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For other places with the same name, see Melbourne (disambiguation).
Melbourne is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — have a look at each of them.
Yarra River and Melbourne skyline

Melbourne, at the head of Port Phillip Bay, is Australia's second largest city and the capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria.

Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital, with Victorian-era architecture, extensive shopping, museums, galleries, theatres, and large parks and gardens. Its 4-million residents are both multicultural and sports-mad.

Reasons to visit Melbourne include major sporting events, using it as a base for exploring surrounding regions such as the Grampians National Park, The Great Ocean Road, and visiting Phillip Island to view the penguin parade. Many UK visitors come to Melbourne for tours of filming locations of the TV soap opera Neighbours.

Districts[edit]

Central Melbourne[edit]

City Centre (Docklands)
Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD) and historical core north of the Yarra River, including the new, cosmopolitan Docklands precinct to the west. Innumerable great restaurants, clubs, pubs. The centre of Melbourne throbs with life, reflecting the resident's pride in the fact that it is regularly voted "the world's most liveable city". Excellent tram, bus and rail system makes getting around this and other areas simple.
Southbank
Entertainment, (including a superb art and theatre complex, ballet, opera, and more), fine dining, plus some inexpensive cafes and the vast Crown Casino and entertainment complex. River trips depart from Southbank.
St Kilda
Sunny beaches and a great restaurant, bar and nightlife scene. Very gay friendly, too.
South Melbourne (Port Melbourne, Albert Park)
Includes the old ports of Melbourne, as well as the historic Clarendon Street and town centre.
Inner north (Carlton, Parkville, North Melbourne)
The University district, as well as Lygon Street, world famous for its authentic Italian culture and cuisine.
Inner east (Fitzroy, Richmond, Collingwood)
Working-class and Bohemian quarter, with many trendy boutiques, some of Melbourne's best ethnic cuisine - especially Vietnamese - and an amazing range of inner-city pubs full of character.
Stonnington (Toorak, Prahran, South Yarra)
Expensive, upper-class neighbourhood of Melbourne, with high-end shopping and dining. The place to grab a fashion bargain and to be seen.

Metropolitan Melbourne[edit]

Eastern suburbs
Stretching from almost inner suburbs of Kew, Hawthorn and Camberwell in Booroondara to the outer cities like Maroondah and the Dandenong Ranges.
Northern suburbs
Covering suburbs like Tullamarine, Broadmeadows, South Morang, Epping, Bundoora and Nillumbik Shire.
Western suburbs
Includes areas like Altona, Williamstown, Point Cook, Footscray in Maribyrnong, Werribee in Wyndham, Caroline Springs, Sunshine, Melton, Keilor and Sydenham.
South-eastern suburbs
Spread along the coast of Port Philip Bay and covers areas like Brighton, Elwood, Sandringham and the cities of Frankston and Dandenong. Its main attraction is the beach along the bay.

Notable inner city suburbs[edit]

Below are some of the major inner-city suburbs and localities. They are from the old district structure for Melbourne, and will eventually be merged into their respective article above.

  • City Centre— Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD) and historical core north of the Yarra River, including the Southbank district immediately south of the Yarra and the new Docklands precinct to the west.
  • Albert Park— A suburb of Port Phillip and Home of Melbourne's F1 Grand Prix circuit.
  • South Melbourne— Home of the shopping strip known as Clarendon Street, South Melbourne in Port Phillip also has the popular South Melbourne Market, which first opened in 1867 and features food, clothing, footwear and much more.
  • St Kilda— Suburb of Port Phillip on Port Philip Bay with its famous Sunday art market, and home to many backpacker hostels and cafes.
  • Brunswick— Inner northern suburb in Moreland. The "new" Fitzroy.
  • Carlton— In northern Melbourne, the traditional home of Melbourne's Italian community and the University of Melbourne.
  • Collingwood— Working class suburb of Yarra with funky shopping, pubs and live music on Smith and Johnston Streets.
  • Fitzroy— The Bohemian quarter of Yarra filled with interesting restaurants and trendy boutiques.
  • Richmond— Also part of Yarra, North Richmond is Melbourne's Little Vietnam while the southern part of the district, Bridge Road, is famous for low price fashion outlets.
  • Footscray— Working class suburb of Maribyrnong, cool, multicultural, cheap markets, dozens of Vietnamese and East African shops and restaurants.
  • Yarraville— Quiet, inner-western suburb of Maribyrnong with well-preserved Victorian architecture and a funky, artsy vibe.
  • Prahran— Favourite shopping district in Stonnington with Chapel Street as its main attraction.
  • South Yarra— South of the river in Stonnington, with high-end shopping and dining, it covers South Yarra and Toorak.
  • Williamstown— Old, maritime-styled suburb of Hobsons Bay with many cafes situated along the foreshore.

Understand[edit]

Climate[edit]

Overall: Melbourne can get many days in summer above 35 and 40°C. Summer is the warmest season. Autumn and Spring change dramatically during the week and very much similar. Winters can be cool with temperatures around 14 degrees. Melbourne is the third driest capital city in Australia with half of Sydney's rainfall (600mm) and (1200mm).

Summer: Melbourne summers are generally warm with an average temperature of around 26 degrees. Summers consist of very hot days. Melbourne is known for its days of extreme heat. Several days each summer nudge 40°C. Night time temps are around 16°C. The hottest day ever recorded was 46.4°C, the hottest of any capital city in Australia. After a few days of extreme heat, it is usually followed by a cool change dropping the temp back to around 20 to 30 degrees. An average summer day is warm and sunny and usually light patches of rain every five or six days. January and February is Melbourne's hottest months.

Autumn: Autumn is a mixed bag of weather. One day it could be 35 degrees, the next 15. It changes dramatically during the week so pack everything! This lives up to the 'four seasons in one day' slogan. Night temps are around 8 to 14 degrees. Day time temps are around 18 to 25. In March, you can still get days of extreme heat. In 2013, Melbourne had 10 days above 30 in March, the most ever. In May, temperatures are noticeably colder than the days in March and early April.

Winter: Winters are usually cool and damp with day time highs of around 14 degrees in June and July, in August, the average is 16. The average winter day is cloudy with sunny breaks. The temperature can get colder than 10 degrees but higher than 21. It rains averagely 2 in 5 days with around 38 'rain' days. Melbourne winters can get below 10 once every 3 years. Minimums are around 7 degrees but can get colder than 2 and higher than 12. Light snow usually falls on top of Mount Dandenong once a year.

Spring: Spring is the wettest time of year in Melbourne and can still get quite cold early on but then warmer as you head into summer. October is the wettest month with 66mm. Day time highs are around 18 to 25°C (depending when) and night time lows are around 9 to 15 again depending. It is usually the windiest season as well. It is mostly like Autumn. in November, you can get days of extreme heat.

History[edit]

The Shrine of Remembrance

The settlement of Melbourne commenced in 1835 when settlers from Tasmania "purchased" land on Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River from the local Aboriginal tribes. The streets of central Melbourne were carefully laid out in 1837, with some streets 30 metres wide. The settlement was named "Melbourne" after William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, the British Prime Minister at that time. The first British lieutenant-governor, Charles La Trobe, arrived in 1839 – his Cottage still stands and can be visited in the Kings Domain. The year 1851 was a landmark for Melbourne — the colony of Victoria was separated from New South Wales and very soon after, gold was discovered in Victoria, sparking a huge goldrush. Aspects of the gold rush history can be seen at the Gold Treasury Museum, housed in the Treasury Building built in 1858. Gold was the catalyst for several decades of prosperity lasting through to the late 1880s and examples of the ornate Victorian-era structures built during this time still stand. In 1888, the property boom collapsed and Victoria suffered the depression of the 1890s. Throughout the gold and building booms, Melbourne managed to retain its many spacious parks and gardens and these remain to this day.

In 1901, the British colonies of Australia became an independent federation and Melbourne the temporary capital of Australia, with the Federal Parliament meeting in the Parliament House of Victoria until 1927 when the new Federal capital of Canberra was founded. After World War II, Melbourne grew rapidly, with its mainly Anglo-Celtic population boosted by immigration from Europe, particularly from Greece and Italy. The significant pre-war Jewish population was also boosted after the war. From the mid-70s, many immigrants came from South-east Asia, particularly Vietnam and Cambodia. Melbourne has had a Chinese population since the gold rush of the 1850s and Chinatown has existed from that time but the population of Chinese and other East Asians has also been boosted by immigration in recent years.

New high-rise buildings replaced many of Melbourne’s interesting old structures in the construction boom of the 1970s and 80s. Melbournians belatedly recognised the loss of their architectural heritage and steps were taken to protect what was left. Construction of the huge Crown Casino (briefly the largest casino in the world) in the 1990s upset some Melbournians with its introduction of a gambling culture. Melbourne’s development continues in the 2000s with the opening of the Melbourne Museum, Federation Square and the Docklands precinct.

Culture[edit]

Melbourne is often called the cultural capital of Australia, with its many art galleries, film festivals, orchestras, choral and opera productions, vibrant live music scene, and a strong food, wine and coffee culture. People in Melbourne tend to dress up more than in Sydney, partly due to the colder climate. Many bars and clubs have strict dress regulations, such as requiring collars and dress shoes for men.

