Melbourne Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 87%Adventure Travelers
- 82%Family Travelers
- 75%Art & Design Lovers
- 69%Nightlife Lovers
- 68%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 63%History Buffs
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- MelbourneMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
If you are planning to explore the historical sites or need to be sporty in trip then Melbourne will be one of the best place which not be missed. Here I have visited Queens Victoria Market, Lygon street, and most exciting Melbourne Cricket Ground.Recommended for:
- MelbourneMember ofBackpackersAdventure TravelersNightlife Lovers
I lived in Melbourne for a year and loved every minute of it, such an incredible city that caters to all walks of life. Melbourne isn't your typical tourist city, because there aren't a significant amount of tourist "staple" attractions that people see. Instead it is a city to be experienced. From its outdoor cafes on every street, beautiful gardens, hidden cocktail bars, and boutique clothe stores Melbourne has a lot going on. While I lived in Melbourne, I rarely spent any time in my house, because I was always exploring, tasting, shopping, and drinking all over the city. The Australian government estimates that in the next 30 years Melbourne, will overtake Sydney as the most populous city in Australia and when you visit there you will understand why.
Insiders tip: Australians pronounce Melbourne as MEL-BIN, you will learn this quickly if you a speaking with locals referring to it as MEL-BOURNE.Recommended for:
- MelbourneAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackers+ 2
The "mini Europe" of Australia. I met a lot of Europeans (mostly Germans) who couldn't have cared less about Melbourne, and moved on quickly in their Australian travels. As an American who has traveled much of Europe, I liked it - but it definitely doesn't give much taste of Australia. It is, however, perfect for about two days worth of your time - and then as a launching pad for the magnificent Great Ocean Road.Recommended for:
Melbourne and Sydney have always fought tooth and nail for top spot honours in Aussie. If you love arts, culture, sports, food, history and style then Melbourne is tough to beat. While Sydney can be brash and in your face Melbourne is mellow and cool - I know which I prefer!Recommended for:
- MelbourneMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2
Melbourne is underrated and viewed as a modest sister city compared to Sydney. Don't be fooled though. Melbourne is more multicultural, and arguably more cosmopolitan. Plus, you have the beaches, the starting point to the Great Ocean Road and wineries.Recommended for:
- MelbourneMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4
Known as Australia's cultural capital, the weather isn't quite as nice as Sydney but the laid back sophistication of Melbourne makes it incredibly charming. Wonder the lanes, explore the food and art scene, discover a few speakeasy style bars and then head out to wine country.
- MelbourneMember ofFoodiesWellnessVegetarian+ 2
Great city, very walkable, friendly people. Restaurant service is generally not very good but I think that's because they don't work for tips. Not as warm as I thought it would be for summer but probably because it's not humid.
- MelbourneMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesHistory BuffsSpiritual Seekers
Melbourne has the best coffee, amazing restaurants and a gorgeous mish mash of culture, sport and weather but as a local I also hate some parts of it (hello Docklands! Hello Myki!). It's easy to live here in some ways, but food isn't cheap and like so many Australian cities, it's trying to be something without being truly comfortable in its skin. Also, it's middle aged spread has resulted in some incredibly ugly suburbs which I would avoid like the plague! Stick with the inner city suburbs or head 50-100 kilometres out to the Yarra Valley or the beaches.
- MelbourneMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11
Melbourne is a great city in the Southern Hemisphere, with a lot to offer. It reminds me a bit like Chicago, where their are organized streets, tall buildings, a river that runs through it, and its 4 seasons. Actually, many Victorians would say that they have 6 seasons, or the other saying is they have 4 seasons in a day.
This is the birthplace of Football. Not US football, but Aussie Rules Football, or "Footie" as the locals call it. It is strangely part Football, Rugby, and oddly part Basketball without the basket, but all Australian.
Melbourne has a large Greek population, in fact some say the largest outside Greece. So this and the football also remind me of the similarities to Chicago. And another similarity, is red meat. In Chicago it is big steaks, here, it is their meat pies with ketchup.
Melbourne has a lot of different neighborhoods, with good food that can be matched with great wines from the nearby Yarra Valley, and here we go again, their own Footie teams. It also has the annual Australian Tennis Open, the yearly Grand Prix, and hosted the 1956 Summer Olympic Games.
- MelbourneMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodies+ 3
It's been a while, but I really enjoyed my time here. We dined at a fabulous Greek restaurant - no menus! I ordered fish and my partner lamb and it was so good! There is quite a large Greek population here. No, I don't remember the name.
Melbourne is my home town. Where I grew up, went to school and lived for over 20 years. It's known to be one of the 'most liveable cities in the world' and the quality of life in terms of living conditions, transport, employment rates, education, sporting, entertainment and arts culture makes it one of my favourite cities. Although it can have four seasons in one day, so don't forget to back an umbrella for day trips! (We lied on Neighbours and Home and Away!). Some of my favourite areas to visit in the city is Flinders lane, walking along Southbank, Brunswick St and St Kilda Baths. There are loads of hidden bars and cafes in the laneways too between the streets. My faves include Sister Bella and The Croft Institute. My favourite day trips are down the coast along the Great Ocean Road or driving up to the Dandenongs for a bbq and a long walk in the mountains. When people are visiting Australia, Melbourne is often left off the list, but if you have time you should definitely visit for a couple of days and check it out!
- MelbourneMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury TravelersHistory Buffs
Arguably the more understated sister to Sydney, but nevertheless fiercely competitive when it comes to the range of things to do. Although a thriving centre of commerce, downtown leaves me a little cold. Head for the towns and suburbs which line the coast of Port Phillip - in particular St Kilda and Brighton - for a perfect blend of beach life and sophisiticated eating. There's some spectacular countryside too within a couple of hours' drive of the city.
I studied abroad here for 6 months and wish it could have been 6 years. Melbourne is just one of those cities that is simply a good city: great people, lots to do, easily accessible with trams that go everywhere, and even trains for the outskirts. This city gets an A in public transport. There are so many great areas: Brunswick, Docklands, St. Kilda, Chapel Street; each with its own charm, coffee shops, clubs, bakeries. Every day in Melbourne can be a great day even when its raining.
Melbourne is now among my top cities in the world. Undeniably Australian but with global influences. Quality of life is hard to beat; it has fantastic food and drink, wine regions nearby, cultural offerings and stunning scenery within easy reach. Only downside is the price; Melbourne does not come cheap, but a cup of gelato, a walk along the bay and a visit to one of the city's many markets are afforable pleasures. If you only do one city in Australia, this should be it.
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