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Diversely populated, culturally rich, and endlessly exciting, Melbourne is a rare location that blends the intrigue of a big city with the tranquility of a small town. Although you may have one itinerary planned when you arrive, you will quickly find things change the second you step into this city. From the entertaining attractions at the historic Luna Park to the sweeping views from the Eureka Tower, the chic restaurants and shops on Chapel St to the fast-paced cricket matches at the MCG, there is no shortage of things to do. Because this is such a tourist hub, cheap flights to Melbourne from NZ$115 are easy to find, regardless of the season.
Best time to go to Melbourne
Melbourne is a quiet city from December to February, as many of the locals go on annual leave during these months. Because of this, flights and accommodation are inexpensive, giving visitors free rein to soak up the sun in St Kilda, visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, and browse the Queen Victoria Market in the company of other tourists.
March through May, and September through November make up the shoulder season in this city. Despite the temperate weather during these periods, tourists are few, making inexpensive flights to Melbourne readily accessible. Because of the mild climate, this is a great time to immerse yourself in the history and natural beauty of the Great Ocean Road, mingle with the locals at Federation Square, or take in some music at one of the bars in Fitzroy.
From June to August the weather cools down, and tourists flee the city, so if you prefer solitude, this is the best time to go, as crowds are thinner, and the city sees an influx of events, such as the Writers Festival and the International Animation Festival.
Melbourne Airport and transfer information
Cheap transport can be found with the airport Skybus and the local bus system. Alternatively, you can rent a car or take a taxi. These options are more expensive, but faster than buses, taking approximately 45 minutes to arrive at the centre of the city.
Online resources for your travel to Melbourne
The official Melbourne website provides travel tips and information on places to visit, upcoming events, and ground transport.The Safetravel website gives information on important local contacts and current travel warnings.The Melbourne Airport website offers details on flights, ground transport, and in-airport facilities.
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