Melbourne

The very essence of Melbourne is embedded in the glorious diversity of its culture. Melbourne is a dynamic, bustling metropolis located on the banks of Yarra River, opening out to the Port Phillip Bay. Further out you will find the lush forests, majestic mountains and paradise beaches. Melbourne has so much to offer both in the regional and central area. This vibrant city frequently tops the world’s most livable charts.

Stroll down the broad avenues lined with grand civic buildings and modern skyscrapers while you soak up the laid-back attitude of the locals. The journey of Melbourne started when convicts were sailed to far away land for settlement from the old world, later followed by other settlers. Melbourne is a chic city that its street art rates with that of New York. Enjoy a coffee in its top quality cafes from the world-class baristas.

This city boasts a wide array of aesthetically attractive parks. Experience Melbourne’s trams (Free within Melbourne CBD) as they are one of the best in the world. Relax in the genuinely Melbournian, Federation Square which is surrounded by iconic landmarks.

Appease your ears with intricate orchestral pieces at Hamer Hall the home of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Festivals in Melbourne ranging from comedy to musicals will amaze you. The theatre street in Melbourne runs stunning shows that will engulf you in a one of a kind experience. The National Gallery of Victoria and Museum takes a step back in time while retaining its modern and interactive exhibitions. Hop across the river and experience Southbank. Entertain yourself at the crown casino and then encounter the stunning views of Melbourne’s skyline at the Eureka tower. Melbourne does not stop there.

Venture further in the picturesque Dandenong Mountains set amongst murals of lush green temperate rainforests or check out the incredible Great Ocean road that follows the coast right beside a backdrop of paradise. Whether you want to do surfing, skiing, hot-air ballooning, tree surfing, fruit picking, relaxing, gold panning, horse riding, fishing, animal petting and everything else, Melbourne has it all.

Melbourne is home to great houses of shopping like the Chadstone shopping centre nicknamed as the Fashion Capital and is the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere. Shopping is the soul of the Queen Victoria market which offers all the joys of Melbourne’s culinary world.

Don’t forget to enjoy yourself at the Bayside theme park, The Luna Park which has been entertaining the locals for almost a century. All this and more is what makes Melbourne, truly Melbourne.

  • Melbourne CBD
  • Banks of Yarra River
  • Tallest Tower Eureka
  • St. Pauls
  • Historic Flinders Street Station
  • Federation Square
  • Polly Woodside
  • China town
  • Hoisier Lane
  • Victoria Market
  • Alexandra Gardens
  • William Ricket Sanctuary
  • Tulip Festival - Tesselaar
  • Sand Sculpture - Frankston
  • Nobbies - Philip Island
  • Great Ocean Road
  • Chadstone Shopping Center

Airport information

Melbourne Airport is at Tullamarine located 21km northwest to the Melbourne CBD(Central Business District). There are four airport terminals, and Terminal Two is for international flights.

Skybus shuttle service is available to transport passengers located outside Terminal 1 & 3 at a cost. Skybus service is every 10mins to the Southern Cross station in the city including public holidays. Some participating Hotels and Motels have a transfer service to Skybus drop-off locations dotted around the city. Alternatively, you can use our recommended Airport Shuttle services and Private transfer for a more convenient way to get to the hotel.

Taxies are available for hire outside the terminal on the ground floor.

 Avalon Airport is a not so busy airport which caters for domestic flights and is located close to Geelong, an hour from the city of Melbourne. Shuttle facilities are available at the airport to Southern Cross station and various other locations.

 

Transport

Myki card is a ticket to Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses and a stress-free way to appreciate all of the city’s best attractions.   International and interstate visitors coming to Victoria can buy a full fare, concession, senior or child, myki Visitor Value Pack. You can buy these from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, Newsagents, Sky Bus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station and the PTV (Public Transport Victoria) Hubs or concierge desk from many hotels and accommodation providers.

Melbourne’s trains, trams, and buses run from the CBD to inner and outer suburbs. Tram services within Melbourne CBD are Free and don’t require Myki card. To plan your journey and to find out a timetable, stations, fares, and so on, Visit Public Transport Victoria.

 Melbourne Bike Share is a good option for short trips within the City. Subscriptions start at approx. $3 per day. The bike docks are dotted all over the city, so you will not miss them. Remember, if your ride exceeds 30 minutes, you can incur overtime fees.

Apart from the Free Tram services, Hop on Hop off bus is another way to go from one attraction to another, as they allow you to see the best part of the city’s attractions without the hassle of walking to look for public transport. The buses are fitted with language friendly earphone system. The loop takes 100mins, and it is valid from 24 to 48hours.

Taxis are available for hire at all times. Uber is quite popular in Melbourne.

