I only had one full day in Melbourne, and unfortunately it was a rainy one. Nonetheless I feel like I got a great feel for the city. While Sydney is iconic with breathtaking views and lots of “must see” sights, Melbourne is very different. If you’re a tourist that likes to go to destinations and snap photos of landmarks recognized around the world, then Melbourne isn’t for you.
However, the city has a vibe that’s totally different than Sydney. Melbourne very much felt to me like a great city to live in, and had a much more “small town” feel. As I walked down the streets I felt like I was in Europe, perhaps a mix between London, Vienna, and Buenos Aires (yes, I realize that’s not Europe). The city is also great to just walk around in, thanks to the abundance of pedestrian zones, cool architecture, street cafes, and shopping.
It’s also worth noting that Melbourne seems to have excellent public transportation, including streetcars, though the city is fairly walkable to begin with, so I had no need to use transport.
Since I only had a day in Melbourne, I’ll more or less let the pictures speak for themselves. No, there’s no Opera House or one-of-a-kind harbo(u)r, though the city has a ton to offer, and I’d love to return in their summer months.