Melbourne Weather May Averages, Australia
What's the Weather Like in Melbourne in May
Temperatures continue their downward spiral during the month of May in Melbourne as winter is just around the corner. If cool weather is not your cup of tea, you may want to consider visiting the region earlier in the month or earlier in the autumn season (March - May) before conditions get too chilly. However, with fewer crowds there is more opportunities for hotel rooms.
This is also the wettest month of the year and that will need to be taken into consideration if you're planning a lot of outdoor adventures. On average, the region receives 68mm of precipitation over the month. This rain falls over a period of 15 days, making almost half of the month wet. Some of this rain can be heavy at times. If you are looking for drier conditions, you may want to consider visiting one of the more northerly cities in Australia.
There isn't a great deal of sunshine during this time of the year as the region only experiences an average of 5 hours of sunshine per day. When combined with the rain and cool temperatures, now might be a good time to plan indoor activities.
The average high temperature is 17°C (63°F) making a jacket or sweater necessary during the daytime hours. Overnight temperatures will fall to 10°C (50°F). Overall, the average daily temperature is just 14°C (57°F).
Swimming in the local waters during this time of the year will require a wetsuit in order to stay safe. If you dare to brave the waters, be prepared for temperatures that will average just 16°C (61°F). If beach time is your thing, you may want to visit during a warmer time of the year or at least be prepared to only spend small amounts of time among the waves.
Hotels for Melbourne in May
Art Series - The Blackman
Whether you're visiting Melbourne for business or leisure, the Art Series The Blackman is an excellent choice. This quirky St. Kilda hotel features a total of 209 rooms, all of which are suites and have their own private balconies. Make use of the onsite fitness facilities, bike rental and onsite restaurants.
Hotel Lindrum Melbourne MGallery Collection
If you're on the lookout for a slightly smaller hotel, try the 59-room Hotel Lindrum Melbourne MGallery Collection. This boutique hotel offers the best in personalised service, along with a host of facilities designed to make your stay as effortless as possible. Come and go as you like with 24-hour reception service and sample the fine dining of the onsite restaurant or enjoy a cocktail in the bar.
Fitzroy Bed & Breakfast
For something truly low-key, try the dependable Fitzroy Bed & Breakfast. Located on a quiet street in the trendy Fitzroy neighbourhood, the accommodation features comfortable and self-contained suite which includes a bedroom, bathroom and access to a private courtyard.
Restaurants and Bars for Melbourne in May
Known as a favourite haunt among theatre-goers, Punch Lane is one of the most highly-esteemed restaurants in the city. Located in the heart of Melbourne's entertainment district, this cozy restaurant and wine bar offers an extensive seasonal menu that will accommodate a variety of tastes. The restaurant also provides the option to try their five-course tasting menu.
If it's burgers and beer you're hankering after, check out Brunswick's Juanita Peaches, which is fast earning a reputation as one of the best fast food eateries in town. The menu is simple and unpretentious, but serves up its dishes to an impeccably high standard and will satisfy even the fussiest of diners. There's also a good selection of lagers and ales on hand.
The Railway Hotel
Pay a visit to The Railway Hotel in South Melbourne for classic pub dining and drinking. Operating since the 1850s, this establishment qualifies as one of the city's oldest hostelries and retains much of its colonial-era charm. The pub offers special deals on food and drink throughout the weekend; check their website to make the most of these.
Gin Palace in central Melbourne lives up to its name as one of the finest cocktail bars in the city and is massively popular among the locals. Featuring eclectic decor, an extensive drinks list and friendly staff, there's lots to like about this interesting watering hole.
Things to Do in Melbourne in May
Old Melbourne Gaol
Discover the city's unsavoury past at the Old Melbourne Gaol, which was in operation between 1842 and 1929. This formidable structure was easily one of the city's most feared buildings, where hardened criminals were incarcerated alongside small-time offenders and the homeless. The scene of a gruesome 133 hangings, learn about the lives of those who darkened its doors, not least of all the notorious bush-ranger Ned Kelly.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Another historic landmark of the city is St. Patrick's Cathedral, the seat of the local Catholic diocese. Whether or not you're religious, there's no denying that there's an overpowering air to this magnificent building and it's worth stopping by to take in its magnitude.
Polly Woodside Maritime Museum
Head to the Polly Woodside Maritime Museum on Melbourne's Southbank for a taste of maritime history. Housed on an old cargo vessel dating from the late 1800s, the ship used to sail between England and South America and has circumnavigated the world no less than 17 times. Join the crew and learn what life would have been like for the old seafaring community.
Cooks' Cottage is a Melbourne landmark that you can't afford to miss during your visit. Dating from 1755, this quaint structure honours the founder of modern Australia, James Cook, and was miraculously brought to the country from northern England in the 1930s and reassembled piece-by-piece. Lovingly restored and featuring volunteers dressed up in period costume, this makes a fascinating step back in time. The house is nestled among the leafy Fitzroy Gardens, a manicured piece of Victorian parkland which helps Melbourne stake its claim to being the garden city of Australia. Wander among its tree-lined avenues, check out the Tudor model village and observe the impressive collection of flora inside the Conservatory.