Melbourne

Batman's Hill on Collins is located in the heart of Melbourne's downtown / CBD (Central Business District) directly across from the Southern Cross Station. See below for information on weather, leisure, shopping, precincts, sports and transport.

 

WEATHER

 

Melbourne is known for experiencing 4 seasons in one day - so pack accordingly!!

  • SUMMER - December, January, February
  • AUTUMN - March, April, May
  • WINTER - June, July, Aug
  • SPRING - September, October, November

 

Average Summer Temperatures:

19° to 26° Celsius (66° to 78° Fahrenheit) but has been known to go over 40°C (104°F) occasionally.

 

Average Winter Temperatures:

7° to 14° Celsius (48° to 69° Fahrenheit) but has been known to go as low as 4°C (39°F) occasionally.

 

Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for up to date Australian weather details.

 

SHOPPING

 

Melbourne provides visitors with a complete "shopping experience" for all budgets and tastes ...discover leading fashion houses, department stores, traditional shopping strips, markets and boutiques. See Precincts for more shopping areas.


Some of the Melbourne's best know shopping precincts include:

  • Spencer Factory Outlets (across the road)
  • Direct Factory Outlet (South Wharf)
  • Bourke Street Mall
  • The New Emporium
  • Harbour Town Docklands Shopping Outlet
  • H&M Bourke Street Mall
  • Royal Arcade
  • The Block Arcade
  • The Walk Arcade
  • Australia on Collins
  • Melbourne Central
  • Australia On Collins

 

Shopping hours for most shopping centres and arcades are:

  • Monday - Wednesday: 9am - 6pm
  • Thursday: 9am - 9pm
  • Friday: 9am - 9pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 7pm
  • Sunday: 10am - 6pm

 

TRANSPORT

 

The city of Melbourne is well connected by all forms of public transport, including train, tram and bus, and you may purchase and utilise a myki smartcard for easy travels.


What’s more, getting around Melbourne has become easier and more affordable with the introduction of the Free Tram Zone with effect from 1 January 2015. Enjoy free tram rides within the zone bounded by the area around Queen Victoria Market, across to Victoria Harbour in Docklands, up to Spring Street and over to Flinders Street Station and Federation Square. The nearest tram stop from Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill on Collins is also one of the stops within the Free Tram Zone.

 

How to get to our hotel

 

We are located at 623 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000, on the corner of Collins and Spencer Street. Hotel GPS Coordinates : -37.81917, 144.95451


Taxis, rental cars, and airport shuttle buses are all available at the airport. Sheltered taxi stands and airport shuttle bus departure points are located on the ground floor outside each terminal.


For the more adventurous or those pressed for time, a helicopter is now running to and from the Melbourne airport. Visit www.airmelbourne.com.au for more information.


Driving Directions from Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport


Head southeast towards Melbourne on the Tullamarine Freeway and take the CityLink tollway. After the Flemington Road exit, turn right into Harker Street (just past the Royal Children's Hospital).


Travel along Harker Street and continue along Curzon Street. At the Victoria Street junction, turn left into King Street, then make another left turn to Collins Street. Our driveway is located underneath the building, just ring the intercom and you will be directed to a car spot from there. We have limited basement and offsite parking available for a nightly fee of $22.00. Plently of alternative offsite parking is also available just around the corner at Secure car park.

 

Public Transport Directions

  • Melbourne (Tullamarine) Aiport is 20 km from the city centre
  • Southern Cross Train Station, where all country and interstate trains such as V/Line and XPT arrive is just opposite our hotel.
  • Skybus airport shuttle airport shuttle bus runs 24 hours a day from Tullamarine to Southern Cross Station – no bookings necessary.
  • Starbus Airport Shuttle runs door to door, so bookings are necessary.

 

LEISURE

 

See What's On and Tourism Info pages for dining, art, culture, sport, theatre and shopping links. Our excellent location means you can take a short walk to many attractions:

  • Spencer Factory Outlets (approx. 5 minutes away) – Even without a generous shopping budget, you can shop to your heart’s content at this mega bargain centre offering brands for less.
  • Etihad Stadium (approx. 7 minutes away) – Join thousands of fans who arrive from far and wide as the arena reverberates with the sound of cheers during the AFL Premiership seasons and other sporting, live music and entertainment events.
  • DFO South Wharf (approx. 14 minutes away) – With hundreds of outlet shops offering discounts of up to 70% under one roof, this is sheer shopping haven.
  • SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium (approx. 9 minutes away) –Acquaint yourself with over 1,000 animals whose natural habitats span the Southern Ocean and icy Antarctic, now making this aquarium by the banks of the Yarra River their home.
  • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel (approx. 15 minutes away) – Soak in the panoramic vistas as you take a ride on the Southern Hemisphere’s only giant observation wheel.
  • Eureka Skydeck 88 (approx. 15 minutes away) – Soar 88 storeys above to this lofty perch atop the gold-tipped Eureka Tower and be rewarded with uninterrupted views unparallel by any other vantage platform in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex
  • Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre
  • Bourke Street Mall shopping
  • Docklands restaurants
  • Immigration Museum
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • National Sports Museum
  • Melbourne Park Tennis Centre
  • Federation Square and Yarra Precinct
  • National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
  • Melbourne Museum
  • Theatres: Arts Centre, Princess, Regent, Athanaeum, Forum, Her Majesty's and CUB Malthouse.

