Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, sits on the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Lauded for its sense of style and elegance, Melbourne boasts glamorous festivals and events, Australia’s best shopping, a lively passion for eating and drinking, and a flourishing interest in the arts. Restored and preserved nineteenth-century architecture, built following the discovery of gold, provides a heady reminder of a prosperous age, while beautifully tended parks and gardens present a therapeutic respite from the pace of city life.
The digital version of the guide offers both visitors and locals the perfect tool to uncover Melbourne’s hidden gems; from laneway bars to world class events and festivals. This free App makes it easy to discover the very best of Melbourne.
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- Learn about Melbourne’s precincts, shopping, dining, laneways and attractions
- Ability to plot itineraries and store favourites
- Hundreds of inspiring images of Melbourne and surrounding regions
- Plan ahead with a detailed events calendar, with listings from across Melbourne and Victoria
- Share information through social media including Facebook and Twitter
- Tap into seasonal editorial and travel information
- Redeem time sensitive programmed offers and deals
- Interactive maps and public transport information
Most visitors base themselves in the city centre, the buzzing commercial heart of Melbourne that is also home to museums, theatres, restaurants, bars and shops. Melbourne’s grid layout makes it an easy city to navigate, with most attractions within walking distance. Transport options include train, tram, bus or bike.
myki is Melbourne’s ticket to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses. It is a plastic smartcard with stored value which can be topped up and used again. myki cards can be purchased online at the myki website, premium train stations, retail outlets displaying the myki sign (including 7-Elevens), or by calling 1800 800 007 (free from a land line) in Australia.
Metropolitan Melbourne is divided into two zones. When you touch your myki on and off the electronic readers as you travel, the lowest fare for your trip is deducted. Train travel completed before 7.00am on a weekday is free. For more information on zones, ticketing and timetables, visit the Public Transport Victoria website.
Shopping in Melbourne always comes with added extras, with laneway discoveries and cafe culture as much a part of the experience as the loot from local designers and the best of international brands.
Ever-evolving shopping choices make it possible to create a different shopping spree every time you venture out, whether you’re after high fashion or fine art, jewellery or accessories, homewares or stationery. The city’s myriad laneways and arcades harbour untold gems, inner city precincts spoil you for choice, while department stores and shopping centres continue to raise the bar.
The city’s passion for fashion is a serious matter, a fact not overlooked by international retail giants looking to establish Australian outposts, and local designers keen on getting a strong start.
Melbourne enjoys warm summers, glorious springs, mild autumns and crisp winters.
With its variable climate, Melbourne hots up December to February (summer), cools down March to May (autumn), chills out June to August (winter), and warms up again September to November (spring).