The Best Things To Do In Melbourne


Known as the most multicultural, hip city in Australia. A beautiful city bustling with an abundance of malls, coffee shops, restaurants, laneways and some of the coolest street art, Melbourne is a city that has something for everyone.

Melbourne has one of the best night scenes in Australia. So many amazing cocktail bars, clubs and live music around its hard to know where to go.

Top attractions

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is just what you think of when you consider a trip to Melbourne. Take a car and drive this iconic 243km stretch and really take in all that scenery.

Capture the Twelve Apostles and London Arch and many more endearing landscapes.

Crown Casino

The Crown Casino in center of the city is a iconic location. Bringing a slice of Vegas to Melbourne. With some of the best restaurants and bars around and a night of sheer entertainment.

Roam the casino floor and hope to make your fortunes, and enjoy the great buzz this venue offers.

Eureka Skydeck

Standing a huge 297 meters the Eureka tower is Australia largest building. With the Skydeck standing at 285 meters and unbelievably the lift only takes 38 to get you there.

See the best views Melbourne city has to offer, with unrivaled 360 degree views of this quaint and quite beautiful city.

Open 7 days from midday to 8:30pm

MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground

The home of Australia cricket, take a tour around this iconic ground. The MCG is the largest stadium in the southern hemisphere and the 11th world wide with a capacity of 100,024.

The tour will take you all through the ground and even delve into the history of this iconic ground.

Great Pcean Road

Top free things to do

Search the laneways

Find some little treasures tucked away in the backstreets of Melbourne. From little boutique shops to small independent coffee shops, your always find a hidden treasure or two.

Find the best street art

Melbourne has the best street art and can easily rival any city around the world for its diverse and unique art. Many back streets display current and retro pieces, its a sight to behold in these wonderful backstreets of the CBD.

Find street art walking tours and spend a day exploring.

BOOK HERE at Melbourne Street Tours and great company with a range of tours

Coffee Shop Hopping

Melbourne is the home of the coffee shop influx in Australia, no street corner, suburb or back street is complete without a trendy stop for your cup of Joe. Watch the world go by as you sip on favourite brew.

Fancy a macchiato, turmeric latte, pumpkin lattes, with more choices of milks than you have had dinners or just the traditional black and strong, Melbourne covers it all.

Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market is the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere spanning a whopping 17 acres. Snag yourself a great bargain or try some delicious food and produce around.

A great place to even just wander and lose yourself for the day.

Melbourne Botanic Gardens

Submerse yourself in the beauty that is the Melbourne Botanical Gardens. The gardens have been part of Melbourne for over 170 years and boasting a huge 8,500 species and the garden spans over 38 hectares.

Street Art Melbourne

Our Choice Restaurants


Anchovy restaurant crosses there south – east Asian roots and adapted them with the trendy Melbourne dining scene.


Trendy Italian style menu with all the usual modern Melbourne touches. Great selection of tap beers and cocktails for you to delve into. Capitano is a relaxed and pleasant dining experience.

Super Ling

Serving modern Chinese style comfort food, fresh ingredients with all the Melbourne style you could want. Super Ling offers a new approach to Chinese food.

Cutler and Co

Sophistication and fine dining at it’s best. Cutler and Co offers pure class on the Melbourne dining scene.

No hipsters in sight just great food, wine and service, offering the ultimate dining experience

Cutler & Co

Top Bars

Melbourne has a great selection of bars, but we love a little hidden bar here is a link to Melbourne’s best Speakeasy bars.

And then 2 of our favorite bars in Melbourne would be

The Everleigh

Tucked away out of view lies Everleigh, a cocktail bar that does things right. Simple and classic drinks done the way they were intended.

A relaxed environment where the best come to relax and enjoyed a great drink in relaxed environment

Black Pearl

The unofficial kick starter to what is the trendy bar scene in Melbourne today. With a ever changing and experimental menu. Add to this Black Pearl was voted the 2017 World’s best cocktail bar, it would be hard to find better globally let alone Melbourne.

