Things to do in Melbourne

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What to do in Melbourne

Melbourne, capital of Victoria and the second biggest city in Australia, is a truly world-class city. Don't just take our word for it, time and time again this cool coastal city is recognised for everything from its iconic city centre laneways and nightlife to its thriving arts scene and sheer range of things to do and attractions.

Whether you're a local searching for things to do in Melbourne this weekend, or planning your holiday itinerary from interstate or overseas, you'll find a selection of unmissable Melbourne attractions in the CBD and beyond here at Adrenaline.

Take a solo trip, have some fun as a family, do something incredible as a couple. Whatever your adventure goals, Adrenaline has you covered with unique Melbourne experiences across sky, land and water.

One of the easiest ways to find the best things to do is by browsing our range. Take a look around the site for must-see Melbourne activities and attractions, with options to suit all ages.

Thrilling Melbourne experiences

You don’t always need to stray too far from the city for an adventure with a big dose of exhilaration.

Sightseeing helicopter flights from Essendon or Melbourne CBD are also popular. Not only are helicopter rides a real bucket list thrill, but they also give you chance to see the best views of Melbourne in record time. Look out some breathtaking scenes and Melbourne's most famous landmarks, like the MCG, Luna Park and Eureka Skydeck.

One of the most exhilarating ways to see the Melbourne CBD is hot air ballooning. From a hot air balloon, viewers can take in incredible views of spots including Federation Square, the Yarra River across Southbank, Queen Victoria Market and the Docklands, and witness the incredible views of iconic landmarks such as the Melbourne Star.

Did you know Melbourne is home to Australia's first surf park? URBNSURF Melbourne is just a short journey away from the CBD and offers surf lessons for beginners and thrilling sessions for more experienced surfers too. It's a lot of fun and comes with waves guaranteed, making it a fast way to take your surfing to the next level. It’s the perfect activity to liven up this weekend, or any time you’re in the mood to catch some waves.

Other unforgettable thrill experiences include abseiling down a building in Melbourne CBD and a 1 Hour Harley Rides. Those with a need for speed will love the rush as they head across Fitzroy Street in St Kilda towards the CBD to view street art and the many laneways.

Travel for less than an hour outside the city and you can even go white water kayaking on the Yarra River. It’s an incredible way to get a dose of the great outdoors, just a short trip from the CBD.

Great places to visit in Melbourne

Looking for fun things to do in Melbourne this weekend? Some of the most popular Melbourne attractions and places to see include a fun-filled family day out to the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, Werribee Open Range Zoo and a ride on the Melbourne Star observation wheel.

We also have some next-level animal experiences, such as the most popular dive with sharks and the Penguin Passport (which includes behind the scenes to everybody's favourite aquatic animals) can be booked for the date of your choice, so lock in some weekend fun now. Another famous animal attraction is the Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Zoo, including an exciting off-road safari.

Melbourne is often known as the sports capital, with AFL proving particularly popular here. Jump on a sports tours and follow in the footsteps of legends of the game at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) or learn more about our sporting history at the national sports museum.

If sport isn't your thing, Melbourne offers world-class art galleries including the national gallery of Victoria (NGV), where some of the world's best artists and designers hold beautiful exhibitions that are well worth stopping in for. A stepping stone away from the NGV is one of Melbourne's most beautiful parks - the Royal Botanic Gardens. This is a great place to take a leisurely stroll or even picnic by the lake. Those with energy to burn can pull on their running shoes for a jog around "the tan".

Within the Melbourne CBD, walking tours are popular including the Chocolate Lanes and Arcade Tour. On this foodie tour you will see popular attractions including Flinders Street Station, the famous AC/DC Lane (Hosier Lane), Melbourne's famous boutiques, to the best Australian chocolate treats. Immerse yourself further into Melbourne's culture with the amazing live music scene, or go bar-hopping with the plethora of waterfront or rooftop bars available.

Not to mention, Melbourne is known for its amazing food scene with multi-cultural cuisine from dumplings in the city's China Town, to wood fire Italian pizza in Carlton, you will never be out of options! No matter what you love to do, Melbourne has the experiences to fill your day.

Experiences in Melbourne for gifts

No matter the occasion, or what special person you're buying for, our Melbourne gift experiences are an awesome choice.

An ever-popular Melbourne gift idea that men and women love is a V8 drive and hot laps experience at Sandown Raceway. With professional instruction, real race cars and a famous race track, it's the ultimate rush for the wannabe racing driver in your life.

For a more relaxing experience, lunch and hot springs bathing for 2 at the Morning Peninsula Hot Springs would fit the bill.

If you're looking for family fun to get the kids involved, why not purchase a day pass to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Melbourne's iconic Chadstone Fashion Capital. For the ultimate foodie friend, why not get them a gift voucher for our endless dining experiences. This includes our BBQ cooking school or chocolate making class, and make all their food dreams come true.

Melbourne has unique experiences that everyone will enjoy, so give the gift that they will truly remember with Adrenaline!

As well as the best things to do in Melbourne, Adrenaline has a number of things to do in Victoria. Some of our most popular Victoria destinations, an easy day trip from Melbourne and well worth adding to a holiday itinerary, include:

  1. The Great Ocean Road - Famous for our tandem Skydiving packages
  2. Phillip Island - Famous for Penguin Parade and Kayaking Island hopping
  3. Mornington Peninsula - The ideal location to swim with Dolphins and Seals
  4. Yarra Valley – Perfect for a vineyard segway tour

And, if you're looking for food, wine, and dining experiences with a difference, we have a range of exciting options for fun-loving foodies. Explore our selection for a wine tasting horse ride, tapas tours, BBQ cooking classes, fly and dine on the Melbourne Star and so much more.

Exciting experiences around Australia

As well as great experiences in Melbourne and around Victoria. We have epic adventures nationwide from Sydney to Brisbane, Perth to Adelaide. If you're not sure which Aussie experience to go for, a gift voucher may be the way to go! Our gift vouchers can be redeemed online for any of our awesome Australian experiences, from driving to kids’ activities.

Book an exciting experience with Adrenaline today.