Local departures to Melbourne
Why go to Melbourne?
Although Sydney is Australia's capital, Melbourne, its second city, is widely considered the nation's cultural capital. With its beautiful architecture, rich cultural heritage and lively art and music scenes, Melbourne attracts visitor not only from across Australia but from around the world.
Tourists in Melbourne can visit the famous Melbourne Museum, the southern hemisphere's largest. Other cultural destinations in the city include the historic Royal Exhibition Building, the Victorian architecture of the University of Melbourne and the Parliament House of Victoria. No trip to Melbourne would be complete without a visit to Flinders Street Railway Station, arguably the city's most famous landmark.
The Yarra river flows through the centre of Melbourne, and its banks are home to some of the city's most beautiful views, although the distinctive brown colour of the water can be startling at first. Boat trips leave from the new Docklands development, while the more traditional Southgate promenade on the south bank is home to shops, bars and restaurants. Visitors who go to Southgate on Sunday can also enjoy the weekly art and craft market.
The bayside area, particularly around Brighton, is popular both with locals and travellers. Brighton Beach is famous for the colourful, old-fashioned “bathing boxes” that dot the water's edge. The St Kilda region is famous for its piers and amusement parks, together with the lush and relaxing St Kilda Botanical Gardens.
How far is the airport from city centre?
Melbourne Airport, located about 14 miles (23 km) from the city centre in the suburb of Tullamarine, is Australia's second-busiest airport.
How to get to Melbourne from the airport?
Reaching Melbourne from the airport is relatively simple. In addition to car rentals and taxis, a shuttle bus service links the airport and Melbourne's Southern Cross Station, which connects travellers to local rail and bus services. Local bus services also run to and from the airport. Although a rail link has often been debated, there is currently no direct train service to and from Melbourne Airport.
How to get around Melbourne?
Although Melbourne is very spread out, most of the sights visitors will want to see are in the city centre, connected by a network of trams. Locations further out are connected to the centre by trains and buses. As a result, it's relatively easy to get around Melbourne despite its large size.
When is the best time to visit Melbourne?
In the summer, Melbourne temperatures can reach 40°C or higher. Spring and autumn weather is highly changeable. Spring is the best time to visit – but remember, Melbourne's spring is from September to November.
Airports for Melbourne
Cheapest flights to Australia
How much do things cost in Melbourne?
More information about Melbourne
- Yarra is a bohemian part of Melbourne with a whole host of trendy boutiques set amid unique, alternative restaurants
- Head to Parkville to check out the kangaroos and koalas at the Zoo, don’t miss the weekend special Jazz at the Zoo
- Home of Melbourne’s F1 Grand Prix circuit, Albert Park is a lively suburb of the historic Port Phillip Bay
- St Kilda and Brighton Beach are favourites for those looking to enjoy a typical Aussie beachside night of fun
- Known as the country's fashion capital, the high end designer stores and boutiques can be found lining Chapel Street
- As Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne is a full of culture with tons of theatres, museums and galleries
- The Eureka Tower stands at an impressive height, head to the top for incredible panoramic views of the city and beyond
- Catch a moonlit film at the art deco styled theatre Astor as it joins Melbourne International Film Festival
- Take advantage of the surrounding areas and head out across to Phillip Island to catch a glimpse of the Penguin Parade
- A UNESCO World Heritage site, The Royal Exhibition Building and the Carlton Gardens should be the top of your list