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The Best of Melbourne in 72 Hours

The Best of Melbourne in 72 Hours

Melbourne is a city that knows how to live it up: think food, wine, fashion, fascinating bay beaches and meandering city walking tracks.

In fact, it usually outranks the other state capitals as the country’s most liveable spot. If you’ve only got three days in Melbourne to soak up the city’s spirit, follow this guide to doing, seeing and eating it all.

Day One

Morning

If Australia is the country of great coffee, then Melbourne is its capital. Arm yourself with a strong flat white from Brother Baba Budan or Hash Specialty Coffee in the CBD and spend the early hours of the day getting acquainted with the city’s famous laneways.

Stroll down the big-ticket alleys, such as the graffiti-lined Hosier Alley and cobblestoned Degraves Street, but also take the time to cruise some of the lesser-known passageways to discover something special. Our tip? Campbell Arcade, an underground tunnel rebirthed as a vintage shopping and vinyl mecca.

Afternoon

All that walking is sure to have worked up an appetite. Luckily, Melbourne is also known for its impressively diverse offering of great food – there are so many iconic dishes in the city, it will be hard to pick just a few to try.

May we suggest the New England lobster roll at Supernormal, a Sino-Japanese outfit on Flinders Lane, or a selection of tapas, including the delicate anchor at Movida? Once you’re sated, embark on a post-prandial walk along the banks of the river that snakes through the city, the Yarra.

If you want to see the city from the water, book a gondola that departs from the Crown Casino or Southgate to glide along its curves or book a private river cruise complete with a cheese platter and bottle of sparkling or chardonnay.

Evening

As the sun starts to set, there are two ways to utilise the final hours of light. You could take a lap around The Tan, the 3.8-kilometre loop that runs around the Kings Domain the Royal Botanic Gardens and is beloved by early-morning runners and after-work walkers.

Or, take a turn on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel at Docklands. Spinning by the banks of the Yarra, it’s the perfect vantage point to watch the city’s lights turn on. Then, hail a taxi to Lygon Street to overindulge in Italian cuisine. 400 Gradi is lauded for its simple Margherita pizza (it’s won worldwide awards), but its selection of pasta and risotto is just as tasty.

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For dessert, walk to Pidapipo for a big scoop of creamy hazelnut or Nutella swirl gelato. Still, have some room for more Italian morsels? Finish the evening with a glass or two of Australian wine and Cicchetti – Venetian-style bar food – at Heartattack and Vine.

Day Two

Morning

This is the day to settle in for a big, Australian-style brunch. Higher Ground, on Little Bourke Street, has meals to suit both those after a solid start to the day or something a little lighter – think everything from a salty bacon sandwich to buckwheat granola with mango and coconut whip.

For something trendier in an up-and-coming suburb, catch the Werribee train from Flinders Street Railway Station to Footscray Station and walk six minutes up Leeds Street to visit Rudimentary for a hot rissole roll beer-braised onions and ketchup.

While you’re there, get a deeper understanding of this multicultural suburb by visiting the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Afternoon

The next few hours are shopping time and, in Melbourne, you’re never short or place to work your wallet ­– every shopping style is catered for.

Boutiques belonging to Australian designer populate High Street in Armadale; Bourke Street and Chadstone malls are a mix of luxury and high-street fashion; St Collins Lane in the CBD is full of high-end European labels; you’ll find one-of-a-kind accessories and crafts at Rose Street Artists’ Market in Fitzroy or all manner of trinkets at Queen Victoria Market; and a hodge-podge of different stores on South Yarra’s Chapel Street.

And that’s not even counting the countless one-off boutiques scattered around the city.

Evening

Catch the number 86 tram from Bourke Street Mall to the intersection of Brunswick and Gertrude streets in Fitzroy, a pocket bordering the northeast of the CBD: this is tonight’s dinner destination. A haven for hipsters and those in the know, these streets are peppered with cafés, restaurants and bars to while away the night.

Ricky & Pinky, inside the Builders Arms hotel, makes a broad and delicious selection of Chinese cuisine; Cutler & Co’s extensive wine list highlights local bottles as well as the best from around the world; or, for something simpler, Belle’s Hot Chicken pleases the hungry masses with wings, drumsticks and tenders in a range of heats.

