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Travel Guide

Southbank featuring a high-rise building, a city and a bridge

From historic monuments to ultra-modern malls, ancient art to cutting-edge culture, Melbourne effortlessly blends past and present.

The capital of the state of Victoria is one of Australia’s most stylish and sophisticated cities, combining old-world colonial charm with modern-day convenience. Visitors will be quickly seduced by its food and its fashions, its art and its architecture, its culture and its coffee.

The city centre is packed with heritage-listed buildings, many of them dating back to Victorian times. The historic churches and sumptuous art deco hotels, the elegant arcades of Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Street Station, the oldest train station in Australia, sit comfortably alongside the futuristic glass-and-steel exhibition spaces around Federation Square and the iconic Eureka Tower, which offers panoramic views across the city from the observation deck on the 88th floor.

There’s no shortage of cultural contrasts either, from state-of-the-art digital technology at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and contemporary painting at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, to international and indigenous masterpieces at the National Gallery of Victoria and local treasures at the Melbourne Museum. The latter is even home to one of Australia’s great sporting icons, the legendary racehorse Phar Lap.

Take a breather in one of the city parks, wander around the Royal Botanic Gardens, or head off for a dip in the cooling waters of Port Phillip Bay at St. Kilda or Brighton Beach. Jump on and off Melbourne’s famous trams to explore the four corners of the city, maybe alighting at the popular beach-front Luna Park to ride the historic rollercoaster, or visit bustling, atmospheric Queen Victoria Market to pick up some delicious locally sourced produce.

Dining out is a breeze in cosmopolitan Melbourne, where you can easily sample a different cuisine every night. Head for Lygon Street, Australia’s “Little Italy”, for the best pasta and pizza outside the old country, enjoy the bohemian atmosphere of Flinders Lane in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter, or go upmarket in stylish Collins Street, home of the famous art deco Hopetoun Tearooms.

Melbourne is sometimes called the gateway to Australia and this friendly, sophisticated and culturally diverse city certainly gives visitors a perfect introduction to the country’s rich heritage, stunning natural beauty and infectious zest for life.

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Where to stay in Melbourne

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$107 per night from 3 May to 4 May
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! (5,889 reviews)
"Good Value for location, size and quality"

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Mantra Southbank Melbourne
Mantra Southbank Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
31 City Road, Southbank, VIC
The price is AU$179 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is steps away from Eureka Tower, Melbourne Arts Centre and Yarra Riverfront. Eureka Skydeck 88 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,724 reviews)
"Great Customer Service here as usual, we were upgraded and generally the staff weee great to deal with"

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2021

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Quest NewQuay
Quest NewQuay
4 out of 5
26 Caravel Lane, Docklands, VIC
The price is AU$170 per night from 9 May to 10 May
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The District Docklands, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel ...
4.4/5Excellent! (224 reviews)
"Great location great hotel"

Reviewed on 31 Mar. 2021

Quest NewQuay
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