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Melbourne: A Culture and Arts Tour

Discover why Melbourne has long been considered the culture and arts capital of Australia
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.4 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  Despite being a young city, Melbourne has a rich cultural heritage (especially when one explores the history of the Aboriginal peoples... more »

Tips:  Pace yourself. Though you could spend days at almost all of the sites on this tour, try not to get too lost in the moment and lose... more »

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Points of Interest

Depending on where you're coming from, you can plot your route via the handy Melbourne Journey Planner or take the city's free tourist tram, which includes the museum as one of its stops (disembark at the corner of Flinders and Market street)

This fascinating and unique museum, which is located in the city's former Customs House, explores the... More

Walk east along Flinders for about 650 meters (or hop back on the free tram for a couple stops).

Federation Square is Melbourne's cultural hub. When it opened in 2002, residents responded with either passionate admiration or complete disdain for the modernist structure; debates about its artistic merits continue to this day.

Though there are... More

The most comprehensive showcase of Australian art is to be found at the The Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square.

The National Gallery of Victoria's Ian Potter Centre features 20 galleries (containing more than 20,000 works) devoted exclusively to Australian and Aboriginal art.

The featured works date from the colonial period to modern day,... More

Walk east along Flinders for about 250 meters. Turn left into Hosier Lane.

Melbourne is renown for its public art, but perhaps one of its most famous (or infamous) art forms is its graffiti.

Love it or hate it, graffiti is indisputably the iconic and controversial intersection between modern city culture and art. And no exploration of... More

The museum is located just north of Melbourne's Central Business District. The easiest way to get here is to get back on the free tourist tram (there is a stop at Russell and Flinders or Swanston and Flinders) as it includes the museum as one of its stops.

Falling in love with Melbourne? Well, this museum, which just happens to be the largest in... More

While you are so close (the Royal Exhibition Building is right next to the museum) be sure to spend a few moments admiring this edifice, which is one of only two man-made structures in Australia to have made UNESCO's coveted World Heritage list. The REB is actually one of the world's oldest remaining exhibition buildings-not bad for a new-world... More