Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and Australia's second-most populous city, is the state's cultural and economic centre. It was established in 1835 by free settlers from the British colony of Van Diemen's Land, and it became an official Crown settlement the following year, in 1837.
Climate-wise, it has a temperate, oceanic climate with warm summers and cool winters, but it is notorious for its erratic weather. For lone tourists exploring a big city, the loneliness can be overwhelming. The city of Melbourne, however, offers a wide variety of things to do for those who are travelling without a companion. The following article will provide you with information on ten things to do while vacationing in Melbourne on your own.
Things To Do In Melbourne Alone
There's an art to hanging out by yourself. At worst, you'll end up sitting on a park bench staring wistfully at passers-by. At best, you’ll enjoy a marvellous escapade where the only person calling the shots is you.
Pull Up A Barstool At Pellegrini's Espresso Bar
Comfort food at affordable prices can be found at Melbourne's grand old dame of restaurants (unless you have a gluten intolerance, in which case you should look elsewhere).
There's something special about digging into a sliding colossus of lasagne ($16) while perched on an antique bench and a stool that are themselves 65 years old. All of us here at the office think you should do it. Not so much with a white shirt.
Take A Hot-Air-Balloon Flight
A hot-air balloon ride is a different and exciting way to see the world than by walking the streets of a city. For the duration of my hot-air balloon ride over Melbourne, the wind prevented us from getting within sight of the city. Even so, we got to take in a lot of the scenic landscape and watch as the sun rose over Melbourne. It's a great summer activity in Melbourne.
Lulie St Tavern
Curtin House is a wacky place, as anyone who has climbed its graffiti-covered, gritty staircases can attest. The Toff in Town, with its train-carriage-style booths and curtained theatrics; Cookie, a chaotic, heaving Thai beer hall-restaurant-disco hybrid; Mesa Verde, with its Mexican antics; Rooftop, with its late-night films; and random retail pop-ups, which appear mysteriously in the dusty former offices.
Lulie St is owned by Jon-Lee Farrell, formerly of the Rooftop Bar, and Brendan Kennedy, formerly of the Toff, both of whom cut their teeth at Curtin House. A former warehouse on a quiet Abbotsford side street, this place feels like entering a friend's garage, albeit one with a record collection as eclectic as the alcohol offerings. It's a bit chilly and draughty, with exposed brick walls and simple wooden furniture (though there is a mobile gas heater). The "decor" consists of a dartboard in one corner and a ladder propped up in another, along with some potted plants and some short white candles that flicker at night.
Being met with such casual minimalism can be a bit of a culture shock for some. If you're hoping for a lot of extra trimmings, you've come to the wrong place. There are free monkey nuts available in glass jars. The long wooden bar and kegs-cum-tables are covered in empty shells, which are occasionally sucked up by a bartender in jeans and a hoodie wielding a Dustbuster.
There's a sense of transitoriness about Lulie St. It seems to have been assembled in a flash and disassembled in the same amount of time. The next-door shoe store has a two-year lease on the space, so this makes a lot of sense.
Whatever was transplanted from Curtin House has been sent packing with the drinks. Only five are used in a revolving fashion. Spiced rum and freshly squeezed Granny Smiths make a delicious combination at Cargo & Co. It has a marshmallow juice foam and tastes sweet, sour, and pulpy. Lulie's version of an Old Fashioned, which uses Plantation rum in place of rye, is sweeter than our standard version. At long last, there's an ice cream-based espresso Martini that doesn't require any special equipment to enjoy; simply pour it into a glass milk bottle and sip.
Apart from the cocktails, the drinks list is organised into clear categories, such as draughts, cans, longnecks, sparkling, white, and red wines. Hungry? Get in touch with the bartender to place a takeout order for a perfect, thin-crust pizza from Rita's. The Lulie Food Truck Festival is held every Friday and Saturday night. Switches activated
Tires). Bartenders also double as DJs, and they do a great job of it. In the best sense, this is music that your father would enjoy, such as that by Gerry Rafferty, the Beatles, Ry Cooder, Free, and similar artists. After each record is played, the sleeve is displayed so that patrons can learn about the artist while they sip their beverage.
