5 Reasons Why You Should “Come And Say G’Day” Down Under In Melbourne In 2024

With Melbourne being a 7 hour flight away from Singapore, it's high time to visit this city Down Under to eat, drink, and be merry.
1 July 2024

We Singaporeans are always seeking new adventures overseas. And let’s be honest, there are only so many times we can rush to see the cherry blossoms in Japan or lounge by a beach club in Bali. For intrepid wanderlusters looking for a new destination to explore in 2024, Melbourne should be one name to put on your radar.

The vibrant Australian city offers a wealth of experiences for all types of travellers—foodies, wine enthusiasts, and nature lovers alike. Getting there is also super easy with Qantas offers daily flights from Singapore to Melbourne, and the time difference isn’t too bad so you wouldn’t have to worry about jetlag at all. But first, here are a few reasons why you should “Come and Say G’Day” in Melbourne this year.

1. Cafe hop through the city with the world’s best cafe culture

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Melbourne’s coffee culture is hailed as the best in the world. After all, it’s where McCafe was founded way back in 1993. Those of you who love cafe hopping and sipping on a perfectly brewed flat white would definitely love the charming cafes that fill Melbourne’s laneways and streets.

Be sure to check out Degraves Street and the neighbourhoods of Fitzroy and Collingwood.

2. Take in the stunning coastal sights along the Great Ocean Road

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Image credit: Visit Victoria

One of the best things about a city like Melbourne is that you can go from the concrete jungle to the vastness of the Great Ocean Road at the snap of your fingers. This iconic drive features stunning landmarks like the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and the coastal town of Lorne.

Whether you're interested in scenic walks, surfing, or simply enjoying the panoramic ocean views, this road trip is a must-do. For those flying with Qantas, the adventure begins as soon as you land, with car rental options available directly from the Melbourne Airport.

3. Road trip along the Great Victorian Bathing Trail

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Image credit: Peninsula Hot Springs

For a more unique experience with Australia’s own “onsens”, embark on a road trip along the Great Victorian Bathing Trail. This trail takes you through picturesque coastal towns known for their historic hot springs, mineral springs, sea baths and wellness retreats.

4. Go wine tasting in the Yarra Valley

Wine connoisseurs would be happy to know that the renowned Yarra Valley is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne. Known for its cool-climate wines, particularly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the region boasts over 80 wineries that have you spoilt for choice. You can enjoy wine tastings, gourmet meals, and stunning vineyard views knowing that the hustle and bustle of the city is still within reach.

Depending on the season you visit, there are also plenty of other side activities to do when it’s time to take a break from the imbibing. Look out for the Tesselar Tulip Festival taking place from 14 September to 13 October 2024 and the gorgeous Blossom Festival at the CherryHill Orchards from 14 September to 6 October 2024 for many magical experiences. Go onboard the Puffing Billy Railway for a fun excursion, especially when you’re just a little buzzed.

5. Feast your way through the diverse food scene

Even though Melbourne might be decidedly Australian, its culinary scene is as diverse as the one we boast in Singapore. From fine dining restaurants to bustling food markets like the South Melbourne Market, there is an array of cuisines for you to feast on from brunch to dinner.

Whether you're craving authentic Italian in Carlton, fresh Asian street food in Chinatown, or modern Australian dishes, Melbourne has it all. The city's vibrant food festivals and night markets further enhance its reputation as a foodie’s paradise.

Visit Melbourne with Qantas in 2024

It’s hard to imagine that just 7 hours away by plane is a whole new world and experiences that beckons you. Add to that daily direct flights from Singapore to Melbourne on Qantas and you can rest assured that you’ll arrive Down Under all ready to head out for an adventure. 

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While on the Qantas flight itself, each ticket will not only include your seat, but your carry-on and checked bags, a meal or snack, and a wide range of films and TV shows are all included so you don’t have to worry about any hidden fees or extra charges.

Qantas Frequent Flyers and those on a Business or First Class ticket can also enjoy the Qantas International Business Lounge and Singapore First Lounge.

qantas first lounge

The Singapore First Lounge was designed by Australian designer David Caon alongside Kelvin Ho with the wellness of Qantas fliers in mind. Lounge guests will be able to indulge in a menu curated by Aussie chef Neil Perry. Should you decide to refresh yourself with a shower, the bathrooms also have a calming, relaxing atmosphere with a skylight to boot.

If that’s not enough to convince you, perhaps this will: Qantas is holding a sale for their Singapore to Melbourne flights from 25th-31st July.

Book your adventure to Melbourne with Qantas here.

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