This new year, we hope Melbourne residents will make the most of their incredible city and surroundings! With so much happening, from late-night exhibitions to enchanted forest walks and live music, there is lots to see and do in 2024! If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are 11 exciting bucket list ideas for you to enjoy solo or with friends.
1. Attend A Candlelight Concert
Held in over 100 cities around the world, Candlelight Concerts have received over 3 million attendees! With a reputation that often precedes itself, these concerts continue to be one of the most magical musical events in Melbourne. This 2024 you can look forward to a brand new lineup and new magical music dates. With concerts ranging from tributes to Jazz Greats or Taylor Swift to renditions of music by Joe Hisaishi, there is a candlelight concert for everyone. If you still haven’t attended one of these candlelit affairs, then you should add a concert to your 2024 bucket list!
2. Stay Out Late At Melbourne Museum
Nocturnal, is back at Melbourne Museum for a night of music, food, drinks and entertainment. In this late-night series, you’ll have access to the permanent and temporary exhibitions in the museum. On top of that, you can look forward to djs who will keep you dancing all night long, as well as entertainment, including drag bingo. Nocturnal will take over Melbourne Museum on the second Thursday of selected months, with the next events taking place on February 8, March 14 and April 11.
3. Explore The Forbidden Forest
If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, then the Harry Potter™: A Forbidden Forest Experience is an event you don’t want to miss! Get ready to be transported into the forbidden forest, where magical creatures and enchanting moments await. You’ll have the chance to bow to a hippogriff, spy on a Niffler and perhaps cast a few spells. Complete your experience with a stop in The Village at the end of the forest trail. Enjoy mulled wines, hot chocolate, British snacks and of course Butterbeer™. Created by award-winning production and theatrical designers, this light walk at Briar’s bushland trail is your ticket into the Wizarding World.
4. Go On A Helicopter Flight Over Melbourne
What better way to appreciate the beautiful city of Melbourne, than seeing it from a whole new perspective, literally. Soar through the sky and behold Australia’s stunning natural beauty from a bird’s eye view on an exhilarating helicopter ride. Choose between two incredible destinations: the mesmerizing Cape Woolamai or the renowned Grand Prix Circuit.
5. Hear Untold Stories Of Princess Diana
Embark on a photographic documentary of Princess Diana’s introduction to and reinvention of royal life at this spectacular exhibition. For the first time in his 60-year career, Diana’s favourite Royal photographer will delve into over 50 untold stories of royal life. Anwar Hussein has taken some of the most well-known images of Diana throughout her time as a Royal, and his close connection to the Princess creates an intimacy that is unmatched in the work of other photographers. The Princess Diana: Accredited Access Exhibition is a must-visit for anyone who would like a behind-the-scenes glimpse into royal life.
6. Visit Unko Museum: The Kawaii Poop Experience
Unleash your inner child in this kawaii poop universe imported from Japan! Based on the Japanese kawaii aesthetic, the Unko Museum creates a world where poop is cute and colourful. From multicoloured toilets to your very own poop mascot, you’ll be marvelling at the cuteness of poop in no time! The museum is an immersive space that includes light walls, games, interactive installations and colourful photo opportunities at every corner.
7. Hear Live Music At Toorak Synagogue
Listen to some of the best classical music artists from around the world in the Toorak Synagogue, a stunning heritage-listed building. Thousands of attendees have already enjoyed Live At Your’s over 200 unforgettable musical experiences, and the upcoming year will be no exception. With an incredible lineup of musicians in one of the most spectacular venues in Australia, this is something you’ll want to reserve tickets for.
8. Savour A 3-Course Dinner In Complete Darkness
Enjoy a unique new dining experience, as Gingerboy invites you to enjoy a three-course Asian meal in complete darkness. The theory of Dining In The Dark is that with the sense of sight eliminated, you’ll focus solely on taste, smell and touch. This will allow the luscious flavours of the unique dishes in front of you to be intensified, as well as add a little mystery to the dining experience. Have fun figuring out what each meal consists of, and enjoy a new way of experiencing flavours. Put on your blindfold and tuck in!
9. See Melbourne From A Kayak
See the major iconic sights of Melbourne from a unique water-level perspective. If you’ve never experienced Melbourne from a kayak then this needs to be on your bucket list for 2024! Your route will be around 1 hr 45 mins of paddle time and will take you right through the centre of Melbourne with amazing views of the skyline and historic bridges along the way. All the kayaking gear, as well as bottled water, a short lesson and a friendly guide are all included.
10. Explore Hanging Rock With A Llama
Hike up an extinct volcano, with a lama as your hiking buddy! Drive about an hour away from Melbourne to the stunning Hanging Rock and be paired with a curious lama for the journey. Amble together through the bush, and enjoy each other’s company, while taking in the sights of your tranquil surroundings. The 5km Hanging Rock Reserve Walk takes about three hours to complete and includes entry into Hanging Rock Reserve, as well as morning or afternoon tea.
11. Skydive Over Great Ocean Road
If you want to experience something new and break out of your comfort zone this year, then this is the bucket list item for you! You’ll be tandem skydiving from a crazy 15,000 feet and will enjoy stunning views of the popular surfing spot of Torquay and Great Ocean Road. Don’t miss out on this epic adventure at Skydive Melbourne!