Exploring Melbourne for the very first time

Melbourne is the gateway to Victoria’s world class wineries, natural springs, peninsulas, spectacular coastlines and serene villages. Melbourne provides the best of food, drinks, arts and culture, that the Australian continent has to offer. Dotted with busy laneways, bustling neighbourhoods and breath-taking scenery, Melbourne is a traveller’s dream.

Exploring a new city can be a little difficult at first, especially for first time visitors. But once you discover how to find your way, the experience can be both thrilling and rewarding. This blog post aims to educate first time visitors to the beautiful city of Melbourne about how to find their way around the city. Just like any other major city, Melbourne is well connected with public transport and carefully planned roads, which makes it a treat for travellers.

Here are a few ways you can explore the lively city:


If you have taken a day tour of any other city you would know what to expect. A Melbourne tour firm will pick you up from either your hotel or a common pick up point and head to the most visited tourist destinations around the city. In Melbourne it would be places like the Great Ocean Road or the world famous Melbourne Cricket ground. Tour groups are allowed a specific amount of time at every location. Then, at pre-arranged times, the group moves on to the next destination.

Flinders Street Station Melbourne

Day tours are great for those who don’t want to spend as much time exploring and visit the prime tourist destinations without facing any hassles. But there is a downside too, day tours will not wait for you. If at any point during the tour you want to spend additional time at a location, the tour will likely not be able to accommodate such requests as they work to a very tight schedule.


Driving a rental car in an unknown city comes with its own sense of adventure. It allows you great freedom to explore the city at your own discretion. Finding your own way, getting lost and finally reaching a previously unexplored destination can be exciting. Driving a rental car also gives you the freedom to spend as much time as you want at as many destinations as you like. Meaning there is no time limit or hurry to rush through just to keep up with the tour group.

As great an experience as it is to drive around and explore a foreign city, there is always a high chance of getting lost and possibly wasting the major part of your day just finding where you wanted to go. This can take a toll on your plans and you might end up missing out on visiting a few places. So consider the risks and whether it will still be worthwhile before you book a rental car.


If you are a first time visitor to the city, taking a cab might be the most practical and efficient option for you. Exploring the city in a taxi will provide you with the balance between freedom and having that expert local advice. Taking a taxi will allow you to enjoy the immense beauty of the city, while the local chauffeurs drive you to your destination in the shortest time possible. Once you are at your destination, you can spend as much time there as you’d like. Then simply book another taxi to take you to the next destination or to your hotel.

Exploring the city in a taxi comes with many positives, such as security, great time management, and total freedom of how and where you want to spend your time.


As I mentioned earlier, Melbourne is a magical city and there are numerous ways to explore it for those who are willing to do their homework. If none of the options above work for you, you can always use the extensive network of buses, trains, and trams that cover every inch of the city.

Posted By JenniferA

Updated : 25th October 2021 | Words : 666 | Views : 2090 | Comments : 1

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Flinders Street Station, Melbourne

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Hi I'm on my own in Melbourne and staying in the CBD until I return to the UK in April. It would be great to meet up with someone on their own to, so we can enjoy going places together. Look forward to hearing from you!!

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