Melbourne Travel Tips: 10 Things to Know Before You Go to Melbourne Australia

Melbourne Travel Tips: 10 Things To Know Before You Go To Melbourne Australia

Things YOU need to know before you travel to Melbourne Australia. With a population of 4 million, Melbourne is Australia’s 2nd largest city and the capital of the state of Victoria. Melbourne has been rated the “Most Livable City” 7 years running.

Melbourne Weather

Winter is approximately 9 months long.
Melbourne is cold in the winter.
Rain unpredictable
40 degrees Celsius in the morning, 18 degrees by afternoon.
Wind can be really cold.
Bring Warm Clothing whatever season you visit.
Seasons flipped from the Northern Hemisphere

Melbourne Public Transport:

World’s largest streetcar network
Really don’t need a car
Trams free in the CBD
Tram 35 — City Loop for tourists
Buy a Myki
Also trains
Its extensive but slow
Taxis and Uber are plentiful in the city
Very walkable

Driving in Melbourne

Will need a car to drive Great Ocean road or 12 Apostles
Drive on the left

Types of traffic cameras in Melbourne

Point-to-point cameras that average out your speed over a long distance – Be careful!
Hook turns at tram intersections

Language in Melbourne

English… but some slang words to know:
Tomato Sauce = Ketchup
thongs = flip flops
togs/swimmers/bathers = bathing suit
chuck a u-ey = make a U-turn See our Australian Slang words article for more.

Money in Melbourne

Australian Dollar
1 AUD is 0.80 USD
Size of notes increases with value
No pennies — round to nearest 5 cent
$1 and $2 are coins
Get your money from ATM, they are plentiful
No tipping in Australia

Store Hours in Melbourne

They close really early
7pm for most stores
Except Thurs-Friday, then 9pm
Opening usually 10am
Exception Grocery, Drug Store, Restaurants, bars
Restaurants and bars often have hours of LATE

Food in Melbourne

A foodie city
Watch my video on cheap eats
Very international
Visit Queen Victoria Market
Lots of Asian Food in Chinatown
Pepper Lunch
Tim Ho Wan
24 hour Ramen and Kebab
But what about Australian Food?
Supermarkets: Woolworths, Coles

Coffee in Melbourne

World’s Best Coffee (so Melbourners say)
Espresso based drinks
flat white, a combination of espresso and steamed milk sans the froth; a
long black, a double shot of espresso added to hot water (the long black is the closest thing to standard American coffee)
a short black, a standard espresso

Water & Beer in Melbourne

World’s best tap water
Plenty of public drinking fountains
With bottle fillers
Best Water makes the best beer
Legal drinking age is 18
They love their beer
And it’s served everywhere
Also BYO
2 sizes of beer: Pot & Pint
Try Beer Deluxe at Fed Square

We hope you enjoyed this video titled Melbourne Travel Tips: 10 Things to Know Before You Go to Melbourne Australia. Though our video guides are designed to provide further awareness into what it might be like to live in the state of Victoria, we’re hopeful that this video will also help you to choose places to visit (or even call home) when living in Australia.

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  1. Your video was excellent. I visited Melbourne recently and you were spot on…I wish i saw your video before i travelled. keep em coming :)

  2. hey . this is my first time watching ur videos , thanks for the information . i like the way u explain things in the videos ..
    not much people can do .. good job

  3. To add Queen Vic market is also open nights, generally Wednesdays but many more nights through the summer months, great place to try out all sorts of foods, viet, indian, italian, ukranian, aussie, sweet, savoury and everything in between… But it fills up quick and youll be waiting quite a while for food from 730-9 so make sure to scope it out early if you're hungry to try a few different things.

    If you enjoy you're drinking you're in luck with melbourne, do the tram bar crawl, start at one end of the city at a bar and have a drink, then get on a tram and make your way down the line :)

    And you're right about coffee here :) Plenty of cafes and coffee shops in alley ways that have some amazing coffees

  4. ☀️Officially, summer in Australia is from December to February but the warmer weather in Melbourne begins around mid November & ends somewhere in April or sometimes even May.☀️

  5. Seriously awesome video, I'm thinking of going to college here so it was very helpful!

  6. Hi..please help go to Melbourne.. Wow! Beautiful place..its me FREDY ( from Philippines.. Mabuhay*)

  7. You don't wait for a tram to go pass after doing a hook turn mate. You wait till the other lights turn green then you go!

  8. It's an amazing video, I hope to start a video series as well. hope this video helps you a lot if you are interested in visiting Melbourne. Good work dude

  9. I lived in Melbourne, It is very cosmopolitan. Apparently also , there are as many massage parlors and brothels as there are in New York, also, in the northern suburbs like Coburg and Fawlkner, there is the worlds largest Greek population outside of Athens…

  10. Great info on Melbourne. Disappointed you didn't mention sport. Melbourne is known as the sporting capital of the world. Besides that good review

  11. Melbourne shops close early compared to USA. Better not tell him about Brisbane and Adelaide, much worse, good luck going to supermarket there after 9.

  12. One thing Melbourne lacks is landmarks and Theme parks if it had them it would attract more tourists.Sydney has the harbor bridge and Opera house.Whats Melbourne got?

  13. There's a good chance you'll be bashed without there being any provocation.

  14. First thing to know is how to pronounce the name of the place. It's not Melborn.

  15. I'll be traveling to Melbourne soon and your video answered every question I had about how to prepare for my visit. Thanks!!! Looking forward to watching your other videos!

  16. As a Melbournian, you did an excellent review of our city. Very impressed with your knowledge. I enjoy watching all your '"things to know…" videos on all cities in the world. You should be on a television travel show!