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What to do in Melbourne with 6 adults?

So my boyfriend and I always go to Melbourne once a year with his Mum and Nanna. We visit his brother and girlfriend.

Wondering where people would suggest we go for entertainment? 

We are going for a week, we have been on a trip together there before, we rent an apartment together - self cater and everything. 

We have been to:

Federation Square
Crown Casino
Luna Park (st. kilda). 
Queen Victoria Markets.

Melbourne Museum.

Melbourne Art Gallery. 
ChinaTown (block) - close to our last hotel, so we had dinners there a lot. 
Greek quarter - again close to last hotel. 

My boyfriend and I also explored the train system when we had dinner with my aunt last time we went. We also all enjoyed/ used the free tourist tram around the city too! 

We have a MYKI (travel) card each, and will arrange SIM cards for our phones when we arrive - since it ends up being cheaper. 

We are thinking about visiting these places: (are they worth going to?) 
The Melbourne Zoo.
The Aquarium. 
Anywhere else you would recommend? Nanna is a bit frail, so we need somewhere close/ with good access for the elderly. 

We will be self catering in an apartment about a block from where bf's brother lives so we don't have far to go. I know there's a Coles (supermarket) nearby too. 

Thanks in advance!

5 Answers

top answer by
Danielle from Perth

Hiya Lisa

When are you heading over and where does your brother-in-law live?? My mum came to visit me early last year and she is quite disabled so it was hard trying to think of places to take her as everywhere involved walking great distances. 

Both  Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Aquarium are cool, there's also Eureka Skydeckwhich is pretty good (if you like heights) as it offers sensational views of Melbourne. 

I would also recommend hiring a car for a couple days and head down to Mornington Peninsula and Sorrento for a squiz around the shops and go to Portsea for lunch at the pub which has a fantastic view of the bay. It really is quite lovely down that way and the drive is quite scenic. While we were there I took my mum to Peninsula Hot Springs which was super relaxing and great therapy for her. Not sure if your bf's nanna would be up for that, but there is a lovely cafe there she can relax and enjoy. 

There is also Daylesfordwhich is lovely day trip for lunch one day, expecially at the gorgeous  Lavandula they have a stunning garden area where you can chill out and relax, and their lavender menu is to die for!  

Another thing you can do is catch the  Williamstown ferry along the  Yarra River to  Williamstown (Australia)

I hope that helps?


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  1. Melbourne Zoo (attraction)
  2. Melbourne Aquarium (attraction)
  3. Eureka Skydeck (attraction)
  4. Mornington Peninsula (attraction)
  5. Sorrento (attraction)
  6. Portsea (attraction)
  7. Peninsula Hot Springs (attraction)
  8. Daylesford (attraction)
  9. Lavandula (attraction)
  10. Williamstown ferry (attraction)
  11. Yarra River (attraction)
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answered by
David from Mornington, Victoria, Australia

Have you been down to St Kilda Pier to watch the one of its best kept secrets is a colony of about 1,000 Little Penguins which has made its home there since 1974.  This remarkable Melbourne home, unique to St Kilda, is the only confirmed breeding site for Little Penguins that is directly attached to the Australian mainland.  Leaving their burrows before sunrise and returning after sunset, our Little Penguins spend their days in the bay feeding on small fish like pilchard and St Kilda Pier Breakwater

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answered by
Elena from Melbourne

I'd also add to the great comments above:

the National Gallery of Victoria, it's free and has a great collection of art & nice cafeteria and restaurant.

Another option could be having high tea at The Hotel Windsor 111 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000, it's a true Melbourne institution! For this you will need to book well in advance. For a more cost effective option you can try the afternoon tea at newly restored restored, heritage listed Myer Mural Hall 6/314-336 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000. 

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answered by
Lisa from Wellington

We are planning on going to the following: 

Melbourne Improv. Night ( Improv Melbourne). 
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Aquarium
Eureka Tower Skydeck
Queen Victoria Market

Williamstown (Australia) (across the ferry).

Is Witches In Britches worth going to? (On Dudley street).
(It's a show and dinner thing).

Is it worth going to the The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Is it worth the effort to go to the Hellenic Museum on William street?

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  1. Improv Melbourne (attraction)
  2. Melbourne Zoo (attraction)
  3. Melbourne Aquarium (attraction)
  4. Eureka Tower Skydeck (attraction)
  5. Queen Victoria Market (attraction)
  6. Williamstown (Australia) (city)
  7. Witches In Britches (attraction)
  8. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant (restaurant)
  9. Hellenic Museum (attraction)
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answered by
Lisa from Wellington

Thanks everyone. Lots of great ideas. We had a blast. Went in March this year. 

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