Melbourne Travel Guide

Melbourne Travel Guide

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Its charms may be more subtle than those of its flashy northern sister, Sydney, but Melbourne is a city that rewards inquisitive travelers. With stre... Read More

Its charms may be more subtle than those of its flashy northern sister, Sydney, but Melbourne is a city that rewards inquisitive travelers. With streets built around a grid system, the coastal capital of Victoria is both easy to navigate and full of surprises. The city is known for being both scenic and cosmopolitan, with a thriving arts scene and diverse, dynamic inhabitants. Its tiny alleys and laneways (charming, narrow passageways open only to pedestrians) hide numerous treasures, from small bars and award-winning restaurants to striking street art and unique shops. Melbourne has the most European vibe of any Australian city, and that’s not just thanks to the Eiffel Tower–style structure lording over the Arts Centre. A huge number of theaters, art galleries boasting impressive international and local collections, and plenty of innovative architecture offer cultural digressions, particularly when the fickle weather turns.

The city’s many neighborhoods are remarkable in their own right, offering distinct attractions and scenes. Wander over to Bourke and Collins streets to browse the shops, or to St Kilda Road to explore the area’s many art galleries. The Yarra district offers lovely views of its namesake river, along which visitors can walk, bike, and people-watch. And travelers in need of a restful respite can head to a beachside suburb like South Melbourne to spend the day relaxing beside the bay.

To help travelers sort through all the city has to offer, the T+L Melbourne Travel Guide outlines the best places to stay, eat, drink, shop, and visit during your trip. Curated by local insiders and T+L editors, this guide is a handy cheat sheet for any traveler headed to Melbourne.

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Best Time To Go

Year-round. The climate is temperate. Plus, travelers coming from the Northern Hemisphere can escape their own winter for an Australian summer, and vice versa.

Transportation

Melbourne’s public transport system goes just about anywhere, but traveling on it requires a myki card (used on all trams, trains—including regional ones—and buses). Purchase a myki Visitor Value Pack to get started. For those not venturing out of the Central Business District, there’s a free tram zone enabling easy access from one end of town to the other.

Weather

January is the hottest month with average temperatures of 70ºF (21ºC); July is the coldest at 50ºF (10ºC).

Know Before You Go

During the main school holidays over Christmas and New Year’s, hotels are more expensive and attractions can be packed. And unless you’re a sports fan, it’s also best to avoid visiting around major sporting events (the Australian Open Grand Slam in January; the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in March), as hotel rooms are often scarce.

Language

English

Electric

Type I (three prongs in a V shape)

Currency

Australian dollar ($)

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