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About Melbourne

Melbourne is the coastal capital of the Australian state of Victoria. It’s the second largest city in Australia that relishes in not only being charismatic, but one of the most livable cities in the world. Melbourne is Australia’s Cultural Capital with captivating adventures. Touristic attractions include Melbourne Zoo, the Great Ocean Road and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Cheap flights to Melbourne are available for a limited time period, so fly away to a place of historic yet edgy attractions, for an unforgettable holiday experience. Melbourne is home to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL), which is a 30-minute drive from the city centre. Melbourne Tullamarine Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Emirates. Popular international flights departure from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Melbourne is approximately 15 hours.

Why visit Melbourne

Melbourne Arts

Arts & Culture

Covered with colourful, graffiti-lined laneways to the majestic National Gallery of Victoria, you can always find a show, exhibition or performance going on in this city of colour.

Melbourne Food

Australian Cuisine

From home-made soda bread that goes along well with the traditional pea soup and the hearty meat pies and delectable Pavlova make Melbourne a paradise that appeals to all taste buds.

Melbourne Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Eau De Vie is Melbourne’s gem of hidden laneway bars and nightspots nearby. It is a lively place for those who love theatre as much as a good cocktail.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Australia
Currency Australian Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR= 0.10 AUD
Language English
Hub Airport Melbourne Tullamarine Airport
Time Zone GMT +10
Travel Adaptor Type I

Best time to visit Melbourne

The best time to visit Melbourne would be between March, May, September and November. During these months, the temperatures are pleasant enough to have the best days out sightseeing and exploring this beautiful place. In the summer months, which fall between December and February, Melbourne gets crowded with tourists, and prices tend to be slightly higher over this time to accommodate the high demand.

Weather & Climate in Melbourne

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall chance (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 15°C 16°C 14°C 12°C 10°C 7°C 6°C 7°C 9°C 10°C 12°C 14°C
High °C 26°C 26°C 24°C 21°C 17°C 14°C 14°C 15°C 17°C 20°C 22°C 24°C
Rainfall (mm) 47 46 44 53 68 43 49 57 53 65 57 58

Overview

Melbourne is the birthplace of Australian film and television, Aussie-rules football, the Australian impressionist art movement, and several Australian dance styles. Don’t be swayed by stories of

Melbourne’s temperamental weather. They’re all true, but when there’s so much to do both indoors and out, a bit of unpredictable rain won’t be ruining any parades. When the weather is good, take a birds-eye view look over Melbourne’s gorgeous greenery from the Eureka Skydeck – the Southern Hemisphere’s highest manmade viewing platform. Melbourne is home to plenty of museums, galleries and exhibits to check out.

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Visa & Customs

South Africans need a visa in order to visit Melbourne, or any other city in the Australia.

Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and remember to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.

Contact the Embassy of Australia (Telephone: 012 423 6000) for more information, in addition to visa applications.

Health & Safety

Melbourne is a safe city when you take its size into account. It is advised to keep any valuables hidden and avoid solo night travel as it can be dangerous, especially if you are not too familiar with

the area. Melbourne City Council has established all-night "Safe City" taxi ranks with security guards on King Street, outside Flinders Street Station and on Bourke Street.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Melbourne
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 149.10
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 79.52
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 38.96
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 16.40
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 258.43

Where to stay?

Melbourne is a city that has plenty of options to choose from no matter what it might be. There are various backpackers, high-end and affordable hotels that are available which is so great. The best hotels to stay at for the duration of your holiday include: * Pullman Melbourne on the Park (https://hotels.travelstart.com/hotel/details.html?q-check-out=2017-02-02&q-check-in=2017-02-01&WOE=4&WOD=3&q-room-0-children=0&pa=1&tab=description&hotel-id=113144&q-room-0-adults=1&YGF=2&MGT=1&ZSX=0&SYE=3)

Get Around

Getting around Melbourne is simple with its impressive network of trains, trams and buses. Trams are the most convenient within the inner city. The City Circle tram is free, and does a full circuit of Melbourne. There’s also a free Tourist Shuttle coach, which visits 15 popular attractions. Don’t ignore the value of good old foot-power, though. Walking tours are a great way to get in touch with the city, and Melbourne is pedestrian and bicycle-friendly.

Main attractions in Melbourne

Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market

Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol

Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo

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