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 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 alsotake advantage of the opportunities and jobs that this creative hub has to offer.
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…
Melbourne (MEL) is a huge international airport, so flying there is easy! Check flight deals on Skyscanner here.
It only works out a tiny bit cheaper to buy a return, so, if you can spare a couple of dollars, I would recommend just buying a single. It is better to stay flexible in case you want to extend your trip, or you find a different way back to the airport, e.g. lift sharing. There are multiple stops on the bus routes, the buses go to multiple destinations in the Melbourne area, and you catch the bus from outside arrivals. My bus from the airport to Find out more about Skybus here.took 35 minutes but allow an hour on way to airport incase of traffic. On Sundays buses return to airport every hour.
There are taxis right outside arrivals or, Uber operates in Australia so you can order one there. There is WiFi at the airport. Don’t be immediately put off by the price; if there are three or more of you, it can work out cheaper than the Skybus. Get £10 off your first Uber with my code 1l08a.
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 start and end your journey. Myki cards are $6 to buy, and each trip costs around $4. The cards do cap daily too.
I think it totally depends on the vibe you are looking for.
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 inand absolutely fell in love. St. Kilda is a beach side town in South Melbourne that has its own high street filled with boutiques, cafe shops and modern bars. The sea front is a 2-minute walk from the high street 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.
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 or 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!
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!
A set of ‘pay as you feel’ not for profit vegan and vegetarian restaurants based in both Melbourne and Sydney!
Bar on the seafront in. Super cool hangout with outdoor quirky seating and live music!
A handful of the many amazing rooftop bars in Melbourne; be sure to check at least one.
My friend that lives in Melbourne swears by this place. I didn’t get time to check it out but… I trust her!
The one below was the open air cinema in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens.
Up there with my favourite salads ever!
This was at Dukes Coffee Roasters.
Great place for lunch (just off Flinders St.).
Whether it’s the Australian tennis open, Formula1, tennis, netball, or the AFL, Melbourne is a great place for watching sport.
Check the beach huts on Brighton Beach!
Where were your favourite spots? I’d love to know!
Love as always and happy adventuring,
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