Melbourne is the coastal capital of the south-eastern Australian state of Victoria. At the city's centre is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne – a performing arts complex – and the National Gallery of Victoria, with Australian and indigenous art.

 

St Kilda is about 30 minutes south of Melbourne CBD via tram. It’s a beach town where many visitors come for e a more relaxed atmosphere while having the ability to pop in to the city using the tram network. St Kilda has a wide variety of eateries and bars

Melbourne

 

How to get to Melbourne

 

From Melbourne international airport there several ways to get to the city or St. Kilda.

 

  • Sky bus – this is the best option to get to downtown Melbourne or to St. Kilda. It operates 24/7. The tickets are available in the sky bus ticket offices outside the arrivals, or if in a rush you can pay on board. . There also free Wi-Fi on board

  • Car Rental – Melbourne Airport has a number of rental offices in the airport itself, just across the road form the arrivals you can collect your precooked car there, or just book one. Check out the rates here

 

  • Taxi – the fastest way to get out the airport and to your accommodation is by Taxi. There is a taxi stand outside the terminal and are easy to get. Fare estimates can be found here

  • Uber – There is a very good uber network here. Uber allows you to pay via your Uber account so you don’t have to worry about getting your money out. Uber also gives you an estimate on the fare and it’s pretty accurate.

 

Where to stay in Melbourne

 

Melbourne has a vast network of areas to stay, all with their own style about them. Melbourne is equipped with a tram system so getting around with fairly straight forward. The trams and buses are operated by a pre-payment card called a Myki card 

 

  • City centre – Staying here will put you at the heart of it all, but then the price of your stay will also by quite high. Accommodation ranges from hostels to high end hotels. Location of the Flinders street train station is close to federation square. There is a lot of nightlife and restaurants in this area.

  • Fitzroy – A funky area of the city, located north if the centre it full with bars and has a student vibe to it. It has a Spanish influence about it with tapas bars.

  • St. Kilda – South of the city, this beach side town is perfect for a stay away from the city. It is packed with restaurants and bars. Luna Park is a theme park famed for its wooded roller-coaster. There a lot of Airbnb accommodation here. Watch penguins come to shore at the end of the pier every night after the sun goes down.

  • Docklands – Home of the Etihad Stadium where mainly Aussie rules football is played. Its newly developed area with a lot of bars and eateries.

  • Carlton – The Italian area of the city, Lygon street id filed with Italian restaurants where you can dine out on the street. It’s also in the student area of Melbourne University.

  • Southbank – Opposite Flinders Street Station, its connected via a bridge, is the entertainment area. There a bars, restaurants, Australia’s largest casino and also an aquarium. The accommodation around here looks like city apartments and there is a lot of Airbnb opportunities here.

 

Things to do in Melbourne with children

 

  • Hop on Hop off Bus - visit the city on an open roof tour bus, visit the most popular sites 

 

  • Melbourne Cricket ground – Australia’s largest and oldest cricket ground, it’s held many sporting events. Worth a visit if you are a cricket fan

 

  • Southbank – Entertainment centre, filled with popular restaurants and bars, home to Australia’s largest casino, Melbourne Aquarium is located here.

  • City circle Tram – A free transport tram within the city, it provides audio commentary as it passes al the tourist attractions. Jump on to route 35 for a free tour of the city.

 

  • 12 Apostles – Take the great ocean road to visit the 12 apostles. It a formation of 12 rocks that emerge out of the ocean. You can arrange with a tour where they pick you up and take you, or you can hire a car and drive the great ocean road yourself, stop at all the amazing viewpoints.

 

  • Melbourne zoo – Visit this zoo to see over 320 animals from around the world. It about 4km north of the city and can get there via tram or bus.

 

  • Werribee open range – This is more of a safari type zoo, you can walk around and see animals in their enclosures, but they have a safari where they take you through the savannah and you see rhinos, hippos, giraffes and many more roaming as they would in the wild.

 

  • Old Melbourne Gaol – Melbourne old prison, you get to see what life was like for the people who were held here. Located at the bottom of Lygon Street.

 

  • St. Kilda Esplanade – Walk along the esplanade in St. Kilda. Relax on the beach or take a dip in the shallow waters. Very laid back feel with people exercising or eating in the many bars and restaurants.

 

  • Penguin watching – It’s pretty amazing to go see the penguins at the end of the pier every night. There is a colony of around 1500 penguins who come in every night after the sun goes down, there are volunteers there as you can’t take flash photography but they will point them out for you.

 

  • Great Ocean Road – This is one of the best drives in the world, you are literally at the cliffs edge and all you see is amazing blue water and every now and again a deserted beach with waves that look perfect to surf. Be sure to look out for the Kangaroos.

 

  • Luna Park – A theme park in St. Kilda, it looks like a carnival but it’s there permanently, the highlight is the old fashioned wooden roller-coaster whizzing around the park.

 

  • Melbourne Aquarium – Visit the aquarium that’s based near the Southbank, visit the marine life from the local seas and worldwide.  

 

  • Melbourne zoo – Visit this zoo to see over 320 animals from around the world. It about 4km north of the city and can get there via tram or bus.

  • Werribee open range – This is more of a safari type zoo, you can walk around and see animals in their enclosures, but they have a safari where they take you through the savannah and you see rhinos, hippos, giraffes and many more roaming as they would in the wild.

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