Stylish, arty Melbourne is a city that’s both dynamic and cosmopolitan, and proud of its place as Australia’s cultural capital. Its stately Gold Rush–era architecture and a multicultural make-up reflect the city’s recent history, while edgy street art, top museums and sticky-carpeted band venues point to its present-day personality.

Melbourne rates highly in education, entertainment, health care, research and development, tourism and sport, making it the world's most liveable city—for the fifth year in a row in 2015, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. It is a leading financial centre in the Asia-Pacific region, and ranks among the top 30 cities in the world in the Global Financial Centres Index. It is the birthplace of Australian impressionism, Australian rules football, the Australian film and television industries, and Australian contemporary dance such as the Melbourne Shuffle. It is recognized as a UNESCO City of Literature and a major centre for street art, music and theatre. It is home to many of Australia's largest and oldest cultural institutions such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building.

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1. Dine at Melbourne’s Best Restaurants
2. Drink at Melbourne’s Rooftop Bars
3. Cheer at World-Famous Sporting Events
4. Shop Melbourne’s Designer Boutiques and Cool Local Labels
5. Explore Melbourne’s Laneways and Architecture
6. Day Trip to Wineries, Forests and Surf Beaches
7. Shop Local at Melbourne’s Amazing Markets
8. Get Outdoors in Melbourne’s Parks and Gardens

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USEFUL INFORMATION

Arriving/Departing at Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine)
Melbourne's main airport at Tullamarine is located 23kms from the CBD with the journey taking from 20 to 35 minutes depending on traffic.
On arrival, you will find many transport options (see below) and information access points in the terminals. All terminals are close or adjoin each other and you will not need to get a bus to go to other terminals.
For departures, during morning peaks, (5.30am - 9.00am) and evening peaks (4.00pm- 7.00pm,) travelling time can be 45-60 minutes. It is best to check the VicTraffic website to identify any traffic problems early. Airline check-in queues during peak are also lengthy even in domestic terminals. Give yourself plenty of time.

Transport options:
The below is a short summary of the main transport options and prices from airport to the city centre:
Taxi: $55 - $65 (up to four people) - 20 - 40 mins
Skybus: $18 per person - 20 - 40 mins
Starbus, VHA Airport Shuttle: $18 - $25 per person - 20 - 40 mins

Transport within the city:
Public Transport: Myki card costs $6 (full fare) or $4 (concession). Daily fare is $7.80. But it is free to take any tram in the FREE Tram Zone in the Melbourne CBD. More information can be found at Public Transport Victoria

MELBOURNE WEATHER

Melbourne has a temperate oceanic climate and is well known for its changeable weather conditions. You can check the weather from this link: Melbourne Weather