Recognised as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne is set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city itself, laid out in a large rectangle and boasting a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, sits on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about five kilometres from the bay.
Melbourne is a city with something for everyone. From chic fashion stores to buzzing laneway cafés and trendy bars, botanic gardens to sports stadiums, elegant Victorian-era streetscapes to Manhattan-style skyscrapers, film and food festivals to galleries and opulent theatres, Melbourne has an activity and attraction that will interest you.
Melbourne truly understands how to conduct business on a global level and has also been aptly described as Australia’s most stylish city after sunset. There are plenty of things to do in Melbourne. Easily navigated on foot, the city’s confidence and success are infectious; Melbourne is the perfect destination.
Touring within Australia
If you would like to see more of Melbourne and Australia during your stay we recommend the following Tour Operators - Australian Luxury Escapes and Territory Discoveries specialise in tours of Northern Territory – Uluru, Darwin and Kakadu.
Many of the tours can be booked online (up to 6 months in advance) however if you require a personalised quotation please contact your preferred operator directly via email.
Some tours available include:
- Melbourne Laneways
- Phillip Island Penguins and Koala Tour
- Yarra Valley Winery Tour
Getting to Melbourne
Melbourne Airport is located approximately 26km from the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Easy access is available from the airport to the city centre via bus and taxi. Please refer to the Melbourne Airport website for further information.
SkyBus offers a shuttle bus service from the airport to Melbourne CBD and city hotels. This service operates 24 hours, 7 days. Buses run every 10 minutes throughout the day and every 30-60 minutes overnight. Tickets can be purchased on arrival or online by visiting the SkyBus website.
Taxis are available from the ground floor level of Melbourne Airport. The central business district is approximately 30 minutes from the International and Domestic Airport. A taxi costs approximately $50-$60. Taxi Phone: 13 22 27 or 131 008.
Car rental services are available at Melbourne Airport. Please refer to the Melbourne Airport website for further information.
Getting Around Melbourne
You may purchase a ticket online in advance at http://www.myki.com.au, or for interstate and international guests, a myki visitor pack can be purchased from the PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station, the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square or the SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station.
Top ups to existing cards can be made at any 7-Eleven store or at myki machines located at all metropolitan train stations. Please note that there is no onboard top up facility. For a comprehensive list of myki top up locations, please click here.
The myki Visitor Pack includes:
- A myki smartcard pre-loaded with enough value for one day’s Zone 1 travel
- Instructions on how to use myki
- An inner Melbourne tram map
- Discounts at 15 attractions worth more than $130 in savings
The myki Visitor Pack is available for full fare, concession, child and senior visitors. A full fare myki Visitor Pack costs $14.00 including $8.00 myki money. A concession, child or seniors myki Visitor Pack costs $7.00, including $4.00 myki money
For more information http://www.myki.com.au/About-myki/myki-visitor-pack
Information regarding tram, train and bus timetables is available from http://ptv.vic.gov.au/.