A Complete Guide To Exploring Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is my favourite place in Australia.

So if this is you considering a visit, let me offer you a helping hand. DO IT.

To me this city has everything one could wish for, particularly in the region of St.Kilda where I recently fell in love.

See my Guide to St.Kilda here

If city life, beaches, botanical gardens, art lanes, healthy eateries and having the great ocean road on your doorstep isn’t enough, add the short plane rides to Tasmania, Bali, Sydney and Australia into the mix.

In Melbourne you can indulge in the ever addictive laid back lifestyle that Australia has to offer, but also align with the opportunity and jobs that this creative hub presents.

Melbourne is becoming an increasingly popular designation for those seeking work abroad, for backpackers and for straight up adventurers. It really isn’t hard to see why…

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Getting To Melbourne From The Airport

  • Budget option – $18 Skybus (one way)

Note: It doesn’t work out cheaper to buy a return so I would recommend just buying a single. It is better to stay flexible incase you e.g find a lift friends to share an Uber with on the way back to the airport. There are multiple stops on the bus routes and you catch the bus from outside arrivals. My bus from the airport to St.Kilda took 35 minutes but allow an hour on way to airport incase of traffic. On Sundays buses return to airport every hour.

  • Flexible budget – Taxi / Uber

Note: There are taxis right outside arrivals or, Uber operates in Australia so you can order one there. There is WIFI at the airport.

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Getting Around Melbourne

The easiest way to get around the city is on the tram and bus networks that are set up pretty much everywhere you’re going to be heading.

To use the networks you will need a Myki card which, for you Londoners, is like an oyster card. Top it up and scan it when you enter / exit the transport. Mika cards are $6 to buy, and each trip cost $4 ish. The cards do cap daily too.

Tip: Download the free app ‘tramTRACKER’ for live trams updates and information in Melbourne

St.Kilda to the City {Fitzroy} for example is connected by a pleasant 40 minute tram ride.

Otherwise you can walk / cycle / uber.

See my perfect coastal bike ride itinerary from St.Kilda here

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Where to stay in Melbourne?

I think it totally depends on the vibe you are looking for.

If you are looking to be super central and only have a few days to explore then… head for the CBD

If you’re looking for a beach side base with access to the city… head for St.Kilda

If you’re looking for a young quirky, shoreditch type base just slightly outside the centre then… head for Fitzroy

These were the three recommendations I got when conducting research and the three I stand by after my time in Melbourne.

If you’re a backpacker…

It’s always a good idea in Australia and NZ to google the location of Base/Nomad hostels and take note. The location of these main hostels will always indicate the popular backpacking area.

I stayed in St.Kilda and absolutely fell in love. St. Kilda is a beach side town in South Melbourne that has it’s own high street filled with boutiques, cafe shops and modern bars. The sea front is a 2 minute walk from the highstreet and is the perfect place to watch the sunset. St. Kilda is filled with young active individuals and the whole vibe is very laid back and social.

My favourite booking sites for Australia…

  • Hostelworld {for searching the best hotels in the area}
  • Booking.com {getting a great overall look on whats available and bagging cheaper deals on hotels}
  • Airbnb {searching for a unique experience / save money via a group booking}

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Mollie’s Top Bar And Restaurant Finds In Melbourne:

  • Naked For Satan

Pretty much everyone recommended this place to me when they found out I was heading to Melbourne. Naked For Satan is a rooftop bar located in Fitzroy and is a perfect spot for lunch / after work drinks as the sun goes down. I don’t think you can make reservations and there is limited outdoor seating so make sure you get there early!

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  • Ponyfish Island Cafe {on the Yarra River}

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  • Queen Victoria Night Market

The ultimate night market with food from your wildest dreams and live music and cocktails to entertain you all night long. Need I say more!

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  • Rooftop Bars! Palmz, Young and Jackson, Naked in the Sky, Good Heavens

A handful of the many amazing rooftop bars in Melbourne – be sure to check at least one.

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  • Lentils For Anything

A set of ‘pay as you feel’ not for profit vegan and vegetarian restaurants based in both Melbourne and Sydney!

  • Republica

Bar on the seafront in St.Kilda. Super cool hangout with outdoor quirky seating and live music!

  • Head to the all Matcha – Matcha Mylkbar…

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  • Chinchin Restaurant

My friend that lives in Melbourne swears by this place. I didn’t get time to check it out but… I trust her!

Mollies Top Things To Do In Melbourne…

  • Head for food and drinks at Queen Victoria Night Market

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  • Explore the quirky boutiques and cafes within Fitzroy

  • Check out one of the open air cinemas

The one below was the open air cinema in the Botanical Gardens 🙂

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  • Wander through the famous Art Lanes E.g. Hozier Lane

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  • Coffee Shop Hop {this was at Dukes Coffee Roasters}

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  • Check out Centre Place for cafes and street buskers! Great place for lunch {just off Flinders St.}

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  • Go Shopping

  • Kick back and relax on the southern beaches {+ check the beach huts on Brighton Beach}

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  • Head up the Eureka Tower for epic views over Melbourne

  • Grab a healthy lunch and juice at Laneway Greens! {up there with my favourite salads ever!}

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  • Explore the Botanical Gardens

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Ideas for extending your trip onwards from Melbourne…

  • Phillip Island
  • A Great Ocean Road Roadtrip
  • A Roadtrip to Jervis Bay {see our roadtrip here}
  • Explore the wine region that is Hunter Valley

I HOPE YOU ENJOY MELBOURNE AS MUCH AS I DID…

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Have you seen my Guide To St. Kilda?

Other posts on my blog that may help you:

Browse the best price hostels and properties to stay in on HostelWorld here

Have you been to Melbourne?

What did you think? Do you have any tips? I’d love to know! 🙂

Thank YOU guys for reading <3

Love as always + happy adventuring,

Mollie x

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  • stephaniestraveldiary

    Oh wow this is a great guide! I hope I can visit Australia someday 🙂
    Great photos too!
    x

    • Thanks babe! Ah you have to. Favouritest place on earth!

  • Cartier Finniss

    Hey Mollie, great guide, and as a Melburnian myself you’ve definitely highlighted our best assets. However, I noted a few minor errors – the transport card is called a ‘Myki’ not Mika, and the beach bar in St Kilda is ‘Republica’ not Republican 🙂 xx

    • Hey Cartier! Well that’s the golden seal of approval – thank you for your feedback! Ooooops! Fancy being my spell check assistant? hahah! Thanks again – i have adjusted 🙂

      • Cartier Finniss

        No worries at all – happens to the best of us! If you ever find yourself with a spare minute or two, I’d love to get your feedback on my own travel blog, it’s Kaihora.com, not as impressive as yours but would love any tips or comments on what’s good about it and suggestions on things to be changed 🙂

  • Rod Shepherd

    I am afraid to say a ‘complete guide to exploring melbourne’ without a single mention of sport, be that the australian tennis open, australia formula1 grand prix, melbourne cup, boxing day test matches or lets not forget the AFL just doesn’t make the grade. nice try though.

  • Sandy Wong

    I be visiting Melbourne with my Family. Do you have any self-drive from Airport to Great Ocean Roadtrip experience to share?

  • Great guide for those who want to explore Melbourne. Yes Melbourne is a beautiful city and there are lot of beautiful places to explore.