Published On: August 3, 2023

Melbourne is called the “cultural capital of Australia” for a reason. It’s home to world class dining, outstanding natural beauty and some of the best coffee on the planet. But there’s so much more to this colorful capital city than your typical tourist attractions.

A nautical legacy

The Seaworks Maritime Museum and Discovery Centre is home to a dynamic collection of exhibits and artifacts that tell the Port of Melbourne’s story in dramatic detail.

From authentic prison hulks and ships’ bells to an extensive library of antique materials and a spectacular array of photographs, the displays at Seaworks are as impressive as they are educational and informative.

Museum admission is reasonably priced and group tours, guided by knowledgeable local volunteers, are also available.

The great open road

Nothing is more synonymous with Australian leisure than caravanning.

Looking to extend your stay? If you really want to explore like a local and don’t mind veering slightly off the beaten path, then renting a caravan or motorhome to plot your own course for adventure is the way to go.

Whether you’re looking for a drivable RV, such as a motorhome, a caravan for towing and touring or an off-road camper trailer with just the right amount of creature comforts, rental sites like can pair you with the perfect vehicle for your intended destination.

Take a step back in time

No stopover in Melbourne would be complete without a visit to Australia’s oldest amusement park – Luna Park.

Set on the gorgeous shore of Port Phillip Bay in nearby St. Kilda, Luna Park has been a must-visit destination for the young at heart for more than 100 years.

Ride The Great Scenic Railway, the oldest continually operating wooden roller coaster in the world, and the only one of its kind still operated by a standing brakeman. The coaster’s thrilling dips and turns take you all around the outside of the park for dazzling views of the bay below – if you’re brave enough to keep your eyes open, that is!

With its electrifying rides, breezy carnival atmosphere and beachside location, Luna Park exudes a unique charm. Somehow timeless and contemporary at once, it’s the perfect place to spend a fun-filled afternoon or romantic evening under the lights.

Hidden wonders await

Whether you’re looking to explore Melbourne by land, sea, air – or all the above, you’ll find some of the most amusing, relaxing, and exhilarating experiences aren’t found on any Top 10 traveler’s list.

Rather, they’re the everyday pleasures and offbeat treasures most locals prefer to keep close to the vest.

In 2022, Melbourne was named Australia’s most livable city in The Global Liveability Index. So you owe it to yourself to make time and really live it up when you’re there.

Treat yourself to the uncommon. Try something new. Enjoy the distinct cosmopolitan and multicultural experiences that only Australia’s “cultural capital” can provide.

And make sure you leave “Down Under” on top of the world.

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