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

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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

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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