About Melbourne

Apart from being Australia’s sporting and cultural capital, Melbourne is a stylish, dynamic and cosmopolitan city. It is the capital for the southeastern Australian state of Victoria and located at the head of Port Phillip Bay, on the southeastern coast. The city's center is the modern Federation Square development, along with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria is full of Australian indigenous art. The Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building give a glimpse of city history and culture. The Immigration Museum and the Chinese Museum provide differing cultural perspectives on the local settlement, while Old Melbourne Gaol provides insight into 19th Century prison life. One of the major shopping destinations is Queen Victoria Market, a Victorian-era building with food stalls. The city’s 19th Century "laneways" and shopping arcades are lined with cafes, galleries, and boutiques. The Royal Botanic Gardens situated in riverside shelters 10,000+ plant species, and Yarra Park is home to the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Public Transport System

Trams, Trains, Buses, Taxi, Bicycle, Ferries, Water Taxis

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: High, Efficiency: High

Mode & Cost of Transports

Myki card is Melbourne's ticket to travel on the city's trains, trams and buses.

Melbourne is divided into two zones i.e. Zone 1 and Zone 2. Zone 1 includes all inner city suburbs and Zone 2 includes the suburbs well outside of the city centre. Travelling across both the Zones is included in the cost of your fare. On weekdays, train travels completed before 7 am are free of cost.

When you touch your myki card on and off the electronic readers as you travel, an initial charge of 2 hour will apply. If you continue to use the card for more than two hours, a capped full day fare will be deducted from your card.

Children below 4 years do not need myki cards to travel.

Trams: Free to $4.30 per trip (with a daily cap of $8.60)
Trains: $4.30 per trip (with a daily cap of $8.60).
Buses: $4.30 per trip (with a daily cap of $8.60).
V/Line trains and coaches: $4.30-$32.60 per trip

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 2.12
Cup of Coffee USD 2.83
Milk Carton Pack USD 0.71
Rice/Kg USD 2.12
White Bread USD 2.12
Eggs (12) USD 2.83
Combo Meal USD 7.79
Fine Dining USD 11.33
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 2.12
Domestic Beer USD 2.83
Imported Beer USD 4.25
Bottle of Wine USD 10.62
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 21.25
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 1.42
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 2.83
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 1313.19

Do’s:

  • Ignore red and yellow flags
  • Always use sunscreen
  • Take your Myki Card
  • Plan your visit to coincide with a festival
  • Venture out to the bohemian suburbs of Fitzroy and Brunswick, the historical suburb of Abbotsford and Carlton and St. Kilda
  • Go on a walking tour
  • Take a river cruise
  • Do your shopping during the day
  • Stand on the left, walk on the right

Don’ts:

  • Pronounce it Mel-born
  • Trust the weather forecast
  • Never pay tip
  • Overuse stereotypical slang
  • Drive in the city
  • Debate on Melbourne vs. Sydney
  • Swim in the Yarra
  • Drink in public
  • Pat a Koala

Night Life

Melbourne has been tagged among the world’s most attractive, liveable places. And if ‘liveable’ means going out and having a good time with the best nightlife in Melbourne, then you got it right! The once quiet streets of the city have turned all jazzy and fun with a plethora of bars, pubs, clubs, discotheques, restaurants, cruises, theatres, and other entertainment options, all of which turn ten times more exciting in the evening. The best time to experience Melbourne is at night. You can take your pick of great restaurants at 1 a.m., see late-night gigs and dance until 4 a.m., then take public transport home on the weekend. Apart from the usual party havens and drinking hubs, the best nightlife in Melbourne also incorporates late-night gaming alleys with bowling, golf, indoor bocce, ping pong and pool where one can play all night long with their gang. Sports lovers can cheer for their favorite teams on the screen at the many extravagant sports bars in town, while music lovers can sing their hearts out in karaoke clubs or dance away during live band performances in high-end clubs to turn their evening into a melodious affair.

Must See

  • Many of the museums and galleries are free.
  • Drink the world's best coffee here. 
  • There is an amazing street art to look out for.
  • Flinders Street Station and Federation Square is another attraction of this city. 
  • For the artoholics, check out the Palais Theatre. 
  • When in Australia, always check out the Aboriginal art. 
  • Enjoy a taste of Italy on Lygon Street.
  • The Werribee Open Range Zoo, a wooden roller-coaster built in 1912.

Experiences

  • Night out at the Crown Casino Complex
  • Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Queen Victoria Markets
  • Go penguin-spotting at St. Kilda
  • Bushwalking in the Dandenong Ranges
  • Gallery-hopping across the city
  • Take a day trip to the Yarra Valley

Activities

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  • A wooden toy replica of a vintage tram.
  • Make me Iconic teapot sits proudly on loud on any dining table.
  • Red Blundstone boots are popularly worn in the outbacks as they protect against muddy paths and insect bites.
  • Anna Davern Brooch, designed by one of the most celebrated Australian designers.
  • Sherrin Football used in their AFL matches.
  • Skipping Girl Vinegar Sign Print posters unique to Melbourne.
  • Vegemite spreads, they take a little getting used to but the Australians love it on bread and as dressing.
  • Boomerangs are produced here locally.
  • Cuff Links Melbs Tram, designer cuff-links.
  • Dame Edna Glasses.
  • Kids Penguin Beanie.
  • Opal mineral stone can be used in jewelry and in showpieces.
  • Ugg Boots made of sheepskin best for dealing with the brunt of winters.
  • AFL Guernseys which are the national football league jerseys.

Official Language

No official language

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Currency

Australian Dollar (AUD)

Population

4.8 (Millions)

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Weather

Overcast Clouds 17.69°C

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TimeZone

17:55 PM (GMT +11:00)

 

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Ambulance

000

 

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Police

000

 

Electric socket

Type I
Type I ( 230 V 50 Hz)
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Airport Name / IATA Code

Melbourne Airport - MEL

Airport Name / IATA Code

Essendon Airport - MEB

Best time to visit

December, January, February, and March - The weather is pleasant and warm during this time. Most of the important events like the Boxing Day Test Cricket Match, the Australian Grand Slam Open, and the Australian Grand Prix happen during this time of the year.

Moderate time to visit

April, May, September, October, and November - It is a moderate time to explore the city on foot or on a bike and enjoy picnics, barbeques and more in any of the beautiful parks here. The weather is quite bearable during this time of the year.

Worst time to visit

June, July, and August - These months are the coldest months in Melbourne. Visitors may find it difficult to bear the cold climate.

Taxi

Start Tariff: AUD 4.50

1 Km. Tariff: AUD 1.70

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: AUD 34.20

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