Melbourne is one of the most important cities in Australia , an essential visit on your Australian trip.

Melbourne the capital of the state of Victoria. It is considered the most “European” city in Australia, a stylish city , full of restaurants, cocktail bars, coffee shops, art exhibitions, live music and entertainment, lots of entertainment.

Two days are not enough to get to know Melbourne , stroll through its streets and parks, visit its museums and art galleries or enjoy its nightlife and the variety of cuisines from all over the world offered by its many restaurants and taverns, but as Those of us who like to travel know well, sometimes time is at a premium. In this article we will try to summarize what to see and what to do in Melbourne in two days.

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Map what to see and what to do in Melbourne

So that you don't get lost in the city, we have prepared a map of Melbourne where we point out the best places to see, the best things to do and we have also added our favorite Melbourne cafes, bars and restaurants 🙂

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These are for us the best places to visit in Melbourne in 2 days:

St Kilda

St Kilda is a Melbourne classic, a coastal neighborhood located just 6 km from the city famous for its long sandy beach, pleasant promenade , penguins and Luna Park .

St Kilda, Que ver en Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

To get to St Kilda from the center of Melbourne it is best to hop on a tram and get off at the Luna Park stop. In addition to taking some photos of the famous amusement park, if you go on a Sunday it is possible to enjoy a craft market whose stalls are spread out along part of the promenade.

In St. Kilda there are many cafes and restaurants to have a brunch and start the day with strength to visit the city. You can have a drink in one of the restaurants on the beach overlooking the sea, or in Fitzroy Street , very popular and with a more local character.

Brighton beach

It is one of the most popular places in Melbourne and I would venture to say Australia. Brighton Beach with its typical colorful bathing houses is one of the most photographed places in Melbourne. Brighton is a must see.

Birghton Beach what to see and do in Melbourne

Parks and Botanical Gardens

One of the best ways to enjoy the city of Melbourne is to stroll through its picturesque parks, either on foot or by bike.

Parks and botanical garden ,, What to see in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

We rented a public bicycle in St. Kilda and rode through Albert Park to King Domains Garden, there we left our bikes and walked until we reached Shine of Remembrance , the monument to all Australians who have served in the war. Then we walked through the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Incredible the colors of the vegetation of the parks and the great quantity of species that trees and plants that can be appreciated, a pity not to have had more time to enjoy a picnic in any of these so calm gardens.

Walk along the Yarra River

We walked the Main Yarra Trail from Morell Bridge to Federation Square strolling quietly at dusk and enjoyed all the lighting of the buildings located next to the river, it was wonderful.

Skyline, What to see in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

From Federation Square we headed to Southbank for dinner, a lively neighborhood at night, packed with restaurants, pubs and live music.

Street art

Melbourne is known as one of the world capitals of urban art and not without reason. Graffiti can be found in various authorized points of the city, and it is wonderful to enjoy the color and originality of the graffiti.

Street Art, Brother Baba Budan, What to see in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

We were at the corner of 361 Little Bourke Street and Rankins Lane, where we took the opportunity to have a coffee at the famous Brother Baba Budan coffee shop . There wasn't a lot of graffiti on these streets, but the coffee was delicious.

As we were wanting to see more paintings, we approached Hosier Line, which never disappoints.

National Gallery of Victoria

There are many art galleries to be found in Melbourne, both public and private, and it is sure worth spending a few days enjoying them. But as we have said time is money, so we decided to visit the National Gallery of Art in Victoria .

The Gallery is not bad, but being Europeans it did not impress us too much, I suppose the comparisons are odious. Although we have to admit that the part dedicated to the peoples of the South Pacific is very interesting.

Nataional Gallery of Victoria, What to see in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

CBD

Either on foot or on the free tram that runs through the city center, if you visit Melbourne enjoy the fantastic architecture of buildings such as Town Hall , The Old Treasury Building , Queen Victoria Market or Flinders Street Railway Station.

If you want to stay in Melbourne's CBD, like we did, you can check hotel availability and buy prices on Booking.com . Through this link you can see all the accommodation offered by Booking.com in Melbourne CBD : Melbourne CBD Accommodation .

Flinders Station, What to see in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne, despite being an expensive city, offers many free leisure and sightseeing opportunities for its visitors. All the activities that we leave you in this post are very cheap, so there is no excuse not to get the most out of the city in 48 hours.

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Article published in August 2016. Updated in April 2018

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