Melbourne is the food, sporting and cultural capital of Australia and is severely underrated as a global city. Consistently rated as the most liveable city in the world, this charming multicultural city has everything that a traveller could want. One of the great joys of the city is the vibrant cafe culture that is so easy to find yourself immersed in. If you love sports too this the place to be with teams from every major Australian league calling the city home. There is also a wide range of museums, galleries and theatres here that you will absolutely fall in love with.
Melbourne (MEL) has a large international airport that connects to most major destinations around the world as well as smaller regional ones across Australia. There is a second airport around an 70 minutes from the city known as Avalon Airport (AVV) which services a few destinations around Australia. Buses and trains operate in and out of the city to take people throughout the state of Victoria and beyond.
WHEN TO GO
Melbourne has famously temperamental weather that can be best described as four seasons in one day. The most consistently good weather can be found in the Spring months of November and October. The warmest month of January can see the barometer hit close to 40 degrees.
WHERE TO STAY
The city has a fantastic range of accommodation options which means that there is something to satisfy all budget types. From backpacker hostels, motels, apartment rentals and five star luxury hotels - the range on offer is quite extensive. Here are a few of our favourites:
Space Hotel - Backpacker hostel/hotel with great vibes and a rooftop terrace in the CBD. Check it out.
Miami Hotel Melbourne - Cheap and friendly motel on the outskirts of the city close to great cafes. Check it out.
United Backpackers - Backpackers in a great location in the CBD, just opposite Flinders Street station. Check it out.
Habitat HQ - Budget accommodation for backpackers and travellers near the popular St Kilda Beach. Check it out.
City Tempo - Smart, modern short term rentals just a two minute walk from Queen Victoria Market. Check it out.
Travelodge Southbank - No frills hotel on the beautiful Southbank opposite the Eureka Tower. Check it out.
Best Western Melbourne City - Small casual hotel in the CBD with simple rooms and accommodations. Check it out.
Hotel Causeway - A small boutique hotel nestled within one of the cities many laneways. Check it out.
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins - Luxury, modern hotel that offers amazing city views at the end of Collins Street. Check it out.
Intercontinental the Rialto - High-end luxury hotel that sits beneath one of the cities more iconic buildings. Check it out.
Crown Metropol - Luxe high rise hotel that sits atop the cities famous casino and entertainment complex. Check it out.
The Langham - A traditional top-end hotel that sits on the Southbank. Check it out.
Art Series: The Olsen - Innovative art deco hotel in the fashionable South Yarra suburb. Check it out.
WHAT TO EAT
One of the amazing things about Melbourne is the sheer abundance of incredible food that there is to eat there and has helped earn the city a reputation as something of a foodie hotspot. The city is proud of its vast cafe culture and why shouldn't it be? With great food to eat on every corner, the problem isn't finding something good to eat - it's deciding where exactly you should eat. With that in mind, here are a few of our favourite cafes and restaurants.
Bagelworks - Melbourne CBD, Supernova Coffee - Hawthorn, Stovetop - Carlton, Seven Seeds Coffee - Carlton, Breakfast Thieves - Fitzroy, Toast - North Melbourne, Code Black Coffee - Brunswick, Grigons & Orr Corner Store - North Melbourne, Fourth Chapter - Prahan, Higher Ground - Melbourne CBD, Krimper - Melbourne CBD, The Premises - Kensington, Industry Beans - Fitzroy, Legacy - Camberwell, Three Little Monkeys - Melbourne CBD
Mjolner - Melbourne CBD, Imperial Hotel - Melbourne CBD, San Antone BBQ - Southbank, Soho - Southbank, Stokehouse - St Kilda, DOC Espresso - Carlton, Nobu - Southbank, Vue du Monde - Melbourne CBD, Duke Pizza - Carlton, Cumulus Inc - Melbourne CBD, Chin Chin - Melbourne CBD, Mrs Parmas - Melbourne CBD, Massive Weiners - Prahan, Bopha Devi - Yarraville, Laksa King - Flemington, Thai 29 - South Melbourne, Triakosia - Fitzroy North
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THINGS TO DO
With a range of things on offer, Melbourne has no shortage of sights to see. So grab your camera and head on out there:
[Immigration Museum] Discover not only the history of Melbourne, but of Australia through the perspective of those who travelled and settled here from around the world.
