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Melbourne, Australia is a popular destination due to the vast number of things to do the city offers. From pristine beaches to famous historical sites, Melbourne has it all. Melbourne is also home to fine hotels, from nice quality 3 star hotels for budget travelers to the top 4 star hotels and 5 star hotels.
Business travelers have endless options for hotels in Melbourne. There are many CBD hotels in the heart of the city, as well as airport hotels. Albert Park hotels are also available for business travelers interested in exercising outdoors after working. These luxury hotels have every accommodation a business traveler would ever want like in-room Wi-Fi.
History lovers also have options for a number of Melbourne hotels. There are hotels in Carlton, close to the famed Melbourne Museum. Staying at hotels near the museum means you will not miss out on any pieces you wish to see during your stay. South Yarra hotels are good options for history lovers as they are near the start of the Aboriginal Heritage Walk. Another good choice is East Melbourne hotels located by St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Couples have many choices as well when they book a hotel in Melbourne. Many romantic hotels and boutique hotels are scattered throughout Melbourne. Couples who enjoy the beach will want to stay at hotels in St Kilda or hotels in Brighton. If you enjoy shopping, you might opt to stay at hotels in South Melbourne, hotels in Fitzroy or hotels in Richmond. A Melbourne hotel that is considered a spa hotel is another option for you and your special someone.
Australia's summer falls during North America’s winter. The warmest months are November through March. You'll find the best travel deals between April and August, the start of fall. This time of year is ideal for an Outback adventure—the cooler weather is just right for a walkabout.
- Sydney: 21 hours from New York (via L.A.); 14 hours from L.A.
- Sydney to Melbourne: 1.5 hours
- Melbourne to Cairns: 2.5 hours
- Sydney to Perth: 2 hours
- Sydney to Darwin: 3 hours
- Sydney: The Opera House, Darling Harbour, The Sydney Bridge, Bondi Beach
- Melbourne: Phillip Island penguins
- Nature of Australia: The Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, rain forests of Queensland
In countries as large and divers as Australia, getting around will be mostly by plane. Transfers to hotels are available at all airports. Island resorts are accessible by boat, helicopter, and seaplane, and in many locations, getting there - whether by four-wheel-drive hehicle, train or guided tour - is part of the excitement.
Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a mix of both, we can offer suggestions for every type of traveler. Be sure to pre-book tours and activities to get the dates and times you desire, avoid sellouts, and obtain the best pricing. Pre-booking is especially important during high-season travel.
- The currencies are the Australian and New Zealand dollars. Both have coins for $1 and $2 denominations.
- Money and traveler's checks can be exchanged in banks.
- ATMs are very common in Australia and are the easiest source for cash.
- Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, across the international date line.
- Australia has three time zones and observes daylight saving time from October to March.
- Time zones run 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time to 15 hours ahead.
- A passport is required when traveling outside of your country. If any passenger carries anything other than a Passport supplied by your home country, please contact the Consulate of the country(s) you are visiting to verify document requirements. If you do not have appropriate documentation, you will be denied entry. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return trip for international travel.