Australia

A PACKED "2-MONTH" ITINERARY

1. Melbourne

2. Uluru + Alice Springs

3. Sydney

8. Hervey Bey

10. Airlie Beach + Whitsundays

12. Cairns

11. Magnetic island

9. Fraser Island

7. Noosa

6. Brisbane + Moreton Island

5. Gold Coast

4. Byron Bay

Scroll down for full chronological Travel Guides,

or fast-track destinations below:

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Quirky, colourful, eclectic city.

Phillip Island penguins.

Great Ocean Road.

Bustling city. Darling Harbour, Opera House, gardens, shopping, bridge climb, ferry to Manly, Blue Mountains.

Bondi-Coogee Coastal walk.

Turquoise sea, surfing, miles of coastline, high-rise buildings, markets, incredible sunsets.

Affluent area, calm, beautiful beaches. Noosa to Noosa Heads harbour jetty walks, water sports. 

Trekking Uluru + Kata Tjuta National Park.

Swag camping, dingoes + camels!

The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

Beachfront paradise. Quirky, eclectic, colourful. Markets and boutiques. 

Whale watching and lighthouse trail.

Quirky city, South Bank markets, man-made city beach, botanical gardens, Australia Zoo, Moreton Island wildlife & shipwrecks.

Best location for Humpback Whale Watching, harbour and pier walks. 

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Arrival Flight Into Melbourne

Arrive into Melbourne Airport (Virgin Australia flight). UK citizens  simply go to the designated kiosk, scan their passport, answer a few questions and receive a ticket (keep this safe). Head to the E-Gate, pop in your ticket and get your photo taken. When finished, take this ticket (you will need this after baggage claim) and walk through. 

Just before you leave the airport, purchase a ticket for the SkyBus 'Melbourne City Express' (around £14 each). It took approx. 20 minutes, stopping at Southern Cross train station in Melbourne's city centre. The SkyBus provides an additional 'link' service from here to popular hotels, use the touch screen to see if yours is included.

ACCOMMODATION

aria apartments, melbourne

aria apartments, melbourne

Our Review

✔    Modern, stylish, colourful 'art inspired' apartments.

✔    Fully equipped kitchen, washing + drying facilities.

✔    Free unlimited Wifi.

✔   Daily Housekeeping available.

✔    Automated check-in .+ check-out.

✔    1 minute walk to Woolworths Metro Southbank.

✔    15 minute walk to Federation Square.

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1. STROLL THE SOUTH BANK & YARRA RIVER 

Coupling the natural beauty of the Yarra river, classy high-rise buildings and some (surprisingly large) funky art sculptures - a stroll along South Bank is a must to get your first taste of Melbourne. Start by crossing Sandridge Bridge from the South Bank promenade. 

Fun Fact: The River Yarra is named  after the aboriginal word 'Yarra', meaning 'ever-flowing'.

Tip: Reached the end of the South Bank? While you're here, head over and lap the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground). A worldwide iconic sporting venue with statues of famous rugby and cricket players across the grounds. Melbourne being the sporting capital of the world - it would be rude not to!

Tip: Along the South Bank, find many free drinking fountains. Ps. I don't know why, but the water tastes incredible!

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Yarra River South Bank

2. THE HEART OF THE CITY

Meander the heart of Melbourne, Federation Square, featuring eclectic modern buildings, quirky eateries and bars. Venturing from here you will find the infamous 'Flinders Street' train station, plus souvenir shops and vintage clothing shops

Tip: 5-minutes walk from Federation Square is Degraves Street, a narrow cobbled laneway lined with endless eateries and coffee shops. The dining tables are set up right in the middle of the pedestrian road!

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Federation Square

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'Out of the Closet' Vintage Store, Flinders Street

SLIDESHOW

The tram lines are free to use in Central Melbourne! Plan the best routes via the Public Transport Victoria's Journey Planner.

In the 1960's, it only cost £10 to immigrate to Australia, earning the nick-name "Ten Pound Poms"!

Melbourne is the first place a Cappuccino machine was used, down Bourke Street in 1928!

Did You Know?

Spotted Wildlife!

Silver Gull

A familiar face flying over Australia's cities! Distinguished by its white / grey colourings and bright red beak. Though a natural diet of insects and fish, the Silver Gull has scavenger in its DNA and will eat any scraps left by us humans!

3. HOSIER LANE STREET ART

Meander the heart of Melbourne, Federation Square, featuring eclectic modern buildings, quirky eateries and bars. Venturing from here you will find the infamous 'Flinders Street' train station, plus souvenir shops and vintage clothing shops

Tip: 5-minutes walk from Federation Square is Degraves Street, a narrow cobbled laneway lined with endless eateries and coffee shops. The dining tables are set up right in the middle of the pedestrian road!

The City of Melbourne recognises the importance of street art in contributing to a vibrant urban culture. Melbourne’s street art is internationally renowned and has become an attraction for local and overseas visitors experiencing Melbourne’s creative ambience.

​We have conducted research and community consultation which revealed that most people do not like graffiti ‘tagging’ (a person writing their graffiti name or ‘tag’ on a wall with marker or paint). However, many people appreciate ‘street art’ such as larger, more artistic pieces, or murals placed in appropriate locations with the required permission.

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Hosier Lane

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Hosier Lane, Street Art

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