Melbourne happened on a whim. After 3 days of rain in Surfers Paradise I frantically started looking up flights to anywhere with a chance of sun. I had my heart set on Melbourne when I saw it was going to be 19 degrees and sunny and the flights were cheap AF.
Rhi and I had 72 hours together, 3 whole days and wanted to make the most of the wonderful city. Be warned, this is a jam packed itinerary so you’ll need your comfiest trainers on and need to be prepared for early mornings and late nights.
We stayed in Habitat HQ in St. Kilda which is south of the city. It’s a great location for the beach, nightlife, great food and hop on a tram and you’re in central in about 30-40 mins. The hostel itself was okay, but I stayed on there for another week or so by myself and found it difficult to get to know people and make friends….. but that may have been because I’m socially awkward?
Seeing The Sights
Street Art in The Lanes
Head to Hosier Lane in the CBD to see some amazing street art, if you’re lucky you may also get to see some artists at work. Be warned it is full of people, so getting that ace instagram shot my be a slog, unless you get there really early. I loved going back to the same spots every day to see how much the street art had changed in such a short amount of time. Other favourites include Duckboard Place and Croft Alley and If you want to really spontaneous and play it by chance, just wander down side streets and alleyways and be sure to find some interesting art.
Catch an exhibition at the national gallery of Victoria
You could lose yourself in this place for a whole day, it is like a bloody rabbit Warren. Whilst in town we were lucky enough to see the “Designing Women” exhibition, which runs until 29th September and was so inspiring, engaging and interesting.
There’s always a variety of exhibitions and most of them are free and if nothing tickles your pickle whilst you’re there, you haven’t lost anything.
Enjoy a free comedy show at spleen
Head to Spleen on Bouke Street on a Monday for a free stand up gig and if you enjoy it, which I know you will, toss a donation in the tin on the way out.
Tip: Get there early to make the most of happy hour (4pm – 7pm), smash one of their amazing burgers at the bar and then you’re ready to grab a seat when the fun and debauchery begins.
At just $23 per ticket, head down to the skydeck just before the sunset to really get the best of both worlds. This place gets busy and you’ll be fighting for a spot for that money shot picture or time lapse video, but it’s worth it to see the city from the 88th floor by day and night. I wouldn’t bother heading to the bar/restaurant as it’s pretty over priced and felt a bit like a canteen.
St kilda beach and penguin spotting
Now I’m not going to say St Kilda beach rivals the crisp white sands of the Whitsundays, but it’s a cute spot to eat tacos, drink cider watch the stunning sunsets.
For penguin peeking, head down to the end of the pier before sunet, grab yourself a spot and while away the hour having a bite to eat. It gets very busy as when night starts to fall the teeny tiny penguins swim into shore. Such a magical experience and one not to miss. The crowds are annoying, but that’s life hey.
The pink lake in Melbourne is a natural phenomena caused by the high levels of salt and bloody warm weather. At various times throughout the year it creates a bright pink hue on the lake.
I’m not going to say the pink lake was underwhelming it just really, really smelt of rotten eggs. You definitely couldn’t take a picnic and stay the whole day. It’s more of a “wow, look a pink lake, let’s take a picture” sort of thing. The sight is pretty incredible and worth a flying visit so grab the 235 or 236 bus from the CBD.
Brighton bathing boxes
Another busy one, but if you want that cute picture head to Brighton bathing boxes. From the CBD get on the train to sandringham and then its just a 15 minute walk from the station. It was far too crowded for my liking and people were actually sitting on the decking of other people’s property, which I thought was just bloody rude. I’d suggest get there nice an early to ty and avoid the crowds.
Free city circle tram
The old city tram is a cute way to explore the CBD. Catch the number 35, which is meant to run every 12 minutes (we waited at least 30) and see the sights as you bumble along. The whole journey takes about 48 mins but you can hop on and off as you please and the best part is it’s free.
Eating the food and sipping the coffee
Bobbing on the Yarra river is the cutest and most instagrammable spot to drink a sangria and eat some delicious pizza. It gets hella busy, but it’s worth it for the chilled vibe whilst the sun goes down.
Queen Victoria market
Quite literally the queen of delectable food in Melbourne. This vast market located in Queen Street is there to tickle your taste buds and leave you not being able to fit another crumb in your mouth for the rest of the day. From pies to Greek food there is something for everyone and if you wander round the deli stands the stall holders will be throwing freebies at you left, right and centre.
St Ali – South Melbourne
With Melbourne being renowned for amazing coffee, we had to hunt out one of the best spots and St. Ali did not disappoint. With the coolest of interiors and sexy selection of coffee we were in our element.
Check out their specials menu, I couldn’t resist the banoffee porridge, with caramel, banana, cocoa nibs and chantilly cream. So naughty, but oh so nice.
Hanoi Hannah – Windsor
If you are into Vietnamese food, Hanoi Hannah is right up your street. With a relaxed, sociable vibe, grab some rolls, pho and buns and all tuck in. It won’t break the bank either, which is always a bonus.
St kilda dispensary
Based in St. Kilda, if you’re in the area, you absolutely have to make a visit. Originally an old dispensary in the war, the stunning shop has been restored and decorated with the most beautiful items to take you back to a time gone by. The coffee is spot on, the breakfasts are bloody mouthwatering and don’t even get me started on the cakes. Perfect place to sit in the window and watch the world go by.
Drinking The a Drink
If you go to one place and one place only on this list, you must, must, must go here. I of course think you should go to all of the places, but you do you hun.
Loop rooftop bar
Nestled in the back streets off Bourke Street you’ll find Loop Bar in Meyers Place. An outdoor bar with an exotic garden vibe, grab yourself one of the many cocktails and enjoy the taking in the stunning Melbourne skyline.
If you follow me over on Instagram, you’d have seen how much I fell more and more in love with the place and couldn’t bring myself to leave after 3 days. And you better believe that’s where I’ll be heading in the summer and you’d better also believe I’m going To be hitting you with blog posts left, right and centre when I discover the best places to go.
So if you want a whirlwind 72 hours in Melbourne, start ticking these places of the list and if you want a day by day itinerary, hit me up on my socials or email and I’ll send it over. Enjoy Melbourne bitches.