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Bucket List of Things to do in Melbourne

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by Lesley Mitchell (subscribe)
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Published July 25th 2012
Times ticking on, you get to thinking in Melbourne that you have started to get older and begin thinking about things that you could do that you had never before experienced in this wonderful city

Some suggestions are for those with very deep pockets, others will be free and all will be amazing experiences.

So if you have not yet had the chance to create your own bucket list I am here to give you some great ideas. Whether you live here or are a visitor to Melbourne and looking for some fun things to do there is sure to be some great activities here for you.

What would you add to your bucket list of things to do?

We'd love to hear your exciting dreams in Melbourne too.

Begin by  celebrating in style with an overnight stay at the lake-house in Daylesford - our famous spa country.



As long as you've made the effort to come all this way, why don't you treat yourself with a beautiful spa treatment at one of the many indulgent spa and health resorts.

Board your own private luxury charterboat and discover Port Phillip bay in style. Swim with the dolphins and seals, dive and snorkel or catch some beautiful sun-rays sipping champagne on the deck.

Visit the world's oldest living culture as you explore the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Aboriginal heritage cultural walk. Discover an insight into the traditional camping and meeting grounds of the warrundjeri people.

If chocolate and sweet indulgence is your style - why not try the chocoholic tour in Melbourne. As you wander through Melbourne's hidden walkways and beautiful arcades, you'll get to taste and sample from some of Melbourne's finest chocolatiers.



Make out at our original "lovers lane" situation high above the world at Mt Dandenongs Lookout.

Ride a skateboard through the treetops, true - you really can and its all pretty safe too at Belgraves - trees adventure.



Get your gut churning with some aerial tricks in a jet fighter.



Perhaps not really the things of bucket lists but definitely worthwhile is a visit to the Queen Victoria Market. Perhaps you might like to take the foodies dream tour. Sample your way through the biggest market in the southern hemisphere and not only that - you get to eat and drink like a local.

If theatre is your thing, Melbourne is home to some of the most elegant theatres. Choose from four of the main ones, even a Spanish rococo room for the ultimate VIP food and wine experience.

Hold a cocktail party on the 89th floor of the world's tallest residential building - join us at Eureka Tower with private event space and views that cover 360° across Melbourne's beautiful skyline.

Live your dream of becoming a racing car driver for a day zooming around the Australian Grand Prix circuit in the track car racing on Phillip Island.

Take your place in a sailing regatta on Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay - work with your team to sail in a unique and thrilling race by highly qualified skippers.

Graze on a trip to the Yarra Valley - filled with lushest green pastures and rows of colourful grape vines, perhaps even watch the sunrise as you take to the air in a hot air balloon.

Jump in to the Melbourne spring racing carnival and dress up to join in the memorable fashion on the field.

Pamper yourself at one of Melbourne's renowned spa retreats for a beautiful healing experience.

Embrace more than 20 million years of history by taking a drive through Victorian rugged coastline. Hover above the 12 apostles in a helicopter admiring the beautiful scenery and watching waves splash against the coast along the world-famous Great Ocean Road. Voted the best coastal drive on the planet by Conde Nast Traveler.

Get up close and experience the world smallest penguins as they waddle ashore at the Penguin Parade on Phillip.


For a unique dining experience jump onboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. The very first travelling Tramcar Restaurant in the world where you will enjoy fine cuisine and the very best of Australia wine all whilst taking in the beautiful streets of Melbourne.

Take a walk on the wild side at the edge, experiencing Sky Deck 88. The only observation deck in the world which juts out 3m from the building in a class cube at the Eureka Tower.

Stepping back in time, experience Goldrush fever at Ballarat's Sovereign Hill, where perfectly rebuilt 1850s goldmining still exists on a unique settlement. Try your chance at striking it lucky, panning for gold or travelling by horse and carriage and gaining a glimpse into the life of Australian, English and Chinese miners over 150 years ago.

Visit the Mornington Peninsula's gastronomic delights as you experience local wines and find foods, set amidst stunning coastal backdrop & bushland journeys.

Soak in the healing hot springs of Peninsula Hot Springs.
Bathe Day or Night at Peninsula Hot Springs


Take a private guided tour out of the Melbourne Cricket Ground or the G as it is locally known. Feel the energy of where legends were created.

Stroll down Lygon Street to enjoy Melbourne's cafe culture at its best and experience Melbournes own little Italy.

Whilst still on a cultural adventure, take a journey down Victoria Street to experience life Vietnamese way. Filled with fantastic restaurants, cafes and fascinating supermarkets.

In Autumn, Melbourne plays host to over 300 comedians from all around the world for the International Comedy Festival. Sure to bring a laugh and some good times.

Snorkel around the piers of Melbourne's Peninsulas and visit the natural habitat of seahorses and Melbourne's unique marine life.

Surf Bells Beach and become part of our movie culture with one of the world's top surf beaches. Be part of the story as you stroll along Bells Beach, learn how to make surfboards and of course how to surf.

Get caught up in the magic of the story of Banjo Patterson's famous - "A Man From Snowy River" at Emu Bottom Homestead. It is the perfect setting for storytelling sessions with the bush poet, beer and bush tucker.



Visit the amazing Lin Fox Museum - home to a $15 million collection of over 80 luxury vehicles ranging from Bentley to Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce. You can even hold a gala dinner at the Museum to fully appreciate the collection, immerse yourself in Australia's past car history.

Unleash your wild child and journey about Melbourne on a Harley Davidson Motorbike to experience the city in a whole different way.


Discover the Old Melbourne Gaol and experience life as it was in the last days of Ned Kelly. You can take a horse and carriage to get to the jail and then even dine by candlelight, whilst for the Bravest, there is even a secret ghost tour at night - ohh spooky!

And lastly, for the ultimate stay in beautiful opulence and privacy perhaps book a room at Crowne Towers Hotel. With 31 lavish villas located on the properties top floors, each villa has their own lobby and are accessed by private lifts. You can choose from a range on offer including the presidential villa and elegant penthouse style residence - all with 24-hour butler service and crystal club access. It is one of Australia's most luxurious hotels situated in the heart of the Crown entertainment complex.

Did I cover your bucket list?

Would you like to add more ideas, feel free, we love to share your thoughts, add them in in the comments section.

May all your bucket lists be fulfilled!
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Your Comment
Thanks for including our Harley Rides on your list Lesley. We have taken quite a few people out over the years, most who would have never considered the idea, and put a huge smile on their faces. Most people we take out quickly discover that it is nothing like the imagined it would - its much more comfortable, you don't need to hang on tight, and its completely safe!
by jdkar (score: 0|9) 1686 days ago
lovely article Lesley. definitely going to add some of the above-listed items in my life list.
by Joy (score: 3|1879) 1910 days ago
Learn an instrument. Sponsor a chinese orphan. Meet new people.
by dalys (score: 0|9) 1908 days ago
Love this article! All kinds of yes to staying over at the Lakehouse in Daylesford :D
by SuLing (score: 1|31) 1878 days ago
Love the jetfighter idea.
by Vanessa de Largie (score: 3|1343) 1883 days ago
Half of these things aren't even in Melbourne. Maybe "Melbourne & Surrounds" or "Victoria" might be better?
by elies (score: 0|7) 527 days ago
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