Whether you are young or old, single or a family, there's always plenty of fantastic activities to enjoy in Melbourne. From shopping to shows and gardens to galleries, finding things to do in Melbourne this weekend is easy. Explore the best that the city has to offer, from culinary experiences to historic museums and vibrant atmosphere it is famed for.
The majority of these activities are less than 3 kms from Crowne Plaza Melbourne making the hotel the ideal place to base your adventures out of. To help you make the most of your time in the city, here are some of the best things to see and experience during your stay.
Where to Stay
When it comes to finding the best place to stay in Melbourne, Crowne Plaza Melbourne places you in beautiful accommodation in the heart of the city. Wake up to Yarra River and Melbourne City views, grab breakfast on the riverside, and explore the surrounding area on foot or by using the conveniently located transport links.
With a choice of rooms and suites made for relaxing getaways, you can be certain of a great night’s sleep. Wake up in your comfy king bed and have a morning cup of coffee before heading downstairs for a delicious breakfast. And after a long day of exploring, enjoy returning to your beautiful room, with newly refurbished bathroom to reset before getting back out there to experience the city’s nightlife.
Make the most of Melbourne and enjoy the comfort and convenience Crowne Plaza Melbourne has to offer. And with special offers available throughout the year, you can get even more out of your time in the city of Melbourne.
Theatres and Shows
Melbourne concert hall, also known as Hammer Hall is one of Melbourne’s premier concert and music venues. Both national and global artists covering jazz, pop, classical, contemporary and rock fill the 2,500 seat multi level hall throughout the year. Just a short 20-minute stroll along the riverside from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, reaching Hammer Hall on foot is a pleasure.
Performances including contemporary music, classical music and comedy shows are ready to entertain and enthrall you during your visit to the city. As part of Arts Centre Melbourne, Guided tours of the entire facility are available. Discover every level of this cultural labyrinth while dropping 5 floors below ground level.
When visiting over the weekend, the Sunday Market is well worth a browse. Located on the lawn of Arts Centre Melbourne between the Theatres building and Hammer Hall, local artists and traders await. Everything from delicate silks to organic and gourmet products can be found. Looking for a one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery or a unique work of art? Here is the perfect place to indulge in a little bit of retail therapy with a difference.
The Regent Theatre is a historic theater that used to be a picture palace. Located just 1.6 kilometers away from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, this iconic building harks back to times gone by after being restored to its former 1929 glory.
Throughout the year, West End shows and productions are held here making for a fantastic evening out on the town. Popular stage shows such as The Lion King, Billy Elliot and War Horse are a must for anyone with an appreciation for the arts.
Check out the Regent Theatre to discover what is shows and events are on during your visit to Melbourne.
Highly regarded as one of Melbourne's most iconic landmarks, Princess Theatre has roots dating back to the mid-1800s. Many original features, including the grand chandelier are still in place adding a touch of opulence that is so hard to find in many of Melbourne's more modern buildings.
Just 2.5 km away from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, it's within easy reach for a fun night out. Some of the shows currently on offer at the Princess Theatre include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Grinspoon and Katie Noonan and Australian String Quartet. Whether you want to take in a West End musical or enjoy an evening of music or comedy, Princess Theatre has plenty of options on offer.
The Comedy Theatre has been a firm favourite in Melbourne City for more than 90 years. With distinct European decor, including a heavy Spanish influence on the interior and an exterior that replicates a Florentine Palace, this unique theatre is a must for lovers of comedy and live entertainment.
Located 2.4 km away from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, reaching the Comedy Theatre is easy by public transport. Shows such as ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘Come From Away’ prove to be popular choices for a fun-filled evening out in Melbourne.
Melbourne is known as the sporting capital of Australia. So why not discover one of Melbourne's most iconic sporting grounds, the MCG. Go behind the scenes on one of the official tours that covers everything from sporting culture in Melbourne to its inner workings.
As you make your way around the cricket ground, discover the Library, MCG long room, changing rooms, City Terrace, the Ponsford stand, Ron Casey Media Centre and much more. Walk across the iconic arena grounds in the steps of your favourite sporting superstars.
At just 2.6 km away from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, reaching the cricket ground is easy by public transport. If sporting history is your thing, you will love going behind the scenes at MCG. To book yourself an MCG tour, on your next Melbourne escape.
Located just a little over 1 km away from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Marvel Stadium is another Melbourne icon well worth a visit. Behind-the-scenes tours whisk you around the stadium and give you exclusive access to many off-limits areas.
Make your way around the coaches' box and the players-coaches briefing room. Explore the media centre and get a sneak peek at the AFL players changing rooms. The highlight of the tour is having the chance to walk through the AFL umpire tunnel to get a firsthand view of what the players see as they enter the arena.
