For the non-foodie...
Get lost in Melbourne's lanes and alleys for cafes, boutiques and these guys.
We LOVE Melbourne's street art. AC/DC Lane and Duckboard Place (off Flinder's Lane) have the best art but it's all over town. Hosier Street is Melbourne's original street art, er, street but it's now swarming with tourists and the best art is elsewhere. Be warned: the art changes all the time so what you see here won't be around forever.
Shopping! David Jones, Aesop, Mag Nation for your magazine fix and the 'Paris end' of Collins Street.
More shopping: flower sellers are dotted all over town, Chadstone, Mecca Cosmetica for the best in make-up and skincare and Victoria Market.
Check out what's on at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Or join sports-mad Melburnians at, from left, the MCG, Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and AAMI Park. A close-up of the MCG. If you get peckish, grab a bite to eat at one of the many food trucks dotted around Melbourne.
Be awed by the La Trobe reading room and Ned Kelly's armour in the State Library of Victoria. Melbourne! It would be rude not to grab a beer. And if you really what to scare the hell out of yourself, head to the glass box 'Edge' at Eureka Skydeck. It's 297m (974 feet) high above ground.
Relax in Melbourne's many green spaces like Carlton Gardens, Fitzroy Gardens with Cooks' Cottage, and this little guy from someone's front garden in Jolimont Street near the MCG.
There's only one way to get around Melbourne and that's by public transport. The trains and trams will take you just about everywhere. We like this book about Melbourne's precincts by Dale Campisi as a change from the usual guide books. And if you get into the foodie-ness of Melbourne just once, try Chin Chin for amazing Asian food.
Site trip: Daylesford
Cute-as-a-button Daylesford, an easy 90 minute drive from Melbourne. Based around a lake, it's full of cute shops, great places to eat and lovely old buildings.
A wombat (unfortunately not a real one) at Wombat Park in the middle of town. Manteau Noir, one of our favourite boutiques, and Paradise Bookshop, which is awesome. And the Farmer's Arms, how all pubs should be.
Spend a day exploring the countryside. Grab one of these maps - they're available everywhere - and pay a visit to Trentham, stopping at Daylesford Cidary and Istra Smallgoods on the way.
This is Trentham Falls. Continue on to Woodend and Mount Diogenes, also known as Hanging Rock from 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' fame. You'll love the views. We stayed at The Lakehouse, which is gorgeous. It's not cheap but we visited in winter and mid-week (we were on holiday, after all) and it was just affordable.
Updated: 19 September 2017