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One-Day Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Tour
Known as one of the world's greatest coast drives, this 1-day tour will take you on stops along the Great Ocean Road. You'll start with the laid-back seaside towns of Anglesea, Lorne, and Apollo Bay, where you can have lunch before checking out the wildlife with a walk through the Otway rainforest. Explore the beach at Loch Ard Gorge, learn all about the shipwreck coast, as well as view the huge cliffs and limestone towers of the 12 Apostles.
1-Day Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour
This tour starts with a visit to Narana Aboriginal Cultural Center where you'll catch a Didgeridoo performance and enjoy a wildlife walk spotting emus and kangaroos. Winding around the coastal road, you'll see scenic spots before a rainforest walk in Otway National Park. The tour ends with sunset views at the famous limestone towers known as the 12 Apostles.
Steam Train Ride & Healesville Sanctuary Tour
A visit to the Healesville Sanctuary lets visitors see koalas, kangaroos, and a duck-billed platypus. Then, journey through fern gullies and forests onboard the century-old steam train, "Puffing Billy."
Wilsons Promontory National Park Tour
This 1-day tour includes bushwalking through the Australian outback, a walk along Squeaky Beach, and wildlife watching at a deserted airfield. A English-speaking guide will also lead hikers up to the top of Mount Oberon and Mount Bishop for breathtaking views.
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
Laid out like a typical 19th-century town, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village features over 40 historical buildings with digital displays that help you understand what life was like in Warrnambool during this period. Explore a school, a fire station, and an old boat with items recovered from shipwrecks, while meeting and chatting with volunteers in full character. You can also climb the hill that this site is named after.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Melbourne’s giant Ferris wheel is the best place to enjoy 360° views of Melbourne. Visitors will ride in comfort for a full 30 minutes, in one of 21 fully enclosed, temperature-controlled cabins. There’s also a café to enjoy a drink in before enjoying your ride.
ArtVo Immersive Gallery
This innovating art gallery lets visitors become part of the art by posing with life-size paintings before taking a selfie. A variety of themed areas are available, with different scenes, locations, and sculptural elements.
Home to over 320 species from around the world, Melbourne Zoo gives visitors the opportunity to see rare animals in a safe and carefully controlled environment. The zoo is divided into different zones, including the "African Rainforest," "Asian Rainforest," and Australian Bush."
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Spread over almost 500 acres of natural landscape, Werribee Open Range Zoo is home to animals like rhinos, giraffes, antelopes, and zebras. Visitors take a guided safari across this vast area, coming face to face with lions, gorillas, and hippos.
Located in the beautiful Yarra Valley, Healesville Sanctuary is home to hundreds of native Australian animals like koalas, kangaroos, wombats, and emus. Visitors can see these animals living together, and meet the vets and nurses who care for them.
3.6 miles from downtown
This beachside area is undergoing a gentle gentrification. Budget backpackers and chilled-out stick jugglers are giving way to trendsters and urban profs. Known for its laid-back liveability, you’ll stick to its cool cafes and clubs like a barnacle – try Hannah Café for lush breakfasts, or The Espy, Big Mouth and Republica after-hours.
Places to stay from $15 a night
2.4 miles from downtown
The Gucci handbag of Melbourne. This swish and stylish neighbourhood is unabashedly upmarket and filled with continental eateries. Hit “Two Birds One Stone” for their creative breakfasts, shop for nibbly bits at the Prahran Market and beloved Chez Olivier for a typically French bistro. Why not visit them all?!
Places to stay from $21 a night
Melbourne Central Business District
Expect the unexpected. Hipster haunts have shot up between the suit-and-tie hustle to give the area edge. Caffeinate at “Bowery to Williamsburg”, then connect the dots from café to hip café. Shop for fabulously original womenswear at LIFEwithBIRD. At night, try pang-busting Mexican at Mamasita, Supernormal for Karaoke, or the Rooftop Cinema.
Places to stay from $11 a night
1.1 miles from downtown
Fancy a permanent Sunday? Everything in The Docklands is low-key and chic, including its residents. May your coffee be hot and your pastries delicious at Hortus or Halyard Café. Spend a languid afternoon in the Docklands Park, then evening beers at relaxed Bar Nacional. Sunday markets occur regularly on the waterfront – check online for details.
Places to stay from $56 a night
1.1 miles from downtown
Always trendy, suburban “N.M” is known for its wealthy working parents who juggle new-borns with laptops, then take to the flat terrain by bike! It’s also known for its coffee-centrism. For proof, try Auction Rooms, Code Black or Pocket. At night, sip on cocktails amid Prudence's laid-back vibe.
