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72 hours in Melbourne

Meet Melbourne's sensitive side on your three-day tour of Australia's creative capital.

Day one

Start with the art. Australian art takes centre stage at NGV Australia: Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square. Less conventional art is found down city laneways and along the Yarra River. The Hidden Secrets Art & Design Walk guides show off our most concealed installations.

If you prefer the feeling of the wind in your hair to the rarefied air of city galleries, hire on a bike from Melbourne Bike Share or oBike, or join a cycling tour for a two-wheeling tour around town.

Laze around and watch life go by along the Yarra River over a drink and a snack at riverside bars like Arbory and Ponyfish Island.

For dinner, combine the Spanish love of life with Melbourne gastronomy at Movida, then wander the laneways to admire the ever-changing street art. You're sure to find a bar for an introduction to local nightlife.

Day two

Coffee and breakfast are worth queuing for in Melbourne, so join a line. Flit between cafes to compare the city's best.

Head north to Fitzroy, on the city fringe, stopping at the colourful Melbourne Museum for an overview of local history. Proceed to Brunswick Street to browse boutiques, and pop into the Rose Street Artists Market for locally crafted souvenirs.

Lose track of time in Gertrude Street with its above-average quota of culture. Encounter the characters and the combination of outlets and specialty stores on Smith Street. End the afternoon with rooftop drinks at Naked for Satan and linger in Fitzroy to indulge in whatever dinner, drinks and live music take your fancy.

Day three

It's time to venture beyond Melbourne to regional Victoria, where green is the colour of choice and life is more laid-back. The Yarra Valley, an easy drive less than an hour east of the city, is Victoria's hub for food, wine and wildlife.

Wind through rolling hills laced with grape vines to Healesville Sanctuary Wildlife Park to see eye-to-eye with dozy koalas and frolic with bashful platypuses.

The Yarra Valley kick-started Victoria's wine industry and today there are over 70 wineries. For maximum indulgence, let the Australian Wine Tour Company transport you to cellar doors for tastings and chats with winemakers before indulging in a long lunch with a side of art at Tarra Warra Estate, or at celebrated names with vineyard views like De Bortoli, Domaine Chandon and Yering Station.


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72 hours in Melbourne

Live music

Melbourne features an ever-changing number of clubs, bars and live music venues.

Food and wine

Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, a fact reflected in its microcosmos of restaurants and cafes.


Get a taste for Melbourne's coffee culture with a perfect brew or beans from the city's best cafes.

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Rooftop bars

Eight of the best

Wolf's Lair

Cosy up downstairs or soak up a sunny afternoon at one of Melbourne's most well-hidden rooftop bars.

Goldilocks Bar

Find a seat that's just right and order a tasty cocktail at this fairytale rooftop bar.


Brought to you by the popular Añada crew, Bomba is all about Spanish food for the working classes.

Good Heavens

Fancy Hanks has a new rooftop neighbour and it’s all about colourful drinks and smash-and-grab eats.

Naked in the Sky

Sample the Basque region's famous comfort food on the terrace of this popular Fitzroy restaurant.

Madame Brussels

Sip on quaint pastel cocktails and foreign beers while basking in the Madame's whimsical ambience.


Climb the grand staircase to a place of beautiful wines, views, late-night snacks and table service.

Transit Rooftop Bar

Gaze out over the twinkling city skyline and Yarra River while sipping on cocktails and fine wines.

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Melbourne design



Scanlan Theodore

Be assured of a classic every time when you choose Scanlan Theodore, a much-revered label that's defined Melbourne style for almost three decades.



Feel the magnetic pull down Cathedral Arcade towards Kuwaii's flagship store, and spoil yourself with timeless, elegant, and beautiful womenswear.



Build a look that's perfect for any occasion while displaying a distinctly Melbourne hue from the range of offbeat designs by local label Gorman.


Kinki Gerlinki

Dress up in playful, elegant vintage and understated eccentric style from quirky Melbourne designers who use an array of fabrics from Asia and Europe.



Drench yourself in colour, and dresses, coats and pants, at this distillery of cutting edge fashion. In fashion's lottery, Obus is the golden ticket.



Get your Jean-Luc Godard on with Alpha60, Australia's most consistent range of smart-looking clothes for smart-looking people. Be the alpha of the pack.



Slip into ultra modern, ultra chic clothing and accesories by Melbourne designer duo Bridget McCall and Nicholas Van Messner. Think modern classics.


Captains of Industry

Get a haircut, shave or a beard trim from a real professional. This is a real barber shop, for real gentlemen. Grandfather would approve.


Leonard St.

Wear the mark of a Melbourne girl in the form of Leonard Street's feminine designs, oozing a slouchy 1980s lilt and loads of sophisticated cool.


Godwin Charli

Get a decidedly up to the minute look from Godwin Charli's men's and women's suiting and accessories handcrafted in Melbourne.



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