2 main attractions - CBD for a city type of experience (shopping, cafes, restaurants, bars/clubs and casinos) and out-of-CBD for sight-seeing (12 Apostles in Great Ocean Road, Yarra Valley for wine tasting, farm stay in dairy farms, healesville sanctuary for up-close experience with koalas/wallabies and others).
Expensive by Asian standards, Melbourne has a vast array of dining experiences, a nice casino if that's your thing (albeit with only one craps table), well organised zoos and nature experiences such as Healesville Sanctuary and the pick of them all: the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island (my opinion).
There are several class shopping malls as well as fashion strips such as Chapel Street. Melbourne is clean and safe, the people are happy to help, but I recommend visitors don't drive because Australian laws are very strict compared to other Asian countries.
Negative: Smoking not restricted- so you choke eating outside - very off putting. Cigarette buds outside Victoria station downgrades the entire area and it is evident throughout the city that there isn't a smoking policy.
So f you are a non smoker and have small kids- stay away it is overbearing at times. No real beach - St Kilda more like a inlet/bay... Positive: Restaurants are fantastic - inside dining and great food. Loads of choices. Shopping outlets and differs in areas. Must visit markets.
It was definitely a great way to understand Melbourne and some hidden and interesting café, famous buildings and the stories behind, and the CULTURE here! I’m so happy to have such an in-depth trip to the city.
We will definitely want to come here again!
A great city to visit with lots to do whether business or tourist. Good transport system, though the MYKI system is a bit of a rip off for tourists as you have to purchase a card you may never use again.
The Exhibition centre is fantastic and traditional buildings such as Flinders station are a boon to the city. Jump on the free circle trams you get to see all the great sites.
People here are friendly and polite. One peculiar thing I told my daughter that there were many graffiti everywhere you go including Govt properties like driving sign board and building and bridges.
There was the free CBD tram available for free but I do not like the idea there's no refund for the Myki card when you were done travelling and have balanced amount in the card.
Melbourne is a vibrant city, it has a great nightlife with something for everyone. It also has the best sporting arena's with the best of sports from Cricket to Aussie Rules to Rugby to Tennis.
One of the best parts of Melbourne because of its tram system you don't have to walk for miles instead just hop a tram to your destination. The draw back to travelling in Melbourne is that you will need to purchase a Myki to access all public transport. Also in Melbourne you can find accommodation for all needs, from backpackers to the most elegant. Melbourne is the foodies dream come true as well as all shopaholics dreams are granted. Over all for a visit Melbourne is great fun
Very cosmopolitan Easy to get around IF [and it is a BIG IF] you can master the public transport system Lots of parks - clean & green Excellent nature attractions within days drive
I thought it was much busier than I had anticipated, many more high rise buildings than expected, I possibly didn't some of the things some people seem to have been impressed by.
Melbourne is deservingly rated 'The Most Liveable City in The World.' It is a credit to it's city planning forbearers and the current day City of Melbourne City Council.
It is an extraordinarily progressive city, with a first rate Tram transport system and excellent other train options. It is a standard by which other Australian cities can be measured against, and will be found to be no where near. One of the most striking provisions, albiet not obvious to most, is that the MCC allow motorcycles to park non obstructively on pedestrian pavement areas. Perth City Council has just increased the fine for this to $200 in a city where there is vastly more pavement acreage and lower pedestrian density. Melbourne have allowed this since 2000. There you go, just one of many indicators of how progressive Melbourne is! An exciting city to visit.
The Melbourne I saw was old, with old buildings like the railway station and the old railway station that has been converted to a hotel but is beautiful.
It is nice to explore these old buildings. The bridge over the river is old so you have a sense of Australian history walking around Melbourne and it would be fun to explore this further! I am sure there are sightseeing tours that would facilitate this to a far greater extent and I would love to go back and do more.
Melbourne is a great city, well organised, from the minute you arrive at the airport, shuttle into the city, eating out, tours can be booked, fabulous
Spent 8 nights in Fitzroy, just 5 minutes north of the city. Used trams and trains extensively using the easy MYKI swipe card system, cant get lost.
City full of interesting places, delicious foods, accessible sport arenas, fashionable clothing bargains, free and affordable cultural and natural must see sites along with many bay side visitation possibilities. The city has excellent public transport with the longest tram network in the world. Above all Melbourne has a friendly environment with no fear factor presence. Well done Melbourne.
Do find time to visit the 12 Apostles and take the Great Ocean Road scenic route along the coastline if you don't get too queasy in long car rides.
The view along the road is breathtaking, but the route is very winding. Not only that, 12 Apostles was equally magnificent with the sparkling blue waves and white foam crashing against the limestone stacks. The view is so beautiful, you have to see it for yourself.
Melbourne is a beautiful cosmopolitan city just that you are required to pay toll using the freeway regardless of it being weekends or holidays.
Visit great ocean road and doing other outdoor activities during summer hot day with bright sunshine is always advised to apply sunblock cream.
I was born there so what can I say! I moved 160km away for my work 50 years ago, but still enjoy visiting my State capital regularly.
Melbourne is an exciting city. The excellent public transport including the extensive tram network make it an easy city to explore.
The architecture of the buildings, history, the majestic Yarra River and the river bank development makes it an enjoyable city to visit.
Melbourne is a very nice city with easyily accesable public transport. Nice food is plentiful and they are not too expensive.
Once you get the hang of the street names and the free tram zone areas, you have pretty much know your way around the area.
Just keep yourself up to date with the hottest restaurants and you're good to go! I personally love that the food in Melbourne are of such a wide variety and is up to a standard that you would not be disappointed.
queen victoria market,philip aisland,great ocean road,royale botanic garden,brighton beach,state library of victoria,dfo
Awesome city to stay in. Easy to get around, always something to do, loaded with history, places of interest & culture.
Vibrant music scene, restaurant experiences & places to chill with your favourite beverage. I have been to Melbourne many times and have never gone home disappointed with my visit/stay.
Melbourne got alot of nice foods to explore especially truffles fries and pull burger. The asian foods are over-rated.
Their coffees are so heavenly. If you are coffee lover, you must go there.
Great city with lots of fun. Enjoyed the great ocean road, phillips island, Ballarat gold mines and puffying billy.
Great ocean road and Philips island was fantastic. I book with Bunyip tours and their services was very satisfying.
Great city for travelers, to live, multi cultural society, easy access and excellent food and option for stay
culture and history is definitely Melbourne. The place is packed with histroical and great architecture.
It feels a bit like Chinatown but its just part of th charm. People are really friendly. Will definitely come back
Melbourne is a smaller vision of San Francisco mixture of culture and people great sea view and people