Looking for a quick weekend escape? We’ve got you covered. Here’s the 48-hour getaway guide to make the most of your time in Melbourne:

Friday Night | Catch a post-work flight

 

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Trade the views of your office window for the window-seat on any of the multiple flights from Brisbane to Melbourne on a Friday evening. Once you’ve arrived, catch the convenient SkyBus from the airport to Southern Cross Station in the city, then use their complimentary hotel shuttle service or find your own way to your accommodation. Check in, grab a bite to eat, then settle in for the night, and get ready for your weekend filled with adventure!

Saturday Morning – Enjoy an early morning city-wander

 

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If there’s one key difference between Queenslanders and Victorians, it’s our adoration for early mornings. Keep up our sunshine state tradition and wake up for an early morning walk around your accommodation location while the rest of the city sleeps.

The wander will help you get your bearings for the weekend, sans thousands of stranger’s heads getting in the way of street signs. But be warned: most cafés won’t open up until around 8am, so if you need the caffeine fix earlier, have one in your room before you set off on your stroll!

Saturday Day – Tackle the crowds at Queen Victoria Market

 

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Enjoy a light snack at any café nearby your accommodation, but don’t fill up too much – you’ve got a lot of treats to devour soon! Head to the Queen Victoria Market that’s so big it spreads over two city blocks, bringing a bustling inner-city array of fresh, quality produce and speciality shopping.

During your wander, try a whole range of tasty treats from each of the vendors – with choices from Nutella filled gluten-free donuts to giant wheels of cheese that can be purchased by the kilo, there’s something for every palette! Once you’re full, you can spend a few more hours browsing the clothing, crafts, and souvenir shopping stalls, too.

Saturday Afternoon – Salivate with sunset drinks

 

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There’s one thing that makes a city sunset even more beautiful, and that’s by sipping on a cocktail while you watch the cotton candy sky. Luckily, Melbourne is very well-aware of this fact, and have plenty of rooftop bars to choose from!

A few of our favourites are Good Heavens (CBD), Naked in the Sky (Fitzroy), Madame Brussels (CBD), and The Emerson (South Yarra). Depending on your location, choose your nearest and dearest, or set yourself the challenge and bar-hop all over the city to them all! No matter what rooftop bar you choose, you won’t ever be disappointed by the sight of the sun setting behind skyscrapers.

Saturday Evening – Enjoy dinner at Flinders Lane

 

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Flinders Lane is arguably Melbourne’s tastiest street, where some of the city’s best dining has been discovered at one delicious destination. It plays host to many award-winning fine diners and boutique bars, and has the CBD’s highest concentration of popular eateries.

Our pick for your evening meal would be the famed Cumulus Inc. Eating House and Bar. Their dinner dishes are designed to share, with choices like charcuterie boars, oysters shucked to order, fresh seasonal salads and even a whole roast lamb shoulder. If that doesn’t tickle your tastebuds, there’s bound to be a menu on Flinders Lane that does!

Plus, if you have the time before or after your dinner, you can take a stroll to the nearby Hosier Lane – known all over the globe for its street art by local and international artists alike.

Sunday Morning – The Shrine of Remembrance

 

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The Shrine of Remembrance is the National War Memorial of Victoria, a monument that is dedicated to all of those who have served our country in war and peacekeeping operations. A walk inside will offer history lessons and galleries of historical artworks and artefacts, and a trip to the balcony shows breathtaking views back across the whole city.

Seeing this memorial in all its glory is the perfect Sunday morning activity, followed by another Sunday morning delight: brunch. Our suggestion is to head to a brunching-location in walking distance to the Shrine of Remembrance, such as The Kettle Black, Peko Peko, or Orient East. All of these venues have mouth-watering menus, but no matter where you go in Melbourne, you’re bound to find a good brunching spot.

Sunday Afternoon – Window shopping in Chapel Street

 

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Chapel Street is the must-see shopping precinct while on a Melbourne visit. With local designers, international brands and vintage treasures lining both sides of the street, you’ll find everything you’re looking for (and more!) while you’re walking.

Our tip is to wander down the whole street for the afternoon, enjoying a bunch of window (or real) shopping to top off your weekend. If you don’t have time to walk the entire way, you can choose which end you’d prefer: South Yarra or Winsor. At the South Yarra end, you’ll find the designer shops and upper-class bars, and, at the Windsor end, you’ll discover an abundance of unique boutiques and second-hand shops. Pick your end, or walk through it all!

Sunday Night – Head back to reality

 

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The weekend is coming to a close which means it’s your time to pack your bags (hopefully filled with newfound goodies!), head to the airport and jump back on a flight that will bring you back to Brisbane and, well, reality.

Your wonderful weekend away will leave you with plenty of stories to tell your work wives in the morning, including how Queensland coffee is just not the same as Melbourne’s brews – and you’d know, you well-travelled coffee-connoisseur.

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