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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.
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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?
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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