At the head of Port Phillip bay, on the southern tip of Australia sits the country’s cosmopolitan second city, Melbourne. Repeatedly featured on the list of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne has found a magic formula for having all the perks of big-city living, while still managing to feel small. Take the plunge down under and join thousands of other UK visitors – as well as 4.5 million happy Melburnians – by booking your flights to Melbourne today.
Victoria’s coastal capital city has an oceanic climate making for hot summers and cool winters, sprinkled with a lot of unpredictable weather throughout the year. “Four seasons in one day” is a common refrain among locals, and you should have a jumper and umbrella handy no matter when you visit. With an array of airlines offering return flights to Melbourne from the UK, prices are pretty stable throughout the year. Melbourne’s autumn months from March to May are a popular time with visitors, with the temperature usually in or around a pleasant 20°C and a host of festivals taking place throughout the city.
London Heathrow is the main hub for long-haul flights from the UK and there’s a wide selection of airlines that offer routes to Melbourne. Given the long distances involved, it’s hard to find really cheap flights to Melbourne, although there is still value to be found if you shop around. Among the companies waiting to whisk you from Heathrow to Melbourne are Emirates, Etihad Airways and British Airways – all of which have one-stop connections. Australian carrier Qantas also offers relatively cheap tickets to Melbourne from Manchester and Birmingham.
Melbourne Airport is one of four airports in Australia’s second city but the only one that handles international air traffic. After you’ve touched down you’ll find plenty of transport options waiting to take you the last 14 miles into the city centre. There are taxi ranks outside the terminals but be aware that you may have to pre-pay, and there will be a fee of AU$2 included for using the ranks. The Skybus is the airport’s fast and reliable shuttle bus that brings passengers directly to and from central Melbourne. The journey time is just 20 minutes to Southern Cross Station, from where you can connect with the city’s V/Line suburban train network.
Melbourne may be second in terms of size but the state of Victoria’s capital has a strong claim to the title of Australia’s number-one town when it comes to culture and sport. The nation’s beloved Aussie Rules originated in this city, while “The G” stadium is hallowed turf for all cricket fans. The city’s thriving arts scene is centred in the Southbank district, where you’ll find Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. Considered to be two of Australia’s finest cultural institutions, they draw thousands of visitors each year to see the collections of Australian and indigenous artworks.
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