Particular events to note include the Melbourne International Film Festival in August, the International Art Festival in October, and the Melbourne Comedy Festival in April. There are also many concerts and exhibitions throughout the year. In addition to the Melbourne Museum, there are special museums dedicated to subjects such as science, immigration, Chinese history, Jewish history, sport, racing, film and moving image, railways, police, fire brigades and banking.

Sport[edit]

Aerial shot of Albert Park

Melbournians are sports enthusiasts and particularly passionate about Australian Rules football, a sport invented in Melbourne. In fact the Australian Football League (AFL) is not so much a sport as a religion in Melbourne, with 9 of the 10 Victorian teams being based in Melbourne. As a guide, the entire national competition only has 18 teams, meaning half the league is based in Melbourne alone. Horse racing is another passion, and the majority of the state has a public holiday on the first Tuesday of November for the racing of the Melbourne Cup, one of the world’s famous horse races. Cricket is the big summer sport and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (the 'MCG') [1] is one of the world's leading grounds. The National Sports Museum (NSM) (including the Racing Museum) Australia’s only truly dedicated multi-sports museum is also located at the MCG.

Each January, Melbourne hosts tennis' Australian Open [2], one of the world’s four Grand Slam championships. In March, Melbourne hosts the first race of the Formula One season, the Formula One Grand Prix[3]. The race is held in Albert Park in South Melbourne. Melbournians have also taken football (soccer) to their hearts in recent times. Melbourne Victory, playing in Australia's premier competition, the A-League, enjoyed enormous crowds and colourful, boistrous support at their original home ground, Etihad Stadium (previously known as the Telstra Dome). In 2011, the A-League took notice of this phenomenon and added a second Melbourne team, Melbourne Heart. The two teams now share the new Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, commercially known as AAMI Park. The city also boasts one professional team in each rugby code, with both also playing at AAMI Park. The Melbourne Storm play rugby league in the National Rugby League, with teams throughout Australia plus one in New Zealand. The Melbourne Rebels play rugby union in Super Rugby, which features four other Australian sides and five each in New Zealand and South Africa. Melbourne is the unquestioned sporting capital of Australia with the largest arenas and two of the major sporting administrations basing their operation in Melbourne: Cricket Australia is a stone's throw from the MCG, and the AFL games are played at both the MCG and Etihad Stadium.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Melbourne is served by two main airports — Melbourne Airport, also referred to as Tullamarine Airport, is situated to the northwest of the city and is the main international and domestic hub. Some domestic flights from low-cost carrier Jetstar Airways also use Avalon Airport, located to the southwest of the city centre on the road to Geelong.

Two smaller civil aviation airports, Moorabbin Airport [4], to the south of the city, and Essendon Airport [5], in the northwest of the city, serve limited regional flights to Flinders Island, King Island and some other regional destinations.

Melbourne Airport[edit]

Melbourne Airport [6] (IATA: MEL) is the city's primary airport, located 22 km north-west of the city centre in the industrial suburb of Tullamarine. The airport is a hub for Qantas [7], Virgin Australia [8], Regional Express [9] and low-cost carriers Jetstar Airways [10] and Tigerair Australia [11].

Melbourne Airport is split into four terminals:

  • Terminal 1, is used by Qantas and Jetstar domestic flights.
  • Terminal 2 is used for all international flights.
  • Terminal 3 is home to Virgin Australia and Regional Express domestic flights.
  • Terminal 4, located to the south of the main terminal building, is used by Tigerair Australia domestic flights.

There are multiple flights per day to most major Australian and New Zealand cities, in addition to popular tourist destinations including Cairns, the Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Townsville and Ayers Rock-Uluru. There is a daily flight to Los Angeles, and multiple flights per day to Asian hubs including Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, in addition to the major Middle Eastern hubs Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha.

  • Taxis between the airport and the CBD cost between $55-65 and take about 30 minutes in clear traffic.
  • Skybus [12] ☎+61 3 9335 2811, runs a fast and frequent shuttle bus service to Southern Cross Station, with ticket booths and stops outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. A one-way ticket costs $18, with discounts for groups, children and seniors. The trip takes around 20 minutes in good traffic, and leaves every 10 minutes during the day with connecting buses to major hotels in the CBD. Tickets can be purchased online, although bookings aren't generally necessary except for hotel pick-ups, which should be arranged at least three hours ahead.
  • Shuttle bus: For southeastern suburbs including St Kilda, Elwood, Brighton and Frankston, the Frankston and Peninsula Airport Shuttle (FAPAS) [13] ☎+61 3 9783 1199 runs regular minibus services, with one-way adult fares starting at $18. Bookings are required.
  • Regular bus: The airport can also be accessed using Public Transport Victoria [14], ☎ +61 3 8608 5021 bus services, which are slower but cheaper. The 901 Frankston-Melbourne Airport bus connects to trains at Broadmeadows station, which is roughly half-hour journey into the CBD. It departs from the bus zone, across the road from the main taxi rank outside Terminal 1. This route is best avoided after dark. Beware that Broadmeadows is listed as a higher crime neighborhood in the stay safe section. Infrequent buses also connect to Moonee Ponds and Essendon (routes 478 and 479), and Sunbury (routes 479 and 500). Myki cards [15] can be purchased from the Skybus booths outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Up-to-date timetable information, including a journey planner, is available on the PTV website [16].

Avalon Airport[edit]

Avalon Airport, [17] (IATA: AVV), is situated in outer Geelong suburb of Lara. The airport is located 55 km to the south-west of Melbourne, and is considerably further from Melbourne CBD than the Melbourne airport at Tullamarine. However, a shuttle to Southern Cross costs only $4 more than a shuttle from Tullamarine, and fares from Avalon are sometimes considerably cheaper. The terminal itself is about as simple as it gets, with just an ATM, car hire desks and baggage carousels in what looks like an old hangar at arrivals. The departure facilities are a little better, with a cafe and a bar, and a video arcade room.

Jetstar Airways http://www.jetstar.com.au] is the only airline operating from Avalon, with up to four flights per day to Sydney — be sure to double-check your booking is from Avalon, rather than the larger Melbourne Airport.

Besides Melbourne, Avalon is a useful gateway to Geelong and the Great Ocean Road.

  • Taxis from Avalon Airport to the Melbourne CBD will run upwards of $100.
  • SITA coaches [18] operates a coach shuttle service to Melbourne's Southern Cross Station, costing $20 per adult and $10 per child one way. The buses meet every Jetstar arrival. An additional $7 per person charge is made for a transfer to city hotels. Only cash is accepted, not credit cards.
  • Regional trains [19] run from Lara station, around 8km from the terminal, to Southern Cross Station hourly, and cost $5.60. Children 17 years and under are half price, however during off-peak times up to two children travel free with every adult. A taxi to the station should cost around $15, so there is no cost or time benefit for a single adult of the train over the shuttle.
  • Hiring a car for a couple of days may be cheaper than a taxi, as long as you have somewhere to park it. Road connections between Avalon Airport and Melbourne are good, with the journey typically taking around 50 minutes — allow longer on Sundays and during peak hour.

By train[edit]

All regional and interstate rail services depart from Southern Cross Station, located on Spencer Street at the western edge of the Melbourne CBD. The station is well-connected to the rest of the city's transport network, including most suburban train lines, tram routes, and some bus services.

By car[edit]

From Sydney, the quickest route to Melbourne is the Hume Highway, which takes 10-11 hours. The Princes Highway (National Route 1) goes along the coast and is less crowded. It takes longer and the speed limit is lower, though.

Adelaide is slightly closer than Sydney and can be reached in 9 hours. The coastal route is scenic but slower.

A direct journey from Brisbane takes 21 hours of driving and takes you further inland along the Newell Highway. This makes for an interesting alternative to the standard Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne coastal route.

By bus[edit]

Bus services to Melbourne from out of state are provided by Firefly Express [22] and Greyhound [23].

Bus services within Victoria are operated by V/Line, and operate from most major and many minor Victorian towns.

By ship[edit]

Melbourne can be reached from Devonport, Tasmania by car/passenger ferries run by Spirit of Tasmania [24]. The journey takes 10 hours and runs every night (in both directions), departing at 9PM and arriving at 7AM. During the peak of summer, there are also day sailings (departing 9AM, arriving 7PM) on many days - check in advance.

Ticket prices depend on time of year and your sleeping accommodation. A seat (no bed) is the cheapest, starting (in off-peak season) from $108 for adults and $82 for children. Bear in mind, the seat is most uncomfortable, equivalent to a cinema seat. Cabins with bunk beds start from $187 adults, $97 children. Peak season costs are about 25% higher. Cars cost $59 all year round.

Melbourne is also served by several cruise ships throughout the year (mostly in the summer cruise season). Check operators for further details.

All passenger ships serving Melbourne arrive at and depart from Station Pier in Port Melbourne which is located a short distance from the CBD. For those without private transport, the 109 tram departs from the old railway station across the road from the Pier and goes right into the heart of Melbourne (continuing to Box Hill in the north-east of the city).

Get around[edit]

Although Melbourne itself is a very large metropolitan area, most sights of interest are within the city centre and easily reached by public transport.

On foot[edit]

Melbourne's city centre is laid out in an orderly grid system, similar to Manhattan, making it easy to navigate around the most central areas. During peak hour, walking may even be quicker than taking the tram. A free map [25] of the city centre is available from the Melbourne Visitor Centres [26] in Federation Square and Bourke Street Mall.

