We’ve compiled the best of the best in Melbourne - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    The Australian art collection of the National Gallery of Victoria hangs on the walls of this gallery. Covering the 19th and 20th centuries,...Read More

  • 2. The Arts Centre

    City Center | Arts/Performance Venue

    Melbourne's most important cultural landmark is the venue for performances by the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Melbourne Theatre Company...Read More

  • 3. Athenaeum Theatre and Library

    City Center | Library/Archive

    The first talking picture show in Australia was screened in 1896 at this beautiful theater. Today the building houses three venues—a membership...Read More

  • 4. Block Arcade

    City Center | Store/Shop/Mall

    Melbourne's most elegant 19th-century shopping arcade dates from the 1880s, when "Marvelous Melbourne" was flush with the prosperity of the...Read More

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  • 5. Cook's Cottage

    City Center | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Once the on-leave residence of the Pacific navigator Captain James Cook, this modest two-story home, built in 1755 by Cook senior, was transported...Read More

  • 6. Eureka Skydeck 88

    City Center | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Named after the goldfields uprising of 1854, the Eureka Tower (which houses the 88th-level Eureka Skydeck 88) is the tallest residential building...Read More

  • 7. Federation Square

    City Center | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Encompassing a whole city block, the bold, abstract-style landmark was designed to be Melbourne's official meeting place, with a variety of...Read More

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  • 8. Fitzroy Gardens

    City Center | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This 65-acre expanse of European trees, manicured lawns, garden beds, statuary, and sweeping walks is Melbourne's most popular central park...Read More

  • 9. Flinders Street Station

    City Center | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Much more than just a train station, Flinders Street Station is a Melbourne icon and a popular meeting place. The term "meet me under the clocks...Read More

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  • 10. Journal

    City Center | Restaurant–Sight

    Next to the City Library, the café has leather couches, bookcases filled with magazines and newspapers, and communal tables where you can enjoy...Read More

  • 11. King's Domain Gardens

    City Center | Garden/Arboretum

    This expansive stretch of parkland includes Queen Victoria Gardens, Alexandra Gardens, the Shrine of Remembrance, the Pioneer Women's Garden...Read More

  • 12. National Gallery of Victoria International

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    This massive, moat-encircled, bluestone-and-concrete edifice houses works from renowned international painters, including Picasso, Renoir, and...Read More

  • 13. Old Melbourne Gaol Crime and Justice Experience

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    This blue-stone building, the city's first jail, is now a museum that has three tiers of cells with catwalks around the upper levels and is...Read More

  • 14. Parliament House

    East Melbourne | Government Building

    Dating from 1856, this august stone building was used as the National Parliament from the time of federation in 1900 until 1927, when the first...Read More

  • 15. Royal Arcade

    City Center | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    Opened in 1870, this is the country's oldest shopping arcade, and despite alterations it retains an airy, graceful elegance that often transfixes...Read More

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  • 16. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

    City Center | Zoo/Aquarium

    Become part of the action as you stroll through a transparent tunnel surrounded by water and the denizens of the deep on the prowl. Or press...Read More

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  • 17. Southgate

    City Center | Promenade/Boardwalk

    On the river's edge next to the Arts Centre, Southgate is a prime spot for lingering—designer shops, classy restaurants, bars, and casual eating...Read More

  • 18. St. Patrick's Cathedral

    City Center | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Construction of the Gothic Revival building began in 1858 and took 82 years to finish. Ireland supplied Australia with many of its early immigrants...Read More

  • 19. St. Paul's Cathedral

    City Center | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 1892 headquarters of Melbourne's Anglican faith is one of the most important works of William Butterfield, a leader of the Gothic Revival...Read More

  • 20. State Library of Victoria

    City Center | Library/Archive

    On a rise behind lawns and heroic statuary, this handsome 1853 building was constructed during the gold-rush boom and houses more than 1.5 million...Read More

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