Day Three

Morning

Sydney’s beaches might be better for surfing, but the sandy shores dot Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay are perfect for swimming and watercraft activities. If you visit one beach, take the Sandringham train from Flinders Street Station to Brighton Beach ­– the colourful bathing boxes that line the sand are a sight to remember.

After your dip, take the coast-side Bay Trail towards St Kilda. It should take just over an hour to reach the St Kilda breakwater, where it’s time for some penguin peeking: look down, and you’ll spot the colony of little penguins that have made their burrows in the rocks. Then wander up to Acland Street for a post-walk pick-me-up of the incredible sugar variety – there’s a bakery every few steps.

Afternoon

Jump on the number 3/3a or 67 tram from St Kilda back to Flinders Street Station and spend some time at Federation Square. There are myriad things to do, depending on what takes your interest:

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image has permanent interactive exhibitions of crucial moments of the film; the Ian Potter Centre has an extensive collection of indigenous art, or you can take a seat on the steps to watch the daily street performers entertain the crowd with their bizarre sets of skills. 

Evening

For the last hurrah, get yourself to Flinders Lane. A buzzing stretch on the city’s east side, it’s become a food lover’s haven with new restaurants seemingly opening every other week. Top picks? Chin Chin for a buzzy atmosphere and pan-Asian cuisine, Coda for Vietnamese-inspired plates, Saké for lively Japanese dishes or Cumulus Inc for poached snapper and slow-roast lamb shoulder.

Then, make the most of a balmy evening by visiting Transit Rooftop Bar, above the banks of the Yarra River, and toast the sparkling city skyline with your martini sip. The perfect way to end an action-packed few days. 

If You Find More Time…

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  • ­Hire a car and take a leisurely drive down The Great Ocean Road. Winding down the coast and through character-filled towns beckoning you for a coffee or ice-cream pit stop, it’s a journey you can do over one or several days. If you only have a day, the road officially begins in Torquay, about a 90-minute drive from the Melbourne CBD. You’ll want to at least get to the majestic 12 Apostles, a further two hours along.
  • There are several unique wine regions, all within a two-hour drive of the city. The Yarra Valley is not only a hub for great chardonnay and pinot noir but for destination dining (Matt Stone’s Oakridge and ezard at Levantine Hill are especially popular) and distilleries, particularly in the town of Healesville. The Macedon Ranges is an easy one-hour drive from the city and home to quaint villages with busy high streets for picking up unique homewares and wineries trying something new, such as Mount Towrong. In the Mornington Peninsula, wine meets art at vineyards such as Montalto and design hotels like Jackalope.
  • Phillip Island, a speck 90 minutes from Melbourne connected to the mainland via a bridge, is a must-do destination for wildlife lovers. As well as quiet, pristine beaches, it’s best known as the home for a significant population of little penguins and fur seals. 

12 Amazing Things to Do in Melbourne, Australia (+ Day Trips!)

Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia, is quite a popular destination for tourists from all over the world heading to Down Under! For all those travellers looking for the best things to do in Melbourne, Australia’s most “European” city, read on!

A hub for many exciting things, including museums, vintage stores, coffee shops, art galleries, events, festivals etc., there is nothing you cannot do in this city!

To share all the love that I have for this city, I have created this ultimate Melbourne travel guide that will take you through the best places to visit in Melbourne and have included some practical information at the end to help you organise your Melbourne trip more efficiently.

Let’s get to it –  here’s my list of the best things to do in Melbourne City:

1. Explore The City Center

There are countless Melbourne city attractions to enjoy and see, and the most innovative way to go about it is by taking one of the fantastic Melbourne walking tours! Most walking tours take you through the city centre.

I recommend checking out this 2.5 hour Melbourne city tour, in which a knowledgeable guide will take you through Melbourne’s top sightseeing spots, including Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and more!

NOTE: If you are not the type of person who enjoys walking, did you know there is also the option to hop on the free tram that goes through the city centre?

2. Hop On A Train At Flinders Street Station

Being the busiest suburban railway street of the Southern Hemisphere, Flinders Street Station is, out of all the places of interest in Melbourne, a must-see!

