Melbourne is the capital city of the state of Victoria, which is Australia’s second biggest state. Melbourne occupies most of the coastline of Port Phillip Bay. It spreads into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. The wider Melbourne area has a population of around 5 million people. Melbourne wheelchair access if of a high standard, with the city being home to many accessible attractions. The city is home to many of Australia’s best-known cultural institutions, including in the the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the National Gallery of Victoria and the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building. It is also the birthplace of Australian impressionism, Australian rules football, the Australian film and television industries and Australian contemporary dance. More recently, it has been recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature and a global centre for street art, live music and theatre. Melbourne wheelchair access is first class by world standards with disability access promoted.
Today Melbourne is known for its coffee and laneway cafes. These cobbled laneways can be found from intersections, underpasses and gaps between buildings. Al fresco eateries, one-off shops and cosy little bars all nestle side-by-side in laneways threading throughout the city.
Melbourne Laneways are often the place to find colourful murals and tasty coffee.
We particularly enjoyed the murals in the ‘grunge chic’ Hosier Lane. Located off Flinders Street this laneway has a gallery of evolving street art that’s earned it a place in the guidebooks. If you’re looking to take some ace pics, arrive early so that you don’t need to wait and can take some awesome pictures. The cobblestones are a nuisance, but just go slowly and you should be fine.
Australian Centre of The Moving Image
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is a world first, state-of-the-art facility for exhibiting, promoting and preserving Victorian, Australian and international screen content,
including film, television, games, video and digital media. ACMI is a museum, a library, an arts centre, a gallery, an education centre and a studio. Located at Federation Square, ACMI has excellent disability access.
There was an amazing large and diverse range of historical and contemporary cinema everything from a replica of Mad Max’s car to Dame Edna Everage. It was a joy to re-live important moments from Australian history in TV and cinema, with material from everything from documentaries to television dramas. We thoroughly enjoyed ACMI. The wheelchair access was excellent and the staff helpful.
The Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria Market has good access and it is well worth spending half a day there.
Also known affectionately as ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic’, the Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century.
This historic landmark spread over two city blocks, it’s a vibrant and bustling inner-city Market where you can shop for everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, and local and imported gourmet foods, to cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs.
Their Night Market runs seasonally over Summer and Winter, Wednesdays from 5pm.
Must see attractions
The Eureka Skydeck is a great introduction to Melbourne. Located in Southbank, the Skydeck allows you to get a magnificent view of the city so you can get a sense of where things are.
The National Gallery and the Melbourne Museum are simply ‘must see’ attractions you should not miss out of while you are in Melbourne.
Other attractions to visit include Southbank, Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens, The Docklands and the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.
Attractions and Opportunities
Melbourne wheelchair access starts at the airport. The airport has excellent disabled access around the airport, including within the terminals, as well as in the car parks and pick up/drop off zones. They have a comprehensive guide to disabled access at Melbourne Airport inm their download our Disabled Access Facilitation Plan but most the information you will need is available on this page of their website.
Melbourne is the only city in Australia which retains a network of trams. There are more than 400 accessible stops across the whole tram network to complement low floor trams. Trams share road space on most Melbourne thoroughfares. Services run regularly from 5.00am to midnight Monday to Thursday, and to around 1.30am Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, trams run 7.00am to 11.00pm. Many tram services link to bus and train routes. Plan your trip with Public Transport Victoria’s journey planner
There are wheelchair access busses, but if you are visiting the city area, we recommend using the trams. They have access and will get you around the city free of charge.