The coastal capital of Australia, Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures. Founded in 1835 by John Batman, the city was initially known by the name of Batmania. In 1837, the name was changed to Lord Melbourne after the then-British Prime Minister (William Lamb) by Governor Richard Bourke.
Winds from this coastal city can bite, especially in the winter, while temperatures remain generally temperamental year-round. So, Australia does get cold. When considering when and what to do in Melbourne, pick a time that suits your interests and budget. Opt for a summer or autumn visit for the most pleasant weather, but if it’s the culture you’re after, Melbourne is great to visit at any time. The city’s population of forward-thinking creatives ensures there is always something new to explore in this urban playground.
Navigating Melbourne’s labyrinth of laneways can be tricky for newcomers. The city’s historic tram system is one of the city’s most convenient transport methods, running between most of the key spots. However, the city’s buses offer cheap, far-reaching travel, and are ideal for Melbourne sightseeing on a budget. Avoid boarding in the rush hour. Pedestrians should opt for the back streets and laneways to get a dose of this city’s culture on their Melbourne day tours.
Depending on your itinerary, you can visit major attractions such as Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Skydeck, Mornington Peninsula, and Philip Island.
Melbourne loves to party, thanks to its vibrant nightlife. Whether you are looking to indulge in late-night food cravings, go bar hopping or watch live music events, Melbourne has it all.
While packing for your Melbourne trip, make sure to have options for both warm layers and lightweight clothes. Carry comfortable shoes or sandals, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and sundresses for your Melbourne sightseeing.
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