A guide to the ultimate city break in Melbourne

A trip to Melbourne during a balmy Australian summer is the ultimate city break in the southern hemisphere.  This is especially true when the whole city comes alive to host one of the biggest events in tennis – the Australian Open.

TENNIS AUSTRALIA/ MELISSA COWAN

A trip to Melbourne during a balmy Australian summer is the ultimate city break in the southern hemisphere. This is especially true when the whole city comes alive to host one of the biggest events in tennis – the Australian Open.

It’s hard to beat Melbourne. This city is up there with the best European hubs for culture, shopping, coffee, events, luxury experiences and of course, restaurants.

We’d say a trip to Melbourne during a balmy Australian summer is the ultimate city break in the southern hemisphere. This is especially true from January 17 to 30, as the whole city comes alive to host one of the biggest events in tennis – the Australian Open.

To help you plan (or dream) your next luxurious city break, we’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in Melbourne for Kiwi travellers.

A stay at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins places you in the heart of Melbourne, less than a 5-minute drive from Federation Square and Rod Laver Arena.

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A stay at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins places you in the heart of Melbourne, less than a 5-minute drive from Federation Square and Rod Laver Arena.

Stay central for the best of everything

Melbourne has a vibrant, positive energy and one of the best food scenes in the world, so visitors should always stay close to the center. There are countless luxury hotels to choose from, including the Sofitel, Sheraton and Marriott in Docklands – all of which are included in AO Travel’s Luxury Australian Open Packages.

Experience world-class food and drink

In central Melbourne, you are always steps away from amazing food and drink. If you’re a foodie, you can try Attica, a fine-dining restaurant by Kiwi Chef Ben Shewry named one of the World’s 100 Best Restaurants for 2021. Or for something a little more casual (but no less delicious) try Tipo 00, an Italian institution in Melbourne, which some say serves the best pasta in the southern hemisphere.

While you’re here, you should also get ready for a strong coffee and a delicious brunch. Higher Ground is our favorite breakfast spot, thanks to its charming interior and insanely good chili scrambled eggs.

Top class hospitality with people during Australian Open day.

TENNIS AUSTRALIA / MELISSA COWAN

Top class hospitality with people during Australian Open day.

Shop at markets and malls

Melbourne is full of bustling markets, shopping streets brimming with international designers, and malls so big you could get lost for days. Queen Victoria Market is your best bet for bargains and unique vintage items, while Chadstone is the area’s largest shopping centre. If you’re looking for high-end designers, head to Collins and Little Collins Street, where brands like Tiffany & Co and Bvlgari occupy beautiful heritage storefronts.

Bustling markets, shopping streets full of international designers and malls so big you could get lost for days.

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Bustling markets, shopping streets full of international designers and malls so big you could get lost for days.

Visit art galleries and discover street art

Fancy a bit of culture during your stay? Melbourne is Australia’s arts capital, so you’ll be spoiled for choice. You can head to the NGV where the city’s most notable exhibitions are held and see artists such as Picasso and Rembrandt, or head to the Australian Center for Contemporary Art to see the work of the best artists working in the country today. today.

Or, if you prefer street art, take a stroll down the famous Hosier Lane – a narrow lane that constantly changes as street artists cover its walls with new pieces every day.

AO Travel's luxurious Australian Open packages are the best way to enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer and get guaranteed tickets to all the top games.

TENNIS AUSTRALIA / JONATHAN DI MAGGIO

AO Travel’s luxurious Australian Open packages are the best way to enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer and get guaranteed tickets to all the best matches.

Watch theater and music performances

If you are a fan of theater and live music, you are in for a treat. Visit iconic theaters like the Art Centre, the Regent and the Princess and experience local theater and well-known international shows like Hamilton and the Phantom of the Opera (both of which take place in January at the same time as the Australian Open).

Your live music programming is even better. UB-40, Kehlani, Post Malone, the Backstreet Boys and Harry Styes all perform here in January and February.

Sit in baseline at the Australian Open

The most lived experience in Melbourne is to sit near the baseline and watch tennis legends battle it out for superiority (preferably after a champagne or two).

AO Travel’s luxurious Australian Open packages are the best way to enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer and get guaranteed tickets to all the top games. In addition to tickets, stays in luxury hotels in central Melbourne and exclusive Australian Open experiences are included. Choose between a five-night experience that includes tickets to all finals or multiple shorter stays that include a Girls’ Weekend and Semi-Finals Package.

Ready to start planning your next city break? Click here to browse Australian Open luxury packages and book a trip you’ll never forget.