About Melbourne

Ever thought of staying in the city for the weekend. Well we have and we found that there is so much to do. Whether its sipping cocktails at one Melbourne's exclusive bars, fine dining or taking in the theatre scene, Melbourne has it all. With restaurants, parks, gardens, live music and an array of cultural experiences, the city is the place to be. From the alternative to the sublime, Melbourne has so much on offer that you will find that one weekend is not enough, Melbourne CBD it's more than just the garden city, its is the city where you can relax or play, it's a Girls Weekend Away!

Things to Do

Melbourne has lots to offer on your Girls Weekend Away. Apart from the fantastic shopping,
restaurants and bars there are lots of activities that are sometimes not immediately evident. We have provided you with some suggestions and will continue to research ideas to make your stay a memorable experience. One piece of advice is using the City Circle free tram to get around Melbourne and also then there is the free Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle Bus.

Restaurants by Category

Melbourne has been rated one of the most livable cities in the world and we at GWA are sure that this is due to the magnificent eateries that are a part of the culture. Many of these restaurants are hidden down laneways or pepper the city fringe, each having its own unique personality and providing with it a new gastronomic experience. We have linked in with bookarestaurant.com so you can book a restaurant directly on line and be assured of a placement by clicking here, it's that easy.



Casual Restaurants

Other Things to do

Outdoor Activities

  • Melbourne River Cruises
  • Walk around The Tan (finish with lunch at Botanic Garden Restaurant)
  • Melbourne Deck -Rialto
  • River Cruise to Williamstown (great views of Melbourne and fish and chips)
  • Cooks Cottage
  • Shopping Tours( plenty to choose from)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Tour of the Queen Victoria Market

Indoor Activities

  • Go see a Stage Show (halftix have discounted tickets)
  • National Art Gallery
  • ACMI (Fed square)
  • State Library of Victoria
  • Crown Casino
  • Melbourne Museum
  • Outlet Shopping at DFO (Spencer St or Wharf)
  • Parliament House (free tours)
  • Ice Skating
  • Melbourne Aquarium
  • Eureka Tower (great views of Melbourne)
  • Chinese Museum
  • Shopping Secrets
    The historic Melbourne General Post Office (GPO) located in Bourke St reopened in August 2004 as a fashion, food and shopping precinct and quickly became a haven for designers and fashionistas. Covering an entire city block it now houses more than 60 stores carrying the clothes of iconic international designers and cutting edge newcomers


Melbourne has an array of Day spas so you can drop in during your lunch time or spend an entire day. With everything from facials, massage, manicure or pedicures, a Melbourne spa is a perfect place to unwind and relax after a days shopping. And Girls I suggest you take a look at the privilege card benefits. Just click on the privilege card tab. It's Free!!

  • Orchid Day Spa & Beauty Therapy
  • Endota Day Spa
  • Sakura Lounge (Japanese therapies)
  • Kocho Spa
  • Ella Bache Melbourne Central
    (GWA privilege card offer)
  •  Smooth Day Spa
  • Aveda Retreat On Spring
  • Elly Lucas
  • Lyall Day Spa
  • Crown Day Spa
  • Calma Medispa & Retreat
    (GWA privilege card offer)
  • Body Freedom Urban Spa Retreat


Melbourne has an eclectic variety of bars, peppered in and around the city, hidden on roof tops, down alleyways and sometimes just a door hides a new experience. We have added a few here and will continue to do so as we find them.

  • Madame Brussels
  • Red Hummingbird
  • Siglo Bar
  • The Emerald Peacock
  • Society
  • Toff in Town
  • Collins Quarter
  • Champagne Bar
  • Bennets Lane Jazz Club
  • Ice Lounge Southgate
  • Burlesque Bar
  • Ice Lounge Southgate
  • The Supper Club
  • The Lui Bar
  • Lustre Bar
  • The Waiting Room
  • Chaise Lounge
  • Silk Road


Check out these tours in and around Melbourne, take note of the free bus and tram.

