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 Melbourne is an artistic powerhouse with a vibrant and multicultural soul. Nicknamed "Paris of the southern hemisphere," Melbourne is not only known to be Australia’s cultural hot-spot, but is also famous for its major sporting events and its culinary delights from all across the world. With its high-rise city centre and far-reaching suburbs, it is hard not to be dragged in by the life of the capital of Victoria, but day trips to the wild nature of the state are also extremely attractive.

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Most shops and businesses are open between 9am-5:30pm on weekdays and Saturdays. Sunday trading is also becoming more common with shops being open from 10am until 4pm.

4.7 million (2017)

Melbourne Visitor Centre
2 Swanston Street, Melbourne
+61 3 9658 9658

The City

Melbourne is the second-largest city in Australia and is known to be Australia’s most cultured city—although some Sydney-siders would contest this. The city’s main attractions are museums, galleries and theatres, large green areas and the Yarra River flowing across the urban centre. Melbourne has seen wave after wave of immigrants with Italians, Greeks, Chinese and Vietnamese all adding ingredients to the cultural and culinary mix. And there are the sports-mad, of course. Each year, Melbourne plays host to some of the world’s major international sports events such as the Australian Open in tennis, and Formula 1 racing.

The city developed during the height of the Victorian gold rush in the late 1800s, which shows through the Victorian-era architecture in some neighbourhoods. However, developments over the years have also left their mark, recently with the new and modern Federation Square complex, and the Docklands re-development. But probably the most famous characteristic of Melbourne is the television series "Neighbours" recorded here and broadcast across the world for more than 20 years.

If you fancy a trip out of the city, Melbourne is also a great base for 1-2 day tours to, for example, the Grampians National Park, the Great Ocean Road with the Twelve Apostles, local wineries, or to observe the masses of penguins on Phillip Island coming home from a day at sea. Enjoy your stay in what many claim is the hippest city in the southern hemisphere.

Do & See

It is not without reason that Melbourne is often dubbed the world’s most livable city: the vibrant metropolis has plenty of attractions to visit and landmarks to see. Here are some of the main attractions that will show you the parts of Melbourne that the city is so famous for.

Federation Square

St Kilda

Royal Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Museum

Royal Botanic Gardens

Eureka Skydeck - Observation Deck

Old Melbourne Gaol

Melbourne Aquarium

Immigration Museum

Phillip Island

Brunswick Street

Winebus Winery Tours

St. Paul's Cathedral

National Sports Museum


The Great Ocean Road

Queen Victoria Market

Crown Casino

Dandenong Ranges

Sovereign Hill

Mornington Peninsula

Melbourne’s Luna Park


Melbourne’s ethnic diversity is reflected in its culinary world, and as gastronomic outings are a bit of a local obsession, there are a vast variety of restaurants to choose from. It’s no surprise that Melbourne is dubbed the eating capital of Australia. Many of Melbourne’s areas have a culinary character all of their own—from the Greek atmosphere of Lonsdale Street or Carlton’s "Little Italy," to the wide choice of Chinatown around Little Bourke Street. Near the Yarra River, at the Southgate complex you can enjoy striking views of the city and spectacular waterfront while you dine. You’ll find something for every palate and price range—from fine dining to fast noodles, from focaccia to fish of the day. It is said that to truly discover Melbourne is to embark on an adventure for the taste buds.


Robarta and The Nest

Shark Fin Inn


Jimmy Watson’s Wine Bar & Restaurant

Vineyard Restaurant & Bar

French Brasserie

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

China Bar Signature



Melbourne has heaps of cafés, so whether you fancy a long and relaxing brunch, a quick coffee or an afternoon drink—it is all here, to be found at street corners or in the small alleyways. Do not leave Melbourne without stopping by a few of its excellent Asian eateries serving everything from Japanese ramen noodles to Chinese dumplings to spicy Malaysian stews.

The Vegie Bar

Degraves Espresso Bar


Il Fornaio

Barista 101

Cerberus Beach House

Laksa King

Hakata Gensuke Ramen

Roule Galette

Bars & Nightlife

Melbourne is awash with bars of all themes and clientele imaginable. Although widely spread, they are mainly concentrated in central Melbourne, save for a handful in the Fitzroy and St Kilda areas. Rooftops are widely popular - seek one out and enjoy the breezy setting with a drink in hand.

