As the fiery orange ball of fire descends over the horizon and the lights of the city flicker on, Melbourne City awakens with livelier hustle and bustle. Therefore, don’t miss out on this list of awesome things that you can participate at night in Melbourne.
Located at the corner of Queen and Therry Street, this market is an iconic must-visit attraction all year round in Melbourne. However, this historic market comes to life at night for two seasons a year, open on weekly Wednesdays during summer and winter. Packed with street food vendors, and vintage and artisan stalls, this place is a hive for supper and late night shopping. Experience night life like never before with performances of free live music and an exciting line-up of traveling street entertainers.
Queen Victoria Night Market
Website: Queen Victoria Night Market
Queen Victoria Market Ultimate Foodie Tour (Official Tour)
Duration 2 hours
Standing elegantly tall at 88 floors by the Riverside Quay, brace yourself for striking views from the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. The sunset view can never get more captivating when viewed over such magnificent panorama. Known as the world’s first extended glass cube, The Edge at Eureka Skydeck suspends you at a thrilling 300 meters (984 feet) over Melbourne, for a fee of 12 AUD (10 USD). Now, this is what we literally mean by “Living on The Edge”.
Website: Eureka Skydeck
Eureka Skydeck 88 Admission Ticket
Duration 1 hour
3. Try your luck at Crown Melbourne
When first established at the north bank of the Yarra River in 1994 and subsequently relocated to the south bank of Yarra River in 1997, Crown Melbourne is a large integrated resort and houses Australia’s largest casino. Complete with award winning restaurants and world-class shopping and entertainment facilities, it is also referred to as a significant driver of tourism within Australia, particularly in Victoria. Summon Lady Luck over an exciting assortment of games such as the popular Blackjack, the Caribbean Stud Poker, the nineteenth-century Baccarat, the classic Roulette, and the Lucky Big Wheel.
Website: Crown Melbourne
Be prepared for the sights and lights when you board this must-see attraction, lovingly known as Melbourne Star, which is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The general admission fee costs 36 AUD (28 USD) for an adult and 22 AUD (17 USD) for a child. However, there is a 25% discount on the prices when the admission tickets are purchased online on their website. Therefore, do not miss the opportunity to witness a sparkling wonderland that will slowly construct before your very eyes outside your cabin window, as the Melbourne City lights take over in the evening.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Website: Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Admission
Duration 30 minutes
Werribee Open Range Zoo is an African themed zoo of approximately 225 hectares (555 acres) of vast land, located on Werribee River in Werribee Park, which is 30 minutes away from the Melbourne City center. Be part of the unique nightlife zoo experience with the Slumber Safari tour, which brings together a fully hosted safari experience with animal encounters and exclusive animal viewing opportunities. This overnight safari experience will be remarkable, as many animals are known to be nocturnal and only hunt at night.
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Website: Werribee Open Range Zoo
Sunset Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo
Duration 3 hours
6. Enjoy a scenic dinner cruise on The Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant down the iconic Yarra River (from USD 88)
Discover one of the best dinner options on an enchanting 3-hour dinner cruise aboard The Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant. This delightful restaurant operates only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and departs from Southbank Promenade at Berth 3. Indulge in a 4-course meal as the floating restaurant winds its way along the calm waters of the Yarra River and past the glowing city lights of Melbourne. You can view the skyline of Melbourne City at night from the expansive viewing windows from the comfort of your dining table or outside on the viewing deck.
The Spirit of Melbourne
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
Duration 3 hours
This colorful and historic adventure park is located on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay in St Kilda. It opened on 13 December 1912 and was the first of the five Luna Parks that were built in Australia, of which only Luna Park Melbourne and Luna Park Sydney are still operating today. The clown face mural at the park entrance, which may seem intimidating, is somehow one of the most Instagrammed pictures tagged to Luna Park Melbourne. The park is open from 11am to 11pm every weekend, Victorian school holidays and public holidays except on Christmas Day. Admission to this amusement park is free and ride tickets range from 5 AUD to 11 AUD (4 USD to 9 USD) for a single ride.
Luna Park Melbourne
Website: Luna Park Melbourne
Full-day Luna Park Admission Ticket in Sydney
Duration 1 day
8. Laugh your way to The Comic’s Lounge Comedy Show in North Melbourne.
Laugh to your heart’s content at stand up jokes by the stars of comedy from around Australia and the world such as Dave Hughes, Carl Barron and Kitty Flanagan at Melbourne’s biggest and best comedy club for 6 nights a week. Get your dose of stress relief as you are entertained by professional comedians for an average ticket price of 20 AUD (16 USD) on an empty stomach or an average ticket price of 50 AUD (39 USD) over a dinner meal.
