Your business guide to Melbourne, Australia

Destinations 29 Mar 2018

With a favourable business condition that combines highly skilled workforce and world-class infrastructure, Melbourne is often a preferred choice for top companies to establish their headquarter. Also, constantly being named as one of the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’, this cosmopolitan city has no lack of activities to do after the working hours. 




Located approximately 23km from the city centre, the Melbourne Airport (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport is the second busiest airport in Australia. It is also the primary international airport for the Melbourne metropolitan area handling over 9 million passengers annually and serving around 30 international airlines. 


FCM's partnerships with the world's leading car hire companies and chauffeur services get you to your destination in Melbourne without the pressure on your bottom line. Be it a chauffeured service or if you would like to get to the city at your own pace through self-driving, SmartDRIVE helps you arrive for less with complimentary value adds. Find out more here.

Alternatively, you can consider the following options:

By SkyBus
Estimated cost: A$18 for online purchase, A$19.50 from kiosk or ticket booth
Estimated time: 30 to 45 minutes
Location: Kerbside of the airport

By Taxi
Estimated cost: A$60
Estimated time: Depending on the traffic
Location: Airport’s taxi ranks

Staying at the city centre

Getting around the city centre of Melbourne is easy with its grid layout and most of the attractions are within walking distance. As a buzzing commercial city, it also has no lack of variety in restaurants, bars, and shops.

The available transportation options include train, tram, bus or taxi.

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Exploring the city

Be mesmerised by the oldest public library in Australia

Established in 1854, State Library Victoria is the oldest public library in Australia, and one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks. A beauty in every way, the State Library is housed in a grand 19th century building with stunning heritage interior. At the centre of the library is a magnificent domed ceiling that overcast the La Trobe Reading Room. Besides the books, you can also join services and cultural programs or visit exhibitions around this enchanting library to learn more about the evolution of Victoria’s cultural. 

Escape to a sanctuary within the city

If you do not have the luxury of time but would like to escape the buzz of the city for a couple of hours, you might want to consider Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. This massive garden is where thousands of plant species, Zen lakes and lush greens call home. There are workshops and tours available, but if you would like to explore the garden on your own, do check out their camellia collection with more 950 types or visit more than a million plant, algae and fungi specimens housed in the National Herbarium of Victoria.

Visit the most visited art museum 

Founded in 1861, the National Gallery of Victoria is the country’s oldest and largest art museum. It offers 2 galleries (NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia) which open daily with no admission fee. NGV International showcases art pieces around the world while NGV Australia brings together Australian art from the colonial period to the present. Besides the exhibitions, the stained-glass ceiling in the Great Hall is a masterpiece you should not miss. Measuring 60.9m by 15.24m, it is the largest suspended piece of the stained glass in the world.

Experience the local South Melbourne Market

There are many markets which you should not missed while in Melbourne, and South Melbourne Market is one of them. Being in existence for over 150 years, the market is a favourite amongst the locals. You can find almost anything under the sun from more than 100 stalls that formed up this market. Be it fresh fruits, specialty foods, fashion items or books, you will be sure of bringing home something. When you are done with the market, do rest your feet at one of the cafes for a good cup of coffee.

Business lunch in the city

Business lunch is an important event in Melbourne. You will need the right venue with the best food for any crucial business meetings or corporate catch up. Here are some of the recommended restaurants for an impressive lunch! 

Spice Temple

Address: Crown Complex, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia
Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday 6 – 11pm, Thursday – Sunday 12 – 3pm, 6 – 11pm
Reservation Line: +61 3 8679 1888 

What’s unique: Spice Temple is a modern Chinese restaurant which offer cuisines inspired by Chinese regions such as Sichuan, Yunnan, Hunan and Jiangxi. Its interior is intimate with toffee-hued lighting, dark wood tables with hanging beads doubling up as partitions.
What to order: The menus in Spice Temple are designed for sharing and you can enjoy a banquet style dining in a cosier environment. Some of the signature dishes you should go for are Hot, Sweet, Sour and Numbing Pork, Steamed Mud Crab with Ginger and Shallot, Tea Smoked Duck Breast with Pickled Cabbage and Chinese Mustard. Desserts choices such as Caramel and Chocolate Peanut Parfait and Mango Pudding with Condense Milk Chantilly are the perfect way to end off the meal.

Tonka Restaurant 

Address: 20 Duckboard Place, Melbourne 3000, Australia
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm 
Reservation Line: +61 3 9650 3155

What’s unique: Located at Duckboard Place, one of Melbourne’s iconic laneways – Flinders Lane, is Toka a restaurant that offers modern Indian cuisine. Simplistic in its interior with white mesh waving through the ceiling space, you can either dine, drink or do both at Tonka.
What to order: Tonka’s menus feature recreated Indian dishes with a focus on the chiefs’ love on clean and punchy flavours. Some of the recommended dishes are Avani's lamb curry, chicken roasted in the tandoor lemon, pomegranate raita and fresh tomato chutney, and fried cauliflower with garam masala salt, fenugreek and yoghurt dressing.

Bottega Restaurant

Address: 74 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 12pm – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm 
Reservation Line: +613 9654 2252

What’s unique: Nestled in Melbourne’s most popular dining district, Bottega is housed in an inviting interior with plush leather seats and gentle lighting. While the setup resembles New York–style dining room, it actually serves up one of the finest Italian cuisine in the city. 
What to order: While its housemade pasta is a must-try, Chargrilled Tasmanian salmon, and Flinders Island lamb served with pea puree and cannellini bean salad are some strongly recommended dishes you should not miss.