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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.


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QT Melbourne
QT Melbourne
5 out of 5
133 Russell St, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$227 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Regent Theatre, Bourke Street Mall and Her Majesty's Theatre. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (870 reviews)

"Delightful room, friendly staff who were very helpful while having some technical issues with the TV. Love the rooftop bar!"…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2020

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Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
5 out of 5
27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$269 per night from 1 Dec. to 2 Dec.

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Parliament House of Victoria and Princess Theatre. Royal Exhibition ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (992 reviews)

"Beautiful facilities. We were lucky to have the pool to ourselves. And wow! Quiet and gorgeous. King bed is two king singles put together but that is about all I can fault. Over staff who accomodated any request we made. And sound proof rooms. No traffic sounds. Great stay."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2020

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The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
5 out of 5
One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
The price is AU$218 per night from 25 Nov. to 26 Nov.

This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Crown Casino and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,628 reviews)

"Lovely room, breakfast was disappointing. Would not stay for breakfast again"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2020

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Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$78 per night from 25 Nov. to 26 Nov.

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

4.3/5Excellent! (4,649 reviews)

"I booked this hotel last minute and was able to check in early (thank goodness!). The front desk personnel was very friendly. My room was clean, and the bed was very comfortable I slept like a baby my first night. The only negative thing was after I used the shower, the shower head would not stop ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug. 2020

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Imagine Lighthouse
Imagine Lighthouse
4 out of 5
442-450 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$129 per night from 25 Nov. to 26 Nov.

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

4.4/5Excellent! (262 reviews)

"The views frim our room on the 61st floor were amazing, the room was neat even if maintenance was obviously needed on the door for the european style laundry, this property is a no frills clean, reasonably priced, self contained, close to Vic Markets, with an extremely comfortable bed, trams at your ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2020

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The Westin Melbourne
The Westin Melbourne
5 out of 5
205 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$275 per night from 30 Nov. to 1 Dec.

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Collins Street, Regent Theatre and Flinders Lane. Bourke Street Mall and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (990 reviews)

"The rooms were clean and bright. Big rooms and staff were happy and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2020

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