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Melbourne Central Business DistrictMelbourne

Explore the magnificent Southbank riverfront, experience the city’s cultural charms in the arts precinct and see a glimpse of colonial history in central Melbourne.

The tree-lined streets of Melbourne’s Central Business District may be laid out on a grid, but there’s much more than meets the eye behind the façades of stunning heritage buildings and in the maze of graffiti-covered laneways.

Melbourne CBD is the city’s inner hub for nightlife, shopping, dining, sightseeing and entertainment. A good place to begin is the historic icon, Flinders Street Station. The train station’s Swanston Street intersection includes the stunning neo-Gothic St. Paul’s Cathedral, the cultural hub of Federation Square and a classic Australian corner pub.

Wake up with a fresh cup of Melbourne’s famous coffee from a café in the narrow Degraves Street. Try local delicacies and fresh produce at the historic Queen Victoria Market. Enjoy a shopper’s paradise in Bourke Street Mall or Melbourne Central. Upmarket designer stores can be found in northern Collins Street, while factory outlet stores line Spencer Street.

Take in some of Melbourne’s finest collections of art at the Southbank riverside arts precinct, which includes the imposing National Gallery of Victoria, the Arts Centre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, as well as a magnificent collection of cutting-edge theatre venues. Admire the ever-changing murals in nearby Hosier Lane or check out the latest in cinema at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Don’t miss seeing a musical at one of the CBD’s historic theatres. Have a pre-show dinner at one of the fine-dining restaurants dotted around the city or make your selection from the dining precincts along Hardware Lane, Meyers Place, Curtin House, the Southbank Promenade and Chinatown on Little Bourke Street.

Look over modern Melbourne from the dizzying skydeck of the Eureka Building or see penguins and crocodiles at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, on the banks of the Yarra River. Birrarung Marr, by the Yarra, offers a peaceful oasis of Wurundjeri Aboriginal heritage in the city.

Melbourne CBD is accessible via major train, tram and bus lines and there are plenty of parking spaces. Explore on foot or catch free trams within the central network. Chat to the staff at the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square to find out what festivals and events are on during your visit.

Top hotels in Melbourne Central Business District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$110 per night

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Central. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (5,794 reviews)

"Good - In the heart of the 'action'. Could improve - entrance hall appeared faded."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
4.5 out of 5
480 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$124 per night

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment building is steps away from Collins Street and Rialto Towers.

3.7/5Good! (3,062 reviews)

"Every think shops r close train station is close everything I needed was nice and close"…"

Reviewed on 21 May 2020

Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
4.5 out of 5
350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$134 per night

This luxury aparthotel is located in Melbourne (Melbourne Central Business District), close to Flagstaff Gardens, Hardware Lane and Melbourne Central. Also nearby ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,198 reviews)

"Nice and clean Good walking distance to city and restaurant Onsite parking reasonable price per day"…"

Reviewed on 21 May 2020

Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
4 out of 5
60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$129 per night

Located in the heart of Melbourne, this family-friendly aparthotel is within walking distance of Collins Street, SEA LIFE Melbourne and Royal Arcade. Also nearby ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,465 reviews)

"I stayed in Oaks in Brisbane and Melbourne and would highly recommend. I requested in each of the places high floor, room with the view and had fantastic views especially in Brisbane."…"

Reviewed on 23 May 2020

Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$71 per night

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central and Queen Victoria Market. Bourke ...

4.2/5Excellent! (13,044 reviews)

"Despite arriving as the COVID-19 epidemic was really ramping up, the staff was very helpful and upbeat. The only reason we gave 4 stars for the facility is because the internet connection in the room was poor. We were given the password for the lobby connection which worked well but was less convenient ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2020

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Avani Melbourne Central Residences
Avani Melbourne Central Residences
4.5 out of 5
60 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$165 per night

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Melbourne Central, Queen Victoria Market, and Bourke ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (189 reviews)

"Loved the view from the hotel, staff was so polite and friendly which is the best part. 😇"…"

Reviewed on 30 May 2020

Avani Melbourne Central Residences

Popular places to visit in Melbourne Central Business District

Princess Theatre
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Princess Theatre

4.5/5(638 reviews)

Spend an evening enjoying a meal, watching a dramatic performance and looking for the friendly in-house ghost at this majestic Melbourne theatre. 

SEA LIFE Melbourne
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SEA LIFE Melbourne

4.5/5(993 reviews)

Find out more about what goes on beneath the waves in one of Australia’s most impressive marine attractions.

Bourke Street Mall
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Bourke Street Mall

4/5(7,093 reviews)

Historic buildings house the latest fashions here in Melbourne’s premier shopping street.

Top activities in Melbourne Central Business District

Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne
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Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne

88% of travellers recommend
AU$95
Per adult
Old Melbourne Ghost Tour
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Old Melbourne Ghost Tour

AU$36
Per adult
Melbourne City Highlights Tour by Gray Line
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Melbourne City Highlights Tour by Gray Line

92% of travellers recommend
AU$103
Per adult
Puffing Billy & Wineries Day Tour from Melbourne
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Puffing Billy & Wineries Day Tour from Melbourne

94% of travellers recommend
AU$175
Per adult
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
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Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

90% of travellers recommend
AU$145
Per adult
The Ultimate Melbourne Pass - Flexi
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The Ultimate Melbourne Pass - Flexi

76% of travellers recommend
AU$109
Per adult