The Rod Laver Arena is Melbourne's Premier sporting and entertainment venue. Spanning more than 30 years, some of Australia's most iconic tennis matches and concerts have been held here. This year, musical artists including Fleetwood Mac, Tim McGraw and Shawn Mendes are performing.
Sporting events such as the Grand Final Footy Show and the Australian Open provide plenty of adrenaline-fueled action for sports lovers. A little over 2 kms from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, the Rod Laver Arena also have a selection of behind-the-scenes tours available.
No visit to Melbourne would be complete without doing a little bit of retail therapy. And when it comes to shopping, you are literally spoiled for choice. From boutique Melbourne markets to large shopping outlets, there is something for everyone. Here are some of the best nearby places to hit the pavement and give your credit cards a little bit of a workout.
Construction of Melbourne's iconic Block Arcade was completed in 1893 and is often considered to be one of the finest Victorian shopping arcades. Situated in Melbourne Central Business District, it offers a boutique shopping experience covering everything from fashion and jewellery to food and trinkets.
One of the most popular attractions in the Block Arcade is The Hopetoun Tea Rooms. This charming tea room offers and unique character-filled charm that retains a late Victorian vibe. Sit back and relax with a steaming cup of tea and a sweet treat from the patisserie selections on offer.
Reaching the Block Arcade from Crowne Plaza Melbourne can be done via a leisurely riverfront stroll or by public transport. If Boutique shops, magnificent Victorian architecture and charming tea rooms are your thing, you will love the Block Arcade.
With more than 300 different retailers under one roof, Melbourne Central is every shopaholics paradise. Located just two kilometers away from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, everything from dining and entertainment to health and beauty can be found inside.
Enjoy a lazy afternoon browsing the many stores and boutiques located inside this mall. Stop for a quick coffee and a bite to eat before carrying on with your shopping trip. Stock up on trinkets and gifts for family and friends and escape the heat of the day in this air-conditioned Shopping Centre. Melbourne Central is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday to Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.
Another historic shopping arcade in the heart of Melbourne's Royal Arcade. Opened in 1872, this elegant shopping arcade contains stores and boutiques selling fine jewellery, fashion, food and gifts. Inside, you can stock up on silks, handcrafted chocolates, men's clothing, women's fashion and accessories and much more.
After exploring what's on offer in the shops, take a seat and enjoy a luxurious frothy coffee while taking in the relaxing atmosphere and ambience at the arcade. Make sure you check out the carvings Gog and Magog at the Southern entry of the building and catch a glimpse of Chronos, Greek mythology’s Father Time. Located just 1.5 km from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, it makes for an intriguing shopping experience surrounded by opulence and history
Museums and Galleries
Just a short walk from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, the Immigration Museum offers a fascinating look back at the early beginnings of Melbourne. Especially at those who shaped it into the city of Melbourne into what it is today. Take a step back in time and learn more about the struggles and lives of Melbourne's earliest settlers.
Explore the many different exhibitions and timelines that highlight the world of immigration and beyond. Dig deeper into the stories of what made people leave their homelands to move to Melbourne and learn more about the native people of Australia before colonisation. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. there's always something interesting happening.
The National Gallery of Victoria is one of Australia's most iconic museums. With more visitors than any other Museum in the country, it is the largest and oldest around. Inside, you will find a range of exhibitions and collections highlighting the history of Australia along with some of the country’s most renowned and newly emerging artists.
With so many fascinating exhibition events taking place at NGV, you can literally spend a whole day immersed in culture, art and history. Located just a 1.7 km is from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, reaching the National Gallery of Victoria is easy by public transport.
Another popular Museum located in the heart of Melbourne is the Melbourne Museum. A huge range of Tours covering everything from the First Peoples tour to Royal Exhibition Building tours are available. If you are an early bird and would like to explore the museum before the crowds arrive, the Before Hours tour gives you unprecedented access to the museum and its exhibits.
Inside the Melbourne Museum, everything from Australia's earliest beginnings, dinosaurs and native wildlife can be found. Explore the many different exhibitions and enjoy spending time discovering the very origins of Melbourne and Australia as a whole. Discover what is happening at the Melbourne Museum during your stay in the city.
Famed for being one of the first free libraries in the world Australia's oldest public library, the State Library of Victoria is well worth a visit. Throughout the year, exhibitions, talks and lectures are held in one of Australia's most iconic buildings.
A selection of free tours are available on a daily basis, including the Welcome to the Library tour that explores all corners of the building. One of the more interesting floors is the Dome to Catacomb tour that guides you from the bottom of the library all the way to the top. Art exhibitions and historical talks are also available.
