Greetings, Internet Stranger and welcome to 24 hours in Melbourne! So you've gone all the way to Australia and you're looking to spend 24 hours in Melbourne, getting to know the cool street art and whatnot? (I realize I am assuming that you ordinarily live far from Australia, which is quite an assumption. For all I know, you live in New Zealand. I don't know your life!) \n\n\n\nAnyway, Melbourne is a large city with many different and exciting neighborhoods, but let\u2019s face it. If you\u2019ve only got 24 hours in Melbourne, you should spend it in the City Centre. You should also get used to the fact that Australians spell Centre the backwards way. Follow me and I'll show you the best 24 hours in Melbourne you can imagine!\n\n\n\n24 Hours in Melbourne\n\n\n\nHow To Get There\n\n\n\nNow, I wish I knew where you lived, Internet Stranger, because I could send you a beautiful box of Australian meat pies. But sadly, I do not, and so I can't tell you exactly how to get from your home to Melbourne. \n\n\n\nBut I can tell you that I used a lovely airplane to get from my hometown NYC to Melbourne, and I recommend Expedia for the best way to find the cheapest flight to Melbourne at the best time of day. When I booked with them, I was able to save a bunch of money on my ticket, and it only took 48 hours door to door! But you might want to spend more money and save some time. Up to you!\n\n\n\nJust click here to start looking for the best possible deals on your flight, so you can head out to Melbourne ASAP. \n\n\n\n24 Hours in Melbourne\n\n\n\nWhere to Stay?\n\n\n\nI cannot recommend the exact hotel where I spent my 24 hours in Melbourne. That's because they accidentally charged my debit card for the full price of the hotel TWO times and the extra charge didn't drop for a week. I almost had a nervous breakdown. \n\n\n\nBut if you're looking for a centrally located place for your 24 hours in Melbourne, I suggest Federation Square. It's near many of the major tourist attractions, like the National Gallery of Victoria. You can't go wrong!\n\n\n\nIf you want to avoid my mistakes for your trip to Melbourne, you can find a host of excellent hotels and check out their reviews, so you'll know if the hotels are on the up and up, or if they are in the habit of bilking their clients. Just click here!\n\n\n\n24 Hours in Melbourne\n\n\n\nWhat Should I Pack?\n\n\n\nStylish and comfy sandals that are just perfect for an Australian summer Christmas season.Cute boots in case it rains. You can wear these from the mud puddles of Melbourne straight to a nice restaurant.A cell charger so you can keep taking pictures of the fabulous Melbourne street art.A rain jacket with a hood because it might definitely rain during your 24 hours in Melbourne.My favorite guide book to MelbourneThat's not a knife. That's a knife.True History of Kelly Gang, which ironically is a work of fiction. This is a great place to start if you want to know more about Ned Kelly.And if you're looking for something more factual about Ned Kelly, I've got you covered right here.I always travel with travel insurance from World Nomads. You never know when something might go wrong, especially in this day and age, and you don't want to get stranded in a foreign country without help. But with travel insurance, you're protected even if you're attacked by a roving gang of boxing kangaroo during your 24 hours in Melbourne.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n24 Hours in Melbourne\n\n\n\nMorning: The National Gallery of Victoria\n\n\n\nThe National Gallery of Victoria is a fantastic collection of Australian art smack in the centre of town. It is more commonly known as the NGV, although that word seems hard to pronounce to me because there are no vowels in it.\n\n\n\nYou could easily spend a whole day in the gallery, but we have other things to do, so allow me to recommend simply\n\n\n\nApproximately Top 5: The NGV\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n1) Have breakfast at Degraves Espresso Bar\n\n\n\nMelbourne is famous for its cafes and Degraves has excellent coffee. Clearly the thing to get here is the flat white, which is a short Australian version of a latte. I think it\u2019s so sad that Starbucks has brought the flat white to the USA because it is no longer cool to know what a flat white is.\n\n\n\nTo eat, just get whatever pastry looks good to you. This itinerary has a big lunch and snacks included, so you don\u2019t want to fill up too much.\n\n\n\nTjapaltjarri and Tjapaltjarri, Napperby death spirit Dreaming\n\n\n\n2) View the contemporary indigenous art collection\n\n\n\nMany of these works have the word \u201cdreaming\u201d in the title, and this word has a special significance. In indigenous Australian art, a dreaming is a sacred story that belongs to one particular group. It is passed on from one member of that group to another, and it is forbidden to tell the story to someone outside of the group.