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Visit Melbourne Central Business District

Melbourne Travel Guide

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
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
AU$200
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yarra Riverfront and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,641 reviews)

"I would always suggest a Riverview room, as mine was spectacular. Even though there is construction going on at the hotel, the quality of the staff and luxuriousness of the rooms still stand out. Well done!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Jan. 2020

Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
AU$127
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

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! (5,529 reviews)

"It was clean, the beds were extremely comfortable, it was nice and quiet, it was central to walk into the city, and the Vic Market. Check in was tricky, as I had difficulty finding a car park close by, to check in. As the car parking required a code that I received after checking in, and was over ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2020

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
AU$107
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

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! (12,527 reviews)

"Good location, nice bathroom. In room Air-Conditioning a little noisy."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2020

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Great Southern Hotel Melbourne
Great Southern Hotel Melbourne
4 out of 5
44 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
AU$74
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yarra Riverfront and SEA LIFE Melbourne. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition ...

3.8/5Good! (6,173 reviews)

"For a budget hotel is such a fabulous location this is just great value. Very clean, efficient and friendly. Walk to Southern Cross station and trans to the Mall. Just across the bridge is Southbank."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan. 2020

Great Southern Hotel Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
5 out of 5
One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
AU$252
per night
Feb 16 - Feb 17

This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located on the riverwalk, steps away from Yarra Riverfront, Eureka Tower and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Arts Centre ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3,396 reviews)

"Beautiful though aging property. Wonderful staff. Very helpful"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2020

The Langham, Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
AU$118
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

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

4.3/5Excellent! (5,890 reviews)

"I like the room and how clean it was, but the internet could be better"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2020

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

Popular things to do in Melbourne Central Business District

Princess Theatre
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Princess Theatre

4.5/5(592 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(931 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(6,700 reviews)

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

Top activities in Melbourne Central Business District

Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

AU$22

Experience Melbourne from the Eureka Skydeck 88 and catch a bird's-eye view of the city skyline and beyond. Upgrade to the Edge experience for a unique chance to stand on a switch-operated glass cube that slides out from the building with you inside.

Yarra Valley Small-Group Wine Tour from Melbourne
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Yarra Valley Small-Group Wine Tour from Melbourne

AU$140

Escape to the picturesque Yarra Valley on this small-group day tour from Melbourne and visit 4 of the regions top wineries. Indulge yourself with a delicious lunch while enjoying vineyard views and a series of wine tastings.

Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour
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Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour

AU$119

Miles of rugged beaches, wave-carved rock formations, and dense rainforest await on this full-day adventure along Australia's most famous scenic highway. Cruise along the Great Ocean Road to see icons like the 12 Apostles, stroll beneath towering trees to spot koalas and lorikeets, and linger over lunch in seaside Apollo Bay.

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

AU$135

Explore Australia's most spectacular coastal route, the Great Ocean Road on this full day trip. Bear witness to an amazing array of stunning attractions as well as highlights of the Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks.

Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

AU$35

Discover the very best of Melbourne on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24 or 48 hour ticket, explore the city to your own schedule, seeing all of the major landmarks along the way. On your sightseeing journey you'll see Federation Square, the Eureka Skydeck, Fitzroy Gardens, Chinatown, St.

Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 7 people - Entire Vehicle
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Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 7 people - Entire Vehicle

AU$134

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: The Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Road, Torquay, Victoria 3231 Australia We travel along this scenic road Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Split Point Lighthouse, Federal St, Aireys Inlet, Victoria Australia The lighthouse was constructed in 1891.