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Melbourne is infamous for its erratic climate. December to February is usually warmest – and most hectic. The city has a busy festival schedule year round, including the International Comedy Festival in April and the Melbourne Festival of the Arts in October.

Getting around
Downtown is pedestrian-friendly, with one of the world’s most extensive tram networks. Trains and buses also operate, and the ‘myki’ card, similar to London’s Oyster Card, is now being rolled out (fares from £2).

Getting there
No carriers fly direct to Melbourne. Qantas flies via Hong Kong from Heathrow (from £1,235). Emirates flies from Gatwick via Dubai (from £1,550). Tullamarine airport is 16 miles from the city centre – regular buses run to and from downtown (£10).

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The article ‘Mini guide to Melbourne, Australia’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Magazine.

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