Melbourne is the cultural centre of Australia, boasting an impressive array of galleries, theatres, restaurants and more. It’s also home to some of the most high-profile events in the country. A visit to this vibrant city is a must on any Australian trip.

What To Do

Plan on spending a few days in Melbourne – there’s so much on offer! From its famous coffee to its exciting experiences, this city provides entertainment for everyone.

National Gallery of Victoria
The state gallery houses a wide range of both home-ground treasures and international pieces. One of the best galleries in Australia, it frequently hosts exhibitions from around the world. There are two locations in the city and entry to all permanent exhibits is free of charge.

Royal Botanic Gardens
Wandering through the lush landscaping of the Royal Botanic Gardens, it can be hard to remember that you’re just a stone’s throw from the bustle of the CBD. Find displays of indigenous plants, exotic species and sprawling lawns across the 38 hectares.

Melbourne Cricket Ground
Sports lovers can’t miss the “hallowed turf” of the MCG. Home to blockbuster events like international cricket tournaments and grand final of the Australian Football League, this stadium is a favourite place of many locals. Check out the National Sports Museum on site for a taste of sports history.

Laneways Tours
Melbourne is famous for its unique laneway street art and the café culture that has sprung up in the streets. Sip a delicious Melbourne coffee and admire the art, fashion and locals strolling by.

Yarra Valley Wine Tasting
Spend a day exploring the lush wine country of the Yarra Valley, less than an hour north of Melbourne. This beautiful region offers cellar door wine tastings at award-winning vineyards, gourmet experiences, and gorgeous vistas. Book a tour and enjoy several wineries over an afternoon.

How to Get Here

Melbourne is located in southern Victoria, on the northern tip of Port Phillip Bay. The airport is 20km north of the city, with buses running to one of the main city transport hubs regularly.

Roadtrippers can travel between Sydney and Melbourne in approximately 10 hours, and between Adelaide and Melbourne in approximately 8 hours. Interstate bus trips are available, and once in Victoria you can switch to the faster regional train line.

When To Go

Melbourne is one of the colder Australian cities, so those looking for some sun should avoid the winter months (June – August). The shoulder season, with less crowds and cheaper rates, is between March and May and September and November. December to February is peak travel season and also gets very hot, with many locals escaping the city for beachside holidays.

Things To Know

Melbourne CBD is small and easily navigated on foot. However, there is much to see and do further afield in the popular inner suburbs of the city. Buy a Myki card and utilise the extensive public transport system, including trains, trams and buses.

Melbourne is known as the city of all seasons. Even if you are travelling in summer, bring some clothes to rug up and don’t be surprised by rainy days!

Melbourne is a foodie mecca and you are sure to find some amazing cuisine here. It’s not unusual to see people queued up in the street to get a table at their favourite restaurant.

There is a plethora of events and festivals in this city. Do some research and try to align your trip to experience the best of Melbourne.


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