Melbourne has many ways to travel, our public transport system is world class, reliable and affordable. Our train network travels to most suburbs and to regional Victoria. Our tram system is environmentally friendly.
If you choose to use public transport in Victoria (PTV), there are some things you should be aware of. PTV no longer uses a 'ticket', instead a smart card is required. This technology is known as Myki smartcard. Please be aware that stations DO NOT SELL Myki cards. A "Visitor Pack" is also available from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and from the PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station. The pack includes a Myki smartcard, a public transport map, information on how to use Myki and discount offers at 15 popular attractions. To avoid a fine, we encourage you to purchase a Myki card prior to travelling on our system.
If you are interested in sightseeing, jump onto the City Circle Tram for a free tour of some Melbourne tourist hot spots. See the below link for further information regarding PTV.
If you are using a hire car or bringing your own vehicle, many of our short term rental properties have secured parking or off street parking available. To avoid disappointment, ensure you check the property description to ensure the property you are interested in booking meets your requirements.
Queen Victoria Markets
Originally established in 1878, The Queen Victoria markets (affectionately known as the Vic Markets) have been in existence for over 130 years! With a colourful and chequered history, (which included shootings, the site of Melbourne’s first cemetery and a Royal Commission into price fixing) the Queen Vic Market is now the largest and most intact of all Melbourne’s 19th Century markets. The markets have been classified by the National Trust and many of the buildings are listed on the Historic Buildings Register.
The market is made up of market stalls stocking everything from fresh Australian produce, footwear, jewellery, leather goods, clothing, organic goods, Australia’s first organic butcher and souvenirs, you could easily spend hours combing through the variety of stalls.
The Vic Markets have a commitment for Sustainability into the future – which includes initiatives such as plastic bag free, recycling program, water wise certification and solar energy to name a few, don’t forget to bring your own carry bags with you. A definite to experience while visiting Melbourne!
Hours of operation: Open 5 days per week. Every Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday. There are also Night markets operating during the warmer summer months.
Corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets in Melbourne’s CBD
A major attraction for the whole family to experience. Consisting of world class restaurants and a food court, there is plenty of variety for the fussiest eater to be catered for. For the young and young at heart, Crown offers activities such as kingpin bowling, or Australia's largest indoor interactive theme park at Galactic Circus, or take time out and visit Village Cinemas.
For mum and dad, catch a live show at The Palms - an intimate Cabaret venue. Visit one of the many bars or try your hand at the Casino itself. There is something for everyone.
We recommend taking your children on a journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne at Melbourne Zoo (located in Parkville). Explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary or experience an African adventure close to home.
Needing somewhere to unwind? The Fitzroy Gardens have a history of over 150 years, few other capital cities can boast such a significant garden so close to the City's centre. Fitzroy Gardens is home to Captain Cooks Cottage, which was dismantled, shipped to Melbourne in shipping crates and re-assembled in 1934. As crown land the City of Melbourne are the custodians to preserve and oversee this magnificent garden, visited by over 2 million visitors each year, a must to see when in Melbourne.