Six Things to Do in Melbourne this Summer

St Patricks Day for Backpacker in Melbourne

Visit the Block Arcade Melbourne

The Block Arcade is a retail precinct housed in a gorgeous heritage shopping arcade, opened in 1892. Rich in history and boasting stunning architecture, the Block Arcade is a step into the nostalgia of the past. The Precinct includes housing, some lovely luxury boutiques, and the quirky Art of Dr Seuss gallery, the Hopetoun tearooms, and Haigh’s chocolates.

The Melbourne Yarra River Cruise

A riverboat cruise is not only the perfect way to see the sights, but it’s also an insight into the history of the Yarra River. Many cruise companies can be found along Southbank. It’s a relaxing and fun way to get your bearings before you set out to explore the city on foot. Keep an eye out for Birrarung Marr, a waterfront parkland celebrating Aboriginal ties with the Yarra River.

Melbourne Docklands

Docklands is Melbourne’s newest waterfront entertainment precinct. This has the highest concentration of green-star rated buildings in the Southern Hemisphere. The satellite village is filled with cafés, restaurants, tourist attractions, and parklands. The view from the giant observation wheel, Melbourne Star, is spectacular. The area is also home to Etihad Stadium and the Junior Wonderland amusement park.

Queen Victoria Market Melbourne

This market is a popular place with locals and tourists alike. This historic icon has been at the center of fresh produce shopping since 1878. In addition to the magnificent food halls, market stalls sell everything from clothing, art, and toys. It’s open five days a week. Tours are available. The night markets are popular. Music concerts and other functions are often held during summer.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Located in the heart of green parkland extending south of the Yarra River, about two kilometers from the CBD. The Royal Botanic Gardens are among the finest of their kind in the world. In summer, live theatre is a highlight of the gardens, and a moonlight cinema is set up under the stars. This is also a popular spot for a picnic by the lake or a traditional high tea at The Terrace cafe.

Have a Night out at the Crown Casino Complex

The Crown Casino Complex is a massive casino and resort complex adjacent to the Yarra River. It is the largest casino complex in the southern hemisphere and one of the largest internationally. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week, except for 3 public holidays per year, and its great fun if you enjoy gambling. The Casino has so much more to offer: it’s a luxury shopping destination, as well as having wonderful restaurants and pumping nightlife.

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