Melbourne is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, so we don’t need to tell you that it’s worth a visit. But when should you visit? There are certain times of the year when your visit to Melbourne could be more exciting. Here are the best times to come into the city, based on what kind of stay you would like.
Melbourne Cup Season
In early November, the Melbourne Cup rolls around, and if you can get tickets, it’s definitely worth a look. This is the biggest event in the racing calendar, and it’s a big one for socialising too. It’s a place to be seen! Melbourne Cup Day itself is also a public holiday. If you desire to attend the Melbourne Cup event, your best option is to book your stay ahead of time, as accommodation within Melbourne CBD becomes very scarce closer to the event!
If you hate crowds, come in September. This month is right on the cusp of the busy tourist season, so you can get around to as many art galleries and museums as you like without long queues. The spring is also in full sway, so you will see blooming flowers, and enjoy pleasant temperatures. Hotel prices are also at a low this month.
If cultural events occupy your mind more than the weather, come down in June. It’s cold and blustery, thanks to the winter weather being in full swing, but hotel prices are reasonable at this time and the number of tourists is low. On the other hand, you get to visit lots of food, drink, comedy, music, and film festivals around this month.
The Formula 1 Circus
The Formula 1 circus usually rolls into Melbourne in March – although it’s worth checking ahead, as these dates can change from year to year. Grab some cheap entry tickets on sale before the event, or go all-out with a VIP package and some hospitality seats. It’s fascinating to see how the city changes with the influx of F1 fans, many of whom will support local favourite Daniel Ricciardo.
February or March
Are you a sun seeker? Come down in February or March, when the weather is at its hottest. Combined with the lowest amount of rainfall, it’s a great time for sunbathing. The one downside to visiting Melbourne during March is that, with so many events on, accommodation can sometimes be difficult to come by, especially during the weekend in the middle of the annual racing Grand Prix. Some of the most popular activities and things to do in Melbourne in March include: The annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festivals, Melbourne International Coffee Expo and Melbourne Queer Film Festival.
December or January
There’s no better way to celebrate Christmas and New Year than by spending it in a new place, and there are so many events going on in Melbourne to help you achieve that. If you time it right, you can even stay on for the Australian Open later in January. That’s a triple whammy of excitement for your money!
No matter when you visit Melbourne, this city definitely has a lot to offer. From cultural hotspots to nightlife and daytime fun, there’s something for everyone here.