How to Spend 3 Epic Days in Melbourne, Australia


Updated by Rodrigo @ OutofYourComfortZone

Are you planning a short trip to Melbourne but not sure what to include in your schedule? Look no further as we have compiled a perfect 3-day itinerary for you featuring the best the city and surrounding areas have to offer.

Although 3 days is not enough time to see and experience everything in this bustling, cosmopolitan city, this article provides everything you need to know and useful tips on how to cram a lot into this short period of time!


Where to stay?


You really don't need to spend a lot if you want a good night's sleep. Melbourne has plenty of luxury hotels, but also some hidden gems in the corner of the city that won't break the bank.

Oaks On Collins, Atlantis Hotel and Ibis Melbourne Central are all located in the heart of the city and a short walk from Federation Square. Plus, they cost less than $150 per night!

House Sitting

House Sitting is a great option to save on accommodation costs during your 3-day trip to Melbourne. House Sitting entails you looking after someone's pets and their home whilst they are on holiday and in turn you get free accommodation!

You can also keep costs absolutely low by saving on dining out and using the home's facilities to cook for yourself. Additionally, house sitting can help you fully immerse yourself in the city's culture and community.

Day 1 – Explore the city

On the first day of your trip to Melbourne, you should explore the sights in the heart of the city and the CBD to get a true gist of the city and experience some of the best-known sights and attractions.

Additionally, Melbourne's CBD is conveniently organized into a grid system, so it's very easy to find your way around and can be explored on foot.

Federation Square

You should start your Melbourne city tour by visiting Federation Square, located right in the heart of the city. This open-air location has art galleries, museums, shops, cafes and bars.

You can also visit ACMI, the Australian Center for the Moving Image, where you can experience sound and video art and interactive spaces.

Queen Victoria Market

Then head to Queen Victoria Market to start your day with a good cup of coffee. This market is not only one of the best food markets in the city, but also one of Melbourne's most important landmarks, dating back to the late 19th century.

The market is a short walk from Federation Square and is a fantastic place to explore if you enjoy some fresh produce, hot donuts, coffee and unique souvenirs.

Keep in mind that the market is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays and closes early at 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Eureka Tower

Continue on your Melbourne walking tour, sailing to the Eureka Tower, where you can ascend to the 88th floor via elevator and enjoy spectacular views of Melbourne from the observation deck.

Yarra River

After enjoying the panoramic views from Eureka Tower, walk along the Yarra River to Docklands.

This area offers plenty of food, drink and entertainment options, as well as pleasant harbor views for walking across the impressive Bolte Bridge.


If you still have a little life left and are eager to explore the city some more, discover Melbourne's intriguing back streets for the perfect end to your first day in the bustling metropolis. You can choose to dine along the pedestrian zone on Hardware Lane – with local recommendations for the best restaurants such as Campari House and Max on Hardware.

Day 2 – Take a day trip to the Great Ocean Road

It's time to leave the city behind to discover the dramatic coastline along the Great Ocean Road on day 2 of your Melbourne itinerary. The world-famous road is a 243-kilometer-long coastal road that features some of Australia's most stunning scenery.

You can book a guided tour along the Great Ocean Road that picks you up and drops you off in the city, or you can choose to rent a car and do it yourself. Just make sure you leave Melbourne early to give yourself more time to enjoy the beautiful views in the sun!

Bells Beach

Once you leave Melbourne you will find Bells Beach which is a world famous surfing spot.

Non-surfers can walk along the cliffs on the wooden walkways and watch the surfers ride the waves below, or descend the steep steps and stroll along the scenic beach.

12 apostles

The biggest attraction you need to admire along the Great Ocean Road route is the 12 Apostles rock formations which are simply magnificent. These are weathered limestone rocks that lie just off the coast of Port Campbell National Park. .

Loch Ard Gorge

After the Twelve Apostles, head to Loch Ard Gorge, which is the site of one of Australia's best-known shipwrecks and another famous stop on the Great Ocean Road.

There are several wooden walkways that take you to different points along the coast so you can enjoy the view of the cliffs from different angles.

Call it The Day

Considering the time constraint of a single day, you may choose to drive back to Melbourne via the inland route, which is considerably shorter than the journey along the coast.

A day trip is essential to incorporate into your 3 day itinerary as you experience some of the beautiful and vast landscapes Australia has to offer.

Day 3 – Explore Melbourne’s neighborhoods

On the last day of your trip to Melbourne, immerse yourself in the city's culture by exploring historic neighborhoods and visiting Melbourne's best museums.

Grab a cup of coffee

Known as the “coffee capital” of the Land Down Under, you need to experience the rich and legendary coffee culture that Melbourne is proud of.

Some of the city's legendary cafes that are praised by locals are Brother Baba Budan, Patricia Coffee Brewers, and Dukes Coffee Roasters.

Visit a museum

Once you're properly fueled for the day, spend the morning at one of Melbourne's top museums.

The National Gallery of Victoria is a top choice for tourists, offering free entry to the main collection. The nearby Shrine of Remembrance and Royal Botanic Gardens are also beautiful destinations to explore.

Head to the suburbs

In the afternoon, venture beyond the Melbourne CBD to one of the neighboring neighborhoods. Fitzroy, Collingwood and St. Kilda are among the oldest suburbs that best showcase the city's culture

Visitors can tour the historic areas of these suburbs, which are highlighted by Victoria-era architecture, classic pubs and excellent examples of Melbourne's thriving street art scene.

Hit the bars

What better way to end your Melbourne tour by drinking an Australian craft beer or two in one of Melbourne's best bars?

Head to a rooftop bar – like Madame Brussels or Rooftop at QT to take in Melbourne's stunning skyline at night.

Otherwise, you can head to Ponyfish Island or Arbory ​​Afloat to enjoy some drinks by the river.

Although 3 days in Melbourne is not enough time to experience everything the city has to offer, it is worth visiting if you enjoy rich culture, beautiful scenery and good food.

Stick to this itinerary to ensure you cover as much as possible on your trip to Melbourne!

To complete…

In just three days, Melbourne's itinerary offers a snapshot of its dynamic essence. From iconic landmarks to the allure of the Great Ocean Road and neighborhood charms, this journey offers a taste of the city's rich culture, natural beauty, and culinary scene.

Remember, while this guide paints a vibrant picture, the full Melbourne experience is limitless. So embark on your adventure with an open heart, as Melbourne's vibrant tapestry eagerly awaits your exploration.

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