A proud mixed culture city depicting the essence and influence of Victorian era through the structure of its buildings, gardens, wide streets lined with green and leafy trees. With its vibrant culture and sublime pace of life, Melbourne offers just different kind of image to the outer world that is one of the most attractive features of the city for tourists. It is the 2nd largest and populated city of Australia and that is mainly thanks to the frequent immigration of people from all over the world. This steady influx of people of different cultures to Melbourne only adds to the already enriched mixed culture of Melbourne. To cater for this incoming of tourists and immigrants Melbourne Airport is structured in a way that sees to all needs and facilities required by the passengers. International Airlines of almost all the countries have a landing authority on Melbourne airport. Flights to other cities of Australia are also catered for on the airport.
As per the survey done, 63.3% of the population of Greater Melbourne is of those born in the country itself while others have migrated from different countries with 3.4% from UK, 2.7 from India, 2.3% from China, 1.7% from Italy and the rest 1.7% of New Zealanders. The survey done in 2011 concluded that in Melbourne the most common ancestry was of English with 21.1% with Australian being 20.7%, Irish with 6.9% followed by Scottish at 5.7% and Italian at 5.5%. Another amazing fact about the population of Melbourne is that farther Europe it consist of maximum Greek speaking people in the whole world which can be easily compared with the population of Greek cities like Volos and Larissa. The surname after Smith which is the most popular amongst Melbourne phone book is Nguyen that is in reality is a Vietnamese surname. Melbourne population is mix of many countries of which Indian, Sri Lankan and Malaysian being the most common. This influx of diverse communities can easily be recognized by noticing the various cuisines served by the restaurants in the city.
Melbourne is quite famous for being one of those cities which can be visited in all four seasons. However, if you still wish to know the best time then as per weather conditions winter season from the months of May to August is the perfect season to go for holiday in Melbourne. June month is the coldest in the year while July and August months experience pleasant weather while being nice and windy. As per activities on beaches, the best time to visit is from Mid December to February.
November to March can also be considered as the peak season for tourists as there is large influx of people from other countries in these months. If you are one of those who are planning a trip to Melbourne in the month of November, then ensure you book your first Tuesday of November with Melbourne Cup that is an integral part of Spring Racing Carnival for 50 days and is generally declared as a public holiday. The carnival is world famous and is enjoyed by tourists all over the world who book to stay for at least a week. Another famous festival celebrated with all pomp and show is the Moomba Festival that brings in hordes of tourists in March to Melbourne just for this festival only.
Melbourne Airport or as some call it Tullamarine Airport is the main airport catering to Melbourne population. It was incorporated in 1970s as a replacement of Essendon Airport and at present is considered to be the 2nd most favored airport of Australia. It caters for both International and Domestic flights that helps to transfer passengers from one country to Australia and from Melbourne to other Australian cities. Airport offers many facilities that can tide passengers with many comforts and conveniences. Some of them are:
For parents of toddlers and babies changing facilities and rooms are located in various places in all four terminals – T1, T2, T3 and T4.
For those who wish to buy exotic products from perfumes to clothes Flight Centre is just the perfect travel shop.
To wash off the grime of travelling shower facilities are provided near the toilets in Terminal 2 Departure section of Qantas Link near Nando’s.
In order to inform, book for taxi or any other needs, passengers can contact through Telephones put down in various places in Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. The telephone machines accept both phone cards and coins while some specific ones also accept credit cards.
For those with hearing problems TTY telephone machine can be used which is situated in the ground floor of Terminal 2 arrival hall.
Those passengers having possession of Myki cards, machines are provided in the arrival area of Terminal 2, Terminal 3 and Terminal 4. These machines can be utilized to check the balance left in the cards, top up cards with cash, EFTPOS or credit card or to view the last 10 transactions done with the card.
Melbourne Airport is one of the major airport hubs of Australia. Catering for International and Domestic Flights, Melbourne Airport allows landing and taking off of following flights:
Australia being ever famous for delicious food, Melbourne is not one to disappoint hungry tourists also. Considering its multi-culture and diverse communities, most of the restaurants accords menu in many cuisines. However some of the specific restaurant options famous for one or more cuisine are as follows:
Structured right on the Rialto Melbourne’s observation deck, preferred by many to dine while soaking in the spectacular views doing justice for such fancy name. Prominent Chef of Melbourne – Shannon Bennett has slowly but expertly shifted focus from French ambience and outlook to Modern Australia that can be felt from not only the ambience but also the special menu of this restaurant.
MoVida is right smack down in the middle of lane consisting of largest collection of art by locals which makes it more close to wind of Melbourne. Sit yourself along the bar or near the window for full scenery and outer view. In case you have already made bookings prior then you can sit in the dining area as you take in the scrumptious Spanish Tapas as well as favored raciones delicacy.
This restaurant is proclaimed as Mini Roman Empire as the staff of Brunetti work from dawn to dusk. It has made a name for itself for aromatic coffee, authentic pastries (or as called pasticceria) and granitas. Bustling from dawn to midnight, Brunetti is a Mini-roman Empire. It’s famous for its coffee, granitas and authentic pasticceria (pastries). Meals based on Bain-marie can be a little dull but that’s what is preferred by the locals, while toasted tremezzini always leaves a satisfied smile on the customer.
Experiencing Melbourne in all its glory in just few days is possible but will be a little hectic for those who wish to explore this beautiful city at relaxed pace while taking in the mesmeric sights that are feast for the eyes. The city also accords various tours and excursions apart from guided tour of city’s main attractions like Melbourne Cricket Ground, Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne Museum and Queen Victoria Market etc. Some of the special tours starting from Melbourne are:
|Wheel Chair Availability||Yes|
|Prepaid Booth (TAXI)||Yes|
|Terminal Interchanging Facility||Yes|
|Domestic Flights Connectivity||Yes|
|One Day Shelter||Yes|
|Taxi Cost||$1.62 / km (AUD)|
|Apartments Rent||Starting from $385/week|
|Beer||$5.38/ 0.5l (AUD)|
|Mineral Water||$ 2.42 / 1.5l (AUD)|