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Travel Tips for Visiting Melbourne, Australia for the First Time

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Melbourne is a laid-back city with a little something for everyone, such as culture, sports, and attractions.  To prevent getting overwhelmed with all there is to see and do, check out this list of travel tips for visiting Melbourne, Australia for the first time.

Stay in a Convenient Location

Staying in a central location is generally a good idea so you have quick and easy access to sites and transport. This holds true for Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD).

There, you’ll find tons of places within walking distance, like the Queen Victoria Market and the Yarra River as well as various rail stations to help you venture further out.

The InterContinental Hotel in Melbourne is a great choice for first-timers, as it’s in the CBD.

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Use Public Transportation

Within the CBD, tram service is free. Trams stop at popular areas like Flinders Street, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands Drive, La Trobe Street, Victoria Street, Nicholson Street, and Spring Street. If you keep your visits within CBD, then you won’t have to spend any money on transportation.

To get around the city, get a myki card from a train station or 7-Eleven for $6.00 AUD. Put money on this reusable smart card so you can touch on and off.

Since Melbourne has a zone-based system, fares will change depending on how many zones you pass through. The maximum you will pay each day is $7.80 AUD on weekdays and $6.00 AUD on weekends.

Also, one trip on a myki card is good for two hours of unlimited travel so you can fit multiple rides in one trip.

Eat and Shop at Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market has the best of both worlds. It’s a flea and food market where you can shop for souvenirs and eat at the food hall. Check out Swords Wines for free samples and inexpensive bottles of wine that you can enjoy in the park.

How to Get There: Get to the Queen Victoria Market (Google Maps) by taking the 57 tram to the Peel Street stop or the 55 tram to the Queen Victoria Market stop.

Watch the Sunset From the Beach at St. Kilda

The beach at St. Kilda faces west, so head to the beach to get a great view of the scenic sunset. After the sun sets, grab a bite and enjoy nightlife in St. Kilda, as it’s full of inexpensive restaurants, bars, and clubs.

How to Get There: Get to the beach at St. Kilda (Google Maps) by taking the 3/3a, 16, or 96 tram to the Esplanade stop.

Get a Taste of Melbourne’s Aristocratic Life at the Como House and Garden

The Como House is a house built in 1847 with a mix of classic Italian architecture and Australian Regency. You can get a taste of what life was like for the Armytage family who lived there for almost a century.

Make sure to pack a picnic when you visit so you can enjoy a leisurely lunch in the beautiful gardens.

How to Get There: Get to the Como House and Garden (Google Maps) by taking the 8 tram to the Williams Road stop.

Eat Sushi

Melbourne has a long list of great Asian places to try, but if you’re looking for something fresh and authentic, then opt for sushi. From Time Out’s list of best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne, check out Kenzan, Nobu, or both!

Generally three to five days is a good amount of time to spend in this lively yet laid-back city. With so much to do and see, what are you waiting for? Get to Melbourne and enjoy yourself already!

Thanks for stopping by! xo.

Daisy Wilson

Saturday 16th of March 2019

Thank you for your advice. I will visit Melbourne in up coming week and these tips can help me in getting around the city. Yes! public transportation is definitely a good option as cabs are pretty expensive. Have a good day.

Baxter Abel

Tuesday 29th of November 2016

I appreciate your tip to use the public transportation system in Melbourne. I've wondered if they have a good system that you can use to get around. I also like what you said about finding hotels in a convenient location!

mark wyld

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016

Sounds like some great tips for Melbourne, Just make sure your wallet is full. Melbourne truly is an expensive city like all cities in Australia.


Monday 21st of November 2016

I think I could spend days at the Queen Victoria market. Just browsing and eating. Lol.


Monday 21st of November 2016

I had no idea Australia had a great selection of Asian places to eat. I always think of steak and beers, so that is a nice surprise. I can't wait to visit Australia someday. The beaches look amazing and the people I've heard are super friendly :)

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