Melbourne has enough attractions to keep most travellers on the go for weeks.
Meander through secret laneways and historic arcades, see amazing street art, encounter hole-in-the-wall cafes, explore picturesque parks and gardens, and browse the collections of some of Australia’s most prestigious cultural institutions. There’s a wealth of amazing things to do in the Victorian capital, and if your time is limited, it pays to have some insider knowledge before you set out to explore.
Here are five Melbourne travel tips that will help you get the most from your visit.
There are plenty of hotels across the city and in the outer suburbs, but for the independent traveller, serviced apartments in Melbourne are an excellent option. An apartment will give you plenty of extra space, access to laundry facilities, and the ability to self-cater (which will drive your food budget further). If your accommodation is not within walking distance of the CBD, make sure that you are close to a station/stop on the extensive suburban rail and tram network.
Trams are a way of life in Melbourne, and the free tram zone in the CBD permits passengers to travel at no charge when completing their journey solely within the city grid. To travel on trams, trains and buses outside of the city centre, you will need a valid myki card.
There are plenty of other free ways to enjoy Melbourne. For example, the prestigious National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) offers free entry to its permanent collections at St Kilda Road and Federation Square. Entry to view the permanent collection at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square is also free. It pays homage to the history of film and television.
To eat cheap in Melbourne, head to the historic Queen Victoria Market. You’ll find a lot more here than just fruit and vegetables. Browse the seriously impressive dairy and smallgoods hall. There’s also a specialty shopping section and an atmospheric night market in winter. The market is home to several street food vendors, so it’s a great spot to pick up cheap and tasty street eats (the warm jam donuts are legendary).
When it comes to eating out in Melbourne, it’s all about dining ‘precincts’ — many of which specialise in a particular type of cuisine. Just north of the Melbourne CBD, Gertrude Street, Brunswick Street, and Smith Street in Fitzroy are all great for pub grub and Modern Australian dining. Not far away is the more touristy Lygon Street in Carlton — renowned for Italian food. Sydney Road in Brunswick specialises in Turkish fare, while over in Victoria Street in Abbotsford you’ll find plenty of great (and cheap!) Vietnamese food. Check out Chinatown in the CBD for awesome dumplings.
Melbourne is known as Australia’s cultural capital, which is due in part to the swag of cultural institutions and festivals that call the city home. Go online to find out what’s on during your visit. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is an annual highlight. It’s one of the largest comedy festivals in the world and features hundreds of shows.
If you prefer live music, you’ll find great venues across the city and inner-northern suburbs.
To experience the city’s legendary sporting culture, attendance at an Australian Football League (AFL) match is mandatory!
This post was provided by RNR Serviced Apartments and edited by The Big Bus tour and travel guide.
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