What to do in Melbourne

Melbourne has so many things for visitors to do and see, year round. If you’re planning a trip down to this fair city, here are a few things for you to check out while you’re in town.

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of the greatest driving experiences in the world. This 242 kilometres of road officially runs from Torquay to Warrnambool along the Victorian coastline and offers those taking the trip majestic views of the 12 Apostles.

Construction began in 1919 by returned soldiers in dedication to their fallen comrades in World War I. The road serves as a war memorial and is regarded as the largest war memorial in the world. The road was completed in 1932 and winds its way through a variety of terrain along the coast.

Gray Line operates many Great Ocean Road tours.

Phillip Island

Phillip Island is located 140 km south-southeast of Melbourne’s CBD. Phillip Island is popular with tourists because of its unique mix of wildlife sanctuary and man-made excitement. The island is well known for its Fairy Penguins and has a 20 km² area that is referred to as the Phillip Island Important Bird Area.

For those of you that are more noise than nature, Phillip Island has got you covered. The Phillip Island Circuit is home to many racing events each year and plays host to the Australian Drivers’ Championship, the V8 Supercars, and the Superbike World Championship.

The Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol was built in the mid-1800s and was once home to notorious criminals from Melbourne’s seedy underbelly. Now, visitors are invited in to get a taste of what it was like to live in these cramped confines.

In the gaol’s near 90 years in operation, there were 133 hangings, including one of Australia’s most infamous icons, Ned Kelly.

or those interested in the history of Ned Kelly, the Old Melbourne Gaol has a wealth of information available to guests, along with the death mask of this bygone bushranger.