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Melbourne's iconic tram network is the largest tram network in the world[], and covers a large part of the CBD, inner and middle suburbs. A free '''City Circle tram''' [] runs around the perimeter of the CBD and Docklands area using heritage brown "W-class" trams, providing a great introduction to the city. Trams usually run frequently - though they may be crowded during peak periods in the morning (6-9am) or evening (4-7pm) — especially along major routes such as St Kilda Road and Swanston, Collins and Bourke Streets. Most are air conditioned, and the majority of CBD tram stops are also wheelchair-friendly and clearly signed.
Melbourne's iconic tram network is the [ largest tram network in the world], and covers a large part of the CBD, inner and middle suburbs. A free [ '''City Circle tram'''] runs around the perimeter of the CBD and Docklands area using heritage brown "W-class" trams, providing a great introduction to the city. Trams usually run frequently - though they may be crowded during peak periods in the morning (6-9am) or evening (4-7pm) — especially along major routes such as St Kilda Road and Swanston, Collins and Bourke Streets. Most are air conditioned, and the majority of CBD tram stops are also wheelchair-friendly and clearly signed.
A '''Free Tram Zone'''[] also covers much of the CBD and Docklands. Using trams within this zone does not require a myki. If you have a myki and are travelling exclusively within this zone, do not touch on as you will be charged for a 2 Hour pass. If you board in the free tram zone but are travelling to a stop that is outside of it, remember to touch on your myki as failing to do so may incur a fine from a ticket inspector.
A [ '''Free Tram Zone'''] also covers much of the CBD and Docklands. Using trams within this zone does not require a myki. If you have a myki and are travelling exclusively within this zone, do not touch on as you will be charged for a 2 Hour pass. If you board in the free tram zone but are travelling to a stop that is outside of it, remember to touch on your myki as failing to do so may incur a fine from a ticket inspector.
Any disruptions due to accidents or power loss are usually resolved quickly, and outages will be noted on electronic stop signage (if present) or will be mentioned on the '''Yarra Trams''' [ website].  
Any disruptions due to accidents or power loss are usually resolved quickly, and outages will be noted on electronic stop signage (if present) or will be mentioned on the '''Yarra Trams''' [ website].

Revision as of 11:00, 16 April 2018

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.

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.

Australia's best base for seeing wildlife in the wild, Melbourne is surrounded by national parks and natural areas that are home to Australia's most iconic animals - koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, cockatoos and kookaburras. Australia's best birdwatching site is in Melbourne's suburbs - the Western Treatment Plant - but other locations are equally satisfying and more accessible: the You Yangs, the Dandenong Ranges, the Royal Botanic Gardens (both in the city and at Cranbourne), Serendip Sanctuary, Banyule Flats Reserve and Bunyip State Park.

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, East Gippsland 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.

Yarra River and Melbourne skyline


Central Melbourne

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.
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.
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, Abbotsford)
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

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

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 with funky shopping, pubs and live music on Smith and Johnston Streets.
  • Fitzroy— The Bohemian quarter filled with interesting restaurants and trendy boutiques.
  • Richmond— 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.



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 are 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.


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.


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 Melbourne International Arts 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.


Aerial shot of Albert Park

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.

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') 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, 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. 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 City (owned by Manchester City). 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 has wildlife both in and out of the city, and is the gateway to Victoria: Australia's most biodiverse state. Victoria has 516 bird species recorded - 54% of Australia's birds in just 3% of Australia's land area.

Even in central, inner-city Melbourne, watch for Rainbow Lorikeets and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos flying around during the day, and Common Brushtail Possums and Grey-headed Flying-foxes at night. The numerous parks and gardens in Melbourne city are home to many other native species, including Australian Magpies, Magpie-larks, Red Wattlebirds, White-plumed Honeyeaters, Little Ravens, Silver Gulls, Long-billed Corellas and the occasional sighting of a Powerful Owl, a Rakali or Peregrine Falcon.

In Melbourne's suburbs you can see a large number of native birds and some mammals. Inner suburbs are mostly home to birds like Grey Butcherbird, Crimson Rosella, Superb Fairy-wren, Brown Thornbill and Pied Currawong and both Common Ringtail and Common Brushtail Possums. St Kilda has a natural population of Little Penguins, along with other seabirds like Crested Terns and Little Pied Cormorants. You are more likely to see big mammals like Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Swamp Wallabies in the outer suburbs around dusk and dawn. It is even possible to see a Bare-nosed (Common) Wombat in the hilly suburbs near the Dandenongs, and a Southern Brown Bandicoot near the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens.

