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Things to do in Melbourne Central YHA

Melbourne is always busy, bustling and never goes quiet, even in the depths of winter. It’s famous for festivals (comedy, art, film – we could go on!), markets, gallery events, theatre, concerts, sporting events and so much more – you’ll never be bored in Melbourne. 


If you head in to the CBD, you’ll be spoilt for choice with where to eat, where to get your coffee and where to drink and have a good time. There’s rooftop bars, hole in the wall bars hidden down graffiti covered laneways, bars with standing room only, bars in the middle of the Yarra River, bars with video games to keep you entertained for hours and bars hidden behind bookcases. In case you can’t tell, Melbourne likes a good bar or two.


Shoppers will also love Melbourne. There's large department stores and shopping complexes, designer label stores, shops with one-of-a-kind pieces, second hand stores with vintage finds, markets featuring the latest in home wares, book stores and sporting stores, so whatever you're after, Melbourne will have it.


If do you need some inspiration, ask our staff – many have been here for years and can give you insider knowledge to experience Melbourne like a local.

At the hostel

FREE Table Tennis Tournament

Join us every Monday night for our weekly FREE table tennis tournment! We've got prizes and drink specials up for grabs.


Trivia Night

Make that diploma worthwhile and show us what you know! Every Tuesday at 7pm in the Bar.


Queen Victoria Night Market

Enjoy entertainment, worldly cuisines and a silent disco at the Queen Victoria Night Market. Leaving the hostel every Wednesday at 7pm.

Queen Victoria Markets

Bar Tour $20

Explore some of Melbourne’s best bars on our legendary Thursday night bar tour! For only $20 you get VIP entry into 3 bars and 1 club, pizza, shots and a great time! Meet at 6:30pm at the bar.


FREE Walking Tour

Let us show you Melbourne from a locals perspective! Join us on our FREE walking tour every day. Meets at 10.10 AM at reception. 


Live music night

Get your groove on Sunday night at 7:30pm in the Bar.


Tours & activities related to this hostel

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Great Ocean road 1 day reverse tour

Beat the crowds to the 12 Apostles by taking the reverse tour and enjoy spectacular ocean views on the return journey to Melbourne.
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Skydive Melbourne

Australia's highest jump altitude of 15,000ft. Jump directly over St Kilda beach and enjoy stunning coastal views as well as melbourne CBD.
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Phillip Island penguin 1 day tour from Melbourne

Encounter unique Australian wildlife, including the famous Penguin Parade, on this nature lovers 1 day tour of Phillip Island.
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Great Ocean road 2 day tour

Escape the crowds and take your time along the Great Ocean Road with this 2 day reverse tour. See the 12 Apostles both at sunset and in the morning without the crowds!

FREE things to do in Melbourne

  1. Explore! Melbourne has so many secret laneways, hidden bars and cafes, boutique stores and amazing street art. Let your feet and sense of curiosity guide you.
  2. Tour the arty alleyways, starting at Hosier Lane (opposite Federation Square) and follow the laneways heading north from there.
  3. Gallery hop between The National Gallery of Victoria, The Ian Potter Centre, ACMI and The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art - all for free!
  4. Visit Federation Square - there's always a festival happening, a weekend market to peruse, a variety of activities going on or something on their big screen to keep you entertained for hours.
  5. Melbourne is well known for it's abundance of gardens, so grab your mates, pack a picnic and relax in the sunshine while you eat until your heart's content.
  6. Head to the Queen Victoria Market to browse the local produce, handmade crafts and secondhand treasures. The Rose Street Artists markets in Fitzroy ooze with Melbourne creativity, and it's free to have a look.
  7. Cycle the city for nothing. Blue bike kiosks are spotted all around the city for visitors and tourists to explore. There's a holding deposit to ride, but the first 30 minutes are free. Get a bike and start pedaling!
  8. For an easy, breezy and beautiful beach, head to St. Kilda. The sea front promenade and St Kilda pier have lovely views of the seascape and adrenaline-seeking kite surfers.
  9. Head to the Koorie Heritage Trust’s Cultural Centre in Federation Square. A permanent social history exhibition is complemented by changing exhibitions by new and established Aboriginal artists.

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