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Melbourne | The Ultimate Travel Guide

Where to stay, what to do and when to do to Australia's culture capital.

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Melbourne is stylish, artsy and proud to be called the “culture capital of Australia”. This is the birthplace of brunch, chic cafes and hipster trends. Drink coffee, go to a museum or take to the grandstands to watch the Grand Prix - Melbourne has it all and much more.

Accommodation choices in Melbourne are as numerous as its cafes and cater to all budgets and tastes, from luxurious hotels to budget hostels.

To get the best bang for your buck, read reviews on booking sites and take advantage of our hotel deals before making your booking.

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Getting around Melbourne

While the CBD is compact and rather walkable, if you're going to areas like St Kilda or are arriving by plane at either Tullamarine or Avalon, you'll need to take public transport, a taxi/uber, book an airport shuttle or get a hire car.

Melbourne public transport

The city has an extensive tram network, which is free to use within the designated free tram zone (see the map below). There are also trains and buses to get to areas outside of the city centre.

Paying for transport: An electronic Myki card can be bought for $6 and topped up at train stops or local retailers. Trips are free within the CBD free tram zone or $4.10 per trip for transport outside the free tram zone. The Myki card can be used on all trains, trams and buses.

Best apps for getting around: Public Transport Victoria provides a free app that has countdowns for trains, trams and buses. It shows locations for Myki retail outlets and includes a journey planner.

Taxis and Uber in Melbourne

Taxi: You can hail a taxi from the street or find them at taxi ranks at busy locations throughout the city. Taxis can be called in advance for a booking.

Uber: Uber is available throughout Melbourne. If you're planning on taking an UberX to/from the airport, expect to pay about $49-$63 from Tullamarine Airport or $90-$120 from Avalon Airport. Other rideshare services, including Didi and Ola are also available.

What's there to do in Melbourne?

Whether you're looking for the best areas to visit in Melbourne or just a list of the top attractions and things to do, there's plenty to do in the city and its surrounds.

Visit Federation Square, shop on Bourke Street Mall or browse the funky shops in Fitzroy. Culture vultures can pop into the National Gallery of Victoria in between coffees and brunch in DeGraves Street. If you're a sport fan, catch a match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

If you're staying in the city for more than a couple days, head further afield and take a day trip out to Great Ocean Road and see the sea cliffs, beaches and wildlife along the panoramic stretch of Victoria's coast. The Yarra Valley, Victoria's renowned wine region, is within easy reach of the city with vineyards as close as an hour from Melbourne's CBD.

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Verified 3 days ago Expires 4 Jul 2022
Available on flights from 1 August 2022 – 31 March 2023 to destinations including Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and more. Sample fare is Ballina-Sydney.
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Australia stays from $260 per night

Verified 3 days ago Expires 31 Jul 2022
Available on stays until 2022 on destinations including Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and more. Sample price is for a stay at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.
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Verified 3 days ago Expires 31 Jul 2022
Available on stays until December 2022.
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Get $10 off Yarra Valley hot air balloon experience

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Available on select travel dates until 24 January 2022 for a 1-hour flight.
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Up to $39 off Melbourne hot air balloon flight

Verified 5 days ago Expires 13 Jul 2022
Available on select dates until 24 January 2023 and includes champagne breakfast and transfers.
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Verified 5 days ago Expires 13 Jul 2022
Available on select dates from July – August 2022 and December 2022 – April 2023 for a full-day tour.
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Expires 31 Jul 2022
Available on select dates until 29 September 2022.
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Available until 30 December 2022.
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Expires 31 Aug 2022
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Expires 31 Aug 2022
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Expires 31 Aug 2022
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Expires 5 Jul 2022
Available on select stay dates in 2022.
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Expires 4 Jul 2022
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Expires 4 Jul 2022
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Expires 30 Dec 2022
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Expires 31 Dec 2022
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Expires 31 Dec 2022
Available until 31 December 2022 on stays at Vibe Hotel Melbourne. Includes breakfast for 2. T&Cs apply.
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Expires 31 Dec 2022
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Expires 31 Dec 2022
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Expires 31 Jul 2022
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Expires 19 Jul 2022
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Available on stays until March 2023 on destinations including Gold Coast, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. T&CS apply.
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Available on admissions until June 2023.
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