We suggest sitting on the high stools at the bar unless you've come with a large party. First dibs on drinks, say what songs get played, and strike up a conversation with the genial bartender; all this is yours for the taking. Lulie St is perfect for conversations because it is peaceful, spacious, always has seats available, and has a laid-back vibe. Stored away under the heading of Quiet Places to Think Alone Bars.
A lot of the new bars opening up in Melbourne have been full of gimmicks. We've seen bars with themes as diverse as African glamping, retro video games, and pirates serving drinks out of treasure chests. An absence of a central theme seems revolutionary here. The lack of frills that characterise the tavern that is Lulie St. is a big part of what gives it its charm. Lulie's peach iced tea isn't as refreshing as that.
Watch A Night Cinema
One of the most popular summertime activities is going to the movies late at night. There are a tonne of great spots to do so in both the central business district and the suburbs of Melbourne. In Melbourne, the most visited open-air cinema is the Moonlight Cinema in the Melbourne Gardens, a mystical spot to watch classic and contemporary films under the stars. Seeing a movie by yourself in Melbourne? The QV Cinema at the QV markets is perfect for a 16 Dollars ticket, a guaranteed fun night in the heart of the city.
If you have a serious crush on St. Kilda, you should definitely check out the American Express open-air theatre there.
This is the place to be, whether you're in Melbourne on your own or with your significant other, for a lovely Saturday night filled with fine dining, relaxation, and top-notch movies at the beachfront.
Lost And Found Market
After a few location changes, Lost and Found have settled into Fitzroy's Brunswick Street. Vintage lovers across Melbourne lust after Lost and Found, a huge cavern of pure vintage heaven drawing in second-hand fans like moths to a flame. There are clothes (men and women) and furniture, books, lights, toys, records, and brick a brac.
In many ways, a trip to Lost and Found is like an accidental visit to the Lost Dogs Home: it's packed with precious little things hoping for a warm, loving home. Maybe you weren’t expecting to leave with a fuzzy orange armchair, but you didn’t have a choice, did you? Just like back in the good old days, there was no online shopping available, so you'd have to go into the store to find your next retro treasure.
Go Up The Eureka Tower
At sunset, visiting the Eureka Skydeck on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower is one of the best things to do in Melbourne. On a clear day, the view from the observation deck 285 metres above ground shows just how vast Melbourne is. It was ideal for them to arrive just before sundown so they could capture the city in both the golden hour and after dark.
Spend Time In Fitzroy
A number of my favourite spots in Melbourne are in the Fitzroy area. Since it has so many unique shops, vintage stores, and cafes and restaurants, it is frequently compared to New York's Brooklyn. The Rose St. Artists' Market and the fantastic street art it features make Rose Street one of my favourite places in all of Fitzroy.
The best gelato in Melbourne can be found at Gelato Messina, the best brunch can be had at Rustica Sourdough, the best chicken and waffles in Melbourne can be found at Belles Hot Chicken on the weekends, the best vegan and vegetarian food can be found at Vegie Bar, and the best croissants in Melbourne can be found at Lune Croissanterie (and possibly Australia).
Dandenong Ranges Tour By Puffing Billy Steam Train
Guests can travel through the Dandenong Ranges on Australia’s favourite steam train. The Puffing Billy was built in 1900 and took guests to see some of the most magnificent countrysides in Victoria. Delicious Devonshire tea will be provided to recapture the romance of the days of steam travel. Some highlights of the trip include a visit to Sherbrooke Forest, the crimson rosella parrots, passage through quaint villages and a stop at Sassafras or Olinda.
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
This is one of the best ways to discover any city as guests are given the option to get on and get off the tour buses at any of the stops as and when they want to. It ensures that guests prioritise their time to visit the places they’re most interested in. Each bus takes a slightly different route, so guests can choose the one that suits them the most.
The added advantage is that some tickets are valid for 48 hours, so guests have ample time to take in the sights and enjoy on the top deck. The main starting point is Federation Square, but visitors can board at any stop.
National Sports Museum
If you follow cricket or watch cricket matches, you must have heard of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Within the walls of this iconic cricket stadium, you can find the National Sports Museum, which celebrates Australian Sport and also the history of MCG.