Planning to drive? You can instantly rent a car suited to your personal needs filtered by price, availability, time and pickup/dropoff locations, by major car service providers.

The Spirit of Tasmania runs ferry service for passengers and vehicles between Melbourne and Tasmania every night.

Train travel is a convenient, affordable and scenic way to explore different parts of Australia. You can choose from budget to luxury trains. Visit Rail maps for maps, timetable, journey planner, and fare information.

Prepaid Phone SIM Card

Can be purchased at the arrival hall in the airport shops and any news agency in the city or suburbs.

Get the SIM activated and use your WhatsApp, Viber, and Skype, etc. to make calls. If you want to use Google maps for your navigation, consider buying a package with sufficient data.  

For your convenience and ease, you can source an International SIM card that will work for over 190 countries with no contract, well before you land in Melbourne.

If you are a frequent traveller, you can go for an International mobile phone plus phone number for life with no contract for use over 190 countries.

Lockers and Luggage Storage

Short term luggage storage facilities are available at Melbourne Airport, Flinders St Station (not overnight) and Southern Cross station near V-line Customer Service desk.  Another cheaper option is at Melbourne Transit Centre, 58 Franklin St, Phone (03) 9639 0634 which are accessible 24hr. State Library at 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne offers free lockers, check their website for terms and conditions.

Visitor Information Center

Melbourne CBD visitor centre is located at Federation Square Federation Square, 2 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000 – Corner Swanston and Flinder Street. Open from 9 am to 6 pm all seven days except Christmas day. Phone no.: (03) 9655 1900/9658 9658.

Plan your holiday well ahead to book our recommended tours and save time and money to start your thrills of action packed holiday.

Get access to the best deals and top experiences right at your fingertips with the Melbourne Attractions Pass. There’s something for everyone to enjoy offers and big discounts on premium experiences at a faster pace. Need some kind of planning in advance to make the best use of the deals and freebies.

Weather

Since the location of Melbourne is caught between hot inland areas and cold southern oceans, the weather in Melbourne is unpredictable. It could have all four seasons in one day.

Remember to wear appropriate clothing for all sorts of climates like hats, sunglasses, jumpers and rain jackets. This swinging situation is especially true in spring or Autumn/Fall. The summer temperatures might vary from 17 – 45 degrees so pack wisely.

To prevent dry skin because of the low humidity levels wear moisturising lotions. 

It is important to note that the seasons are opposite to those in the Northern hemisphere. December to February is summer and June to August is winter.

Best Time to Travel

Melbourne’s temperate climate is a year round gift for the tourism industry. In summer, Melbourne enjoys the warm weather, and it accompanies with an inflow of crowds. It is a great time to visit beaches, go for fruit picking and experience events like Australian open.

Autumn is one of the best times to travel as flights and hotels are cheaper with lots of local culture experience, and a countless number of festivals and events put together with reasonable weather conditions.

Winter endures wet & windy climate and snow in the mountains.

In spring, blooming parks and gardens prove Melbourne to be the Garden City. However, the weather may be unpredictable having all four seasons in one day.

Food

Melbourne is not Melbourne without its food and wine. There is always a plenty of choice to wine and dine in Melbourne’s top restaurants located in and around the city.

If you are after any food of all cuisines at various prices, your best bet is to use the app Zomato which will narrow down your choices and find restaurants near you. Download the app on Google play for Android and App Store for IOS.

Menulog is another downloadable app that allows the user to order food and beverage online and you can pick up or get your food delivered to your doorstep.

 

Dangers, Warnings, Safety Tips & theft

  • Theft and scam in Melbourne are very little compared to other cities but keep in mind to have an eye on belongings and hold your valuables especially your electronics, wallet, and camera.
  • If you are driving in the city, be wary of hook turns in the city.
  • Australia has a reduced ozone layer and the highest history of skin cancer. Apart from the winter season, always consider wearing strong UV rating sunscreen when you are outdoors especially at high altitude.
  • During summer months dry heat and inadvertent acts of humans can cause bush fires. Beware to check these before you set off to national parks and high vegetation fire prone(Eucalyptus) areas.
  • Public transport system is not as widespread as any other major cities in the world, and it might not cover some of the attractions in Greater Melbourne you might want to visit, consider organised tours, private taxi’s or Uber while planning your trip.
  • Walking alone at Kings St (CBD), reserves and parks at late night may be unsafe.
  • It is a good idea to pick up the Melbourne official visitors guide displayed on shelves in the arrival corridors which include coming events, ideas, attractions, tours and coupons and discounts.
  • It is illegal to swim in Yarra River, and you do not want to take a dip in the water where the water quality is questionable.

Top  Attractions  In Melbourne