While you’re at Flinders Street Station, you can admire the beautiful yellow victorian building, explore its interiors and get lost going up and down the floors. There is an eerie old abandoned ballroom on the third floor that is, unfortunately, closed for visitors! However, you can always leap of faith and kindly ask an employee to let you in!

Finally, make sure also to check out Federation Square, which is just across the street.

FUN FACT: Flinders Street Station opened in 1854, making it the first railway station in an Australian city!

PRICE: Free

3. Explore Queen Victoria Market

Melbourne is full of BIG things! For instance, Queen Victoria Market has 7 hectares, and it’s the biggest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere!

This market was built in the 19th century, and it has since become one of the biggest Melbourne tourist attractions; it’s also a great place to get fresh produc

FUN FACT: Here’s an interesting story so you can get a better image of the way Australians are: In the 1960s, the mayor of Melbourne wanted to destroy Queen Victoria Market to build a parking lot, but the neighbours reacted and forced him to turn the building into a national trust so that it could never be destroyed!

You can also check it out with this 2-hour foodie tour that will take you through the fantastic world of Queen Victoria Market. Great for every food-loving people out there!

PRICE: Free

4. Try The Famous Melbourne Coffee

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Did you know that Melbourne is worldwide famous for its coffee? Not for growing it, but for making a perfect one!

And drinking it is one of the best activities to do in Melbourne! There are so many cafés in Australia’s cultural capital that the chances of you not coming across one of them are almost non-existent.

PRO TIP: You can try out the most delicious coffees on this 3-hour coffee walk.

5. Become An Art Expert At the National Gallery Of Victoria (Avg)

What to do in Melbourne when you want to admire some local art? It’s simple, head over to the National Gallery of Victoria!

Once again, another landmark in Melbourne makes it to the Guinness World Record Book! The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s largest, oldest and most visited art museum and art gallery!

The National Gallery of Victoria displays a permanent exhibition of international art from all over the world that will only take you a couple of hours to see. They have some events from time to time, which you can also check on their website!

6. Explore St Kilda And The Iconic Luna Park In Melbourne

St Kilda is Melbourne’s cutest neighbourhood. With its historic buildings, seaside restaurants and cafés, beaches and exciting nightlife, St. Kilda is an excellent place for every traveller to spend a day, and it can sometimes feel like a unique world on its own! St. Kilda is also home to Chapel Street – perfect for some entertainment, including shopping and events!

PRO TIP: If you head to St. Kilda Pier after sunset, try to also keep an eye out for penguins coming back home after a day spent fishing! They are present all year round, including the summer!

St. Kilda is also home to Luna Park in Melbourne – a historic amusement park built in 1912, making it a retro gem that will turn your Instagram feed into an aesthetic dream! Trust me; this park is a must-see and one of the most fun things to do in Melbourne! Oh, and by the way, the park is also perfect for those who’d like to save a couple of bucks, as it is one of the best cheap things to do in the city, too!

PRICE: The entry fee is AU$5; check all their passes here!

7. Learn More About Aboriginal Culture In Koorie Heritage Trust

Even though Australia is a “young country”, this couldn’t be further away from the truth! The country is home to the oldest civilisation globally (60.000 years old!), which has unfortunately been somewhat overshadowed by colonisation.

The Koorie Heritage Trust is a non-for-profit indigenous organisation and it is the best way to learn about Aboriginal culture in and around the region of Victoria!

8. Celebrate Multiculturality At The Immigration Museum

The Immigration Museum is a museum that celebrates the multiculturality of the world that we live in, and I recommend it if you are a little bit of an anthropologist or if you are simply curious!

PRO TIP: Make sure you engage in the interactive activities of the Museum – spoiler alert: you can become part of the border control police! So fun!

9. Admire The Street Art And Sculptures

Melbourne is quite famous for its street art culture! A must-see when heading to Melbourne is Hosier Lane, where you’ll always find street artists working on their pieces. You can also check out AC/DC Lane and Centre Place.

On another note, you’ll find, as you’re walking around Melbourne, that there are plenty of sculptures scattered throughout the city. Ranging from surrealist to realist, each of these sculptures shares its own story with those passing by.

