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Overview
Melbourne

With famously unpredictable weather, it’s a good idea to check Melbourne’s forecast before you go and pack a mix of summer and winter clothes just in case. For more tips for preparing for your Melbourne holiday, see below or contact your Travel Butler.

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Visas
Melbourne

British citizens will need an eVisitor visa in order to be granted entry to Australia. Your Travel Butler can apply for this visa for you. If you are not a British citizen or want to find out more, please talk to your Travel Butler or refer to the Australian Embassy.

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Inoculations
Melbourne

You won’t need any special vaccinations to visit Melbourne.

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When to go
Melbourne

Melbourne’s weather is fondly described as ‘four seasons in one day,’ which is why the city happily operates without the need for sunshine. Travel in summer and you could just as easily experience a heat wave or a cold snap, so it’s best to time your holiday to fit in with an event or festival that might interest you instead. Some calendar highlights include the Australian Open tennis championships in January, Australia’s most famous horse race, the Melbourne Cup, in November, and the Boxing Day cricket test match in December.

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Currency
Melbourne

The local currency is the Australian dollar.

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Electrical
Melbourne

Australia uses 230 volts, which is compatible with British appliances. You’ll need a universal adapter or one specifically for the Australia/Pacific region that has 2 flat prongs in a V shape. Some appliances have a third ‘earthing’ pin.

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Travel insurance
Melbourne

Melbourne is a relatively safe city, but it’s always advisable to get travel insurance no matter where you are travelling. Ask our expert for advice on covering your entire trip safely.

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What to pack
Melbourne

Be prepared for big temperature variations and the possibility of sun and rain within a 24-hour period. As a result, we recommend packing the following items:

  • Passport
  • Power adaptor
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Light layers
  • Warm layers
  • Foldaway umbrella

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