Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, sits on the banks of the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne boasts a packed program of festivals and events, Australia’s best and most stylish shopping, has a lively passion for eating and drinking, and supports a flourishing arts scene.
Melbourne is a city that knows how to live. Choose from high-end cuisine to basement rock gigs, plays, festivals and blockbuster sporting events – all happening across a city full of parks, gardens and historic architecture.
Things to do
Laneways and byways
Explore historic arcades and laneways lined with fine dining restaurants, chic cafes, hidden bars and fashion boutiques or head to one of the many lush gardens throughout the city.
Cheer on your heroes
Discover Melbourne’s obsession with football, cricket, soccer and just about anything else that involves working up a sweat. Head to the sports precinct to visit the hallowed ground of the MCG.
Melbourne Cup Carnival
Melbourne’s most famous horse racing carnival isn’t just about a single race – festivities overrun the city for more than a week, with four unique race days taking place. Sport, fashion, food and entertainment share the spotlight and the eyes of the world are on Melbourne.
In Melbourne everything has its own festival. From food, film, art and music festivals to celebrations of writing, anime, design and projections – get involved and experience the city through the arts.
Getting around Melbourne
myki is Melbourne’s ticket to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses. It’s a plastic smartcard with stored value which can be topped up and re-used again. Purchase your myki online at the PTV website, premium train stations, retail outlets displaying the myki sign, or by calling 1800 800 007 in Australia.
For flexible travel, buy a myki explorer pack. Packs include a pre-loaded myki card with enough value for one day of travel in Zone 1 and 2, instructions on how to use myki, a Melbourne tram map and discount entry to Melbourne attractions.
The city and inner suburbs are best viewed by tram, a unique Melbourne way to travel. Melbourne’s city centre is built in a grid, which the trams cover extremely well. They will take you directly to the Queen Victoria Market, Fitzroy Gardens, Bridge Rd and Major sporting arenas to name a few. A great way to orientate yourself around Melbourne is to hop on one of the City Circle trams.
All Metlink Trains arrive and depart from Flinders St. Station and use the same met card as the trams and buses. The train network is extensive and includes lengthy suburban routes and an underground city loop.
Melbourne buses run frequently to major hubs, including shopping centres, schools, hospitals, leisure and sports venues, and some of Melbourne’s biggest attractions. For people travelling further afield, Victoria’s V/Line service gives access to regional towns and scenic attractions across the state.
Melbourne’s generally flat terrain renders cycling as a popular option for getting around. Melbourne has just introduced a new public bike share program throughout the city. Instructions and prices are listed at each bike dock. Please note that bike helmets are required throughout Victoria when riding. Bike helmets can be purchased from most 7/11 stores closest to each bike dock and cost $5.
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