What's the Weather Like in Melbourne in September
September is the start of spring in Melbourne and also marks the start of a busier tourist season. As the weather begins to warm, more and more visitors begin to head back to the city to enjoy the numerous festivals and sites of the area. If you're looking for a good deal, be sure to head to the city early in the season before it gets too warm and too crowded by the time November rolls around.
Temperatures during this time of the year are still averaging a cool 13°C (55°F) throughout the day. As a result, it is a good idea to be prepared for the chill and bring clothes that can be layered as well as a jacket. In fact, the chill can catch some people off-guard, so be sure to stay on top of the weather with the extended forecast.
Temperatures will drop to their lowest in the mornings and evenings with average low temperatures of 9°C (48°F). However, they will climb to an average high of 17°C (63°F) in the afternoon hours.
Sea surface temperatures are also still some of the coldest they will be all year with and average reading of 13°C (55°F). This is cold enough to keep most people out of the sea, with only the heartiest of surfers braving the ocean. If you do plan on visiting the beach, then a wetsuit might be necessary in order to keep warm.
The chance of rain is still high during this time of the year. Over the course of the month the area will experience an half of the month experiencing rainfall, you may be forced to be flexible with outdoor sightseeing plans in order to avoid the raindrops.
Hotels for Melbourne in September
For comfortable, convenient apartment-style lodgings, choose the modern Quest Flemington for your September stay. This popular hotel comprises 48 apartment suites which range from one to three bedrooms, meaning it's ideal for lone travellers, couples or entire families. Each apartment contains colourful artwork, washer/dryers and private balconies. Stock up on the complimentary breakfasts and make use of the pool area if the weather permits.
Those unwilling to compromise on luxury should book a suite at South Yarra's Lyall Hotel, where no expense is spared in making your stay as comfortable as can be. This high-end hotel offers 1 and 2-bedroom suites which come with their own kitchens, living areas and private balconies. Enjoy a tipple in the champagne bar and dine in their onsite restaurant; the hotel is also home to a fine spa and round-the-clock fitness facility.
Oaks on William
Located near the heart of the action in downtown Melbourne, the Oaks on William is one of the central business district's newest apartment and hotel additions. The building is home to 250 fully-serviced apartments that offer outstanding views. Make use of the fitness facilities available at the hotel, as well as the onsite cafe/bar.
Restaurants and Bars for Melbourne in September
Plus 39 Pizzeria
Some of the best pizza in Melbourne can be found at Plus 39 Pizzeria. Formed by six Italian friends who know good pizza when they see it, the restaurant serves only the freshest and most authentic ingredients. A winner of the "Best Pizza in Melbourne" award, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu here. With an open layout the restaurant exudes casual buzz that puts visitors right at ease.
Caffe e Cucina
Another Italian eatery in Melbourne that deserves its praise is South Yarra's Caffe e Cucina. The ideal spot for a romantic evening meal, the restaurant serves refined cuisine and a number of Italian favourites which will please all palates. The low-lighting of the restaurant's interior and friendly service helps to create a real feeling of intimacy which has earned it a name for itself in the city.
Baker D Chirico
Pay a visit to Baker D. Chirico if you're searching for some satisfying baked goods when you're in town. Buzzing throughout the day and hugely popular with the locals, this pop-up bakery now operates several branches across the city and is famous for its sourdough bread and bombolone (Italian donuts), among other sweet and savoury treats that will tingle your taste buds.
Owing to the fact that Melbourne is home to the largest Greek-speaking community outside of Europe, the city is home to a variety of wonderful Greek restaurants that serve authentic dishes based on family recipes. Hellenic Republic is one such place, recreating the feel of a Greek island taverna and offering up a delicious array of grilled meats, seafood, salads and meze.
Things to Do in Melbourne in September
Queen Victoria Market
Operating since the 1870s, the Queen Victoria Market is one of Melbourne's biggest landmarks and is a paradise for shoppers. Always thriving throughout the day, the market is home to a staggering array of shops and stalls, and you can pick up virtually almost anything at this lively and characterful meeting place.
Visit Melbourne's regenerated Waterfront City for a day of shopping and entertainment. This sleek and modern quarter of town is home to the Harbour Town Shopping Centre, which provides much in the way of the latest fashions, luxury goods, cosmetics, household goods and more. Families and visitors with young children will enjoy the Wonderland Fun Park, home to fairground classics such as dodgems, carousels and rollercoasters.
City Circle Tram
Hop aboard the City Circle Tram for a fun and cost-effective way of taking in the city's sights. Melbourne is famous for its extensive tram network and the City Circle operates a heritage tramcar around the central ring of the city centre and CBD, passing by sights as Federation Square, Flinders Street Station, the Docklands and Parliament House. An audio commentary provides some context to the tram's route and history Melbourne while you whir past through the city.
Manchester Unity Building
Architecture aficionados should visit the magnificent Manchester Unity Building, one of the finest examples of 1930s art deco buildings the city has to offer. Originally conceived as a project to alleviate unemployment brought about by the Great Depression, nowadays visitors can join a formal 1-hour guided tour of this stunning building, which retains every inch of its former glory.