 

PRECINCTS

 

Melbourne is known for its cafe, shopping and cultural precincts and neighbourhoods. Pick up a city map from the Tourist Information centre at Federation Square or download a CITY OF MELBOURNE MAP (6.3Mb) here.

  • Bourke Street Mall - between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets - for shopping - GPO, David Jones and Myer department stores.
  • Chinatown - Little Bourke St between Swanston and Spring Sts. Free Tourist Shuttle Stop 4.
  • Collins Street - Little Collins St for trendy hidden little bars and top end of Collins Street for high end designer stores.
  • Yarra precinct - runs along the Yarra River from Southbank past Federation Square to Birrarung Marr with beautiful riverside parks to an endless array of restaurants, bars, galleries, theatres and concert halls.
  • City Laneways and Arcades - wander down Hardware Lane and Causeway lane alleys covered in stencil work, lightboxes, graffiti and sculptures to find hidden bars, hole-in-the-wall cafes and boutiques.
  • Lygon St precinct - close by in Carlton is our own Little Italy, with cafes, cake shops, restaurants and boutiques.
  • Brunswick St - bordering on the CBD in Fitzroy, this colourful street is full of bohemian, trendy boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
  • Smith St - take a tram to Collingwood, for a mix of major outdoor sports brands and urban streetware and cafes.
  • Bridge Rd - a tram ride to Richmond - buzzing bargains, clothing stores, outlets and cafes.
  • Docklands - The New Quay and Waterfront City promenades are walking distance from our hotel for restaurants, cafes and bars.

 

SPORTS

 

Take a Hot Air Balloon over Melbourne, dive with the sharks, watch the cricket at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, play a round of golf at some of the world's best golf courses. Drive around Albert Park, on the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit alongside Melbourne Sports and Acquatic Centre.

  • SUMMER: During January, Melbourne hosts the Australian Open Tennis. Take Tram Number 70 leaving directly outside our hotel and you will be there in minutes.
  • AUTUMN: The Australian Grand Prix runs in Melbourne every Autumn. See What's On page for full details.
  • WINTER: Melbourne loves Aussie Rules Football (AFL) at Etihad Stadium or the MCG. The snow fields are only two hours away, Mt. Buller, Melbourne's closest major ski resort has something for everyone.
  • SPRING: The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival has a carnival like atmosphere which brings the city of Melbourne to life. Visit Flemington, home of the Melbourne Cup in November - the race that stops a nation ...since 1840!

 

TOURISM INFORMATION

Below are links to some of Melbourne CBD's best tourist attractions and some useful tourism information. To see what events are on in Melbourne while you're visiting us, view our What's On page or view our City Guide page for a quick guide of our city and surrounds.

 

Places To See And Go

 

Zoos Victoria

 

Zoos Victoria offers experiences at three great zoos: Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, and Werribee Open Range Zoo. We welcome more than 1.6 million visitors annually across the three properties, making it Victoria's largest paid tourism attraction.

 

In 2009 Zoos Victoria adopted a new strategic direction that will see the organisation transform over 20 years into the world's leading zoo-based conservation organisation.

 

To achieve this vision we have identified five action areas - Conservation, Animals, Visitors, People and Financial Sustainability - to bring about the transformation and ensure that our commitment to conservation is achieved.

 

Zoos Victoria intends to be a true leader, including being the Australian authority on captive animals, the major facilitator of wildlife knowledge leading to conservation action, and a high profile model for conservation, environmental sustainability and corporate social involvement.

 

Each of our three zoos has a unique value proposition and role to play in making this happen. We are well placed to create our specialist niche, one that will see us inspire the millions of people that visit our campuses and the wider community to take conservation action and to work with animals that require our assistance to survive.

www.zoo.org.au/melbourne

 

Queen Victoria Market

 

Queen Victoria Market is Victoria's premier open-air market. It's a thriving and vital place pulsating with life.

 

The friendly competition between stallholders, and their concern for customers, is what gives the Market its Old World charm and the addictive power to draw millions of visitors each year.

 

The vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere of this historic site has endeared the Market to Melburnians for 130 years. The Market is probably best known for its huge variety of fresh produce. Almost 50% of the Market area is dedicated to the sale of fresh produce, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, chicken, seafood and delicatessen products.

 

The remainder of the Market is used for variety and speciality goods, with Sundays being the most popular day for this category. On Sundays, the hustle and bustle of the weekday Market gives way to a more relaxed and leisurely family day. Queen Street is closed and converted into an outdoor cafe area, with children's rides and other activities.

