Melbourne for the Visitor - a personal guide

Melbourne has to be one of the most well-known cities in the world. The second largest city in Australia, as well as the capital of the state of Victoria, it is the centre of major sporting events, as well as being a sophisticated, cosmopolitan metropolis with much to see and do. Indeed, it is a great place to visit on holiday.


Where Melbourne is in Australia

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As you can see, Melbourne is located on Australia's south-east tip. It has winters, which are way milder than anything you may experience in the UK, and summers, which are usually scorchers, with temperatures in the upper 30s, sometimes higher.

I have been fortunate to visit Melbourne every January/February since 2009, along with my partner, Alison. She has family living there and I have a good friend from my university days who I look up while we're there.

Over these several visits,  we discovered more and more about the city - some of it, courtesy of Alison's two cousins, off the tourist track. All added to our experience and it's my hope, with this website, that I can pass on some of this insider information and advice to you.






Of course, Melbourne has loads of things for the visitor to do - not the least being the coach tours.

Alison and I have been on nearly all of them, so you'll be able to find out here what they're really like.

Greyline tour bus
Grayline tour bus

Of course, Melbourne has loads of things for the visitor to do - not the least being the coach tours.

Alison and I have been on nearly all of them, so you'll be able to find out here what they're really like.

While these tours don't exactly come cheap, I'll be able to give you some ideas for other things to do that don't eat into your budget too much

You'll also get full reviews of all the places we've eaten at - from the expensive up-market restaurant, to the really cheap, economical option. It's possible to holiday in Melbourne without it costing the earth. (Believe me, I always bring a sizeable amount of Australian dollars back home with me, unspent.)


Melbourne tram

Melbourne has one of the finest public transport systems in the world.

I'll give you details of it and how you can use it to get around the city very cheaply.


Melbourne tram


Melbourne has one of the finest public transport systems in the world.

I'll give you details of it and how you can use it to get around the city very cheaply.


Regarding hotels, we've only stayed in a grand total of four, so far, so it'll only be those that get featured on this site. I can give you a true assessment of these four, so, at least, if you're thinking of visiting Melbourne, you'll have comprehensive information about some of the many hotels available.



Finally, I'll just give you general information, based on my own experience, such as the best places to purchase alcohol and cigarettes, what are the rules imposed by the Australian Border Control and how to get around the city for free!

So, I hope that this site will engender a love of Melbourne to match mine. It's a great city and well worth saving up your hard-earned cash to finance a visit.





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