Melbourne

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Overview

Make a long weekend of it in Australia's cultural and entertainment hub. Known for its eateries, endless shopping, international 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, Melbourne will almost always have something fresh and new instore.

Spring sees the city emerge from the depths of winter with the iconic Spring Racing Carnival, running from 1 September through to 27 November 2016, with the highlight being the world famous Melbourne Cup Carnival on Tuesday 1 November 2016.

It's a time to don your finest and tread the turf at some of the most illustrious races including the BMW Caulfield Cup, the William Hill Cox Plate and a range of high profile feature races. 

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The Spring Racing season has returned and we've got a spring in our step (excuse the pun) - it means summer's around the corner! With all the racing activitiy planned for the next few months, we've got the best places to celebrate your wins or losses, or just celebrate being with friends. 

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Don't miss at the National Gallery of Victoria

Viktor & Rolf

This world first exhibition from the globally acclaimed fashion duo features more than 35 of their haute couture pieces, including some of their most spectacular and avante-garde. Get more information here.

David Hockney

One of the world's most influential artists comes to Melbourne from 11 November, 2016 to 13 March, 2017. Featuring more than 700 of his works, explore this incredible range of drawings, portraits, landscapes and video by Britain's greatest living painter. Find out more and buy tickets

Get a sneak preview of their work in the gallery below. 

Flights to Melbourne

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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 trams. 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 Markets are 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 Place for some of the best hole-in-the-wall bars and cafes (Hell's Kitchen scores an honourable mention). Hosier Lane will give you your required art fix, AC/DC Lane for live music (Cherry Bar is a must visit) and Meyers Place and Tattersalls Lane for the best in bars.

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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 Building, Melbourne Museum and the picturesque Carlton Gardens are all at the northern edge of the city. Experience la dolce vita in 'Little Italy' - Lygon Street - and enjoy the bookshops, boutiques and bars that line a university neighbourhood.

Just 10 minutes tram ride from the CBD is Fitzroy, 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 Street.

From Fitzroy turn the corner to Smith Street, Collingwood, known for its art and home ware 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.

 

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Richmond, South Yarra and Prahran

Richmond 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 Yarra and Prahran 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.

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St Kilda

This bay-side 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 Kilda 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) 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 transfers 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, so don't miss your chance to rattle around the city on one of the old ones. The City Circle Tram is a free service and it's a great way to see the CBD. 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 Road, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley or Phillip Island.

Melbourne car hire

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

Getting you there

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