Melbourne is just well – awesome. There is so much to do – history, museums, culture, music, art, food – Melbourne has everything. And in a large world class city like Melbourne, sometimes it is easy to be overwhelmed. I find, in cities like this, it is best to break it down into manageable chunks. Instead of spending half of your holiday time in transit between different sights and attractions, why not focus on one area and get the most out of your holiday time? And parents with kids in tow while appreciate maximum fun with minimum travel (and “our we there yet?”) time.
So in our second “day in Melbourne” itinerary we are going to focus on Central Melbourne and the CBD. This area has enough to keep you exploring and busy for ages, but our 24 hour itinerary will give you a great taste of this area. And best of all, this itinerary will be loved as much by the kids as it will by the parents.
Morning – Federation Square and World Famous Street Art
After enjoying a buffet breakfast at your hotel, head along Collins street to the first point of interest. If you feel like saving your strength for the big day ahead, you can jump on any of the trams that run along Collins Street. Hop off at Flinders street station and head across the street to Federation Square.
Federation square is a cultural and art hub. It is also home to the Melbourne visitor centre. Stop by the visitor centre to grab info on other areas of the city and region, and then head to check out Federation Square.
One of the highlights of Federation Square is the National Gallery of Victoria. This gallery was the first in the world that was dedicated exclusively to Australian art. The Gallery has special kids galleries and programs, where kids can learn and express themselves through art and creativity. Check their website to see what is on.
In nearby Birrarung Mar, you can find ArtPlay, a unique play centre that has been specially designed centre where children can be creative alongside professional artists and play in an exciting outdoor space. It is also the only playground in Melbourne’s CBD, with slides, sand pits, swinging hammocks, activity panels, rock and rope climbing features and balance beams.
If you want to learn more about Federation Square, they offer free guided tours daily at 11 AM which meet just outside the Tourist Information Centre.
But there is more to Melbourne than just Federation Square. Melbourne is also famous around the world for it’s incredible graffiti and street art which is not just prolific, but also encouraged by the city.
To see some of the city’s best street art locations, head to:
- Hosier and Rutledge Lane, opposite Federation Square
- Caledonian Lane, off Little Bourke Street
- Union Lane, off Bourke Street Mall
- Rear of 280 Queen Street in Finlay Avenue
- 21 Degraves Street
- Cnr Flinders Lane and Cocker Alley
- 122 Palmerston Street, Carlton
- Centre Place, between Collins Street and Flinders Lane
Lunch – Dumplings in Melbourne’s China Town
Located just a few blocks north of Federation Square is Melbourne’s China Town, famous for it’s great food and for being the largest continuously settled China Town in the Western World.
China Town is a great place to taste authentic Asian cuisine, and no visit to Melbourne is complete with a visit to one of it’s restaurants. Click here to download the Melbourne China Town restaurant guide.
Afternoon – The Sea Life Aquarium
The Melbourne Aquarium is a great day out for both adults and families. Every one loves a good aquarium, and the Sea Life Aquarium definitely delivers. You can either hop on a tram, or you can walk to the Aquarium down the river side board walk.
Some highlights include the Crocodiles Lair and the Penguin Playground. Check online for deals as tickets can be cheaper if purchased in advance.
Evening and Dinner – South Whaft
Just on the other side of the river is the Yarra Promenade and the South Wharf Promenade. All along this beautiful and peaceful river walk is fantastic restaurants and bars. Take a stroll along the river, find something delicious, and unwind after a long and busy day exploring central Melbourne.
We visited Melbourne as part of our Central Victoria adventure tour with Choice Hotels. Stay tuned to hear more about our adventures and the fantastic locations we visited. Want to win your own Aussie Road Trip Adventure? Check out the Tom Williams Aussie Adventures competition for your chance to win.