Explore Melbourne

No matter what your interests, you'll find plenty to see and do in Melbourne. If you have a specific topic of interest that you would like to persue during your visit to Melbourne, you will probably find it in our "Experiences" section. Click on the "Experience" putton at the top of this page to go there.

Neighbourhoods

The menu below details the main areas and neighbourhoods in and around Melbourne that are either popular tourist destinations, or have attractions of interest for visitors to the city. Most visitors tend to stay in the city or the inner suburbs, so this is where you will find the most frequented places and haunts for visitors. There are plenty of outer suburbs, however, that have places of interest and are also worth visiting if you have the time or if they contain specific places of interest that you would like to see. Those listed are the more well known and most frequented.

Beyond Melbourne


Dandenong Ranges
Gently rolling hills covered in at times dense forest, interspersed by farms, orchards and picturesque villages is what the Dandenongs are all about. There are plenty of things to see and do along the way, just keep your eyes open and follow the signs to wherever takes your fancy. The Dandenong Ranges are on the outskirts of suburban Melbourne, so you'll be able to see plenty in a day - and it's not too far to come back to if you find one day isn't enough.

Mornington Peninsula
The Mornington Peninsula has a long history of being a favourite holiday destination for residents of Melbourne. The months of December and January being the peak tourist period. The bay beaches of Mornington Peninsula are ideal for family bathings and picnics, as evidenced by the many families that come here from Melbourne on weekends for a day outing. On the way from Melbourne, Arthurs Seat at Dromana offers panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay.

Bellarine Peninsula
Just over an hour from Melbourne and with the townships generally not more than ten kilometres apart, there is plenty to see on the Bellarine Peninsula on a day tour or stop in one place for the perfect short break. The Bellarine has been building a reputation as a food and wine destination and The Bellarine Taste Trail brings together many of the gourmet offerings of the region including wineries, restaurants and cafes and producers of beer, fresh produce, goats cheese, olive oil and seafood.
For more destinations beyond Melbourne, visit our comprehensive guide to other popular destinations beyond Melbourne, including day trips in the country, weekends away and visits to another state or territory. Many visitors do not realise that there are hundreds of interesting destinations in other parts of Australia that are easy to reach and relatively inexpensive to travel to from Melbourne. For example, by planning wisely and travelling overnight, some destinations like Sydney and Hobart can end up costing nothing to visit because you pay for your travel with the money you saved on that night's accommodation.

Beyond Melbourne Guide
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Melbourne Address Book

Where was that movie or television series shot? Where did Melbourne's rich, famous and infamous people live? Which schools did they attend as youngsters? Where did that historic event take place? All is revealed.

Insider's Melbourne

When you are a visitor to a place, there is nothing like the knowledge of a local to take you to some of the lesser known but equally interesting corners of a city. Melbourne has plenty of fascinating nooks and crannies, many of which a lot of the locals don't even know about. So if you are a visitor or a local and eager to do a little exploring on or off the beaten track, here are hundreds of suggestions to get you going.

A to Z of Melbourne

An alphabetical look at the suburbs of Melbourne - how did they get their names, who named them? and how did they get to be the places they are today?