[Eureka Skydeck] Get above the city, 88 floors to be exact, for some of the best views that you could ask for. See far and wide across Melbourne and beyond.
[Royal Botanical Gardens] Explore the beautiful botanic gardens that sit alongside the Yarra River, with plenty of wide open space for picnics, kickabouts and relaxing with friends, you'll also find some great hidden gems here.
[Crown Casino & Entertainment Complex] A vast entertainment complex that is home to casinos, bars, restaurants, night clubs, cinemas, hotels and more! Sitting just on Southbank, this incredible complex has everything you need to make a great evening out.
[Melbourne Cricket Ground] The home of sport in Australia where you can watch AFL, cricket, concerts and much more. Experience the roar of the crowd in front of 100,000 people at an Australian Rules Football game for a truly unique Melbourne experience.
[Old Melbourne Gaol] The jail that once held Ned Kelly is now one of the cities most popular tourist attractions. Some say its haunted, but you'll just have to find that out for yourself...
[St Kilda] This tourist hotspot is home to some of the cities most vibrant backpacker accommodation so if you’re looking for a bargain and a friendly crowd this is where you should head. The neighbourhood his filled with great bakeries, bars and the beach is right there too. Although for a better beach experience we recommend the short trip to Brighton Beach.
[NGV] The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum, hosting collections from across the globe and spanning many centuries.
[ACMI] The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is a great free to enter museum that tells the story of film, through an Australian perspective, with a number of fun and wacky interactive exhibits that are great for people of all ages.
[Melbourne Museum] The Melbourne Museum is a great place to spend an afternoon learning about the history and culture of the great city as well as learning more about the ancient aboriginal culture and natural history of Australia.
[Southbank] If you want to sit by the river, sip a beer and watch the world go by then Southbank is the place for you. There are a number of great restaurants and bars along the strip to choose from and there are always street entertainers performing here too.
[Queen Victoria Market] No visit to Melbourne would be complete without a visit to the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you can buy great souvenirs, sample delicious food and pick up fresh produce. The best day to visit is Sunday.
[Fitzroy Gardens] These beautifully manicured gardens just on the edge of the main CBD area are a great place to have a stroll and relax on a beautiful sunny day. There are also some fascinating historical cottages within the gardens that are great for getting to grips with the countries colonial past.
[Williamstown] Jump on the train to this great seaside suburb just a stone's throw from the city, here you can sample great seafood and enjoy fabulous views of the city skyline.
[Other things to see] Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Healesville Sanctuary, Shrine of Remembrance, Bourke Street Mall, National Sports Museum, South Wharf, Polly Woodside, Old Treasury Building
While in Victoria, there are two places that draw the attention of most tourists. The first being the capital of Melbourne, the second being the driving route known as the Great Ocean Road. Heading south from the city of Geelong, through the beautiful seaside towns of Lorne & Torquay, the main highlight of the winding oceanside route is the Twelve Apostles, a group of freestanding cliff formations that sit strikingly in the ocean.
Across the bay the other side of Melbourne, is the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, which is worth visiting for the rugged scenery of Cape Schanck or the indulgent relaxation of the Peninsula Hot Springs.
Heading inland away from the shore are the former gold mining towns of Ballarat and Bendigo that offer a unique insight into the history of Australia as well as some stylish colonial architecture and the chance to try your hand at panning for gold.
If you want to get outdoors and try your hand at some hiking, head to the Grampians National Park or Mount Buller. The Yarra Valley is known throughout the world as an incredible producer of wine, and is worth a visit to sample some wine first hand from one of the amazing vineyards.