The iconic place features the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and the Australian Football Hall of Fame. If you are lucky enough, you might even get to watch a game of cricket live.
The Midsumma Festival
The Melbourne LGBTI community has put together a lively and entertaining event. Beginning on the 16th of January, over 120 vendors will set up shop in Alexandra Gardens for the annual Carnival. Melbourne residents and visitors will be entertained for three weeks by street dances, performances, and visual arts. The Pride March is the festival's pinnacle event. On the last day of the year, individuals and organisations in all manner of wacky and brightly coloured costumes parade from Fitzroy Street to St. Kilda, singing and dancing the whole way.
Some of Melbourne's most intriguing businesses call this six-story structure home. There's the Metropolis bookstore, the Human Salon barbershop, the Cookie and Mesa Verde restaurants, the Dot Comme high fashion mecca, and the Rooftop Bar, the crown jewel of Melbourne, among many others. There's also the Toff in Town, which has a private booth bar to the left of the stairwell and an excellent band space to the right, and is widely considered to be the classiest bar in this particular stairwell. Therefore, guests can get a taste of Melbourne without leaving the hotel.
Melbourne Ghost Tour
Here is an opportunity to travel back to 19th-century Melbourne. This is a 1.5-hour tour of the most haunted locations in the city. Guests can discover hidden lanes, historic buildings, and spooks that still linger on the city streets. Guests can also learn about some of Melbourne’s most infamous characters, including Jack the Ripper and the opera singer who fell to his death in front of an audience. The meeting point is in front of the ‘I’ at the Melbourne Visitor Information Center.
Do you wish you could summon your homies and trounce them at Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario Kart, Mortal Kombat, Gun Fight, or Fire Escape while sipping on an ice-cold craft beer or imaginative cocktail? Thanks to Bartronica, Melbourne's first vintage arcade bar, well, now you can.
Pick from free-play or coin-operated arcade machines, stake out the Nintendo 64 or rest between fighting marathons on the comfy couches dotted around this cavernous, mainly underground space.
Hour Dumpling Walking Tour
Visitors to Melbourne can try one of the city's most beloved dishes: dumplings. On top of that, they can take a three-hour walking tour around the city to various dumpling joints for a multi-sensory feast.
With a knowledgeable dumpling and city guide, they can sample dumplings at various establishments while learning about Asian contributions to Melbourne's culture.
Spend The Day In St Kilda
One more of my favourite Melbourne neighbourhoods is St. Kilda. From the central business district, you can take a tram straight to St. Kilda. The St. Kilda Beach and the Luna Park rides are two of the best attractions in the area, and so is a stroll along the St. Kilda Pier.
From the pier, you can get some great pictures of the city skyline. In addition, a group of penguins has made their home in the rocky outcrop at the very end. You can go see the penguins if you visit at night. I've been there several times, and it remains one of my top recommendations for visitors to Melbourne.
Previously known as the Eureka Skydeck, the structure has undergone an extensive multi-million dollar renovation and is now called the Melbourne Skydeck. Even now, it stands as the Southern Hemisphere's tallest lookout point. It's still one of the best ways to get a bird's-eye view of Melbourne, but now there are a lot more things to see and do from up here.
The Skydeck recently added a massive virtual reality theatre, complete with 24 award-winning Positron Voyager VR chairs that transport visitors on an 11-minute, fully immersive journey through various Melbourne and Victorian experiences. In addition to seeing and hearing the action, guests will also be able to smell it and feel the vibrations of the floor as they move through the experience. Things like swooping over the Great Ocean Road and smelling the fresh coffee as you walk through Melbourne's laneways and riding the historic wooden roller coaster at Luna Park come to mind. In Melbourne, a new 1:1100 scale augmented reality 3D model of the city is available to provide an even more detailed look. Visitors can explore eight of Melbourne's most important historical periods, from pre-settlement times to the present day, on six digital tablets stationed around the model.
