Kaplan City Guide: Melbourne

There’s a reason why Melbourne has been voted as the world’s most liveable city 6 years in a row. With a mixture of a vibrant city life, beautiful beaches, and national parks, there is something for everyone in this amazing city.


Take a road trip on the Great Ocean Road

“I have been to the Great Ocean Road, which is amazing.”

Tip provided by:

Alexia Scheuermann, Argentina

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most beautiful drives you can take in Australia. Stretching for hundreds of miles along the coast, you can stop at a number of small surfing towns along the way. If you’re lucky, you may also see some koalas hanging out in the trees! You can also see the famous Twelve Apostles, known for their odd formation and a great location for a picturesque sunset.

great ocean road melbourne
You'll see some of the most beautiful views of the sparkling Australian coast


Visit the beach

“My favorite thing about Melbourne is the ability to combine a sightseeing trip with a lazy day at the beach”.

Tip provided by:

Matthias Exner, Germany

Why not take a break from city life and explore the beaches that Melbourne has to offer, all in close proximity to our Melbourne English school. Visit St Kilda beach, a popular location where you can walk along the pier at sunset and see penguins come out of the rocks! There is also Brighton Beach, where you can find the iconic Australian huts with hundreds of colorful designs.

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Relax in the sand and dip your toes in the refreshing ocean

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Explore the Royal Exhibition Center

“Every weekend there are different festivals and performances.”

Tip provided by:

Jun Won Choi, South Korea

Melbourne has some of the most interesting and vibrant architecture you can find. One of the most impressive yet peaceful buildings is the Royal Exhibition Center. A symbol of the exhibition movement in the 19th century, the building continues to host exhibitions, fairs, and even exams for students. The building is surrounded by huge gardens that make you feel far from the city life – even though there is also an IMAX cinema just next door!

Royal Exhibition Center Melbourne
Visit the gardens or see a performance – the choice is yours!


Go to the Victoria Market

The Victoria Market is a must-see event in Melbourne. By day, the market is a popular place to go for any type of food you can think of, from fresh fruit and vegetables to large amount of cafés. By night, it turns into a musical, food haven. There are countless food stalls where you can try dishes from all different nationalities, along with live music and various other stands that sell clothes and antiques; this is not an evening to be missed!

Victoria Market Melbourne
From food to music and boutique shops, you'll be sure to find something at this vibrant and exciting market


Walk around the city area

“I suggest using the free tram zone – as this gets you to a lot of interesting places and just walk around the city. You see a lot more that way.”

Tip provided by:

Andreas Vogt, Germany

You'll never run out of shops or cafés in the Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD). There are so many impressive sites such as Flinders Street Station, one of the oldest buildings of Melbourne. Explore the hundreds of famous alleyways with hidden cafes and artistic graffiti. If you want more of a bird’s eye view, visit some of the rooftop bars (many of which are free!).  

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Discover the amazing street art across the city


Have you studied or visited Melbourne – do you have any other tips we should share? Let us know.

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