Parks and reserves outside of Melbourne have the most to offer the wildlife enthusiast. East of Melbourne is generally cool, wet forest - home to Superb Lyrebirds, King Parrots, Wombats & Wallabies. The far east East Gippsland also has a spectacular coastline and mountain forests with Platypus, Goannas, Greater Gliders and wild Dingoes (but you have to be out at night to see them). West of Melbourne is largely drier open woodland and plains - home to koalas, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Kookaburras & Cockatoos. The far north-west - the Mallee - is very dry, known for Malleefowl, Major Mitchells Cockatoos, Regent Parrots, Emus and lots of reptiles.

Get in

By plane

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, to the south of the city, and Essendon Airport [34], in the northwest of the city, serve limited regional flights to Flinders Island, King Island and some other regional destinations.

Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport (IATA: MEL) is the city's primary airport, 22km north-west of the city centre in the industrial suburb of Tullamarine. The airport is a hub for Qantas, Virgin Australia [35], Regional Express [36] and low-cost carriers Jetstar Airways [37] and Tigerair Australia [38].

Melbourne Airport is split into four terminals:

  • Terminal 1, is used by Qantas 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 and Jetstar 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.

Tip: Tweet @MELFlights on the day of travel for real-time flight information direct to your WiFi device.

The fastest way to the city centre will be with a taxi, then Skybus or shuttle bus (depending on departure and transfer times), with public transport taking at least twice as long. The cheapest way to the city is with public transport, with a one-way fare costing $4.30 (plus Myki card one-off), compared to $12 to $14 with Greenbus, $18 to $20 for Skybus or shuttle buses and $55 to $60 for a taxi.

  • Regular bus: If you plan on getting a Myki card this is your best bet (essential for all public transport in Melbourne - a Myki costs $6, fare into the CBD is $4.30) The 901 bus departs from the bus zone, across the road from outside Budget Airlines - Terminal 4 (. It connects to trains at Broadmeadows station, where you can take a train directly to any of the city stations, with the total journey usually taking 1 hour and 15 minutes. This route is best avoided after dark. Mykis 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 [39].
  • Taxis between the airport and the CBD cost between $55-65 and take about 30 minutes in clear traffic.
  • Uber between $46-60 for the same trip as a taxi. If departing from Terminal 1, 2 & 3, follow the signs for ‘Uber’ towards the Pickup Zone. For Terminal 4, head to the Pickup Zone on level 2 of the T4 carpark.
  • Skybus [40] ☎+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 $19, 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: Greenbus offers a direct service to the city centre for $12 (students) to $14 (adults). For southeastern suburbs including St Kilda, Elwood, Brighton and Frankston, the Frankston and Peninsula Airport Shuttle (FAPAS) [41] ☎+61 3 9783 1199 runs regular minibus services, with one-way adult fares starting at $18. Bookings are required.
  • Melbourne City Cabs [42] Melbourne City Cabs is a well-trusted name in cab services, dedicated to provide with chauffeured transportation service for a wide range of customers.
  • Melbourn Prestige Limos [43] Melbourn Prestige Limos offers a premium service for Melbourne managing transfers for many important people in style.
  • What a Cab [44] What a Cab can offer the quickest and most efficient service to its customers by sending the closest taxi during peak periods to reduce the minimum wait period..

Avalon Airport

Avalon Airport, [45] (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 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 [46] 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 [47] 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

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.

  • V/Line. Operates most regional trains, with regular services to Geelong, Ballarat, Albury, Bendigo and Bairnsdale amongst others
  • NSW TrainLink, [1]. Operates a twice daily service from Sydney (11 hours away).
  • Great Southern Rail, [2]. Runs two services a week from Adelaide (10-11 hours).

By car

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

Bus services to Melbourne from out of state are provided by Firefly Express [48] and Greyhound [49].

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

By ship

Melbourne can be reached from Devonport, Tasmania by car/passenger ferries run by Spirit of Tasmania [50]. 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 in South Melbourne about 2.5 miles southwest from the CBD. For those without private transport, the 109 tram departs from the old railway station across the road from the Station Pier and goes right into the heart of Melbourne (continuing to Box Hill in the north-east of the city).

By public transport

A tram outside of the Melbourne Town Hall.

