Melbourne is a city that knows how to live. Amidst the hustle and bustle lies a rich cultural tapestry with an endless array of experiences that cater to everyone's interest.
The places to explore in Melbourne are abundant, and include a variety of experiences such as fine dining, cultural attractions, spa escapes, picturesque parks and impressive architecture. It is a unique destination for urban adventurers and will leave you wanting to come back for more.
The Complete City Getaway With Wellness, Art and Fine Dining
For a truly memorable Melbourne experience, we’ve curated a list of some of the most highly rated experiences. The perfect day trip for the city-dweller looking to enjoy the city to its full. An ideal weekend for visitors looking to make the most of their stay. Our list features some of the best of Melbourne's relaxing activities for couples or solo traveler's looking to celebrate any occasion.
Experience this ultimate destination through a blend of wellness, art and culture. Making for an unforgettable experience that will stay with you for a long time.
There is nothing quite like a city escape - the opportunity to discover new places, people, cultures. The feeling of exploring and immersing yourself completely. There is a certain energy about it you can’t find anywhere else.
Nourish Your Soul: Brunch In Style At Melbourne’s Higher Ground
Melbourne’s Higher Ground Cafe offers an all-day dining experience that combines café chic with gourmet flair. The restaurant is situated in a heritage listed powerhouse building that blends industrial charm with contemporary design. Captivating design elements include exposed brick, timber beams, steel columns, open-plan layout and minimalistic aesthetic.
The curated menu includes fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty breakfast, a light lunch or an indulgent sweet dish, there is something for everyone.
A few of the most popular, signature dishes include the blueberry and ricotta hotcakes, crab benedict and roasted kingfish. Enjoy with a specialty coffee brewed to perfection, in an atmosphere buzzing with energy and delight.
Enjoy this unique dining experience all the while taking in a soaring 15-meter ceiling, flooded with natural light. Eating at Higher Ground Cafe is bound to leave a lasting impression.
Relax Into Our Indulgent Spa Experience, Nestled In Melbourne’s Most Renowned Heritage Building
Make your way towards Collins Street and step into Botanica Wellness Spa and Clinic next for one of Melbourne’s best luxury day spa experiences. Enter through the heritage luxury of the InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto Hotel, one of the city’s last remaining 19th century Victorian buildings.
At Botanica Wellness Spa and Clinic you can immerse yourself in a tranquil oasis of relaxation and serenity, and emerge feeling refreshed and revitalised. Upon entering our treatment rooms, expect to be met with nothing but attentiveness and care. Our skilled therapists will pamper you with the finest ingredients and techniques, taking you on a journey of total relaxation.
Choose from a range of massage experiences including scalp massages, full body massages, hot stone massages and feet massages. Or enjoy our bespoke facial treatments tailored to your specific needs. All our skin and body treatments are designed to rejuvenate you, body and mind.
Discover A World Of Art and Design At The National Gallery Of Victoria
When deciding what to do in Melbourne CBD, there is no going past the National Gallery of Victoria. This destination serves as a gateway into a world of art and design; with exhibitions that span continents and centuries.
The gallery is renowned for hosting exceptional art pieces and temporary exhibitions throughout the year, making it more than just a collection of art. It is a place where culture and art intersect, showcasing the beauty and diversity of human expression.
The National Gallery of Victoria boasts an extensive collection of artwork from different periods and styles. Notable pieces include Tom Roberts’ iconic Australian landscape paintings, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, sculptures and bark paintings. The collection houses some of the most impressive examples of art and culture from various eras.
Visitors can immerse themselves in the rich insights of art from around the world. The collection ranges from ancient to contemporary pieces, both impressive and vast. The National Gallery of Victoria aims to spark curiosity, ignite creativity and connect people to the past, present and future. It is an unmissable place to include as part of your complete Melbourne experience.
Find Serenity In Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens offer a serene and captivating experience, inviting visitors to lose themselves in the vibrant colours and fragrances. These gardens serve as a living, breathing laboratory of natural wonder, providing a space for discovery, exploration, and connection with nature’s finest creations.
As you meander through the gardens, marvel at the towering trees and discover exotic plants that are unique to the area. Take a peaceful stroll along the Yarra River or find a tranquil spot by one of the serene lakes. The Royal Botanic Gardens offer the perfect afternoon escape from the chaos of the city, providing a serene and calm environment to relax and watch the world go by.
This is the perfect afternoon spot for a peaceful afternoon retreat.
Indulge In Style At Melbourne’s Historic Florentino Restaurant
Enjoy the elegance of one of Melbourne’s oldest Italian restaurants; Florentino. Established in the 1900’s this restaurant features multiple dining experiences, and offers a sophisticated menu of classic dishes inspired by the regional cuisine of Italy. The historic setting with attentive service will make for a night to remember.
Stop Off For A Nightcap At The Iconic Eau De Vie
Experience the sophistication and glamour that is Eau De Vie; one of Melbourne’s premium bars located in the historic Malthouse building. Known for its expertly crafted cocktails and meticulous service, this venue has an intimate and elegant atmosphere perfect for a romantic evening or in the company of friends.
Unwind In The Luxurious InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
After a full day exploring the city, return to the heart of Melbourne for a night at the renowned InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto. This architecturally revered, restored building has a range of amenities and services to be enjoyed during your stay. Here you can retire into a luxurious room or suite, embracing the elegant décor that combines traditional elements with modernisation.
Melbourne offers a truly indulgent experience for those seeking the perfect blend of wellness, art and fine dining. From spa retreats to art galleries, world-class restaurants to bespoke bars, the city provides a diverse range of experiences that will nourish your soul and leave you fully satisfied
We hope you take full advantage of all the experiences to be had in this beautiful city. Enjoy these prime locations in the vibrant heart of Melbourne CBD. Surround yourself with entertainment, relaxation, indulgence and a variety of cultural attractions.
You’re One Step Away From Experiencing Melbourne’s Ultimate Luxury
To get started on your weekend of relaxing activities in Melbourne, lock in your Botanica experience with us today. Be transported to a retreat of wellness and restoration, with a complete menu to choose from bespoke massages, facial experiences, full day spa treatments, the options are endless.
Botanica looks forward to your visit.