Melbourne Airport, also known as Tullamarine Airport is approximately 24km away from the city centre. Packed with things to see and do, Melbourne is home to lush parks, the Australian Grand Prix, fantastic museums, and magnificent laneways and arcades.
Things to See and Around Melbourne
Climb to the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere - the top of the Eureka Skydeck 88. Enjoy stunning views of the city from the Edge - a glass cube which slides 3 metres out from the building with you inside.
Make your way towards St Kilda, a suburb of Melbourne. Situated in a picturesque bay, it's got a distinct bohemian flair. Spend your trip lazing on St Kilda Beach, the most popular in the area. Then take in other attractions such as Luna Park which is jam packed with amusements. Afterwards, why not admire the botanical gardens.
Live music is never far away in the many bars, clubs and restaurants, but let's not get too ahead of ourselves. During the day, take your pick from streets full of arty boutique stores, friendly cafés and art galleries, all housed within Victorian-styled buildings. Don't miss the iconic Flinders Street Station either.
For something a bit different, take a tour of the Old Melbourne Gaol. Dating from the 1900's, it famously held Ned Kelly, arguably Australia's most controversial individual. As this attraction is more suited to adults, if you have the kids in tow, you might prefer an alternative attraction. Melbourne Zoo holds the key to a day of fun.
Exploring Victoria by Car
The options are absolutely endless with the flexibility of your own transport. You have no doubt heard of the famous Great Ocean Road which winds its way along 243km of stunning coastline between the cities of Torquay and Warrnambool. It provides incredible views of the coastline and beautiful scenery in between. Admire the Twelve Apostles and indulge in native wildlife spotting along the way.
Take a drive to the nearby port city of Geelong. It has the vibe of a cosmopolitan country town, despite being the second largest city in Victoria. Stroll around the well-developed and attractive waterfront area filled with bars and cafes, or escape to the peace and quiet of the Botanical Gardens.
Yarra Ranges National Park lies just shy of 100km east of Melbourne and makes for a wonderful day trip, allowing you to experience the untouched natural beauty for which Australia is famed. Focused around the Yarra River, there are many waterfalls amidst towering trees making it a magical location for walking and hiking. Alternatively, visit Dandenong Ranges National Park instead. Here you can take on the challenge of 1,000 steps at the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk.