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Alyssa Tresider
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Things to do in Melbourne.

There are so many things to do in Melbourne, and experiencing the city in a campervan is the perfect way to go. From seeking out coastal experiences to inner-city activities, van travel allows you the freedom, comfort and convenience to create your own adventure and get around on your own time. With all you need in one place, it truly is the best way to explore Australia. We wanted to make your road trip travel itinerary planning all the easier, so we’ve put a few of our favourite Melbourne experiences below to get you inspired to book your campervan hire today.

 

What is Melbourne known for

There are so many things to do in Melbourne as this city is renowned for its vibrant and trendy atmosphere. The cityscape is a captivating blend of cutting-edge architecture, trendy cafes and dynamic street art. With an array of festivals and events throughout the year, seemingly endless art galleries and museums, as well as a diverse range of tasty eateries and cafes, there are so many places to visit in Melbourne for every type of visitor. Plus, for those who love the atmosphere of sports games, Melbourne has a big sports culture with impressive games throughout the year including the Australian Open and the iconic  Melbourne Cup. So whether you’re a foodie, sports fan, history buff or just want to soak up all that this city has to offer, we’re sure you’ll find so many Melbourne attractions to fill your road trip travel itinerary.

 

What to pack when travelling to Melbourne

Traveling to Melbourne requires a savvy packing strategy because at times it can have all four seasons in one day! While on average the city boasts pleasant and mild temperatures, the weather can swing unexpectedly. We recommend packing a raincoat, a couple of jumpers and lighter layers so you know you’ll be prepared for whatever Melbourne weather throws your way. You’ll probably be strolling the fascinating streets of Melbourne to see all the Melbourne tourist attractions so a good pair of walking shoes are also a great idea. The beauty of travelling in a campervan or motorhome is that you can pack a few extra things because you’ll have the added space to store them for when you need them during your travels.

Image: Visit Victoria

 

What’s the best way to explore Melbourne?

If you're seeking the ultimate adventure in Melbourne, there's no better way to explore the city and its surroundings than in an Apollo Camper. In an Apollo campervan hire you can be cruising through the vibrant streets of Melbourne, discovering hidden cafes and mesmerising art galleries. Travelling in a camper allows you to take the journey on your own time, create delicious meals in your campervan kitchen and stay at ideally located Melbourne holiday parks. A road trip to Melbourne is sure to not only be a unique and wonderful adventure, but also form life-long memories.

 

Where to stay in Melbourne

Melbourne Big4 Holiday Park


The Melbourne Big4 Holiday Park, situated in the greater Melbourne area, offers a perfect blend of comfort and adventure. The facilities at the park include spacious powered sites, a barbecue area, and a sparkling swimming pool to cool off in. The cost is reasonable, and the location is fantastic as it is within easy reach of all that the city of Melbourne has to offer.

 

Crystal Brook Tourist Park

Another great Melbourne holiday park is the Crystal Brook Tourist Park. Situated within easy reach of all that the city of Melbourne has to offer, this holiday park offers spacious powered campsites, well-maintained amenities, a heated swimming pool and surrounding lush landscaping. With all that you need for a relaxing and comfortable stay, Crystal Brook Tourist Park is a great option for your next road trip to Melbourne.
 

The best things to do in Melbourne

Visit the Australian Sports Museum

Melbourne is a vibrant city known for its cultural diversity, and for sports enthusiasts it surely won’t disappoint. A visit to the Australian Sports Museum is undoubtedly a highlight for sports lovers and curious minds alike. Set within the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, the museum takes visitors on an exhilarating journey through Australia's sporting history. From interactive exhibits showcasing legendary moments to a treasure trove of memorabilia, including jerseys and equipment used by sporting icons, there's something for everyone. While here you can engage in virtual reality experiences, test your skills in interactive zones, and relive the triumphs and challenges that have shaped Australia's sporting landscape. So, whether you're a die-hard sports fan or just looking for an entertaining outing to add to your travel itinerary, the Australian Sports Museum promises an engaging and immersive experience that captures the essence of Australia's sporting spirit.

