Flights to Melbourne
Flights to Melbourne from which airports in the UK?
Despite its European influences and proximity to the green hills and stunning beaches of south-east Australia, Melbourne can only be reached directly from the UK from London.
Regular long-haul flights depart from London Heathrow to Melbourne, stopping over in Asia on the way for re-fuelling.
However, strong competition on the UK to Sydney route can often make it cheaper to fly into the New South Wales capital and then catch a cheap domestic flight south.
Airlines flying to Melbourne from the UK
Currently, just Australian national carrier Qantas offers direct international flights between the UK and Melbourne.
Where is Melbourne in Australia?
The largest city and capital of the state of Victoria, Melbourne is situated at the mouth of the Yarra River, thereby giving it a buzzing and picturesque waterfront.
Within easy access of Melbourne are the Snowy Mountains and the world-famous Great Ocean Road, which hugs the coastline west to Adelaide.
With flights from the UK to Melbourne taking around 23 hours, stop overs are required on the way.
Most passengers simply opt to stay on board the plane as it re-fuels in Asia, though the more adventurous may want to enjoy a day or two in either Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur, often for little extra cost.
Things to see and do in Melbourne
Though most travellers to Australia spend most of their time in Sydney, Melbourne thoroughly deserves its unofficial title as the country's cultural and sporting capital.
Spread over a large area, the city's efficient public transport system – which includes the iconic trams – means everything is easily reached and, as such, visitors can stay in one of the many top hotels along the waterfront while also enjoying highlights such as the Federation Square cultural precinct or the Melbourne Cricket Ground by day.
Other attractions for UK visitors include day trips to the Snowy Mountains or the stunning surfing beaches of Victoria, while the daily tours to the set of the Aussie soap 'Neighbours' continue to attract tens of thousands of visitors each year.