Find out what's happening at the State Library of Victoria during your visit to Melbourne and reserve your spot on one of the tours or upcoming talks.
Places of Interest
Melbourne is home to many wondrous places of interests that are well worth a visit. While these are not necessarily activities in themselves, they are icons and structures of historical significance you won't want to miss.
First up is the Shrine of Remembrance. Originally built to commemorate those who served in the First World War, it now serves to remember all Australians who have ever served in any War across time. Constructed in 1934, the shrine has become one of Melbourne's most iconic structures.
Next up is the Old Treasury Building. Once home to the Government of Victoria's Treasury Department, this grand building is now home to a free Museum that honours and highlights the events and people that have shaped Victoria and Melbourne City.
The Old Melbourne Gaol offers fascinating insights into the criminal activities of Melburnians in times gone by. Home to 133 hangings and the infamous Ned Kelly, captivating yet chilling tours of the building and its cells are held on a daily basis.
Another venue well worth visiting is the Royal Exhibition Building. This world heritage site listed building is home to one of the oldest exhibition pavilions and is the only surviving Great Hall left in the world. Stunning architecture and mesmerising interior design perfectly complement the many exhibitions and fairs held here throughout the year.
Gardens and Parks
There's nothing more enjoyable and relaxing than spending the day exploring some of Melbourne's most iconic gardens and parks. Getting back to nature and escaping the hustle and bustle of the busy city is easier than you might think. With plenty of beautiful green places and spaces, peace and serenity are never far away.
Carlton Gardens is a 26-hectare world heritage site located less than three kilometers away from Crowne Plaza Melbourne. Carlton Gardens is home to the iconic Royal Exhibition Building and is perfect for an afternoon exploring the grounds.
Spend time wandering around the two large lakes, breathe in the clean floral air under the canopy of established trees, and drop in to the Melbourne Museum. Flower shows are held throughout the year, along with a variety of seasonal events and expos.
No visit to Melbourne would be complete without a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Filled with beautiful landscapes, rare plants and iconic structures, the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria make for an amazing day out.
Founded in 1846, it spreads out over 36 hectares of land and plays host to an array of events throughout the year. Make your way round the Aboriginal Heritage walk or go behind the scenes at Gardens Uncovered. Whether you are an avid Gardener or not, you will fall in love with the beauty of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Another firm favorite loved by locals and visitors alike is Flagstaff Gardens. As Melbourne's oldest Park, it is now one of the most visited parks in the city. Large open lawns and towering Moreton Bay figs and Eucalyptus make it the ideal spot for an Alfresco lunch outdoors. Electric barbecues are available to use for those who fancy a cooked picnic.
After lunch, enjoy a game of bowls and take in the scents from the many different rose beds. At just a little over a kilometer away from Crowne Plaza Melbourne, early morning sunrise walks under clear blue skies are just a few minutes away.
Tours and Day Trips
Melbourne is the perfect place to enjoy a wide variety of tours and day trips. Explore the city or head further afield to one of the many tourist destinations as part of a one-day tour. Each of the tours listed in this section depart from outside the immigration Museum, just a short five minute walk from Crowne Plaza Melbourne.
Spend the day taking in the sights and sounds of Melbourne City from the Yarra River on a half-day Yarra River cruise. Departing at 11:45 a.m. and returning at 5:30 p.m. the half day cruise makes it's way past the Polly Woodside, the CBD and stops at the Royal Botanic gardens. Enjoy some time exploring the gardens before heading off to the Docklands waterfront. Jump off at Ago and street for coffee and a bite to eat before making your way back to Crowne Plaza Melbourne.
The Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Tour departs daily at 7.am and returns at 9.pm. Start the tour with a complimentary cup of tea before making your way to some of the area’s most pristine beaches.
Explore coastal towns and enjoy a bush walk before digging in to a beachside lunch in Apollo Bay. After lunch, it's time to explore Otways Rainforest before heading to the 12 apostles. Snap shots of shipwrecks, the razorback, London Bridge and Gibson Steps. Prices start at $105 per person and includes all park entrance fees, morning tea and more.
Get up close and personal with penguins, koalas and wombats on the one day Phillip Island Tour. Departing daily at 11:15 a.m. and returning at midnight from November to March, this one-day tour includes complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits, entrance to Maru Wildlife Park, General viewing admission, pick-up and drop-off, tour guide, Etc.
Explore cape Woolamai, Swan Lake, and Seal Rocks. Finish the day with the penguin parade before heading back to Melbourne. Enjoy one of the best things to do in Melbourne this weekend with a Phillip Island day tour.