Madame Brussels

Revolver Upstairs

The Apartment



The Red Hummingbird

Trak Live Lounge Bar

Rah Bar

Mi Corazon Tequila Bar

Mr Wilkinson

Temperance Hotel


Naked For Satan


Melbourne is a centre for art, music and theatre as much as it is for designer shopping. Its neighbourhoods have evolved distinctive identities, from fashion-conscious South Yarra to retro Fitzroy, funky St. Kilda by the bay and the bargain-shopping inner hub of Richmond.
Little Bourke Street is famous for its hub of outdoor gear shops while Elizabeth Street is a great choice for cameras, computers and Hi-Fi equipment. Watch out for the numerous laneways branching off Little Collins Street for some of the best-hidden treats. Retro fashion, exclusive one-off boutiques and heaps of cafés can be found on Flinders Lane.
Last but not least, no Melbourne shopping trip would be complete without a visit to the infamous Chapel Street where young and independent designers have their outlets. The exclusive shops along Toorak Road offer the latest designer labels where, between star-spottings, you can pick up the latest fashions.


Melbourne Central Shopping Centre


The Walk Arcade

The Block Arcade

Royal Arcade

Queen Victoria Market

Prahran Market

Brunswick Street

Essential Information

Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Tullamarine airport is located 25km north of the city.

A shuttle bus – Skybus – offers service from the airport to Melbourne city and operates 24/7, running every 10 minutes daily. Tickets are 1/3rd price of a taxi. Skybus also provides free transfer further to some hotels from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, the service operates from 6am to 10.30pm Mon-Fri and 7am to 7pm Sat-Sun.

Skybus runs to St Kilda daily from 6am to 7pm.

+61 3 9335 2811

Airport taxis are available from the ground floor level outside all terminals.

Address: Departure Dr, Melbourne

Phone: +61 3 9297 1600


Public Transport

Tram travel is free throughout all of Melbourne's city centre, with "free zone" limits clearly marked at tram stops and indicated on board the trams themselves. Fare payment is required outside the free tram zone, which is done by a chargeable "myki" travel card (works on trains, trams and buses), or - possibly a better alternative for short-term visitors - a "myki Explorer", a card that grants visitors unlimited travel on all forms of public transport in Melbourne for 1 full day. The "myki Explorer" also includes discounts on entry tickets to several local attractions, and may be purchased at Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square, SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station, PTV Hubs, and multiple hotels.

Metro trains cover the city centre and suburban areas with Flinders Street Station as the main hub and run from around 5am to midnight. There are 5 central stations: Flinders St, Southern Cross, Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament.

Buses cover the whole city and suburbia, and run from 5.30am to 11.30pm, with several routes operating throughout the night.

There is a special Visitor Shuttle service stopping at key tourist attractions and destinations in and around the city which runs daily (13 stops including National Gallery of Victoria, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Aquarium and Docklands). Tourist information is provided on board.

Bike Share service is also available for those willing to explore the city by bicycle, first 30 minutes of use are free of charge but a small deposit is required.

You can also use the Yarra River as a means of transportation, where boat cruises, water taxis and even gondolas will take you on board.



It’s usually easy to find a cab in Melbourne. Taxis are metered. Here are two popular taxi companies:

Silver Top Taxi Services
+61 13 10 08

+61 13 22 27

Uber is commonly used


Many of the pharmacies in city centre are open from 8.00am - 8.00pm or later. Two major pharmaceutical chains in Melbourne are Soul Pattinson and Amcal.

Amcal - Southern Cross Pharmacy
Southern Cross Station, Shop C8, 99 Spencer Street
+61 3 9600 0294
Mon to Fri: 7.00am-8.00pm
Sat: 10.00am-6.00pm
Sun: Closed

Demarte's Amcal Chemist
380 Lygon Street
+61 3 9347 6310
Shop 5, Lygon Court Shopping Centre
Carlton, VIC 3053
Mon to Fri: 9.00am-8.00pm
Sat: 9.00am-6.00pm
Sun: 1.00pm-6.00pm
Public Holidays:1.00pm-6.00pm

Soul Pattinson - Yarraville
+61 3 9314 4868
4/1 High St, Yarraville VIC 3013
Mon to Fri: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 9:00am - 4:00pm



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Australia Post (Head Office)
111 Bourke St, Melbourne
+61 13 13 18
Mon-Fri 8am-5.30pm, Sat 10am-1.30pm


220 to 240 Volt, two flat pins, some with three flat pins


Country code: +61
Area code: 03