When is the best time to fly?
A busy cultural and sporting calendar makes Melbourne busy year-round. Many tourists booking flights to Melbourne come for the sport. The Australian Open Tennis is held during last two weeks of January, and the Australian Formula One Grand Prix takes place in early March. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs from the end of March through April, while the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the country's flagship cultural event, is held in October. The Melbourne Cup is run on the first Tuesday in November. The AFL season kicks off from March to September, with the cricket season running October to March.
Melbourne is renowned for its changeable and unpredictable weather, particularly in spring and summer when it's often a matter of potluck; you could have glorious beach weather or be reaching for a jacket and boots - all in one day. Winters are damp and cold with average temperatures ranging from 7 to 12 degrees.
Melbourne’s Food and Wine Festival takes place over 17 days in March and gathers greatest culinary minds from around the world.
Keep in mind though that Melbourne is busy year-round with international festivals and events, so always check the city’s event schedule before looking for cheap flights.
Melbourne prides itself on being Australia's arts, cultural and architecture capital - and is undeniably the country's most sports-mad city. There's certainly a relentless program of crowd-pleasing events to cater to anyone arriving in Melbourne, from the Australian Tennis Open and famous Melbourne Cup horse race to flower shows and comedy festivals.
Australia's second-largest city is also its most cosmopolitan, with an urbane European character and savoir vivre. Its vibrant ethnic communities have given the city a rich multicultural flavour epitomised in its superb restaurants.
Melbourne's creative urban culture is reflected in its diverse inner city neighbourhoods. Trams rattle east down the tracks to Chapel Street's über-chic boutiques, north to bohemian Brunswick Street and south across the Yarra River to St Kilda's lively beach promenade and live music pubs. Opposite historic Flinders Street Station beats the bold new heart of the CBD - the love-it-or-hate it modernist Federation Square, a stark contrast to the city's stately Victorian streetscapes and sleek skyscrapers. You can catch a show at one of the city's opulent historic theatres or get a culture fix at the Southbank arts precinct. But much of Melbourne's charm lies in the life that goes on in hidden corners of the city. Tucked in historic city arcades and grungy street art-covered laneways, you'll find some of the hippest bars, cafes, galleries and restaurants.
With a vibrant underground arts scene, thriving theatre scene, world-class dining and endless entertainment possibilities, Melbourne is a city waiting to be discovered.