7 cultural things you MUST do in Melbourne

Melbourne’s been voted the most liveable city in the world for the fifth year in a row, beating out 139 other cities. With all of its creative energy, coffee culture and free public transport, we can’t say we’re surprised.

Culture and art is at the heart of this city, and is part of what sets it apart from the more glamorous Sydney. Here are the top cultural things you have to do in Melbourne.

1. Be a foodie

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Melbourne is a foodie mecca. Start by exploring Queen Victoria Market for fresh local produce and artisan delights, then get lost strolling around Chinatown. Alternatively, go wine tasting in nearby Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula and enjoy the gorgeous mountain views.

2. Spend a day at the museum

Melbourne has tons of museums and art galleries to keep you busy. Check out the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the National Gallery of Victoria, or the Gertrude Contemporary.

3. Explore the laneways

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Melbourne simply wouldn’t be Melbourne without its laneways. Find hidden quirky cafes, little vintage shops, indie art galleries and amazing street art just by walking around. Try one of these cafes.

4. Become a graffiti artist

We’re sure you’ve noticed the amazing street art in Hosier Lane, but have you ever wanted to make some yourself? Try a street art workshop with professional artists like this one. Or check out any of these other artsy classes.

5. Hit the beach

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Check out the highly Instagrammable beach huts at Brighton Beach, dip your toes in the water and relax!

6. Get ready for the Melbourne Festival

Get your tickets to the Melbourne Festival, running this year from 8-25 October. It features every type of cultural performance you could ever want, from theatre to dance to music. This year’s lineup celebrates Orwell and Patti Smith.

7. Take a trip on the Great Ocean Road

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You won’t regret getting up at the crack of dawn once you see the amazing views on one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. If you don’t have your own ride, there are tons of tour companies that will take you to all the highlights.