Over the years there have been family visits to suburbs close to Melbourne Australia. Sydney was our closest city and easy to get to, Melbourne was a 12-hour drive away, and the budget was too tight to fly.
Those few and far between visits included a bit of time to explore Melbourne itself. But it never really allowed me to get a feel for the city. Usually, it was just a few crazed hours running around trying to see something, whether it was the Disney store with the kids, some shopping for the adults or a visit to the Queen Victoria Markets. The visits were always rushed, crammed between family gatherings.
Queen Victoria Market was a favourite of mine and I found it more interesting than most markets these days. I would love to go back for another visit and instead of staying for a weekend, make it a little longer, say 4 – 5 nights and then maybe heading out along the Great Ocean Road after that.
I have fond recollections of the Royal Botanic Garden. They are lovely, and a great way to spend some rare spare time. It would be a pleasant place for a picnic and some downtime.
In recent years Dan and I have been to Melbourne for a two-day Business Mastermind (read that as business blow my mind!) and stayed close by in Prahran in an Airbnb apartment. It was a whirlwind trip with a lot to fill my mind, so the purpose was not about exploring Melbourne. By the end of it though I could have used a little retail therapy.
But my fondest memory of Melbourne is a Girls Weekend I organized. I don’t know what it is about Melbourne, but I become one of those crazed shoppers looking for a bargain. Shopping is not usually my thing. Yes, I can shop, but it’s not often my favourite thing to do, but something happens in Melbourne that makes me suddenly want to update my wardrobe and become more stylish.
I’m probably in need of that now. I wonder if I can talk Dan into a few days away?
5 Reasons to visit Melbourne Australia
1. Hopetoun Tea Rooms
The Hopetoun Tea Rooms are not the place to be watching your waistline. The window display would make even the strictest weight watcher relent.
Seriously, this place is lovely for a morning or afternoon tea stop. The line can get long waiting for a table.
We were there early on a Friday morning and seated immediately, but on Saturday at mid-morning the line was about ten people long.
2. The Westin Hotel
I don’t usually do luxury, I like to save my money and use it to do more in a destination, so The Westin was a rare treat.
We thoroughly enjoyed it. From our room to the convenient location, the cocktails at the bar, and the delicious breakfast. It was all excellent and a lovely way to spoil ourselves.
3. High Tea at the Windsor Hotel
This weekend was all about treating ourselves. And getting away from our kids. Let’s be honest here.
Because we were looking for a touch of luxury, I decided High Tea at the Hotel Windsor would be a perfect addition to the itinerary. And it was!
The Hotel Windsor is a luxury hotel established in 1883 in Melbourne at the time of the gold rush. It has that beautiful yesteryear atmosphere and is known for the impeccable standard of service. High Tea was no exception, a lovely experience and one I would highly recommend.
Although a stay here may not be in your budget, High Tea may be enough to spoil you.
4. Art Scene
If you are interested in art and for more formal surroundings, then check out what’s on at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Or head into the laneways and take a look at the colourful street art that abounds in Melbourne.
5. South Bank
We spent a lovely morning walking along the Yarra in the Southbank area before we chose somewhere to have breakfast.
I have not included the following put in the top reasons because I know there are so many great bars and restaurants that would suit most visitors more than the Young and Jackson Pub. But I did want to share my experience with you. And I understand that my taste is not everyone’s.
Young and Jackson Pub
I am not saying too much. Because you know the rule, what happens on a girl’s weekend stays on a girl’s weekend. Oh ok, I may have indulged in a few too many wines at the Young and Jackson Pub. But we were having such a great time, and the evening just got away from us.
It’s an iconic pub, and I’m not usually a pub kind of person, but we did enjoy the vibe here, although it did become crowded later in the evening. Not usually my cup of tea.
We popped in for a drink and ended up staying. The food was good.
But there’s more!
There is so much to do in Melbourne depending on your interests and time you have. Don’t forget about these and have fun finding more to explore.
Queen Victoria Markets
Royal Botanic Gardens
Spending time in St Kilda
For more great things to do in Melbourne, take a look at:
Next time I plan on enjoying myself disgracefully (my partner’s favourite saying) visiting as many fantastic places to eat as I can fit in. Melbourne is known to be a cosmopolitan city full of to the brim of restaurants and cafes that would satisfy the most discerning of food critics. And I plan to find out.
Best by some elastic waisted pants for my next visit to Melbourne!
Whatever it is you choose to do in Melbourne, you will have a fabulous time. It is a beautiful city with a great vibe. Enjoy the street art, shopping, and sport if that’s your thing, and like us, enjoy the array of delicious food on offer.