  • Free City Circle Tram Click here for maps and time tables
  • $5 all day City shuttle Bus. Click here for details.
  • Chocolate Tour
  • Block Arcade Tour
  • Foodies Dream Tour Queen Victoria Market
  • Shopping Tours (Go Get Around Tours)
  • Winery Tours ( Go Get Around Tours)
  • The Haunted Melbourne Ghost Tour

For as little as $36, you can jump on a bus and take a tour of Melbourne. Discover Australia have a list of tours for you to enjoy, all in one spot.
Discover tours

If you want some tour Passes checkout Tours to go. Buy 2, 3,or 7 day passes for unlimited access to over 35 top attractions in Melbourne. Valid for 12 months from purchase. Tours to goFeaturing Things like the Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck, Penguin Parade and Visitor Centre, Werribee Open Range Zoo and much more.

Airfares Flights Australia

Our Partners

If you are interested in becoming a Girls Weekends Away Partner Click here for more information.

Melbourne Bike Share

Girls this is a fantastic Idea. Melbourne Bike Share has been designed for short trips, and as long as your trip lasts less than 30 minutes the basic fee is all you pay. So when you visit Melbourne, get a different perspective and use one of the 50 share stations that open up your access to Melbourne's parks, gardens and beaches

Melbourne Bike Share


Melbourne Party Bus

Dreamscape Tours are the leaders in the Night clubentertainment industry having conducting thousands of Party Bus Tours
They take the hassle out of a social night out with friends, by letting them organise your Party Bus Nightclub Tour.

1/2 price Theatre Tickets

Halftix is located at the Melbourne Town Hall on the Cnr of Swantson and Collins St and offers daily discounts (half price) on shows that are playing around Melbourne. Check their website at http://www.halftixmelbourne.com/ to see the daily specials

Sea Kayak Half Day

For $89 you get 3 hours of fun and a guide and is about as laid back at they come. You get the chance to enjoy nature at its most tranquil and serene. It is also a great way to be introduced to paddle sport with a qualified coach and guide while wearing full kayak safety gear. Kayak adventureTake in the rich port and maritime feel of this historic port. Observe the wildlife. Watch the yachts and ferries set against the backdrop of the St. Kilda cityscape. Gentle, tranquil fun and adventure all rolled into one. This is sea kayaking at its very best.

Foodie Trails - Melbourne

Would you like to share in Melbourne's hidden city food tours? Well; Tours to Go have captured some unique foodie ideas. Everyone knows Lygon street for it's Italian food, Victoria Parade for Vietnamese Hidden food toursfood and Little Bourke Street for Chinese food. But where are the rest of the cultural hot spots of Melbourne?? If you want a gourmet Indian Masala Trail through the CBD or Little India in Dandenong or Vibrant and bustling Sydney road in Brunswick with its Turkish food And while African food is far and wide, taste some of this whole and hearty "Soul food" on a gastronomic tour of Footscray or Dandenong.
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Melbourne Photography

Melbourne photographer/journalist Murray Johnson shares his top 10 tips and tricks to make you a better photographer.
This half-day session starts with a colorful Girls PhotographyPowerpoint presentation illustrating the "top 10" photo secrets with stunning images. Then you go cruising around Melbourne on bicycles, practising what we've learnt by taking photos in great locations with digital cameras (bring your own). Film cameras can be used too, but you won't get the instant feedback on your work! The practical excursion can be done on foot or trams for groups who prefer not to cycle.

Melbourne Harley Rides

Ride the Bolte Bridge with spectacular views of Melbourne to heartland at Docklands through Harley Ridesthe Burnley tunnel then along the Yarra River and through the celebrated Royal Botanical Gardens. Motor along the Albert Park F1 Grand Prix racetrack, Cruise in style the length of the renowned Acland Street in St Kilda. Travel along the famous St Kilda beach. Pick up at hotel can be arranged.


More ideas will be posted here soon