Melbourne Travel Guide30 May 2018
Melbourne travel guide
Things to do in Melbourne
Places to visit in Melbourne
Melbourne places to visit
About the Location
Melbourne is one city that regularly gets featured as the world’s most liveable city. It is Australia’s second largest city and the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. There are numerous places to visit in Melbourne, like museums, art galleries and theatres, theme parks, gardens and shopping malls, and restaurants.
Apart from that, it has some of the iconic natural parks and preserves for animals like kangaroos, cockatoos, koalas and kookaburras that are part of the identity of the country. The city organises a variety of cultural fests such as the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Melbourne has a vast network of public transport that makes getting around the city very easy for tourists.
The following districts have several Melbourne points of interest:
- The City Center - Central Business District (CBD) and Docklands have an amazingly lively environment. With some of the best restaurants, nightclubs and pubs, this district is a haven for youngsters. The Royal Botanic Gardens should not be missed. Saint Paul’s Cathedral and National Gallery of Victoria are other important landmarks of this region.
- South Melbourne - This part of Melbourne is famous for Port Melbourne and Albert Park. Clarendon Street is immensely popular for shopping.
- Southbank - This district is popular among tourists because of some great centres for arts, ballet, theatre and opera. The Crown casino that is situated here draws a lot of tourists too. Plenty of inexpensive dining options exist here. This region is also famous for local river cruises. The Eureka Skybank is a very popular tower, frequently visited by tourists and locals.
- St Kilda - This region of Melbourne is extremely popular for sunny beaches and awesome nightlife culture. The Luna Park, which was built before the second world war, is still functional and is a popular destination for families. Another place of interest for tourists is the Shrine of Remembrance. Other important places to visit here are St Kilda Botanical Gardens and the Jewish Museum of Australia.
- Stonnington - This region is considered to be the posh and high-end part of Melbourne, and comprises of places for fine dining and exclusive shopping.
- Inner East - With places like Richmond, Collingwood and Fitzroy, this region of Melbourne is considered to be the bohemian part of Melbourne. Visitors are especially drawn to restaurants offering authentic cuisines here. The pubs at Brunswick Street and Johnston Street are also very good. The Cooks’ Cottage, which is a cottage reconstructed from bricks of Captain James Cook’s home in England is also a popular spot.
- Inner North - This region is famous for its Italian culture, especially at Lygon and Rathdowne streets. Places like Melbourne Museum in Carlton and Melbourne Zoo in Parkville draw huge tourist crowds.
With this long list of places, the tourists are never short of things to do in Melbourne.
How to Reach
Melbourne Airport, also known as the Tullamarine Airport, is the major airport connected by international carriers. Some of the top direct and connecting flights from major cities of India to Melbourne are Air India, AirAsia X, China Southern among others.
The airport is well connected to the city by taxi, buses, shuttle buses, city cabs etc. Local flights are connected to Moorabbin airport and Essendon Airport.
Travelling within Melbourne
With an extensive network of public tram transport system, it is possible to visit all famous places in Melbourne. A great thing about Melbourne is that CBD and Docklands fall in the ‘Free Tram Zone’, that means that travelling in trams in these areas is free of cost. However, outside this zone, it is recommended that visitors get familiar with the online resources of public transport, managed by Public Transport Victoria.
Buses link most of the important tram or trains connections. The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle connects various attractions in the CBD, Docklands and Carlton.
Exploring the city by rental cars and bikes is very popular among tourists, because the roads are well marked, and it is very easy to find directions.
Best time to Visit
Since it is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons in Melbourne are opposite to that of the Northern Hemisphere, and this should be kept in mind before planning a trip. However, Melbourne is one of the rare places that can be enjoyed in any season.
- Autumn or Spring: The most popular time of the year to visit Melbourne is generally Autumn, between March and May, or Spring- between September and November. The temperature is just right during these months for exploring tourist places in Melbourne. However, the airlines and hotels tend to be expensive.
- Winters: Winters in Melbourne, from June to August, can be quite cold, but this time of the year is most favourable for economic air travel. In this weather, skiing is an added bonus that you can experience in the city.
- Summers: Summers, between December and February, are quite unpredictable. The temperature can suddenly jump several degrees higher than the previous day. Many people avoid travelling to Melbourne during this time. However, some tourists prefer this weather to witness the Australian Grand Slam Open and Australian Grand Prix sports events.
What to Pack?
Depending on the season that the travellers visit Melbourne, they should pack:
- Light cotton clothes like shorts, shirts, trousers and denim pants, and a cotton jacket during spring, summers and autumn
- Warm clothes, woollen caps, gloves, thick socks and good shoes during winter time. The night can get especially chilly and thus, it is recommended to layer up
- A comfortable pair of shoes or sandals should be carried throughout the year
Being a cosmopolitan city, Melbourne has plenty of options for eating out. Global cuisines like Oriental, African, Indian, European, Thai and Japanese are easily found here. Some of the key delicacies that you can find here are actually authentic dishes from all over the world. Some examples are as follows:
- Fish mackerel dumplings
- Ricotta hotcakes
- Duck waffles
- Double patty smash burgers
- Meat doughnuts
- Boat noodles
Indian Restaurants in Melbourne
- Tonka at 20 Duckboard Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia. Contact the restaurant at 96503155.
- Conservatory at Crown Entertainment Complex 8 Whiteman St | 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia. Contact the restaurant at +61 3 9292 5777
- Melba Restaurant at 1 Southgate Ave | The Langham, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia. Contact the restaurant at +61 3 8696 8888
Shopping List Essentials
Some of the souvenirs to be bought from Melbourne are:
- Opals are considered to be Australia’s national gemstone. Many authentic jewellery shops in Melbourne have a great collection of these stones
- Sherrin Football, which has been the official football of the Australian Football League
- Fridge magnets and other paraphernalia from iconic places like the Melbourne Cricket Grounds, and Luna Park
- A jar of Vegemite, which is a popular Australian lunch spread
Melbourne has some very advanced healthcare options, some of which are listed below.
- Epworth Healthcare, East Melbourne
- Mercy Private Hospital, East Melbourne
- Royal Women’s Hospital, Parkville
- Spot Check Clinic, South Yarra
- Jessie McPherson Private Hospital, Clayton
Basics of Local Communication
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The Australian dollar is the official currency in Melbourne.
English is the most widely spoken language in Melbourne. Because of a high number of immigrants, plenty of other languages like Italian, Chinese, and Greek are also spoken, but almost everyone can communicate in English. All official signboards are in English so you will not have many issues with the local communication.
Indian Embassy in Melbourne
344 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9682 5800
- Original Passports with at least 6 months validity from date of travel
- Visa Application Form along with documents like Pan Card or Aadhaar Card Copy
- Covering letter mentioning details of applicants, passport details, travel details and who will bear expenses details. If self-employed required on company letterhead
- Income Tax or Form 16 for last 3 years
- Hotel Bookings
- Air Tickets / Itinerary
Disclaimer: These are the standard requirements needed to attain an Australian Visa. The visa requirements may change according to factors like employment status, age, etc.