Forget beach bums and the same-old, same-old things to see and do, our Melbourne Tourism Guide is about to show you how dynamic Australia’s cultural capital really is. The ever growing and changing Melbourne landscape has a diverse personality, which means you’ll never be bored of just one atmosphere during your trip.
There are iconic museums, hip festivals, cool bars and cafes, street art and sporting events that will consume you for days. In fact if you are a sports fan you are in the right place, the people of Melbourne are crazy for cricket, rugby and football, not to mention tennis and F1.
Melbourne is split into two main areas, St. Kilda (North) and Fitzroy (South); each is very different and you will see this as you wander the streets of each area. St. Kilda is more upmarket, classy and flashy, whereas Fitzroy dives deep into the arty, edgy side of life.
Each region of this enlightened city in Australia prides itself on ensuring that it contributes to Melbourne’s great city status. This means that there are a great number of exciting things to do, and our Melbourne Tourism Guide plans to share with you our top recommended things for you to do on your trip.
“Melbourne is voted the world’s most liveable city and is world class in its style, fashion, architecture, vibrant festivals and food. With a multicultural society comes a plethora of amazing cuisines and cultural expressions. A city of magical laneways and chic rooftops, sassy boutiques, major events, and buzzing bars excites!”
By David Hagger, The World Loves Melbourne
Places To Visit in Melbourne
The Yarra Valley is located on the Yarra River just one hour outside of Melbourne and is an area full of exciting activities for all to participate in. Their offerings include wine tasting, spa retreats, train rides, gardens, playgrounds, tours, bike rides and many more.
Whilst you’re in the Yarra Valley you should make sure to take a ride on the ever popular Puffing Billy train. This is a steam train that runs from Belgrave to Emerald Lake Park and Gembrook; this hop-on, hop-off train means you can stop off within the hills and glades to take in the sights or pause for a picnic. The train costs AU$65 for an adult return and $32.50 a child.
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is a world-famous part of the Australian culture; this 243km long stretch of road takes you along the most scenic and beautiful coastal areas of Australia. This drive is an incredible road trip that allows you to stop off at beautiful beaches and unique restaurants and cafés. We recommend you pause along the way to take part in the many activities Australia’s coast has to offer, such as surfing and scuba diving.
Beaches In Melbourne
When in Melbourne you should do as the Melburnians do, and head to the beach. This city has a number of beaches where you can soak up the sun in on the sand or learn how to surf in the sea. Some of our favourites include St. Kilda’s Beach, Brighton Beach, Sorrento Beach and Williamstown Beach.
“One of the best ways to explore Melbourne’s beaches is by cycling along the 6km Bayside foreshore from St Kilda to Brighton. Peddle slowly and absorb the city skyline views and stunning ocean vistas. Cool off at any of the beaches, fuel up on coffee and cake, and end with a stunning sunset.”
By Caz and Craig Makepeace, YTravelBlog
- In 2016 Melbourne was voted the world’s most liveable city for the 6th time in a row by the Economist.
- Fosters, one of the world’s most famous beers, was first brewed in Melbourne in 1988.
- Toto’s, a restaurant in Little Italy in Melbourne, was the first Australian pizza restaurant in 1961 and is still serving delicious pizza today (we recommend visiting).
- If you want to save a little cash during your trip, we recommend hopping on the free tourist shuttle bus. It tours around the city and even ventures into the suburbs a bit, so you’ll be able to see even more without spending a penny on transportation.
- If you’re worried about international roaming costs, you’ll be pleased to hear there is fast, free public Wi-Fi available in central Melbourne city.
- The weather can change 10 times in one day in Melbourne, it might be Winter in the morning but by lunch time it will feel like the height of Summer. So, make sure you bring a good coat or jacket just in case the weather is not what you expected.
Getting Around Melbourne
Myki Visitor Value Pack
The best way to get around Melbourne is by using their quality public transport systems; these include trams, trains and buses. The easiest way to use this is by purchasing a Myki card; these are pre-loaded tickets that will allow you to travel as many journeys or for as many hours as you wish to pay for. This Value Pack also gives you discounts for many popular Melbourne attractions including Melbourne Aquarium, the Eureka Skydeck and Puffing Billy, which can save you a lot of money overall.
You can purchase your tickets from all metropolitan train stations and some tram stops or bus interchanges. Additionally, these tickets for getting around Melbourne can be bought from customer service centres at staffed train stations, hundreds of retail outlets, including all 7-Eleven stores, where you see the myki sign.
Public transport run frequently and quite late into the night; the train and trams run from 5am to midnight on Monday to Thursday and from 7am to 11pm on a Sunday. Then, on Friday and Saturday to help with your fun nights out, public transport runs all evening.
On Sunday, trains and trams run from 7am to 11pm.
“As a wheelchair user, I found Melbourne to be extremely accessible and I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the city. The public transportation made getting around a breeze, so it was easy to experience everything that makes Melbourne great. From the Eureka Skydeck to the nearby Great Ocean Road, this fabulous Australian city has a variety of attractions for any traveler.”
By Cory Lee, Curb Free With Cory Lee
Flights to Melbourne
It usually takes approximately 4-8 hours to fly from Singapore to Melbourne, which means that a trip to Melbourne is a great destination for a city break or last minute, spontaneous trip to escape for a few days. Expedia Singapore has a number of different flights to Melbourne, all at very reasonable prices. We offer flights from reputable airlines such as Quantas, Emirates and British Airways, who fly on a regular basis meaning that there is likely to be a flight to suit you.
There are a number of ways to get from the airport to the city, including by taxi or bus. Taxi fares will vary and there will be surcharges for flights between 22:00 – 05:00. Alternatively, the Skybus Express is a cheaper option and runs 24/7 in 10minute intervals. The bus runs between the airport and Melbourne city or St. Kilda and one way adult tickets cost AU$19.