Rough Draft: 5 Day Itinerary for Melbourne, Australia

August 2020

Rough Draft: Melbourne, Australia

Due to the COVID quarantine, I am creating rough draft, “off the shelf” travel itineraries for when travel resumes normal operations so we do not waste any time getting out and exploring!

Ever since we did our planning to New Zealand where I foolishly thought we could also include Australia as well in two weeks, I knew a separate trip would be warranted. It is a 5-6 hour flight from New Zealand to Australia – not exactly next door! Australia is enormous and there is so much of the country to explore that even a month trip dedicated would still miss things. My brother has had the opportunity to dabble in the eastern portion of the country and I am sold (was sold before to be fair!). I thought it would be really neat to road trip from Sydney to Melbourne (or vice versa) all up thee eastern coastline.

But in the event there is either an extended or abbreviated trip – since we have no idea what post-COVID travel will be like – I wanted to take time to focus on just the city of Melbourne.

What is there to do?

There is so much to do in Melbourne and it makes for the perfect base for exploration.

In Melbourne itself, make sure you stop by:

  • State Library
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • Botanical Gardens
  • St Kilda Beach 
  • Cafe and bar hopping

There are so many amazing places around Melbourne so in between eating find time to sneak out to some of these destinations:

  • Wine tasting at Mornington Peninsula Wine Region
  • Visit Phillip Island for wildlife fix
  • Hike around Wilsons Promontory Marine Park
  • If you have more time, extend west to the Great Ocean Road or south to Tasmania! 

Where to eat?

Food crazes start in Melbourne so take full advantage of this foodie city!

It became an impossible task to widdle down the list of amazing places to eat, drink and be merry in Melbourne so I just included them all – and I am positive I still missed a bunch. Cafe hopping is an art in Melbourne so it seems to be a place you can wander in and out of places without concern of having a bad experience.

It was hard to make final decisions on where to dine without being there so I made a chart after the itinerary highlighting the top recommendations I found while researching this trip. If I missed any of your favorites or you have ones listed that are a hit or miss, let me know! 

For those day trips I intend on including in the trip, I picked a few of my favorite food finds to add to the itinerary.

Here is how I would spend five days in Melbourne exploring the city and surrounding areas!

Activity Food
Travel Day Morning  Travel *For Melbourne food see chart below 
Afternoon Arrive in Melbourne 
Evening Explore Downtown
Day 1 Morning  Botanical Gardens

Eureka Skydeck

Afternoon State Library

Queen Victoria Market

Evening Cafe and Bar hopping 
Day 2 Morning  Bike ride to beaches – St Kilda
Afternoon Neighborhood exploration Mr Ryu
Evening Attica (fine dining)
Day 3 Morning  Drive 1 hour to Mornington Peninsula 

Peninsula Hot Springs

Wine Tasting

  • Ocean Eight
  • Quealy Winemakers 
  • Rahona Valley
  • Pt Leo Estate 
  • Crittenden Estate
  • Tucks
  • Merricks Creek
  • Rare Hare
Main Ridge DairySunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

Mock Orchards

The Epicurean

Afternoon
Evening
Day 4 Morning  Drive 1.5 hours to Phillip Island

  • Cape Woolamai
  • Visit Koala Conservation Centre
  • Boat ride to Seal Rocks
  • Try surfing
Cape Kitchen
Afternoon Rusty Water Brewery
Cafe Lugano 
Evening Summerland Beach for the penguin parade at dusk
Day 5 Morning  Drive 2 hours to Wilsons Promontory Marine
Wilsons Promontory Marine Park

  • Tidal River 
  • Mount Oberon Summit (6.8km, 2hr)
  • Squeaky Beach
  • Whisky Bay 
Afternoon
Evening  Return to Melbourne
Travel Day Morning Depart Melbourne

For food around Melbourne, here are just a few places that were highlighted while doing research planning this trip. There is SO MUCH FOOD to eat here. It is impossible to find them all but figured this was not a bad place to start! If I missed any of your favorites or you have ones listed that are a hit or miss, let me know.

Food

Nice Meal Cafe/Coffee 

Bar/Other

Downtown

Dexter (BBQ)

Belles Hot Chicken

Giro d’italia (italian) Proud Mary

Seven Seeds Coffee Roasters

Carlton Wine Room

Bar Liberty

Blackcat 

Bad Frankie

Gelato Messina

North of Downtown

Asian food:

CJ Lunch Bar 

DonDon

Yamato 

Din Tai Fung 

Calia Emporium 

Other:

Cumulus

The Hardware Societe 

Laneway Greens

Tipo 00 or Osteria Ilaria

MoVida or Bar Lourinha 

Lucy Liu Kitchen or

Flower Drum

The League of Honest Coffee 

Krimper Cafe 

Little Rogue

Brother Baba Budan 

Manchester Press 

Dukes Coffee

Pellegrini’s 

Higher Ground 

Patricia Coffee

City Wine Shop

Cookie 

Rooftop Bar

Chuckle Park Bar

Gin Palace

Arlechin

Siglo

Arbory

Ponyfish Island

Brunetti Finders 

East and South of Downtown

Third Wave (BBQ)

Lentil as Anything 

Oster

Chez Olivier Le Bistro

Atlas Dining

The Kettle Black 

Top Paddock Cafe 

If you have been to Mebourne, let me know what I missed and what your favorites are!

Don’t forget to check out all DESKRIB itineraries here!

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