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Melbourne Holidays

Holidays in Melbourne take you to Australia’s most cosmopolitan city. Located at the nation’s southern tip, it’s a quirky town of colourful lanes, Victorian architecture and buzzing markets. This is the heart of Australia’s creative community, so expect vibrant street art, a raucous nightlife, and great restaurants.

Federation Square is a popular hangout spot for locals and visitors alike. It’s the focus of the city’s arts and cultural scene, with museums, galleries and airy cafes. Perhaps the city’s most iconic symbol is the vast Flinders Street Station, a golden-hued Victorian beauty that has been a meeting place for generations.

In the busy Laneways you can dig for treasure in vintage boutiques and stop for brunch in trendy eateries. For a real local’s experience visit Queen Victoria Market, where you can pick up everything from organic vegetables to handmade shoes.

Melbourne holidays: Australia’s beating heart

The National Gallery of Victoria has an exceptional collection of Western, Asian and indigenous Australian art. Stop in at the Melbourne Museum for brilliant architecture and incredible natural history displays. The Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI) will be a highlight for fans of cinema or video games.

Melbourne family holidays have plenty to offer as well. For some beach time visit lovely St Kilda, which is just a few miles south of the Central Business District. You’ll find Luna Park, an early 20th century amusement park with a famous looming mouth entrance. Some of the rides have been there since the day it opened.

A stroll along the Yarra River is a great way to relax, enjoying the peace and quiet in the heart of this bustling city. Equally meditative is the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, where rare plants are framed against the downtown skyscrapers.

Destination Highlights
  • Experience Australia’s cultural capital - home to some of the best museums and art galleries in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Explore Melbourne’s vibrant cafe culture in hidden lanes and sun-dappled squares
  • Take a day trip to stunning St Kilda Beach and visit thrilling Luna Park
  • Stroll along the banks of the Yarra River and explore the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Time Zone

+11 hours (GMT)

Flight Time

London to Melbourne is around 21 hours, with 1 stop at a choice of destinations. Flight times vary dependent on stop-over destination and onward connection.

Currency

Australian dollar (AUD)

Visa Information

All visitors require an Australian Tourist Visa. You can apply for visas online on the Australian Department of Affairs website.

Language

English

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations are required, but it's important to contact your GP for the latest recommendations

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