Culture & Sightseeing

THE-ICE 16th IPoE Forum 2023

30th October – 1st November 2023

proudly hosted by William Angliss Institute

555 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia

Melbourne Travel Tips

Know the exchange rate before you arrive in Australia

Use a calculator to convert your local currency into AUD (Australian Dollar). You can check the current exchange rate online before you leave, as it fluctuates each day.

Understand the best forms of transportation in Melbourne

Free trams are available for those travelling around the heart of Melbourne, click here to view the map of the city. All stops within the free zone are clearly marked and tram drivers will make regular announcements when approaching the zone boundaries.

Cultural Attractions and Tourist Destinations

Melbourne is known for its many laneways, its cultural diversity, excellent dining options for all budgets, and amazing street art. It’s also known for being the coffee capital of the world, and for being regularly voted as the world’s most livable city! Melbourne has plenty to offer, so while you’re here make sure to visit one of the many museums, galleries, theatres, parks, and don’t forget to enjoy a drink or a meal in one of the riverside restaurants or floating bars along the Yarra River.

Visit What’s On in Melbourne to find specific cultural events on during your stay!

Aboriginal Heritage Walk

Australia is home to the oldest living culture on the planet, and you can learn about Indigenous Australia right in the city of Melbourne. Visit the Melbourne Gardens, a significant cultural site for the Kulin Nation and gain insight into the rich history and culture of the First Peoples of Australia and discover their connection to plants and their traditional uses for food, tools, and medicine.

Location: Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens 
Price: AUD 40
Website: Aboriginal Heritage Walk

Eureka Skydeck

The Melbourne Skydeck stands nearly 300 meters tall, making it the Southern Hemisphere’s highest observation deck. Guests will travel up 88 floors in only 38 seconds to access the 360-degree views of the city from above, and if up for it, you can step out on the Edge and be suspended over transparent glass.

The Skydeck experience features Bar 88, where you can relax and enjoy all of Melbourne’s legendary views with a delicious snack and cool drink.

Price: From AUD 28
Website: Eureka Skydeck Melbourne

Flinders Street Station and Federation Square

The main entrance to Flinders Street Station is a picturesque cultural symbol of Melbourne you’ll find on many postcards or tourist brochures. This gorgeous building was opened in 1910, and it is listed on the Victorian heritage register. Inside you’ll find Australia’s busiest railway station, a small shopping area with tasty food options, and easy walking access to Southbank.

Across the road, Federation Square is another Melbourne icon, with a unique and fascinating architectural design, making the Square quite unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Location: Corner of Swanston St & Flinders Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000

Laneway Street Art

No visit to Melbourne is complete without snapping a few photos at some of the most popular Melbourne graffiti hot spots! Melbourne’s laneways feature work from some of the world’s most famous street artists, and the walls change regularly as artists paint over existing pieces, creating new things to see in Melbourne on an almost weekly basis.

Best Locations: Hosier Lane, Caledonian Lane, ACDC Lane, Rutledge Lane, Degraves Street and Union Lane.

It is free to visit these laneways, however, there are some street artists that provide in-depth walking tours for those who are interested.
Tour Price: AUD 75
Website: Melbourne Street Art Tour

Museums and Galleries

There are multiple museums in Melbourne that are worth visiting during your trip. Here are a few of the most popular ones:

Location: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
Price: Free

Location: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Price: Free

Location: Melbourne Museum
Price: AUD 15
Website: melbournemuseum

Location: Immigration Museum
Price: AUD 15
Website: immigrationmuseum

Melbourne Cricket Ground Tour

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) can hold 100,000 people, making it the world’s largest cricket stadium, and the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere.

By taking a guided 75-minute MCG Tour you will be able to explore the inner sanctum of the MCG, walk on the hallowed arena and in the footsteps of where legends have walked. Immerse yourself in the history and world-class facilities of the MCG as you go behind-the-scenes to gain an insight into Melbourne’s sporting culture, while exploring one of the world’s most iconic stadiums.

Tours depart every 15 minutes between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

Price: From AUD 33
Website: MCG Tours

Queen Victoria Markets

The Queen Victoria Markets have been an important food hub of Melbourne since they were opened in 1878. Home to some of Melbourne’s tastiest produce stalls and delicatessens, you’ll find excellent cheeses, olives and smoked meats here. The building itself is a gorgeous example of Victorian architecture, and you’ll also find many artisanal crafts made by local creatives, as well as souvenirs for your friends back home.

Visit the website to see what days and times the markets operate, as well as the various events held during the year.

Price: Free
Website: Queen Victoria Markets

State Library Victoria

Established in 1854 as the Melbourne Public Library, State Library Victoria is Australia’s oldest public library and one of the first free public libraries in the world. The founders created the Library as the people’s university, a place of learning and discovery for all Victorians.

The State Library Victoria is open 10am–6pm, seven days a week.

Free one-hour tours conducted by Library volunteers are available daily for those who want to learn about the fascinating history of the Library. Alternatively, you are welcome to conduct a self-guided tour of the beautiful space using the Library map.

Price: Free
Website: History of the Library Tour

Yarra River Cruise

Elemental to Melbourne’s identity, the Yarra River is one of Victoria’s iconic waterways with spiritual and cultural significance for Aboriginal communities. To the Wurundjeri people the river, known as Birrarung, Yarra River was the life source and an important meeting place.

A river cruise tour to Docklands Melbourne is a scenic and relaxing way to explore the city’s waterfront. The tour typically begins at Southbank and travels along the Yarra River, passing by iconic landmarks such as Flinders Street Station, Crown Casino, and the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Along the way, passengers can enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline and learn about Melbourne’s history and culture from a knowledgeable guide.

Price: From AUD 35
Website: Melbourne River Cruises

Luna Park Melbourne

Luna Park opened in St Kilda in 1912, and The Great Scenic Railway rollercoaster started operating in the same year. This rollercoaster holds the honor of being the world’s oldest continually operating wooden rollercoaster, and while it looks quite rickety by today’s standards, it’s a fascinating taste of what theme parks of the past must have been like. This world famous roller coaster will not only provide you with heart-stopping dips and turns, but also the most stunning views of Port Phillip Bay St. Kilda has to offer.

Location: St Kilda, Melbourne
Price: Entry: AUD 5 | Each ride will cost a small amount, view website for more details.
Website: Luna Park Melbourne

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