Visitors to Melbourne are delighted and amazed by the sheer breadth of unique sightseeing and entertainment experiences that are available within a short stroll, tram, train or taxi ride of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and the city’s 23,000 hotel rooms. Whether you’re taking a short break between sessions or after a hard day’s work, or have arranged a few days of personal time, you are just minutes away from sandy beaches or any one of the beautiful parks and gardens sprinkled throughout the city; and just hours away from wine country, old gold mining towns, snowfields and the world-famous surf coast.

There is no shortage of things to do in Melbourne’s city centre. You can wander through art galleries, tour historic sites along the ‘Golden Mile Heritage Trail’, experience the living Australian Forest and indigenous display at the Melbourne Museum or maybe take a leisurely cruise along the Yarra River past Southgate, the Docklands and the MCEC.

Recognised as the ‘food capital’ of Australia, Melbourne is also renowned for its fabulous shopping. Melbourne attractions include designer stores in the city; the exclusive boutiques of Chapel Street; and bargain-hunting in the buzzing atmosphere of the Queen Victoria Market. And when wandering in the city, peer down almost any laneway and catch a glimpse of the ‘secret Melbourne’ – a place of edgy art, hidden bars and cutting-edge design.

For more detail on things to do in Melbourne or on sights and activities outside the city, please  visit the Tourism Victoria website.