A Bite-Sized Guide to Melbourne

Sunny Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and is Down Under’s cultural capital. Victorian-era architecture, sweeping skyscrapers and extensive museums, galleries and theatres pepper the city’s landscape.

It’s the home of that great Australian export, Neighbours and also hosts many of Australia’s major sporting events including the Australian Open and the Grand Prix. Surrounded by beautiful sights such as the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island, you won’t be short of things to do in and out of the city.

When to visit

Weather varies, but Melbourne’s summer is between December and February, when it’s our winter. During this time, temperatures are in the late 20s, and whilst it’s hot, it’s rarely humid. If you decide to visit in the Australian winter, make sure you bring your umbrella as Melbourne is known to have the odd shower here and there.

How to get there

Melbourne Airport is the second busiest airport in Australia and as such serves a variety of destinations. The only airline that travels directly from the UK to Melbourne is Qantas, however you can also get connecting flights from Hong Kong.

Before you travel

You’ll need a visa to enter Australia, and they are fairly easy to get, though it requires a little planning in advance. No matter how long you’re staying for you’ll need one, and you will most likely need an ETA Tourist Visa if you are travelling for a short period as it covers you for a stay of three months.

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