City Guide Melbourne, Australia

Visiting Melbourne

Rivalling Sydney as Australia's number one city, Melbourne is famously the country's most European city. Capital of Victoria, here you will find some of Australia's coolest bars, restaurants and cafés. While it doesn't have the harbour or beaches of its eastern counterpart, it does have some of the country's trendiest neighbourhoods. It is also the home of Aussie Rules Football which is a massive part of Victorian life.

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Melbourne - Down at Federation Square

Found directly across from Melbourne's best-known landmark Flinders Street Station, Federation Square (which is better known as 'Fed Square') is a melting pot of culture. Here you can visit attractions such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the National Gallery of Victocia (NGV). In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Kim Polkinghorne to find out about this great attraction.

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10 Things You Need To Know About Melbourne

Discover Melbourne's coolest neighbourhoods and much more.

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Melbourne City Reviews

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    Six days not enough.

    Perfect weather - awesome mass transit - great people and culture. Six days and we barely scratched the surface (Zoo, St. Kilda Beaches, Queen Victoria Market, Luna Park, Warra River and Moomba festival, Fitzroy, etc.) Must head up great ocean road, try wine country, and maybe work in the ferry to Tasmanian next time.

    Insider Tip:Awesome bikehare system with stations everywhere - most including helmets - and very cheap. Great app for download that shows stations, number of bikes, and number of open docks - as well as nearby 7-11s that carry $5 bike helmets. Check it out.

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    AWEEEEEEESOME!!! Melbourne is amazing!!! great!! Cool! Multicultural! Energetic I was there only for F1 weekend but.....i felt in love of Melbourne. it is different, it has somethig different....buildings, streets, people, enviroment, tram....something different...

    Insider Tip:Go Melbourne!!

  • 90%


    Merry Melbourne

    There is a lot to explore in Melbourne, within the city as well as outside of it. Public transit is fairly easy to use and accessible once you get the hang of it. Have heard it to be the culture capital of Oz, and it is indeed. Many artistic establishments open to the public. Lots of cultural diversity. Outside of the city itself are the Great Ocean Road (on a nice day, just magnificent views), the Dandenong Ranges, and Prince Phillip Island (known for its nightly parade of penguins).

    Insider Tip:-Save yourself a lot of hassles by using a myki transit pass. Some hostels will lend you a myki card free, but you have to put money on it. Getting around is so simple with myki. -Save money by taking the free walking tours of Melbourne. There is a free walking tour you can book at Flinders Stn. visitor ctr. or online, but book ASAP, they fill up quick. Also good tour with www.imfree.com.au. Technically not really free, since guide will ask for tips at the end, but still good value.

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    Melbourne is fantastic, the architecture of the city is impressive, everything is so out of the box. There's a lot of places to see in Victoria so go around and get busy :D Visit The Great ocean Road, go see The Penguin Parade (take warm clothes, seriously) go for a walk by the river, its amazing. If there's a place in the world worth living in, it's definitely Melbourne.

    Insider Tip:Take warm clother to the penguin parade, it gets seriously cold there at night.

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    The cultural heart of Oz

    Gorgeous city with many hidden gems. This is the closest you will get to a 'European city experience' in Oz. So much to do for all tastes. Federation Square is a good start for any traveller, aesthetically a great city. Easy to get round-the CBD is a grid so easy to navigate. Good food and of course an abundance of coffee. Great bar on Swanston St, rooftop job called Curtin, bit pricey but worth it!

Australia: Itinerary

Melbourne holds the reputation as Australia’s most ‘European and cosmopolitan city’. Walking around the streets you can see why. It isn’t as brash as Sydney and the café and restaurant culture prevails here far more than anywhere else in the country. Plus, in relation to its counterparts, life is a lot more laid back.

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