Fine food and wine, arts, shopping and sport
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. Film buffs love Federation Square and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. The riverside restaurants of Southbank are a traditional book-end to a night out.
Beyond the grid, explore inner-city suburbs Collingwood, Fitzroy, Northcote and Brunswick. Check out the fun bars along Chapel Street in Windsor and the breezy, beachside suburb of St Kilda.
Things to do
Street art laneways
Melbourne’s laneways are a treasure box of hidden gems. Here, you'll find award-winning restaurants, theatres, galleries and standing-room only cocktail bars. Hosier Lane is one of the biggest tourist draws for its ever-changing street art. Degraves Street is full of cute cafes. Hardware Lane has a range of outdoor restaurants. We recommend letting your two feet and your sense of adventure lead the way.
Melbourne has markets galore. You can shop for fresh produce, vintage fashion or local souvenirs. Melbourne's markets are a fun place to spend a few hours browsing. Don't miss historic Queen Victoria Market, South Melbourne Market and Prahran Market. Here you'll find generous delis, spectacular produce, amazing seafood and charismatic eateries. You'll also find stores selling cookware, clothing and all manner of market goods.
Shopping in the city
Melbourne fast becoming Australia’s shopping capital. Explore historic arcades and shiny malls like Emporium, Melbourne Central and GPO. You'll find international brands as well as Australian designers and artisans. Gourmet food courts add a bit of style to your sustenance. Head to areas like Carlton, Northcote, Brunswick, Collingwood and Fitzroy for local goods.
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 (or check their website). Visit the Tote Hotel in Collingwood for classic Melbourne pub rock. The Corner Hotel in Richmond hosts local and international acts. And there are many, many other venues to discover.
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. If you prefer something smaller, Melbourne has plenty of more intimate performance spaces. Try La Mama, The Butterfly Club and 45Downstairs. Local entertainment guides like Time Out have listings of what’s on.
Melbourne 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 runs 7 days per week. One-way fares: adult AUD $19.50, child (4-16 years) AUD $5. Return fares: adult AUD $37.50, child AUD $10.
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 Melbourne) Skybus meets all flights. Journey takes 50 mins. One-way fares: adult AUD $24, child (4-16 years) $5. Return fares: adult AUD $46, child AUD $10.Back to top
When to go
Melbourne has a temperate climate, known for its unpredictability – 'four seasons in one day', the saying goes. 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).
Come in March–April for Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. In May–June, see Rising arts festival and in August, Melbourne International Film Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival.
Sports fans can enjoy the Australian Open tennis Grand Slam in January, the Formula 1 Grand Prix in March, the AFL finals in September, the Melbourne Cup in November and the Boxing Day Test cricket at the MCG in December.
Ready to go? Find cheap flights to MelbourneBack to top
Visit Public Transport Victoria 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.
Visitors can buy a Myki Explorer, which includes a myki card, maps and discounts at local attractions, from SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station, and from the PTV Hubs at Southern Cross Station, Geelong and Bendigo.Back to top
Discover more about Melbourne
Hidden and hot: the Melbourne CBD bars to visit before everyone else does
Taco Tuesdays, board games, comedy nights. There are more to these top Melbourne pubs than great happy hour bargains on eats and drinks. But they have those too…
If you only go to one place in Melbourne, make it this one...
From high tea to shopping and theatre, the top things to do in Melbourne are all an easy walk around the CBD's Collins Street.
Where to go for a pint (and more) in Geelong
Wondering where to go for a night out in Geelong? Here are the coolest places to head to for a drink and a bite.
Wake up and smell the coffee at Geelong's best brunch spots
These trendy coffee shops are not only perfect for a caffeine fix, they serve up amazing food too (cue Buddha bowls and smashed avocado)!
You can now make your own art in Melbourne!
These Melbourne art classes are all the fun of an artist’s studio with none of the mess – or the stress. Alice Oehr can teach anyone to create a masterpiece on an iPad Pro and if you make a mistake, no sweat - just ‘undo’!
Can't decide? Staff in this Geelong restaurant will choose your meal
Here are the best places to eat when you're looking for international cuisine in Victoria's second largest city.
Melbourne city guide: the girlie getaway edition
A weekend of girlie fun. No boys allowed. From dawn till dusk and beyond, here is a curated list of Melbourne’s best spots for a getaway with the girls.
The astonishing story behind the world's largest stained-glass ceiling
There's more to Melbourne than shopping and eating - the next time you visit the city, check out a glass masterpiece in the National Gallery of Victoria.
Why you should visit these Melbourne beaches
The bayside city of Melbourne is flanked by some beautiful beachside spots. Whether you’re planning fun in the sun or a refreshing walk in winter, here’s your guide to the best Melbourne beaches.
Discover Melbourne with Kate Miller-Heidke
Singer-songwriter, and Australia's Eurovision contestant, Kate Miller-Heidke loves the creative energy of her Northcote home in the Victorian capital.
The hottest laneway haunts of Melbourne
Some of Melbourne's coolest bars and restaurants are hidden down the city's laneways – here's where to find them.
These are Melbourne's coolest cafés
Killer coffee, innovative menus and atmospheric interiors – our pick of Melbourne's best cafés that have it all.
These are the best new restaurants in Melbourne
Char-grilled octopus, New York-style pizza, a Middle Eastern feast – no matter what you're in the mood for, these hot new openings in Victoria's capital city will set your tastebuds on fire.
Discover Rutherglen: one of Australia's oldest wine regions
This tiny Victorian wine region boasts 19 quaint cellar doors and great restaurants. Spend the weekend wine tasting and eating your way around town.
Alfresco dining in Melbourne: here's where to go
Make the most of the warmer months by heading to these outdoor restaurants in Melbourne.
Up close with cycling champion Cadel Evans
The former racing cyclist tells us that even though he's had the chance to ride around the world, there's no place like home.
These are Fitzroy's must-visit fashion hotspots
This bohemian inner-city suburb in Melbourne has a reputation for being super-cool and just a little bit kooky.
Here are Cadel Evans’ favourite bike routes
He’s won the Tour de France and the Men’s World Championship, but this champion cyclist’s top cycling tracks are right right at home in Victoria.
Melbourne’s best shopping haunts
Where to indulge in some retail therapy in this fashionable city – whether you’re after high-street stores, high-end labels, vintage gems or market finds.