Top Hotels

Sofitel on Collins

25 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Tel: 03 9653 0000

Park Hyatt

Parliament Square, Melbourne, Victoria, 3002, Australia

Tel: 03 9224 1234

Crown Towers

8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria, 3006, Australia

Tel: 03 9292 6868

Royce Hotel

379 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria, 3004, Australia

Tel: 03 9677 9900

Park Hyatt

Our must Do’s

  • Street art (you must go and look at some of these)
  • Great Ocean Road
  • Eat at Cutler & Co

Getting There



Melbourne Tullamarine is Melbournes airport. A short 25 minute jiurney to the city center is very well located.

Coach and Buses


Melbourne is known for its tremendous tram system located on every street and corner. Easy to use cards for loading payment and paying make this the most useful and affordable way to move around Melbourne.

And Finally

Australia really does have some fantastic cities and Melbourne is one of our favorites.

Trends are set here and fashions are adhere to, and with it multicultural attitude its no wonder its known as as city for all.

Other cities fully suit and one that is equally on the rise would be the Gold Coast. Its not quite there yet but its getting close.

But for now Melbourne does lie at the top of the pile.

Things To Do Brisbane

Brisbane, Queensland’s capital one of Australia’s most beautiful cities. With amazing weather, lots of fun and a dining scene to rival any city. Brisbane is a perfect destination for anyone.

Full of top eateries, adventure and only 1 hour drive to the largest holiday destination the Gold Coast. And in the other direction the sunshine coast full of top beaches and a relaxed vibe. Makes this place a perfect long stay.

Top Attractions

Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo is the number one zoo in Australia, known for being opened by the late Steve Irwin.

Now run by Steve’s wife and children, Australia Zoo is an incredible day experience, 30 minutes north of Brisbane.

The must see is the crocodile show, as these cross take center stage for feeding time. Many other shows and an endless list of animals to see and interact with.

The Zoo was built in 1970 and known as the ‘Beerwah Reptile Park and was a small two acres. Today, Australia Zoo surroundings are over 700 acres, with 110 acres of these on public display.

Eat Street Markets

Queensland’s most famous and largest food and music market. Only 15 mins drive from the city center and out in the Northshore industrial state.

An impressive purpose built village built from 180 recycled shipping containers. With 70 different traders, including food from every continent and including 5 themed bars the really is an entertainment hub.

GABBA Stadium tour

Take a tour around Queensland most famous sports ground the Gabba. The tours are scheduled for Thursdays at 11am

Gabba Stadium Tour information

City Hopper

The city hopper is a free ferry service along the Brisbane river with six stops in all you can hop on and hop off all day long.

Running every 30 minutes and operating from 5:30 am to midnight 7 days

Australia Zoo

Free Things To Do

Mount Coot Lookout

Located just outside the city and a short 15 minute drive is the Mount Coot Lookout.

With stunning views of this iconic city, and well worth getting there for sunrise.

South Bank Parklands

Situated south side of the river is the ever popular south Southbank Parklands. covering 17 hectares , this wrea is home to Queensland’s home for culture and lifestyle destination.

Open swimming pools, walking tracks and picnic areas run alongside the river with (QPAC) Queensland Performance Arts Centre; Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.

The back streets around Grey Street and Little Stanley Street, are where the foodies go with many restaurants, cafes and bars.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Located in the north west corner of the city is the Brisbane Botanic Gardens a beautiful and peaceful way to spend a part of the day.

Mt Coot Lookout

Our Choice Restaurants

Madame Wu

Set amongst the banks of the Brisbane river, just off eagle street pier lies Madame Wu. An upmarket modern Asian fusion restaurant, designed to share bringing a ultimate food journey of flavours and textures.


This fine Japanese restaurant Saki brings a slice of Japan to Brisbane’s popular Eagle Street Pier.

With 6 restaurants around Australia serving Sake’s food says a lot for the quality and consistency of this business.

