Melburnians love to have a good time, and as a result, our city has festivals devoted to comedy, food and wine, beer, theatre, dance, film and art throughout the year. Check out LGBTQIA+ festival Midsumma in January, the Fashion Festival in March, the Comedy Festival in April, Good Beer Week in May, Open House Melbourne in July, Melbourne International Film Festival in August, Melbourne Fringe in September... Yep, we told you: there are heaps.
Coming to Melbourne for the first time? Welcome to Australia's cultural capital (sorry, Sydney)! But where should you stay? What should you pack? How should you spend your time and money? There's a lot to see and do in our city — and there's a lot that you can probably give a miss. To help you sort the wheat from the chaff, here are 20 tips every first-time visitor to Melbourne needs to know for a successful trip.