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Great Australia holidays start in Melbourne

Melbourne holidays


Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital. It's often unfairly overlooked by the icons of big-name Sydney, but Melbourne's laid-back cool means it doesn't need to compete. Each of its areas buzzes with unique character, from the stylish boutiques of Collins Street and hole-in-the-walls of Chinatown to the traditional cuisine of the The Greek Quarter and parks of the Yarra Precinct.

Central Business District, Melbourne

The excitement of discovering hidden restaurants and cafes, creative galleries and seaside esplanades are what makes Melbourne so charming. Whether a culture buff, sports nut, foodie or fashionista, you’ll find your niche in Melbourne – often named Australia's most European city. Enjoy a sunset beer on the St Kilda promenade, see the Southern Hemisphere’s best collection of international art, browse the boutiques of trendy Brunswick Street or catch an AFL football or cricket game.

Vintage tram, Melbourne

We also recommend a visit to the vintage City Circle tram that runs across Flinders, Spring, Nicholson, La Trobe and Spencer – a fine way to explore the city. For dining, Melbourne is truly unparalleled, with everything from hidden Asian hotspots to Michelin-star delights dotted around the city on offer. Don’t miss a stroll around Melbourne’s famous laneways, a maze of hidden arcades and lantern-lit lanes that are the city’s cultural heart, such as the famous graffiti streets of the trendy Fitzroy district.

Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne

Excursions in Melbourne

To match its array of attractions, there's a near-endless collection of things to do in Melbourne. Let a local guide bring its artsy laneways to life, go on a vegan food tour of bohemian Fitzroy or take in the skyline with a ride in a hot air balloon. Alternatively, you can hit the waters to see the city from a different perspective, enjoying a cruise or kayak paddle along the Yarra River. There's also plenty of the unique, including the likes of ghost tours and the chance to water the world-famous Melbourne Gardens. You can even taste your way through the city's esteemed microbreweries. If anything grabs your attention, contact your tailor-made specialist to start organising your trip. They'll also be more than happy to recommend something for you.

Enjoy a coffee in quirky, art-filled surroundings in the laneways (pictured: Tattersalls Lane)


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Top itineraries in Melbourne

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Melbourne, the Grampians & Great Ocean Road

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,290 pp incl. flights

Swap Melbourne’s city sights for golden sands, world-class vineyards and the magnificent Twelve Apostles as you drive one of the world’s greatest coastal roads.

Sea Cliff Bridge, New South Wales, Australia

Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,135 pp incl. flights

Discover the dramatic coastline between two of Australia's city greats, enjoying the likes of penguin parades on beautiful island reserves and stays in luxury bush camps.

Top places to stay in Melbourne

Langham Hotel suite

The Langham Hotel Melbourne

Contemporary hotel

The Langham Hotel Melbourne is a reinterpretation of the original Langham grand hotel, offering the city’s finest luxury hotel experience.

Crown Towers

Crown Towers Melbourne


Located right on the banks of the Yarra River, the opulent Crown Towers Merlbourne sets the benchmark for Australian luxury hotels.

The Lindrum

The Lindrum, Melbourne

Small & intimate hotel

The Hotel Lindrum is a classic building with an excellent location on Flinders Street, within walking distance of a wealth of attractions.

Ovolo Laneways, Melbourne

Ovolo Laneways, Melbourne

Contemporary hotel

Melbourne is a city of art and heritage – two facets that are combine at this boutique offering. Its position in the city's historic laneways is balanced by ultra-trendy rooms where bold splashes of colour play out over superb amenities.

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When to go to Melbourne

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Not too dissimilar to the UK, Melbourne enjoys a lovely range of seasons: blooming spring, a warm and dry summer, an orange-hued autumn and sharp, crisp winter. It's warmest at the start of the year, with an average temperature of 26 degrees, while the winter months bring a milder temperature and some rainfall. It's not as wet as Sydney, though, and there isn't a bad time of year to visit. The strong seasonal differences make it a delight to visit all year round.

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Melbourne articles

  • Great Ocean Road, Victoria

    Just back from: A road trip through Victoria, Australia

    Wexas’ Claire Benktander spent a week road tripping around Australia’s Victoria region. Discover her route that visits Melbourne, Great Ocean Road and the lesser-explored Wilson’s Promontory.

  • Melbourne

    The Top 7 things to do in Melbourne

    From city kayaking and beach relaxation to rooftop bars and street art, this is the finest that Australia's third city has to offer, showcasing its unique breadth.

  • Koalas, Raymond Island, Victoria, Australia

    Where to spot koalas in Victoria

    With its diversity of landscapes and climates, Victoria is the preferred home to many of Australia's most iconic native animals. As well as widespread habitats of kangaroos and wombats, the state has the largest and most thriving population of wild koalas in Australia.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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