Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne is one of the world’s most liveable cities, and draws visitors from all over the globe with its elegant European feel, convenient and reliable public transportation, wide array of delicious gastronomic offerings, and wealth of exciting attractions.
With year round festivals and events, there is always something happening in Melbourne. Whether you fancy watching sports, enjoying loads of entertainment options, or simply want to relax in beautiful gardens, Melbourne makes for the perfect holiday no matter what your personality is.
With so many attractions in Melbourne to choose from, your best option is to purchase a Melbourne iVenture Card which gives you access to a wide range of Melbourne’s top experiences at a huge discount. You have the choice between picking up a Flexi Attractions Pass or Unlimited Attractions Pass.
The Flexi Pass option has three purchase options where you can enjoy 3, 5, or 7 of Melbourne’s top attractions. Purchase the Unlimited Pass option to fully enjoy all Melbourne has to offer. Whichever pass you choose, you’ll be saving upwards of 40% off attraction entry fees, tours, and Melbourne sightseeing.
Here are some of Melbourne’s top attractions and experiences you must experience.
Melbourne Sightseeing: Top 10 Things to Do in Melbourne Australia
Open from 10am to 10pm daily, the Eureka Skydeck offers an incredible experience some 285 metres up in the air. Take the Southern Hemisphere’s fastest elevator trip to the top of Australia’s tallest skyscraper (excluding spire).
Whether you pay a visit during the day or night, you are sure to be rewarded with an incredible skyline. Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of Melbourne and all its attractions.
An attraction in its own right, you can face your fear of heights with the Edge Experience where you will be suspended nearly 300 metres above the ground in a glass cube. Also available is the option to have a photo taken where it looks like you are falling or hanging on for dear life from the top of the tower with Eureka’s Vertigo green screen installation.
Admission to the Eureka Skydeck is free with the iVenture Card, and you also receive 25% off the Edge Experience.
The view from the Eureka Tower Skydeck. Credit: Binayak Dasgupta
Melbourne is known as the Garden City of Australia and a trip to Fitzroy will show why this is true. Located in Eastern Melbourne, this beautiful lush Victorian Era garden area provides wonderful photography opportunities as well as relaxation.
Enjoy Australian wildlife as well as over 150 years of history including Cook’s Cottage. Here you can tour Australia’s oldest house which was built in 1755 and then shipped from England brick by brick to be reconstructed in Melbourne. Admission to Cook’s Cottage is included with your iVenture Card.
Other attractions within the gardens include the Spanish style conservatory as well as an Aboriginal scarred tree.
Feel as though you have been transported to Las Vegas albeit with far more class and elegance. Located on Melbourne’s Yarra River, the casino and resort complex covers two city blocks which makes it the largest and most grand complexes of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.
And, beating out the likes of Uluru and the Sydney Opera House, Crown Melbourne is consistently listed as Australia’s most visited tourist attraction, welcoming an estimated 17 million visitors per year.
Above the pokies for which is is famous, and a huge selection of games, there are three hotels within the complex (Crown Towers Melbourne, Crown Metropol and the Crown Promenade), as well as two restaurants by world famous Chef Gordon Ramsay, and a huge range of entertainment (live theater, concerts, bars and nightclubs, and even a sports hub).
Stay: Crown Towers Melbourne
To fully appreciate all Crown Melbourne has to offer, booking an extended stay at Crown Towers Melbourne is a must. You will be blown away by the incredible service and sheer opulence from the moment you check in.
A recipient of a Forbes 5 star rating, Crown Towers Melbourne offers the most stunning accommodation Melbourne has to offer, perfectly positioned within walking distance to many of Melbourne’s finest restaurants and top attractions.
Enjoy breathtaking views from your generously sized room as you are treated to luxurious furnishings, a large modern and elegant bathroom, and the finest in technological and toiletry offerings. Crown Towers Melbourne is truly deserving of 6 star status in my book.
Crown Towers Photo Gallery. Click to Enlarge.