The restaurant offers traditional share tables, private tables and bench kitchen facing seating. The food is great to share and try many options and combinations.

Red Hook

Casual dining amongst Brisbanes ever growing laneway dining scene, Red Hook oozes trendiness and that hipster vibe but doesn’t compromise on quality.

Based on New York’s ever popular street food with burgers, wings, tacos, hot dogs and other inspired NYC street food classics.

Gerards Bistro

Tucked away out of sight lies Gerards Bistro a contemporary and awarding winning middle eastern restaurant, with a modern take on classics.

A restaurant that prizes themselves on locally sourced produce and giving back to the city.

Relaxed, yet formal dining gives this bistro and great feel and is one of Brisbanes finest.

Saki Eagle Street Pier

Best Hotels

Rydges Fortitude Valley

601 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Queensland, 4006

Tel: 07 3188 3000

Grand Chancellor Brisbane

23 Leichhardt st, Cnr Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, Queenland, 4000

Tel: 07 3831 4055

Sofitel Brisbane Central

249 Turbot Street, Brisbane Queensland 4000

Tel: 07 3835 3535

Rydges Fortitude Valley

Our Must Do’s

Eat Street Markets (see above)

Australia Zoo (see above)

Dinners at Saki (see our restaurant choices)

Transport options




Useful Websites

Visit Brisbane

BCEC (Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre)

Lying half way up Australia’s east coast it has great access to a number of places like Tamborine Mountain and the ever popular city of the Gold Coast.

Hong Kong Eat & Drink

Hong Kong Where To Eat

Hong Kong is widely known for its delectable food and abundance of Michelin star restaurants. This being said, you certainly don’t have to break the bank to experience top notch eateries in this city of culinary diversity. As we love to explore everything a new country has to offer in terms of cuisine, we were spoilt for choice in Hong Kong. We had some of the most memorable food and beverage experiences on this trip and I am excited to share some tips and hidden treasures with you in this guide for where to eat in Hong Kong.

Casual Dining

Little Bao

This little gem is a local’s hotspot and a MUST if visiting Hong Kong. A small venue with a modest shop front in the SoHo district, it is without doubt, a quirky restaurant we would highly recommend. We tried a number options on the menu as we returned for a second visit…not something we often do on holidays but this was well worth breaking tradition for! The bao’s themselves are a no-brainer – but the fact that the bao buns are fresh and are made onsite, added a little extra deliciousness! We tried most of the bao options on the menu (over two days!) but the most noteworthy in our opinion were the Szechuan Fried Chicken, Pork Belly and Fish Tempura.

Everything on the share menu looked like indulgence on a plate but we (eventually) decided on the loaded Truffle Fries and battered crust, Szechuan spice Hot Chicken and were not disappointed. This restaurant also had a trendy drinks list to match the funky and inviting atmosphere. The perfect location for a casual lunch or a trendy dinner with friends.

Tip 1: Due to its size and limited seating, be prepared to wait as this is a restaurant in high demand, but worth every second for those mouth-watering eats.

Tip 2: Little Bao opens for lunch and dinner every day, but be sure to check opening times on the day you intend to visit as times varies on the weekend.

Greenhouse Hong Kong

Another funky find and perfect for lunch or larger groups of friends, this restaurant offers a Western twist on Asian cuisine. Located in the vibrant Times Square region of the city, Green House offers an energetic and inviting atmosphere matched only by it’s amazing food and beverage options. We opted for some authentic meals but the choice was not an easy one as everything looked delicious. As the quality of ingredients is of the utmost importance at this venue, I think any decision would be a good one.

Tip: This restaurant is tucked away on one of the higher levels in the shopping mall so look up the mall’s directory for its exact location not to miss out.

The Garage Bar

We were lucky enough to have this trendy dinner option on our doorstep as it was located on one of the outdoor balcony areas of our hotel (Cordis Hotel). Home to two converted vintage vans, this venue catered to our casual dining needs. The food van combined Western food truck favourites with traditional Asian flavours while the drink van had an extensive supply of local and international craft beers as well as wines and soft drinks. Nibbling on hand cut chips and burgers made to order, sipping cold beers and chilled wine under the stars, floors above this vibrant city was the perfect finish to a day spent exploring.

