So you’re travelling to Melbourne – smart choice! This right here will give you everything you need to know about visiting Melbourne, from getting to and from the airport, to the best Melbourne books you should read, and the cool local spots you should check out.
Getting To and From MEL
SkyBus is pretty much the only economical way into town from the airport. Just buy a ticket out front of the airport and you’re good to go.
Adult return: approx. $30 AUD
Adult one-way: approx. $18 AUD
In general, buses run every 10 to 15 minutes, and the trip takes about 20 minutes and SkyBus operates 24/7, including public holidays.
Getting Around Melbourne
Metro: The Metro will get you everywhere you need to go in Melbourne. Never used it before? Here’s some handy info for first time users. And here are all the maps of the various networks, just to help you get around even easier.
Tram: The City Circle Tram is a free tram service that operates in the city centre (CBD). It runs in a circle and passes many of the major tourist attractions. It’s both the best and worst thing about Melbourne – free, but always crowded!
Things To Do In Melbourne
If you haven’t been to the MCG, you haven’t been to Melbourne. Try as best as you can to catch a football game here on a Friday night, as it’s a pretty definitive Melbourne experience. Ticket info is here.
Beyond that, here are some of our favourite, tried and true things to do in Melbourne, and if you fancy exploring a different neighbourhood, here’s our GM Tony’s run down of his neighbourhood, Melbourne’s Kensington.
Melbourne Day Tours
Looking for more things to do? Urban Adventures offers several day tours in Melbourne, all led by local experts that will give you a taste for local life in the city:
Booze Makes History Better
Through gold rushes and rebellions, Olympics and royal visits, Melburnians have turned to ales, whiskeys, wines, and cocktails for comfort. Experience Melbourne’s unique bar scene with a local guide and visit its unique watering holes. By the end of his tour, you’ll discover that history really is better with booze (as if there was ever any doubt)! .
Melbourne Bites & Sights
Start at Melbourne’s highest viewpoint and weave your way through its streets. Sip a famous Melbourne flat white, discover the street art scene, sample multicultural food, and finish things off with a hidden laneway bar. From what makes it famous to why the locals love it, we’ll show you the best of Melbourne!
United States of Food
It’s no secret that Australians share common values with our neighbours across the Pacific. And now, Melburnians are embracing that culture with an American food renaissance. Join our Yankee guides and experience the rich cultural heritage taking hold in our city. Learn about American and Aussie barbecues’ shared heritage, and discover a secret bar playing host to an American tradition from 1869: pinball.
Total Melbourne Tour: Bites, Sights, Booze & History
Take in the best of Melbourne in one epic afternoon! This tour merges two of our most popular Melbourne tours into one experience, taking you from the heights of the city’s best viewpoint down to the laneways of hidden bars and cafes. We’ll pack the day with so many fun facts about Melbourne’s history and modern culture that by the end you’ll be an honorary Melburnian!
Aussie Rules Melbourne Tour (seasonal)
Join this Melbourne tour to get the scoop on the most beloved sport in Australia, from its indigenous roots, to the biggest moments in AFL history, and the stadiums they were played in. You might even get to have a bit of a kick around, so don’t forget to bring your game face.
Melbourne On the Big Screen
Dogs in Space is the movie to watch to get you in the mood for Melbourne – and it stars Michael Hutchence from INXS. Legend!
Melbourne On Record
Spiderbait’s ‘Greatest Hits‘ is the quintessential album for roaming around the laneways of Melbourne.
Melbourne in Books
Looking for a good book to read that oozes Melbourne? Check out Monkey Grip by Helen Garner.
Become a Groupie
Moshtix is the site used by Melbourne locals to check out what’s on in the world of live music in Melbourne, so if you want to experience the awesome music scene here in Melbourne, checking out this site is your first step!
What’s On in Melbourne
Three Thousand is a super cool (and yes, very hipster) guide to what’s on in Melbourne, and is one of our favourite resources for keeping in the loop.
Get In Touch With Us
Give us a bell at +61 (0) 418 106 427 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Social With Us
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…and because we’re always around town posting about our adventures, so if you want to know what’s happening in real time, we’re your guys!
And then, if you want to book more Urban Adventures tours in Melbourne, go right ahead!