Explore Melbourne's famous gardens
Melbourne didn’t become the garden state by mistake. If you’re keen for a lush urban day out, why not plan a self-guided walking tour through some of the city’s prettiest public parks. Up your step count and embark on foot or get on your bike. Start in the north at the gorgeous Carlton Gardens, then head southeast through College of Surgeons Gardens and into Parliament Gardens. Skip across to Treasury Gardens, then through Fitzroy Gardens (via Cooks Cottage and the Fairies Tree), Yarra Park and Gosch's Paddock until you reach the Royal Botanic Gardens - don't miss the Shrine of Remembrance just across the road. If you’re feeling particularly energetic, continue along the Yarra River Linear Reserve to Alexandra Gardens before crossing Princes Bridge to Birrarung Marr.
Check out a free exhibit
From art to science to music, there are a range of free permanent exhibits across Melbourne’s leading contemporary art galleries. Head to NGV International or The Ian Potter Centre for provocative art exhibits, to ACMI for a deep-dive into film, television and gaming exhibits, or journey into the Australian Music Vault to relive some of the best moments in Aussie music history. There's also the Koorie Heritage Trust, which celebrates contemporary Victorian Aboriginal art and artists. Alternatively, delve into Greek Mythology with the Hellenic Museum’s first long-term collection, Gods, Myths and Mortals, on loan from the renowned Benaki Museum in Athens until 2024. You can even explore the big, bold roadside art across Melbourne on your next drive. There's truly something for everyone in Melbourne's art scene.
Cycle one of Melbourne's best bike trails
Whether you're riding solo or with the family, Melbourne has plenty of gorgeous urban bike trails. From coastal reserves to bush sanctuaries to wetlands, there's plenty to explore on two wheels. Check out the inner-city Merri Creek Trail from Coburg to Abbotsford, the Williamstown to Altona Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail, or the Yarra Trail from Fairfield to Bulleen.
Visit Skypark at Melbourne Quarter
Suspended above Collins Street in the Melbourne Quarter precinct, and accessible via a dramatic staircase (or glass lifts), you’ll find Skypark. The elevated urban garden is a lush oasis surrounded by towering skyscrapers and offers city slickers a verdant escape from the heat-conducting confines of the concrete jungle. Enjoy a picnic lunch or stop in to recharge your soul (and your phone battery) using the park’s free USB charge points. Skypark is currently open to the public during business hours from Monday to Friday.