Melbourne's public transport is extensive, and in inner city areas 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. The Melbourne CBD is covered by the Free Tram Zone, which means travelling in the CBD by tram is free of charge. Best of all, most of the major attractions in Melbourne fall within the free tram zone. For more information refer Public Transport Victoria, the authority responsible for public transport throughout Victoria.

The PTV Hub, Southern Cross Station, 750 Collins St, Melbourne, (toll free: 1800 800 007), [3]. provides timetables, brochures, and can assist with other enquiries. 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 24 hour services common on Friday and Saturday nights.


All Melbourne bus, tram and train services fall under the myki [51] smart card ticketing system. Paper tickets are not in use and the purchase of a myki card is required. A myki visitor value pack is on sale at the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square, SkyBus ticket booths and the PTV Hub. myki cards may also be purchased from vending machines at train stations, newsagents, convenience stores and major CBD tram stops.

Important information:

  • Passengers must validate ('touch on') their myki card before each journey- either before entering a train station platform or after boarding a tram/bus
  • Fares are standardised at $4.30 for a '2 hour pass' (unlimited transfers/changes) and $8.60 for a 'Daily pass' (unlimited travel on the date 'touched on')
  • The myki system automatically applies the best fare for travel, up to a maximum rate equivalent to a 'Daily pass' ($8.60)
  • Children under 16 years and Australian seniors card holders are eligible for cheaper concession fares, which need to be purchased at train stations
  • Authorised Officers (known locally as "ticket inspectors") frequently patrol trams and trains to check customers have paid a valid myki fare
  • Lack of a valid myki fare/ticket may result in a $238 fine (given at the officer's discretion)

Other information:

  • Most outer train stations do not have ticket barriers to enter platforms- instead passengers 'touch on' at myki readers (usually bright green) located next to the platform entrance
  • Some myki consoles (usually blue in colour) are only for checking balance- these are not for 'touching on' to validate your myki
  • When a myki is presented to a reader and no light or tone occurs, the card has not been read and is not valid for travel
  • If a passenger has forgotten to 'touch on' and barriers are present, seek out a customer service officer and explain the situation- they are often sympathetic (but a fine may still apply)
  • Railway stations are designated to be Zone 1 (CBD and inner suburbs) or Zone 2 (outer suburbs), but this will not usually affect a myki fare
  • Trams do not require passengers to 'touch off' their myki as all stops are within Zone 1 so the default fare is charged


Melbourne's iconic tram network is the largest tram network in the world, and covers a large part of the CBD, inner and middle suburbs. A free City Circle tram runs around the perimeter of the CBD and Docklands area using heritage brown "W-class" trams, providing a great introduction to the city. Trams usually run frequently - though they may be crowded during peak periods in the morning (6-9am) or evening (4-7pm) — especially along major routes such as St Kilda Road and Swanston, Collins and Bourke Streets. Most are air conditioned, and the majority of CBD tram stops are also wheelchair-friendly and clearly signed.

A Free Tram Zone also covers much of the CBD and Docklands. Using trams within this zone does not require a myki. If you have a myki and are travelling exclusively within this zone, do not touch on as you will be charged for a 2 Hour pass. If you board in the free tram zone but are travelling to a stop that is outside of it, remember to touch on your myki as failing to do so may incur a fine from a ticket inspector.

Any disruptions due to accidents or power loss are usually resolved quickly, and outages will be noted on electronic stop signage (if present) or will be mentioned on the Yarra Trams website.


All 15 suburban train lines depart from Flinders Street Station, opposite Federation Square in the Central Business District (CBD). Many lines also run through the City Loop, which connects to Southern Cross Station and three underground stations around the perimeter of the city centre: Parliament, Melbourne Central and Flagstaff. These city stations are well spread out in the Southern (Flinders Street), Western (Southern Cross), North Western (Flagstaff), Northern (Melbourne Central) and Eastern (Parliament) extremities of the CBD, making them a convenient base to explore the majority of Melbourne's attractions. All station entrances throughout Melbourne are identifiable with their prominent blue signage.

Trains run frequently throughout the day with most lines commencing service around 5am and terminating around 12am. Carriages can be crowded during peak times in the morning (6-9am) and evening (4-7pm). On weekends (Friday-Sunday nights), train services run 24 hours a day, departing at least every hour between 12am and 5am. Occasionally the network can fall victim to signalling issues, weather and extreme heat — the most up-to-date service information is available from the Metro Trains website or Twitter account.

