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Melbourne destination guide
So what makes Melbourne so great?
If you’re heading to Melbourne for the first time, we’d love to give you the inside word on the city’s finest – after all, it’s Jetstar’s hometown, so we’re keen to show you the best. You’ve probably heard about Melbourne’s famous food scene, but this food critic’s guide is the ultimate in where to eat in Melbourne, from world-renowned fine dining to Greek and Vietnamese street food. The city is equally famed for its shopping, so we can show you where to find glossy malls, historic markets and groovy, bohemian shopping strips. And while Melbourne is a massive cultural drawcard, full of galleries and cabaret, it’s also a super family-friendly destination – let us show you some free activities the whole clan can enjoy.
Finding it all too tempting? Don’t worry, there’s a bunch of great things to do if you’re on a budget, including immersing yourself in the city’s street art, cycling Merri Creek and spotting a penguin or two as the sun sets over St Kilda. Day-tripping from Melbourne is equally enjoyable – if you find some cheap flight tickets to Melbourne (Avalon) it's easy to spend the day exploring Geelong (the state’s second largest city) with its scenic waterfront, or from Melbourne (Tullamarine) head to the hills and roam the vineyards of the Yarra Valley.
See when to go, things to do and much more in our Melbourne destination guide >
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When's the best time to visit Melbourne?
Mention the weather to a Melbourne local and you’ll get an eye roll and a muttering of ‘four seasons in one day’ in return.
When to go
Autumn (March – May)
Average temperatures fall between 11-20°C
Autumn cools things cool down with mild, sunny days, light winds, some morning fog and temperatures averaging around 20°C (68°F).
Winter (June – August)
Average temperatures fall between 7-14°C
Expect distinctly more wet and cold, with short days and frosty nights. Temperatures average around 6.5 - 14.2°C (43.7 - 57.6°F), with snow falling in the north-east of the state (but not in the city). Heavy rain is not unusual.
Spring (September – November)
Average temperatures fall between 10-20°C
Generally sunny and crisp, but it can be quite unpredictable, with October bringing roughly 10 days of rain with it.
Summer (December – February)
Average temperatures fall between 14-26°C
Summer is punctuated with bursts of very hot, dry weather followed by sharp, cool changes. Expect temperatures in January and February to be over 30°C (86°F), with high UV ratings, so sunscreen is a must.
|Population of Melbourne||4,820,000 people|
|Timezone||GMT +10/+11 (Australian Eastern Standard Time / Australian Eastern Daylight Time)|
|Electricity||220-240V / 50Hz Type I (Australian/New Zealand 2/3-pin)|
|Cost of a coffee||AUD $4.00 - 4.50|
|Approximate cost of a daily transport ticket||AUD $8.60|
|Airport to city||Tullamarine: Skybus 40mins, taxi/rideshare 30 minutes in light traffic
Avalon Airport: Skybus 55mins, taxi/rideshare 50mins
Melbourne Airport information
How to get to Melbourne Airport
You can get to Melbourne Airport by bus, car or taxi. The easiest way to get to Melbourne Airport from the CBD is by SkyBus.
How to get from Melbourne Airport to CBD
SkyBus Express runs every 10 minutes, 24/7, from Southern Cross Station (AUD $19 one-way). SkyBus also runs less frequent services from St Kilda, Southbank, Docklands, Frankston and Peninsula. If you drive, there is ample long- and short-term parking (book ahead for the best rates).
How many airports in Melbourne?
Melbourne has two main airports – Melbourne Airport and Avalon Airport. Melbourne Airport is by far the largest and busiest, servicing around 35 million domestic and international passengers a year. Most Jetstar domestic flights depart from T4 at Melbourne Airport, with some flights from Avalon near Geelong. Melbourne also has two much smaller airports – Moorabbin Airport and Essendon Airport – which mainly service nearby regional centres.
What's the easiest way from Melbourne Airport to city?
The quickest and easiest way to get from Melbourne Airport to the CBD is by SkyBus. Alternatively, you can catch a taxi (about AUD $65), rideshare or rent a car.
Which Melbourne Airport is closer to the city?
Melbourne Airport is the closest airport to the city – it’s 23kms north-west of the city centre. Avalon Airport is 55kms south-west of the city, and 22km north of Geelong. A taxi from Avalon to Melbourne is around AUD $130, and about AUD $50 to Geelong. The SkyBus Avalon Geelong Express is AUD $22 to Melbourne and AUD $18 to Geelong.