So, you're planning a trip to Melbourne? That's great news! It's a truly magical city with plenty to see and do! This might be your first visit, or maybe you've been once or twice before. Either way, you'll want to see the sights that best showcase Melbourne's vast array of cultures, cuisines and experiences, not just the usual tourist spots.
That's where the Unanchor Magic of Melbourne 3-Day Tour comes in. I've created this itinerary to give you an insight into the real Melbourne in just three days. Here are just some of the sights my tour will help you discover:
- St Kilda Beach is a must-do for tourists, but unless you have the help of a local, you might blow your budget at one of the overpriced restaurants on the beach. Only a local can give you the genuine Aussie beach experience. And what if it's a rainy or cold day? This itinerary shows you where to go to stay dry and warm.
- Melbourne is known for its amazing little laneways which are covered in street art and lined with delicious and affordable cafes, bars and boutique stores, but they're not easy to find! Unanchor gives you the low-down on the best laneways in the city centre.
- The Queen Victoria Market is another must-do. I'm a local and I visit the market at least twice a week, seriously! But to get the best out of your experience you need to plan ahead. It's a busy, hectic place, so to save you from the stress and overcrowding, you need a local to tell you when is the best time of day to go and what shops and specials to look out for.
In addition to this, you'll also get a behind-the-scenes look at Australia's sporting past and present at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and a local's guide to Melbourne's multicultural cuisines - from Italian on Lygon Street and Asian in Chinatown, to cakes and coffee in St Kilda and cheap, local wine and cheese at the Queen Victoria Market.
The Magic of Melbourne 3-day itinerary is perfect for singles, couples and families who want to see the best of Melbourne's sights, without spending a fortune.
Melbourne's city centre is really accessible and affordable. To make the most of it, this tour involves some walking, although never more than 20 minutes at a time. Getting around on foot allows you to spend less time and money on transport and more of your holiday wandering around Melbourne's beautiful streetscapes.
Here's a sample of what's included:
Lygon Street is Melbourne’s little slice of Italy. The infamous strip of Italian restaurants, cafe's and bars boast authentic, delicious Italian food and wine, combined with friendly service and affordable prices. The street comes to life around 7pm, so why not relax with a glass of wine or an espresso at one of the wine bars or cafes before dinner.
When you're ready to eat simply wander back down Lygon Street and have some fun with the boisterous restaurant owners. They stand outside their venues to do their best to charm potential customers.
Local's tip 1: Don't take the first offer you get.
Local's tip 2: Look for the busier restaurants. They are busy for a reason.
Just like at the Queen Victoria Market, the restaurant owners on Lygon Street love bargaining and will attempt to lure you in with special deals. Consider their offer and try and get them to lower their price or throw in something extra, like garlic bread or wine, then continue looking to ensure you get the best deal. You can always come back if you don't find anything better.
If you're still unsure, don't be. Unanchor offers a complete refund if you're not happy with your itinerary. And if you've got any questions or feedback, why not get in touch? My email address is included in the itinerary. I guarantee that this tour will help you uncover the magic of Melbourne, but be warned, you won't want to leave!