Things to do Around Melbourne Airport | PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport

Things To Do in Melbourne

For any visitor to Melbourne, the city’s wide array of attractions presents many dilemmas as to where to begin as there is always something new to discover and explore. To make things a little easier, here’s a list of the best things to do around Melbourne airport to help you get started.

Melbourne CBD

Melbourne offers incredible architecture, great culture and excellent attractions.

Explore Melbourne’s Central Business District and discover the best of Victoria’s capital city from the heart of the downtown core. Characterised by its grid system and wide, tree-lined streets, the city's vibrant centre is an eclectic mix of old and new. From charming boutiques stores and pedestrianised shopping malls to trendy bars and al fresco restaurants, Melbourne’s CBD is the perfect starting point to begin exploring the bustling city.

Getting to Melbourne CBD from Melbourne Airport

Getting to the CBD is simple for passengers arriving at Melbourne Airport, where there are plenty of options available to help get visitors where they need to go, including car hire, taxi and public transport. The Skybus express bus service is the most affordable way to get to the city centre from Melbourne Airport, departing every 10 minutes, seven days a week. Alternatively, a taxi from the airport to the central business district will cost approximately AUD60.


Go on a hunt for the city’s best food at Southbank. Packed full of cafés, shops and restaurants, it is also home to the dazzling Crown Casino. With plenty to see, taste and do, this is the ideal place to spend a few hours.

Located along Melbourne's famous Yarra River this precint is packed full of entertainment options. Catch a river cruise, walk along the promenade or get cultured at the Arts Centre.

St Kilda

St Kilda is one of Melbourne’s most popular neighborhoods, boasting a beach and views over Port Phillip.

Discover St Kilda – one of Melbourne’s most vibrant seaside suburbs. Just 6km from the Melbourne CBD, St Kilda is famed for its tree-lined boardwalk, wide sandy beaches and stunning views over Port Phillip.

Getting to St Kilda from Melbourne Airport

The simplest and most direct route to St Kilda from Melbourne Airport is by taxi or car hire. The airport is approximately 30km north of St Kilda and will take about 40 minutes when travelling by vehicle. Trams to and from Melbourne’s CBD stop in St Kilda, as well as other suburbs in and around the downtown core. Enjoy the best of St Kilda and still make it to your flight on time – book your stay at PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport today.

Tram Rides

A day trip on the tram is a great way to keep the children entertained. With tram routes passing so many hot spots including the best local shopping and dining strips, this is a fun and affordable way for the family to get around.

Did you know the Melbourne tramway is the largest urban network in the world? As a major mode of public transport this is one of the best ways to experience the city. With tram routes passing so many hot spots including the best local shopping and dining strips, this is a fun and affordable way for the family to get around. Catch the free city circle tram and listen to commentary of the city and major attractions.

Website: City Circle Tram

Sunbury Wine Region

Take a 15-minute scenic drive out from PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport, and you'll soon find yourself in one of Victoria's famed wine regions.

Introducing Sunbury – one of Victoria's best kept secrets, idyllically located on the fringes of Melbourne's bustling CBD. One of Australia's oldest wine regions, this charming rural area is brimming with farm-to-table restaurants, world-class cellar doors and roadside providores, making it the perfect destination for a day trip or a weekend escape.

Conveniently located just 15 minutes away from the Sunbury Wine Region, PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport's elegant rooms and suites offer the perfect base to discover the area and its many sights. Speak to one of our friendly PARKROYAL people about planning your stay today.

Thinking about visiting the Sunbury Wine Region? Then read our latest blog on The Top 5 Wineries to Visit in the Sunbury Wine Region and start planning!   

Flemington Racecourse

Visit Flemington Racecourse and enjoy the iconic Melbourne Cup race and the Spring Racing Carnival.

Enjoy an electrifying day at the races at Melbourne’s most iconic track, Flemington Racecourse. Home to the prestigious Melbourne Cup and the Spring Racing Carnival, Flemington is the oldest and best known racetrack in the country. Visitors from all over Australia come to bet on the races and enjoy the sporting atmosphere at Flemington, a site that’s so beloved it was placed on the National Heritage List in 2006.

Getting to Flemington Racecourse from Melbourne Airport

Conveniently located just 15 minutes away, PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport is the perfect base for visitors looking to get a slice of the action at Flemington Racecourse. Getting there from the hotel or airport is simple, with the option of taking a taxi or public transport. Airport car hire is another popular option, as the racecourse offers public parking as well as reserved parking for ticket-holding racegoers.

The track is also easily reached from the city centre, where express trains depart from Flinders Street Station, Southern Cross Station and North Melbourne Station.

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Explore Victoria's world-famous wine region in the Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges.

Escape the hustle and bustle of Melbourne's CBD and explore the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. A spectacular region that is as suited to wine lovers as it is to nature enthusiasts, visitors to the area have their choice of stunning country drives, award-winning wineries and heart-pumping outdoor activities.

Getting There

An hour's drive from the comfort and convenience of PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport, there's no better place to begin your journey through the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Speak to one of our friendly PARKROYAL people about booking your stay today.

Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport is Australia’s second-largest airport, serving 30 million passengers each year.

Serving nearly 30 million passengers each year, Melbourne Tullamarine is the second busiest airport in Australia. Just 24 kilometres from the city centre, Melbourne Airport serves a number of domestic and international destinations including Sydney, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Dubai. 

Whether flying out first thing or taking off on a red-eye flight, our hotel can help you make it to your flight on time. Book your stay at PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport and enjoy ease of access to and from the terminals, conveniently located just a two minute walk away.

Melbourne Airport Transport

Access a wide range of destinations in Tullamarine, Sunbury and Melbourne with a host of transport options readily available.

Our Location

Conveniently located just outside of the city, travellers arriving and departing from Melbourne Airport are within easy reach of Tullamarine, Sunbury and the Melbourne CBD.

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport is located just a two minute walk away from the terminal buildings and is the only hotel directly connected to the airport, making it the perfect base for an early morning or late night flight. Whatever your plans, our guests can enjoy the best of the city and all its nearby regions from the comfort of a spacious room or suite.

Melbourne Airport Transport Options

Getting to and from Melbourne Airport couldn’t be simpler. From airport car hire to public transport, there are a range of options available to get you to and from your final destination smoothly.


The SkyBus express bus offers services from Melbourne Airport to Melbourne city centre. The shuttle operates every 10 minutes, 24/7, including all public holidays. Adult fares are AUD19 one-way and AUD38 return.


There is no tram direct from Melbourne Airport. Tram Route 59 arrives at the Airport West terminus and connects to Melbourne Airport by shuttle bus.


Taxis are available on the ground level of all terminals at Melbourne Airport. Fares are approximately AUD60 between Melbourne Airport and the central business district. Use the taxi fare estimator for other destinations in and around Melbourne.

Car Rentals

Picking up a car hire from Melbourne Airport is an easy and convenient way to travel through the city and beyond. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Redspot all have car hire stations on-site on the ground level of the short-term car park, as well as information desks located within the domestic terminals.

By Car

Melbourne CBD is roughly 24 kilometres south of the Airport and is easily reached via the M2. During rush hour, leave at least 30 minutes to get to and from the downtown core.