Meanwhile in Melbourne

With its world-class restaurants, arts, shopping and exciting events, there's never been a better time to explore Australia's culture capital

Photograph: Greg Elms

When's the last time you visited Melbourne? Visit any time of the year and you'll find the city buzzing with diners visiting the latest restaurant, audiences eagerly waiting for shows to begin and elated crowds pouring out of sports matches. This is a city that rewards curiosity; whether that's discovering a cocktail bar at the bottom of a laneway, a gig in a tiny live music pub or a vintage boutique in a heritage building. There's a twist around every corner, so it pays to keep your eyes open as you explore. Whatever your passion, Melbourne delivers, and then some.

Things to do in Melbourne

Melbourne winter festivals and events guide
Things to do

Melbourne winter festivals and events guide

Hibernation? No way! In winter, the city heats up with major festivals and events, making it your go-to destination for an adventure filled with art, food, events and sport.

5 ways to make the most of winter dining in Melbourne
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5 ways to make the most of winter dining in Melbourne

Think world-class chefs, unparalled diversity of cuisines, pubs with fireplaces and cosy wine bars you'll never want to leave. 

Plan your ultimate Melbourne weekend

Plan your ultimate Melbourne weekend

Create a tailored Melbourne itinerary for the chance to win that trip.

The ultimate guide to winter in Melbourne
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The ultimate guide to winter in Melbourne

When the weather gets colder, the city comes alive with food festivals, art shows, theatre, markets and lots more.

20 must-eat Melbourne dishes
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20 must-eat Melbourne dishes

Make sure you put these 20 Melbourne dishes on your hit list.

Where to stay in Melbourne

The best hotels in Melbourne
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The best hotels in Melbourne

Whether you're searching for a well-priced arty hotel or five-star rooms you won't want to leave, we've got you covered.

The best cheap hotels in Melbourne
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The best cheap hotels in Melbourne

These affordable hotels are proving that style and comfort don't have to cost a fortune.

Melbourne must-visits

NGV International
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NGV International

See blockbuster exhibitions alongside an impressive permanent collection at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The best restaurants on Flinders Lane
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The best restaurants on Flinders Lane

Work your way through Melbourne's tastiest street.

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

There's always something eye-opening to find at Australia's national museum of TV, film, games, art and digital culture.

Queen Victoria Market
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Queen Victoria Market

Buy fresh produce and gourmet treats, meet local makers and spend Wednesday evenings at the popular night market.

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Brunswick Street
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Brunswick Street

Wander along Fitzroy’s main drag for a wide range of vintage clothing stores, colourful boutiques, cafés, bars and live music venues. 

Chapel Street
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Chapel Street

Vintage treasures, local designers, international brands: you'll find it all on this southside shopping strip.

St Kilda Foreshore
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St Kilda Foreshore

Beachside eateries and close proximity to cute bars and cafés mean that this is one of the most popular spots in Melbourne.

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Fitzroy Gardens
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Fitzroy Gardens

Take a break from the action with a stroll through these lush gardens.

The best of Melbourne

50 things to do in Melbourne before you die
Things to do

50 things to do in Melbourne before you die

You'll never be short of ideas with our definitive list of the people, the places and the things that define Melbourne.

Your ultimate guide to 24-hour Melbourne
Nightlife

Your ultimate guide to 24-hour Melbourne

In Melbourne, you can take your pick of great restaurants at 1am, see late-night gigs, then catch public transport home.

The 50 best bars in Melbourne
Bars

The 50 best bars in Melbourne

World-famous cocktail lounges, intimate wine bars and craft beer pubs: Melbourne's drinking scene has it all.

The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne
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The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne

Our guide to the best places to eat in the city features exciting new additions and dining institutions.

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