Old Melbourne Gaol
Walk the halls of which held Australia’s most notable criminals including the much loved and despised Ned Kelly. It is here where Ned Kelly would eventually be hanged along with well over 100 others from the gaols operation from 1842 to 1929.
For a truly eerie experience, a night tour or Hangman’s night tour is sure to bring chills and excitement to your gaol experience. Your iVenture Card allows standard access to the Old Melbourne Gaol.
Experience some of Australia’s most iconic native wildlife like the Tasmanian devil, platypus, and wombat as well as rare and endangered international species. There is the option for close up encounters with giraffes, lemurs, meerkats, and more.
Walk along an elevated boardwalk to witness orangutans or head into the Reptile or Butterfly Houses. Entry to the Melbourne Zoo is included with your iVenture Card.
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Offering an incredible dry underwater experience, the Sea Life Aquarium is not to be missed. Witness sharks, massive rays, and a host of other strange and majestic underwater creatures which swim inches behind glass panels which in some areas completely surround you including overhead.
In addition to witnessing a wide array of underwater wildlife, you will also come face to face with exotic rainforest reptiles and amphibians, a giant saltwater crocodile, and even penguins.
There is the option for a shark diving experience as well as King and Gentoo Penguin encounters. Enjoy aquarium access and discounts on optional experiences with your iVenture Card.
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Photo Gallery
Melbourne Cricket Ground “MCG”
Go behind the scenes of Australia’s largest stadiums and one of the World’s Top Ten Largest Stadiums. It is home to the Melbourne Cricket Club and the finest AFL stadium where the annual Grand Final is held.
A tour includes the MCG Long Room, library, cricketers’ viewing room, player changing rooms, and of course a walk on the mighty arena. MCG tours are an included option with your iVenture Card.
Literally the coolest bar in Melbourne, the IceBar is the only one of its kind in all of Australia. Enjoy a bar where everything is literally iced. You’ll be given a warm cape and gloves to brave the -10 degree temperature.
Best of all is there is no time limit for your IceBar experience. This year IceBar Melbourne challenges you to see how long you can last in the frigid bar. The winner will gain fame by being featured on IceBar’s website and social media pages.
Standard entry, your warm gear, and a drink are included with your iVenture Card.
Photo by Benjamin Horn
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
The Royal Botanic Gardens is one of Melbourne’s most visited attractions seeing some 1.5 million annual visitors. The gardens are a popular place where both locals and visitors can enjoy outdoor recreation and a relaxing natural environment.
The gardens are a great place to see and learn about over 50,000 plants and enjoy bird watching. Enjoy a variety of lakes and ponds as well as Guilfoyle’s Volcano water reservoir.
The lakes and plants provide habitat for a wide variety of animals and make for great photography opportunities. Pavilions scattered throughout the gardens provide shelter from the midday sun and rain.
Rod Laver Arena
The 2020 Australian Open tennis tournament which saw Roger Federer take home another Grand Slam victory, may be over but you can still experience all the tennis magic with a Rod Laver Arena Tour.
Daily tours allow visitors to gain access to player changing rooms, the Walk of Champions, Davis Cup Room, the media theatrette, and more. Note that tours may not be available during Tournaments or redevelopment projects. An arena tour is included with your iVenture Card.
Drive: It may be cheaper to rent a car in Melbourne than to pay for a cabs (especially as the airport is 50 minutes away). If driving in Melbourne we highly recommend a GPS to navigate the city’s one way streets. Crown Melbourne has undercover parking for $16 a day.
Bike: Get around Melbourne cheaply by bike! Melbourne Bike Share has over 600 bikes located at 50 stations around Melbourne, and charge $3 per day.
Stay: Crown Towers Melbourne offers the most stunning accommodation Melbourne has to offer, perfectly positioned within walking distance to many of Melbourne’s finest restaurants and top attractions. ➡ Check availability.
Play: The iVenture Card Melbourne will end up saving you upwards of 40% off attraction entry fees, tours, and Melbourne sightseeing. ➡ Buy Now.
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