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Published July 30th 2016
A bucket of fun with this bucket list
Melbourne is certainly a city that does not give up easy when it comes to giving secrets away. However, you can crack its mysteries, explore the wonders, feel your senses and satisfy that curiosity with this ultimate Bucket List!
1. Say Good morning from the skies Where: Balloons Flights Over Melbourne, 123 Collins St, Melbourne
Details: A sunrise hot air balloon ride is the ultimate bucket list idea that is a must do. This once in a lifetime magical experience is the perfect way to see Melbourne from a different perspective as you admire the city skyline early dawn. There are other hot air balloon options too. Click here for website. 2. Awaken your senses
Where: Footscray- see below for address details Details: Taste the flavour of Africa with Ethiopian food in Footscray. Experience this exotic multicultural cuisine with three Ethiopian restaurants: Get your stew fix and a crash course of vegetarian-friendly delights at Addis Abeba (220 Nicholson St), or for a hearty meal that will not break the bank try Dinknesh Lucy (277 Barkly St) and Café Lalibela (91 Irving St) for the Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
3. Explore the best bookshop in the world! Where: Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon St, Carlton. Details: It is not often that you will find crowds hanging around at a bookstore at 10pm on a Saturday night. Well, it is no wonder crowds gather here as they took out the top prize at the London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards! Aside from its unparalleled range, the staff are helpful and it has a great atmosphere, with strong history (it was the first bookstore chain to open in Melbourne in 1969). Click here for website.
Where: 37 Swanston St, Melbourne (entry via Cathedral Arcade) Details: This Art Deco icon is a creative hive which was built in 1926 in the Greek revival palazzo style and with its grey terracotta faience façade and an arcade with a leadlighted roof. This historical building is a must see and exploring its 9 storeys is an unparalleled shopping adventure where you will find boutique, jewellers, art studios and bespoke tailors. The Nicholas Building was also the last building in Melbourne to have lift operators! Click here for website.
5. Twilight at the Zoo Where: Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Ave, Parkville
Details: Not only is Melbourne Zoo the oldest Zoo in Australia (opened in 1862) but it is also home to thousands of cute and amazing creatures great and small. There are many exhibits including the Butterfly Room, the Zoo itself is worth a visit, however, for the ultimate bucket list why not attend The Twilight Zoo which is a program filled with concerts and events throughout summer, pack a picnic and enjoy a balmy evening listening to local and international acts, backed by a lion's roar! Click here for the website.
6. Try a different eatery experience
Where: Lentil As Everything, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
Details: For a different eatery experience why not try Lentil As Everything. This not-for-profit eatery has become an institution for its delicious vegetarian dishes and its pay-as-you-feel business model, which supports the disadvantaged members of the community. Click here for the website.
7. Dinner Cruise
Where: Spirit of Melbourne, departs Southgate Promenade Berth 3, Southgate Arts & amp; Leisure Precinct
Details: Take a romantic cruise with that special someone or maybe have a great night out with friends and family on a 3-hour memorable dinner cruise. Enjoy a gourmet 4-course dinner cruise along the Yarra River as you pass the city skyline, gardens, iconic buildings and more. Click here for the website.
8. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Tour
Where: Brunton Ave, Melbourne
Details: Melbourne's sporting mecca, the 'G' hosts cricket in summer and AFL footy in winter and attendance is a rite of passage for many and with a capacity of 100,000 people, for many Australians it is considered hallowed ground. If you cannot make it to a game (highly recommendable) you can still make your pilgrimage on non-match-day tours which includes a tour through the stands, media & coaches areas, change rooms, out onto the ground, the famous MCC Long Room, MCC Library (founded in 1873), MCG Tapestry, Cricketers' viewing room, Ron Casey Media Centre, Portrait of Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar, Cricket Victoria Bill Lawry Centre, Ponsford Stand and City Terrace with view's of Melbourne skyline. Click here for the website.
9. Melbourne's Street Art
Where: AC/DC Lane, Duckboard Place, Hosier & Rutledge lanes, Centre Place, Flinders Court, Union Lane, Presgrave Place, Russell Place, Croft Alley, Stevenson & Tattersalls Lanes, Caledonian Lane, cnr 361 Little Bourke St, Rankins Lane, Finlay Lane, behind corner of Queen & Franklin Streets and Blender Lane.
Details: Melbourne is famous for its arcades and laneways. It is also known as one of the world's great street art capitals for its unique expressions of art displayed on approved outdoor locations throughout the city, and tucked around street corners is home to many hidden artworks and little surprises of creations. Some of the street art is officially commissioned by the City of Melbourne, while others are less official. It is certainly a bucket list experience. Click here for the website and click here for tour website.
10. Everyone needs good neighbours!
Where: The Official Neighbours Tour, 570 Flinders St, Melbourne
Details: Everyone needs good neighbours, whether or not you are a fan of Australia's long-running soap opera, the Neighbours Tour is a must see on the bucket list as you visit the famous Ramsay Street, where the drama unfolds. The tour also gives you an opportunity to meet one of the cast members or to enter the studios to see the exterior sets, photo and autograph opportunities. Click here for the website.
11. Stand on the Edge!
Where: Eureka Skydeck 88, 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank
Details: Experience Melbourne from dizzying heights with spectacular 360-degree views of the city with this world-first experience.
