With an abundance of five-star restaurants, buzzworthy bars and hidden laneways dotted with cool cafes and boutique fashion shops, Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital.
Things to do & see in Melbourne
Renowned for its arts and culture, Melbourne is the place to enjoy a world-class meal, attend a major international sporting event, and rub shoulders with the stars.
Accommodation in Melbourne
Our buses are just the beginning. We’ve teamed up with the best hostel providers in Australia to offer flexible passes and packages that make it a breeze to secure quality accommodation that won’t break the bank, no matter where your journey takes you!
Check out Base & Nomads backpacker hostels when you're in Melbourne. Bookings can be made directly on their website.
The Bed Hopper Pass, available from 7 to 60 nights, is a flexible multi-night accommodation voucher that can be used to book dorm-style accommodation at Nomads Melbourne Backpackers Hostel and more than 20 Base, Nomads and Base-affiliated hostels throughout Australia.
Nomads Melbourne Backpackers Hostel
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How to get to Melbourne
With more than 180 stops across the country and services in all mainland states and territories, Greyhound is Australia’s largest coach network. Here are our most popular routes to Melbourne!
How to get around Melbourne
Your Greyhound bus to Melbourne will drop you at Southern Cross Station Coach Terminal, the city’s transport hub.
From there, you’ll discover just how easy, convenient and inexpensive it is to get around in Melbourne. There’s a reason Melbourne is often ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world! Melbourne’s straightforward grid layout makes it easy to find your way around, and most major attractions are within walking distance of each other in the city centre.
Of course, there’s plenty to do outside the city, too – make sure you catch a tram to St Kilda, where you can take a stroll on the beach, ride Australia’s oldest rollercoaster at the iconic Luna Park, and spot adorable penguins waddling back to their nests after dark!
To use public transport in Melbourne, you’ll need to purchase a Myki card – paper tickets are obsolete in this city. Myki is a smart card that can be purchased or topped up at train stations and selected retail outlets, including most convenience stores. With a Myki, you can travel on Melbourne’s trams, buses and trains.
To get the true Melbourne experience, it’s best to explore the city and inner suburbs on the city’s famous tram network. Travel within the city centre by tram is free, though you will need to swipe on and off with your Myki card if you plan to start or finish your journey outside of the CBD.
Newcomers to Melbourne can familiarise themselves with the place by hopping on the City Circle tram, which loops the city centre every 12 minutes in both directions. The trams used for this circuit – which takes about 48 minutes to complete – are vintage restored trams, recognisable by their maroon-and-gold colour schemes. The City Circle tram stops at many of the tourist hotspots around the city, and comes with historical commentary as you travel.
Melbourne’s trains also offer a convenient way to explore the city, with five stations on the city loop in the CBD – Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff, Melbourne Central, Parliament and Flinders Street.
The bus network fills in any gaps left by the trams and trains, and runs to virtually all major attractions, shopping centres, schools, hospitals and sports stadiums in Melbourne.
To plan your trip through the city or to the outer suburbs on public transport, use Public Transport Victoria’s journey planner.
Cycling is also a popular way to get around Melbourne, with numerous bike paths.
There are also numerous car hire and taxi companies operating in Toowoomba; taxis can be hailed on the street and at taxi ranks, and pre-booked on the phone or online.
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