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Yarra River, Visit Melbourne

Yarra River, © Can Stock Photo / rustyphil

Visit Melbourne – Melbourne City

Flinders Street Station, Visit Melbourne

Flinders Street Station, © Can Stock Photo / fla

Visit Melbourne – Flinders St Station

Flinders Street Station – the heart of Melbourne’s transportation network.  It’s across the street from Federation Square where you will find restaurants, shops, art, culture and performances.  The Melbourne Vistitor Centre, Ian Potter Centre and the ACMI Moving Image gallery are located here.  Catch a river cruise on the Yarra with three companies to choose from that embark from the square.  Cross the Yarra River to Southbank.

Webb Bridge, Docklands, Visit Melbourne

Webb Bridge, Docklands, © Can Stock Photo / robynmac

Visit Melbourne – Docklands

the Docklands in the city centre for shopping, restaurants, river and bay cruises, walking and a Sunday market at Harbour Town.  See Footy (Australian Rules Football) here at Etihad Stadium.  Catch views of the Bolte Bridge and try the pedestrian only Webb Bridge.  Check the Southern Star Observation Wheel.

Visit Melbourne – Southbank & South Wharf

Visit Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, © Can Stock Photo / Jlye

Visit Melbourne – East Melbourne

Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Visit Melbourne

Royal Exhibition Building, © Can Stock Photo / frozensage

Visit Melbourne – Carlton

Visit Melbourne – Hotels

Apartment Rentals are very popular for longer term stays in Melbourne.

Twelve Apostles, Visit Melbourne, Australia

Twelve Apostles, © Can Stock Photo / goglik83

Visit Melbourne – Penguin Island

Phillip Island Nature Parks (Penguin Island) – About 2 hours from Melbourne and a popular tourist destination.  Watch the penguins return to their nests from the sea each evening.  They parade directly past the grandstand.  Also see Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island and the Nobbies Centre.  This is an excellent family destination dedicated to the preservation of Australian native species.  Penguin numbers are highest in December.  March is most likely the best month for good weather.

Visit Melbourne – St Kilda

Puffing Billy, Dandenong Ranges, Visit Melbourne

Puffing Billy, © Can Stock Photo / CJP

Visit Melbourne – Urban Melbourne

  • Melbourne Zoo
  • the Melbourne Grand Prix in March or drive a lap around Albert Park Lake the rest of the year.
  • Flemington and Caulfield Racecourses.  Australian’s love to dress up for the most important races.  The ladies’ hats are often more entertaining than the races.
Bells Beach, Great Ocean Road, Visit Melbourne

Bells Beach, Great Ocean Road, © Can Stock Photo / f11b1

Visit Nearby Melbourne

Melbourne Day Trips

Shrine of Remembrance, Visit Melbourne

Shrine of Remembrance, © Can Stock Photo / imagex

Melbourne Weather

Melbourne is located in the Southern Hemisphere, so its seasons are reversed as compared to Europe or North America.  Temperatures in the winter months, from May to September, average highs of about 15 C (60 F) and lows of 7 C (45 F).  The summer months around December average 25 C (77 F) for highs and 13 C (55 F) for lows.  Summer months can experience periods of very hot weather and high humidity.  Rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year.  December is the best month for penguin viewing at nearby Phillip Island.

Visit Melbourne – Transportation

The airport is 25 minutes northwest of the city center and is accessed by taxi or Skybus.  Skybus takes passengers to Melbourne City, Southbank, Docklands, St Kilda and Frankston.  The PTV operates trains, trams and buses in the city.

Visit Melbourne – Background

Melbourne is the Garden City and the capital of the state of Victoria.  It is also often called the cultural capital of Australia.  The city was founded in 1835 and has an urban population in excess of 4 million, making it second in size only to Sydney.  It is located where the Yarra River meets Port Phillip.  The city prospered during the gold rush of 1851.  Today’s architecture is a mixture of Victorian and modern buildings.

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