Assuming we’re talking about Melbourne, Australia and not that pesky Melbourne in the US, here are my suggestions:
If you want to take a wander through the city and look at buildings, cafes, artsy graffiti and things like that, I’d start at Flinders St train station and work your way up Degraves St, zigzag through some alleys and then head towards Parliament House. There’s a big old church and nice gardens in that area too. There are lots of food and bar options around there, or you can head up into Fitzroy (catch a tram) for even more walking/eating/looking.
More daytime activities: The NGV is good if you’re in the mood for art (it’s a cool building, too, lots to look at) and the Melbourne Museum is excellent for museumy things. More light-hearted is ACMI, right near Flinders St station—it’s got a video game & history of television exhibit that’s worth checking out.
You could always pop into our office! Dan Michael and I will say hi!
There’s a free City Circle Tram that has a prerecording while it trundles through the city. Lots of places to eat too.Here’s the official guide to a couple of apps you can download to help you decide what to do: http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Information/Smartphone-apps/Smartphone-apps-Mel.aspx
ACMI is great, I think there’s also Circa on at the Arts Centre http://circa.org.au/
The Melbourne Writer’s Festival is on http://www.mwf.com.au/2013/?name=23-August-2013
If you’re up late and like Indie Music, there’s a dance night on the city fringe http://www.bellaunion.com.au/program_guide/show_21
There’s also the Walking Ghost Tours you can do that give you the history of Melbourne while walking around. http://www.ghosttoursmelbourne.com/#!tours/c1y7s
and of course, you can always just have a quiet drink! Let us know Drop me an email on my page if you need more info.
ooh! see if you have time to go down to Mornington or better yet, the Mornington Peninsula?
It’s a 30min drive to Mornington.
Frankston to Portsea (the tip of the Peninsula) takes an hour, but the entire area is stuffed full of wineries, cheese makers/patisseries/chocolate makers and breweries. There’s even some hot springs, lots of walks available and a couple of galleries.
Portsea will be fun if you get there, that’s the most expensive suburb in Australia. There’s a Millionaire’s Walk where you can gawk at private jetties and helipads and there’s a golf course too.