Melbourne is known to be one of the biggest and most vibrant cities in the whole of Australia. For people who are visiting from other countries and from elsewhere in Australia, there is always plenty to get involved in.
Whether you’re traveling in a couple or you are on a gap year or extended vacation, the city offers so many different adult activities and events. Some of these require you to be a certain age whereas others are just fun for all the ages. We explore some of the most interesting things you can do in the city of Melbourne, specifically if you aren’t traveling with kids!
Check Out a Casino
Both in-person casinos and online gambling options are possible in the state of Victoria. Crown Casino is possibly one of the most famous casinos in the whole of Australia, and it is so much more than just somewhere to play pokies or spin some slots. You can even stay at the Crown Casino which is a full resort offering fine dining, lovely rooms, and plenty of entertainment besides just gambling.
Those who like to gamble will find that their time in Melbourne has numerous opportunities to do so.
Studies have shown that more than 65% of adults in Victoria engage in some form of gambling. Many choose to visit an online casino in Australia to play. Online pokies are particularly popular in the country. The online gambling market in Australia is predicted to hit $10 billion in revenue this year. So you can see gambling is not just an activity for visiting casinos in person, you can easily play in your hotel or Airbnb.
Explore the Nightlife
There are so many different bars and clubs in Melbourne that adults can visit in the evening, and there is truly something for everyone. Whether you want to dance until the early hours of the morning or you are looking for a quiet place to sit and enjoy some jazz music (Paris Cat Jazz Club) there are so many different options.
A quick look online will show you that there are even some organized events such as pub crawls that you can attend, showing you lots of the best bars and places to hang out in the city of Melbourne. If you’re in the city and wondering where to go to find a good night out, it is often a good idea to start at Chapel Street where there are a number of establishments you can visit to grab a drink and socialize.
See a Horse Race
Melbourne is famous for the Melbourne Cup, an event watched all over the world, but it only takes part once in the whole season, so you may not be there at the right time. This race has seen some incredible horses and thrilling races and is even a specific reason why some people visit the city.
If you’re not there at the time of the Melbourne Cup but you do want to see some racing, the Victoria Racing Club still has several different events that you can attend and watch. It can make for a great day sitting out in the sunshine watching some interesting races unfold. Australia has long been associated with the sport of horse racing so it makes perfect sense to check some out while you are in the country, if that’s your kind of thing!
Visit a Vineyard in the Yarra Valley
This is a must-do if you are a fan of Australian wines. The Yarra Valley is famous for its wines and vineyards, and Australian wines are some of the most popular in the world. A short hop to the Yarra Valley will give you the opportunity to visit many different vineyards, learning about the process of preparing the wine as well as the bit a lot of us will enjoy most; the tasting.
Wine tastings can be operated as organized tours and a lot of the wineries and vineyards will allow you to pop in and talk to someone, or organize a private tour of the estate.
On top of the fact that this is interesting and you get to sample some wine, it is also a stunning part of the country. Even if you’re not a big wine fan you can sit and enjoy the valley and even learn about the fascinating history of Aussie wine.
The city of Melbourne has something for everyone. We can’t possibly share every single activity out there but plenty of people will also wish to visit one of the many museums in the city as well as take a short trip to enjoy the seaside.
Melbourne is relatively well-connected and though it can be hard to get around Australia, you can visit by train or arrive via the international airport. There are over three million international visitors to Melbourne every single year, and whether you are visiting as a family, on your own, or in a group, there is plenty to keep you entertained.