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Travel Planner: How to Spend 5 Days in Melbourne, Victoria

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5D4N Media Trip to Melbourne:
Australia is an extremely popular holiday destination for travellers from all walks of life. When people visit the Land Down Under, they generally think of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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Australia has always been one of the top travel choices for Singapore holidaymakers. The destination has become even more attractive with the Australian dollar's (AUD) recent dive against the Singapore dollar (SGD).

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Melbourne: Hosier Lane Street Art
This time, hubby and I spent almost 2 weeks in Australia; 5 days media trip in Melbourne and thereafter, another week in Sydney on our own. In this post, we have mapped out an exciting 5-Day Itinerary in Melbourne for you along with suggested places to go in Victoria. Included is also a video of our adventures!

With a plethora of FREE Entries and Tram Services to many tourist attractions such as museums, art galleries and the State Library, this cosmopolitan capital city of Victoria is a dream come true especially for the frugal travellers.

Day 1 – Where to Eat, Shop and Stay in Melbourne
( Food and Shopping )
After an indigestible inflight meal, I am sure you would wanna go on a food rampage the moment you touch down. Well, one of the great pleasures in Australia is Wine and Dine, although eating out can be a bit expensive.

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Queen Victoria Market Bratwurst Shop & Co German Style Hot Dog
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For cheap eats, welcome to the quintessential Queen Victoria Market with food halls and food trucks to satisfy any palate. Eat and drink to your heart’s content at pocket-friendly prices, which I will be sharing more in a separate Food and Shopping post.

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For the bargain hunters, you can find Portuguese ceramics and tableware, handmade masks and Murano jewellery, vintage street wears, leather goods, and Australian souvenirs such as Boomerangs and more. Today, Queen Victoria Market remains a world renowned tourist attraction and continues to play a central part in Melbourne’s cultural, business and social life.

How To Get To Queen Victoria Market:
The Market is located within the free tram zone. Take the 19, 57 or 59 to Stop 7, or Tram 58 to Stop 9.
Train: Melbourne Central or Flagstaff Station.

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Next stop, hop over to Melbourne’s distinctive Chinatown ( 墨爾本唐人街 ) and explore this vibrant neighbourhood located in the heart of the Central Business District. Centred at the eastern end of Little Bourke Street, it consists of numerous laneways, alleys and arcades linking to Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street.

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Melbourne Chinatown: Dahu Peking Duck Restaurant
From mouth-watering Xiao-Long-Bao to savoury Peking Roast Duck, the oldest Chinatown in the Southern Hemisphere has much to offer.

How To Get To Chinatown:
Train: Parliament Station or Melbourne Central.

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Crown Melbourne: 400 Gradi Italian Restaurant
One of the must-see tourist destinations is the Crown Melbourne even if dice and cards are not your game. Discover a world of entertainment just minutes away from the CBD. Situated in the Southbank, Crown is home to over 70 restaurants, cafes and bars.

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For a stupefying experience, watch as the 8 towers along Melbourne’s Southbank shoot the world’s largest fireballs into the night’s sky.

Crown Melbourne’s Gas Brigade evening shows happen on the hour, starting from the times below:
  • From December 1st – First show at 21:00
  • From March 1st – First show at 20:00
  • From April 1st – First show at 18:00
  • From October 1st – First show at 20:00
Final shows fire at midnight Sun - Thurs, 1am Fri - Sat, and the night before public holidays. *The firing of the Gas Brigade is subject to prevailing weather conditions and do not fire on days of ”Total Fire Ban” for the Central Region as declared by the CFA.

How to Get to Crown Melbourne:
Tram: Take 12, 96 or 109 and stop at 124A
Train – Southern Cross Station or Flinders Street Station

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One of the most fashionable shopping hubs in Melbourne, the lively Bourke Street Mall offers shoppers with some of the country’s biggest brands. Home of Melbourne's first H&M store, the 19th-century grandeur Melbourne's GPO is a former post office turned shopping centre located on the corner of the Bourke Street Mall and Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.

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Another historic building to check out is the Royal Arcade Melbourne located in the CBD. The oldest surviving arcade in Australia, it is known for its classy interior with a striking Gaunt’s Clock flanked by two giant mythical figures of Gog and Magog.

Find all your exquisite gifts and jewelleries here at the Royal Arcade, or enjoy a cup of tea in the beautiful Victorian settings.

For the fashionistas looking for high-end designer labels, check out Melbourne Central and Emporium Melbourne which is connected to Myer and David Jones.

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If you are into Aromatherapy and Health Supplements, be sure to stock up your essential oils and pills at the various pharmacies. Prices are so much cheaper in Australia.