PRO TIP: Check out this walking map: in just 56 minutes, this 3.7km walk guides you to some of the most famous sculptures in Melbourne!

If you’re pretty into art, I would suggest you check out this Street Art Tour, in which you’ll get to admire the top Melbourne pieces. It’s one of those walking art gallery tours on the streets!

10. Enjoy A Drink In One Of Melbourne’s Best Rooftop Bars

If you are a night owl or if you simply enjoy a little night of fun on your trips, Melbourne has a wide array of cool bars that you can head to! And why settle for a regular bar when you can go to a rooftop bar? Here are my favourite ones:

Alternatively, you can check out the Southbank Crown Casino. In case you didn’t know this (I know I didn’t) – Australians love gambling! That’s why each city’s casino is always a prominent landmark and a pretty fun stop if you gamble in moderation!

11. Relax At The Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens holds a place very close to my heart, as it is precisely where my brother and sister in law got married.

Visiting the botanic gardens is one of my top things to do in Melbourne! While you’re there, you can even see the Shrine Of Remembrance, a shrine commemorating World War I!

If you want to visit the city and the Royal Botanic Gardens with an organised tour, I recommend this one that takes 4 hours.

PRO TIP: During the summer, you can attend one of the movie nights organised at the Royal Botanic Gardens! Admission is AU$19 – and you can even bring your snacks and have a great picnic at the gardens!

NOTE: Another place to relax is Fitzroy Gardens, just a 20 min walk from the Botanic gardens. Check out their free guided walking tour that departs from the visitor centre every Saturday at 10 am!

12. Enjoy The View From Eureka Skydeck

If you’d like to see the city from up high and marvel at its breathtakingly beautiful skyline, you can visit the Eureka Skydeck on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower! Eureka Tower is a 300m skyscraper that was built in 2006. The view from the Skydeck is one of the most stunning panoramic views and photo opportunities in Melbourne – you can see the Dandenong Ranges National Park!

PRICE: AU$23 for adults, but I have found the ticket at a cheaper price (AU$21) here.

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Bonus 1: Extra Things To Do In Melbourne, Au

If you have already followed all of my recommendations mentioned above, check out my list of extra things to do in Melbourne below:

1. Check Out Melbourne Museum

If you head to Melbourne, you have to make sure you visit the Melbourne Museum, as you’ll get to know life in Victoria from a natural and cultural history perspective!

This is a museum packed with different galleries showcasing the most informative and educational pieces. They also have special events at times. Whether or not you come with your family and kids, I can assure you that this place is suitable for every traveller and I hope you will also try including the interactive area during your visit!

PRO TIP: Make sure you also check out the Royal Exhibitions Building and Carlon Gardens, where you can sometimes find events.

PRICE: AU$15

2. Shop ‘til You Drop At Bourke Street

One of the most critical streets in Melbourne, Bourke Street (located close to Federation Square), is a must-visit on your itinerary and my recommendation for every traveller! This is the place where everyone meets up for a day to be spent strolling through the Bourke Street Mall! There are also events (including music events) held around this area at times.

PRO TIP: If you don’t like crowds, avoid it during the weekends (especially Sunday), as it can get a bit hectic!

CAUTION: Smoking is banned in Bourke Street. Yes, in this country they ban smoking on some main streets! Be careful, or you may end up taking a very unwanted souvenir back home – one in the shape of a fine!

3. Get Creeped Out At The Old Melbourne Gaol

Visiting prisons when heading to Australia might sound like something every traveller does, but it is a part of Australian history that shouldn’t be missed.

The Old Melbourne Gaol or the Old Melbourne Prison is a prison turned into a museum that will help you discover Australia’s past and history through the bars!

FUN FACT: Bushranger Ned Kelly, Australia’s favourite outlaw, their very own Robin Hood, was executed in this prison, and what was said to be his skull was displayed here until it was stolen in 1978.

A great way to explore this prison is to buy a skip-the-line ticket online for AU$28.

4. Take A River Cruise

If you’d like to admire the city from another perspective, you can get one of the many Yarra river tours that check out the most famous landmarks including Federation Square and more!

For instance, you can book this 2-hour Yarra river cruise that explores all the top Melbourne city centre highlights!