All trains are air conditioned and most major stations will have staff, bathrooms and other facilities. 82 stations are designated as Premium Stations, featuring a customer service window where passengers can buy tickets and pick up timetables. Most Premium Stations also have additional passenger facilities such as indoor waiting areas and toilets. Southern Cross station is the best equipped station for travellers with toilets, supermarkets, food options and the 'PTV Hub' for help planning any journeys.


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 links attractions in the CBD, Carlton and Docklands every 15 minutes for a flat rate of $5 per day.

  • Melbourne Bus Company - Melbourne Bus Company offer Bus and Coach Hire services in Melbourne and throughout Victoria.
  • Melbourne Bus and Coach - Buses, Coaches and Minibus for private group here for travel in Melbourne and beyond.
  • Victorian Touring Coaches - Victorian Touring Coaches are based in Moorabbin, near Melbourne and have luxury class vehicles for long distance hire and charter.


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

NewQuay in Melbourne Docklands

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

  • Flinders Street Railway Station— The landmark symbol of Melbourne, a colonial-era railway station at the junction of Flinders Street and Swanston Street. Once the busiest station in the world, the main entrance is known for the platform clocks hanging over it and it serves as a popular meeting spot for locals
  • Docklands— A renewed waterside precinct filled with shops, bars, restaurants as well as a large sports stadium. Features the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel - the tallest observation ferris wheel in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Eureka Tower— a building featuring the tallest observation deck in Melbourne with panoramic views
  • Parliament House of Victoria— Parliament building dated 1856 which served as the first seat of the Australian federal government. Free tours available on weekdays
  • Queen Victoria Market— The largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere, 'Vic Market' is huge and colourful with an assortment of fresh and dry produce, souvenirs and other items
  • State Library of Victoria— Australia's first library with beautiful architecture and free internet. Features the 'Domed Reading Room,' formerly the largest in the world and capable of holding over 1 million books
  • National Gallery of Victoria— Australia's largest, oldest and most visited art museum. Regular exhibitions and international noteworthy artworks are housed in an architecturally important brutalist building
  • Old Melbourne Gaol A gaol (jail) built in 1842 that held many famous criminals, including Australia's most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly. Offers self-guided tours with informational signs in each cell along with some videos and artefacts. Not recommended for young kids
  • Federation Square— Popular meeting space with fascinating, modern architecture. Watch Melburnians enjoy life whilst sitting down at cafes and bars. Also the home of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, galleries, and more
  • South Gate— Pretty promenade on southern bank of the Yarra River, with restaurants, bars and a Sunday craft market
  • Immigration Museum— Museum exploring the moving stories of people from all over the world who have migrated to Australia since colonisation
  • Police Museum— See over 150 years of police stories and displays of crime, justice, courage and forensic techniques
  • The Yarra— famous as the "river that flows upside down" (because of it's brown colouration) 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 BBQ experience
  • Shrine of Remembrance— War Memorial with unique Ray of Light demonstration every half hour. Offers stunning view down the world's busiest tram corridor (St Kilda Road) and panoramic views of Melbourne's skyline and parks from a rooftop balcony
  • Coops Shot Tower— 50m tall shot tower from 1888, incorporated into Melbourne Central shopping complex beneath an 84m high glass roof


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).


  • 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

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

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, [4]. 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.


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 food and shops.

Northern Melbourne

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

Brighton— Melbourne's prime bayside suburb featuring excellent upmarket cafes and boutique shops. This suburb is truly a national treasure

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


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.


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 repertory cinema Astor Theatre [52] in St Kilda. There are several moonlight cinema programmes in summer. The Melbourne International Film Festival [53] 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 [54]
  • Visit a comedy club. The Comic's Lounge [55] has shows for $10-25 including a show filmed for Channel 31 on Mondays, or dinner and show for $45. The Comedy Club [56] 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 [57]. 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 [58].
  • Watch a game of AFL football [59] at the MCG or Etihad Stadium during the winter, or a Cricket Match [60] 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 [61] 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.[62]
  • Indoor rock climbing with a view. [63] Hardrock on Swanston street has an indoor climbing wall suitable for beginners and advanced climbers.
  • Want kitesurfing lessons? [64] 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 [65]. 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, [5]. Find things to do for families with kids in Melbourne.
  • Brewers Feast - Craft Beer & Food Festival, The Abbotsford Convent St Heliers Street, 0412657920, [6]. Saturday 2nd December: 11:30am–8:00pm Sunday 3rd December: 11:00am–5:00pm. Brewers Feast is a Craft Beer, Food & Cider Festival. A showcase of Australia's favourite Craft Beers and Ciders at the iconic Abbotsford Convent. Don't miss out on the first craft beer festival of Summer! Enjoy Great beer with Great Friends at Brewers Feast. $27.00 - $33.50 +BF.


