Melbourne’s Most Frequently Asked Questions

We did some research recently to find out what the most commonly Googled questions are in Melbourne. We thought we’d publish our answers to the ones that come up the most often on one handy page of our website.

We’ll keep it updated with new ones as we come along them.

Here you go;


How long is the ferry from Melbourne to Tasmania?

The ferry from Melbourne to Tasmania takes usually takes between 9 and 11 hours depending on the weather. When the Spirit of Tasmania is doing double sailing days it takes 9 hours, on single sailing days it takes 11 hours.


When is the Melbourne Cup in 2019?

The Melbourne Cup is historically always held on the first Tuesday of November. In 2019 it will take place at 3pm on Tuesday the 5th of November at Flemington racecourse.


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When to plant garlic in Melbourne

The best time to plant garlic in Melbourne and nearby areas is between May and June. It takes about 7 months till harvest so try to plant whilst the ground is still cold so the garlic has the most time possible to grow before the weather starts to warm.


How far is Ballarat from Melbourne?

Driving from Melbourne to Ballarat takes approximately 1 hour and 31 minutes. The train from Southern Cross station takes 1 hour and 15 minutes on average. Walking takes 23 hours & 45 minutes. Cycling takes 6 hours and 29 minutes.


How long is the flight from Melbourne to Bali?

The flight from Melbourne to Bali takes 6 hours and 10 minutes if you fly directly with no stops. There are at least 5 direct flights per day. Flights with stops in between can take between 8 hours and 23 hours.


When to prune roses in Melbourne

The best time to prune roses in Melbourne is between July and August. If you have a frost it is best to leave the pruning for later or else you will damage the roses. Pruning is essential and will ensure a healthy regrowth in Spring.


Where to see Kangaroos in Melbourne

The best place to see Kangaroos in Melbourne is at the Kangaroo Viewing Trail in Emerald. It takes 48 minutes to drive there from Melbourne CBD. There you will find several groups of wild kangaroos. The best time to see them is in the early morning or late afternoons.


Where to buy an investment property in Melbourne

Based on growth data from recent years Melbourne’s best areas for property investment are for houses: Arthurs Seat, Frankston North, Kooyong & Middle Park (averaging 45% growth). For units: Bundoora, Northcote & Moonee Ponds (averaging 25% growth).


How much does a private investigator cost in Melbourne?

It costs a minimum of $300 to hire a private investigator in Melbourne. Private investigators will charge an hourly rate ($50 to $100) and have a minimum surveillance time period, usually around 3 to 5 hours. Costs fluctuate of course depending on how long you need to engage the private investigator and what it is you need them to do.


Who won the Melbourne cup in 2018?

In 2018 the Melbourne Cup was won by the horse Cross Counter, the jockey was Kerrin McEvoy and the trainer was Charlie Appleby. The odds were $9. Conditions on the day were affected greatly by a large deluge of rainfall.


How many people live in Melbourne?

The current population of Melbourne is more than 4.8 million, accounting for 19% of the national population. The amount of people living in Melbourne is expected to pass 5 million by mid-2019. Melbourne is expected to become Australia’s most populated city by 2028.


When was Melbourne founded?

Melbourne was founded on August 30 in 1835. This was the first European settlement of Melbourne, located on the banks of the Yarra River. This settlement was established by settlers aboard the schooner Enterprise who had sailed from Tasmania (Van Diemens Land). Aboriginal tribes of the Kulin nation were the traditional owners for tens of thousands of years before this.


Why is Melbourne the most liveable city?

Melbourne is considered the world’s most liveable city because of its high quality of life, excellent healthcare, great education, low crime rate, art & music scene, vibrant food culture, reasonable cost of living, employment opportunities, lack of natural disasters and overall level of happiness of its people.

How to bet on the Melbourne cup online

There are many online betting websites on which you can bet on the Melbourne Cup. Some of the best ones include; TAB, SportsBet, Ubet, Ladbrokes, BetEasy & Neds. To place a bet, visit one of these websites and select your favoured horse to win. Do not bet more than you can afford to lose.

Which electricity company is the cheapest in Melbourne?

The cheapest electricity supplier in Melbourne is SimplyEnergy with an annual cost of $1,039.44 after factoring in discounts. The next cheapest electricity companies are Alinta Energy at $1,093.89 per year and Dodo Power & Gas as $1,124.43 per year. These discounted prices last 1 to 2 years and then revert to higher prices after the benefit period.


What is a Boxed Trifecta in the Melbourne Cup?

A box trifecta in the Melbourne Cup is when you have three numbers in any combination that can win the bet. For example, if you chose 8, 5 and 1 there would be six possible ways of winning a Boxed Trifecta bet. The cost of the bet rises based on the number of horses you include in the bet.

How much does it cost to demolish a house in Melbourne?

The cost of demolishing a house in Melbourne depends on the size of the house. The average demolition cost is $16,000 but can range between $12,000 and $40,000. Timber houses cost a lot less to demolish than concrete or brick houses as they require special machinery. Houses in Melbourne that contain asbestos carry high additional fees to demolish.

“Demolishing a house can be a challenging job and there are a number of variables that can change the price. Things like building materials, access levels and asbestos use in the property can change the price.” – Ian Stewart, Solid Start Property Inspections


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Nathan is the founding editor behind Just Melbourne. He's into business, tech, triathlons and avocados. He also LOVES hearing from Just Melbourne readers. Tweet him @nathanjmurphy.


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