5. See The City From Above At Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

If you are a keen photographer or astonishing views are your thing, head to the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, and you can get a whole new perspective of the city from the most iconic Melbourne observation wheel!

PRICE: The price for one adult is AU$27

6. Go To A Jazz Club And See A Jazz Performance In Melbourne

One of the best things to do in Melbourne at night is going to a jazz club to listen to some music –  my boyfriend and I enjoy them all the time! Melbourne is such an excellent place for this, as it’s got several jazz clubs that were perfect, yet not necessarily well-known bands play music for your ear’s pleasure! For example, you can check out Paris Cat Jazz Club or Bird’s Basement for live music!

Bonus 2: Day Trips From Melbourne

A trip to Melbourne wouldn’t be complete without visiting a couple of the surrounding natural areas! That’s why I have elaborated this list of Melbourne day trips that will give you some ideas in case you run out of things to see in Melbourne:

1. Great Ocean Road

The most popular day trip from Melbourne and a MUST (with capital letters!) is to see the Great Ocean Road!

Driving along the Victoria coastline, on one side of the road, you’ll be able to see the ocean and beautiful views such as the 12 Apostles and the beauty of the Port Campbell National Park on the other side!

I think one of the best ways to discover the famous 12 Apostles would be to rent a car and explore the area on your own! It is a 250km road, so if you’d like to do it all and come back to Melbourne on the same day.

Alternatively, here are the tours I can recommend: this 14-hour Great Ocean Road tour or this full-day Great Ocean Road Reverse Experience!

2. Phillip Island

If you’d like to see some natural wildlife, but you don’t want to see it in captivity at the Melbourne Zoo or the Melbourne Aquarium, you can head to Phillip Island!

Phillip Island is a true heaven for Australian fauna! While you’re there, you can spot seals, penguins, whales, kangaroos, koalas, etc.

The drive to Phillip Island takes about two hours from Melbourne, and it is perfectly feasible on your own without any tours if you rent a car.

Once there, you can enjoy this 2-hour cruise and enjoy the tremendously beautiful coastal views! You should also try including the penguin parade in your visit; find tickets in advance here.

3. Yarra Valley

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If you are a wine lover, you are in the right place! 

Victoria has quite a reputation for its wineries! Specifically, the Yarra Valley region surrounding the Yarra Rivers perfect conditions for the wine grape to grow!

If you’d like to head there, you can rent a car – it will only take you 1.5h to get there from Melbourne. Make sure you pay a visit to Chandon Winery or Dominique Portet.

However, due to road safety and ensuring that you can enjoy and taste as many wines as you want, I recommend this fantastic 8-hour Yarra Valley Gourmet tour. Alternatively, why not book this full-day wine tasting experience that includes a gourmet lunch?

Melbourne Tourism – Practical Information About The City

Where To Stay In Melbourne

Melbourne doesn’t lack suitable accommodation for all budgets! Here, I have selected some great hotel recommendations for Melbourne in the centre, all sorted by price range:

Luxury (US$160 and up) – Located on the banks of the city river, The Langham Melbourne Hotel is a top pick amongst travellers and it offers world-class service! The QT Melbourne Hotel is another fine choice with a stylish design for a great time in the city!

Mid-range (US$50 – US$160) – The boutique Treasury on Collins Hotel is situated in a historic 19th-century building, and it’s a great choice. Novotel Melbourne Central Hotel is also a great and safe choice when selecting accommodation!

Budget (up to US$50) – Yep, the city also has perfect budget accommodation! If you are on a strict budget, you can try the Hub Hostel. Alternatively, you can stay at United Backpackers; it offers shared rooms right in Melbourne’s city centre!

How To Get From The Airport To Melbourne City

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) is 23 km away from the city centre. Considering what Australian distances are like, this is nothing, but it is still a significant distance. Here are your options for getting to the centre:

The SkyBus is my favourite option, as it runs buses between the airport and the city every 8 minutes. It costs AU$19.75, and you can purchase your tickets at the desks located at the exit of every Melbourne Airport Terminal. They even provide a free city hotel shuttle!

You can buy your tickets beforehand here.