  • You can take language classes, join a cafe book group, learn to draw, sign up for historical walk, foodie walk, or photography walk-shop, study for your Victorian Certificate of Education or take computer or business classes at the Council of Adult Education (CAE) [66]. The CAE is also home to the City Library [67] 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.


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.


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

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

Bridge Road [68] 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?

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 Fitzroy.

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.


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.

There are also a number of ongoing/pop-up markets and festivals dedicated to food. One of the larger and more well known food markets is the Queen Victoria Night Market held on Wednesday evenings 17:00-22:00. And don't overlook the growing food truck culture, with some of Melbourne's amazing chefs now starting up their own trucks, it is an experience not to be missed.


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 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 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 available, however tend to be found only at the high-end fine dining restaurants as a speciality item. You can find great kangaroo steaks at the Napier Hotel (Napier Street, Fitzroy) for around $30, or at the Edinburgh Castle pub on Sydney Road, Brunswick for around $26. You can also find kangaroo products at some larger supermarkets; they are growing enormously in popularity due to their high level of nutrition. Ten good quality sausages can be purchased for around $15 at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket. Kangaroo meat is also usually available from the meat section of the Queen Victoria Market [69].

Meat pies are available from bakeries and convenience stores. The 'best' pie really comes down to personal taste and preference, however it is arguably a poor decision to base your opinion on this much loved Australian staple on a pie from a convenience store - head to a bakery in the suburbs, or if in the CBD, Pie-Face offers very good quality pies, at a price similar to that of convenience stores.

Other foods considered to be 'Australian' include lamingtons, Vegemite, and roast lamb. All of these products are widely available from just about any supermarket, no matter how small. Vegemite is ubiquitous and likely to be included with the buffet breakfast of any hotel or hostel, so be sure to try some spread on hot buttered toast. Whilst it's an acquired taste, the product is synonymous with breakfast ("Brekky") in Australia. Be warned - a little goes a long way!

Café/delicatessen food

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.


Many of Melbourne's Chinese restaurants are located in Chinatown, pictured here during Chinese New Year

Chinese cuisine has a long tradition in Melbourne and a large number and range of quality restaurants exist. Many are in Chinatown (Australia's oldest 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.


Most of Melbourne's French restaurants are concentrated around the inner-city and CBD. Perhaps the most well-known is Bistro Gulliaume, which is located at the Crown complex in Southbank. French Saloon, Oter and Phillippe's are all located within the CBD. The restaurant Entrecôte has two locations: one in the city centre and the other at South Yarra.


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 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.


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 are also Warung Gudeg, specialising in Jogjakartan local cuisine, as well as Pondok Bamboe Koening, focusing on serving Indonesian noodles to locals in Clayton. Warung Agus in West Melbourne serves Balinese cuisine on a rather upscale atmosphere.


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.


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.


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.


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, ayam kapitan, otak otak etc. 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, Blue Chillies in Fitzroy in a fine dining setup and offering nyonya food in Docklands.

Middle Eastern

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


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.


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, Barkly/Hopkins Street in Footscray and Victoria Street in North Richmond are your best bets.


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 have previously been hard to find, however since 2012/2013 (lead by trail blazers Meat Mother in Swan Street, Richmond) there has been an explosion in the number of American BBQ style restaurants ranging from food trucks, to bars, to high end dining to suite all taste and budgets.

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



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

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

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. 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


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'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.


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


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

  • Citigate Melbourne, 270 Flingers St, +61 3 9654 6888, [7]. 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.
  • Grand Hotel Melbourne, 33 Spencer St, 61 3 9611 4567 (toll free: 1300 361 455, ), [8]. This heritage-listed apartment hotel has been restored to retain the style of the 1880s while providing guests with modern facilities.
  • Hotel Lindrum, 26 Flinders St, +61 3 9668 1111, [9]. 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.
  • The Sebel Melbourne, 394 Collins St, +61 3 9211 6600, [10]. 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.
  • Clarion Suites Gateway, 1 William St, +61 3 9296 8888, [11]. 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)
  • Melbourne Penthouse Apartments, 148 Flinders St, +61 3 9278 4411, [12]. Melbourne Penthouse Apartments is located on Flinders Street Melbourne and is only a short walk way from Federation Square, Flinders Street Train Station and the Southbank precinct. Our Penthouse Apartments offers luxury fully serviced apartments.
  • The Blackman - An Art Series Hotel, 452 St.Kilda Rd, +61 3 9039 1444, [13]. 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.



