Melbourne has restored and preserved 19th century architecture built following the discovery of gold, as well as beautifully tended parks and gardens. Melbourne is the gateway to Victoria’s world-class wineries, natural springs, peninsulas, spectacular coastline and alpine villages. Information on things to do & see in Melbourne and Victoria visit www.visitmelbourne.com
You will find Melbourne an exciting city to explore. Modern architecture and design is juxtaposed with heritage buildings reflecting Australia’s cultural history. But beneath the city’s impressive façade, lies the true heart and soul of the city; laneways which snake the city grid to reveal cafés and bars, fashion houses, boutiques, innovative cuisine, galleries, theatres and museums.
Melbourne, located on the east coast, is the second largest city in Australia. Almost 4 million people live in the city, which has been voted The World’s Most Liveable City on a number of occasions.
Melbourne has a lively passion for social eating and drinking, which is reflected in the thousands of restaurants serving up gastronomic experiences from around the world. Everywhere you look you will uncover a vast array of fashionable cafés, where you can enjoy Melbourne’s existential coffee and cafe culture to the fullest.
Getting around Melbourne
Melbourne is set in a compact grid layout, making it very easy to navigate by foot. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is located within easy walking distance of many hotels, restaurants, cafés, shopping and attractions. The City of Melbourne provides informative walking maps and information that can be downloaded for free.
Myki Visitor Pass
The Visitor Myki has been developed for visitors and is available at Public Transport Victoria (PTV) hubs, the Melbourne Visitor Information Centre and many hotels, motels and backpacker accommodation providers. The Visitor Myki costs AU$14 and is pre-loaded with Myki money for one day’s travel in Zone 1.
RACV Melbourne Bike Share Scheme
Melbourne’s Bike Share Scheme allows users to hire one of 600 bikes at the 50 docking stations around the city centre.
With the Yarra River running through it, Melbourne is a great city to make your way around by boat. Jump on a Melbourne Water Taxi or take a scenic cruise departing from Southbank.
Free City Circle Tram
Operating every 12 minutes, the City Circle Tram travels the perimeter of Melbourne’s city centre, taking in many of Melbourne’s landmarks. Delegates can catch the tram at any of the specially marked stops on Flinders Street, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands Drive or Spring Street. The City Circle route uses iconic W-Class trams, offering passengers an historical experience and commentary along the way.
Melbourne’s major taxi companies include:
- 13 CABS (13 22 27—within Australia only)
- Arrow (13 22 11—within Australia only)
- Embassy Taxis (13 17 55—within Australia only)
- Silver Top Taxis (13 10 08—within Australia only)
Taxis are available from the ground floor level of Melbourne Airport, outside the International Terminal and both Domestic Terminals. Expect a taxi fare of around AUD70 for a trip between the CBD and Melbourne Airport.
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Climate and Clothing
With its variable climate, Melbourne is cool to mild in spring (September to November), with temperatures averaging 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. It is recommended that visitors bring clothing suitable for cool days and cold nights.
Melbourne is a multi-cultural city and a wide range of cuisine is available throughout its many restaurants.
Most shops in Melbourne are generally open from 09:00 to 17:00, Saturday to Wednesday and 09:00 to 21:00 Thursday to Friday. In all stores and shopping centres major credit cards are accepted and tax-free shopping is possible within the city. Walking is the best way to shop, especially along Melbourne’s arcades and laneways.
Outside the city centre, visit shopping precincts like Chapel Street in South Yarra, Acland Street in St Kilda and Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, especially on weekends. Here you’ll find everything from retro home wares to funky shops selling cult-in-the-making jewellery. These strips also have many street cafes.
Info on Events
Updated information on ongoing events in Melbourne can be found via the What’s On website
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