Public Transport Victoria provides several public buses; You can hop on at the undercover bus interchange located at Terminal 4.

  • Routes 478, 479 and 482 take you from Melbourne Airport to Airport West and Sunbury.
  • Route 901 connects the airport and Broadmeadows Station, where you can then get a train to the city centre.

To enjoy these services, you would need a Myki card – check out how to get in the “Transport inside the city” section below. And finally, make sure you use the Journey Planner to plan your journey home! This trip will cost you AU$4.50.

Getting an Uber is always a great and convenient option when travelling between the airport and the city centre, and it ends up being cheaper than public transport! The ride from the airport would cost around AU$45, depending on where you want to get off!

Transportation Inside The City

To survive here, you are going to need to master its transport system. Keep in mind that it is quite a busy town, so make sure you use it smartly and read the following tips thoroughly, as they’ll be the key to your navigating the city successfully!

PRO TIP: For most of the following transportation methods, you can use the Journey Planner to plan your journey!

Here are all the available options:

To get on a tram, you need to purchase a Myki card that will just cost AU$6 and which you can buy at the stations or 7-Eleven stores, the same places where you can top them up (bear in mind that you can pay neither cash nor card to the tram driver directly).

A ride will cost you around AU$4.50 (Zone 1 and 2) or AU$3 (Zone 2). Alternatively, you can purchase a 7-day pass whose price is from $30 (Zone 2) to AU$45 (Zone 1 and 2) and can be used in all types of public transportation.

NOTE: The city centre has a Free Tram Zone, so if you exit the centre, you still need to stay on the tram; you just need to “touch on” with your Myki card (no need to touch off on trams).

A ride usually costs around AU$4.50, which you will have to pay with your Myki card. Make sure you touch on when you get on the train, and you touch off when you get off!

You can use your Myki card to enjoy the bus services as well, and it works precisely like the tram – a ride will cost you around AU$4.50 (Zone 1 and 2) or AU$3 (Zone 2). Alternatively, you can get a 7-day pass that costs from AU$30 (Zone 2) to AU$45 (Zone 1 and 2), which can be used in all types of public transportation.

Uber is my favourite private mode of transportation in the country – it is safe, reliable and cheap! For instance, a 10 min ride would cost you around AU$10.

Alternatively, you can always get a taxi! Taxis are pretty safe here, and you can always hail one on the street. The only con? It is a bit pricier, as compared to Uber! They cost AU$1.8 per km, plus an AU$5 initial charge, which means that, depending on the traffic, a 10 min ride can cost around AU$15.

Must-try Food In Melbourne

No, we are not just talking about kangaroo meat. Australian modern cuisine is a twist between all these cultures that form this new Australia and even some aboriginal delicacies! Find below Melbourne’s best food that you have to taste while in the city:

  1. Meat Pies – classic Australian pies with meat
  2. Chicken Parmigiana – Baked chicken breast with a layer of tomato and parmesan cheese
  3. Barbecued meat – Having a Barbie is the Aussies’ favourite excuse for a get-together!
  4. Greek food – having once hosted the second largest Greek community after Athens, Melbourne is bound to have some yummy Greek food.
  5. Pizza – Probably the best pizza after that from Italy
  6. Traditional Australian sweets and desserts – Anzac Biscuits, Pavlova, Tim Tam’s, Lamington’s, etc.

Best Restaurants And Cafés In Melbourne

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Melburnians like to eat well, that’s a fact. They also want to eat out. This could only mean one thing – that they have the best restaurants in Australia!

Apart from this and as mentioned above, Melbourne is considered the “coffee capital of the world”, so it is doubtful to have a bad cup of coffee while there.

