Melbourne Holiday Weather Overview
The city of Melbourne can be found in the state of Victoria in Australia and is the capital of the state. It is the second largest city in Australia when it comes to population and was in competition with Sydney to be named as the capital city of Australia before Canberra was built. It is found on the large natural bay of Port Philip close to the estuary of the Yarra River.
Things to do and see in Melbourne
Melbourne has many attractions to delight tourists of every bent, for foodies there is the Melbourne Food Festival and for sports fans there is the Melbourne Cricket Ground. For those who enjoy driving around there is the The Great Ocean Road and for those who would rather get back to nature there is the Royal Botanic Gardens.
For those who enjoy culture and history there are several interesting and unique attractions in Melbourne including the State Library of Victoria, which is free to visit and the Sun Theatre Yarraville, an old style theatre that has character as well as excellent performances.
The National Gallery of Victoria can also be found in Melbourne and not only has a collection of exquisite fine art, but also some interesting contemporary exhibits. If however you are looking for something truly unique, there is the Escape Room in Melbourne. 2-4 people have 70 minutes to solve puzzles in a room in order to escape from it.
Top places to stay in Melbourne
When it comes to accommodation in Melbourne, it’s hard to find a better variety anywhere in Australia.
For those who want to languish in luxury whilst in the city there are 5 star hotels such as the Crown Towers, The Langham as well as the Park Hyatt and the InterContinental hotel - The Rialto. Though is you would rather stay in a certain hotel brand there are Marriott, Hilton, Mecure, Radisson and a few other well know chains that can be found in the city.
If you are more partial to apartments to stay in for the independence and privacy they offer then there is a wide range of them to choose from in Melbourne that include the luxurious 5 star Quay West Suites that not only offer contemporary and comfortable furnishings, but stunning views of the city.
If you are looking for a hotel that is more quirky and artistic in décor then the Art Series Hotel – The Blackman could be just what you are looking for. However if you prefer bed and breakfasts or private houses to rent for your stay in Melbourne there are more than enough to choose from, some in the city centre and others in the sprawling suburbs.
Where to eat in Melbourne?
When it comes to food, Melbourne is second to none not only with the restaurants that it offers but with the love that the locals have for food.
If you are looking for something that is relatively cheap but still fantastic then you need look no further than The Tippler & Co. Contemporary and yet still quaint, this is the perfect place to while away an afternoon with friends or enjoy the student culture of Melbourne.
For something that is more expensive and offers a unique dining experience then for £60 per head you can dine in the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. The tramcars are vintage and still functional so that you enjoy your meal whilst the scenery outside the tramcar windows is constantly changing. See the streets of Melbourne whilst you dine and with the pre-theatre menu it is the perfect way to make your evening.
For those who enjoy café culture, chocolate and ice cream then the Chokolait Hub is something that cannot be missed. With a wide range of handmade chocolates, strawberry and chocolate platters, ice cream and drinks this is the ultimate in luxury when it comes to visiting a small café.
Rice Paper Scissors brings together the finest elements of Asian cuisine together for one of the finest dining experience that fans of Oriental food will not want to miss out on. With a lunch menu and dinner menu you can enjoy the different atmospheres that this pearl of a restaurant has to offer in a relaxed and yet chic setting.
Best month to visit Melbourne
Melbourne is a city that can be visited all year round as the attractions and offerings from the city aren’t dependent on hot weather and long sunny days. There are also no seasons where hurricanes and tropical storms occur that mean there aren’t really any months to avoid. Though if you don’t cope well with humidity it may be best to avoid visiting in the summer months.
Melbourne in the Spring
From September to November, Melbourne's spring is at once glorious and changeable. It's often very windy at this time of year, and the weather can change quite suddenly, so visitors should pack accordingly.
Daytime spring temperatures average out at between 17 and 20°C, but a high of 40°C has been recorded in November, and a low of -0.5 in September, so you can see where the city gets its weather reputation!
Spring is a very sporting time in Melbourne, with a particular emphasis on Australian rules football in October. November sees Australian's biggest horse racing event, the Melbourne Cup, which is a public holiday.
Melbourne in the Summer
Summer in Melbourne runs from December to February, and this is the peak tourist season so the city gets very busy. You can expect average daytime highs of around 25°C, but temperatures well into the 40s have been recorded, so pack plenty of sunscreen and a hat. Overnight temperatures remain fairly stable in the mid teens Celsius, but it can rain at any time, so pack a lightweight shower jacket.
The beaches are a big draw during the summer, but Melbourne is also well known for its water sports. Nature lovers will love to tour the scenic Great Ocean Road, and the penguin colony on Phillip Island is always popular during the summer.
Melbourne in the Autumn
Melbourne's parks and green spaces are gorgeous in their autumn finery, but this is another unpredictable season, weather-wise. From March to May, expect a gradual temperature drop to around 16oc, with some chilly nights. It rains a fair bit in Autumn, so pack something waterproof and some long sleeved, layered clothing.
April is a very popular month to visit Melbourne, given the Easter celebrations and Anzac Day, but there is usually a wide variety of events taking place in the city across the autumn months.
Melbourne in the Winter
Melbourne is one of the few Australian state capitals which ever gets cold in the sense that most of us would recognise the word. June, July and August see average daytime temperatures of around 13°C, but nights can be positively chilly, with dips below freezing not unknown. Winter can also be very grey and overcast, with rain on more than half of the days of the month.
However, on clear days, the snow slopes of Mt Buller are a big draw, and hiking in the Dandenong Ranges is a popular winter pastime.
What to pack and wear in Melbourne?
It is best to be prepared for anything when visiting Melbourne, so taking a variety of short, cool clothing and long, warm clothing along with an umbrella or waterproof even in the summer is advisable. The city isn’t too dusty so you can take a colourful wardrobe without fear that it is going to become ruined. In the winter, thick coats as well as warm clothing is a must.
Best months to visit Melbourne?
February and March are the best month to go for holiday or travel to Melbourne. Within Australia the weather data gathered from Melbourne weather forecast and Melbourne weather history also forecast these months temperature to be around 25°c and average of 214.6 hours of sunshine in a month.
Coldest months of Melbourne?
July and August are the coldest months with temperature at around 7°c.
Which months receive most rainfall in Melbourne?
October and November receive most rainfall with precipitation count of 73.35mm.
Travelling to Melbourne? Check out our Weather averages of Melbourne to better plan your holiday or travel.
If you would just like to know what the weather was for a past dates for research or education or you are just curious then visit our historical weather of Melbourne section.