Business travellers to Melbourne, forget that FOMO! With a few savvy changes and the right approach you can experience some of the city’s best sights and colourful scenes, even between the dullest of meetings. Here are five quick tips on getting the most out of your Melbourne business trip.
Make a weekend out of it
If you have a meeting scheduled on a Friday, why not request a return flight on Monday morning? Or if you’re attending a meeting at the start of the week you could ask to fly into Melbourne on Saturday to gain an extra day. You’ll have far more time to relax and experience the city, rather than seeing a blur from your Uber as you rush to and from the airport. You might even be able to cover an extra night’s accommodation by flying at a cheaper time. Well done – you’ve scored yourself more time for Melbourne adventures!
Find some of the city’s best solo dining options
Just because you’re sans dining partner, it doesn’t mean you need to spend every night in. By staying in central short term accommodation in Melbourne you’ll be an easy amble from some of the best dining hotspots in the city, so put your best duds on and take yourself out. Pull up a seat at popular single-diner spots like Supernormal in Flinders Lane for modern Asian fusion, or sit at the counter at Italian favourite Tipo 00 on Little Bourke Street and chat to some friendly locals.
Get plenty of fresh air
Melbourne may be known for its ever-changing weather but there are plenty of opportunities to get out into the sunshine and under the stars. Join a Melbourne street art tour and pose next to the kaleidoscopic murals in Flinders Lane, or relax with a picnic lunch in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Head to St Kilda, where you can take in the backpackers and rollerbladers along the Esplanade while you sip a coffee. Finish up your evening overlooking the city lights at a lively rooftop bar, such as Naked in the Sky in Fitzroy.
Explore somewhere new every time
One of the most amazing things about this vibrant city is the fact that no two weekends are ever the same. Whether you’re staying in short or long term accommodation in Melbourne, you‘ll have an overwhelming range of options for your stay in the city – we’d recommend writing a list and ticking things off on every visit! There’s film and TV at ACMI (with free entry), a world of history at Melbourne Museum, and performing arts at Arts Centre Melbourne. Be sure to plan ahead to catch amazing live music at the Corner Hotel, and to spend some balmy summer nights at the Melbourne Zoo’s twilight concerts.
Book in well-located serviced apartments in Melbourne for a long stay
If you do need to stay in Melbourne for an extended period of time, make sure you put that company credit card to good use and book into spacious and serviced long stay apartments in Melbourne’s centre. Punthill Apartment Hotels provides excellent rates for regular business travellers. Register now for our Corporate Travel Program and enjoy affordable, stylish stays at our 13 different locations.