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Melbourne’s peak travel season kicks off during the hotter months (no surprises there), when the tourist crowds jostle with locals for the prime sunbathing real estate on the beach.
Cheer on your favorite tennis players as these iconic powerhouses duke it out for the championship title at the annual Australian Open.
February is when summer really goes into full swing, marked by the St Kilda Festival, which brings together both international and local crowds for a free celebration of art and music.
Melbourne’s Chinatown lights up in red and gold, signaling the arrival of the Lunar New Year. It’s the perfect excuse to hunt down the best yum cha, catch lion dance performances, or watch Hong Kong Chinese New Year blockbusters at the Chinatown Cinema.
Perhaps one of the best times to visit is in fall, when cooler temperatures usher in all that amazing fall foliage action. While we know sweater weather is just around the corner, there’s still a chance for a potential heat wave (especially earlier on in the season). Meaning: Don’t ditch your SPF.
Fans of fall leaves (and who isn’t?) can get their fix at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. It’s home to thousands of plant species from all around the world.
The Melbourne Food And Wine Festival hosts an annual celebration of the best wines, cheeses, and other deliciousness the city has to offer.
Labor Day weekend is an absolute field day for adrenaline junkies. The annual Moomba Festival, a large community event, offers a range of cool rides and water sports to get your heart racing. Roving performers, pop-up concerts and street art installations add to the party-like atmosphere.
Winter in Melbourne is a bit of a mixed bag: Sometimes it’s chilly and sometimes it’s wet. But fear not! That just means it’s the absolute right time to hit up the city’s best restaurants for warm-you-up winter fare.
Head out to the Mornington Peninsula for the healing thermal waters at the Peninsula Hot Springs. Hot tip: Pick a spot in their coveted rooftop pool for 360-degree views of the region.
Film buffs, unite: The Melbourne International Film Festival, an iconic cultural event showcasing the best of Australian filmmaking since 1952, happens in the winter season.
Dive into Melbourne’s architectural history during Open House Melbourne, a two-day event that gives you the chance to explore some of the city’s most significant buildings, places of worship, and famous monuments—plus, you’ll get to dig into the stories behind them. The best part? Most of the guided tours are free.
Thanks to warmer and longer days, spring is the prime time to picnic in one of Melbourne’s parks. The weather can be a little all over the place this time of year, but locals don’t let that stop them (they just come prepared—so bring a rain jacket just in case).
Bookworks and storytellers alike will find inspiration galore at the Melbourne Writers Festival. There’s always a lineup of the best local and international names in the literary world.
Take advantage of the off-peak season to explore the Grampians, an expansive national park just out of Melbourne. Pick a hiking trail and take in epic, Instagram-worthy views of mountain ranges and valleys. (And oh yes, the wildflowers are in their full glory, too.)
Looking for a picnic spot? The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is always a crowd pleaser, offering plenty of space to enjoy a bagged lunch while watching tulips in full bloom.
Hotels in popular neighbourhoods
- Central Business DistrictFull of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.Read more
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- ChinatownLocals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving up age-old recipes. The lighting may be unromantic, the patrons loud, and the service no-nonsense, but the food is sensational.Read more
- Lygon StreetIf you want real parmesan, cut from the block, grated over your pasta with a twist of style, this is the place. Until recently, this neighbourhood was home to the notorious ‘Carlton Crew,’ a pseudo mafia who started their day with a local espresso. They are gone, but the espresso still runs strong in this Little Italy which has something for everyone. Starched white tablecloths, candles, pizza the way they do it "back home" and maybe even a bit of amore. The number of gelato choices will leave you in a state of indecision and wide footpaths, big awnings and a sea of packed tables makes this al fresco dining experience a continental buzz. Even if you’re not eating, it’s worth the stroll just for the people-watching, which, of course, is an Italian tradition.Read more
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- FitzroyFitzroy is an unusual blend of working class roots, hip gentrification, and a robust bohemian work ethic. Along Brunswick Street and its side streets, you'll find little independent shops where local clothes and furniture designers display their wares. There are specialist bookshops, funky record bars, and quality vintage clothing shops where browsing is the next best thing to buying. Gertrude Street is famous for its cuisine and art galleries, but if you want to buy an old-fashioned snooker table, there is a shop for that too. Small pubs still exist, tucked away on the corners of suburban side streets that serve up traditional Sunday roasts. Live music abounds, and the street performers play so hard you worry to tip them would ruin their concentration. Venture to the Spanish quarter on Johnston Street and you may even find street dancing. It is all happening amidst off-beat street murals and the shuffle of a very funky neighbourhood that embraces both old and new.Read more
Hotels near the sights
- Royal Botanic Gardens VictoriaVisit Melbourne's inner-city oasis. Over 10,000 plant species from around the world are presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees are home to an amazing range of wildlife.Read more
- City Circle TramThe City Circle Tram is a free and convenient way to see the sights of central Melbourne and the Docklands while experiencing a ride on one of the city's much loved heritage trams.An audio commentary provides details of city landmarks and major attractions such as the City Museum, Parliament House, Docklands, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre.The City Circle Tram also links with other tram, train and bus routes around Melbourne.To catch the City Circle Tram, simply wait at any tram stop along the City Circle Tram route. These tram stops are specially marked with a City Circle sign.Trams operate in both directions every 12 minutes between 10am and 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday and between 10am and 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.City Circle Trams do not run on Christmas Day and Good Friday.Read more
- Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is Australia's largest, oldest and most popular sporting venue. The MCG has hosted plenty of international cricket, including the first-ever Test and the 1992 World Cup final, countless VFL/AFL Grand Finals, the 1956 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games. It also hosted the final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Other sporting spectacles include FIFA World Cup soccer qualifiers, rugby league home and away matches and State of Origin and international rugby union clashes. Apart from its sporting events, the MCG has also witnessed many blockbuster music concerts, and even Pope John Paul II held a mass there when he visited Melbourne in 1986. The MCG has a total capacity of 100,024 people, comprising 95,024 seats and 5000 standing room spaces. The stadium also houses the National Sports Museum, which includes some of the most priceless pieces of memorabilia in Australian sporting history.Read more
- Shrine of RemembranceThe Shrine is Victoria's national memorial honouring the service and sacrifice of Australians in war and peacekeeping. Explore Melbourne’s iconic landmark to find peaceful reflection, discover the real-life stories of Australians in wartime and view breathtaking vistas of the memorial gardens and Melbourne.Read more
- Queen Victoria MarketQueen Victoria Market is an authentic, bustling, inner-city market that has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for over 140 years. Home to over 600 small businesses, it’s a great place to discover fresh and specialty produce, hand-made and unique products, great coffee and food, souvenirs and clothing. Shopping at the Market has always been one of life’s great pleasures. It’s not just the abundance of fresh food, it’s the friendly banter with the traders, the vibrant and multicultural atmosphere, the special events and festivals, and the sense of belonging that comes with it. Queen Victoria Market is also home to the Night Market on Wednesday nights, showcasing global street food, live music and entertainment, festival bars, specialty shopping and a great Melbourne night out. Be sure to take the Ultimate Foodie Tour, a two-hour, guided walking tour where you’ll indulge in some of the best food the Market has to offer. Bookings essential.Read more
- National Gallery of VictoriaThe National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia. Situated over two magnificent buildings – NGV International and NGV Australia – the Gallery presents over 40 exhibitions a year including major international blockbusters and a wide range of exhibitions, programs and events, from contemporary art to fashion and design, and major historical exhibitions that are internationally exclusive to Melbourne.Read more
- Melbourne SkydeckNothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe inspiring view of Melbourne from the observation deck of the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. Located at Level 88, Eureka Skydeck is Melbourne's new 'must-see' attraction. Skydeck 88 is the only observation deck in the world that can thrill you with the Edge - a glass cube which projects 3 metres out from the building, with you in it!Read more
- Block ArcadeVoted #8 of 323 things to do and see in Melbourne by Tripadvisor and winning the 2015 Travellers' Choice Award, join us on a personalised guided walk through one of Melbourne's most grand and historic landmarks,The Block Arcade. Built in 1892 and modelled on the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele in Milan, The Block Arcade is a heritage listed shopping arcade situated on Melbourne's Golden Mile and home to the largest mosaic floor in the southern hemisphere, its magnificent glass dome and the iconic Hopetoun Tearooms. Suitable for all ages, a guided walk through the Arcade will take you on a historical journey back to the early days of the Colony and a glimpse into Melbourne's rich and colourful history. Venture upstairs, which is not accessible to the general public, as you view the Arcade from its many windows and causeway. Tours run twice a week on Tuesdays or Thursdays. 11am - 12pm at $15 p/p 2 - 3.30pm at $22 p/p and includes a Devonshire afternoon tea. For groups of more than 8, prior arrangements can be made for alternative times/days.Read more
- Melbourne ZooJourney through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne. Over 250 species from around the world can be found in the beautiful setting of Melbourne Zoo, just five minutes from the city centre. Stroll through the lush Asian and African rainforests, Australian bushland and even underwater! Walk where tigers roam and monkeys swing from tree to tree. See eye-to-eye with the Orang-utans in their special elevated exhibit, explore the Trail of Elephants and then head down the bush track to see unique Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wombats and emus. Submerge yourself in our underwater world to see Victoria's iconic Little Penguins, Australian Fur Seals and more! Meet the Keeper: Hear our expert keepers give daily talks about the animals in their care. Close-up Encounters: Book a close-up encounter with one of our animals for a great photo opportunity. Melbourne Zoo is also the proud winner of the Victoria Tourism Awards RACV People’s Choice category, voted by Victorians as their Favourite Metro Attraction in both 2015 and 2016!Read more
- Melbourne MuseumOne of Australia's most popular and loved museums! Perfect for the whole family, Melbourne Museum showcases Australian social history, Aboriginal cultures, science and the environment. Expand your mind, discover new things and learn about cultures from the past and present. With exhibits to surprise and delight all ages, enjoy an inspiring and entertaining day while making memories that last a lifetime. Visit our permanent collections year-round and join us for exciting programs and temporary exhibitions from near and far. Visit the Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery the immersive space that supports families, carers, educators and children to learn together, designed for babies to 5-year-olds. Explore Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a space dedicated entirely to honouring our First People’s history, knowledge and living culture, through exhibits, storytelling, performances and more. Melbourne Museum is located adjacent to the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building.Read more
- Next Hotel Melbourne, Rydges Melbourne, and Sheraton Melbourne Hotel are some of the most popular hotels for travellers looking to stay near City Circle Tram. See the full list: Hotels near City Circle Tram.
- Popular hotels close to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria include Quest on Dorcas, United Places Hotel Botanic Gardens, and Seasons Botanic Gardens. See the full list: Hotels near Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.
- Popular hotels close to Melbourne Airport include Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport, an IHG Hotel, PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport, and Ibis Budget Melbourne Airport. See the full list: Hotels near Melbourne Airport.
- A few of the most popular hotels near Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) are Next Hotel Melbourne, Lancemore Crossley St., and Rydges Melbourne. See the full list: Hotels near Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
- Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne, Park Hyatt Melbourne, and Quay West Suites Melbourne have a spa and received excellent reviews from travellers in Melbourne. See the full list: Spa Resorts in Melbourne.