vie

With great drinks and eager bartenders, this city speakeasy offers creative cocktails along with a whole room dedicated to whisky.

Heartbreaker

With a specialist list of cocktails to choose from, you may need to order a few to be safe.

Black Pearl

Want an amazing cocktail? Half the world knows to head to Black Pearl. Always challenging and pushing their limits, this family-run bar never rests on its laurels.

Hopscotch

With DIY cocktail kits, tap cocktails and spiked slushies, you can’t go past Hopscotch with bartenders waiting to conjure up something creative for you.

Above board

Pull up a pew at the 12-seater bar and witness cocktail expert Hayden Lambert work his magic, as he mixes up one of the curated cocktails on the menu.

Top Five for Great Views

The Albion rooftop

Set over two transformational levels complete with spectacular Melbourne City skyline views, The Albion is Melbourne’s newest rooftop bar, live entertainment venue and event space

Rooftop Bar

Seven flights of stairs up in the Curtin House on Swanston Street, Rooftop Bar this is easily one of Melbourne’s best known and most loved rooftop bars. With the perfect location in the middle of the city, this bar offers unbeatable views of Melbourne’s skyline all while eyou relax on one of their comfy deck chairs.

Arbory Bar & Eatery

With views across the water, Arbory is Melbourne’s only hundred-metre long bar, nestled between Flinders Street Station and the Yarra River. With a fantastic variety of drinks and comfort food, you’ll easily settle in for an afternoon of sunshine at this hot spot

Good Heavens

A rooftop bar on Bourke St pouring 80s inspired cocktails, craft beers and an all-Australian wine list. Enjoy the outdoor bar with one of the best views in Melbourne’s CBD.

The Lui Bar

With a backdrop of Melbourne’s skyline through impressively large windows – The Lui Bar is located on the top level of Rialto Building and sits some 230 metres high offering breathtaking views – sometimes up to 60km on a good, clear day.

Top Five for Party Vibes

Cherry Bar

After 17 years in operation, most nights will see a band playing at Cherry Bar so you’ll be sure to catch and sing along to an up and coming act as you enjoy a drink or two.

Hero’s – Karaoke Bar

With not one but four-levels, this Singaporean-inspired rooftop and karaoke bar is relatively new to the Melbourne scene and offers singing booths accompanied by food cooked over fire and a setting of hanging lanterns and dragons.

Shaw Davey Slum

The second level of this 60’s theme pub offers a dancefloor with dj’s playing and an open roof air party on a good summers night.

Ferdydurke

Ferdydurke is here to entertain your dancing queen side and offers cocktails and craft beers to accompany the vinyls playing during the week and DJs taking over the weekends.

The Bottom End

Open 24-hours, you’ll find dance floors and bars across the upper floors of The Bottom End with 3 varying zones to tickle your fancy.

Best CBD Cafes

Il Solito Posto

Café Serving traditional Italian fare on Collins Street, this restaurant and cafe, is anything but ‘the usual place’ (the meaning of Il Solito Posto). The café offers tasty drinks and treats or a casual meal to suit.

The kettle black

A fresh-faced café with shiny interiors from Kestie Lane and Hana Hakim of design firm Studio You Me, champions of pared-back Scandinavian styling, this café offers visual pleasantries as well as tasteful ones.

Quarter Cafe

On Degraves street Sit in the laneway enjoying the offerings of this coffee hub with its Mediterranean inspired food and European vibe.

Cafe Andiamo

Dishing up Italian pizza, pasta and risotto classics in the centre of Melbourne’s CBD. With seating available al fresco or indoors – enjoy the hustle of Degraves Street while you dine

The Grain Store

Nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne CBD, The Grain Store is a throwback to the days when many buildings in the area were used as holding stores for shipments – oftentimes, grain – coming off the Yarra River.

Best Restaurants

Chin Chins 

An Australian take on Asian food, Chin Chin lives by the philosophy that eating, and drinking should be fun and relaxing.

Maha

Middle Eastern flavours in a contemporary setting, Maha are inspired by the passion, beauty and opulence of the Middle East.

Meatmaiden

Meatmaiden is a CBD basement restaurant & bar bringing select cuts of meat to the people. And not forgetting a load of good drinks – with six taps of craft beer, eclectic cocktails and a sharp wine list.

Bomba

A two level venue with a festive Spanish Tapas Restaurant on the ground floor and Rooftop Bar in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

Heartattack and Vine

Offering Italian hospitality on Lygon Street, Heartattack and Vine offers casual eating and drinking in a bright and open venue with dashes of antique décor.

Best Places for a Picnic

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Website: http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/

Why: With more than 8,500 species of plants, these gardens are like a sea of colour with majestic lakes to match. Live theatre is a highlight of the gardens in summer, as well as a night cinema is set up under the stars.

Rippon Lea House and Gardens

Website: https://www.ripponleaestate.com.au/

Why: With a mansion, stables, a lake and boathouse included on the grounds, this is a great place to set up picnic on a sunny Melbourne Day. Entry to the ground’s costs $10 per adult and $4 per child.

The Stables of Como

Website: http://www.thestablesofcomo.com.au/picnics/

Why: Encapsulating the inspiring and aristocratic history of the 160 year old Como property, The Stables has become a much-needed refuge from the hectic Melbourne city lifestyle, without needing to travel outside of the city fringe.

Fairfield Park Boathouse

Website: http://www.fairfieldboathouse.com/#fairfield-park-boathouse

Why: Just 7kms from the CBD, gather and enjoy simple, fresh, seasonal food.

Hanging Rock

Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanging_Rock,_Victoria

Why: Known globally as the site for the iconic novel and film picnic at hanging rock – this site is has a heritage of 6-million + years and is a popular attraction for picnics, walks and general history goers.

Other Neighbourhoods to Discover

There is plenty to do in the city for sure, but what about the other areas that Sydney has to offer? Go for a run through Centennial Park in the east or consider one of the following options in the suburbs:

Yarra Valley

A well-known wine production region close to Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is lovely and green, filled with vineyards, and 80+ cellar doors you can visit. It’s not all about wine tasting though – you’ll also find amazing food and scenic spots for enjoyment too.

Phillip Island

A popular day trip from Melbourne, Phillip Island is known for its cute inhabitants, the fairy penguins. Visitors gather at dusk to watch the penguin parade as penguins emerge from the water onto the land.

Dandenong Ranges

Craving an escape from the concrete jungle that is Melbourne City? Take a trip out to Dandenong Ranges, less than an hour outside Melbourne, you will be surrounded by nature amongst the low range mountains with many trails for walking and hiking.

Mornington Peninsula

Combine the best of Europe’s coastal living with traditional Aussie charm on the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne. Soar the heights of the Mornington Peninsula with scenic views across Port Phillip Bay towards Melbourne, around the coast and beyond whilst gliding quietly through the sky in a gondola at Arthurs Seat Eagle. Enjoy Australia’s oldest and most famous hedge maze, a beautiful circular rose maze, and the year-round flowering lavender labyrinth, all set among 25 acres of world acclaimed gardens.

Great Ocean Road

As one of Australia’s most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road runs along the Victorian coastline between Torquay and Allansford with a total of 243kms. Including breathtaking views of the coastline, rock formations (most famously the Twelve Apostles), wildlife and charming towns, this popular attraction is included in the Australian National Heritage List.

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