10 Instagram-Worthy Spots in Melbourne

Make your feed pop out from the land down under.

PHOTO BY Ida Aldana

(SPOT.ph) If the bustling city of Melbourne (which is one of the most liveable cities in the world, by the way) isn’t already on your travel bucket list, it’s about to be. Aside from being more accessible thanks to new direct flights on Cebu Pacific, there are also a lot of pretty spots that’ll make the trip more than worth it. To make your visit more memorable (and picture-perfect), we list down the places that’ll make your Instagram feed pop out while you’re in the land down under.

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PHOTO BY Ida Aldana

Brighton Bathing Boxes

Esplanade, Brighton
www.brightonbathingbox.org.au/en

Probably one of the tourist spots that Melbourne is most known for, the Brighton Bathing Boxes are actually storage units that are rented out for around AUS $200,000 (roughly P8 million). The row of 82 multi-colored houses definitely puts the “bright” in Brighton—and your Instagram feed, too.

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How to get there: Take the train on the Sandringham line from Flinders Street Station to Brighton Beach Railway Station.

PHOTO BY Ida Aldana

Shrine of Remembrance

Birdwood Avenue and St Kilda Road
www.shrine.org.au
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

The beautiful landscape of the Shrine of Remembrance is enough to get your jaw to drop, with a symmetric building sitting atop a flight of stairs surrounded by a huge patch of lush-green grass. You’ll be even more amazed when you step inside—welcoming you is an ornate ceiling that also lets the sunlight shine through the otherwise somber building. You also get a beautiful, panoramic view of the city when you climb to the top of the roof.

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How to get there: From Federation Square, take any southbound tram (except route number 1) going to Stop 19.

PHOTO BY Ida Aldana

Fitzroy Gardens

Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
www.fitzroygardens.com

The Fitzroy Gardens is a welcome respite from the bustling city, as it’s located just at the edge of the central business district of Melbourne. The 26-hectare garden is one of the reasons why Melbourne is also known as the Garden City of Australia. Aside from the huge area (which means you won’t run out of picture-perfect spots), there’s also a conservatory filled with blooming flowers. It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, you’re sure to get a great photo with the different floral displays and plants that also hang from the ceiling.

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How to get there: From Federation Square, you can take a 15-minute walk to Fitzroy Gardens. You can also take the free City Circle tram and get off at the Spring Street, Treasury Gardens Stop. For tram routes 48 and 75, you can get off at Wellington Parade. If taking the train, get off at either the Parliament or Jolimont Stations.

PHOTO BY Ida Aldana

Flinders Street Station

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Flinders Street
www.flindersstreetstation.com.au

Who knew a transport hub at rush hour could be so pretty? The Flinders Street Station is at its best when the sun is about to set, with the trams crossing the intersections, and people crossing the street. It also makes for a great Boomerang!

How to get there: Take any train or tram going to Flinders Street Station.

PHOTO BY Ida Aldana

Hosier Lane 

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If you’re looking for a great place to take your OOTD photo or flex your streetwear finds, Hosier Lane is the place to be. Local and international artists make their mark on the cobblestoned alley with colorful murals, characters, stencils, and statements on the walls. It’ll be hard to pick a favorite, so just take a photo of—and with!—all of them.

How to get there: From Federation Square or Flinders Street Station, you can take a three-minute walk to Hosier Lane through Swanston Street.

PHOTO BY Ida Aldana

Luna Park

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8 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
www.lunapark.com.au
Rates start at AUS $2
Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (every weekend and every public holiday, closed on weekdays during the school term)

You don’t even have to go inside Luna Park to get an Instagram-worthy shot. The large, clown-faced entrance of this amusement park is already pretty hard to miss—both in person and when your followers are scrolling through their feed.

How to get there: If taking the train, take the Sandringham Line and get off at Balaclava Station then take Tram 16 to Acland Street, Stop 138.

PHOTO BY Ida Aldana

Churchill Island Heritage Farm

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246 Samuel Amess Drive, Churchill Island, Newhaven
www.penguins.org.au/attractions/churchill-island
Rates start at AUS $13
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Some of Australia’s earliest European settlers first farmed on Churchill Island. The historic land has now become a working heritage farm where tourists can learn about its storied past—and take countless photos of the expansive area. The farmland features a café, gardens, and restored cottages and barns that overlook the breathtaking shore of the Western Port.

How to get there: There are limited transportation options on Phillip Island. From Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, you can take a V/Line bus going to Phillip Island’s main town, Cowes. You can also ask your hotel for car reservations.

Federation Square

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Swanston Street and Flinders Street
www.fedsquare.com

Situated right across Flinders Street Station is Federation Square, which is considered the city’s central hub for events and attractions related to arts and culture. A lot of restaurants and stores are located around the square, but the place itself and the crowds serve as the perfect backdrop for your mandatory (but still cool-looking) tourist photo.

How to get there: From Flinders Street Station, cross the street to Federation Square.

PHOTO BY Ida Aldana

Docklands 

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If your feed needs a little bit of blue and white, then head over to the Docklands. You can take photos by the boats that are docked at the wharf, complementing Melbourne’s beautiful skyline. Afterwards, you can eat at one of the many restaurants beside the dock.

How to get there: You can take the free City Circle Tram and get off at Docklands Drive. If taking the train, get off at Southern Cross Station (formerly Spencer Street Station). Take the northern end exit, then walk across the Bourke Street Pedestrian Bridge (via the Etihad Stadium concourse) to Docklands' Harbour Esplanade.

PHOTO BY Ida Aldana

The Nobbies at Phillip Island

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1320 Ventnor Road, Summerlands
www.visitphillipisland.com/listing/the-nobbies

The boardwalks located along the cliffs of The Nobbies already look like it’s worthy of being a postcard. But wait till you get a view of the southern coast and the water splashing against the Seal Rocks—which is named so because it’s the home of Australia’s biggest Fur Seal colony. The strong winds during the winter might make it a bit too cold to take lots of photos here, but the view might just get you to consider getting frostbite.

How to get there: There are limited transportation options on Phillip Island. From Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, you can take a V/Line bus going to Phillip Island’s main town, Cowes. You can also ask your hotel for car reservations.

How to get to Melbourne: Cebu Pacific offers affordable direct flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 to Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

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