If you love visiting places that offer the perfect balance of city and outdoor experiences then you will love Melbourne. This Melbourne itinerary for 7 days supplements my recent 5 days Melbourne itinerary.
You can explore the outdoors thoroughly and simply get drenched in nature’s beauty when you visit Melbourne. Melbourne, the second most populous city in Australia has a rich contribution in the country’s history.
Prior to European settlers, the city and majority of Australia owned and inhabited by only natives. There are still many indigenous tribes in Australia today.
Today, the Melbourn has become a major city in Australia and has carved its own niche in the world as a busy and cosmopolitan city with a beautiful skyline, amazing parks, and museums are all are waiting to be explored as you learn about the Australian way of life.
Melbourne is very easy to navigate as are great links to Melbourne airport. Getting a hop-on-hop-off tour in Melbourne allows you to get your bearings in the city.
If you are exploring other parts of Australia there are plenty of cheap flights from Melbourne connecting you to other cities like Sydney. I had started my visit to Australia from Sydney then flew to Melbourne. The city also has a port offering ferry around the city and beyond.
The Perfect Melbourne Itinerary for 7 Days In Australia
Day 1- 3 In Melbourne
Your week in Melbourne starts by exploring some of the many things to do in Melbourne, from cool brunches matched with Australia’s obsession with great coffee.
Other places not miss on your 7 day Melbourne itinerary should include checking out the city’s many amazing street art spots, museums and food in the famous Degraves Street and so much more.
There is a Visitor Center in Federation Square should you need maps to Melbourne or help on getting around in Melbourne as well as tips on other tourist spots in Melbourne. For the first 3 days in Melbourne, below are some of the places to check out in Melbourne CBD.
- Hosier lane street art: Among one of the coolest attractions in Melbourne and just a 1 minute walk Federation Square. Whether you have 7 days or 1 day in Melbourne, this is one place to check out. The street walls have become the major canvases for the artists who have painted everything from the philosophies to beautiful murals. Hosier lane is must see when you visit Melbourne. I have posted a couple of pictures from my visit on the link provided. Take the street adjacent Mo Vida on Flinders Street to find this painted lane.
- Memorial Park or Shrine of Remembrance: Located on St Kilda Road, is the Shrine of Remembrance or Memorial Park. Designed on the style of the Tomb of Mausolus, Athens, this memorial was built in memory among the men and women who laid their lives during World War I. There is a crypt, a Visitor Center, where there is a display of the medals won and a garden, are surely worth visiting to pay homage to the martyrs. On 25 April, the ANZAC Day is celebrated and on 11 November, the Remembrance Day is celebrated to remember the sacrifice that people made in the country and world. Worth a visit you also get amazing views of the city from the top.
- Southbank: Just around a kilometer from the business district of Victoria, lies the Southbank area. A visit to this hotspot is vital for those who love to know every little detail about a place they are visiting. The culture of Australia and Victoria emerges here. There is an Australian Center for Contemporary Art and other such art galleries for those interested in art. The Crown is a hub for shoppers to hop from one brand’s showroom to another. This area is also a great place to grab a drink or food as it is lined with cafes, bars and restaurants not to mention a couple of theaters, and galleries in Southbank.
- Brunch places In Melbourne: One can not visit Melbourne and not experience this food obsessed city and quality food at that too. Brunch plays a vital role in the lifestyle of Australians as offers and opportunity to chill and have a conversation as you meet friends and family as you dine. There are plenty of brunch options to pick from, some of which I have share in my post. Also, check out restaurants and cafes like Monk Bodhi Dharma and Rudimentary offering a quirky blend of authentic Australian delights and fusion foods. If you have more time also check out Axil Coffee Roasters, The Kettle Black, and the Grain Store.
- Museums: Melbourne is culturally rich and while in the city its worth checking out the cool galleries and museums during your Melbourne itinerary of 7 days. Check out museums like the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Center, which specializes in displaying aboriginal artifacts integral to Melbourne and Australia’s natives. Museums like the National Sports Museum and Scienceworks museum are great for those with sports interests or those visiting with children.
- Parks: Australia is famous around the world for its open spaces and love for greenery. Parks and gardens across Melbourne are surely worth visiting if you wish to know what makes them so popular. The parks like Carlton Gardens, Batman Park, Fitzroy Gardens, and Docklands Park, beside Monument Park, are all not just green but open up to cool skyline views.
- Viewing Decks: On your visit to the Southbank, you might have spotted the grand and the most appreciated viewing decks. Yes, I am talking about Eureka Skydeck 88. If you have reached the Southbank region by daytime itself, you can drop in at Eureka Skydeck 88 to get a panoramic view of the entire city spread out. They open between 10 am and 10 pm on any day during the week. Melbourne Star Observation Wheel offers an equally awe-inspiring view over the city. If by sunset, you are near the New Quay area, be sure to stop by the promenade to experience the sunset.
