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Visit Melbourne

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

Melbourne Central Business District

Known for Urban, Shopping, Architecture

4.5/5(17,162 reviews)

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.

Top hotels in Melbourne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
AU$99
per night
7 Jan. - 8 Jan.

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

4.3/5Excellent! (5,608 reviews)

"Excellent location, quiet room, comfortable bed and exceptionally helpful staff (Alice!)."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec. 2019

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
AU$96
per night
19 Dec. - 20 Dec.

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! (12,238 reviews)

"Lovely staff, we arrived at 7am after a night flight, they were so lovely and had a room for me and my 7 yr old daughter, then gave us a late check out, and kept the bags for a later pick up"…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2019

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
AU$188
per night
15 Dec. - 16 Dec.

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! (2,605 reviews)

"Friendly staff, just a bit crazy due to renovation"…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec. 2019

Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Popular activities in Melbourne

Melbourne Cricket Ground
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Melbourne Cricket Ground

4.5/5(1,626 reviews)

Australia’s premier stadium is a symbol of Melbourne’s sporting heritage, drawing thousands of fans to cricket, football, rugby and soccer matches and events.

St Kilda Beach
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St Kilda Beach

4.5/5(2,139 reviews)

From rollercoasters to rock bands, fine dining to fish and chips, St Kilda is the archetypal seaside resort.

SEA LIFE Melbourne
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SEA LIFE Melbourne

4.5/5(839 reviews)

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

Queen Victoria Market
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Queen Victoria Market

4.5/5(3,248 reviews)

Soak up the atmosphere and bag yourself a bargain at this popular Melbourne institution.

Bourke Street Mall
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Bourke Street Mall

4/5(6,112 reviews)

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

Royal Botanic Gardens
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Royal Botanic Gardens

4.5/5(1,908 reviews)

Find a leafy haven or attend an educational workshop amid the magnificent array of exotic and native flora at one of the world’s finest botanic gardens.

Top activities in Melbourne

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.

Melbourne Zoo Tickets
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Melbourne Zoo Tickets

AU$38

You won’t believe how many animals there are at Melbourne Zoo. Over 320 species from around the world can be found in the beautiful natural setting just five minutes from the city centre. There's always something new to enjoy.

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$113

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.

The Great Ocean Road and Beyond - 4 day Melbourne - Adelaide
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The Great Ocean Road and Beyond - 4 day Melbourne - Adelaide

AU$1,632

Itinerary Day 1: Melbourne - Port Campbell Stop At: The Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Road, Torquay, Victoria 3231 Australia The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243-kilometre stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford.

Reviews of Melbourne

4.5

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 5.681948096490225%
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1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Dec. 2019

Love Melbourne

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Dec. 2019

Great place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Dec. 2019

I love Melbourne, I don't get here very often. This trip was only for 1 day but I'm planning on coming for a few days

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Dec. 2019

I always live visiting Melbourne! There is always so much to see and do! Great food! Great transport options! The building are beautiful! It’s great!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Dec. 2019

We love the atmosphere in Melb at Xmas time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Dec. 2019

love it love the parks

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Australian Open Tickets & Things to Do in Melbourne
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Australian Open Tickets & Things to Do in Melbourne

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