How long does it take to get to and from the airport?
Generally travel time to and from the Melbourne airport at Tullamarine by car or taxi is about 30 minutes. The airport bus takes approximately 1 hour. If you are travelling during rush hour add about 10 or 15 extra minutes.
There is a secondary airport at Avalon from which a few domestic flights arrive and depart. Travel time to and from Avalon is about one hour. Add 10 to 15 minutes during rush hour.
Private jets fly in and out of Essendon Airport which is about 20 minutes from the hotel.
What is Melbourne's weather like?
Melbourne's weather is famous for being changeable. Summers are usually dry and hot with highs ranging from 30 to 40 degrees Celsius. Winters have been dryer than normal in recent years. However, rain should be planned for and highs range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius. Autumn and Spring seasons are changeable and it is wise to pack a variety of clothing to cater to changing conditions.
Is tipping the custom in Australia?
Tipping is not the norm in Australia although it is becoming more common, with patrons regularly tipping in fine dining restaurants. In general you should not feel obligated to tip but if you receive excellent service that you feel is worthy of a tip, your gesture would be welcomed and appreciated.