Thinking about coming to Melbourne but you’re not sure where to start. There’s so much to do and see it’s overwhelming! Here’s a list of our top 7 tips when coming to the beautiful, fashionable and eclectic city of Melbourne.
Where to stay?
In Melbourne you can find accommodation from $25 a night, hotels and motels usually start at $80. Find the best deal on hostel world or bookings.com. We recommend staying in the CBD as that’s where the cities heart resides and it’s really easy to travel around Melbourne with a free tram zone with in the city and easy transport options out of the city center.
Travelling in Melbourne. It’s easy to walk around Melbourne as it’s very flat, or hire a bike and enjoy riding along the gorgeous Yarra river.
Melbourne has some of the best public transport in Australia, all you need is a MYKI card which you can buy at train stations, 7/11’s and some Post Offices for $6. If you’re in town for a week and plan to use public transport at least twice a day buy a 7 day unlimited MYKI pass for $48 or a visitors MYKI and download the PTV app which will help guide you through the city and surrounds.
There is transport to more rural areas of Victoria but a lot of you will want to see The Great Ocean Road, so rental a car to leave the city. A small compact car will cost about $40 per day plus fuel, but includes insurance however if you’re less than 25 the age surcharge is usually $30 extra per day. Find the best deal on www.drivenow.com.au
For as low as $10! You’ll find amazing restaurants on Zomato and Trip Advisor.
Here’s a quick list of some of our favourite cheap eats:
With cooked chicken for only $8.50
Vietnamese street food with $3.50 rice paper rolls on Richmond’s Swan Street
Another Richmond favourite for a some $1 dumplings and spring rolls on Fridays from 5-9pm
Satisfy that craving for $5 nachos on Wednesday evenings
Shopping til you drop.
Stores are usually open 10 – 7 with late night shopping on Thursday and Friday until 9pm, keep in mind a lot of places close by 6pm on weekdays so get your shopping in during the day while it’s less busy. The best places include Docklands and Essendon DFO, Chadstone Mall is the biggest in Australia with stores from Target to Prada in the one building — Bourke Street mall in the CBD is a well known open air shopping street which no cars are allow to drive but you can catch a tram, also in the city check out Q.V., and the Emporium for both Australian and European brands. But our favourite is Chapel St because after a day of shopping your favourite brands it’s time for the best food, drinks and people all in one place.
South bank is buzzing with restaurants and bars open until very late, Chapel street is one of the most famous with bars and restaurants lining the street for four suburbs, a few of our favourite places include the Rialto towers bar called Lui Bar in the city for the most amazing selection of cocktail and a beautiful view from 50 stories high in a relaxed setting or for something a bit cheaper in the city check out El Coco with weekday happy hours from 5pm-8pm, head North to Fitzroy to watch the sunset on the roof of Naked for Satan then head to The Black Pearl and buzz the hidden bar upstairs called the Attic for a night cap.
What To SEE?
Our top places to see include royal botanical gardens, Queen Victoria market, Luna Park, Melbourne zoo, St Kilda, the great ocean road, Philip island, go on a wine tour in the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra valley. You can spend a few days exploring the CBD include Graves Lane for amazing graffiti, turn to De Graves Street for a plethora of cafes, refer back to our shopping suggestions, and not to mention the many historical monuments scatters about Melbourne but there is a whole other post..
This is a quick list of things you might not of know about Melbourne, let us know in the comments what you want to know about Melbourne, or Australia
Author – Jocelyn Wardle