Travel Tips Before Visiting Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is renowned for its food, culture, fickle weather and good, old footy. So, here’s some tips to help you tackle it like a pro.

Check the Weather

Melbourne’s climate is classed as mild temperate, with an average annual maximum temperature of 19.9°C, and minimum of 10.2°C.

While this sounds pretty good – though a bit cooler than the rivalled Sydney – Melbourne's weather is known to be MOODY AS. You'll experience four seasons in one day, so be sure to pack layers. Opt for scarves that you can pull out on the go, or make sure you’ve got a nifty umbrella you can tuck away if need be. For Melburnians, the BOM weather app is a must for current info on conditions, forecasts, radar and warnings.

How to Get Around

There is a plethora of transportation options in Melbourne: trains, trams, buses, bikes, taxis and Uber. For information on the go, the Public Transport Victoria’s website offers plenty of helpful tips and live details. It’s also got a handy journey planner to keep your adventures on track.

And if you’re keen to hit up Melbourne's robust public transport system, the must-have ticket to ride is called a myki – a plastic smart card that you top up and touch-on and off at the readers.

Pro tip: Visitors can grab a myki Explorer Pack to do it like Dora. The ready-to-use card provides one day’s unlimited metropolitan travel, maps, and special offers from 16 popular Melbourne attractions.

Most visitors base themselves in the Central Business District (CBD), for easy access to the museums, theatres, restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. Its grid layout makes Melbourne easy to navigate. Many attractions are within walking distance or accessible by public transport (trams are are FREE inside the CBD).

Places to Eat

This is our favorite topic, because let's be honest. The way to a traveler's heart is through our stomach. It's widely contested between rival cities Sydney and Melbourne which has the best food. You'll just have to eat your way through them and be the judge of that.

Melbourne is a foodie’s paradise, boasting more cafes and restaurants per person than anywhere else in the world. With multiculturalism at its heart, this city’s food scene could leave you speechless (your mother taught you not to eat with your mouth full, right?)

The food options are endless! For the best foodie experience, try the Liven app. It allows you to discover awesome the tastiest joints and laneway treats and rewards you for the experience! 🤯

Things to Do

You'll never run out of things to do in Melbourne in the Summer or Winter. Whether you're feeling cultured and want to visit museums, art galleries, or theatres. Or if you're a sports fan, you can join in on Melbourne's infamous rep of being footy-obsessed.

If you’re not into spectating but want to be in on the action, get outdoors in the parks, beaches and bays. Take a walk around the Yarra River and discover more about Aboriginal culture and heritage or kiteboard near St. Kilda Beach.

Melbourne is home to various national and international events, so suss out what’s on before you hop your flight. Above all, be ready for a lot of weather, plenty of surprises and some of the country’s best coffee.

Check out our blog on top things to do in Melbourne here!