  • Etta – My favourite restaurant! I took my boyfriend here to celebrate his birthday –  and everything, from the food to the service, was outstanding! The menu has since changed, but I am sure it’ll be delicious anyway. The way it’s designed is to order a little bit of everything and SHARE as much as possible! Also, as it was a special occasion, I politely asked for a lovely table during my online reservation, and they gave us the best table at the restaurant!
  • Stalactites – One of the oldest and most popular Greek restaurants, close to Federation Square
  • 400 Gradi – Taste the award-winning Margherita pizza at the famous Italian restaurant 400 Grade
  • Charcoal Lane – I couldn’t forget an Australian restaurant featuring native ingredients and indigenous cuisine!
  • Vue de Monde – Located in the Rialto Building, the Vue du Monde dining experience is otherworldly;
  • Florentino – Who doesn’t love a fancy Italian restaurant right near Federation Square?
  • Lentils as Anything, Abbotsford – For a vegan or vegetarian feast in a restaurant where you just pay whatever you like;
  • A1 Bakery – A Lebanese bakery located in the trendy Brunswick neighbourhood
  • Seven Seeds Café
  • Market Lane Coffee

Money And Prices In Melbourne

The rumours that you’ve heard about Melbourne being a bit unaffordable are not mistaken; HOWEVER, most of us travelling to the Antipodes come from European countries or the US, which means that our currencies are way more potent than the Australian dollar!

PRO TIP: If you are a smoker or if you just like to enjoy a whisky glass at night James-Bond-style, first of all, you’re cool – but second of all, you should note that those items are highly taxed. In Australia! So you might want to bring your own in your luggage. And no, that is not tacky; it’s called brilliant! 😉

ATTENTION: I recommend checking what you can or can’t take into Australia here. The border police don’t mess around!

Find below a list of average prices in Melbourne:

  • A meal in an inexpensive restaurant for one person – AU$17
  • Dinner for 2 in a restaurant – AU$80
  • A night in a hotel (very approximate) – AU$160
  • Taxi – AU$1.8 per km + AU$5 initial charge
  • A bottle of water – AU$1
  • Domestic beer 0,5L – AU$9
  • Metro ticket – AU$4.50
  • The average price for a museum – FREE
  • 1l of gas (1/4 gallon) – AU$1.46

TIPPING CULTURE: Tipping is not widespread here; however, if you choose to do it, you’ll get a great smile in return. And if you don’t, the service will still be excellent, and no one will think of you as a cheapskate!

Sim Cards In Australia

While I lived in Australia, I happened always to own a prepaid card; maybe because of my fear of commitment, or because they just have excellent plans – I just never got a contract!

Vodafone was the cheapest company to use when I did my research – with an AU$20 plan for 20 GB; it makes for a fantastic deal.

If you will be travelling team the Australian Outback or a bit further away from the cities, you are better off buying Telstra.

Tourist Visa For Australia

Travelling to Australia can be the easiest or the most challenging thing ever – it all, unfortunately, depends on where you are from (and how well you’ve read this article! 😉 ).

All tourists going to Australia need a tourist visa that needs to be prepared with as much time in advance as possible (15 days should be enough, in most cases). However, if you are a bit tight on time, don’t worry – they are super-efficient and generally process these types of visas quite fast. For instance, 90% of European tourist visas are processed within a day!

  • If you’re from a European country – you are eligible for the Visitor 651 Visa, which allows you to stay for a total of 3 months in 12 months. Also, they are free!
  • If you’re from the USA – you can apply for a 601 visa, which allows you to stay for up to 3 months of travelling in Australia. They are free as well, but there is an online application service charge of AU$20! It usually takes a day for them to be processed.

For more information about visas, you can check out the official website.

Insurance For Australia

If you are travelling to Australia, you better get some travel insurance! Not because it’s an unsafe country, as that couldn’t be further away from the truth. But just because if even the tiniest thing happens to you, your wallet is going to have to be ready!

The Australian health system will not cover everything in case of an accident! For instance, my friend broke her toe, and she had to pay AU$600 upfront before her insurance could reimburse her back!

World Nomads is a top-rated insurance company chosen by all types of travellers when going to Australia. It is super reliable, and it can cover anything.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this article!

Here, I have explained my favourite things to do in Melbourne and talked about the best cultural attractions. I have also mentioned the best day trips around Melbourne and my favourite ways to see the incredible landscape.

If you need a hand choosing the suitable Melbourne accommodation, you can read my Best Hotels in Melbourne article, in which I choose my favourite hotels and apartments at the best prices!

I hope that I have now turned you into Melbourne’s biggest fan – just like me! Make sure to tell me how much you love it in the comments below and what your favourite part of your trip was!

Happy Travels!

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