\n\n\n\nI found it very interesting that the work of so many indigenous Australian artists resembles abstract contemporary art, but it makes sense when you understand that many of these works are related to dreaming, and a dreaming is not supposed to be told to outsiders. But when it comes down to it, can we really ever understand a work of art, abstract or not?\n\n\n\nCollins St., 5 PM by John Brack\n\n\n\n3) See the 19th-20th century Australian art\n\n\n\nA lot of colonial Australian art is landscape paintings of the Australian wild, aka the bush. Many of the paintings were gorgeous, but I found myself eventually wishing that I could leave the museum and go look at the actual Australian bush, instead of spending all day staring at landscapes.\n\n\n\nIt was perhaps for that reason that my favorite Australian painting was \u201cCollins St., 5 PM\u201d by John Brack. I was so excited to see a depiction of Australia that wasn\u2019t bushy. Also I love how the people in the background look like faceless worker drones, but that those same people gain a distinct humanity when you see their widely varying faces up close.\n\n\n\nPlus you get to see the architecture in Melbourne in the background, and even in earth tones, the buildings in Melbourne are quite lovely.\n\n\n\n4) Have lunch at the Mitre Tavern\n\n\n\nThe Mitre Tavern is the oldest building in Melbourne, which means that it dates to 1975. Just kidding! Australia's not that young. This building is really from the mid 19th century. I have to say, that is not especially old for the oldest building in the city. I mean, I don\u2019t judge you, Melbourne, but I hope you don\u2019t expect Cairo or Rome to be impressed with that.\n\n\n\nThe Mitre Tavern is probably named after the Mitre in London, and it is definitely completely adorable. You order at the counter and take a number, and then you will have your lunch delivered to you. That way there\u2019s no chuffa with the check at the end of the meal. If you are feeling Very British, get the ploughman\u2019s lunch.\n\n\n\nThe ploughman\u2019s lunch is one of the top five best lunches of all time, a glorious collection of bread, meat, cheese, and pickles. This particular ploughman\u2019s lunch also came with grapes, which I assume magically makes it healthy. \n\n\n\nChowing down on this spread will make you feel like you have just taken a break from gold mining for some hearty grub. Although the ploughman\u2019s lunch at the Mitre costs at least 22 dollars, so you would have to be a really successful gold miner.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n24 Hours in Melbourne\n\n\n\nAfternoon: Street Art Tour\n\n\n\nIn any good travel itinerary, I like to spend the time after lunch walking around and seeing smaller sights. A great way to do this is to take a walking tour led by a local (or knowledgeable transplant). \n\n\n\nOne amazing such tour is the Melbourne Street Art Tour, which is the perfect addition to your 24 hours in Melbourne. This tour leaves every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 1:30 PM from Federation Square. You can book it here.\n\n\n\nWhat is special about these Street Art Tours is that they are led by practicing street artists themselves. Our guide was named Daniel and he creates works out of \u201cjunk\u201d as a commentary on consumer waste.\n\n\n\n24 HOUR TIP\n\n\n\nBe mindful that the word street is in street art for a reason. You might encounter some denizens of the street on this tour. Nothing unsafe will happen, but one inebriated gent did berate poor Daniel with many creative curses for some time. I am from NYC, so this only happens to me about five times per day at home.\n\n\n\nAnyway, enough with the drunkards, on to the fun stuff: knowledge!\n\n\n\nAPPROXIMATELY TOP 5: STREET ART IN MELBOURNE\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n1) THE ARTISTS AT WORK ON HOSIER LANE\n\n\n\nSo much painting happens here that no work stays up for very long. You might even see this happen during your 24 hours in Melbourne. Every blank space on this street is covered with paint. We even watched one group of artists put up this portrait you see above.\n\n\n\nI even have proof that we saw them do it! You can even see the paint cans right there in the photo.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n2) SPOT THE PASTE UPS\n\n\n\nDaniel\u2019s not the only street artist who uses materials other than paint. A wide variety of stuffs are used in fabricating these glorious creatures. Some artists paste on designs made out of paper because they are so easy to slap on the wall quickly without getting caught.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIt looks like some people have stenciled over Ned Kelly. :(>\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSome artists even use fabric, like whatever the hell this is. I think it\u2019s what you would get if Magic Mike became a werewolf.