Weekend destination: Melbourne
With the city back open post lockdown, there’s no better time to go and explore this melting pot of food and culture.
Full of delightful hidden gems, there are no shortages of places to visit in Melbourne. From cobblestone, art-filled laneways and world-class restaurants to museums and cosy cafes for coffee-lovers, it’s no surprise Melbourne is one of the nation’s leading holiday destinations.
Travelling from Sydney to Melbourne
Sydney to Melbourne flights have now resumed, so a weekend escape down south couldn’t be easier. Enjoy the convenience of driving to the airport in your own car with plenty of secure parking options to choose from, including:
● P1/P2 car park: 2-5 minute walk to Domestic terminals
● P3 car park: 5-8 minute walk to Domestic terminals (temporarily closed)
● Blue Emu car park: 15-minute free shuttle bus to Domestic terminals (temporarily closed)
If you pre-book your parking online, you can save up to 70%.
Airport to CBD
From Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport
SkyBus easily connects the airport with six different services to Melbourne City, Docklands and Southbank, St Kilda, Frankston and bayside suburbs, as well as Melbourne’s western and eastern suburbs. You can save by booking your SkyBus tickets online. Alternatively, it’s only a 30-minute taxi ride into the city.
From Melbourne’s Avalon Airport
The SkyBus from Avalon Airport is temporarily suspended. A taxi will take you 45 minutes to reach Melbourne City.
For getting around Melbourne during your stay, find more info here.
Things to see and do around Melbourne
Melbourne parks, lavish gardens and waterways make you forget you’re in the hustle and bustle of a city and are home to animal, bird and aquatic life. For things to do in Melbourne with kids, let them play in the plant tunnels and bamboo forest of the Royal Botanic Gardens or cool off this summer at the calm bay beaches.
Looking for easy day trips from Melbourne? If you’re renting a car, you don’t have to venture far to discover some of Victoria’s best hiking trails, swimming holes, waterfalls and nature parks.
Whether you’re after handmade homewares or vintage fashion, for the best shopping in Melbourne, head to its renowned markets. The largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere, Queen Victoria Markets, is best known for its food stalls, while some of the best young creatives have set up stalls at Rose Street Artists’ Market. If you’re after vintage finds, Camberwell Sunday Market is the place to nab a bargain, or for a day by the sea, head to St Kilda’s Esplanade Market.
Food and drink
The thought of the Melbourne food scene can be a bit overwhelming with all its options. However, there are plenty of culinary Melbourne tours to help you make your way through the city’s hidden eateries, introducing you to the stories of the city and its architecture along the way.
Wondering about the best restaurant in Melbourne? The verdict is still out. But whether you’re after iconic cheap eats or award-winning fine dining, you can discover the foodie town’s hotspots here. And don’t forget to go home without checking out some of the city’s enviable bar scenes.
Want to discover must visit places in Melbourne? Check out this guide, which features suggested itineraries and places to stay.
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