48 hours in Melbourne: Things to Do

When it comes to exploring one of Australia’s most exciting cities, 48 hours isn't a lot of time. But if you find yourself with a weekend or a couple of sneaky days between business engagements in Melbourne, we've put together some of the must-do experiences that will have you tapping into that distinctive Melbourne vibe in no time.

Etihad Stadium Etihad Stadium

Footy at the MCG
It wouldn’t be a winter weekend holiday in Melbourne without a live match of AFL. While Etihad Stadium in Docklands has its fair share of games each season, nothing quite beats the hallowed history of the Melbourne Cricket Ground for a spellbinding foray into the world of AFL. Want to know more about the MCG? Join one of its daily guided tours or learn about all kinds of sport at the MCG’s National Sports Museum.

Looking down from Eureka Skydeck
As the city skyline soars, a number of venues have sprung up around Melbourne offering breathtaking bird’s-eye views of the city. Those with a few extra dollars flock to Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde restaurant on the 55th floor of the iconic Rialto building. One of Melbourne’s premier tourist attractions, Eureka Skydeck, allows the brave among us to take The Edge challenge – a glass cube that suspends you 300 metres above Melbourne, 88 floors up in the air.

View from Eureka Sky Tower View from Eureka Sky Tower

Brunch on Brunswick Street
Start your day like the locals do with a big brunch and a coffee worthy of the most discerning caffeine connoisseur. Melbourne is well-known for its laneways lined with hipster cafes – one per person, many joke – but when it comes to getting bang for your buck, Brunswick Street in Fitzroy offers a stretch of great options. Get your avo-on-toast fix at Rustica or skip the classics and head to Mighty Boy for an Asian-inspired big breakkie with Thai sausage. Try Carlisle Street in Balaclava or even the Windsor end of Chapel Street for brunching on the south side of the Yarra.

Wander along the Yarra
A stroll along the Yarra River foreshore at dusk is when Melbourne really starts to shine, literally – the city lights are at their best from a riverside vantage point. If you have the stamina and the right shoes, you can walk from the MCG to the Crown Entertainment Complex or grab one of the blue Melbourne Bike Share cycles and ride along the track. There are plenty of eateries dotted along your journey, including the retro-chic Ponyfish Island in the middle of the Yarra, then watch the gas jets fire display at the Casino (every hour from around 8pm) which never fails to delight.

Ponyfish Island Ponyfish Island

Travel secret: If you’d like to cram as many of Melbourne’s attractions as you can into one weekend, go for a city or Attractions Pass that allows you to experience most of Melbourne’s top landmarks and sites at a discounted rate. If you’re driving, get a CityLink Weekend Pass to ensure you aren’t repeatedly charged at the toll points in Melbourne’s city centre.

Need a place to stay overnight? Make your weekend in Melbourne an unforgettable one by booking your stay at TFEhotels.com/melbourne.

By Emma Westwood

Emma Westwood is a fervent devourer of everything Melbourne and Bali. When she isn’t finding the perfect coffee or Cosmopolitan, she’s usually hiding in a cinema indulging in her other love of cinema. She’s also been known to lindy hop and jitterbug when the mood takes her.

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