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Published July 22nd 2016
Travel like a local with these handy tips
Victoria's coastal capital is filled with 19th century buildings, tree-lined boulevards, shopping galore. Also food lovers will be in a foodies heaven and the Melbourne Arts Precinct is entertainment central for this lively city.
It is only fitting that this article includes the perfect top tips to make Melbourne an easy planning destination. The list includes easy tips on how the city works, navigating your way around Melbourne and handy tips on where you want to go.
The best way is to get the Skybus, there is a direct service from Tullamarine Airport to Southern Cross Station which gets you to the heart of the city.
Board from outside the arrivals terminal before connecting with suburban and country rail services, trams and buses. There is a free hotel transfer for select accommodation.
This is much cheaper then getting a Taxi to your hotel. Cost: Single Adult Ticket $19pp or roundtrip $38pp , 1 adult & up to 4 children: $19 or $38 return, 2 adults up to 4 children: $38 or $76 For more information on the Skybus click here.
2. Wi-Fi in the city When you need to connect on the go, Telstra provides Wi-Fi coverage across the CBD with hotspots in various locations which include Collins Place, the State Library and Federation Square.
3. Getting Around
Myki travel smartcard is the best way to travel around Melbourne, this card is your ticket to trains, trams and buses. The card is re-loadable and Myki cards can be purchased from main train stations and retail outlets that display the Myki sign, just top it up when you need to. Using the card is simple, just 'touch on' at Myki readers at entry points and do not forget to 'touch off' when you exit.
Southern Cross Station- the gateway to public transport...
4. "Traming" it out on Trams Trams are everywhere in Melbourne city and a travel secret to know is that Trams are now free in the city centre, making it a perfect way to get to the top attractions for free! (Look for the signage)
The City Circle Tram is also another Tram that is for free and it follows a loop, running clockwise and anticlockwise, there is commentary on city landmarks and major attractions which plays throughout the ride.
There are Yarra Trams which take you to the suburbs. You can see the tramTRACKER app for more information.
5. It can get nippy
Melbourne's weather is known to change often throughout the day and bringing a jacket with you is always handy as you will need to be prepared for any sudden drops in temperature, especially the nights when it can be quite chilly.
6. Get the right apps
There is no shortage of smartphone apps for savvy explorers who want to navigate like a local. The best app will be The Melbourne Official Visitor Guide app, this app recommends where to go for shopping, must- see attractions locations and the Victoria Heritage app is perfect for history buffs, the app allows you to browse through the history of important landmarks and sites.
Enjoying free entertainment at Federation Square...
7. Shop like the locals
Melbourne is a vibrant city and is known as the "Paris down under" for its shopping and a little tip is every Friday nights shopping centres, boutiques and all other shops are opened till 9pm or later!
8. Entertainment time
If you do not want to pay full price for tickets to live shows and tours visit Halftix at Melbourne Town Hall Administrations Building on Swanston Street to pick up tickets at a discount rate for a wide range of events. A little tip is that most tickets to events are for on the day itself and need to be purchased with cash only.
9. Bike it!
Throughout the city, you will notice rows of shiny blue bikes which can be quite tempting for bike lovers and is one of the best ways to explore Melbourne for a different perspective. Simply go to a kiosk at any bike station, insert a credit card and unlock a bike with a valid code. Helmets are provided and your first 30mins is for free.