( Accommodation )

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Thanks to Visit Victoria, our accommodation is right smack in the centre of the Central Business District! Conveniently situated directly across the road from Flagstaff Gardens, the free City Circle Tram and Flagstaff Train Station is Jazz Corner Hotel, a new boutique apartment hotel.

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With rates starting from AUD 220 for a Studio right up to AUD 400+ for a Two Bedroom Apartment, our spacious 55 sqm One Bedroom View Apartment ( Kansas City ) features a private balcony with views overlooking the Flagstaff Gardens.

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You will love the separate bedroom with a luxurious king bed and living/dining space, both with flat-screen cable TV.

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The apartment also comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, complete with espresso machine and selected teas, and even in-room laundry.

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Jazz Corner Hotel has everything you will need for a restful stay and it also has a fully equipped gymnasium.

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If you are into Jazz, you may like to know that Birdland New York, home of the most famous musicians since 1949, has made its way to Bird’s Basement, an acclaimed 200-seat live jazz venue.

Day 2 – Werribee Open Range Zoo

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Walk into a safari adventure of perfect wilderness as you get up close and personal with animals at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. Make friends with Koalas and feed the Giraffes; experience an African adventure just 30 minutes drive from Melbourne! Tickets to the Werribee Open Range Zoo include a FREE safari bus tour to see some of the world’s most iconic grassland animals.

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For more excitement, book a 45-minute Lion Encounter or the Gorilla Encounter for an intimate experience. Guided by their keepers, visitors will get to go behind the scenes for an enrichment activity etc.

How to Get to Werribee Open Range Zoo:
Catch a train from the Melbourne CBD to Werribee Station ( travelling on the Werribee Line ). From Werribee station, catch Bus 439 Werribee South to the Zoo.

Day 3 – Puffing Billy Tour

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If you need a break from Melbourne’s buzz, take a trip to the mountain side and soak in the tranquil oasis. Join Gray Line’s wide range of sightseeing tours with over 100 years of worldwide experience, such as the Puffing Billy Railway. See some of the most splendid countryside in Victoria while you travel through the Blue Dandenong Ranges on Australia’s favourite century-old steam train.

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If you are taking the Puffing Billy tour, I would suggest you book the one that comes with a delicious spit roast lunch at Fergusson Winery and spending time at Healesville Sanctuary to interact with the Australian Wildlife.

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Or how about Go Penguin Watching at the Penguin Parade in Phillip Island?

Day 4 – Discover Oz on a Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus or on the FREE City Circle Tram

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Getting on a city tour such as the Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus is probably the best way to see all the tourist attractions if you have no time to waste.

With the City Tour Route and the St. Kilda Tour Route covering 25 stops, Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus tour offers tourists the ideal introduction to the cultural capital of Australia.
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    Another easy way to get around central Melbourne to visit the tourist attractions is via the historical City Circle Tram service ( Number 35 ) and it is FREE! There is even an audio commentary providing details of city landmarks and major attractions.

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    Get your camera ready as you uncover Melbourne’s history and heritage for free with the City Circle Tram, and visit places such as:
    • Queen Victoria Market
    • State Library Victoria
    • Chinatown
    • Parliament House
    • Old Treasury Building
    • St Paul's Cathedral
    • Federation Square
    • SEA LIFE Melbourne
    • Crown Melbourne
    • Etihad Stadium
    See these beauties in person at 11 Insta-Worthy Places in Melbourne!

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    Or, you can also take advantage of the city’s Free Trams like No. 58 that runs within the Free Tram Zone in the CBD.

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    Melbourne is famed for its laneways, so make sure you check out Melbourne’s Street Art too at popular graffiti hot spots such as Hosier Lane or DeGraves Street.

    Day 5 - Got more time to kill in the Land Down Under?
    Check out SEA LIFE Melbourne as they take you on an interactive ocean adventure. Explore Eureka Skydeck 88 with spectacular views of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform.

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    You can also join the Melbourne Sights Free Walking Tour to explore any places you may have missed out. The 2½ – 3 hour tour operates everyday at 10:30am and 2:30pm to uncover more lane ways, art, cafe culture and hidden bars so you can experience Melbourne like a local.

    There is also the 1½ hour Culture Capital Free Walking Tour daily at 3pm ( until September ) and 6pm ( from October ), discovering Melbourne’s best hidden laneways, arcades and architecture, and sniffing out world class coffees to funky street art.

    No booking is required. Simply meet at the State Library of Victoria, on Swanston Street. The guides guide wearing a bright green “ I’m Free ” T-shirt will be standing next to the Sir Redmond Barry Statue. Although the tour is FREE, you can decide how much the tour is worth when it is finished, and I recommend tipping your guide for his/her efforts.

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    If you still can’t get enough of Australia, take the afternoon flight and zip off to Sydney for more adventures such as Hot Air Ballooning with Balloon Aloft! I shall be back with my Sydney adventures!

