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Melbourne’s peak travel season kicks off during the hotter months (no surprises there), when the tourist crowds jostle with locals for the prime sunbathing real estate on the beach.
Cheer on your favorite tennis players as these iconic powerhouses duke it out for the championship title at the annual Australian Open.
February is when summer really goes into full swing, marked by the St Kilda Festival, which brings together both international and local crowds for a free celebration of art and music.
Melbourne’s Chinatown lights up in red and gold, signaling the arrival of the Lunar New Year. It’s the perfect excuse to hunt down the best yum cha, catch lion dance performances, or watch Hong Kong Chinese New Year blockbusters at the Chinatown Cinema.
Perhaps one of the best times to visit is in fall, when cooler temperatures usher in all that amazing fall foliage action. While we know sweater weather is just around the corner, there’s still a chance for a potential heat wave (especially earlier on in the season). Meaning: Don’t ditch your SPF.
Fans of fall leaves (and who isn’t?) can get their fix at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. It’s home to thousands of plant species from all around the world.
The Melbourne Food And Wine Festival hosts an annual celebration of the best wines, cheeses, and other deliciousness the city has to offer.
Labor Day weekend is an absolute field day for adrenaline junkies. The annual Moomba Festival, a large community event, offers a range of cool rides and water sports to get your heart racing. Roving performers, pop-up concerts and street art installations add to the party-like atmosphere.
Winter in Melbourne is a bit of a mixed bag: Sometimes it’s chilly and sometimes it’s wet. But fear not! That just means it’s the absolute right time to hit up the city’s best restaurants for warm-you-up winter fare.
Head out to the Mornington Peninsula for the healing thermal waters at the Peninsula Hot Springs. Hot tip: Pick a spot in their coveted rooftop pool for 360-degree views of the region.
Film buffs, unite: The Melbourne International Film Festival, an iconic cultural event showcasing the best of Australian filmmaking since 1952, happens in the winter season.
Dive into Melbourne’s architectural history during Open House Melbourne, a two-day event that gives you the chance to explore some of the city’s most significant buildings, places of worship, and famous monuments—plus, you’ll get to dig into the stories behind them. The best part? Most of the guided tours are free.
Thanks to warmer and longer days, spring is the prime time to picnic in one of Melbourne’s parks. The weather can be a little all over the place this time of year, but locals don’t let that stop them (they just come prepared—so bring a rain jacket just in case).
Bookworks and storytellers alike will find inspiration galore at the Melbourne Writers Festival. There’s always a lineup of the best local and international names in the literary world.
Take advantage of the off-peak season to explore the Grampians, an expansive national park just out of Melbourne. Pick a hiking trail and take in epic, Instagram-worthy views of mountain ranges and valleys. (And oh yes, the wildflowers are in their full glory, too.)
Looking for a picnic spot? The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is always a crowd pleaser, offering plenty of space to enjoy a bagged lunch while watching tulips in full bloom.
Where to stay
- Central Business DistrictA hot spot for art lovers, Melbourne’s inner city is where you’ll find laneways covered in graffiti, alongside grand installations at the National Gallery of Victoria. There’s a range of luxe hotels with expansive views of the skyline for an undeniably city vibe. While accommodation in the CBD may be pricier, what you’ll get in return is quicker access to the small cafés and cocktail bars that the inner city is known for.Read more
- St KildaThe long stretch of beach along the coastal suburb of St Kilda offers plenty of space for a range of outdoor activities, from cycling to water sports. As the sun sets, St Kilda comes alive through its trendy bars and pubs, along with three of the city’s premier live music venues. Beach lovers can have their pick of accommodation, from affordable backpacker hostels to beachfront apartments with seaside views.Read more
- RichmondRichmond is the go-to for anyone looking for authentic Vietnamese or Thai food (I Love Pho and Jinda Thai are crowd favourites). You’ll also find Melbourne’s largest concentration of factory outlets in Richmond, featuring many popular Australian fashion labels including Mimco and Country Road. Take your pick from a handful of apartments located along Bridge Road for easy access to the tram service and other public amenities.Read more
- FitzroyOne of the hippest suburbs in Melbourne, Fitzroy is a popular haunt for those who love to express their individuality. Bargain hunters can check out the vintage clothing stores along Brunswick Street, while Gertrude Street is home to a number of vintage and small fashion designers looking to make a name for themselves. As an up-and-coming district, you’ll find a number of traditional apartment-style accommodations along Carlton Street, which should provide you with easy access to tram services and the Melbourne Museum.Read more
- FootscrayThe vibrant ‘Scray is where you’ll find some of the most diverse foods in the whole of Melbourne. Footscray Market reps many of the migrant communities that have come to call the area home, so you’ll find speciality stores selling Chinese sauces next to Mexican condiments. Here, you’ll find a handful of smaller hotels along Barkly Street, within walking distance from Footscray Park and the Flemington Racecourse.Read more
Hotels near the sights
- ChinatownEstablished during the Victorian gold rush in the 1850s, Melbourne’s Chinatown offers a wide range of food options for every budget. Stay near Chinatown to enjoy easy access to the cafés, bars, and restaurants that line the heart of the city (and don’t miss the chance to stroll through the handful of green spaces, too).Read more
- Royal Botanic Gardens VictoriaThe Royal Botanic Gardens is well-loved by Melburnians, having been around for more than 170 years. In spring, you’ll be able to spot some of the garden’s coolest birds, including black swans, bellbirds, and other wildlife. It’s within walking distance from Southbank, which brims with cultural venues, restaurants and designer stores.Read more
- St. Kilda BeachSpend warm summer days at St Kilda Beach watching paddle boarders and wind surfers do their thing. If you’re feeling lucky, head to the breakwater just before dusk—you just might see a few fairy penguins waddling ashore. With its beaches, amusement parks and bustling nightlife, staying near St Kilda Beach should suit couples and families alike.Read more
- Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)Affectionately known as “the ’G” among locals, the Melbourne Cricket Grounds is where you can catch a game of Aussie Rules in winter or a cricket test match in summer. It’s within walking distance to Yarra Park (which has a significant indigenous pre-history) as well as the Royal Botanic Gardens.Read more
- Chapel StreetSpanning the suburbs of South Yarra, Prahan, and Windsor, Chapel Street is dotted with some of Melbourne’s most famous fashion outlets and vintage stores. When you’re through, go on and eat your way through Prahran Market, where you can find the widest range of local faves, from simple toasties to German bratwurst. Stay near this stylish area for easy access to great cafés and restaurants—and lots of shopping.Read more
- Next Hotel Melbourne, Rydges Melbourne, and Sheraton Melbourne Hotel are some of the most popular hotels for travellers looking to stay near City Circle Tram. See the full list: Hotels near City Circle Tram.
- Popular hotels close to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria include Quest on Dorcas, United Places Hotel Botanic Gardens, and Seasons Botanic Gardens. See the full list: Hotels near Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.
- Popular hotels close to Melbourne Airport include Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport, an IHG Hotel, PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport, and Ibis Budget Melbourne Airport. See the full list: Hotels near Melbourne Airport.
- A few of the most popular hotels near Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) are Next Hotel Melbourne, Lancemore Crossley St., and Rydges Melbourne. See the full list: Hotels near Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
- Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne, Park Hyatt Melbourne, and Quay West Suites Melbourne have a spa and received excellent reviews from travellers in Melbourne. See the full list: Spa Resorts Melbourne.