A haven for arts aficionados and sports fans

Straddling the Yarra River, Melbourne is packed with sports arenas and arts precincts, incredible dining, a thriving bar scene, and endless high-design haunts selling the city's lifeblood: coffee.

The CBD is a compact but ever-evolving grid. Victorian architecture sits alongside street art and gleaming high-rise apartment towers. Narrow alleys and laneways are rich in hidden galleries, theatres, stores and cafes.

On the edge of the city, there's the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Rod Laver Arena. Art lovers head to the National Gallery of Victoria and the Arts Centre.

Things to do

Live music scene

Melbourne’s live music scene is world famous. From small pubs to bigger venues, you’ll be able to find bands to see every night of the week. For full listings, pick up a copy of legendary street mag Beat opens in new window (or check their website).

Close up of a guitar being played and a girl singing into a microphone in the background.
A young man serving customers at a deli in the Queen Victoria Market.

Melbourne’s markets

Melbourne has markets galore. You can shop for fresh produce, vintage fashion or local souvenirs. Don't miss historic Queen Victoria Market opens in new window, South Melbourne Market opens in new windowand Prahran Market opens in new window. You'll find generous delis, spectacular produce, amazing seafood and charismatic eateries.

Street art laneways

Melbourne’s laneways opens in new window are a treasure box of hidden gems. Here, you'll find award-winning restaurants, theatres, galleries and standing-room only cocktail bars. We recommend letting your two feet and your sense of adventure lead the way.

People walking through Centre Place, a narrow laneway lined with cafes.
The cast of a musical theatre production on stage.

Theatre in Melbourne

If you love theatre, Melbourne will dazzle you. Grand theatres like the Princess, Her Majesty’s and the Regent stage major musicals. There are sleek performance spaces in the Arts Centre for other shows. Local entertainment guides like Time Out opens in new window have thorough listings of what’s on.

Shopping in the city

Melbourne's fast becoming Australia’s shopping hotspot opens in new window. Explore historic arcades and shiny malls like Emporium, Melbourne Central and GPO. Head to areas like Carlton, Northcote, Brunswick, Collingwood and Fitzroy for local goods.

Looking down into the historic Royal Arcade, with elegant shops on either side.

Airport information

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL)

Distance to city centre 23km, approximately 40 mins travel time

Taxi You’ll find taxi ranks located across from the terminals. Approximate fare to the city centre is AUD $75.

Rideshare pickup is available from lane 1 of the main forecourt of terminals 1, 2 & 3, or for Jetstar customers from level 2 inside the T4 Ground Transport Hub.

Airport bus Skybus run every 10 mins. One-way: adult $19.50, child (4-16 yrs) $9; return: adult $37, child $18. Journey takes 40 mins. Prices in AUD.

Avalon Airport (AVV)

Distance to Geelong 20km, approximately 20 mins travel time.

Distance to Melbourne city centre 55km, approximately 50 mins travel time

Taxi Approximately AUD$40-50 (Geelong) or AUD $120-$130 (Melbourne city centre)

Rideshare pickup is available to the left, as you leave the terminal.

Airport bus (to Geelong) Skybus opens in new windowmeets all flights. Journey takes 40 mins. One-way: adult $18; return $34. Prices in AUD.

Airport bus (to Melbourne) Skybus opens in new windowmeets all flights. Journey takes 50 mins. Prices one-way: adult $22, child (4-16 yrs) $10; return $42, child $20. Prices in AUD.

When to go

Melbourne has a temperate climate, known for its unpredictability – 'four seasons in one day', according to the cliché. Winter can be on the chilly side, with average minimum temperatures of 6–7 °C from June–October, while summer sees temperatures rise to over 30 °C (usually with a couple of days over 40 °C thrown in for good measure).

It’s an events-led city. Come in March for the city’s Moomba Festival, April for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, May for Good Beer Week, June for the Good Food and Wine Festival. In August, see Melbourne International Film Festival and Melbourne Writers' Festival.

Sports fans can enjoy the Australian Open Tennis in January, the Grand Prix in March, the AFL final in September, the Melbourne Cup (Australia’s most prestigious horse race) in November and the Boxing Day Test cricket in December.

Getting around

A free City Circle opens in new window historic tourist tram (number 35) runs around the perimetre of the city centre.

Visit Public Transport Victoria opens in new window for tram, bus and train timetables, journey planners and ticket information. To travel on public transport you'll need a myki card (available from train stations, major tram stops and all 7-Eleven convenience stores). Please note that myki is not accepted on the privately run Skybus to and from the airport.

You can buy a Myki opens in new windowVisitor Pack from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station and from the PTV Hub opens in new window.

Melbourne Holiday Packages

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