How Many Days in Melbourne is Enough?

The question of how many days in Melbourne is enough will do justice to the City may be down to how much time you have for your holiday. There is much to see and do in Australia. Victoria’s main city should be part of any itinerary.

The size of Australia and the huge number of attractions it holds makes it difficult to justify too much time in Melbourne. Each day will still be filled with plenty of memorable experiences. That alone is a reason to return for a second visit in the future.

How many days in Melbourne is enough is really personal choices. You can spend a week for a month to explore the city. But if you have limited time, spend at least 3 days in melbourne to get the a sense of the city.

How many days are enough for Melbourne?

3-4 days in Melbourne is sufficient to get a taste of the city and see the main sights. 5-7 days would be a more appropriate amount of time if you want to fully explore all it has to offer.

Where to stay in Melbourne?

Some of the best areas in Melbourne to book your accommodations are Melbourne CBD (Central Business District), Southbank, and Docklands. You can read full detail in this post: Where to Stay in Melbourne.

For me, Melbourne CBD is the best area to stay in Melbourne for the first time visitors. It has great public transportation, shopping, nighlight, and many attraction within walking distance. Here are some of the best hotels to stay in Melbourne:

💖 Best Area for first-timers:Melbourne CBD
💎 Best luxury hotel:Park Hyatt Melbourne
🏨 Best mid-range hotel:Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG Hotel
💰 Best budget hotel:ibis Melbourne Central

Park Hyatt Melbourne This 5-star hotel offers an award-winning restaurant, luxurious accommodation and spa facilities, just 1.5 km from Melbourne’s city centre. It is a 4-minute walk from popular shopping precinct Collins Street, and a 5-minute walk from Princess Theatre.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG Hotel Crowne Plaza Melbourne is located on the banks of the Yarra River opposite Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Crown Casino, just 5 minutes’ drive from the central business district. It features a fitness centre, a bar and a restaurant.

ibis Melbourne Central ibis Melbourne Central Hotel is located on Lonsdale Street, which has a range of restaurants and cafes. It is short distane from Federation Square andBourke Street Mall, where you will find department stores and many shops.

Is One Day in Melbourne Enough?

Flinder Station Melbourne
Flinder Station Melbourne

One major advantage that Melbourne has if you have limited time is that there is a free tram that goes around the heart of the city. I managed to see the major landmarks of the City such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Parliament Building which were easily accessible. Indeed each of the places mentioned above can be part of a single day itinerary.

Flinders Lane was my choice for lunch before I started out with my afternoon plans.

Melbourne is famous for its wine and cuisine and it makes sense to look at places for lunch and dinner in advance of arriving in Melbourne. The City has a huge range of international cuisine, Asian favorites such as Chinese and Vietnamese is an option but there are also wonderful European alternatives such as Italian and Greek. 

Is Two Days in Melbourne Enough?

With two days in Melbourne, there is the chance to go out of the heart of the City as well as seeing more of the cultural alternatives that are on offer. I am interested in art, so the National Gallery was a ‘’must’’ but there are many other highlights in Federation Square on the tram route.

I found the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Ian Potter Centre within the National Gallery with its abororingal works and the indigenously owned Koorie Heritage Trust. 

I was surprised to see cobbled streets in such a modern city but they are  there. Don’t get lost while you wander the streets. If you have two days, it is less important if you do. 

The area immediately surrounding Melbourne is worth exploring. The State of Victoria is fertile and known for its fine wines. I visited two vineyards on my second day, and took some of its production  for family and friends at home. I also enjoyed the lovely beaches, a great way to relax after a busy day in the City.

Visit my blog on 2 Days in Melbourne Itinerary to have more detail of best things to do in Melbourne in 2 days.

Is Three Days in Melbourne Enough?

I actually had three days in Melbourne, there was no need to rush. With time to see more in the galleries and the chance to sit in the Royal Botanical Gardens, I was really able to appreciate Melbourne. The range of cuisine meant I could try several different Asian and European dishes, with local wine a great accompaniment. 

I took full advantage of the free tram to get on and off at each of the places that appealed to me. Having seen the main landmarks on Day 1, my second day was largely cultural with the galleries and the aboriginal centers all part of my itinerary.

The third day saw me sampling the local Yarra Valley wines and visiting Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne where the beaches attract large crowds at weekends. My visit was midweek so I avoided too many crowds although there is enough beach area for all. 

Is Four Days in Melbourne Enough?

I did not think that I missed much in my three days in Melbourne but I certainly was not bored when I left. I could happily have stayed longer if time had permitted. I could have had more time on the beach or seen more of Melbourne’s cultural highlights.

One thing I did not fit into my visit was a tour of Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the largest cricket venue in the world. Each year on Boxing Day, the Test Match attracts 100,000 spectators. It also hosts Aussie Rules . If I visit again, I will try to plan for when there is a sporting event taking place there.

How Many Days In Melbourne And Sydney? 

Both Melbourne and Sydney are vibrant cities, cosmopolitan and full of interesting landmarks, with fine cuisine and local wine. I could happily spend a week in either without getting bored but time constraints prevented that. I know I can always return so on this visit, each city got three days.

Australia’s cities are interesting but just part of the appeal of this huge country. It is a place known for outdoor living, with a fine climate and much to appeal to travelers. Think the Great Barrier Reef, hundreds of miles of beaches and its sports-mad people.

What to See in Melbourne?

How Many Days in Melbourne is Enough : Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market

The heart of Melbourne has several important landmarks:

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Parliament Building
  • Royal Exhibition Building
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • National Gallery of Victoria

Further afield, Melbourne can offer beaches, wineries and orchards or the chance to cruise on the Yarra River. It is certainly good to be able to escape the heart of any city if there are attractions in its immediate hinterland.

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I loved Melbourne. Perhaps it does not receive as much attention as Sydney but it has plenty to offer. I didn’t have a bad meal and definitely enjoyed the wine every time I sat down to eat. I had time to relax within my three days and left feeling I knew so much more about Victoria’s main city.

For whatever how long to spend in melbourne, I hope you have a great trip to one of the most livable cities in the world!

About Author: Linda Smith

I'm Linda Smith, the Hotel Expert, an experienced travel blogger who passionate about traveling. I'm here to share with you all my travel experiences and tips. I cover a wide range of travel topics, specializing in sharing information about the best areas, neighborhoods, and hotels in each city. I hope all these things will make your travel easier.

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