Travel Time: 1½ hrs from Sydney, 1½ hrs from Adelaide, 1½ hrs from Hobart, 2½ hrs from Brisbane, 4 hrs from Perth
Weather: Melbourne is known to experience ‘four seasons in a day’, at any time of the year. So, it’s always a good idea to have layers and some light wet weather gear on hand. In saying this, Melbourne is a terrific place to explore any time of the year!
Currency: AUD (Australian dollar)
Major destinations: CBD Laneways, Federation Square, Queen Victoria Markets, St Kilda, Luna Park, Royal Botanic Gardens, ACMI, Scienceworks, Mornington Peninsula, Fitzroy, South Yarra
Holiday types: Beach & city break for families of all ages
With quirky laneways to traipse, engaging museums to explore, gorgeous wide-open spaces and a fun beach scene for kids – Melbourne has all the makings of a terrific city break for families.
No trip to Melbourne would be complete without discovering the city’s iconic laneways – bustling with artistic graffiti, interesting shops and world-renowned café scene. Exploring the city by foot or tram is the way to go (a novelty for the kids and convenient for parents too!) Be sure to take in the sights and sounds of Federation Square – home to the historic Flinders Street Station, ACMI, The Ian Potter Centre, family restaurants and often pop-up entertainment or installations. For more cultural hubs in Australia’s ‘culture capital’ visit Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and Queen Victoria Markets.
Those with a couple extra days in the city can venture into the surrounding suburbs, easily accessible via tram, to experience the diversity of what Melbourne has to offer. Perhaps take a train trip down the Mornington Peninsula for a day at the beach with calm waves, playgrounds and barbecue facilities. Head north to Fitzroy and Brunswick for their funky fashion, great graffiti art and community culture. Or south to Prahran and South Yarra for superb street shopping, local markets and friendly food venues. While in nearby St Kilda is the iconic Luna Park, playgrounds, water sports and even 1,000 Little Penguins living around the Breakwater area.