Introduction to Melbourne Travel Guide
Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, is a casual, laid-back place that’s on point with its trendy lifestyle. The city is filled with friendly locals and has lovely weather, it’s very appropriate for long-term residence.
This is the place where you can experience the contemporary pattern of a great cityscape, dine in hidden lanes, explore luxury restaurants and galleries that have historic art. The areas encircling Melbourne are fairly beautiful.
Although Sydney has more famous tourist attractions, Melbourne is known to be the backpacker capital of the country and for offering a more fun nightlife. This is why a lot of travelers keep on coming back to Australia.
If it’s your first time taking a flight to Melbourne, you will easily spend over a week there and regret it. You will experience a lot of activities, culture, art exhibitions, and live music.
And not surprisingly, you might end up not wanting to leave. So don’t rush your visit here, there are so many things to see, explore, and places to eat at. In this article, we’ll share with you a guide where you can go to Melbourne.
First! Learn How to Get Around Melbourne
Bus. Melbourne’s bus system operates between all huge and primary hubs such as shopping centers, schools, and attractions.
The way they determine their fare is by the number of zones you’ll be traveling in, starting at 3 AUD/ 2.30 USD, and a day-pass is 9 AUD/ 7 USD. A ‘myki’ card or its mobile app version is required for you to be able to get around.
Their Skybus which is a bus to and from the airport is around 15 AUD/ 11.50 USD one-way or 28 AUD/ 21 USD return.
Free Trams. Did you know that Melbourne provides a Free Tram Zone in the CBD extending from Queen Victoria Market to Docklands, Federation Square, Spring Street, and Flinders Street Station? Also, The City Circle Tram is free and stops at nearly all the city’s historic sites. If you’re using the free system you won’t be needing a myki.
Bicycle. One of the best ways to explore and learn about Melbourne since they have over 84 miles (135 km) of bicycle trails there. You may rent a bike there for only 30 AUD/ 23 USD per day.
Rideshares and Taxis. Taxis are quite expensive in Melbourne, so why not skip them. We highly recommend that you use Uber as they’re cheaper than taxis.
Things to Do and See
Eureka Skydeck 88
This amazing place is located on the 88th floor, which is 285 meters above the ground. If you love high places, this is the place for you.
The place has a direct elevator where you can overlook the entire city of Melbourne, in 360 degrees, in several seconds only.
Here’s a viewfinder tip you can follow for accurate observation of major landmarks throughout Melbourne. “The Terrace” is a small outdoor area that is closed during strong winds.
Then “The Edge” is a glass cube that’s made longer at the edge of the building. If you want something that excites you, challenge yourself with the Serendipity mobile glass cube. You’ll be slowly launched out of the building together with the cube, floating in the air, which is intensely exciting.
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Have a Café Tour
Are you a big coffee lover? If you are, you’ll love the café culture in this city. Everyone in Melbourne enjoys having coffee or tea and a snack while chatting with their friends or doing their work in an arty café. So when you get there, try to spend a relaxing afternoon while reading your favorite new book at your found spot.
Party Hard in St. Kilda
Melbourne is also popular for its splendid nightlife area which is home to an affordable bar, restaurants, and clubs. It’s one of the best places to see and visit. If you are curious about Melbourne’s wild side, this is where you’ll find it.
Want to party like crazy and hang out with other travelers, or with few locals? Base Melbourne is the place to be. They have a downstairs bar which is known to have budget drinks.
Movie Night in the Park
Every summer, Melbourne provides nightly movies and most of them are big Hollywood features in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
You will definitely have a good time since you can bring your own food and drinks, even alcohol is allowed, and have a comfy picnic while viewing some amazing movies.
It’s like taking a drive-in but without driving a car. You should make sure that you check the weather in advance and take a blanket where you can sit or lie on. It gets chilly sometimes, so bring a sweater. The ticket to watch a movie here starts at 19 AUD/ 15 USD.
Learn More at the Melbourne Museum
Of course, we can’t forget in our list the Melbourne Museum that displays all the indigenous cultures, social history, science, and the environment.
In the museum, it’s a must to see the extensive Bunjilaka Aboriginal Culture Centre that showcases the aboriginal history, art, and culture. If you have your kids with you, they have a children’s section there. The admission fee there is 15 AUS/ 11.50 USD.