 

The Market is divided into a number of Market Precincts; the Deli Hall, Elizabeth Street Shops, F shed laneway, Vic Market Place Food Court, Fruit and Vegetables, The Meat Hall, Organics, General Merchandise, Victoria Street Shops and the Wine Market.  www.qvm.com.au

 

Luna Park Melbourne

 

Melbourne's Luna Park is a galaxy of amusements and sensations. From the jaw dropping, eye ball popping super thrill rides like the Pharaoh's Curse, Metropolis and the Enterprise, to the exhilarating rides like the Spider, Twin Dragon, G force and Shock Drop, you're bound to have an awesome time!  www.lunapark.com.au

 

Eureka Skydeck


Created to reach for the sky, nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe inspiring view of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere's highest viewing platform. An experience above all else. www.eurekaskydeck.com.au

 

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

 

Its more than a view, its an experience.  The Melbourne Star is a giant Ferris wheel in the Waterfront City precinct in the Docklands area of Melbourne, capturing views across the city and the bay. Especially great to visit at sunset and capture spectacular day and night photos.

 

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant


Dining in Melbourne can be a fabulous experience, especially aboard the fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.

 

These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining.

 

As they cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, diners can enjoy our fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines or make a selection from our fully stocked bar at a fully inclusive price. The atmosphere is cosy, the service friendly and the decor as inviting as the colonial period these trams reflect.

 

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant officially commenced operation in August 1983 and has since become a star attraction and tourist symbol for the city of Melbourne. Dining aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is not only a culinary delight, but also a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history.

www.tramrestaurant.com.au

 

Transport

 

Melbourne Airport - Tullamarine


Tullamarine Airport website for international and interstate Flight schedules.

 

Melbourne Airport - Avalon


Jetstar flight schedules at Avalon Airport.

 

Melbourne Trams


Yarra Trams marked an important milestone in the history of the Melbourne tram network - 100 years of continuous operation of electric trams Metlink is the face of public transport in Melbourne. www.yarratrams.com.au.

From January 2015 trams in the CBD (green zone) are free of charge. Please visit Yarra Tram's website for more information.

 

Melbourne Trains


Metlink is the face of public transport in Melbourne. A partnership of Melbourne's train, tram and bus operators, Metlink provides customers with a one-stop-shop for information about services, fares and ticketing. Metlink is also responsible for introducing new way-finding signage across the network.

Using public transport in Melbourne is made easy thanks to the Metlink website and journey planner, customer call centre, timetables and user-friendly pocket guides. www.ptv.com.au

 

Sports

 

Etihad Stadium


Etihad Stadium is ideally located on the fringe of Melbourne's CBD, and is surrounded by entertainment facilities such as restaurants, cafes and bars for use by patrons before and after events.

 

Etihad Stadium's famous retractable roof ensures that events proceed in perfect conditions, no matter what the weather conditions outside. The underground car park enables a patron to drive inside the venue, take a lift to their seat unhindered by the weather.

 

The roof, the largest of its kind in the Southern hemisphere, can open or close in eight minutes.

 

What's On In Melbourne

 

Melbourne Cup-Spring racing Carnival

 

The Spring Carnival is made up of meetings held by the metropolitan clubs, where Group One races take place, and also at Geelong. With numerous group races during August and September at metropolitan tracks Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley, the Spring Carnival officially starts on the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington, one week after the AFL Grand Final. The Spring Racing Carnival officially ends on the final day of the Sandown Carnival, Eclipse Stakes day.
Caulfield Carnival

 

The Melbourne Racing Club holds three race meetings at Caulfield Racecourse, each with major Group one races.

 

The Caulfield Guineas is held on the Saturday three weeks before the Victoria Derby. The guineas are a set-weights race for three year-olds. Other group one races are held on this day.


The Caulfield Thousand Guineas for three-year-old fillies is held on the Wednesday following the Saturday Caulfield Guineas.


The Caulfield Cup is held on the Saturday on the weekend following the Guineas meeting.

 

Geelong Carnival

 

The Geelong Racing Club hosts its Group 3 Geelong Cup on the Wednesday between the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate. This is the only group race featured at Victoria's country tracks. The day is a public holiday in Geelong's metropolitan area.

 

Moonee Valley Carnival

 

The Moonee Valley Racing Club is famous for its Weight for Age Cox Plate race, the meeting which is held on the Saturday following the Caulfield Cup.

 

Flemington Carnival

 

The Victoria Racing Club's meetings attract the most attention from the media and the wider community.

 

The Victoria Derby is held on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup. It is a set-weights race for three-year-old horses. There are also other major races held on this day as well, making it the biggest day in racing.


The Melbourne Cup handicap race is held on the first Tuesday in November, and is a public holiday in Victoria, but the Cup is witnessed by those all around Australia as well as internationally.


The VRC Oaks race is held on the Thursday following the Cup. It is a three-year-old fillies race, and traditionally it has been known as 'ladies' day'.


The VRC Stakes day is held on the Saturday following the Oaks, and traditionally it has been known as 'family day'.

AFL

 

The AFL is the most attended sporting league in Australia and one of the two most watched sports in Australia. It is also currently the third-most attended professional sports league in the world in terms of attendance per match, with an average attendance of 38,417.

 

Congratulation to Hawthorn Football Club - 2014 Winners.

 

Grand Final Saturday 03 October 2015