Upmarket Restaurants


Located on the same street in SoHo as Little Bao, this restaurant is perfect for a night out with friends or a cosy dinner for two due to its share-style philosophy. This appropriately named venue, knows exactly how to pick, prepare and cook a vast selection of meat cuts to intrigue and satisfy even the fussiest of diners, a chef! We had the most amazing night here browsing their inventive menu, selecting a couple of plates at a time and being amazed by the presentation and flavours presented to us on the arrival of our dishes. Meals such as pate with brioche bread, chicken wings, and croquettes were delectably cooked and irresistibly presented. For a noteworthy meal, this venue is unquestionably one to put on the list.

Top 3 Bar Picks


Known for my cocktail obsession, I was in total heaven in Hong Kong. On an after-dinner wander through the busy streets of the city, we were lucky enough to stumble across this award-winning cocktail bar. Deceiving because of the understated façade, stepping into this venue felt like falling down a rabbit hole into a cocktail wonderland.

The tantalising aromas and intricate presentations that were immediately evident, added to the overall trendy vibe of this hot haunt. With tempting options such as Marshmallow Duo, Lavender Meringue Pie and Off with Their Heads, we were spoilt for choice. And you won’t go wrong with an old favourite either (I can’t go past an Espresso Martini), as we found perfection in the original combinations too. With such an extensive cocktail list, inventive garnishes and clever presentations, it’s no surprise that this bar has been listed in the top 50 in the world more than once!

Although there were also very tempting snack options available, our wish list consisted only of beverages so I’m afraid I can’t give any recommendations in that area!

Tip: Take a seat at the bar to fully experience the innovative and complex processes involved in creating these incredible drinks!


If being the first gin-focused bar in Hong Kong isn’t enough of a reason for you to run straight to this bar, then allow me entice you even further. Featured on Asian’s 50 best bars list in 2016, the interesting combinations of flavours and quirky delivery made it an easy decision to include this bar on our list. The KGB cocktail served in a bathtub complete with a rubber ducky, is not only great Instagram material but divine to drink! We sampled a few different gin based cocktails (it would have been rude not to!), as we nibbled on the delicious complimentary chips and were equally impressed with every one!

Tip: Make sure to pay a visit to the toilets here before you leave…hint – it gives a whole new meaning to the word BATH-room!

Angel Share

Think funky, speakeasy whisky bar complete with 1920’s décor and an impeccable whiskey offering, and you are halfway to picturing this amazing venture. After quite some time searching the back streets for the inconspicuous entrance, we eventually enquired with a street vendor and were put on the right track. On level 2 of a very unremarkable building, the concept of a speakeasy bar came to life for us. As the elevator doors opened, we were transported to an era of leather loungers, dim lighting and expertly fermented whiskys.

Although the menu offered over 100 different whiskys, we opted for a couple of cocktails. The names and descriptions of the cocktails alone were like stories passed down for generations and gave the sense of thoroughly considered combinations and well-thought-out presentations. The Mango Walk and Jaffa Old Fashioned certainly reflected this and are among some of the best cocktails we have ever had!

Tip: This venue is also a restaurant so it could be worth researching the menu and making a night of it.

And Finally

As I sit here thumbing through photographs and reminiscing on some of our all-time favourite bars and restaurants, I struggle not to jump online and book flights straight back to this incredible city!

I really hope this post can be of assistance to anyone planning a trip to Hong Kong or on the lookout for some interesting eats or trendy hangouts. We love sharing our tips and suggestions with you and thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you would like to see what we will be covering next in our Hong Kong series, pop over to our Instagram page for some sneak peeks throughout the week.

But for now that’s all thanks for stopping by and reading.

Richard and Michelle

Check out a few more of our Hong Kong Posts below

Hong Kong First Impressions

Hong Kong Adventures

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