Looking for eco-friendly accommodation, activities and urban adventures in Melbourne, Australia? Here our recommendations for places to stay and things to do in Melbourne for eco-smart city travelers. We’ve also added links to the weather forecast for Melbourne and other useful travel info.
Melbourne and sustainability
Melbourne is often dubbed Australia’s most European city, rich in culture and boasting a unique relaxed, alternative lifestyle. Sustainability plays a big part both in the city’s official policies and urban planning, but also in events, fairs and exhibitions.
Melbourne is also among the most desired cities in the world, and ranks high for livability. For more than fifteen years, the City of Melbourne has been working to become one of the world’s most sustainable cities. Melbourne city council’s goal is to for Melbourne to be carbon neutral by 2020.
Eco-friendly Melbourne hotels
Alto Hotel on Bourke
“By staying at Alto Hotel on Bourke you are making a commitment to the environment. Alto Hotel protects the environment and leads as one of Melbourne’s few resource smart and environmentally friendly rated hotels. For example we have reduced our carbon footprint to an average of 13.5kg per room, compared to estimate of 24-26 kg as set by the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Council.”
On a tight budget? Melbourne Metropolitan YHA (Youth Hostel) has a dedicated programme on sustainability. Some newer and fancier YHA eco-properties are in the surroundings of Melbourne, such as: Apollo Bay YHA in the Grampians National Park.
If interested in YHA’s approach to sustainability, we recommend the interview with Jon Kane of YHA Australia by the Sustainability Leaders Project.
Melbourne tours & urban adventures
Echidna Walkabout Wildlife and Nature Tours
This is our top recommendation for Melbourne. Do not miss this day tour with Echidna Walkabout Tours, Janine and her team are absolutely amazing, you will have one of the best days while seeing wild Kangaroos, Koalas, Emus, Cockatoos, Wallabies,….and so much more!
Melbourne Bites & Sights (with Eureka Skydeck)
Melbourne has so much to offer, it can’t be fully experienced in just three hours — but that won’t stop us from trying! Start at Melbourne’s highest viewpoint and weave your way through its streets. Sip a famous Melbourne flat white, discover the street art scene, sample multicultural food, and finish things off with a hidden laneway bar. From what makes it famous to why the locals love it, this tour will show you the best of Melbourne.
More info on this Melbourne adventure here
Booze Makes History Better
Through gold rushes and rebellions, Olympics and royal visits, Melburnians have turned to ales, whiskeys, wines, and cocktails for comfort. Experience Melbourne’s unique bar scene with a local guide and visit its unique watering holes.
More about this urban adventure here
Aussie Rules Melbourne Tour
We all know that Aussies are a pretty passionate breed, but when it comes to AFL, they make Justin Beiber’s ‘Beliebers’ look indifferent. Join this Melbourne tour to get the scoop on the most beloved sport in Australia, from its indigenous roots, to the biggest moments in AFL history, and the stadiums they were played in. You might even get to have a bit of a kick around, so don’t forget to bring your game face.
More about this tour here
United States of Food (with Queen Victoria Markets)
It’s no secret that Australians share common values with our neighbours across the Pacific. And now, Melburnians are embracing that culture with an American food renaissance. Join our Yankee guides and experience the rich cultural heritage taking hold in our city. Learn about American and Aussie barbecues’ shared heritage, and discover a secret bar playing host to an American tradition from 1869: pinball. And whatever you do, bring your appetite. Yee-haw!
Start your Aussie-American Melbourne adventure here
Healthy eateries and vegetarian restaurants
Exploring a city on an empty stomach isn’t much fun and Melbourne has a great variety of healthy restaurants for hungry travelers. Most of them are listed here.
Weather in Melbourne & other travel info
For the latest news on weather in Melbourne, check weatherzone.com.au.
For all sorts of useful information about Melbourne as travel destination, check wikitravel.org.
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