By public transport[edit]

Melbourne's public transport is extensive, and in inner city areas generally frequent and easy to use — most popular attractions are easily reached by tram or train, and it is quite easy to get around Melbourne without a car. Public Transport Victoria [27] is the authority responsible for public transport in Melbourne and Victoria.

The PTV Hub, Southern Cross Station, 750 Collins St, Melbourne, (toll free: 1800 800 007), [28].  edit provides timetables, brochures, and can assist with other enquiries.

All services come under the myki [29] ticketing system. A myki visitor value pack is on sale at the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square, SkyBus ticket booths and the PTV Hub. Otherwise, myki cards can be purchased from vending machines at train stations, newsagents, convenience stores and major CBD tram stops.

Fares are calculated based on distance travelled, with most inner-city suburbs falling within Zone 1, and a separate Zone 2 covering the middle and outer suburbs. Tickets are available in two hour and daily options — the best fare for your journey will be calculated automatically, meaning that prices are effectively capped at the cost of a daily ticket (approximately $7). "Authorised officers" frequently check tickets on trams and trains, particularly on popular routes.

The Myki system is actually quite complicated and commuters can easily get tripped up. For example, many train stations do not have barriers that open and shut when the card is scanned (as is done in London, Singapore and most other countries). As a result, it can and does happen that people think they are tapping on correctly but do not tap on correctly. If that happens then there is a likelihood that a ticket inspector will stop the passenger at their destination (especially if it is at a train station in the CBD) and give them the option of paying a $75 on the spot fine or being reported and having to pay a fine about three times higher. To foreigners it may seem like a "shakedown" but that is how the system works and it is part and parcel of using the Melbourne public transport system. Also caution needs to be applied when tapping on cards as some consoles are for tapping on for a journey and others are for checking value. And if you mix them up, and accidentally tap on a card checking console, then you will be accused of fare evasion if you are caught and forced to pay a fine.

The consoles are different colours and have different beeping noises. Visitors to Melbourne are advised to check the public transport authority site to understand all the different procedures and console colours and beeps before using the system due to the high risk of fines. Foreign visitors may not be used to reading manuals before using public transport systems in other countries but in Melbourne it is essential to read the public transport website and familiarise yourselves with the terms of service before using public transport in Melbourne. You should read the VFTM manual before using myki. Pay particular attention to Chapter 8 page 55-60. It is available at www.ptv.vic.gov.au. It mentions that when a customer 'touches on' at a myki reader, lights on the reader and an audible tone will alert them to the status of the 'touch on'. When a myki is presented to a myki reader and no light or tone occurs, the ticket has not been read and is not valid for travel. The manual also states that where a customer attempts to 'touch off' but did not 'touch on', the touch will be processed by the system as a 'touch on'. In this case a default fare may subsequently be charged. A customer who has not 'touched on' will not be able to exit via the ticket barriers at railway stations and must see a member of staff for assistance. A customer who did not 'touch on' must touch on at the ticket barrier and may subsequently be charged a default fare. Note that if a myki is not 'touched on' it is not valid for travel and the customer may be fined

All train and bus services and most trams are accessible to the elderly and disabled. Children under 16 years and Australian seniors card holders are eligible for cheaper concession fares, which need to be purchased at train stations.

Although PTV services are not currently listed on Google Maps, PTV apps are available for iPhone and Android, and a journey planner tool is available through its website. Services generally run from 5am to midnight, with extended services on Friday and Saturday nights.

Trains[edit]

All suburban trains depart from Flinders Street Station, opposite Federation Square in the city centre. Many lines also run through the City Loop, which connects to Southern Cross Station and three underground stations around the perimeter of the CBD: Parliament, Melbourne Central and Flagstaff — look out for the blue signs.

Trains run frequently throughout most of the day, but can be crowded during peak times in the morning and evening. The network can also fall victim to signalling issues, weather and extreme heat — the most up-to-date service information is available from the Metro Trains website [30] or Twitter account [31]. If you're travelling during peak periods, it may be wise to allow extra travel time.

All trains are air conditioned, and most major stations have staff, bathrooms and other facilities.

Trams[edit]

Melbourne's iconic tram network is one of the largest in the world, and covers a large part of the inner and middle suburbs. A free City Circle tram [32] runs around the CBD and Docklands area using heritage brown "W-class" trams.

Like the train network, trams may be crowded during peak periods — especially along major routes such as Swanston, Collins and Burke Streets. Most are air conditioned, and the majority of CBD tram stops are now wheelchair-friendly.

Buses[edit]

Buses tend to link areas without train or tram connections, with some exceptions, often service major shopping centres, middle and outer suburbs. The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle [33] links attractions in the CBD, Carlton and Docklands every 15 minutes for a flat rate of $5 per day.

By bike[edit]

Yarra River

Melbourne has an excellent network of bike paths, plus a generally flat terrain, making pedal-power a great way to take in the city. Most paths are "shared footways" under the law, although the majority of users in most places are cyclists. This means cyclists should expect to share the path with pedestrians, dog-walkers, rollerbladers, joggers, prams and tricycles. Some trails contain on-road sections (in marked bike lanes). It is legal to cycle on footpaths only when supervising cycling children or when the path is marked or signposted as allowing bikes. Helmets are required by law, and care should be taken when cycling near slippery tram tracks, where many have gotten injured in the past. Reflective clothing and lights are essential for safe night rides.

Trails[edit]

  • Yarra River Trail, [34]. Runs from the mouth of Melbourne's iconic Yarra River, through the city and onwards to Westerfolds Park in the outer suburbs. Although be warned that the trail sometimes disappears on a street with no directions at all, so a map is mandatory to follow this one.  edit
  • Capital City Trail, [35]. Runs a circuit through Melbourne's inner suburbs, the Docklands precinct and the city. It's a good way to see a slice of day-to-day life.  edit
  • Bay Trail, [36]. A pleasant trek around Port Phillip Bay, running from Port Melbourne, through the bustling beach-side precinct of St Kilda, past the famous bathing sheds of Brighton, all the way to Carrum. A punt operates under the West Gate Bridge on weekends and public holidays allowing a start at Altona Meadows along the Williamstown Trail, across the punt, and joining with the Bay Trail. There is no cyclist access permitted to the West Gate Bridge.  edit

Detailed maps of the bike path network can be found online [37].

Bike rental[edit]

  • Melbourne Bike Share, [38]. Bikes cost $2.50 per day, as long as you return the bike each 30 minutes. $5 bike helmets can be bought at 7-Eleven stores throughout the city centre and can be refunded for $3 at 7-Elevens.  edit
  • Rentabike, Vault 14 Princes Walk (Near Federation Square, Federation Wharf, on the north side of the Yarra.), +61 417 339 203, [39].  edit
  • Freddy's Bike Tours, (Attached to the Federation square.), +61 431610431 (), [40]. Bicycle hire and bike rentals. Also offers a range of guided bicycle tours through various Melbourne precincts. $39.  edit

A folding bike of 20" wheel base is very convenient when traveling in the city. In addition when in folded condition it can be carried on bus, train and CountryLink without any additional charges. Just tell the driver that it will be folded and hand carried as baggage. As for inter-city train, avoid rush hour (7AM-9AM and 5PM-6PM). If the wheelchair area is not occupied then the bike can be parked in this area safely without folding.

By car[edit]

The major car rental chains are well-represented and include Redspot Sixt, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz & Thrifty. Independent car rental companies are also plentiful and can offer good value for money. If you are looking to cover a long distance by car, ensure your rental policy includes unlimited mileage - most economy to standard sized car rental include this already.

There are a handful of intersections in the city centre and in South Melbourne, along Clarendon St. where you must do a Hook turn to turn right due to tram tracks running down the centre of the road. Follow the signs, pull to the left of the intersection if you are turning right, as far forward as possible, and when the light for the street you are turning into turns green (the traffic on the street you are on stops) make the turn.

Check out CityLink's [41] site for details of Melbourne's T-shaped tollway which links the Westgate, Tullamarine and Monash (formerly South-Eastern) freeways. It is a fully electronic road with no manual tollgates. You can buy a day pass in advance, or within 3 days of having driven down it, giving your registration and car details. You can do this by phone, Internet, or at some Shell petrol stations. The registered owner of the car will get a fine in the mail if you do not buy a pass within 3 days. The tolled sections are indicated with blue and yellow signs, rather than the standard green and white. CityLink can cut a worthwhile amount of time from your journey, especially if you are driving from, say, the south-eastern suburbs to Melbourne Airport. Motorcycles are free, cars are around $11/day. Larger vehicles are more.

The EastLink tollway has recently been completed. Formerly called the Scoresby, then the Mitcham-Frankston freeway, it links the Eastern, Monash, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula freeways. Like the CityLink, it is a fully electronic road with no toll gates. If you have a tag or account, tolls range from 28c for short trips on some segments, to a toll cap of $5.15. Weekends are 20% off, and motorcycles are half price. If you don't have a tag or account, passes are available for the cost of the trip cap (e.g. travelling one way will cost you $5.15 in a car). Passes are available online at [42] and can be purchased before or up to 3 days after the trip.

Tags from other Australian cities work on CityLink and the EastLink tollway, but passes do not.

