By Haifa Hasim on March 7, 2019

 

Once in a while, you could use a pick-me-up vacation, alone. Melbourne, Australia is one of the safest places in the world to do that, especially if you’re flying solo! There are many things to do in Melbourne, and travellers are spoilt for choice. So, below is a list of places you must tick off your bucket list when in Melbourne.

 1.Vertue Coffee Roasters, Carlton (https://www.facebook.com/vertuecoffee/)

7 Places In Melbourne To Unwind and Rejuvenate Yourself

Brunch at Vertue Coffee Roasters. Photo © Haifa Hasim

Start your day by sipping a smooth cup of coffee first thing in the morning at Vertue Coffee Roasters. You might have to search through the alleys to find this bijou eatery that also serves beautiful brunch dishes perfect for that Instagram-worthy shot! This cafe takes their coffee seriously by roasting their own premium green coffee beans – you can watch them doing that while drinking your cup of Joe!

Address: 8 Raffa Pl, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
Getting there: Take Tram 6 heading towards Glen Iris to Moreland and stop at 112 Lygon St/Elgin St. Walk for about 1 minute to reach the café.

2.Queen Victoria Market (https://www.facebook.com/QueenVicMarket/)

A staple when exploring Melbourne, the market is a one-stop centre to fulfil your souvenirs dream! Stroll around the market for handmade crafts, local t-shirts or treat yourself to a bouquet of fresh flowers! If you feel parched after shopping, enjoy a glass of iced coffee at the food court and hum along to street performers’ tunes!

Address: Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Getting there: Note that the Market is located within the free tram zone. Take Tram 19, 57 or 59 to Stop 7, Elizabeth St or Tram 58 to Stop 9, Peel St.

3.State Library Victoria (https://www.facebook.com/statelibraryofvictoria/)

7 Places In Melbourne To Unwind and Rejuvenate Yourself

Dome view of State Library Victoria. Photo © Haifa Hasim

This architectural icon has been Melbourne’s attraction ever since its establishment in 1854. One of the first free libraries in the world, it yields much more than just a reading space. Climb up to the top floor to get a picture perfect view of the much talked about Dome. As you climb up, get to know Melbourne by taking a spin through the library’s collection of city’s founders (John Batman, John Pascoe Fawkner and Captain James Cook!) diaries and other educational exhibitions.

Address: 328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Getting there: The library is directly opposite Melbourne Central Station.

4.National Gallery of Victoria (https://www.facebook.com/NGVMelbourne/)

Feed your soul with a little art and make a trip to Australia’s oldest gallery! Separated into two locations in the city – one at St Kilda Road and the other, Ian Potter Center: NGV Australia at Federation Square (not to worry, both are within walking distance!) – the gallery boasts an astounding collection of Australian, European, Asian, Oceanic and American art. You may opt for free entry to permanent collections or spend some dollars to relish specially curated ongoing exhibitions!

Address: National Gallery of Victoria – 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia.
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia – Federation Square, Flinders St & Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia.
Getting there: From Flinders Street Station, walk straight along Swanston St and turn right on Flinders St for about three minutes to reach Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. From there, catch Tram 72 to Stop 14 Arts Precinct to visit the gallery at St Kilda Road if you’re not up to walking for another 10 minutes.

5.Split Point Lighthouse, Great Ocean Road
(https://www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/towns-and-villages/aireys-inlet/split-point-lighthouse/)

The Great Ocean Road is a spot that can’t be missed if you’re ever in town! A scenic seaside journey, you can literally stop at any point along the way to enjoy picturesque views. Admire the beautiful and almost dream-like view of the ocean from Split Point Lighthouse lookout point. Remember to capture a few shots to clip on your Wanderlust board at home!

Address: 13 Federal St, Aireys Inlet VIC 3231, Australia
Getting there: For your convenience, rent a car and drive via M1 and Great Ocean Rd or opt for the train!

6.Erskine Falls, Lorne (https://www.lornevictoria.com.au/erskine-falls/)

7 Places In Melbourne To Unwind and Rejuvenate Yourself

Erskine Falls. Photo © Haifa Hasim

Lorne is a small town located along the Great Ocean Road, while Erskine Falls is a short divert out of Lorne. To reach the falls lookout, it is a rather steep walk down (240 steps!) but the 30-metre drop cascade presents a majestic view that will wash away your fatigue! Rest your eyes with the sight of the falls plunging through the lush tree ferns and don’t forget to dip your toes in the water.

Address: Erskine Falls Road, Lorne, VIC 3232, Australia
Getting there: For your convenience, rent a car and drive via M1 and Great Ocean Rd or opt for the train!

7.Camberwell Sunday Market (https://camberwellsundaymarket.org/)

As the saying goes ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’, who knows you might discover your hidden treasure at this Sunday market, where you can find only vintage, secondhand or handmade items, so instead of knowing what exactly you want to buy, it’s the other way around! Try your luck by rummaging through boxes of old film cameras, or a pile of vintage clothes, where you might unearth something rare.

Address: Market Pl, Camberwell VIC 3124, Australia
Getting there: Take Tram 75 heading to Stop 40 Camberwell Junction and Riversdale Rd and walk for about 3 minutes to the market.

Note: To ease your travelling in Melbourne, plan your journey by visiting https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/ because the site recommends the best routes to get to your destinations!

 

Excited to visit Melbourne now? Check out Adelphi Hotel if you’re looking for a place to stay!

 

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