Melbourne Pocket Guide

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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. This is a city that's just as pleasant to visit for three days as it is to live in for three months.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Melbourne.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Melbourne... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Melbourne.

Melbourne City Reviews

  • 80%


    Great city

    Melbourne is very neat, public transit is a bit on the expensive side but everything in Australia is. Excellent selection of ethnic food and the city is pretty easy to walk around.

    Insider Tip:Don't think I stayed long enough to discover any.

  • 80%


    My favourite city in Australia!

    Although could be a bit stuck up and snotty, I really enjoyed my stays in Melbourne. There's a lot to discover as a tourist, and even more that locals are hiding for themselves. There's an underground culture that's brewing in plain sight that locals are trying to keep sacred with unspoken SOPs and whatnot. Regardless, the mainstream culture is still one to behold by tourists and visitors alike. Easy to get around and good food anywhere. Would love to live here someday.

    Insider Tip:If you can- walk.

  • 90%



    Loved it!!! Lots of shopping and I didn't know it was an artsy city. Beautiful! Would definitely go back next time I'm in the country.

  • 60%


    Dull concrete jungle full of self-important, self-entitled, snobby hipsters

    I do not like Melbourne at all. The people are not friendly and everyone thinks they're better/cooler than everyone else, which, if you consider the rule of averages, only half are in the top 50% of other snobby hipsters. The city is grey and grimy and dirty, relative to Australian cities; by international standards of cleanliness, it's ok. Don't get me wrong, there's lots of things I like about Melbourne, but I personally just can't get past the people who let it down. GET OVER YOURSELVES!!

    Insider Tip:Maybe try to avoid the city? After speaking with many locals, they all agree that the city and inner suburbs is not the place to be.

  • 90%


    Melbourne is a great city. I liked it even better than Sydney. It is a lot more relaxed and has more of a hip culture with a focus on food, art, fashion and entertainment. There are also lots of neat parks, outdoor spaces and it's a short train ride to the beach. It is a very liveable city.

    Insider Tip:Walk down Gertrude St (near The Nunnery) for lots of hip cafes and bars. Also take the Free City Look bus for a quick, free tour of the city.

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