Melbourne is one of the most hip and dynamic cities in Australia, and is proudly Australia’s cultural capital. It is known as a “hipster city” to some because of the themed cafes and restaurants, chic laneway eateries, rooftop bars, and festivals. Clearly, Melbourne is a city that you should visit when going to Australia.

While the city is known for its edgy street art and well-known museums, these awesome spots listed below deserve more recognition and attention from both the locals and the tourists.

The Onsen Ma Japanese Bathhouse

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This traditional Japanese bath house in Melbourne CBD specialises in dry massage, public and private bathing (sauna), and foot treatment. Go on and find your way to the Onsen Ma to experience a slice of massage heaven.

The Reading Room at the State Library

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If you are into books and reading, then you must visit the Reading Room at the Melbourne State Library. It features a huge selection of books ranging from biographies to fiction, and its dome-like structure will put you in awe.

Brighton Dog Beach

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This beach is a great stop if you’re hanging out with your pooch. It gives them ample space to play and run around. It is clearly a pet-friendly beach, and your furry buddy would definitely love the sun, sand, and sea! Dogs need to relax, too, and who doesn’t love to play with dogs and puppies, anyway?

Happy Melon Studios

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Feel refreshed and rejuvenated by joining a yoga or pilates class at the Happy Melon Studios. They offer a “mind studio”, where mindfulness and movement are combined to achieve a more fulfilling life. Enroll in their yoga, meditation, pilates, fitness classes or get a massage or naturopathy treatment for a clear mind and stronger body.

Jawbone Marine Sanctuary

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A haven for coastal and marine life, this park is going to make you fall in love with nature even more. This unspoilt space is a home for all marine habitats from the northern Port Phillip Bay. The mangroves are the only ones in Victoria that are able to grow on a basalt coast. The starfish, corals, and hundreds of different sea animals (most you probably haven’t even seen before) will definitely astound you.

Half Moon Bay

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If you are into beaches and lazing out in the sun, then this one’s for you. It is a serene and quiet beach where you can just laze around and relax, and get away from the hustle and bustle in the city. You can also find the iconic shipwreck of the HMVS Cerberus here, which sank way back in 1901. Bring your hat and sunnies out, and be ready to be amazed by one of Melbourne’s finest beaches.

Serotonin Eatery

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After all that reading and traveling to the beach and parks, you, of course, need a sumptuous meal to eat. The Serotonin Eatery is located in Burwood, and specialises in making you smile by using their amazing cooking skills. Eat healthy and feel good, and go on and explore Melbourne more!

Melbourne is one of the easiest cities to drive in. With that being said, you definitely should consider hiring a car rather than commuting, as the latter can easily make you feel tired and exhausted. Alpha Car Hire in Melbourne offers a wide fleet of cars for you to choose from, and our number one aim is to make you feel comfortable while you are in our beautiful country!