International AIDS Society

Experience Melbourne

What’s On

See what's on in Melbourne – there's always plenty to do!


Eat and Drink

Restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs are always buzzing in Melbourne. An eclectic range of cuisine is on offer across town - hidden down laneways, high above street level or overlooking the waterfront.


Arts and Culture

Melbourne is Australia's performing arts capital and kicks up its heels year round, with everything from opera and Broadway spectaculars to contemporary dance and comedy.



From the cutting edge to classic, boutique to big time, Melbourne’s vibrant retail scene is alive with alluring labels, products and shopping experiences – some home grown, some world-renowned.


After Dark

Melbourne's bars turn serving a drink into an art form, enticing locals and visitors to the city’s destinations ‘after dark’. There are thousands of unique bars located in laneways, basements and on rooftops throughout the city.

Indigenous Melbourne

If you’re in the city of Melbourne but short on time, you can enjoy a guided cultural interpretive walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens just a few minutes from the city centre. Here you’ll discover the plant lore of traditional foods, medicine, tools and ceremony on a site that was once a traditional camping and meeting place for the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people.

Aboriginal Heritage Walk

Journey into the ancestral lands of the Kulin nation and explore their rich and thriving culture on this award-winning walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Experience a traditional smoking ceremony with our Indigenous Guides and discover traditional uses of plants for food, tools and medicine.

Where: Meet at the Visitor Centre, Observatory Gate
When: 11am - 12.30pm  Tue – Fri + 1st Sun of the month
Cost: $25 adults, $21 concession, $10 child (aged 6-17)
Telephone: 03 9252 2429


Top 20 things to do in Melbourne

  1. Discover Australia’s Aboriginal culture on a Koorie Heritage Walk
  2. See Australian art at the National Gallery of Victoria – Australia, Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square
  3. Live the sporting passion at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and National Sports Museum
  4. See the city from ‘The Edge’ – 88 stories up in the Eureka Tower
  5. Eat, drink and live like a local in Melbourne’s sophisticated secret laneways and neighbourhoods
  6. Meet multicultural Melbourne at the Queen Victoria Market
  7. Enjoy spectacular water views and stylish restaurants in South Wharf
  8. Stroll, skate or soak up the sun on the St Kilda beach promenade
  9. Wander city laneways to see Melbourne’s famous street art  
  10. Join in the festivities at one of Melbourne’s many free public events (AIDS 2014 Cultural Progam is in development)
  11. Dine in the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, while travelling city streets
  12. Capture the city spirit at Federation Square, home to galleries, cafés and bars
  13. Meet native animals at the Melbourne Zoo
  14. Discover Aboriginal culture at the Melbourne Museum’s Bunjilaka Aboriginal Heritage Centre
  15. Wander through Chinatown at sunset in search of dumplings
  16. Experience café culture on Lygon Street – Melbourne’s ‘Little Italy’
  17. Uncover the story of Melbourne at the magnificent State Library of Victoria’ s Dome Gallery
  18. Take in a show at one of Melbourne’s grand theatres   
  19. Ride on the free City Circle Tram
  20. Tee off at one of Melbourne’s 15 championship golf courses