One option for travel on both CityLink and EastLink is the Melbourne Pass. It costs $5.50 to start up an account, and tolls are debited from your credit card automatically once the accumulated tolls and fees reach $10, or when the pass expires (after 30 days, but can be extended once for another 30 days). No tag is required. The pass can be purchased online at [43]

In the centre, parking at meters and ticket machines can be as much as $3.50 per hour.

Motorcycles and scooters are well catered for as footpath parking is both free and legal (providing the footpath is not obstructed). Scooters are becoming very common, however for all size scooters a motorcycle license must be held.

By taxi[edit]

Yellow Melbourne taxis are ubiquitous in the centre but less often spotted in the suburbs. The largest companies are 13CABS [44] (☎ 13-CABS/132227) and Silver Top [45] (☎ 131008) as all of them — despite the names — are also yellow in color. Fares are standardized so that the meter starts ticking at $3.20 and clocks up $1.617/km, meaning that short hops within the centre can go for under $10 but longer hauls get pretty expensive pretty fast. Midnight-5AM is 20% more, booking by phone or taking a taxi from the airport costs $2 extra and sitting in traffic is $0.56/min. Between 10PM and 5AM, taxi fares are prepaid: you pay an estimated sum to the driver in advance and the fare is corrected on arrival.

Some taxi companies do not provide a lost property service. Lost items by law must be forwarded to the police if they are not claimed. Melbourne's taxi network is fairly safe, although waiting for a taxi at a rank can sometimes become violent due to the lack of taxi's compared to demand (particularly outside Flinders Street, but there is a police box next to the rank which generally operates at night).

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Melbourne is a huge city, so all individual listings should be moved to the appropriate district articles, and this section should contain a brief overview. Please help to move listings if you are familiar with this city.


Melbourne attractions are here listed according to their respective districts. See the district pages for full details.

City Centre[edit]

NewQuay in Melbourne Docklands

The City Centre has much to attract the traveller, including theatres, art galleries, cafes, boutiques, plenty of live music, department stores, and interesting Victorian architecture, which can all be sampled on foot.

  • Flinders Street Railway Station— Arguably the defining landmark of Melbourne, a nice, colonial-era railway station at the junction of Flinders Street and Swanston Street. The main entrance is known for several clocks hanging over it, and is a popular meeting spot for locals. "Meet you under the clocks at Flinders Street station" is in the DNA of every Melburnian.
  • Docklands— An entire new precinct filled with shops, bars, restaurants and things to do for all the family as well as a large sports stadium with a waterside setting. Bat trips touring Melbourne's rivers and Port Philip Bay leave from here.
  • Eureka Tower— Tallest residential building in the southern hemisphere, panoramic views of the whole of Melbourne.
  • Parliament House of Victoria— The first seat of the Australian federal government, free tours are available on week days.
  • Queen Victoria Market— Huge and colorful, with an assortment of fresh and dry produce, souvenirs and other interesting things. A must-see experience.
  • State Library— Worthwhile if you're into books, amazing city architecture and free internet.
  • Southgate— Pretty promenade on the south bank of the Yarra, with lively restaurants, bars and a Sunday art & craft market.
  • Federation Square— Modernistic and popular meeting space - fascinating architecture - to see Melburnians enjoy life whilst sitting down at cafes and bars. Also the home of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, galleries, and more
  • Immigration museum— Located on Flinders Street, explore the moving stories of people from all over the world who have migrated to Australia
  • Police Museum— Also located on Flinders Street, see over 150 years of stories and displays of crime, justice, courage, forensic techniques and examples of how police are making Victoria a safer place to live.
  • Old Melbourne Gaol (Jail), 377 Russel St (between La Trobe St and Victoria St), [46]. daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm. A 1900s era gaol (jail) that held many famous criminals of the era (including Ned Kelly). The tour is self guiding, although there are often interpretive guides scattered throughout. The tour mainly consists of informational signs in each cell along with some videos and artifacts. Not the most exciting for young kids. Recently added is the crime and justice experience which involves being "arrested" and placed in a modern era gaol. Could be a little scary for younger kids. $23, concession $18, kids $12.  edit
  • The Yarra— famous as the "river that flows upside down"(because of it's brown coloration) the Yarra winds its way through the heart of Melbourne with beautiful walks, enjoyable boat trips, and frequent opportunities to picnic or use the public free BBQs along the riverside by the botanical gardens for the full Aussie eating experience.
  • Shrine of Remembrance— Located on St Kilda Road, Major War Memorial with unique Ray of Light demonstration every half hour. Also offering panoramic views of Melbourne parks from rooftop balcony.

Carlton[edit]

The attractions in Carlton are mostly historical as it houses the Melbourne museum, and cultural with its strong Italian heritage.

  • Melbourne Museum— It is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere and home to seven main galleries, a children's gallery and a temporary exhibit gallery on three levels, Upper, Ground and Lower Level.
  • Lygon and Rathdowne Streets— Crammed with Italian restaurants, gelatarias and coffee shops, which all serve some of Melbourne's best hospitality.
  • IMAX Cinema— Right next to the museum. It shows both new releases and documentary films, in 3-D format.
  • Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens— UNESCO World Heritage site (tours available through the museum).

Parkville[edit]

  • Melbourne Zoo— Usual assortment of zoo animals in a natural-like setting with lots of Australian native species too. Jazz at the Zoo is a popular weekend evening function over the summer months for a picnic, music and evening stroll around the animal enclosures.
  • University of Melbourne— The premier university of Victoria, and internationally recognised as a leading university, it is a hub of students, fine Victorian architecture and gorgeous sprawling gardens.

St Kilda[edit]

St Kilda is Melbourne's beach-side nightlife precinct and is a tremendously popular area for beachcombers and those looking to grab a bite or sip on a latte by the sea.

  • Luna Park— Historic amusement park built in 1912.
  • St Kilda Pier— Popular spot for fishing and walking.
  • St Kilda Esplanade— Fine place for walking, skating, sunbathing and on Sundays, discovering new treasures at the Esplanade Sunday market.
  • St Kilda Botanical Gardens— With the first trees planted in 1859, the Botanical Gardens are a sprawling oasis of tranquility and greenery.
  • Jewish Museum of Australia— Depicts the history of the Jewish community in Australia.

South Yarra[edit]

Greenery and high-end living are the main draws to South Yarra.

  • Chapel Street/Toorak Road— Kilometer-long strip of fashionable but often unaffordable shops plus some top end restaurants to match.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 61 3 9252 2300, [47]. Features nice old trees, drought tolerant displays, a cafe and grassy places to loll about. The Children's Garden is fun with streams, fountains, hidden paths, etc. In summer you can see outdoor movies and Shakespeare plays. You will feel miles away from the city next door as soon as you step in the garden. Free.  edit

Prahran[edit]

Prahran lies to the south of the city and shopping is the main draw.

  • Chapel Street— Famous for its street cafes and designer fashion boutiques. Cheaper stores are found at its southern end.
  • Prahran Market— is a market dedicated to the finest quality fresh food. You can find gourmet delights here that you will find in no other place in Melbourne. Prahran Market also has children's activities and a large Market Square to sit and enjoy.
  • Commercial Road— Known for its gay-friendly eateries, shops and clubs.

Northern Melbourne[edit]

Tullamarine— Home to Melbourne's International airport.

  • Woodlands Historic Park— Immediately north of Melbourne Airport, contains an 1840s homestead and a nature reserve.

Southern suburbs[edit]

Brighton— Melbourne's prime bayside suburb featuring excellent upmarket cafes and boutique shops.

  • Brighton Beach— One of Melbourne's favoured beaches, be sure to check out the infamous 'bathing boxes', brightly coloured boxes that are dotted along the sand.

Fitzroy/Collingwood[edit]

Fitzroy/Collingwood - Trendy 'bohemian' suburbs north of the CBD, filled with eclectic cafes and stores.

  • Brunswick St - Long and lively cafe/bar strip with cheap and decent eats.
  • Gertrude St - Charming street with cafes, bars, and unique clothing (and other) shops and art galleries. Currently running an after dark light show. Centre of the local Aboriginal community.
  • Johnston St - Western end is home of the local Hispanic community. Many restraunts, bars and pubs, and the infamous Tote Hotel.
  • Smith St - Slightly run down yet charming street with cafes, bars, and unique clothing (and other) shops.

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Footy fever
It may be called "Australian rules" football, but the city that rules the game is Melbourne: until 1987, every team in what was then the Victorian Football League was based in Melbourne or Geelong, and even today 10 of 18 teams in the AFL hail from the city. The season runs through winter from late March to late September, with big matches drawing up to 100,000 spectators.

For the first-time spectator, the "footy" looks like untrammeled mayhem, with the oval rugby-style ball carried, kicked, bounced or even punched — but never thrown — across the oval pitch while the opposing team's players tried to grab it or pummel its holder into submission. The objective is simple enough: to kick the ball between the two tall goalposts (scoring 6 points), or barring that at least between a goal post and the shorter post next to it (a behind, scoring 1 point). No protective equipment of any kind is used and almost anything goes when tackling, although traditionalists bemoan the recent banning of moves like grabbing a player's arms from behind and ramming them into the ground head first!

All that said, footy fans are a surprisingly well-behaved lot and hooliganism is nearly unknown, with plenty of families and little old ladies attending matches. Tickets can be booked in advance online, depending on the game, but for most games you can simply show up at the stadium before the match, with general admission tickets starting from around $20.