The Comic's Lounge
Website: The Comic’s Lounge
9. Relax on a horse and carriage ride down at Federation Square, Parliament House and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Do take a strut down the streets under the night lights of Melbourne City, in a prestigious horse-drawn carriage for the ultimate sightseeing experience. Driven by a coach driver, fully uniformed in traditional driving attire, the glorious horses will take you on a journey through Melbourne City to catch a glimpse of some of the key sights of Melbourne, such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Parliament House, Chinatown, Swan Street Bridge, The Shrine of Remembrance, The Arts Centre and Federation Square precinct. Tours depart from Federation Square opposite Flinders Street Station and carriages are available for tours on Thursdays to Sundays.
Melbourne Horse and Carriage Tours
10. Grab a drink at a late-night bar such as Magic Mountain Saloon, Bar Ampère, and France-Soir.
Paloma Rouge by Bar Ampere, Tromba Blanco, lillet rouge, splash of lime, a good measure of grapefruit, dash of Tromba grapefruit bitters and a splash of soda. So French inspired BOOM! #ipaw #trombacocktails #tromba #tequilatromba #trombaipaw #barampere #bibendumbarcocktails #bibendumbar #instacocktail
Renowned for the small-bar culture that blossomed in the 1990s, more sophisticated late-night bars have mushroomed across the city of Melbourne. The hunt for a drinking destination will not take long as there are ample late-night bars to quench your thirst. Magic Mountain Saloon belongs to a stable of restaurants and serves tantalising Thai food late into the night. The Bar Ampère offers bar food, such as burgers, raclette, and steak tartare, alongside their deftly constructed and heftily alcoholic cocktails in a standing room. The 30-year-old France-Soir remains one of Melbourne’s best late diners, with their consistent menu and noteworthy French wine list.
Magic Mountain Saloon
Website:Magic Mountain Saloon
11. Dine in small private carriage like setting at the Toff in Town
Make your way to the Toff in Town and get to taste Thai-fusion dishes from curries, skewers, and other delectable dishes in the city’s most bustling pub. Toff is designed in a way to look like an old town train carriage where guests can sit in private little compartments that resemble a booth, making the interior of one of a kind on its own. Some of the best food to order include smoked eggplant with tomato, yellow curry, banana chili salad among other must-trys. Guests will probably spend around 70 USD for two people and can enjoy live music and entertainment while dining with your loved ones and partying their night away till 5:00 AM on weekends. Indeed, Toff in Town is definitely the talk of the town in the local night scene in Glenelg.
Toff in Town
Address: Curtin House, Level 2, 252 Swanston Street, CBD, Melbourne
Opening hours: 5:00 PM to 3:00 AM, Sundays to Mondays, 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Fridays to Saturdays
Price: 70 USD for 2
12. Go bowling and karaoke with friends at Strike
Those traveling with friends can enjoy a fun-filled visit to Strike and get the chance bowl in their topnotch facilities including an impressive bowling alley and karaoke set with updated songs to belt out to in case your aim is terrible. Situated at the 3rd flood of Melbourne Central, this activity center also offers laser tag and escape rooms for groups to try out new things one hour after another. This has slowly become many young locals’ hangout spot in Melbourne. Aside from superb facilities, they also serve fully stocked bars and kitchens, giving you a variety of great food and snacks to order for just 13.10 USD per head, a solid bargain for a great night out with friends and loved ones.
Bowling and Karaoke at Strike
Address: Shop 305, Level 3, 211 LaTrobe St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Opening hours: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM, Sundays to Mondays
Price: 13.10 USD USD
13. Gaze at he night sky while glamping on the rooftop of Melbourne Central Mall
Go up and away at the rooftop deck of Melbourne people can try glamping in one of the 21 canvas bell tents, including superb quality beddings and a fully stocked esky among other add ons to a great night out in the stars. There are also other additional activities to add on to your curated experience, some of which include breakfast baskets, happy hour cocktails among others. Watch as the stars come alive in the stunning Melbourne sky with you and your loved ones when in Melbourne.
Glamping on Melbource Central Rooftop
Address: St Jerome’s, Level 3, 271 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia
Contact: +61 406 118 561
Discover the nightlife of the friendly city of Melbourne.
When the night lights of the city begin to glow, you will know that the party is just getting started in this lively city. The next time you are in Melbourne, instead of putting on your nightcap, try taking a stroll along to the local market or bar-hop (responsibly!) around the trendy city, as the night has just begun.
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