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Being the cultural capital of Australia, there are lots of things to do in Melbourne with over 100 art galleries, dozens of jazz clubs and music festivals taking place throughout the year. Sports fans can visit the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, The Rod Laver Arena and AAMI Park with The Australian Open taking place around mid to late January in Melbourne Park each year. You could be visiting these famous venues on an all inclusive Melbourne holiday and flight package from Abbey Travel.
One of the best ways to view this beautiful city is from the Eureka Skydeck, the southern hemisphere’s highest vantage point at 297m high. If being suspended in a glass cube, almost 300m above Australia’s second largest city isn’t for you, there are plenty of ways to see the city at ground level. Sightseeing Tours Australia offer a sightseeing tour of the city by coach that also includes a Yarra River cruise. Cheap Melbourne flight and holiday packages from Dublin are a great way to experience this incredible city at unbeatable prices.
Melbourne is best visited in the summer months (November to March) when temperatures are warmer (about 77°F/25°C). Winter can be fairly chilly with an average July temperature of 55°F (13°C). Some rain can be expected throughout the year.
English is the official language of Australia.
The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.