  • See interesting films at the Art Deco-styled Astor Theatre [48] in St Kilda. There are several moonlight cinema programmes in summer. The Melbourne International Film Festival [49] is on in August.
  • Alternately, visit the Cinema Nova on Lygon Street (tram 1 or 8) on a Monday for $6 films before 4PM.
  • Melbourne is also known for great street art often located down narrow laneways this art is displayed on approved outdoor locations.
  • Learn about aboriginal culture and history at the Koorie Heritage Trust [50]
  • Visit a comedy club. The Comic's Lounge [51] has shows for $10-25 including a show filmed for Channel 31 on Mondays, or dinner and show for $45. The Comedy Club [52] has dinner and show for $32 and shows only beginning at $7 (discount ticket price). Alternatively the comedy festival runs through most of April all over Melbourne.
  • Watch the mesmerising process of personalised hard candy being hand-made at Suga [53]. Around lunch time is a good time to see (and sample!). There is a store at Queen Victoria Market, but if you visit the Royal Arcade location, you can also watch chocolate making next door at Koko Black [54].
  • Watch a game of AFL football [55] at the MCG or Etihad Stadium during the winter, or a Cricket Match [56] during the summer.
  • Kick back at one of Melbourne's fantastic cafes in the CBD (Degraves St, The Causeway, and other laneways are fantastic for this), South Yarra (Chapel Street) or Fitzroy (Brunswick Street, Smith Street).
  • Melbourne has an exceptionally vibrant live music scene. Many bars and pubs will have copies of the free magazines "Beat" and "Inpress" which provide local gig guides. Fitzroy, Collingwood and St. Kilda are generally your best bets for seeing some of the great local talent Melbourne has to offer. Venues where you generally can't go wrong include: "The Tote", "The Evelyn" and "The Espy".
  • The Black Light Mini Golf [57] is located at the Docklands. This is an 18 hole mini golf range designed around an Australiana theme. It is under black light with a light and sound system and featuring fluorescent colours. If your game you could also take a ride in a Coffin.[58]
  • Indoor rock climbing with a view. [59] Hardrock on Swanston street has an indoor climbing wall suitable for beginners and advanced climbers.
  • Want kitesurfing lessons? [60] GoKite offers the high standard kiteboarding tuition to meet your needs. GoKite operates at Melbourne's most central teaching location - West Beach, St Kilda. Call them today to get started on your kiteboarding adventure!
  • Melbourne is an excellent place to master your photography skills. So many places to take a fantastic picture. For maps of the hot spots check the Melbourne photo blog MEL365.com [61]. You can use the full screen map with all the spots or just follow the daily photo. The website includes as well all the photo exhibition running in Melbourne.
  • Things to do in Melbourne with kids, [62]. Find things to do for families with kids in Melbourne.  edit

Learn[edit]

  • You can take language classes, join a cafe book group, learn to draw, sign up for historical or foodie walks, study for your Victorian Certificate of Education or take computer or business classes at the Council of Adult Education (CAE) [63]. The CAE is also home to the City Library [64] where you can sign up to borrow books or just read magazines in their cafe.

Melbourne is home to some of both the nation and worlds best Universities. The University of Melbourne is situated in Parkville, and is regularly ranked as the best University in Australia. Monash University is located in Clayton, in Melbourne's South. Both Universities are members of the exclusive Group of Eight Universities of Australia. Also to note are La Trobe University, Swinburne University, RMIT, Deakin University, Australian Catholic University and Victoria University. This list is not exhaustive, and Victorians are spoilt for choice in the quality of Tertiary education available.

Work[edit]

The most popular industry for a working holiday is to work in hospitality jobs around the St. Kilda area. The wages in all other industries are usually much better than working in hospitality but require more specific skills. At the moment there are a lot of job offers for nurses and craftsmen.

Fruit picking is a possible source of income but in the greater Melbourne area but there are not many jobs offered. You will find better chances are in the dairy business but you should have some basic experience. Grape vine tending is another possibility in the near by Yarra Valley.

There are many websites that are focused on job hunting in Melbourne including local job board Jobs Melbourne and Swift Jobs.

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Shopping hours in metro Melbourne are typically 7 days a week, 9AM-5:30PM weekdays (from April 22, 2014 CBD trading hours for Myer Emporium Centre and Melbourne Central and nearby areas will be extended to 7pm, but 9pm trading on Thursday and Friday is unchanged) and 9AM( maybe later)- 5PM weekends. Most suburban shopping centres such as Chadstone have later closing hours on Thursdays and Fridays - mostly up to 9PM. Supermarkets have extended hours 7 days, the majority opening at 7AM and closing at midnight or 1AM, however there are many 24 hour supermarkets around.

Alcohol in Victoria can be purchased at licensed shops/venues and supermarkets often have an adjoining bottle shop, which close earlier than supermarket hours. Some supermarkets that close at the same time as their licence stock alcohol in the supermarket. You need to be over 18 years old to purchase alcohol. Most bottleshops close by 10PM to midnight (even on weekends), but some open until 3AM (e.g. on Riversdale road in Booroondara and Russell St Melbourne), and 24-hour bottleshops on both Chapel and Lygon streets, in Stonnington and Melbourne respectively.

City Shopping[edit]

The historic Block Arcade on Collins Street
Bourke Street Mall

Melbourne is known as the fashion capital of Australia with numerous malls and boutique lined streets.

In the CBD itself, Little Collins Street is home to some of the world's top designers and fashion houses; Collins Street also boasts other high end shops such as Louis Vuitton. Brunswick Street (Fitzroy), and the southern end of Chapel Street in Prahran/Windsor, have clusters of stores selling an eclectic mix of vintage, rave, retro and alternative gear such as Shag, Fat Helen's and Beaut Vintage to shop around.

Melbourne Central is another shopping mall based in the city, adjacent to the underground station of the same name. The Bourke Street Mall with the department stores Myer and David Jones is another city-central shopping hub.

Emporium connects Myer and David Jones to Melbourne Central and containing a large number of Australian and International brands.

For the bargain shopper, there is a DFO Outlets Centre located at South Wharf, on the southern bank of the Yarra River. It is located next to the Convention Centre.

It is also worth noting, for Backpackers, that Elizabeth Street has plenty of Bargain backpackers stores, for example Mitchell's Adventure (255-257 Elizabeth Street), which can offer outdoor products for bargain prices.

Suburban Shopping[edit]

Bridge Road [65] in Richmond is a strip where warehouse direct outlets rule and no one pays recommended retail price. Chapel Street in South Yarra is a favourite among the locals, with its spread of exclusive boutiques, cafes and well established chain stores.

There are also several huge shopping complexes in the outer suburbs, such as Chadstone and Southland (Cheltenham) in the South-East. Westfield Doncaster Shoppingtown, (about 20 minutes from the city and recently vastly expanded). Eastland (Ringwood) and Knox City are in the outer East. Northland in the north, Highpoint in the west. Chadstone in Monash is the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere with over 530 stores.

Looking for something in particular?[edit]

For those in the bridal market, High Street in Armadale, Stonnington and Sydney Road in Brunswick, Moreland are the two main clusters for bridal apparel and accessories. For those who are looking for local, aspiring designer creations, try Greville Street in South Yarra, Stonnington or Smith Street and surrounds in Yarra.

To buy funny souvenirs and Australian typical stuff, walk or take the tram to Victoria Market. You'll find all you need there and the price is usually a half or a third of the prices in the souvenir shops downtown.

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For the culinary traveller, Melbourne is one of the best destinations in the world. There is an abundance of affordable, high quality restaurants representing almost every cuisine. Eating out is cheaper than in Western Europe but not as affordable as North America. The service in Australian restaurants may be more discreet than many North Americans may be used to. Although service staff in Australia are paid considerably more than their North American counterparts and tipping is not compulsory, a tip for good service is always welcomed.

Excellent eateries can be found sprinkled throughout all of the inner (and some outer) suburbs, while certain neighbourhoods have become magnets for residents and restaurants of particular countries. A large range of restaurants and cafes offering high quality food, and representating various cultures and countries, are scattered through the central city, Southbank, Carlton (mostly Italian and touristy), Victoria Street in Richmond (many low cost popular Vietnamese and South East Asian restaurants), Docklands, South Yarra and Prahran. Sydney Road in Brunswick and Coburg is known for its many Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Greek and Turkish restaurants. The popular tourist area of St Kilda offers a large range of good quality restaurants and cafes, especially on Acland Street, and Fitzroy Street.

English-style fish and chip shops are scattered through the suburbs - particularly in bayside areas. Souvlaki and gyros are very popular in Melbourne and outlets are plentiful through the inner and outer suburbs. Japanese nori rolls and sushi is very popular and many stores through the city and suburbs sell these items.

African[edit]

There is a concentration of African cafes in Nicholson St, Footscray and Racecourse Road, Flemington. Most serve a small range of Ethiopian cuisine and coffee, and are frequented by the local African residents. The Abyssinian (www.theabyssinian.com.au) is a well-regarded Eritrean/Ethiopian restaurant popular for locals and tourists for a more elaborate dinner. The stewed foods are served on a large pancake in the middle of the table. Everyone eats with their hands which is messy but fun.