Places to stay from $18 a night
2.4 miles from downtown
Albert Park isn’t just made for walking. Though it’s popularly known as part of the Formula One Racing Circuit, it’s also a quiet respite barely a few kilometres from the centre. Enjoy water sports like rowing, kayaking and sailing, or pack a picnic and relax beneath the trees. Explore nearby Bridport Street’s boutiques and trendy cafés.
Places to stay from $64 a night
Melbourne might not be Australia's capital, but few would deny it as the nation’s cultural capital, with its unique blend of historical architecture and contemporary design.
The city's Federation Square is overlooked by St. Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station, whose green and yellow façade matches the colors of the historic Melbourne trams that still run around the world’s longest tram network. Federation Square is also home to the Ian Potter Centre, which houses the National Gallery of Victoria's Australian art collection, as well as the cutting-edge ACMI (Australian Centre of The Moving Image), which documents the country’s cinematic history.
Melbourne’s artistic highlights aren't limited to galleries and museums. Fantastic street art can be found throughout the entire city, from Croft Alley to Hosier Lane. While you’re out graffiti hunting, check out the world-class coffee culture and refuel with a cup of your favourite blend at cafes like Axil Coffee Roasters or Seven Seeds.
South of the Yarra River are St. Kilda—a wide, sandy beach with a picturesque boardwalk—and Brighton, a longer stretch with colorful beach huts. From rollerblading and biking to windsurfing and yachting, there are plenty of things to do on these beaches.
Melbourne Airport offers flights to Sydney and destinations around the world.
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|Most popular time to visit||December-February|
|Cheapest time to visit||April-June|
|Local currency||AUD 10 = $7.09|
|Average weekend price||$143 per night|
|Average weekday price||$138 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
“Great venue to watch tennis matches. No obstructed views. I was in the last row and still was able to see the matches comfortably. Seats a very uncomfortable tho. They are hard and have edges that are like seating on the end of a glass table. ”
“Excellent venue but very difficult gating/ticketing system if visiting the museum before the game. ”
“Arrive early if you want a drink or food, there. Is not a restaurant, just a bar with light foods, & very busy. Beautiful old theatre , icon in Melb.”
“Just know if you need a elevator to find out where they are ahead of time to avoid extra walking”
“Melbourne Cup, first Tuesday in November! Melbourne's Spring and Autumn racing calendar features the best of thoroughbred racing and fashion in the world.”
“Try and book early for best seats or go to tickets on the day for a bargain”
“It's super street with multiple choice of food variety and with it's specialisations....”
“Nice area, excellent area for live music performances. Nice restaurants and bars to choose from.”
“Sky deck gold ticket access for New Years was a great choice, two entertainment zones, great food, great service and what a view to see the fireworks.”
“Good street performers. Great atmosphere in the evening. Lots of restaurants and bars to choose from.”
Take the Circle Line bus to orient yourself, then select what to visit. Loved the Central Market- wonderful city life and good food. Potter Museum has excellent Aboriginal exhibit.. Walk the streets and feel the energy of the different communities: Asian, Greek.... A walking city in the center with busses and trams to reach everywhere else.
I really liked Melbourne. Has a good vibe. Easy to get around. Excellent coffee! Good places to eat and and shop. Went to the Penguin Parade and the Great Ocean Road tours from there. Two very good tours.
Went out with guys of the Melbourne electric riders and had a blast cruising around on personal electric device. Fantastic paths and roads to ride on. CBD was ok with all shopping retail, would definitely come back with my electric skateboard to explore Melbourne in the future.
It's a beautiful city full of things to do. Easy to get around and locate what you're looking for. The art gallery, aquarium and museum are all definitely worth a visit and are affordable for groups and families of any size.
Melbourne is an amazing city with many things to offer visitors. It is culturally rich with art, shopping, food, and best of all coffee! With a little research on the travelers part it is easy to find things to do and see, be prepared to walk. This is coming from someone that generally does not like to travel to cities. Get the Myki card to travel around the city. It was worth the price. Book tours to Great Ocean Road and the Mornington Pennisula to get out of the city for a day or so. If you like driving, rent a car to take your time in the small towns.
Went there during their F1 Grand Prix weekend. It overloaded their tram system. We Got kicked out of tram 6 times during these two days. They either closed the stop and made the ride shout or jwoyhout explanation. On Sat afternoon, all trams that started from F1 park were full. They did not even stop in the later stops, we have waitingv10 tram to past by. It is not someythat I would expect from an international citrythat hosted this kind of event annually. Very bad taste. However, the restaurants, markets and beaches are very good. We like the idea of free tram within the CBD area.
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