Magical Melbourne on a shoestring

Queen Victoria Market

The heart and soul of Melbourne, no trip to Melbourne is complete without a visit to the Queen Victoria Market.  Also known affectionately as 'Vic Market' or 'Queen Vic', the Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century.  Eat, shop, explore and discover your way through our iconic food halls and heritage Sheds where the banter is as fresh as the produce. Or simply soak up the atmosphere of the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s no place like our Market. It’s an experience that engages all the senses.

Wander through the NGV

The NGV on St Kilda Road boasts an impressive collection of 70,000+ pieces from artists spanning the globe.  To get an additional art fix, the Ian Potter Centre at Federation square is the home of Australian art, presenting Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day.  Explore Victoria’s magnificent collection of art and admire the beautiful architecture amongst which its held at both galleries.

Explore Melbourne’s laneways

Over the past decade Melbourne’s laneways have gone from shortcut passages in the main city grid to proud canvasses for some of the world’s best street art.  Get lost amongst the mish-mash of bold, vibrant street art adorning Melbourne’s laneways.  Our top tips include Hosier Lane, Union Lane, Caledonian Lane and Degraves Street.

Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens

When was the last time you visited Melbournes largest, botanical gardens? Explore the myriad of ‘secret’ gardens and enjoy the tranquillity amongst the hustle and bustle of the city.  Discover the rare and beautiful plants, breathtaking landscapes and iconic buildings on offer at our gardens located in the centre of Melbourne.  The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is one of the world's leading botanic gardens and a centre of excellence for horticulture, science and education. 

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