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Coffee Cupping at Market Lane Café in Melbourne

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Coffee cupping at Market Lane café in Melbourne had been recommended to us by a guide on one of the market tours we did. Melburnians are obsessed with their coffee and cafés and see Melbourne as a global coffee-making capital. Does …

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The Best Melbourne Museums

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A priority for us on trips back to Australia is soaking up as much culture as we can. After we’ve caught up on the newest restaurants, we can be found in museums and galleries catching …

Meandering the Masala Trail in Dandenong in Melbourne

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Meandering the Masala Trail in Dandenong in Melbourne provides a taste of Little India in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan countries. Nowhere is Australia's ethnic diversity felt more than in multicultural Melbourne and outer-suburb Dandenong where 55% of residents …

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Melbourne Shopping: The Most Eclectic Boutiques Of All

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Melbourne shopping is some of the best shopping there is in Australia, especially for idiosyncratic fashion, jewellery and accessories. Designers are hand-making beautiful pieces while boutique owners are carefully curating eclectic collections. While most visitors make …

A Local Guide to Vintage Shopping in Melbourne

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That we needed to provide you with a local guide to vintage shopping in Melbourne quickly became apparent after spotting some Melbourne locals in beehives, cats eye glasses and bobby socks. After meeting vintage princess …

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Matt Skinner on Melbourne, Wine, Bars and Food

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Melbourne wine guy Matt Skinner may be a comparatively young bloke as far as Australian wine icons go, but with a handful of wine books, an annual wine guide and a television series under his belt, he’s …

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Melbourne on a Budget

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Australia is an expensive destination to visit, regardless of the drop in value of the Aussie dollar, and the capital of its southern state Victoria is no exception, but it is still possible to do Melbourne …

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WHEN TO GO

Dec-Feb Can be extremely hot, but that doesn’t stop tennis, F1 and music fans from flocking to the city.
Apr-Sep April has the best walking weather, getting crisper as winter begins.
Oct-Nov Can be cool but is busy due to football finals and horse racing fanatics.

Health

Melbourne has a very good healthcare system, but of course always buy comprehensive insurance. Despite its reputation for dangerous creatures, you won’t find many of these in urban areas, apart from the ocassional spider. Given Melbourne’s liberal drinking hours, hangovers are your main concern. Recommended Vaccinations

Visas

Only New Zealanders do not need a visa for Australia. There are myriad classes of visas, but if you’re coming for a holiday (depending which passport you have) and you are staying for less than three months, apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) with a cost of UAD$20. For other visas visit the visa finder page of the Australian Government.

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CURRENCY

CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES

$1.00 USD = 1.40 AUD
€1.00 EUR = 1.59 AUD
£1.00 GBP = 1.82 AUD

The Australian currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD).
ATM machines are all over Australia and generally dispense AUD$10, $50 and $100 notes. Credit and debit cards a almost universally accepted and paying by cash is almost considered quaint on restaurants, supermarkets and hotels. If heading ‘outback’ carry extra cash in case of ATM unreliability.

LANGUAGE

ENGLISH IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF AUSTRALIA.
Australian English language, ‘hello’ in Australian English, ‘g’day mate’. Copyright © 2019 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

ELECTRICITY

ELECTRICITY IN AUSTRALIA IS 220 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
Electricity in Australia is 220 Volts. 50 Cycles/Sec. Australian power plugs.

LOCAL TIME

CURRENT MELBOURNE TIME
Time in Melbourne:

Melbourne’s Time Zone is (GMT+11)
Melbourne’s daylight saving (one hour forward) generally starts in October and finishes in April.

WEATHER

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TRANSPORTATION

AIR/LAND/SEA

Melbourne’s main airport, Tullamarine (MEL) is the city’s only international airport and main domestic airport. There is a convenient SkyBus service to the main Southern Cross train station and a free shuttle on to many hotels. There are taxis and Uber but trams, trains and buses are convenient, paying by using a ‘myki‘ debit-type card that’s better value the longer you stay. There is also a bike-sharing system (a helmet is required).

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