    • Download the PTV ( Public Transport Victoria ) app for transport timetables and to plan your journeys.
    • Get a Myki card if you intend to travel out of Melbourne’s CBD. It is your ticket to travel on trains, tram and buses in Melbourne and many parts of regional Victoria. You will need this card if you are travelling out of the Free Tram Zone, such as going to the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
    • Travel with Melbourne’s City Circle Tram. The free service operates within Melbourne's central business district, which runs every 30 minutes, and takes approximately 48 minutes to complete a loop. You only require the Myki smartcard If the journey is "outside the CBD Grid".
    • Catch the FREE trams operated by Yarra Trams that runs within the Free Tram Zone in CBD and out a little further to Docklands. Example Route 58 Tram brings you to tourist attractions such as the Queen Victoria Market ( Tram Stop 9 ), Melbourne Zoo ( Tram Stop 26 ), Eureka Skydeck 88 ( Tram Stop 112 ), Crown Entertainment Complex ( Tram Stop 115 ) and more.
    • Weather conditions in Melbourne can be rather extreme. It can be at 24 °C one day and up to 35 °C the next, so be sure to bring along a cardigan with you. Poncho is also highly recommended as weather can be daunting and you can experience four seasons in just one day.
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    • Don't forget to read our travel tips on How to Prep Your Skin for Long-Haul Flight before you set off!
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    Well, I hope this 5D4N Melbourne Itinerary covers some of the must-go places and let you get the best of this marvellous city. Known for its holiday playground with charming gardens, cafes and restaurants, arts, arcades and laneways, the vibrant metropolis is also home to the Australian Open Tennis, Aussie Rules football, Melbourne Cup and the Melbourne Cricket Ground!

    With highlights included in this travel planner such as Victorian architectures exuding European-style charm, Chinatown’s ethnic enclave in Melbourne’s CBD, and Australian wilderness etc, I am sure you will get to experience a true taste of the diversity that Melbourne has to offer.

    Signing off now, but I shall be back with in-depth sharing on our food, shopping and tours in our coming posts so stay tuned!

    * This is a sponsored Media Trip by Visit Victoria, and tour by Gray Line Australia. The author only recommends products or services she uses personally which she believes to be beneficial for her readers. Views and opinions expressed in this blog are purely by the author.


    1. 2 weeks in Australia? That sounds amazing! I loved your travel guide through Melbourne. The apartment you stayed in looks perfect. Great street shots as well! Lovely outfits and I like your hairdo.

    2. Thank you for the reference! Sure will be useful.

    3. Looks like you had an amazing trip! Can't wait to hear more!

    4. I would like to visit Australia sone day, any city would do but prefer Melbourne or Sydney.

      The safari tour sounds fun and exciting.

      Nice intinerary. Packed but you seen so much in Melbourne.

    5. Post office turned shopping centre? Wow, that sounds interesting.

      My friend just came back from Australia recently.

      I like the last photo, you look gorgeous!

    6. Sounds great, I would like to visit Melbourne asap!
      Kisses, Paola.


    7. Seems you really had grat time there!
      I wish to visit Australia too one day!
      Great photos! :)

    8. Oh my your trip looked so wonderful, so jelly lol wish I could travel more. So many great places to visit in Melbourne. That arcade reminds me of a shopping spot in Paris. And the Kola bear too cute!! Did you really go up in the hot air ballon? They have this here in NY on Long Island I so want to do this!

      Allie of

      1. Melbourne has its European charm as well. Some of the architectures are so beautiful!

        Oh yes, we took the hot air balloon & it was so thrilling! Be sure to check back, babe! xoxo

    9. You and your husband are to cute.

    10. Looks like you two had a great great time in Melbourne. And, the food looks amazing as well.

    11. I can see you had such a wonderful trip.
      Thanks for sharing.


    12. I have never been to Melbourne...and it is on the bucket list...thanks for the virtual travel...I love all the pictures.
      Have a great weekend Shirley!

    13. Great travel post pear. I love your pictures 😊

    14. Amazing trip and Post!��
      Shirley thanks for this wonderful detailed 05 days Post.
      Your post really has fantastic coverage!���� Also with lovely video clip and photos!!!.


    15. This looks like such an incredible trip! I've always wanted to go to Melbourne and I feel like with my cousin currently travelling there and me having a free summer and also finding this guide - I think it all adds up to mean that I've got to visit!

      Have a great week :)
      Amy x Wandering Everywhere

    16. Thank you for sharing the hidden gems of Melbourne. It is coming up in my bucket list soon. Our ringgit is still falling like durians! Sigh....

    17. Zoo looks interesting, my kid will love it for sure


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