If none of the above works out, one can always spend the day lazing around in the charming neighborhood of St Kilda (To be fair, Luna Amusement Park is also in St Kilda). There are a lot of places to walk about, laze around or just sit while sipping your preferred beverage and see the water lapping at the pier edges and watch the sun set.
A tram ride back to the city centre to splurge on anyone of the fantastic restaurants offering a city view will complete the best possible 48 hours in the most liveable city in the world.
As mentioned earlier, one does not live in a city if they’re only there for 48 hours, you need atleast a month to experience a city with leisure, soak in the experience and reflect on your experiences as a local. After the frantic pace of the first 48 hours, its time to put to rest the question what to do in Melbourne city and move on to a more relaxed itinerary with no fixed menus for the day. You can check out this list of free things to do in Melbourne or tips to navigate Melbourne like a local for more options.
Our recommendations for what to do in Melbourne city in no particular order.
Enjoy the street art the city has to offer: We believe that an active street art scene in the city reflects upon the vibrancy and the love for the city. We would prefer a good street graffiti and street art pop ups to an art museum anyday.
Go for a free tram ride: Yes you heard it right, FREE. Having experienced trams in Kolkata, India and various parts of Europe, We have come to absolutely love this mode of transport. The FREE bit is just another reason to hop on one of the City Circle Trams and have a better experience than any hop on hop off buses in the world. It takes just 45 minutes to go around the city
Healesville Sanctuary & Penguin Parade at Phillips Island: We’ve expressed our love for the Zoo and Aquarium but if anything beats that it’s the pleasure of seeing them in the wild. The tiny cute penguins dawdling around can be just what the doctor ordered. Also seeing Kangaroos and Koala Bears and the other indigenous species of Australia and learn more about them can be a rewarding if not enriching experience.
Visit Yarra Valley : For someone like us who cannot distinguish a port from a red from a rose wine, a trip to yarra valley might help sort some of the confusion if not make for a romantic evening. There is also options for the Hot air Balloon ride across the valley. It could just as well mean crossing off two balloon rides experiences in one go!
The Great Ocean Road Tour : Though the Atlantic Road in Norway rates as our dream self-drive road, this would probably rate as a close second with Garden Route in South Africa in a tough race. It is one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world and the beautiful vistas seen from the vehicle are said to leave the visitors spell bounded.
Explore Melbournes vibrant food scene. While you’re there, you might want to try Melbourne’s most sustainable restaurant.
Visit Sydney : It is another of the Australian cities we’ve heard a lot about and would like to visit. There is an active food scene there and it would be interesting to partake in some of the culinary delights the city has to offer.
The blog was originally published on Gypsycouple.