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Melbourne Travel Guide

Melbourne skyline view from Southbank

Planning a trip to Melbourne? Fantastic! There is so much to love about this city.

In this Melbourne travel guide, I share all my best Melbourne blogs so you can plan your trip!

But first, if you aren’t convinced yet that Melbourne should be your next trip, read this article with 10 reasons why you should visit Melbourne next!

This guide is all about overall Melbourne planning. Most of this can be applied if you are travelling to Australia as well. To read guides to individual places in Melbourne, click here.

If you have just started your Melbourne trip planning, I recommend you start with this article. I go step-by-step through everything you need to do to plan your trip to Melbourne. I also include timeframes for when you should do each step from booking your flights to packing.

Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and second largest city in Australia by population. Regularly voted the world’s most livable city, the city centre is located along the banks of the Yarra River which extends to the famed Yarra Valley wine region and the Dandenong Ranges.

Melbourne’s metropolitan area hugs Port Phillip Bay, and the beachside suburbs are of particular delight during the warmer months. Be sure to visit Port Melbourne, St Kilda, Brighton, and Altona when you are visiting!

Despite being situated on the bay, you will not find surfers here (discover the best beaches for surfing in this post), instead, you will find the water filled with swimmers, stand-up paddleboarders and plenty of kite surfers when the wind is just right.

Melbourne is serviced by two airports: Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) and Melbourne Avalon Airport (AVV). Tullamarine is the main airport while Avalon services a select number of domestic flights and low-cost international flights.

Money

The Australian Dollar (AUD) is the local currency and it’s very rare anything is charged with any other currency.

There are ATMs readily available throughout the city and in most regional towns. There are also money changers and banks at international airports, major shopping centres, and in the city centre and some ‘tourist’ areas or more culturally diverse suburbs (eg. South Yarra, Carlton, Clayton).

Weather

Typically Melbourne has warm to hot summers and mild winters.

That said, the weather in Melbourne is known to be unpredictable, or as the locals say, they have “four seasons in one day”. The unpredictable weather Melbourne is blessed with, is created by its location located along a bay, wedged between southerly arctic influences and the northerly dry and hot desert winds.

Typically Melbourne is not a humid city, nor does it receive snow.

Melbourne is a great place to live because it has four distinct seasons: clear springs, dry hot summers, colourful cooling autumns, and cool crisp winters. Regardless of what time of year you visit, you best believe that Melburnians will be celebrating whatever the weather throws at them.

To read more about the weather in Melbourne including the best time to go click here.

READ NEXT: What to pack for a trip to Melbourne
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Getting To Melbourne

There are two airports that serve Melbourne.

Melbourne International Airport (also known as Tullamarine Airport or by it’s airport code, MEL) is the main airport of the city. Located xxx-kms from downtown Melbourne, it’s easy to get from here to the City and beyond.

The second airport is Melbourne Avalon Airport (AVV). Avalon Airport is located just a few minutes outside of Geelong, and near the Great Ocean Road.
Avalon Airport mainly operates as a domestic regional airport, with low-cost airline Jetstar the primary operator of flights to Sydney and the Gold Coast. It has also begun to transition to an international low-cost airline hub with AirAsia operating regular flights, and Vietnam’s low-cost airline VietJet and Indonesia low-cost airline CitiLink having to cease flights shortly after commencing due to COVID-19.

While Melbourne does operate Australia’s second busiest airport, it is not uncommon to connect via Sydney or Brisbane when flying. As international travel grows in Australia, you are likely to find some great deals if you fly via Adelaide or Canberra, both cities less than an hour from Melbourne.

Click here to look up flight costs.

Qantas Review
Jetstar AU Review
Cathay Pacific Review

Melbourne Travel Itineraries

Planning your trip to Melbourne but not sure how long you want to spend and how it should fit together? Check out our itineraries as I have done the work for you!

You can also download my free detailed Melbourne itinerary by clicking here.

The Ultimate Melbourne Itinerary! – 5 Days To 2 Weeks+

The Best of Melbourne and Sydney! – 4-10 Day

Best Places To Visit in Melbourne in 3 Days (Melbourne 3 day itineary)

Short Getaways from Melbourne

Weekend Getaways in Melbourne

Best Places To Visit In Melbourne

There are many great destinations to visit in Melbourne but what is the best? If you are looking for Melbourne travel inspiration, these articles are for you!

First time in Melbourne? 10 Must See Sites!

Best Places To Visit In Melbourne & Victoria

Best places to eat in Melbourne

Best places for families in Melbourne

Best Road Trips from Melbourne

Best Foodie Getaways from Melbourne

Best Melbourne Accommodation

There is a huge range of accommodation in Melbourne available basically everywhere, so you won’t have problems finding somewhere to stay.

Best Luxury Hotels
n Melbourne
Best Budget Accommodation
in Melbourne
Where to stay near Melbourne Airport
Best Boutique Hotels
in Melbourne
Best Hotels near the Beach in Melbourne
Where to stay near Melbourne Avalon
Best Family Hotels
in Melbourne
The Best Hotel Pools
in Melbourne

Getting Around Melbourne

Getting around Melbourne is easy. There are trains, a great system of trams, buses, taxis and car share.

It’s also easy to hire a car and drive yourself. You can read more here about driving in Melbourne.

More information coming soon!

Tips And Tricks

Best time to visit Melbourne

How to buy a SIM card in Melbourne

Where to go to get free WiFi in Melbourne

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