Long weekend approaching? Melbourne beckons for a blissful three-day escape, promising an indulgent blend of culture, gastronomy, and hidden gems waiting to be discovered. This vibrant city is more than just a destination; it's an invitation to unwind, explore, and savour every moment.

As your guide to the long weekend wanderlust, we unveil the must-see gems that make Melbourne a treasure trove of experiences. Whether you're a culture connoisseur, shopaholic, foodie, or nature lover, the city’s diverse offerings are set to elevate your Melbourne long weekend escapade.

Let us take you on an unforgettable journey through the heart of this enchanting city for the perfect mini-holiday.

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Long Weekend Venue


Distance from Dorsett Melbourne

Spencer Outlet Centre

201 Spencer Street, Docklands

5-minute walk

The District Docklands

440 Docklands Drive, Docklands

18-minute tram and walk

Higher Ground

650 Little Bourke Street

5-minute walk

Hardware Société

10 Katherine Place

13-minute walk

Queen Victoria Market

Queen Street

11-minute tram and walk

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

180 St Kilda Road

12-minute drive

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Entry via St Kilda Road or Birdwood Avenue

10 to 13-minute drive

Tram to St Kilda Beach

Southern Cross Station (tram) to St Kilda Beach, St Kilda

7-minute walk to the tram

30-minute total travel time to St Kilda Beach

Melbourne Skydeck

7 Riverside Quay, Southbank

10-minute drive

AC/DC Lane

Corner of Flinders Lane and Exhibition Street

13-minute drive

Hosier Lane

Corner of Flinders Street and Russell Street

15-minute drive

Shopaholic Heaven: Explore The District Docklands and Spencer Outlet Centre

What better way to start a long weekend in Melbourne than with a spot of retail therapy? Explore the nearby shopping meccas, The District Docklands and Spencer Outlet Centre, just a short stretch from Dorsett Melbourne.

Starting with Spencer Street Outlet, just a five-minute walk from our hotel, you’ll be instantly captivated by diverse boutiques and flagship stores. With everything from high-end labels to bargain gems filling this expansive shopping mall, you’re destined to leave with plenty of fashion-forward finds.

Make your next stop at the gorgeous indoor-outdoor District Docklands precinct. Just under twenty minutes away from Dorsett Melbourne by public transport, this vibrant oasis is the perfect blend of fashion stores, outdoor market-style stalls, and delicious cuisine. Situated on the waterfront in the iconic Docklands area of Melbourne, you’ll be tempted to spend the entire day here enjoying the fun and fashion.

If a Melbourne shopping weekend is at the top of your list, check out these other iconic Melbourne shopping centres to complete your experience.

Hardware Société at Katherine Place

Credit: Hardware Société

Caffeine Chronicles: Melbourne's Coffee Culture Unveiled

After all that shopping, you’re bound to need a little caffeinated sustenance. Dive into Melbourne's renowned coffee culture, where every sip is a journey.

Explore hole-in-the-wall cafés, each with its unique character and artisanal brews. Melbourne's laneways and streets are dotted with coffee gems, ensuring that your caffeine cravings are met with a delightful blend of flavours.

Higher Ground

If you’re seeking a single Melbourne café to sit at the pinnacle of your long weekend getaway, Higher Ground is sure to take the cake. Located just a five-minute stroll from Dorsett Melbourne on bustling Little Bourke Street, Higher Ground is as much a feast of decor as it is of food and fabulous coffee.

Inspired by London’s Soho House, the converted power station interiors exude a chic industrial charm with expansive open-plan spaces that invite all-day dining. Sit for a coffee and a spot of brunch, or indulge in a long lunch with friends.

Allow some extra time to peruse the delicious menu – some of our favourites include the Blueberry & Ricotta Hotcake, the Avocado Pretzel, and the Slow Roasted Victorian Pork Belly.

Hardware Société

Stroll a little further and enter the mother of all Melbourne cafés, none other than the famous Hardware Société. Having started their legacy in the iconic Hardware Lane, this quintessential French-inspired nook has recently set up its flagship outlet just a short ways from Dorsett Melbourne on Katherine Place.

Light-filled, intoxicatingly vibrant, and always packed with eager coffee lovers, Hardware Société delivers beyond expectations on all fronts. From their premium coffee and drinks to their Instagram-worthy dishes, you simply can’t go wrong with a visit to this cultural Melbourne staple.

Queen Victoria Market: Your Gateway to Melbourne's Market Treasures

When it comes to what to do in Melbourne, this legendary marketplace has to be at the forefront of your itinerary. Embark on a treasure hunt at the iconic Queen Victoria Market, a sprawling hub of fresh produce, gourmet delights, and unique trinkets.

Lose yourself in the vibrant stalls, where the hustle and bustle create an atmosphere that's quintessentially Melbourne. Discover endless flavours, aromas, and vibrant colours that define this market as a must-visit.

Shop at more than 600 local Melbourne businesses at the heritage-listed site, where everything from fresh produce and gourmet delicacies to gifts, homewares, and boutique fashion can be uncovered. Our tip: make sure you reserve a good couple of hours to explore the expansive Queen Vic Market as you’re sure to be enveloped in its captivating charm.

Art Enthusiast's Paradise: Navigating the National Gallery of Victoria

Immerse yourself in the artistic wonders of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), a haven for art lovers. Marvel at the diverse collections, from timeless classics to avant-garde masterpieces and everything in between.

While the permanent collections are spectacular enough, you might also want to explore some of the NGV’s exhibitions during your visit. The gallery invites artists of both national and international acclaim to transform the space into walk-through wonders, displaying magnificent installations, sculptures, and immersive experiences.

The NGV promises a journey through creativity and culture, making it a highlight for those with a passion for the arts. Entry to the gallery is free, allowing you to partake in its cultural delights without harming your wallet.

Couple walking through AC/DC Lane

Hidden Wonders: Melbourne's Laneways and Street Art Exploration

Embark on an urban adventure through Melbourne's laneways, where hidden gems and street art masterpieces await. Each corner unveils a story, a splash of colour, and a piece of history. Let the city's vibrant street art scene captivate your senses as you meander through these charming laneways.

Hosier Lane

You’ve likely seen photos of this iconic Melbourne laneway. Perhaps you’ve even visited before. Even if you’ve been there a hundred times, though, it’s always a joy to stroll down the street art haven of Hosier Lane.

This cherished inner-city strip is permanently adorned with a rotating splash of graffiti art by some of the city’s best street artists. From the well-worn cobblestones to the paint-streaked walls, every inch of this beloved lane is covered with astonishing art. You might even be lucky enough to catch an artist at work during your visit!

AC/DC Lane

Infuse your Melbourne long weekend with a dash of rock n’ roll at AC/DC Lane. Named, of course, after the iconic rock band of the same name, this laneway offers a unique glimpse into the city’s cultural history.

So, why is it named AC/DC Lane? Aside from the hundreds of fabulous rock-inspired graffiti pieces that pay homage to the group, this lane actually has an interesting history. AC/DC famously filmed their music video for Long Way to the Top on Melbourne’s Swanston Street, which runs parallel to the laneway.

Previously named Corporation Lane, the city decided to rename it as a tribute to the Australian rock legends.

Nature Retreat: Tranquility in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens

Escape the urban hustle in the serene embrace of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Wander through lush greenery, picturesque landscapes, and peaceful lakes as you enjoy a beautiful respite from the buzz of the CBD.

While strolling through the expansive gardens is enough to occupy you for an entire long weekend, Melbourne locals and tourists alike also flock to the impressive Shrine of Remembrance. Located on the St Kilda Road side of the gardens, this iconic structure pays tribute to Australian soldiers past and present with a stunning structure and moving museum.

On your travels through the Botanic Gardens, you’ll also want to stop at The Terrace Café. This fairyland-like restaurant sits amid the gardens’ beauty and transports you to a delicious lakeside realm.

Plus, if you’re visiting on Friday or Saturday, you’ll be in for an extra treat with the terrace Sunset Hour. Indulge in cocktails, wines, and beers all on special between 3pm and 7pm, as well as scrumptious bites that complement every drink.

St Kilda Beach and Foreshore

Tram Tales: A Scenic Journey to St Kilda Beach

Hop on a tram for a scenic journey to St Kilda Beach, Melbourne's beloved seaside escape. Feel the sea breeze, explore the iconic Luna Park, and revel in the lively atmosphere of Acland Street. St Kilda offers a perfect blend of relaxation and entertainment for your long weekend retreat.

The journey from Dorsett Melbourne to St Kilda Beach is all part of the adventure, too. Hop on the 96 tram and enjoy a scenic half-hour ride through South Melbourne and along the picturesque Albert Park. As you reach the St Kilda area, you’ll be treated to beautiful views of the water before coming to a stop at the vibrant St Kilda Beach.

With plenty of delicious dining venues, bars, and family-friendly hotspots to occupy you, a trip to St Kilda Beach is an absolute must for every Melbourne long weekend getaway.

Elevate Your Experience: Panoramic Views from Melbourne Skydeck

Crown your Melbourne adventure with breathtaking views from the Melbourne Skydeck. Soar to the Southern Hemisphere's highest viewing platform and witness the cityscape unfold beneath you.

At the heart of this adventure lies the Voyager Theatre, a multi-million-dollar marvel. It takes guests on an extraordinary journey through Melbourne and Victoria, showcasing high-definition 8K video with 6D sensory immersion.

As the sun sets, Melbourne's skyline transforms into a mesmerising panorama, creating a memorable conclusion to your long weekend. Cap off your Skydeck experience at Bar 88, where a delightful selection of beverages and snacks awaits.

Guest relaxing at Dorsett Melbourne

Spend Your Long Weekend With Dorsett Melbourne

At the heart of Melbourne's allure, Dorsett Melbourne welcomes you to a haven of indulgence and comfort. Unwind in stylish accommodations, savour delectable dining experiences, and let our dedicated team ensure your long weekend is nothing short of extraordinary.

While you’re here, be sure to enjoy our premium facilities to complement your long weekend. Take a dip in the heated indoor pool, enjoy a workout in the gym, unwind in the sauna and steam room, and elevate your indulgence at our wellness space.

We also invite you to taste the delights of Jin Bar, our ground-floor-level restaurant and bar with a flair for flavour. From signature cocktails and premium wine and beer to gourmet bites and delicious dinners, Jin Bar knows how to spoil every guest for every occasion.

Book your stay with Dorsett Melbourne and elevate your long weekend in Melbourne into a refined, relaxed, and truly unforgettable experience.

Looking for more exciting things to do in Melbourne this weekend? Check out our guide to must-do Melbourne tourist attractions.