Follow the right combinations of activities and sights to unlock Melbourne's secrets, whether you've just got one day, or even two or three days in Australia's culture capital.
A city with a love of adventure, Melbourne often tucks away its best bars, art galleries, live music venues, acclaimed restaurants and designer boutiques – those who dare to delve will be rewarded. The seeking becomes part of the allure of the city as you venture along laneways, descend stairs into unassuming basements and climb high to a world that exists upon the city's rooftops.
Melbourne also stows some of its highlights just beyond the city limits in the buzzing inner suburbs of Fitzroy and St Kilda. Fitzroy oozes bohemian cool while St Kilda's seaside air has been known to energise a night into the wee hours of the morning.
Victoria is a compact state, and some of our most famous sights are just a short drive from Melbourne. Even a couple of days is enough time to explore the city and head off to the beaches of Mornington Peninsula, visit the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, and enjoy the wineries and wildlife of the Yarra Valley.
Have a fling with Melbourne's coffee culture – sure to provide enough energy to keep you on the go for the duration of your short stay. Take our advice for a 24-hour visit or a longer 48-hour break and get a taste of the surprises to be discovered in this ever-changing city. Chances are, we'll see you again soon.