From the crisp, refreshing air to the gorgeous beaches, visiting Melbourne is more than a vacation; it is an experience of a lifetime. While Melbourne can be quite inviting all through the year, most would agree that autumn is the ideal season to visit. Autumn in Melbourne is from March to May. During this time, the parks and gardens are in full bloom, sporting and annual festivals are on, and there are plenty of entertainment options available while you enjoy excellent weather. If you do not mind cooler temperatures, visiting in September will give you the opportunity to attend the football finals, while mid-January offers you the opportunity to watch the Australian Open Tennis Tournament.
If you’re not able to fly to Melbourne in May, then June is your next best option. Flight prices from Australia to Melbourne during June average around $188.
In general, most travellers find the cheapest time to book a flight to Melbourne is about 60 days prior to their departure date, when tickets on average are $209. Don’t hesitate to check prices now though, because momondo users recently found tickets for as low as $132.
The cheapest day to depart from Australia to Melbourne is on a Tuesday when prices can be found for as low as $160. Flights from Australia to Melbourne on a Friday will generally be more expensive and average around $243. Keep in mind that these prices on both days could fluctuate depending on the season and the demand.
Our data shows that the cheapest Australia to Melbourne flights are usually those with departure times in the evening. Our users have found flights to Melbourne in the evening for as low as $204. In contrast, the most expensive time of day to depart to Melbourne is at midday when prices are around $246.
Mount Baw Baw is known in Melbourne for its amazing views and rigorous terrain. Locals and tourists enjoy making their way up the mountains when temperatures are mild and there is less chance of precipitation. Trails such as Southbank Promenade are very popular in the area and are great for those looking for an easier hike compared to a mountain. Hiking in the area is often enjoyed most when the weather begins warming up and the chance for rain is low. Considering this, it would be recommended to fly to Melbourne during January, February, and March to take advantage of the warmer weather and go for a hike. During the warmer months, hikers around the Melbourne area find that parks like Albert Park Lake are the best for taking long walks with their families and/or pets. Those looking for this type of experience are likely best suited to fly to Melbourne in January, February, or March.
Domestic flights to Melbourne are offered throughout Australia by multiple carriers, including Virgin Australia, Qantas, and Jetstar. For cheap flights to Melbourne, you can try Tiger Airways, but note that the services are heavily reduced to help you save on ticket costs.
From Tullamarine Airport, the fastest way to the city centre is by taxi. The next best option is the Skybus or the airport shuttle. Public transportation takes twice as long. The cheapest form of Melbourne transportation out of Tullamarine Airport is public transportation. A one-way ticket costs $6 AUD with a Myki card. Greenbus costs $12 – $14 AUD, Skybus costs $18 – $20 AUD, and shuttles average a similar price range. A taxi could cost you $55 – $60 AUD for one-way travel.
Avalon Airport is situated on outer Geelong. It is 55 kilometres from Melbourne and the only flight carrier that goes to Avalon is Jetstar. Taxis are available to the Melbourne CBD for approximately $120 AUD for a one-way trip. SITA coaches take you to Melbourne’s Southern Cross station for $20 AUD per adult and $10 AUD per child (one-way only). Buses arrive with Jetstar flights, and charge $7 AUD per person for transfers to city hotels. Credit cards are not accepted on buses; so make sure you carry enough cash. Regional trains are also an option running from Lara station, approximately 8 kilometres from the airport terminals. They go to Southern Cross station each hour for $5.60 AUD per trip. Children under 17 pay half-price, but during off-peak travel times, up to 2 children may travel free with their parent. Taxis costs about $15 AUD to the station.
Hiring a private car is also an option, and may be more cost-effective than a taxi cab service. However, you must have a place at your hotel to park the car. Road connections between Avalon and Melbourne take approximately 50 minutes by car, but longer during peak hours and on Sundays. If you plan to drive around on your own, you can look for good bargains on car rentals with momondo.
Melbourne uses a grid system with their city centre. It is easy to navigate around most central areas by following the grid numbers and coordinating direction. During peak hours, you may find that walking is better (and faster) than public transportation. Melbourne transportation is quite convenient and affordable for those who do not want to walk. Flinders Street station is where you board all suburban trains, which is opposite the Federation Square. Multiple lines go through the City Loop, which connects to three underground stations through the Southern Cross station. Blue signs will indicate which station the train is going to, including Parliament, Melbourne Central, and Flagstaff. The tram network is one of the largest in the world and covers most of Melbourne. The City Circle Tram runs free around the CBD (Central Business District) and Docklands. Buses link to areas that have no train or tram connection. They also service major shopping centres and suburbs.
The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle takes you to most attractions in the CBD, Docklands, and Carlton areas every 15 minutes with a rate of $5 AUD per day. Bike paths are throughout the city and because of the city’s flat terrain, you could rent a bicycle and get around quite easily.
Melbourne is home to multiple districts, each with their own key features.
City Centre (Docklands)
Known as the Central Business District, here you will find restaurants, pubs, clubs, and tons of public transportation. City Centre is the reason Melbourne was voted the world’s most liveable city. Here you will also find the Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Star Wheel.
Here you will find a theatre complex, fine dining restaurants, cafes, the Crown Casino, and an entertainment complex. There are river trips that depart from Southbank daily too.
If you want to enjoy the beach life on your trip, St. Kilda has sunny beaches, restaurants, bars, and plenty of nightlife activities. While you are here, stop in to see the Shrine of Remembrance.
Here you find the old ports of Melbourne, including the historic Clarendon Street and centre.
Known as the University district, Inner North is home to Lygon street, Italian culture, and fine Italian cuisine. Step into one of the many Italian eateries and cafes for some truly delicious treats.
Known as the Bohemian quarter, you will find trendy little shops and boutiques, exquisite dining, luxury stores, and some of the most exotic cuisine options, including Vietnamese, Thai, Middle-Eastern, and more. The pubs here are full of character and you are sure to have a good time.
This is an upper-class neighbourhood with fine dining eateries and plenty of options for shopping. It is also a good place to stop in and grab a few bargains on leading fashion labels. This is also the place where you can book a day wine tour and go around tasting Australia’s finest wines.
Purchase a Myki
Myki is the ticket for travelling on the city public transportation system in Melbourne. You can purchase one online through the PTV website or at a premium train station. You should spot the Myki sign at retailers offering the passes or you can call 1800 800 007 from a landline in Melbourne.
See a Food Truck? Try Some Local Food!
Food trucks in Melbourne have become popular restaurant establishments with some of the finest foods served with a flourish.
Drive along the East Coast
Take a road trip with your rental car along Australia’s East Coast to see the mountains, sea, and other scenic views.