Accommodation & places to visit in Melbourne

Since 2011, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia has been ranked as the world's most livable city. As Victoria's capital, and Australia's second most populous city, Melbourne is a leading financial center for Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. With high marks in areas such as sports, tourism, research and development, healthcare, entertainment and education, Melbourne has also been ranked as the world's fourth most expensive city. Melbourne, Victoria is recognized as being an international center for visual and performing arts, as well as the UNESCO City of Literature.

  • When to visit
    Melbourne, Victoria has earned a reputation for having "four seasons in one day "due to its changeable weather conditions and moderate oceanic climate. Although, the general census agrees that autumn (from March to May) is the best time to visit the city of Melbourne. This is when autumn temperatures average a maximum of 68°F (20°C) with average lows falling around 52°F (11°C). In addition to having the best weather, autumn is when Melbourne becomes an amazing blend of flowers, food, fashion and festivals.

    • Bright Autumn Festival

    • Food and Wine Festival

    • Inspiration by Design

  • Weather
    With a moderate oceanic climate and changeable weather conditions, Melbourne experiences the biggest temperature differences in spring and summer. These temperature differences are often responsible for creating strong cold fronts that are responsible for a range of severe weather. However, Melbourne is still drier than southern Victoria on average due to the rain shadow of the Otway Ranges.
    With warm summers that are renowned for having occasional days of extreme heat, the average highs stay in the 70s (21-26°C) even though the highest ever recorded temperature is 115.5° (46.4°C). Winter in Melbourne is more often than not accompanied by fog and frosts, with average lows hovering around the 40s (4-9°C).
  • To Do
    From nature and wildlife, outdoor activities and family outings to shopping, museums and entertainment, Melbourne, Victoria has something for even the most hard-to-impress travelers. With a rich history and world acclaimed sites, you are sure to find a wide variety of things to do in Melbourne. Here are some of the top things to do in Melbourne, Victoria Australia:

    • Melbourne Cricket Ground

    • Nature and Wildlife Tours

    • Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

    • National Gallery of Victoria

    • Hot Air Balloon Rides

    • Wine Tours and Tastings

    • Block Arcade

    • City Circle Tram

    • Bike Tours

    • Melbourne Zoo

    • Sightseeing Tours

    • National Sports Museum

    • Sun Theatre Yarraville

    • Rod Laver Arena

    • Old Melbourne Gaol

    • Hiking & Camping Tours

  • To See
    With all of the amazing things to see in Melbourne Victoria, you're definitely going to want plenty of time to explore all of the sites. Aside from attending some of the many festivals that can be found, the city also offers some of the greatest and most unique views in the entire world. If all else fails, simply take a walk or hop on a tour to see what the city has to offer.

    •The Great Ocean Road

    • Melbourne Museum

    • Shrine of Remembrance

    • State Library of Victoria

    • Dandenong Ranges

    • St. Patrick's Cathedral

    • Eureka Skydeck 88

    • Australian Centre for the Moving Image

    • Fitzroy Gardens

    • St. Paul's Cathedral

  • Tips & Recommendations

    • Public transportation is different than many places, in that transport is ticketless and you cannot purchase individual tickets onboard buses and trams. Instead, you must have a MYKI card that is preloaded with money. You can get a MYKI Visitor Pack from Southern Cross Station, SkyBus terminals, and the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square. In addition, the visitor's pack also comes with some great discount coupons for thrifty travelers.

    • Melbourne is well known for having unpredictable weather. As a good rule of thumb, it is always best to be prepared. If you are visiting during the summer, then be sure to bring a raincoat or warm clothes for the winter.

    • If you plan on enjoying the lively nightlife, then you should be sure to get a good overview of the local neighborhoods first. Just as all towns have areas where you wouldn't want to be alone at night, Melbourne also has its seedier neighborhoods.

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