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Melbourne is a vibrant city known for its food, arts and culture. For information on Melbourne and surrounds, see the following websites:
- Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre
- Koorie Heritage Trust
- Guided Aboriginal Walking Tours
- Activities relating to Aboriginal culture on That’s Melbourne
There are several banks and 24hr ATMs located around Melbourne. For up-to-date information about Australian dollar exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
April is a pleasant month in Melbourne, often with spells of fine sunny weather lasting several days during which the temperature occasionally exceeds 25ºC. Every second year 30ºC is exceeded. The nights are quite cool with temperatures falling below 10ºC several times a week. Once in every five years an overnight minimum temperature below 5ºC is recorded. Fog occurs during the early morning on a few occasions but clears to a sunny day. There are usually several days of strong wind; mostly from the north but the average wind speed of 9 kilometres per hour is the lowest of any month. Prolonged heavy rain falls occasionally. More information can be found at: W: http://www.melbourneaustralia.org/climate-weather
All information about the Melbourne Airport can be accessed at: W: http://melbourneairport.com.au
Please note that there is no public train service from Melbourne Airport. You can hail taxis in front of the terminal or use a shuttle service. Shuttle services include:
- SkyBus Airport Express: Frequent transportation to and from Melbourne Tullamarine International Airport and the City from terminals every few minutes: https://www.skybus.com.au
- StarBus: For bookings call +61 3 8378 8700 or visit: http://www.starbusshuttle.com.au/bookings/
If you are arriving at Avalon Airport information about the airport can be found at: W: https://www.avalonairport.com.au
Myki is Melbourne's ticket to travel on the city's trains, trams and buses. It's a plastic smartcard with stored value which can be topped up and re-used again. Purchase your myki online at the PTV website, premium train stations, retail outlets displaying the myki sign (including 7-Elevens), or by calling 1800 800 007 (free from a land line) in Australia. PTV website: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/.
For flexible travel, buy a myki Visitor Pack from Melbourne Visitor Centre, Federation Square, the PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station (corner Swanston and Little Collins streets), SkyBus terminals and some hotels. Packs include a pre-loaded myki card with enough value for one day of travel in Zone 1 and 2, instructions on how to use myki, a Melbourne tram map and discount entry to Melbourne attractions. Myki Visitor Pack: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/myki-visitor-value-pack/.
Outside of the Free Tram Zone, Melbourne has two transit zones (1 and 2), with a single price to travel across both. It is cheaper to travel in Zone 2 only. Train travel completed before 7.00am on a weekday is free.
Melbourne's metro trains run between the outer suburbs and Flinders Street Station in the city. The city loop is Melbourne's underground system, with five stations in the central business district: Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff, Melbourne Central, Parliament and Flinders Street. Southern Cross Station is Melbourne's hub for regional and interstate trains. Plan your trip with Public Transport Victoria's journey planner: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/.
Passengers can board trams at signposted stops displaying maps, route numbers and a timetable. Route numbers are also displayed on the front of the tram. Travel within the central area of Melbourne by tram is free, though you will need a myki card if you plan to start or finish your journey outside of this central area. For more information on the area covered by the Free Tram Zone and a downloadable map, go to the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/.
Melbourne buses run frequently to major hubs, including shopping centres, schools, hospitals, leisure and sports venues, and some of Melbourne's biggest attractions. For people travelling further afield, Victoria's V/Line service gives access to regional towns and scenic attractions across the state. Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/; V/LINE: https://www.vline.com.au/
The Night Network also operates on weekends with after-hours transport to many locations. Night Network: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/night-network/night-network-overview/
A number of hire car companies operate out of Melbourne airport and the city. Rental car desks are located in the terminal arrivals area. Cars can be picked up and dropped off at the rental car park, located at the arrivals end of the terminal. For more information see Townsville Airport’s website, or phone the numbers below:
- AVIS T: +61 3 9338 1800; W: https://www.avis.com.au/car-rental/avisHome/home.ac
- Budget T: +61 3 9241 6366; W: https://www.budget.com.au
- Hertz T: +61 3 9338 4044; W: http://www.hertz.com.au
- Europcar T: +61 3 9241 6800; W: https://www.europcar.com.au
- Thrifty T: +61 3 9241 6100; W: http://www.thrifty.com.au
- Redspot T: +61 2 8303 2222; W: http:/www.redspot.com.au
Taxis and Ride Share
Melbourne taxis are easy to spot, as they display a lamp on the cab roof and most are painted yellow, silver or white. You can book taxi cab pick-up for a set location, or take one from a cab rank at signposted spots. You may also hail a taxi in the street. If the rooftop lamp is lit, the taxi is usually unoccupied and available for hire. Rideshare trips with the Uber app are also increasingly popular in Melbourne. The app shows a fare estimate, the driver's picture, vehicle details, and tracks the trip on a map.
Explore the city on board the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle. Hop on and off at any of the 13 prominent stops along the route. Be taken to bustling markets, cultural precincts, lush gardens, shopping arcades, sporting stadiums and more. The shuttle operates daily, departing every 30 minutes from 9:30am to 4:30pm, except shuttle closure days; the full trip takes approximately 90 minutes. For a list of shuttle closure dates, please visit the website: http://www.bestof.com.au/vic/tours/melbourne-visitor-shuttle
Information on Melbourne sourced from:
- Visit Melbourne Website: http://www.visitmelbourne.com/
- That’s Melbourne Website: http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/visitors/pages/visitorinfo.aspx