Australian[edit]

"Australian cuisine" is a nebulous concept that may include traditional native foodstuffs and more modern cafe infusions of international influences. Items such a emu and kangaroo meat are unusual, and are most likely to be found only at the high-end fine dining restaurants as a speciality item. You can however, find great kangaroo steaks at the Napier Hotel (Napier St, Fitzroy) for around $20, or at the Edinburgh Castle pub on Sydney Rd, Brunswick for around $10.

Meat pies are available from bakeries and convenience stores.

Café/delicatessen food[edit]

High quality delicatessen style eating available in many of a cafes in the small lanes of central Melbourne. Many high quality deli style diners can be found outside the city, in Acland Street, St Kilda.

Chinese[edit]

Chinese cuisine has a long tradition in Melbourne and a large number and range of quality restaurants exist. Many are in Chinatown in Little Bourke Street, City centre. They are also dotted through the inner and outer suburbs, with concentrations in Richmond, Footscray, and suburban Box Hill, Glen Waverley and Springvale.

Most of the food is from the Southern (Cantonese) school of cooking, although Northern favourites like dumplings are also available. Eating dim sum, which is consumed either during breakfast or lunch (called yum cha or "drinking tea" in Cantonese) is an extremely popular Sunday pastime for Australians of all ethnic backgrounds.

If you're after a budget option (meals $5-10), try Camy's dumpling house (Shanghai style dumplings) on Tattersalls Lane in the CBD. In the evening, the easiest - and most amusing - option is the all-you-can eat service for $12 per person. Service is dicey, but always exciting.

Greek[edit]

Lonsdale Street in the City Centre is Melbourne's Greek precinct with bars, cafes and restaurants, and cake shops. Greek restaurants and food outlets can be found in Sydney Road in Brunswick, Swan Street, Richmond, Coburg and Oakleigh in the south eastern suburbs which have many Greek cafes specialising in frappe, cakes and good souvlaki.

Indian[edit]

Indian restaurants can be found throughout Melbourne, particularly in the city, North Melbourne, and inner eastern suburbs such as Richmond and Hawthorn. There are also numerous Indian snack bars in the city that serve cheap but tasty curries and samosas, cafeteria-style.

Nepalese food is also popular in Melbourne, and some restaurants feature both Nepalese and Indian cuisine on their menus. An increasing number of Indian restaurants offer home delivery.

Indonesian[edit]

Befitting its large number of Indonesian students, Melbourne has many Indonesian restaurants. One of the most famous is Blok M on Commercial Rd, Prahran, which many famous Indonesians have visited. Another popular restaurant is Nelayan with two restaurants on Swanston Street and Glenferrie Rd, Agung on Glenferrie Road, Bali Bagus on Franklin Street, Es Teler 77 on Swanston St, Nusantara in Caulfield and Bali Bowl on Flinders Lane. There is also Warung Gudeg, specialising in Jogjakartan local cuisine in Clayton. Warung Agus in West Melbourne serves Balinese cuisine on a rather upscale atmosphere.

Italian[edit]

With its large Italian population Melbourne has countless Italian restaurants, mostly offering food from the southern regions of the Italian peninsular.

Italian cafes and restaurants are plentiful throughout Melbourne but are in the greatest concentration in Lygon Street, Carlton, just north of the city centre. Lygon Street is where Melbourne's coffee culture originated. Suburban Italian restaurants are often large and family orientated and tend towards the pizza, pasta, seafood and steak formula.

Pizza outlets are very much part of the Melbourne landscape. These include Piazza 51 in Sydney Road, Brunswick, Spiga in Melbourne Central, Pizza Meine Liebe in Northcote, and countless options in Lygon Street.

Japanese[edit]

A quick "sushi" take away lunch can be bought on almost every block where there is food. In and out of Chinatown there are also plenty of places that have good bento, udon and donburi as well.

For dinner, many of the inner city suburbs have Japanese restaurants, but in the city itself there is a long an interesting Japanese restaurant history that continues to this day. Both Melbourne's oldest, Kuni's (which has been around since 1978) and its sister restaurant Kenzans are known for a very authentic, if expensive, meal. There are a plethora of choices for those on stricter budgets as well.

Jewish/Kosher[edit]

St. Kilda East and Caulfield are home to vibrant Jewish communities and kosher bakeries and cafes abound most situated on Carlisle Street in Balaclava, Kooyong Road in Caulfield North and Glenhuntly Road in Elsternwick.

Malaysian/Singapore[edit]

Malaysians and Singaporeans feeling homesick will find a host of restaurants and foodcourt outlets offering items like roti canai/paratha, nasi lemak, prawn noodles, laksa. Many are in the City Centre; there are Malaysian restaurants scattered throughout Melbourne. The remarkable Malaysian restaurant here are Laksa King in Flemington offering vibrant atmosphere, Jade Kingdom in Rosanna with casual family dining experience and Blue Chillies in Fitzroy in a fine dining setup.

Middle Eastern[edit]

Arab, Lebanese, Moroccan and Turkish restaurants tend to be concentrated in Sydney Road in Brunswick and Coburg to the north of the city centre. Half Moon Cafe on Sydney Road (near Bell St) makes particularly good falafel. These restaurants can also be found in the outer suburbs that are home to those communities, including Dandenong.

Thai[edit]

Thai restaurants are ubiquitous in Melbourne: even dining precincts mostly known for Italian or Vietnamese food boast Thai restaurants.

Vegetarian[edit]

Vegetarian food is widely available in Melbourne, and you can expect every restaurant or cafe to have a few vegetarian or vegan options. There are also many vegetarian restaurants: Vegie Bar in Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Gopals in Swanston St and Shakahari in Lygon St, Carlton are just some of the options. Crossways at 123 Swanston St. serves a very popular $5 all you can eat vegetarian lunch, Mon-Sat. Most Indian and Thai restaurants throughout the city will either have a large vegetarian menu or give patrons the option of ordering any dish without meat (sometimes with tofu).

Trippy Taco on the corner of Gertrude St. and Smith St. in Fitzroy is an all vegetarian/vegan Mexican establishment. Around the corner, on Smith St. Las Vegan Cafe is a all vegan hot spot. Lord of the Fries do American style burgers with mock meat, and their food can also be vegan upon request. Lentil as Anything has Indian/African styled food that is all you can eat, with a unique pay what you feel system, there are locations in St. Kilda (a la carte), Abbotsford Convent (buffet/live music) and Footscray (buffet), all of the food is vegetarian and they label which of their food are vegan, gluten free etc.

Vietnamese[edit]

Melbourne's Little Vietnams are in Footscray, North Richmond and Springvale out in the far eastern suburbs. The streets in these areas are lined with pho (noodle) shops and restaurants offering other Vietnamese favourites. Many outlets have also appeared along Swanston Street in the City Centre. However for convenience to the city and reasonable prices, Victoria Street in North Richmond is your best bet.

Others[edit]

Spanish, Argentinian, Burmese and Polish restaurants can be found in the Richmond/Collingwood/Prahran area.

Melbourne has some Cajun/Creole restaurants and one or two American style diners, but US cuisine is otherwise absent: Foods like Southern-style barbecue and clam chowder are nearly impossible to find.

Korean restaurants are well represented and are scattered throughout the city. Other cuisines such as Sri Lankan and Afghani can even be found.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Coffee[edit]

Melbourne has a long and rich coffee culture beginning with Victorian era coffee palaces and further enhanced by Italian migrants arriving in the aftermath of World War II.

Perhaps the most famous Italian style cafe is Pellegrini's, 66 Bourke St, Melbourne city. Fitzroy is known for funky, bohemian-style cafes. Collins Street features many elegant cafes. Many Italian style cafes are found in Carlton; Brunetti's is open late and always packed.

Serious espresso connoisseurs would enjoy visiting St Ali cafe/roastery in South Melbourne, Auction Rooms (Errol St) in North Melbourne, or the Maling Room café in Canterbury.

Bars and Clubs[edit]

Melbourne nightlife is 24 hours, loud, colourful and anything goes. Door policies can be strict but once inside high quality entertainment is guaranteed. DJ's, live music, artists, beautiful people and so much more can be found. There truly is something for everyone and every taste. It has a massive live music scene, with many inner-suburbs pubs catering many genres, with drink and food specials all week. The key is to find one you like the most!

Alongside its many clubs, Melbourne is also a fast-rising festival city. Global event companies such as ID&T, Global Gathering, Ministry of Sound and Trance Energy have begun taking notice of the city and bringing their events. Upcoming electronic music events are well catalogued on www.inthemix.com.au

Gay, lesbian and transgendered party goers are welcome everywhere as Melburnians are on the whole very tolerant and welcoming people. Perhaps the one bad thing is that nothing really starts happening until midnight!

The city centre has a number of pubs, the most famous being the Young and Jackson. Melbourne is also famous for its many trendy bars in the CBD. Most of these, however, are down narrow alleys and streets, and are therefore hard to find unless you know where you are going.

The inner northern suburbs, such as Collingwood and Fitzroy cater for the young, laid-back, and bohemian crowd. Here you will find lots of live music, cheaper prices, and a relaxed atmosphere. Head for Brunswick and Gertrude Streets in Fitzroy and Smith Street, Collingwood for cafes, bars and live music, while Lygon Street, Carlton has a range of Italian restaurants and cafes with a student vibe, as it's located near the University of Melbourne. Victoria Street, North Richmond is the heart of Melbourne's Vietnamese community, with many cheap and cheerful restaurants serving good food.

