What is Melbourne known for?
Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia and summer in Melbourne is jam-packed with local and international sporting events. Tennis fever hits Melbourne in January with the Australian Open and the city revs up in March for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix. Melbourne2020 IGLA Championships will be held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre which is right next to the Grand Prix track!
Summer in Melbourne also means cricket season. The MCG and Marvel stadium are routinely packed out for national and international cricket matches. Women's Australian Rules Football has recently taken Australia by storm with the AFLW season kicking off through February and March. We will post information about fixtures you can attend while in Melbourne for IGLA.
Food and Bars
Melbourne is a foodie and bar-fly's paradise. Literally hundreds of amazing restaurants and bars can be found in and around the city. The best places are always tucked away in a laneway or on a rooftop. Whether you’re into cheap eats or high end dining, the CBD has it all. Try the laneways of China Town for awesome dumplings or the eastern end of Flinders Lane for mid-priced, award-winning cuisine. Did we mention coffee? Melbournians are known globally as aficionados of a good brew. You almost can’t get a bad coffee in the CBD and if you ask a group of local office workers where the best coffee is, they'll all give you a different answer.
Coffee shops, bars are in high-supply in Melbourne. Every inner suburb has its fair share of themed bars, dive bars, wine bar, cocktail bars, live music venues and clubs. Melbourne2020 will be offering a different social event every evening which will show-off the best melbourne has to offer in the way of queer and queer-friendly nightlife. But you’re sure to find a few gems of your own if you go looking.
There is awesome shopping in the Melbourne CBD and along Chapel Street in Prahran and more art galleries than you can point a stick at.
Locations of Melbourne
The CBD really does have it all and it's a good place to base yourself. Because it is so compact you’ll have everything at your doorstep and there really isn’t a bad area. Some people like to call the east end of the city the ‘Paris end’ because of the high-end boutiques but we think the whole city is a gem.
Postcard summer down under. The home of Melbourne’s Pride March and every backpacker in Melbourne is St Kilda. A truly gorg part of Melbourne replete with its own historic theme park
(Carlton, Fitzroy, Collingwood): The home of the hipster. It’s all skinny jeans and a-symmetrical haircuts here. Trendy Brunswick Street and Smith Street are great for dive bars and cool shops and cheap eats. Super grungy and a bit camp. Smith Street is a burgeoning queer area with some excellent and inclusive gay bars. Keep your eyes peeled for a unique Melbourne2020 hosted event in this area.
(South Yarra, Prahran, Windsor): The Gaybourhood. Melbourne’s original queer cross-roads Chapel Street and Commercial Road may have lost some of its glitter but Chapel Street still has some of the best shopping in Melbourne. Greville Street is great and the south end of Chapel Street is grunge heaven. Keep your eyes peeled Melbourne2020 will be hosting it’s premier Saturday night club night in this area.
From the Airport
Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport is 25km (15mi) from the city centre, so getting a cab can be expensive. There is a shuttle bus service called Skybus which is the most affordable way of getting from their airport to the city.
Myki Card: Myki is your ticket to travel on trains, trams and buses in Melbourne and many parts of regional Victoria. You can buy a physical myki card from any 7/11 or, if you have an Android phone, a digital myki called Mobile myki.
As with all public transport systems around the world, some people understand it easily, others are baffled. We totally get it. There is a free tram zone in the city, so there’s no need to use your myki card while travelling in this zone. to get to and from the pool though, you will need to use your Myki. You can read all the boring details about fares via the links below, but basically you can travel around for a daily cost of $8.10
Buy your myki card and top up with myki Money or myki Pass.
Download the PTV app for easy journey planning.
Iphone app (for those who rely on screen reader software): https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ptv-screenreader/id948557432?mt=8
More details about PTV go to their website: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/
What is the weather like in Melbourne during February?
Summer in Melbourne is mild to hot (depending on what your idea of hot is) with a mean high temperature of 27 Celsius ( 80F) but can get up over 40 Celsius (104F). The sun in the southern parts of Australia has some real bite to it, so make sure you get yourself some good sunscreen and a cute hat.