Our get ready guide for Melbourne, Australia
So you’re travelling to Melbourne? Congratulations! Australia’s cultural paradise regularly tops online polls as the best city in the world, with its thriving art scene, vibrant nightlife, and top-notch coffee shops.
Before you travel, there are a few things you’ll need to know to make sure you’re good to go.
Arranging your visa
The first thing you’ll need to do is arrange a tourist visa. If you’re planning to be in Australia for less than three months, you can apply online for a free eVisitor visa here.
The process is simple and it usually only takes one working day for applications to be approved. Alternatively, your local travel agent can arrange an ETA visa for you, but they may charge a fee for the service. Either type of visa will work equally well.
You may also want to book travel and medical insurance for your trip. Click here for more information.
Average flight time from London Heathrow to Melbourne is 21 hours, with at least one stop on the way. Make sure you check the entry requirements of any countries you plan to visit on route.
Popular stopovers include Bangkok, Singapore, and Hong Kong, adding a taste of Asian adventure to your Antipodean journey!
What to pack
The weather in Melbourne is famously contrary. Even during off-peak times (June-August), there might be beautiful blazing sun one moment, flurries of rain the next.
Combined with the topsy-turvy Australian seasons (summer starts in December, winter starts in June), you’re going to need to pack a flexible wardrobe that can be layered to create an outfit for any climate.
The best time to visit Melbourne depends on your attitude to heat! In January, local temperatures can get as high as 24c, while in June the average is a very mild 11c. This climate runs through till September, so make sure you pack your outfits accordingly.
Whenever you’re travelling, bring a light, portable coat for any sudden temperature drops, but remember, hats are a must all year round if you want to avoid sunburn.
What not to pack
To protect their beautiful and unique natural ecosystem, certain foods are restricted from being brought into Australia. This is nothing to worry about.
Before your flight lands in Melbourne, you will be given an Incoming Passenger Card, listing all prohibited items. If you have any items from the list with you in your luggage, you simply need to declare them on the form. Depending on the item, they may be removed, or they may be treated and returned to you.
The list of restricted items is long, including all fresh fruit and vegetables, packaged meals and snacks, and any meats. Some other items are also restricted if they may have been in contact with soil, such as tents and hiking boots.
To keep things simple, we advise not bringing any food with you. Luckily Melbourne is home to some of the best restaurants in Australia, so you certainly won’t go hungry!
There are lots of useful smartphone and tablet apps available to help make visiting Melbourne even more enjoyable. A few free options for you to download are:
- Weatherzone - for local weather updates
- The official Public Transport Victoria app - for info on trains, trams and buses
- Time Out Melbourne - for restaurant reviews and event listings
- Currency Calculator - for staying on top of exchange rates
- Airbnb - for alternative places to stay, so you can see the city like a local
- Google Maps - never get lost again!
- Instagram and Twitter - check #Melbourne on these these social networks for the real feel of the city.
Before you go
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to book your airport parking with us at Good To Go at least seven days before your flight.
With the closest long stay spaces to Heathrow terminals 2-5, and the option to have us park for you, you can leave it with us and start enjoying yourself sooner.
Now you’re really good to go. Bon Voyage!
(Official government advice for British citizens travelling to Australia is available here.)
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