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First time guide. 5 ways to enjoy Melbourne
Melbourne welcomes over 59.7 million tourists a year. So what’s the draw? Beautiful beaches, an iconic skyline and most importantly, an unsurpassed food and coffee culture. If you haven’t been to Melbourne, it’s time. This is your first time guide.
1. Cheap flights
Scoot, has the cheapest flights from Singapore to Melbourne. There are lots of flights to choose from. Silk Air and Tiger Air also fly from Changi. Check for promos or book as far as you can in advance for the best deals.
Instead of a hotel, there are cheaper options with the same facilities such as serviced apartments. Punthill apartments is located in the CBD, which makes it easy for travellers to access tourist attractions. Another option is Airbnb, which has become very popular with travellers looking for cheaper, quirkier places to stay.
3. Top 5 places to see
Great Ocean Road is where the 12 apostles reside. It is a beautiful place to take photos, experience a beautiful sunset and listen to the waves crashing on the rocks below.
National Gallery of Victoria is the oldest gallery in Australia. Its international art collection includes thousands of pieces. And admission is free.
Hosier Lane is a street filled with intriguing graffiti work. It is extremely insta-cool!
Queen Victoria Market is a large open-air market, which sells everything from local wines to delicious street food. This is an amazing place to buy cheap Australian souvenirs to bring home.
The Press Club restaurant, owned by top chef George Calombaris serves scrumptious Greek cuisine. It has many fans and awards.
Other places to see – Royal Botanic Garden, Melbourne Zoo, Yarra Valley, Eureka Tower, Puffing Billy and Crown Melbourne.
You can download an app called PTV. It's a great journey planner and will give you options for buses, trams and trains in Melbourne. Trains in Melbourne now run for 24 hours over weekends. If you do not wish to take public transport, use Uber. Uber prices are affordable even for long distance journeys.
5. Eating well
If you like delicious, awe inspiring, not too pricey breakfast, lunch or dinner, you will love Melbourne.
The thing is, it’s all very well knowing a city has great food, but your experience as a tourist can be very hit and miss. Unless you know someone who has lived there, and knows how to eat really well without sending the bank balance spiraling.
Check out our insider guide to getting fat through eating well in Melbourne.