All told, it took 240 days for 3D printers to produce the 184 parts that make up the model, and 40 3D augmented reality models are superimposed on the display. It's safe to say that this 3D model of Melbourne is the most comprehensive one currently available. This model is already a blast to explore, but the new Melbourne Skydeck app adds a virtual treasure hunt with 31 hidden markers, bringing the model to life in a whole new way. Find all the hidden treasures, scan them, and unlock the secret message to receive a special gift from Melbourne Skydeck.
Champagne Bollinger, along with other wines, beers, spirits, cocktails, and soft drinks, will be available at Bar 88 as a fitting capstone to your experience. Bar snacks, cheese plates, and other savoury nibbles from Eureka 89's kitchen will also be available for purchase at the bar. Sit back and enjoy a drink or snack on one of the window seats while taking in the scenery.
Those who are feeling brave can still visit the Edge. Experience Melbourne from almost 300 metres in the air by standing on the glass cube. You can also walk the Plank, a virtual reality experience that culminates in a thrilling virtual plunge and zipline ride, if that isn't enough of a rush for you.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Guests can explore the inner sanctum of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, walk on the hallowed arena and experience where legends play by taking a guided tour. It helps to gain an insight into Melbourne’s sporting culture while exploring one of the world’s most iconic stadiums.
A few highlights from the tour include the famous Long Room, the library, the tapestry, Ron Casey Media Centre, and the portraits of Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar.
Take A Ride On The Melbourne Star
You can't visit the Melbourne Docklands without taking a trip up the Melbourne Star. Take in the sky for half an hour for only $36. Unfortunately, the view from that point is limited and does not encompass the entirety of Melbourne. The south-western part of the city is displayed instead. And if you do it in the late afternoon, you'll get to see Melbourne's gorgeous skyline as the sun goes down.
Dine In Cumulus Inc
The term "eat in" falls short. Even the term "all-day diner" doesn't do it justice. The term "favourite clubhouse" comes the closest to describing Cumulus Inc.'s status in Melbourne's ravenous social scene. And perhaps that sums up our 2018 Legend Award recipient. So many people have so many different perceptions of what Cumulus Inc actually is. It's a great place to impress out-of-town guests at breakfast meetings for city office workers (bonus points for feigned nonchalance in the face of its boast-worthy fabulousness). A place where being a lone rocketeer is never an issue (all the better to study the grooming habits of fellow diners). At night, when the crowds are at their peak, this is the kind of place where you might want to consider wearing comfortable shoes. And you can't say you're a real Melburnian if you haven't had a few Negronis late at night and woke up with a foggy head to match. As the first Melbourne chef to serve a can of Ortiz anchovies, Andrew McConnell deserves to go down in culinary history. One dish that features tuna tartare, goat curd, and crushed peas has inspired a legion of imitators.
However, it is overshadowed by the show-stopping slow-roasted lamb shoulder, whose recipe A-Mac has published but which somehow never tastes as good when prepared away from the actual event. And what about the rum baba, in which the entire bottle is provided for you to gratuitously pour over the sponge cake? Yes, you guessed correctly. Legend.
With the recent celebration of its tenth anniversary, Cumulus Inc. has elicited two reactions. Let's start with the obvious: has it really been that long? Two: We don't know how we survived before it. Raise a glass to its continued success in a space that looks and feels as good as it did when it first opened in 2008, with whitewashed walls, marble counters, and bentwood chairs evoking Paris and the accompanying eccentricity — such as shoe lasts serving as coat hooks — evoking Melbourne.
FAQs About Things To Do In Melbourne Alone
Large cities can often make solo travellers feel lonely. However, Melbourne has quite a few activities to keep solo travellers occupied. Keep reading to find out about ten activities to take part in when exploring Melbourne by yourself!
Grab a seat at one of Melbourne's many warm and friendly little bars: we’ve found that the bartenders at Lulie Street Tavern, Black Pearl and Rooks Return are particularly talkative with solo patrons. Eat a plate of dumplings in Chinatown – you'll probably be shoved on someone else's table anyway.
Throw in a free tourist tram that reaches the major sights — including Queen Victoria Market, Carlton Gardens, and Federation Square — and Melbourne’s got simplicity and safety all rolled up in one. Likewise, Sweden's safe, accessible cities are ideal for solo travel for women.