**Updated : February 2023**
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We recently spent just over 48 hours exploring Melbourne and trying to fit in as much as we could. To be completely honest we never realized how big Melbourne was - and were shocked at just how much there was to do during our time there! Our best tip for getting around is to get a Myki card and use public transport - just note that each person needs their own card and make sure to tap on and off every time. Their website says you can share cards, but we saw many people getting a ticket for this, we were lucky to get off with just a warning since we had just arrived and still had our luggage. In this post we've gathered our favorite places to stay, eat, and best things to do to make your trip to Melbourne just a little bit easier.
Where to Stay
Melbourne is a huge city, with that being said we stayed in two different areas while we were there and would 100% recommend that others stay in those areas as well. The first was a hotel near Chinatown, very centrally located with plenty of incredible places to eat just around the corner. The second was near the Southbank River Walk, a little fancier and a tourist hub due to its' proximity to the many museums. Below we've gathered some other hotels in those areas, as we think they are great, central locations to base out of!
Places to Eat
Our favorite part of staying at the ibis Melbourne Central was that it was so close to so many good spots to eat - and we hardly scratched the surface! We would love to go back one day and continue adding to this list of our favorite finds in Melbourne! Near the Riverbank, places can be a bit spendier, however we did find some great eateries there too!
Things to Do
Like we mentioned above, there is seriously so much to do while basing out of Melbourne. Whether you want to get out of town or spend your time exploring the city center museums, there is truly something for everyone! Our ultimate favorite thing to do near Melbourne was seeing the penguins at Phillip Island - but we highly recommend anything on this list!
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We're Deborah & Tyler, a pretty average husband and wife duo from a pretty average state that didn't want to live so averagely. After our *Covid wedding we sold everything that didn't fit into the Jeep and moved to Alaska, then decided to take a gap year!
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