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48 hours in Melbourne

Two days in Melbourne gives you the chance to scratch the surface and get to know a city that will undoubtedly become a favourite.

Day one

Catch Melbourne as it awakens as you float high in a hot air balloon. The following gourmet breakfast ensures you're raring to race into sports mad Melbourne. Enjoy a morning with Melbourne Sports Tours, visiting revered sites like Flemington Racecourse and the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

If food and wine are more to your taste, come down to land and throw yourself into Melbourne's laneways, chasing the aroma of freshly-extracted coffee and gastronomic goodness to hidden cafés and restaurants. Feast on Thai treats at Chin Chin or live it up with the ladies who lunch at Pei Modern. Admire colourful street art and duck into small but perfectly galleries and workshops to while away the afternoon.

Watch night fall with a cocktail high above buzzing Federation Square at Transit Lounge. Continue onto dinner downstairs at the acclaimed Taxi Kitchen. Return to Transit for jazz band boogies, or dip a toe into Melbourne's hyped bar scene.

Day two

Hire a set of wheels to see Melbourne right. Join a bicycle tour or freestyle to the inner-city neighbourhoods of Fitzroy, Collingwood and Carlton to cruise Melbourne's hippest streets and multicultural neighbourhoods, as well as the celebrated Queen Victoria Market.

Jump on a tram and chase the sun to cosmopolitan St Kilda, the beachside playground that has attracted artists and musicians since its days as a genteel seaside resort to the storied hedonism of the 1970s.

Join locals exercising along the palm-lined foreshore or set sail on Port Phillip Bay. Roam the cafes, restaurants and bars on Fitzroy Street, and drool in the windows of Acland Street's cake shops, a legacy of the area's Eastern European Jewish community.

Relax with an afternoon drink by the seaside at Captain Baxter. Be tempted by the sunset to shuffle along the foreshore for fine dining with finer views at Donovans. Otherwise, browse the great value dining options around the Esplanade.

Take your night into the early hours of the morning as the bands play at the Esplanade Hotel (the 'Espy'), which has hosted everyone from Mark Twain to Public Enemy. Nearby Prince Bandroom is the preferred club venue for a laundry list of big-name acts.


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48 hours in Melbourne

Food & wine

Best restaurants

Enjoy innovative cuisines as you discover Melbourne's best dining experiences at restaurants celebrated by critics and locals alike.

Food & wine


Take an unexpected turn, duck into one of Melbourne's famed laneways, scamper up some stairs and take a tipple in a bar with a distinct personality.

Art & culture


Delve deep into the history of places near and far at Melbourne's varied museums, dedicated to all manner of the city's quirky local stories.


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Melbourne sport

Motor racing

Melbourne's motorsports rev up in March for the first event of the Formula 1™ international season.

Horse racing

Metropolitan races take place at Flemington, Moonee Valley, Caulfield and Sandown racecourses.


Check out cricket in Melbourne during the summer months.

Australian Football

Watch an AFL game at one of Melbourne's famous venues for the ultimate local sporting experience.





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Dining in St Kilda



Relax into the beachside homeliness of Donovans then be dazzled by the Mediterranean menu – winner of a hat from The Age Good Food Guide.


Café Di Stasio

Discover the magic of Café di Stasio, from the bow-tied waiters to the inspired wine list – winner of a hat from The Age Good Food Guide.



Whether you’re wearing board shorts and thongs or you’re frocked up for a night on the town, you’ll feel right at home at the new Stokehouse.


Travel essentials



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Food and wine

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Visitor information

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