Destination Guide - Melbourne

From fashion to football, arts to architecture – Melbourne’s got a sub-culture to inspire those with even the most obscure obsession. It’s is a multicultural destination, too – so this international melting pot serves up some eclectic fusion cuisine. The juxtaposition of verdant gardens against dramatic modern buildings such as Federation Square is a visual symbol of Melbourne’s love affair with both urban and natural landscapes.

The Basics

Currency: Australian Dollar ($A)
Population: 4,000,000
Language: English
Time zone: +10
Daylight savings: Last Sunday in October to first Sunday in April
Country code: +61
Area code: 03
Electricity voltage: 220-240V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical
Mobile network: GSM


  • Federation Square
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • CBD Laneways
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)


  • 26 December
    Boxing Day Ashes Cricket Test Match
  • 26 January
    Australia Day


In winter (June-August) the average temperature hovers between 6°C and 13°C. In summer (December-February) the temperature undulates between approximately 25°C and 40°C. Year 'round, you will often hear Melburnians use the phrase "four seasons in one day".

Getting there and around

Melbourne has an excellent public transport service comprising trains, buses and trams. The City Circle tram is a free service and it’s a great way to see the CBD. Taxis are also a reliable option. Hire a car if you’re seeing greater Melbourne.

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Travel Insider Melbourne suggestions

Insider City Guides

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Melbourne's laneways: Gladly off the grid

Unplanned, but by no means unloved, Melbourne’s laneways continue to captivate.

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Cafe Society, Melbourne
Melbourne: Style central

A quick guide to the culture, cuisine and coffee of Melbourne's stylish CBD.

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Food & Drink

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Melbourne's laneway bars: Magical mystery tour

Gaining entry into Melbourne's hidden laneway bars isn't usually a problem... but finding them can be.

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Further reading

Here are some suggestions for other destinations near Melbourne and around Victoria.


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  • Another good place to visit in Melbourne is Melbourne Museum and Underwater World
  • This Qantas page has only touched the surface! Melbourne has so much to offer and you can discover more at this (state government sposnored) website:
  • A real good place to go with, especially on their good transportation around the City. Just an insider tips from my experience, if you are planning to go through by public transport taking on different modes of it (trams, buses, trains) , do consider their 3 day city pass. This way would give you substantial savings touring around it. And also, do take a round for their free tourist city tram. Also, wine farm would also make it a must visit for wine lovers...

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