Overview

Melbourne provides a perfect start for your Australian adventure. Take a couple of days to discover Australia's cultural and sporting hub. Known for its restaurants, endless shopping, great sporting events and world-class galleries.

Whether this is your first time venturing to this bay-side capital or you've worn the soles of your bespoke leather shoes on its cobblestone laneways many times before, MelbourneOpens external site in a new window will almost always have something fresh and new instore.

Just beyond the city you can experience stunning vistas, iconic wildlife and a myriad  of attractions.

Melbourne and the comparatively compact state of Victoria occupies a little pocket of Australia that's just made for road tripping, with fabulously photogenic highlights around every bend. 

 

Explore Melbourne From night markets to treasure-packed galleries, explore Melbourne with Qantas

Beyond Melbourne

Drive an hour east of the city and spend a day sampling great local produce and fine wines in the Yarra ValleyOpens external site or Mornington PensinulaOpens external site. Swim with with dolphins and seals, or hang with the kangaroos at Healesville Sanctuary.

Visit Phillip IslandOpens external site, 90 minutes from Melbourne, and a veritable wonderland of Australian native wildlife. Witness Phillip Island's little penguins as they emerge from the sea and waddle across the beach to their sand dunes. Join a wildlife cruise to see the colony of over 16,000 Australian fur seals at Seal Rocks, and spot koalas as you wander among the treetops at the Koala Conservation Centre. 

Venture a little further east to experience the pristine beauty of Wilsons Promontory, Lakes Entrance and the sprawling Gippsland Lakes.

For more inspiriation on what to see and do in and around Melbourne and Victoria, go to visitmelbourne.comOpens external site.

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Your gateway to the Northern Territory

As well as being Australia’s sporting and cultural capital, Melbourne is the perfect gateway for exploring the Northern Territory. Once you’ve soaked up the sights and sounds of Melbourne, fly north on the Qantas domestic network to Ayers Rock, Alice Springs or Darwin. Whether visiting the Top End or the Red Centre, the memories you'll make surrounded by the extraordinary landscape of the Northern Territory will stay with you for a lifetime. Book your flights to Melbourne and on to the Northern Territory together, for your chance to save with Qantas Explorer fares.

Flights to Melbourne

Don't miss

What's your entertainment or cultural fancy? Chances are you can find it in Melbourne.

Where to go

Many of Melbourne's best treasures are hidden so it pays to do a bit of research before you arrive. We'll help you get the most of your next trip by exposing you to the best places to go and stay.

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Melbourne CBD

Melbourne's CBD is laid out in a neat grid which makes it easy to explore on foot or by jumping on and off one of the city's famous tramsOpens external site in a new window. Whether your preference is a bustling bar or a quiet spot to relax over a coffee and a good book, Melbourne's CBD is able to accommodate.

If you're a bit of a foodie the iconic Queen Victoria MarketOpens external site in a new window is worth a visit. The largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the market is known for its local produce and gourmet foods, emerging-and-established designer wares, artisan products and souvenirs. If you're planning a visit in summer try the night markets.

If you're partial to easy on-foot exploration you'll never be short of a destination to stumble upon in the CBD, it's a big part of the city's enduring charm. The abundance of great places to see and do means you can almost rely on the fact that happenstance will help you uncover you next favourite destination.

Like a little less accidental and a bit more planned intent? Try Centre PlaceOpens external site for some of the best hole-in-the-wall bars and cafes Hell's Kitchen scores an honourable mention. Hosier LaneOpens external site will give you your required art fix, AC/DC LaneOpens external site for live music (Cherry BarOpens external site in a new window is a must visit) and Meyers PlaceOpens external site and Tattersalls LaneOpens external site for the best in bars.

Melbourne is a hive of bustling, creative laneways offering covert boutiques, famed restaurants, hole-in-the-wall cafes and hidden bars.

Carlton, Fitzroy and Collingwood

Elegant terraces, the Royal Exhibition BuildingOpens external site in a new window, Melbourne MuseumOpens external site in a new window and the picturesque Carlton GardensOpens external site in a new window are all at the northern edge of the city. Experience la dolce vita in 'Little Italy' - Lygon StreetOpens external site in a new window - and enjoy the bookshops, boutiques and bars that line a university neighbourhood.

Just 10 minutes tram ride from the CBD is FitzroyOpens external site, Melbourne's hippest bohemian enclave with galleries, fine dining, hidden bars and vintage shopping. Brunch all day and sip cocktails at the rooftop bars on Brunswick Street or shop for local fashion and specialist book and vinyl retailers on ultra-cool Gertrude StreetOpens external site.

From Fitzroy turn the corner to Smith Street, CollingwoodOpens external site, known for its art and homeware retailers, galleries and studios and happening late night scene. Dine at some of Melbourne's trendiest bars and restaurants and discover the neighbourhood's quirky creativity and effortless charm.

 

Richmond, South Yarra and Prahran

RichmondOpens external site is where the factory outlets are located, so dedicated bargain-hunters beat a path here. The big suburb is home to a large Vietnamese community, excellent grocers and Victoria Street's numerous restaurants specialising in pho. The fact that it's within walking distance to Melbourne's sporting precinct makes it a great destination to enjoy a pre-match drink at one of the many renovated hotels.

South YarraOpens external site and PrahranOpens external site are a short tram-ride or train from the CBD. The two main shopping streets are Chapel Street and Toorak Road. Toorak Road
offers a wealth of stylish boutiques, jewellers, tailors and exclusive home ware outlets, while eclectic Chapel Street is a vibrant and irresistible temptation for the fashion conscious.

St Kilda

This bayside suburb is diverse at its heart. Explore the array of alfresco cafes, bars and restaurants, the palm tree-lined esplanade, beaches, eclectic retail, outdoor activities, festivals and entertainment for all ages in this beachside suburb. The eclectic St KildaOpens external site community offers a selection of creative and quirky experiences for those who enjoy a cultural experience.

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Quick facts

Currency of Melbourne

Currency

Australian Dollar (AU$)

Electricity

Electricity

230V / 50Hz

Population of Melbourne, Australia

Population

4,250,000

Melbourne seasonal information

Seasons

Melbourne enjoys cold winters, warm-to-hot summers and mild springs and autumns. Expect the unexpected, Melbourne has a reputation for changeable weather. It's best to prepare for all seasons before you leave the hotel. Take an umbrella and wear layers that can be taken off easily if needed.

Getting around

From the airport

Melbourne Airport contains a domestic (T1, T3 and T4) and international terminal (T2) and is located 23km from the city centre. A taxi can be pricey, but there is an excellent integrated public transport service comprising trains, buses and trams which allow travel on any form of transport on the one daily ticket. You can also book transfersOpens external site to and from the airport and around the city for a reasonable price.

In and around the city

Trams are part of the allure of visiting Melbourne and are free to ride within the city centre. Don't miss your chance to rattle around the city on one of the heritage City Circle TramsOpens external site which also provide audio commentary of the city's famous landmarks and major attractions. Taxis and trains are also a reliable option.

If you are staying in a hotel with parking or want to get out and around the larger city, you might want to consider car hire in Melbourne so you can visit places like the Great Ocean RoadOpens external site in a new window, Mornington PeninsulaOpens external site in a new window, Yarra ValleyOpens external site in a new window or Phillip IslandOpens external site in a new window.

Melbourne car hire

Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn Qantas Points per AU$1 spent on the base car rate within Australia.

Getting you there

Your flight with Qantas

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