Chapel Street/ Toorak Road in South Yarra and Prahran has the most glamourous bars and clubs. Here, expect high prices, strict dress codes, and beautiful people who want to be seen partying with the best. St. Kilda has a little bit of everything. With its proximity to the beach, it is often regarded as the Melbourne suburb that feels most like Sydney.

The past decade has seen a revival of Melbourne's inner-city bar scene, with dozens of weird and wonderful watering holes opening up within forgotten alleyways and anonymous lanes of the City Centre (CBD). Melbourne also has its fair share of stylish places to drink, although the better ones can be hard to find. The theory seems to be: the harder your bar is to find, the more people will talk about it. Secrets are tucked around areas like Prahran, South Yarra and many other areas. However there are plenty of alleyway bars, once you find one they seem to pop up everywhere you look. Melbourne's clubs often market a members only rule which can upset your more upmarket traveler. The rule is in place to prevent fighting and unappealing groups of men from entering a nice club and destroying the atmosphere.

Australian licensing laws are very similar to those in the UK, i.e. you are not allowed to be drunk on licensed premises. In practice though, Melbourne venues and bouncers draw the line very low. It is common to be refused entry to venues - or to be refused service and asked to leave - after 2-3 pints, depending on the venue. Some pubs and clubs are quicker to eject patrons than others, but it's only ever a short walk to another. Licensing is more liberal then what one may be used to, as you can still expect to find a drink past 2AM. This has lead to a culture of late night drinking where some venues won't get busy until some time after 11PM, especially true during summer.

Melburnians often draw a distinction between 'bars', meaning the small watering holes described above, and 'pubs' which are larger establishments in the usual Australian or British sense of the word. Melbourne's pubs, particularly those in the city and inner suburbs, usually serve restaurant-standard food and a wide range of local and imported beers. Pubs usually offer lunch from approximately midday to 2PM, and reopen their kitchens for dinner from approximately 6PM-10pm

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Budget[edit]

Melbourne's budget accommodation options can be found in two main areas, namely in the City Centre and in the seaside suburb of St Kilda. However, outside these two areas, there are also several popular budget options in bohemian Fitzroy, South Melbourne, and Windsor.

Please note that around the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix (late March) and other international events, hostel accommodation is booked out and some hostels raise their prices. Be sure to book ahead.

Mid-range[edit]

Accommodation in this price bracket can mostly be found in the city centre. There are however options scattered throughout the suburbs.

  • Citadines on Bourke Melbourne, 131–135 Bourke St, +61 3 9039 8888 (, fax: +61 3 9039 8899), [66]. The apart'hotel is in the heart of the city's CBD. Apartments available range from studios to two-bedroom executives, have separate living and dining areas. It also offers a flexible service menu. Daily rates starts from $166.25. (-37.81276,144.96937) edit
  • Jika International Motel - Melbourne - Fairfield. [67] ☎ +61 3 9481 2822 Fax +61 3 9489 8819 [68].
  • Golden Chain Motels - Melbourne has many locations in Melbourne and surrounding area serving quality accommodation at affordable prices. Hume Villa Motor Inn (Golden Chain Motel in Fawkner), 1234 Sydney Rd Fawkner, +61 3 9357 1522 (, fax: +61 3 9359 6114), [69]. * Somerset Gordon Heights Melbourne, No 19 -25 Little Bourke Street, +61 3 9267-5400 (, fax: +61 3 9665-2695), [70]. The residence is in the heart of the city's CBD. Its 43 apartments, which range from studios to two-bedroom, are furnished with modern decor and equipped with in-room broadband internet access. Fully-equipped kitchens are available in one and two bedroom residences. Daily rates starts from $161.50.  edit Daily rates starts from $161.50.  edit
  • Somerset on Elizabeth Melbourne, No 250 Elizabeth Street, +61 3 8665-8888 (, fax: +61 3 8665-8899), [71]. The residence is in the heart of the city's CBD. It provides a choice of one or two bedrooms apartments equipped with a kitchen, broadband internet access and home entertainment system. Daily rates starts from $185.25. (-37.812679,144.96286) edit
  • Travelodge Southbank Melbourne Hotel, 9 Riverside Quay, Southbank. Great location, quality accommodation at affordable prices. Parking available.☎ +61 3 8696 9600, Facsimile: +61 3 9690 1160 [72]

Splurge[edit]

The City Centre remains the main area for this category of accommodation.

  • The Como Melbourne, 630 Chapel St, +61 3 9825 2222, [73]. This chic South Yarra hotel is located on fashionable Chapel Street, only minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. Providing easy access to a lively array of dining, entertainment and boutique shopping.  edit
  • Citigate Melbourne, 270 Flingers St, +61 3 9654 6888, [74]. Citigate Melbourne hotel offers contemporary Melbourne city accommodation on Flinders Street, opposite the historic Flinders Street Station. The Flinders Street hotel is close to all Melbourne’s has to offer.  edit
  • Grand Hotel Melbourne, 33 Spencer St, 61 3 9611 4567 (toll free: 1300 361 455, ), [75]. This heritage-listed apartment hotel has been restored to retain the style of the 1880s while providing guests with modern facilities.  edit
  • The Langham Melbourne Hotel, 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank, +61 3 8696 8888, [76]. The Langham Melbourne hotel offers luxurious Melbourne city accommodation behind the high end Southgate shopping mall, opposite the historic Flinders Street Station. The Langham Melbourne Hotel was the only Australian hotel in Travel and Leisure magazine's list of the world's 100 best hotels (2009)[77]. The Langham's Chuan Spa also achieved 'Top Hotel Spa' status in Travel + Leisure USA's 2009 World’s Best Awards readers survey.  edit
  • Hotel Lindrum, 26 Flinders St, +61 3 9668 1111, [78]. Hotel Lindrum is a luxurious Melbourne boutique hotel offering stylish accommodation and facilities located in the heart of cosmopolitan Melbourne. Close to all fashion, dining, sporting and cultural attractions.  edit
  • Quay West Suites Melbourne, 26 Southgate Ave, +61 3 9693 6000, [79]. This Southbank hotel is ideally positioned amongst Southbank promenade and overlooks the picturesque Yarra River. Walking distance to sophisticated fashion, dining and retail outlets.  edit
  • The Sebel Melbourne, 394 Collins St, +61 3 9211 6600, [80]. Melbourne CBD hotel located on the corner of Queens Street and Collins Street in the heart of Melbourne’s business district. Elegantly restored this 19th century former bank is now an historic Melbourne CBD hotel.  edit
  • Clarion Suites Gateway, 1 William St, +61 3 9296 8888, [81]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Recently refurbished Melbourne CBD hotel which is overlooking the Yarra River and is located in the heart of Melbourne’s central business district. All suite and 4,5 stars Melbourne CBD hotel. (-37.819375,144.9598) edit
  • The Blackman - An Art Series Hotel, 452 St.Kilda Rd, +61 3 9039 1444, [82]. A five-star luxury boutique with 207 rooms. The hotel was named for Artist Charles Blackman and was built within and above the historic Airlie Mansion.  edit
  • The Cullen - An Art Series Hotel, 164 Commercial Road, +61 3 9098 1555, [83]. A fearless concept in boutique hotels located in Prahran, Melbourne. Prepare breakfast using in room kitchenette facilities, spectacular views of Melbourne CBD, underground parking, state of the art gymnasium and two exciting restaurants.  edit
  • The Olsen - An Art Series Hotel, 637 - 641 Chapel St, +61 3 9040 1222, [84]. This boutique Melbourne hotel is complimented by a day spa and two delicious restaurants; you will be reveling in the Art of [Creature Comforts]. These South Yarra accommodations offer plentiful natural light and are thoughtfully appointed with 42” flatscreen televisions, wireless internet access and complete kitchenettes.  edit

Contact[edit]

Post[edit]

Melbourne's old GPO

After a fire gutted the original building in 2001, most of Melbourne's grand General Post Office (250 Elizabeth St; ☎: 13 13 18; Fax: 9203 3078; M-F 8:30AM-5:30PM, Sa 9AM-4PM, Su 10AM-4PM; [85]) has now been turned into an upmarket retail precinct. The main post office in the Melbourne CBD is situated at the corner of Elizabeth and Little Bourke Streets. Poste restante services are now located in a small post office at 380 Bourke St.

Phone[edit]

Payphones are easily found through the city, but many are being phased out due to growing mobile phone ownership. These phones are coin-operated or use prepaid Phonecards, which are available from most convenience stores or newsagents. International calling cards are also available at these outlets. Using a payphone to make a local call will cost you $0.50 (untimed, although some phones limit your call to 15 minutes).

Mobile phone coverage within the CBD and surrounds is usually good-to-excellent. All mobile carriers in Melbourne use GSM 850/1900, and UMTS 2100 is offered by all carriers except Telstra, who instead offer UMTS 850. By law, you will require some identification to purchase a prepaid (PAYG) SIM card which are sold at most convenience stores, newsagents and supermarkets. This may be requested at time of purchase, and/or time of activation.

