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About Melbourne

Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia, is the coastal capital of the state of Victoria. The city relishes in not only being exciting and charismatic, but one of the most liveable cities in the world. Melbourne is also the cultural capital of Australia. Popular attractions include the Great Ocean Road, National Gallery of Victoria, and Melbourne Zoo.

Get ready to fly away to a place where history and edgy attractions meet with cheap flights to Melbourne. The city of 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 depart from Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Melbourne is approximately 15 hours.

Popular flights to Melbourne

Flight Route Airline Trip Type Travel Dates Searched Price from
Cape Town - Melbourne Qatar Return Mar 3 - Mar 10 1 day ago R13,599.00
Johannesburg - Melbourne Qatar Return Mar 6 - Mar 21 1 day ago R12,839.00
Durban - Melbourne Qatar Return Dec 21 - Jan 11 0 days ago R21,849.00
East London - Melbourne Etihad Return Nov 14 - Nov 29 1 day ago R13,859.00

Why visit Melbourne

Melbourne Arts

Arts & Culture

From the colourful, graffiti-lined lane ways to the majestic National Gallery of Victoria, you can always find a live show, cutting edge exhibition or performance going on in the cultural capital of Australia.

Melbourne Food

Australian Cuisine

Home-made soda bread goes well with the traditional pea soup and hearty meat pies for which Australia is known. And delectable pavlova make Melbourne a paradise that appeals to all taste buds.

Melbourne Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Eau De Vie is a gem of hidden lane way bars and glittering nightspots. It is a lively place for those who love theatre as much as a good cocktail. Federation Square and the Royal Botanic Gardens are also a must-visit.

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 (MEL)
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. During the summer months, which fall between December and February, Melbourne gets crowded with tourists, and prices tend to be slightly higher to accommodate the high demand.

Weather & Climate in Melbourne

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (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

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 man-made viewing platform.

Melbourne is also home to plenty of museums, galleries and exhibits.

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The most popular flight route to Melbourne:

Cheap flights from Johannesburg to Melbourne

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

Leave plenty of time for visa processing, and ensure your passport is valid for 6 months and has 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.

See this guide on how to apply for your Australian visa.

The Australian High Commission is situated in Pretoria.

Address: 292 Orient Street, Arcadia, 0083

Phone: (+27) 012 423 6000

Melbourne is a safe city when you take its size into account.

However, it is still advisable 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.

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

Melbourne is a city that has plenty of options to choose from no matter what it might be. High-end hotels, self-catering apartments, guest houses, budget hotels, and backpackers can be found throughout the city.

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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