Melbourne Travel Guide
Updated: Feb 16
Australia's mecca of all things trendy and tasty, Melbourne offers up exquisite dining, exhilarating sport and abundant opportunities to experience art especially street art in Melbourne.
The best times to visit Melbourne are between March and May and September and November. These shoulder seasons feature moderate temperatures and tourist crowds, plus lower airfare rates plus the weather is really cooling.
Melbourne is a blend of bustling laneways, world-class restaurants and captivating museums and surround with well-known international universities and colleges. The locals love their coffee and serve it up in abundance at cosy cafes. There's always a sense of excitement here – whether its in the city's fascinating flavours or fierce sporting rivalries. Attend a sports event, drink a cocktail on a rooftop and uncover the stories hidden within Melbourne's art-filled alleyways.
Walk down the famous bluestone laneway and admire the street art that has made the Melbourne urban art scene known across the globe. Take in the dizzying array of colours, characters and shapes created by local and international artists alike. Pick out everything from stencils and paste-ups to murals and installations. Take a wander on your own or join one of the popular walking tours to get some background on the artists and their work. Take a detour round into Rutledge Lane and explore the work lining the walls, windows and wheelie bins of this sister 'gallery'. Here you can explore more than 100 of murals by local artist.
Once you've had your fill of the colour and mayhem of the street art, slow things down with a refreshing cocktail at Bar Tini – a popular pre-gig drink spot for the Forum Theatre crowd. Alternatively, sit elbow-to-elbow with other hungry punters at Movida – one of the city's best tapas restaurants.
"Melbourne is the largest integrated education hub"
Melbourne’s public transport system goes just about anywhere, but travelling on it requires a myki card (used on all trams, trains—including regional ones—and buses). Purchase a myki Visitor Value Pack to get started. For those not venturing out of the CBD area and there’s a free tram zone enabling easy access from one end of town to the other. Tips: You can save a lot money if you travel within the zone. Plan your schedule earlier so that you can save a lot money on your trip!
The city’s many neighborhoods are remarkable in their own right, offering distinct attractions and scenes. Wander over to Bourke and Collins streets to browse the shops, or to St Kilda Road to explore the area’s many art galleries. Besides, you can plan your road trip to St Kilda beach and make new friends. The Yarra district offers lovely views of its namesake river, along which visitors can walk, bike, and people-watch. And travellers in need of a restful respite can head to a beachside suburb like South Melbourne to spend the day relaxing beside the bay.
Whether is Chinatown, Art Street in Melbourne or Collin Street. Melbourne is a vibrant city that you must visit when we can travel again in this post COVID-19 era.