 

Visit the Old Melbourne Goal

If you find yourself wandering the lively streets of Melbourne, don't miss the chance to step back in time at the Old Melbourne Gaol. This historic landmark, once a prison, now welcomes curious visitors to take a look inside. Here you can explore the chilling cells that once housed notorious criminals like the infamous Ned Kelly, and hear tales of the past from the knowledgeable guides. The gallows, with their eerie presence, serve as a haunting reminder of the gaol's dark history. With day and night tours on offer, a central location and reasonable entry fees, it’s one Melbourne attraction we think you’ll love.

 

Check out St Kilda Pier

If you’re craving some ocean air while visiting the city of Melbourne, then a trip out to the St Kilda Pier is a must. Nestled along the iconic St Kilda Beach, this pier is a delightful blend of tranquillity and excitement. You can stroll along the boardwalk and revel in breathtaking views of Port Phillip Bay, whilst keeping an eye out for the local penguins as they frolic in their natural habitat. Visit at dusk to witness the penguins' evening return from the sea! The pier also has a charming kiosk, providing the perfect spot for a leisurely coffee or snack to soak up the atmosphere. All in all a trip to St Kilda Pier is a great idea if you feel like getting out of the centre of Melbourne for a few hours.

 

Visit Captain Cook’s Home

Captain Cook's Cottage is a charming piece of history nestled in the Fitzroy Gardens. This iconic attraction is the former residence of the famed explorer Captain James Cook's parents. You’ll feel as if you’re stepping into the past as you wander through the well-preserved rooms adorned with 18th-century furnishings and delightful gardens. Learn about the cottage's journey from England to Melbourne and the painstaking restoration efforts that have kept its character intact. Admission costs are reasonable, and the experience is enriched by engaging guides who share fascinating tales of the Cook family. Don't forget to explore the surrounding Fitzroy Gardens for a serene escape within the bustling city, a truly delightful addition to your road trip travel itinerary.

 

See the animals at Melbourne Zoo

When travelling to Melbourne, especially with kids, you are going to want to stop in at the Melbourne Zoo. Ideally set in the heart of the city, this iconic attraction boasts an impressive array of wildlife, from meerkats to elephants. The zoo's carefully crafted exhibits provide a close-up encounter with creatures from around the globe, making it an educational adventure for families and curious individuals. Admission to Melbourne Zoo is affordable and the ticket prices support the zoos conservation efforts and the well-being of the animals. The commitment to conservation shines through the Melbourne Zoo’s informative presentations and interactive experiences, ensuring visitors leave not only entertained but also enlightened with new knowledge.

Image: Visit Victoria

 

Relax in the Royal Botanical Gardens

A gem in the heart of the city is the Royal Botanical Gardens, set along the banks of the Yarra River. Offering a serene escape from the urban hustle and free admission, this botanical garden invites visitors to explore the extensive collection of over 8,500 plant species, including the striking Guilfoyle's Volcano and the picturesque Ornamental Lake. With themed gardens like the calming Fern Gully and the enchanting Herb Garden, each space is a testament to the gardens rich history dating back to 1846. Our tip is to pack a picnic and bask in the beauty of the landscaped lawns to relax and soak in all that this space has to offer.

 

Have a fun day out at Luna Park

Luna Park is another great thing to do in Melbourne, especially for those looking for family-friendly things to do. This place is the epitome of whimsical fun, offering a fantastic day out for visitors of all ages. Luna Park is situated along St Kilda's iconic foreshore, and boasts a vibrant atmosphere and a charming mix of nostalgic and modern attractions. Our go-to ride when we visit is to take a spin on the historic wooden roller coaster, "The Great Scenic Railway," for a thrilling ride with panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay. The park is also home to the enchanting Ghost Train, the hilariously entertaining Dodgem Cars, and of course typical amusement park treats like fairy floss. With its distinctive entrance adorned by a giant smiling face, Luna Park is easy to get to in your motorhome and promises a wonderful day out for the whole family.

 

Ready to explore Melbourne?

So there you have it, our list of some of the best things to do in Melbourne on a road trip. Whether you’re seeking nature, cultural, food or entertaining experiences, Melbourne has so much to offer. Of course, the beauty of van travel is that you can take the journey on your own time, create your own itinerary for each day and find hidden gems along the way. If you’re ready to create lasting memories from your next holiday in Melbourne, then be sure to book your Apollo Camper today, either online or in a branch. With a range of campers to choose from, you’ll be off on your adventure in no time.

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