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The four best futuristic things to do in Melbourne

See why Melbourne is bursting with culture and creativity in a way that feels otherworldly

By Saskia Morrison-Thiagu for Time Out in association with Genesis

Melbourne is abundant with things to do: walk down our famous laneways, eat at some of our small-but-mighty eateries and enjoy the best coffee in Australia (sorry, but it's true). This is what makes Melbourne's vibrant city so spectacular. It's also why we're usually at the forefront of experimentation, especially when it merges technology with creativity. 

In fact, there's so many things you can do in Melbourne right now that will make you feel like you're living in the year 3000. So strap in and prepare for take off, we're heading for the future. 

Aside from the obvious perks of modern-day car technology, car designs have also come leaps and bounds. In 2023, leading luxury car manufacturer Genesis unveiled its concept convertible car, winning the 2023 Car Design Award 'Concept Car Of The Year'. The Genesis X Convertible Concept maintains that classic car feeling, while also appearing otherworldly and beyond our time with its iconic power lines in the car's front and rear lights. 

The Genesis X Convertible Concept is only being displayed across Australia as a one-off, so it's worth making some time to check it out at the Genesis Melbourne in Prahran right now. Read more about it here.

  • Art
  • Digital and interactive
  • Melbourne

The technology behind Beings is an impressive mix of video game engines, evolving algorithms and visual effects software usually used in film. All these fancy technologies combine to produce colourful creatures that grow and change right before your eyes. No two people will see the same exhibition, and each time you visit will also be unique.

Beings will open from May 22 and stick around until September 29. The name refers to the friendly digital critters seemingly ‘living’ in the exhibition’s large-scale digital screens, just waiting for you to come and play. 

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Melbourne

Yakimono looks like it was plucked straight from Shibuya Crossing and placed right here in Melbourne’s fashion quarter. This wonderful amalgamation of Japanese futurism and an up-market Melbourne dining experience is what makes Yakimono so captivating. 

It’s a bit Blade Runner 2049, a bit Wong Kar Wai's 2046 and final proof that owner Chris Lucas is equal parts showman and restauranteur. There’s no escaping the pulse of energy humming through the joint, but the ringside seats around the enormous horseshoe-shaped bar on level one are where you want to be. 


  • Things to do
  • North Melbourne

If the idea of living through a zombie apocalypse sounds terrifying, we don’t blame you. However, those with a penchant for danger can experience zombies, aliens and killer robots all without the threat of being seriously injured. Phew! At Zero Latency in four Melbourne locations (North Melbourne, Docklands, Dandenong and Moorabin), roam virtual worlds freely in a 200-square-metre arena with some of your best mates. No cords necessary, all you need is a headset and your body as the controller.

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