Get ready for lift-off with the express elevator, which will take you to level 88 in 40 seconds! Be in awe with breathtaking views and if you are brave enough stand on the Edge where you will feel like you are walking on air. Click here for the website.
12. Get Arrested!
Where: Old Melbourne Gaol, 337 Russel St, Melbourne
Details: Get 'arrested' and thrown in the slammer on the City Watch Tour at the Old
Melbourne Gaol, this experience is surely one to try at least once!
Built in 1841, this forbidden bluestone prison was in operation until 1929 and it is now one of Melbourne's most popular points of interest. This is a must experience, it can be enjoyed with a guided tour where you can visit the tiny bleak cells, where around 135 people were hanged including Ned Kelly, Australia's infamous bushranger in 1880. Ned Kelly's death mask can also be seen on display and you can also do a ghost tour or Hangman's night tour. Click here for the website.
13. Fly High!
Where: Heli Experiences, the Heliport at Essendon Airport
Details: Fly high with the first of its kind in Melbourne with a helicopter flight around Melbourne. This once in a lifetime experience allows you to see Melbourne from a "birds-eye" perspective as you watch the city below you with a helicopter ride. There are many helicopter tour rides available. Click here for thet website.
14. Food Experience Like No Other
Where: Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, Tram Stop 125, cnr Clarendon St & Normanby Rd, South Melbourne
Details: This fabulous experience must be tried at least once and making it on the bucket list this delicious and unique experience is one to definitely do. Aboard the famous fleet of historical trams, dine on fine food as you enjoy the scenic streets of Melbourne. There are luncheon early and later dinner experiences. Click here for the website.
15. Sing like no one is listening
Where: Charlton's Karaoke, Level 2, 2 Coverlid Place, Melbourne
Details: Okay, so they are watching and it can be a bit daunting singing open-mic karakoe, but this is a must do bucket list experience at the Charlton's Karaoke as you ease into a round of pool or boogie at the bar next door. Be sure to beat out a song before the night is over! Click here for the website.
16. Something fishy is happening
Where: Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium,
Details: This is the ultimate bucket list and perfect to let go of your fear of sharks as you experience a shark encounter in a safe environment. The Shark Dive Xtreme offers a unique opportunity to come face-to-face with sharks, stingrays and other marine life. Click here for the website.
16. Shop till you drop
Where: Collins Street, between Spring & Swanston Streets, Melbourne
Details: Known as Paris end this top end shopping experience is a must, browsing is just perfectly enough for many of us. There are luxe boutiques between Collins and Elizabeth Street. Also check out the Block Arcade which was built in 1891 and features etched-glass ceilings and mosaic floors.
17. Row, row, row your boat…
Where: See website.
Details: Upstream of downstream? Take a river cruise down the scenic Yarra River as you enjoy views from the comfort of a boat. There are two options 1-hour cruise or 2 ½ hour return cruise. Click here for the website.
18. Blood sucking time!
Where: Draculas, 100 Victoria St, Carlton
Details: Take a wild "blood hungry" journey of fleshy pop-rock, high camp costumes, slap face comedy and dizzying circus acts with this one-of-a-kind vampire inspired, poltergeist themed cabaret show. The show combines steam punk retro with stunning futuristic stage effects, live music, fleshy burlesque. Click here for the website.
19. Gluttonous Acts
Where: See below
Details: If you are a foodie then you will love this list of food tours ranging from all things sweet to exotic multicultural delights. Awaken your senses with these food tours.
Hidden Secrets leads you through the world's most liveable city laneways, unveiling the lesser-known delights, be sure to wear your elastic waisted pants as you enjoy this degustation walking tour. Click here for the website.
- Melbourne Food Experiences, is run in partnership with chefs, chocolatiers, bakeries and wine experts and this food and wine tour takes you on a culinary journey where you sample specialties of the world. Click here for the website.
- Chocoholics, the name says it all and if you are a sweet tooth this is a must tour. This indulgent walking tour includes visits to French-style handmade goodies, hot chocolate and more. Click here for the website.
- Melbourne Coffee Tours, this coffee walking tour is a must do as Melbourne is fiercely proud of its coffee culture and the tour includes tastings and cuppings from some of Melbourne's top coffee spots. Click here for the website.
20. Wind beneath your wings…
Where: Melbourne Tandem Skydive,
Details: It might not be for everyone but skydiving is a must do activity at Melbourne's only beach skydive and it certainly gives a rush of adrenaline. Skydive over stunning coastlines and feel the wind beneath your wings with this activity. Click here for the website.
21. Travel like in Asia
Where: Fitzroy - see website.
Details: This unique form of travelling through Melbourne is a must do, as you take a rickshaw scenic tour through graffiti alleyways, rustic backstreets and hidden gems.
22. Feel the breeze through your hair
Where: They offer pick-ups from hotels or home. - see website.
Details: This thrilling experience is a must on the bucket list as you take a Harley Davidson ride tour through the streets of Melbourne. Click here for the website.
A great list, well done! There is another Ethiopian in Footscray - Ras Dashen at 121 Nicholson Street, which is a great place to visit. For a deeper cultural experience, make sure you grab a bottle of Ethiopian wine from the local bottle shop - inexpensive and actually quite drinkable!