Melbourne has been one of the country’s well-loved city destinations, dubbed so many nicknames that attest to its many charms — from a garden city to the coffee capital, sports capital, and cultural capital. Feeling wanderlust yet?
We’re sure many jet-setters are already itching to board a plane to Melbourne. But first — take note of these travel guidelines and all you need to know from where to stay to where to eat and what to do in the city!
COVID-19 Travel Guidelines
Travelling to Melbourne from interstate and overseas is now easy! Here are the current guidelines.
There are no longer restrictions for interstate tourists other than wearing a face mask in certain situations.
If you ever feel COVID-19 symptoms, go immediately to a testing centre.
Vaccinated or not, tourists coming from overseas only need to take note of the following requirements.
- Optional: rapid antigen test or PCR test within 24 hours of arrival (only required if you develop symptoms)
- Digital Passenger Declaration, to be accomplished between one week and 72 hours before departure
- Passport and tourist visa
Wearing of Face Masks
Face masks are no longer mandatory in Melbourne except in public transport, healthcare facilities, and other indoor spaces with close contact with other people. This applies to people aged 8 and above.
You can check the latest face mask restrictions and exceptions here.
Where to Stay in Melbourne
Here are the best accommodations that keep you close to the best that Melbourne has to offer!
Novotel Melbourne Central
Melbourne CBD is a great place to be, especially for first-timers, and Novotel Melbourne Central is right at the heart of it. Out of the hotel, you’ll find yourself surrounded by shopping outlets and lots of museums.
Location: 399 Little Lonsdale St., Melbourne, VIC
The Victoria Hotel
Also located in Melbourne CBD, The Victoria Hotel is worth staying at not only for its budget-friendly rates but also — for its part in over 140 years of Melbourne history! This quaint historic hotel sits a short walk from Federation Square and the iconic Flinders Street Station.
Location: 215 Little Collins St, Melbourne, VIC
The Prince Hotel
The Prince is a mid-range option located at the beach destination St. Kilda. The hotel is a great jump-off point to beachside attractions, parks, and the famous Luna Park.
Location: 2 Acland Street, St Kilda, VIC
Where to Eat in Melbourne
Melbourne is indeed a cultural capital, with cuisines from all over the world steeping the city in every corner including the suburbs.
For dining like a local, there’s so much adventure to be had in Melbourne’s laneways, lined with amazing restaurants with different specialties.
To start, indulge in San Telmo’s Argentinian steak specialties on Meyers Place. Then, check out the Asian specialties and bars of Chin Chin and Supernormal on Flinders Lane. Be sure to also explore the exciting laneways around Melbourne’s Chinatown as well!
Cafes Around Centre Place
You can’t be in the “coffee capital” without exploring its cafe scene! And the best place to be is the bustling Centre Place, with its mix of hole-in-the-wall cafes, graffiti art, and quirky shops.
Check out Cafe Vicolino for brunch or Aix Cafe Creperie for its Vietnamese-inspired treats. Or, cross toward the adjacent Degraves Street for the well-loved Tulip Coffee.
Vietnamese Restaurants in Richmond and Footscray
Vietnamese cuisine is a huge part of the local palate, and many such restaurants are concentrated around Victoria Street in Richmond (known as Melbourne’s Little Saigon) and Hopkins Street in Footscray.
Nhu Lan Bakery and To’s Bakery and Cafe are best for banh mi in Footscray, while I Love Pho is highly rated for noodle soup in Richmond.
What to Do in Melbourne
Here are KKday’s top recommendations for exciting things to do in Melbourne!
See the City from a Hot Air Balloon
Looking for untapped spots you may have missed while on the ground? Jump on a hot air balloon and appreciate the amazing entirety of Melbourne, from famous landmarks to hidden gems worth exploring.
Defy Fear of Heights at Melbourne Skydeck
Another way to see the city from a high vantage point is by taking an elevator up the Melbourne Skydeck. Dare yourself to step on the Edge, a transparent glass cube that lets you see the city right beneath your feet!
Catch a Show at Arts Centre Melbourne
As the cultural capital, Melbourne is home to Arts Centre Melbourne, renowned for its world-class theatre performances and exhibitions. Its architecture is also a sight to behold from the outside.
Take the Kids to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
From Lego exhibits to play areas and 4D shows — LEGOLAND Discovery Centre houses exciting and immersive attractions that both kids and kids at heart will enjoy!
Local Market Shopping
Whether you’re looking for souvenirs or just some retail therapy, Melbourne’s various local markets are worth splurging on. There are crafts and farmers’ markets, night markets, and fashion markets, but Queen Victoria Market rules them all.
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