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How to Plan your First Trip to Melbourne

Place:MelbourneAustralia
When:Apr 02, 2017.
 
Melbourne is one of the top city destinations in Australia. It’s the country’s unofficial capital of culture and the perfect destination for anyone seeking art, famous sporting venues, world-class food and nightlife that goes on into the early hours.
Here are some things to consider when planning your trip to Melbourne.

Arrival

Melbourne is very well-connected. The city’s airport sits northwest of the city centre. You can travel into the city by shuttlebus or taxi and the journey takes around 30 minutes. There are also two smaller domestic airports if you’re arriving via an internal flight. If you’re travelling from Tasmania, a boat arrives direct into Melbourne port and, if you’re travelling from another Australian state, interstate trains arrive at Southern Cross Station.

Essential Information

The best time to visit Melbourne is during the Australian autumn (March to May) or spring (September to November) when the weather isn’t too hot or too cold and cloudy.

You may want to plan your trip to coincide with one of Melbourne’s exciting annual events – the Melbourne Cup and football finals take place in spring, while lots of music festivals, Formula One races and Australian Open Grand Slam tennis all take place in the summer.

You can stay in a hostel dorm for as little as $23 or find luxury accommodation from $320.


How to Get Around the City

Melbourne’s city centre is compact enough to explore on foot. However, if you want to pack a lot into your trip, make the most of the city’s efficient tram service. You can travel on the City Circle route, which stops at lots of major attractions, for free. Trains also offer fast travel if you’re trying to cover longer distances. You can look at the PTV website to plan your journeys on public transport.
If you’d rather travel by taxi, you’ll find that cabs are easy to flag down on the street, and Uber also operates in the city.

Must-See Attractions

Enjoy the View
To get a real sense of the city layout, head to the Eureka Tower and up to the Eureka Skydeck. It’s the tallest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere and offers panoramic views of Melbourne. And if you’d prefer to do things with a little more style, enjoy the view with a cocktail in hand at the Lui Bar, located on the 55th floor of the Rialto building.

Food and Drink
Melbourne is a self-proclaimed foodie mecca and it would be a sin not to spend a good proportion of your time here enjoying some of the bacchanalian delights on offer. Soak up the atmosphere at a coffee shop or enjoy a hearty brunch like a true Australian. Then try international flavours or modern Australian cooking everywhere from traditional pubs to the best in contemporary fine dining establishments.

Sports
If you are in Melbourne during a big sporting event, try to get tickets in advance. Watching a cricket match at Melbourne Cricket Ground or seeing tennis greats battle it out at the Rod Laver Arena, home to the Australian Open, is an experience not to be missed.


Arts and Entertainment
From photography to street art to the works of Picasso and Rembrandt, there’s lots of art to discover in Melbourne. The National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art are some of the most popular options. And, once the night draws in, take your pick from Melbourne’s many live music venues playing music of every possible genre.

Onward Travel

There are lots of exciting trips that have Melbourne as their starting point. Cruises of the Pacific leave regularly from the city port. Also, the wineries of the Yarra Valley are within easy reach by car and the Dandenong Ranges offer great hiking opportunities.
A little planning can help you to make the most of your time in Melbourne, but try not to create a too-busy schedule. Part of Melbourne’s charm is its wonderful, laid-back atmosphere, which is best appreciated when you take it easy and just go with the flow.


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