Melbourne city and the river

Melbourne is a lively city with an irresistible energy. Compact and quirky, while effortlessly flaunting cosmopolitan class at the same time. Small wonder, then, that it was deemed one of the world’s most liveable cities. Whether it’s the charming laneways and arcades of the city centre, the stylish sophistication of the Southbank or the laid-back vibe of the beach suburb of St Kilda, visitors to Melbourne are sure to find something to fall in love with. Catch an exciting Aussie Rules game in the Etihad Stadium, learn to kite-surf on the beaches of St Kilda, dress to impress for an evening along the bustling Southbank or catch the latest cultural offering at Federation Square.

Popular Tailor-made Melbourne Holidays

Whether you want to discover the viticulture of the Yarra Valley on our Gourmet Australia itinerary, or get out on the open road with the Melbourne Coastal Drive, our tailor-made Melbourne holidays can be adapted to suit you. These example holidays – otherwise known as  'Journeys' – take in a number of locations within Australia, including all of the highlights of Melbourne and its surrounds, and cover everything from flights to hand-picked accommodation, car hire, day tours and more. Be inspired by our favourite Melbourne holiday itineraries below.

Melbourne Holiday Types

Melbourne is a fantastic city to explore, but be sure to experience its magnificent surrounds too. You can hire a car and drive along the Great Ocean Road, venture inland to tour the vineyards or venture out to Phillip Island to see the penguins. For inspiration and to help you plan, check out our Melbourne holiday types below.

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More About Melbourne

Currency: Australian dollar

Language: English

Flight time: London to Melbourne flight time is just under 23 hours and will include a stopover.

Visas: British Citizens require a tourist eTA visa, which you can apply for online.

Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required

Top 3 Things to Do in Melbourne

  • Stroll along the Southbank
  • Explore the laneways
  • Catch the tram to the beachfront suburb of St Kilda

When to Go to Melbourne

With more festivals than weeks of the year and often four seasons in one day, Melbourne is very much a year-round destination. Like the rest of Australia, Melbourne experiences winter from June to August and summer from December to February. With that said, Melbourne is no stranger to extreme weather changes, from cold coat weather one day to hot beach weather the next, so be sure to pack for everything. For events, some of Melbourne’s key calendar highlights include the Australian Open (tennis) in January, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in March, the Melbourne Cup Carnival (horse racing) in November and the Boxing Day Test (cricket) in December.  

Why Book Your Melbourne Holiday With Flight Centre

World’s #1 to Australia: Flight Centre is born and bred in Australia. We opened our very first store in Sydney in 1982 and now sell over 1.3 million tickets to Australia every year, making us the world’s number one to Australia.

Local knowledge: As an Australian-born company, we know Australia better than anyone. In fact, we have Flight Centre stores located throughout Melbourne, giving us access to unprecedented local travel advice and up-to-date information.

Flexibility: We offer flexible deposits, the opportunity to pay the balance of your holiday just 10 weeks before departure, and fixed change and cancellation fees.

Travel Butler and 24/7 Emergency Assistance Service: When you book a holiday to Melbourne from our range of tailor-made Journeys, you’ll also enjoy access to our inclusive Travel Butler concierge and 24/7 Emergency Assistance services.