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n3) SEE THE POLITICALLY THEMED STREET ART\n\n\n\nWe saw quite a few works criticizing Tony Abbott, the former, (some would say) notoriously stupid Prime Minister of Australia. Lest you think I am being culturally insensitive, I would like for you to know that even Australians nicknamed him Tony Dum-Dum. I urge you to watch this John Oliver clip to learn more about this ridiculous man. I\u2019ll wait.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n4) ENTER THE DRAGON\n\n\n\nMy favorite work was this dragon because he looks like Falkor the Luck Dragon from The Neverending Story, and that is one of my favorite books. Giant white dragons are the highest possible form of art. That's just science.\n\n\n\n5) WAIT, WHERE\u2019S THE BANKSY?\n\n\n\nBut you don\u2019t care about any of this, do you Internet Stranger? You just want to see a Banksy, right? Fine, here it is:\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThere. I hope you\u2019re happy now.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n6) TOUR A STREET ART STUDIO\n\n\n\nAt the end of the tour, we got to tour the studio belonging to the street artists. It is decorated just as you might expect, with flying paper office drones.\n\n\n\nYou'll also finish up your tour with wine, finger food, and cupcakes in the studio. It was all very convivial until one English lady got snippy with me for talking too long to her husband. FYI: your husband was not cute, English Lady! I was just being polite.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n24 Hours in Melbourne\n\n\n\nLate Afternoon: Lanes and Arcades\n\n\n\nMelbourne is famous for its lanes and arcades, so you can't miss them during your 24 hours in Melbourne. I became confused the first time I heard that because lots of cities have lanes, and I didn\u2019t think that arcades had really been popular since the heyday of Pacman.\n\n\n\nAnyway, it turns out that the lanes and arcades are really the amusing little side streets and shopping arcades that thread through the Melbourne City Centre. These exist because Melbourne was designed by English people during the Victorian era, so they planned the city to be as roundabout and counter-intuitive in design as London. (Supposedly the lanes were to make it easier for service horses to pass, but I don\u2019t believe the real reason is anything so sensible.)\n\n\n\nAnyway, whatever the motivation for the creation of the lanes, they make an excellent area for exploring. I refuse to give more specific instructions than that. This is the free exploration portion of the 24 hours in Melbourne itinerary, so you will do whatever you please, just as I am telling you to do. If your feet hurt, you can go back to Federation Square and people watch until it is time for dinner.\n\n\n\n24 Hours in Melbourne\n\n\n\nDinner: MoVida\n\n\n\nNow that we\u2019ve had a trendy 24 hours in Melbourne full of street art and coffee, it\u2019s time to have an even trendier dinner with tapas at MoVida. I am not a fussy eater, so I just let the waitress pick for me, and I approved of all her choices. \n\n\n\nFive plates was enough for me, but keep in mind that I am a five foot five woman who can eat her weight in food. You might not want so many. Here is what she selected for me:\n\n\n\nAnchovy on croutonHouse smoked mackerelPickled mussel with cod roeSpiced chicken escabacheDuck liver pate bocadilla\n\n\n\nMy favorite part of the meal was the sorbet that came with the fish dishes. The anchovy was paired with tomato and the mackerel with pine nut. I would never have thought to pair fish with ice cream, but it was yums. Thanks for the new food knowledge, Melbourne.\n\n\n\nAside from that, I loved the pate bocadilla served on a brioche. You'd might think that would be too rich, but you'd be wrong. Dead wrong. There's no such thing as too rich when it comes to pate, as my grandmother always said.\n\n\n\nAfter dinner I went home (to my hotel) and went to sleep. Some of you might prefer to go out clubhopping after dinner or whatever the cool kids are doing these days, but I always think I\u2019m going to get my purse stolen in one of those places. But don't let me cut your 24 hours in Melbourne short! Except when I cut it short right now with...\n\n\n\nThat's a Perfect 24 Hours in Melbourne\n\n\n\nWhat would you do with 24 hours in Melbourne? Is "Tony Dum-Dum" a fair nickname for a Prime Minister? And is it illegal in Australia to paste over Ned Kelly's face? Please leave your thoughts below!\n\n\n\nNote: If you want to know how I put my travel itineraries together, just click here. Keep in mind that while each article is about how to spend 24 hours in a place, that doesn\u2019t mean you should ONLY spend 24 hours in Melbourne. I\n\n\n\nIf you have an extra 24 hours in Melbourne, try the Royal Botanic Gardens and this itinerary. And if you'd rather visit Sydney, I've got you covered here.