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; [70]) 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.


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 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.
  • HiSpeed Internet Kiosks, (At Spencer Street DFO.). A chain with many stores across the country. 21 minutes for $2.
  • 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, [14]. Free internet access to members (temporary membership available). The library has a free WiMAX network, which is slow when crowded.
  • The State Library [71]. 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.



  • Br-flag.png Brazil, 4/13 Belmont Ave, +61 3 9817-6682 (, fax: +61 3 9816-8074), [15].
  • Ci-flag.png Chile, 390 St Kilda Rd, +61 3 9866-4041, [16].
  • Ch-flag.png China, 570 St. Kilda Rd, +61 03 9824-6450 (, fax: +61 03 9822-0606), [17].
  • Eg-flag.png Egypt, Level 9, 124 Exhibition St, +61 03 9654 8634. 9:00 AM - 16:00 PM.
  • Fr-flag.png France, 342A St Kilda Rd, +61 03 9690 6075 (fax: +1 613 562-3735), [18].
  • Gm-flag.png Germany, 480 Punt Road, South Yarra, +61 03 9864 6888.
  • Gr-flag.png Greece, 37-39 Albert Rd, +61 03 9846-4524 (, fax: +61 3 9866-4933).
  • In-flag.png India, 344 St Kilda Rd, +61 03 9682-7836 (, fax: +61 03 9696-8251), [19].
  • Id-flag.png Indonesia, 72 Queens Rd, +61 3 9592 6892, [20].
  • It-flag.png Italy, 509 St Kilda Rd, +61 03 9867-5744 (fax: +61 03 9866-3932), [21]. M-F 9:00-11:00.
  • Ja-flag.png Japan, Level 8, 570 Bourke St, +61 03 9679-4510 (, fax: +61 03 9600-1541), [22].
  • Ks-flag.png Republic of Korea, Level 13, St James Centre 111 Elizabeth St, +61 03 9533-3801 (, fax: +61 03 9533-3800), [23].
  • Le-flag.png Lebanon, Level 2, 47 Wellington St, +61 03 9529-4498 (, fax: +61 03 9529-3160), [24].
  • My-flag.png Malaysia, Level 1, No. 432, St Kilda Rd, +61 03 9573-5400 (), [25].
  • Nz-flag.png New Zealand, Level 4, 45 William St, +61 03 9678-0201 (, fax: +61 03 9678-0204), [26].
  • Ph-flag.png Philippines, St. Kilda Road Towers Suite 1205/1 Queens Rd, +61 03 9863-7885 (, fax: +61 03 9863-7884), [27].
  • Sp-flag.png Spain, 146A Elgin St. Carlton, +61 03 9347-1966 (, fax: +61 03 9347-7330), [28].
  • Ce-flag.png Sri Lanka, Suites 536,542 and 544/1 Queens Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, +61 03 9290 4200, [29].
  • Tw-flag.PNG Taiwan (Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office), Level 46, 80 Collins St, +61 3 9650-8611 (, fax: +61 3 9650-8711), [30].
  • Th-flag.png Thailand, Suite 301, 566 St Kilda Road, +61 03 9533 9100.
  • Tu-flag.png Turkey, Level 8, 24 Albert Rd, +61 03 9696-6046 (, fax: +61 03 9696-6104), [31].
  • Uk-flag.png United Kingdom, Level 17, 90 Collins St, +61 03 9652-1600 (fax: +61 03 9650-2990), [32]. M-F 09:00-13:00.
  • Us-flag.png United States, 553 St. Kilda Rd, +61 03 9526-5900 (fax: +61 03 9525-0769), [33].

Stay safe

Melbourne has unfairly gained a reputation of being a violent city, although racial violence has rarely occurred.

Use slightly higher amounts if caution in 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.

Robbery on the train is rare, but it occasionally happens (and when it does, at night). Railway police patrol most services. Muggings, assaults, thefts, vandalism and rape occur (this is VERY rare) With the introduction of armed Protective Service Officers in inner-city stations, crime rates have dropped drastically

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. 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 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.

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 fast.

Get out

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

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

Werribee Mansion

Northern Victoria

Eastern Victoria

Western Victoria

Routes through Melbourne
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