Fly To Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, and has snagged the title of “Australia’s Cultural Capital” from under the noses of Sydney and Brisbane. It’s the birthplace of Australian film and television, Aussie-rules football, the Australian impressionist art movement, and several Australian dance styles. As if that weren’t enough, it’s also been ranked as the world’s most liveable city.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Melbourne, or anywhere else in Australia. You’ll also need to make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- There is a South African Honorary Consulate in Melbourne, Victoria. Como Towers, Level 16, 644 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141. Phone: + 61 3 8825 4114.
See and do
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. You’ll also want to visit the Melbourne Zoo, the Healesville Sanctuary and the penguins of Phillip Island. The Great Ocean Road is another must-see, as is the Queen Victoria Market, where you’ll find everything under the sun, including great souvenirs for great prices.
Much like Cape Town, if it’s looking like rain in Melbs, there are plenty of museums, galleries and exhibits to check out. The National Gallery of Victoria is worth a trip, as is the Australian Centre for the Moving Images, located in Federation Square. The Melbourne Aquarium is also a great option, and DFO South Wharf will satisfy the most avid shopper. Melbourne is known for its abundance of bespoke fashion outlets, so consider a made-to-order item as a unique and personal trip souvenir.
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.
Melbourne Tullamarine Airport – MEL
Coffee: Café Arome, Café Ton, Café Vue, and Hudsons Coffee.
Forex Bureaus: Travelex and ANZ Bank both offer currency exchange at Melbourne Airport. Travelex also offers online pre-purchased foreign exchange to save you time at the airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost within the airport can be reported to Travellers’ Services within Terminals 2, 3 and 4, or at security checkpoints.
Airport Hotels: Parkroyal Hotel and Holiday Inn are both located on the airport grounds.
Car Hire: Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Europcar and Redspot.
Melbourne Airport is a hub for: Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Regional Express Airlines, Tiger Airways Australia, and Virgin Australia.