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MelbourneAustralia

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.

Melbourne Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Melbourne

Melbourne CBD which includes night scenes, a high-rise building and city views

Melbourne Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(20,262 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Melbourne Central Business District. Check out top attractions like Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Central, and jump on the metro at Melbourne Central Station or Flagstaff Station to see more of the city.

Melbourne Central Business District
Melbourne which includes a skyscraper, a river or creek and boating

Southbank

Are you interested in stunning river views, first-class casinos and popular shops? A visit to Southbank might be the perfect thing. You can also explore top sights like Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex and Melbourne Arts Centre.

Southbank
St Kilda featuring landscape views, a city and general coastal views

St Kilda

St Kilda is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like St Kilda Beach and Luna Park, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Melbourne.

St Kilda
Docklands featuring a river or creek and cbd

Docklands

Travellers come to Docklands for its waterfront views, and you can see top attractions like Marvel Stadium and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel while you're in town.

Docklands
Fitzroy Gardens which includes a park, heritage architecture and a house

Fitzroy

Gardens, bars and museums are some highlights of Fitzroy. Make a stop by Melbourne Museum or Brunswick Street while you're exploring.

Fitzroy
North Melbourne showing railway items and street scenes

North Melbourne

Noted for its restaurants and shopping, there's plenty to explore in North Melbourne. Top attractions like Queen Victoria Market and The Comic's Lounge are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Macaulay Station or Flemington Bridge Station to see more of the city.

North Melbourne

Top hotels in Melbourne

Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
4 out of 5
60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$115 per night from 30 Oct. to 31 Oct.

This family-friendly Melbourne aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, steps away from Collins Street, Flinders Lane and Yarra Riverfront. SEA LIFE ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,496 reviews)

"Our room was huge and so comfortable. Pity we only could stay one night! Will definitely be back."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul. 2020

Oaks Melbourne on Market 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 from 9 Nov. to 10 Nov.

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

4.4/5Excellent! (3,217 reviews)

"Staff were very helpful and polite. Very comfortable bed"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2020

Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
4.5 out of 5
480 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$103 per night from 29 Oct. to 30 Oct.

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Street, SEA LIFE Melbourne and Flinders Lane. Yarra Riverfront ...

3.8/5Good! (3,092 reviews)

"Friendly staff and clean hotel room #spotless and great check in and smiley reception staff. Express check in which is handy"…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2020

Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Melbourne

Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
4 out of 5
60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$115 per night from 30 Oct. to 31 Oct.

This family-friendly Melbourne aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, steps away from Collins Street, Flinders Lane and Yarra Riverfront. SEA LIFE ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,496 reviews)

"Our room was huge and so comfortable. Pity we only could stay one night! Will definitely be back."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul. 2020

Oaks Melbourne on Market 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 from 9 Nov. to 10 Nov.

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

4.4/5Excellent! (3,217 reviews)

"Staff were very helpful and polite. Very comfortable bed"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2020

Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
4.5 out of 5
480 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$103 per night from 29 Oct. to 30 Oct.

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Street, SEA LIFE Melbourne and Flinders Lane. Yarra Riverfront ...

3.8/5Good! (3,092 reviews)

"Friendly staff and clean hotel room #spotless and great check in and smiley reception staff. Express check in which is handy"…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2020

Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Melbourne

Top activities in Melbourne

Reviews of Melbourne

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 54.75939921553621%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 38.869224146178134%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.625179374342294%
2 - Disappointing
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 May 2020

Love the city shopping everyday

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 May 2020

I love Melbourne, so diverse

4/5 - Good

Deb

22 May 2020

Melbournians are remaining patient and respectful of distancing during the virus.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 May 2020

Love Melbourne

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 May 2020

Nice and quiet for me during the coronavirus lockdown. Collins Street was surprisingly safe. Melbourne has always been a livable City.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 May 2020

it would be an alright city if you got rid of Queen Victoria in the first place years ago.

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