It’s not every day that you get to take a break and go away somewhere nice - sometimes, you can’t really get away at all! But when you do, you want to get the absolute most out of your destination. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel to exotic islands or snow-capped mountains to find something a little different; Melbourne is one of those rare places that truly does offer something special for everyone. Whatever you’re into, and whatever you’re looking for, you won’t be disappointed with a holiday in Melbourne.
For a start, it is an all-season destination. You can find something to do indoors or outdoors, whatever time of year you choose to visit. The airport is about a half an hour hour out from the city centre. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for getting back into town, like the Melbourne Platinum Cabs Airport Taxi or a hire car. In the city, public transport is good enough to get you where you want to be, including the free inner CBD tram network - hop on and hop off in the free tram zone to save those weary soles.
Melbourne prides itself on being a centre for culture and the multicultural approach here is evident all around. Some of the best eateries in town offer a taste from far beyond Australia. Restaurants like Hihou, offer traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine and hot and cold sakes - once you can find the door to get in. Supernormal and Rice Paper Scissors also provide some great Asian fare. Attica in the St. Kilda area offers contemporary Australian cuisine, as and Taxi Kitchen presents a fusion of both Australian and Asian flavours. Trattoria Emilia and the nearby Massi both bring you authentic tastes from Italy. Some restaurants don't take bookings in Melbourne so it's always a good idea to suss this out before you plan to dine or you could be waiting a while on an empty stomach.
Like many areas of Australia, Melbourne is very active. Sports play a big part of culture and we have some incredible world-class sporting centres just minutes from the CBD. Formula 1, boxing, cricket, racing, football and tennis all have a huge following. We also offer incredible exhibitions and events that are world class from film festivals to fashion shows, and our world-famous comedy festival that calls Melbourne its home.
So when is the best time to stop by for a visit? It depends on what you’re here for. Some of the events that come to town draw global audiences. Others come for the museums and local live music. If you’re here for the weather, then it makes sense to come to Victoria in January and February. The waters are warmer around this time too if you love kayaking, swimming or sailing. Some say it rains a lot in May, but don’t let that put you off coming to town; Melbourne caters for its famous tumultuous weather particularly well.
Without a doubt, one of the things Melburnians are mad for is great coffee. They’re taking the coffee scene by storm not only in Australia, but around the world with baristas taking their craft over the likes of Paris, New York and London. There’s no shortage of incredible coffee joints in the CBD like Brother Baba Budan, League of Honest Coffee, the delightful Journal Cafe and a social enterprise that support the homeless, Streat. There also are a number of walking tours to take you through what is becoming the coffee district of Victoria.
All this is just the tip of the iceberg on this cultural hot spot we call Melbourne. If you’re looking for somewhere that can be great on your own, with your family or even a huge party, Melbourne is it. The biggest question is, how will you fit everything in while you’re here?