A work or leisure trip to Melbourne or Brisbane provides the perfect opportunity to soak up the sights and social events of these energetic city centres. Here are our top 12 suggestions for Victoria’s and Queensland’s capital cities that you won’t want to miss.
What to see and do in Melbourne
- Step into the State Library of Victoria, Australia’s oldest public library, to check out the stunning neoclassical architecture and tiptoe through the domed La Trobe Reading Room.
- Explore South Melbourne Wharf at night and watch the boats and kayaks on the Yarra while you sip an ice cold beer. Webb Bridge and Seafarers Bridge are both great spots to take in the city lights.
- Wander through Flinders Lane to spot world-class street art and to dine on Melbourne’s finest fare. There’s something for every taste here. (and by the way – Punthill Flinders Lane is seconds away!)
- Grab a fresh juice or a piping hot donut at the Queen Victoria Market and peruse two whole city blocks of souvenirs, gifts and fresh produce, every Tuesday or Thursday through to Sunday.
- Chill out in the sprawling 36 hectares of Royal Botanic Gardens, including a visit to the luscious Tropical Glasshouse and perhaps a starlit movie at Moonlight Cinema Melbourne.
- While you’re in Kings Domain make a visit to the Shrine of Remembrance, where there is a moving three-minute Service of Remembrance every half hour from 10:30am daily.
The must-not-miss list for Brisbane
If you’re staying in central Brisbane accommodation, then you’ll be within walking distance to most of Brisbane’s natural and cultural highlights.
- Shop up a storm in Fortitude Valley’s creative boutiques and independent stores, and find all your favourite brands in the expansive Queen Street Mall with an astonishing 700+ retailers.
- Amble over to Eagle Street Pier to choose from 15 restaurants including Nagomi, Saké, Il Centro, The Bavarian and Matt Moran’s Aria. Sip a cocktail and savour the view of Story Bridge and the city.
- Spend a morning at South Bank wandering through the lush parklands, the Queensland Maritime Museum and the Queensland Cultural Centre with its State Museum, Art Gallery and Library.
- Hop onto Brisbane’s free CityHopper ferries, which give you a breezy cruise of the inner city. The route has eight stops including South Bank, Dockside, North Quay and the Maritime Museum.
- Suss out the Brisbane Powerhouse arts centre during your stay. There are over 1,250 contemporary events a year, including the Brisbane Comedy Festival, workshops and touring acts.
- Run, walk, abseil, rock climb or simply take in the sights at Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park with its sheer heritage-listed cliffs and its beautiful view of the city lights across the Brisbane River at night.
No matter which central Brisbane or Melbourne suburb you’re staying in, you’ll be able to arrive back at your serviced apartment and relax with reliable Wi-Fi and a comfortable bed with Punthill Apartment Hotels.