Destination Guide: Melbourne – RatPack Travel



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Where do we begin!

Melbourne – the quirky cosmopolitan city of Aussie! You’ve probably by now heard the arguement which is better Melbs or Sydney?  Well in true RatPack style we say go and figure out for yourself which you like more… We actually like both for different reasons! Melbourne is the home of all things artsy, culture and coffee, if your a city buff you’ll love this spot as there are sooooo may coffee spots, epic foodie joints and the museums and galleries are next level. Allow a good amount of time in this beautiful city as there is so much to see and do!

Where is it?


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  • Get out and explore the city! The city is a network of tiny little streets that offer lots of cool spots for coffee.
  • Check out the street art on Hoozier Lane and ACDC Lane
  • Go to Brighton beach and check out the beach huts
  • Go on a roadie to the Great Ocean Road
  • Hang out in St Kilda and check out the penguins
  • Go on a walking tour of the city
  • Enjoy the rooftop bars, themed bars, secret bars, and rooftop cinemas! 
  • Cruise along the river on a boat trip
  • Head to the top of the Eureka Sky Deck
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • Royal Exhibition Building

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Free things to do here:

  • Get cultural and check out all of the musuems and galleries – the majority are free!
  • A free walking tour
  • Have a free tour around the Parliament House
  • Go on the tram around the city – the main network is free, just be careful not to go in the paid for section if you don’t have a ticket
  • See the penguins at night at St Kilda Pier
  • Explore the street art around the city
  • Wander around the National Library

Hostel recommendations:

  • Space Hotel – hands down the best hostel in aussie facilities wise, we’re talking rooftop with a jacuzzi, a cinema and a gym
  • United Backpackers
  • Flinders BackPackers

Areas to check out...

  • Fitzroy
  • St Kilda
  • Docklands
  • Carlton
  • Richmond

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Foodie Spots...

  • Melbourne is the home of great food! Check out Ferdyduke, Naked for Satan, China Town
  • Laneway Greens
  • ChinChin
  • Gaazi
  • Hardware Society
  • Arbory

Hit the town...

  • Fitzroy is awesome for a great night out, they have an awesome alternative scene here!
  • Check out some of the secret bars or rooftop bars – we love Madame Brussels or Croft Institute
  • Asian  Beer Cafe for cheap beers and pizza
  • St Kilda has a great backpacker night scene

Top tips for Melbourne..

Melbourne is the home of great coffee, quirky bars, unreal street art and more! Check out our tips below to make the most of the city:

  • Use the free tram to get around the city
  • Keep an eye out for free events that are going on
  • Check out the festivals that go on by Princes Bridge 
  • Head to federation square for live performances by buskers

Our Top Tips


  • Space Hotel
  • United Backpackers
  • Flinders Hostel

Day Tours

  • Brighton Beach
  • Great Ocean Road
  • St Kilda
  • Mornington Peninsula


  • Madame Brussels
  • Imperial Hotel
  • Fathers Office Speakeasy


  • Ferdyduke
  • Teatro 
  • Bearbrass

Hidden Gems

  • ACDC Lane
  • Chuckle Park
  • Loft Institute

How long?

2-5 Days

We recommend spending around 2-5 days in Melbourne and an additional 1-5 days on the Great Ocean Road (depending if you travel by tour or campervan roadtrip). Stay in central or St Kilda if you are keen to be by the beach!

Where next?

  • Sydney
  • Uluru
  • Adelaide
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