Hotels in Melbourne
Rich cultural diversity, low crime rates, plenty of job opportunities, first-rate universities and more makes Melbourne an enthralling place to be in. With several tourist attractions, fun carnivals, and a lively cultural scene, this splendid travel destination won't disappoint you.
Geographically, Melbourne is a part of the alpine forests of High County. Barely three hours’ drive from the Australian Alps, the city stretches along the Yarra River and has the natural boundary of the Dandenong Mountain Range 35 kilometres to the east.
Weather, Best time to travel Melbourne
Melbourne enjoys 4 distinct seasons. December to February enjoys a crisp summer while March to May is a beautiful autumn. Chilly winters are from June to August while September to November is Spring. July can go as low as 7°C and February soars past 30°C. Temperatures remain quite stable during the season.
Melbourne has something unique to offer every season. Australian Grand Slam, Grand Prix, and Boxing day Cricket Match are some of the events held in summers, while skiing enjoyed in winters. Spring and autumn are perfect for outdoor explorations, barbeques, and picnics.
Melbourne is a year-round travel destination with a variety of experiences and events each season. Plan your travel well and have the time of your life!
Airport / Nearby Airport in Melbourne
The Tullamarine Airport (MEL) serves the city of Melbourne and is located about 23 kilometres from the Central Business District. Getting to Melbourne from Tullamarine Airport can take about 20 to 35 minutes depending on traffic. There are many options available to reach the city center. Hop aboard the Skybus, Starbus, VHA Airport Shuttle, or take public transport via bus and train. Car hires, taxis, rideshares, and regional buses are easily available for your travel needs in Melbourne.
The airport with its 4 modern terminals offers a variety of services for passengers' convenience. Dedicated VIP lounges, ATMs, postal services, foreign exchange, chaplaincy, prayer rooms, hotels, pharmacy, duty-free and luxury retail, salon and spa, food, and beverages are some of the facilities available for travelers.
Transportation in Melbourne
Melbourne has a very convenient and well-developed public transport network. Rail, buses, and trams offer multiple routes to reach major destinations. The Free City Circle Tram takes you to tourist attractions across the city. Cash is not accepted on public transport and you will have to buy an MYKI ticket or pass to travel around which can be used for trains, buses, and trams. The re-usable contactless smart cards can be bought and recharged at multiple locations across the city.
Taxis charge a basic fare of AU$4.20 and AU$1.62 per kilometre. Waiting charges are about AU$34.00 an hour. Yellow Maxi Taxi, Uber, Vic cabs, and other cab options are easily available.
Trains are a good choice when you are looking for an end to end journey to the outer edges of the city. It can cost you between AU$4.30 and AU$8.60 per journey.
How to get to destination
Melbourne is the second busiest airport in Australia with over 25 million domestic and 10 million international passengers annually. Quantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar Airways, TigerAir Australia, and several other domestic and international carriers provide direct and connecting flights to Melbourne from all over the world. Sydney-Melbourne is one of the busiest routes and it takes about 1 hour and 35 minutes of air travel. The fare starts from AU$106. Brisbane to Melbourne takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes at AU$117, while Perth to Melbourne is about 3 hours and 35 minutes costing AU$206. Adelaide to Melbourne takes 1 hour and 20 minutes for AU$84 and flight from Cairns is about 3 hours and 20 minutes with fares starting from AU$228. Gold Coast to Melbourne takes 2 hours and 20 minutes at AU$95.
Hotel Info, prices for different hotel range
There is no dearth of options for accommodation in Melbourne. There is something for every budget and requirement. Listed below are the most popular Melbourne hotel deals with indicative pricing.
- 5-star: InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto AU$272, IFSuites EQ Tower AU$110
- 4-star: Great Southern Hotel AU$66, Mercure Therry Street AU$69
- 3-star: The Victoria Hotel AU$89, Causeway Inn on the Mall AU$80
- 2-star: Ibis Budget AU$94, United Backpackers AU$79
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Melbourne Tourist Information
There are many things to do in Melbourne. Shop for cheap curios and unique souvenirs at Queen Victoria Market or indulge in premium retail experience at high-street boutiques and exclusive malls.
Top tourist attractions in Melbourne
- Puffing Billy Railway – Hop aboard the open-air train with first-class dining carriage options. Enjoy the scenic Dandenong range as the train takes you through the beautiful treks.
- SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium – Explore underwater life in this multilevel aquarium with over 10000 exhibits.
- Federation Square – The urban plaza flaunts unique architectural marvels of modern times and is filled with many restaurants, museums, art venues, and more.
Besides these, explore Melbourne attractions like Princes Bridge, Queen Victoria Royal Botanic Gardens, Eureka Skydeck, Flinders Street Railway Station, vineyards, cathedrals, and the beautiful Victorian Era structures spread across the city.
Top food places in Melbourne
Melbourne is truly a foodie’s delight. Enjoy traditional delicacies like Chicken Parmigiana, Lamingtons, Pavlova, Meat pies, Barramundi, and Barbequed snacks. Wash it down with a pint of beer or a cup of refreshing coffee. Choose from Japanese, Asian, Italian, American, Indian, Korean, Mexican, and more. Check out these must-try dining options while in Melbourne:
- Kazuki’s – The Japanese restaurant at Lygon Street is perfect for Goolwa pipis on the shell, grilled duck hearts, nori crisps, or whipped cod roe. Choose from their a la carte menu or opt for a seven-course chef's special menu.
- Brae – The fine dining at the paddocks of Birregurra is a full-day affair. Enjoy the finest Victorian hospitality and well-planned menu in rural splendor.
- Anchovy – Indulge in toe-curling delicious Australian-Vietnamese deep-fried cheese custard vegemite and other delicacies curated by the finest chef.
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