The mobile carriers are Telstra, Optus and Vodafone; all other companies use one of these networks. For better value, use Amaysim or Optus Connect 4 Less or Aldi mobile, If you wish to make cheap international calls, Lebara and lycamobile are the best choices. All carriers have good coverage in Melbourne suburban areas and on major highways/towns in Victoria, with Telstra (or resellers such as Aldi) having the most coverage.

Melbourne's area code for landline telephones is 03 (internationally dial +613). To make an international direct dial call, the trunk line access code is generally 0011 or simply add a + in front of the number if your phone allows.

Internet[edit]

Internet cafes are dotted throughout the city, especially near the backpacker enclaves of St Kilda and Flinders Street. Speeds are usually excellent and rates range from $2.50-12 per hour, the cheapest usually found in combination market/internet cafes in the Asian parts of town.

  • mag nation, 88 Elizabeth St. This shop has free WiFi.  edit
  • HiSpeed Internet Kiosks, (At Spencer Street DFO.). A chain with many stores across the country. 21 minutes for $2.  edit
  • e:FiftyFive (55 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne) is like a huge basement lounge room that feels more like a bar than an internet cafe. Great DJs, comfortable couches and dirt-cheap $2/hour internet access when you buy a drink attract plenty of travellers and will make writing that email home an enjoyable experience.
  • VA (Bourke Street, Melbourne) is one of the countless but arguably the best internet/LAN gaming cafes in Melbourne, which is packed full of "hardcore gamers" on Sunday afternoons (sponsored competition day). Non-member rates start at $3.50/hour while membership costs a mere $15 (includes $12 credit) and benefits include play offers such as $4/2 hours, $5/3 hours and $6/4 hours, as well as day and night packages.
  • Cydus (Victoria Street, North Melbourne) large range of internet usage services every day and at any time (including most public holidays). Non-member rates start at $3/hour while membership costs $10 (includes 2 hours free play) and membership rates are $2/hour while member offers include "Endurance Pass" (5 hours play + $2.80 snack voucher) and "Survival Pass" (10 hours play).
  • City Library, 253 Flinders Lane, [86]. Free internet access to members (temporary membership available). The library has a free WiMAX network, which is slow when crowded.  edit
  • The State Library [87]. Offers free internet at many workstations and does not require membership (limited to 15 minutes or 1 hour per session, no session limits). You can get a free membership for access to free wireless web access, however, the wireless access is limited and you may not be able to access some sites and services. Printing facilities are also provided for a fee.
  • Melbourne Central shopping centre (corner of Swanston and La Trobe St) has free wireless internet access.
  • Australia on Collins shopping centre (on Collins St) has free wireless internet access.
  • Federation Square (corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street, outside Flinders Street railway station) is supposedly Australia's largest free outdoor wireless hotspot.
  • McDonald's/HungryJacks. Almost all McDonald's and Hungry Jacks branches in town have free WiFi. The network is heavily filtered, and both time and bandwidth are limited, but you should be able to check email and do most basic web browsing.  edit

Cope[edit]

Consulates[edit]

  • Ch-flag.png China, 570 St. Kilda Rd, +61 3 9824-6450 (fax: +61 3 9822-0606), [88].  edit
  • Gr-flag.png Greece, 37-39 Albert Road Melbourne, Victoria 3004, +61 3 9846-4524 (, fax: +61 3 9866-4933).  edit
  • Us-flag.png United States, 553 St. Kilda Rd, +61 3 9526-5900 (fax: +61 3 9525-0769), [89].  edit

Stay safe[edit]

While Melbourne has experienced a trend of violent behavior recently, it has unfairly gained a reputation of being a violent city. Some parts of Melbourne are best avoided after hours though, primarily some parts of the western, northern and south-eastern suburbs. Gang and racial violence is an issue although the Government has announced a state wide crack down on un-social and violent behavior with large police presence and train station PSO's. Caution should be exercised after hours around bars and clubs, where fights can often occur.

While Melbourne is a very safe city for its size, the usual precautions still apply as for any large city, including keeping valuables hidden and avoiding solo night travel.


Melbourne's red-light districts include King Street, known for its concentration of strip clubs, and certain parts of St Kilda (in particular Grey Street, Inkerman Street and Greeves Street) where there is some illegal street prostitution. Even so, you are more likely to be harassed by drunken revelers and street walkers than you are to be actually threatened. Melbourne City Council has established all-night "Safe City" taxi ranks with security guards on King Street, outside Flinders Street Station and on Bourke Street.

If you travel by train at night, stay in the front carriage close to the driver's area and note emergency buttons. If a problem occurs, push emergency buttons on the train or railway station to attract attention. Stay in Safety Zones while on stations at night. These are marked with yellow lines and are usually well lit and have emergency buttons as well as about 4 cameras pointed at the area. Robbery on the train is rare, but it occasionally happens (and when it does, at night). Railway police patrol most services. In early 2010, there were attacks on Indian students, sometimes claimed to be racially motivated. In general, Melbourne has a safe public transport network. Of course, care should be taken anywhere, at anytime. However, certain areas of the Melbourne Train network needed to be treated with extreme caution. Suburbs far out from the CBD tend to be more dangerous than others. Some suburbs in Melbourne's west (Footscray, Sunshine, Flemington, Werribee, St. Albans), north (Broadmeadows, Roxburgh Park, Campbellfield, Dallas, Craigieburn, Jacana) and south-east (Frankston, Dandenong, Hallam, Cranbourne, Springvale, Noble Park) as well as the stations surrounding these particular suburbs need to be viewed as dangerous after dark. Whilst an overwhelming majority of visits to these areas will be trouble free, muggings, assaults, thefts, vandalism and rape (this is VERY rare) can and do occur. Gangs also formulate in these areas. With the introduction of armed Protective Service Officers in inner-city stations, crime rates have fallen dramatically, however these officers will not be in all stations until at least late 2013. Travel with others, stay in lit areas and don't look for trouble. Be highly suspicious of people asking to make phone calls using your phone, or asking for the time. Politely state you have no watch or phone on you. The same rule applies for people asking for change. People displaying signs of confidence and familiarity with the area will likely be left alone immediately.

Melbourne has a strong police presence, as does the remainder of Victoria. The overwhelming majority of Police in Melbourne and indeed Australia are extremely helpful, honest, respectful and reliable Police. Sadly, this is generally not reflected in the opinions of many Australians. Make sure you ask the opinion of someone who has never been in trouble with the Police before making judgement. Police will nearly always treat you how you treat them. It is possible to talk your way out of minor fines by displaying contrite for the offence and respect for the Officer. You will however, almost certainly be subject to a lengthy lecture.

Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a very serious offence in Victoria, and it is common for police to set up checkpoints (referred to colloquially as a 'booze-bus') and breath test any driver who passes through them. Like the rest of Australia, Melbourne enforces a 0.05% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit. Such checkpoints often increase (as does a general police presence) during public holidays such as Australia Day, the Easter weekend and the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Years.

If you are driving your own car or rented automobile, beware of car theft or break-in. Avoid temptation by hiding valuables out of sight, and always lock the car and leave the windows up before you leave. If you are waiting in your car, lock the car as well. A police officer will always show ID before asking you to open your door or window.

Pickpocketing is rare in Melbourne, but be aware of your belongings out the front of Flinders Street Station and the first block of Swanston Street (between Flinders and Collins Streets).

Beggars frequent the southern ends of Elizabeth and Swanston Streets, Bourke Street Mall, and the intersection of Bourke with Exhibition and Russell Streets. You can also expect to be persistently targeted if seated outdoors at a pub or cafe in the city. Verbal abuse and intimidation by beggars is uncommon but by no means unknown.

Although scams are rare in Melbourne, be wary of real estate agents (especially if you have newly arrived and plan to stay only for the short term). There have been many cases of real estate agents preying upon overseas students in particular. Common scams include charging tenants for costs that don't exist (such as charges for 'advertising' when tenants move out) and deducting costs for non-existent reparations and cleaning from the bond. Be sure to consult the Tenants Union of Victoria [90] and know your rights when you are charged for anything and move in and out.

Take extreme care when crossing tram tracks in and around Melbourne. Trams tend run very fast in Melbourne to avoid disruption with the traffic. There have been recent cases of pedestrians being hit by trams, which can cause life-threatening injuries or even instant death. Even if a tram has passed, look on the other side in case there is another tram approaching. You may not hear the more modern trams as they run very quietly.

Intensive solicitation of pedestrians by corporations and activist groups ('chuggers') has become common in the city. Many resort to intrusive tactics such as blocking your path or occupying all four corners of a street intersection. They are not after a one-off donation, but to sign you up to a regular contribution plan from your credit card or bank account (from which they receive a substantial percentage).

The infamous Melbourne gangland war that claimed many lives is now over and despite anything you see on the media having to do with it, violent criminal occurrences are very rare and isolated. As long you are not involved with Melbourne's underworld, you do not have anything to worry about.

Get out[edit]

Melbourne is fairly centrally located on the coast of Victoria, and there are many natural and man-made attractions that make for a nice day trip. Another way to visit regional Victoria is utilising the VicLink public transport system. Regular train journeys leave from Southern Cross station. Regional attractions include:

Melbourne outskirts[edit]

These places are within an hour's drive of central Melbourne.

Werribee Mansion

Northern Victoria[edit]

Southern Victoria[edit]

Eastern Victoria[edit]

Western Victoria[edit]


Routes through Melbourne
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