- Shopping areas: A visit to Melbourne is incomplete without visiting one of the many shopping districts here. Chapel Street is one of the busiest shoppers’ paradise from where you can shop to your heart’s content for everthing from clothes, accessories and even souvenirs. There are markets on Gertrude Street and the Bridge Road for shoppers to shop until they drop. You can even visit the malls in CBD of Melbourne like the Bourke Street Mall, Queen Victoria Village, and The Strand besides There are thousands of options to shop from when in Melbourne.
- MCG: Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the oldest and the most prestigious cricket grounds here. If you are a cricket fan and planning a visit in the city during the Christmas holidays, do not miss getting the tickets for their annual Boxing Day Test. This is one of the best places to be witnessing one of their iconic matches in the world.
Day 4-5 Trip To The Grampians
The Grampians are another place not to miss out on when visiting Melbourne. You can either do a day trip from Melbourne to the Grampians or you can combine the tour and do a 3-day tour of Great Ocean Road and The Grampians.
Explore the rugged mountains and wildflower valleys of the Grampians National Park, visit the Mackenzie Falls, Halls Gap, and Boroka Lookout and see kangaroos in their natural environment. An area of natuarl beauty and very much worth adding to your Melbourne itinerary.
Day 6 Day Trip To Great Ocean Road
After the satisfying trip and stay in the Grampians, if you crave for time on the beach, then Australia will not disappoint you. A tour of Great Ocean Road from Melbourne includes a superb coastal view over the sea dashing against some of the majestic reefs and cliffs.
I shared a post from my tour of Great Ocean Road as well as the helicopter tour of 12 Apostles giving you an amazing bird’s eye view of the stone stacks on this famous coastline of Australia.
There are plenty of stops along the way and many of the tours offer enough time to chill on the beach but I would highly recommend doing this tour over 2 days or even 3 if you can.
The Loch Ard Gorge is something you should not miss out too. There are tours and trails through the Otway Rainforest and more such spots. For tips on a Great Ocean Road itinerary, check out Erika’s post via the link.
Day 7 Day Trip To Yarra Valley Wine Tour
Another thing Australia is known for is their appreciation for wine. What can be a better way than to conclude the trip to Melbourne but with a wine tour?
The Yarra Valley wine tour will be a memorable ride through the manicured wineries and vineyards. Time stands still, and you can enjoy a sumptuous rural spread of lunch platter and then head to sip and taste some delectable choice of wines.
There are resorts and spas where you can sign in for the night and indulge in a leisurely and much-deserved spa treatment too.
The Yarra Valley wine tasting De Bortoli and cheese from the local dairy farms will make sure that you really unwind like never before. Yarra Valley is also another place you can visit for the Cherry Blossom season in Melbourne.
And there you have it, the perfect one-week itinerary for Melbourne exploring the city, scenic spots of Great Ocean Road, Yarra Valley, and the Grampians.
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My daughter has been to Melbourne and she loved it! I would love to take our family there one day. It’s a beautiful city and it looks like a foodie & coffee lovers dream vacation!
Melbourne is still a city I really want to visit! I’ve read so many good things about it, and this just reinforces it. I’m a nerd view, so would head straight to Eureka Skydeck 88 first. Doing a road trip along the Great Ocean Road would be a must for me; the landscape looks incredible.
I love how much you’ve suggested for a great Melbourne itinerary, I can see that the city and surrounds really merit a week or more just to see the best of it. I am particularly interested in the suggestions for cultural activities such as enjoying street art, shopping and visiting the galleries in Southbank, and I’m a huge foodie, so I know I’d want to sample as many meals as I could in Melbourne. The Grampians and Great Ocean Road both look like perfect counterpoints to the city, a chance to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of the region. And I think my husbnand would love the wine valley touring!
Wow Melbourne is such a perfect base to explore the best of Austrailia. It’s a vast country and even thinking of making an itinerary for the country makes me sweat. This 7-day itinerary with so many day trips to natural wonders is just what time-poor travelers need.
I’m yet to head in that direction but a trip to Australia is something I should definitely do.
Thanks for the very detailed itinerary. I wasn’t even aware of the helicopter tour of 12 apostles.
Hosier Lane street art is something I wouldn’t miss at all. And I’m way too attracted by the D&G window!
As a wine lover I wouldn’t miss the Yarra Valley tour as well!
This looks like an awesome trip to be made! I have never been in Australia but I definitely want to visit soon. We love all the nature destiantions so I think the Great Ocean Road would be a must for me. Maybe we would do a little hike there too. And it is something I have read about earlier too. Viewing decks are a great tip as well.
Melbourne is one of my favorite cities in the world. Their transportation system is very easy/ convenient and there are plenty of cheap flights going there.
Thank you for sharing this itinerary. We plan to visit again before the year ends.
My friend is from Melbourne and keeps saying how similar Melbourne is to Chicago, and I can kind of see it now from your descriptions! I haven’t made it to Australia yet and would love to visit – Melbourne in particular and the Great Ocean Road. I think I saw that there’s actually a half marathon or marathon on the Great Ocean Road that my dad and I talked about doing! Those views would motivate anyone to run!
The Grampians look just so natural and beautiful! I went to Australia 15 years ago, but only to Queensland and the gold coast. We didn’t have much time to go down to Melbourne and see all these cool sites!