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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.

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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!(20,206 area reviews)

Melbourne Central Business District

Top hotels in Melbourne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
5 out of 5
One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
AU$230
per night
2 Apr. - 3 Apr.

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! (3,466 reviews)

"we liked everything, our room was beautiful. located in the best place"…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

The Langham, Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$101
per night
7 Apr. - 8 Apr.

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! (6,019 reviews)

"It was conveniently located and provided a good sized family room for the three of us travelling together and was well priced. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
AU$88
per night
2 Apr. - 3 Apr.

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! (12,876 reviews)

"Despite arriving as the COVID-19 epidemic was really ramping up, the staff was very helpful and upbeat. The only reason we gave 4 stars for the facility is because the internet connection in the room was poor. We were given the password for the lobby connection which worked well but was less convenient ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2020

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

Popular activities in Melbourne

Rod Laver Arena
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Rod Laver Arena

4.5/5(1,251 reviews)

Take a tour of Melbourne Park’s primary tennis court, come here to witness an exciting Australian Open tennis match or see a major pop concert.

Melbourne Cricket Ground
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Melbourne Cricket Ground

4.5/5(1,819 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.

Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach

4.5/5(636 reviews)

Take time out from the pulse of the city to relax in the calm waters of one of Melbourne’s most picturesque beaches.

Princess Theatre
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Princess Theatre

4.5/5(637 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(993 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(3,696 reviews)

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

Top activities in Melbourne

Yarra Valley Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight
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Yarra Valley Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

96% of travellers recommend
AU$365
Per adult
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne Tickets
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne Tickets

80% of travellers recommend
AU$33
Per adult
Melbourne City Highlights Tour by Gray Line
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Melbourne City Highlights Tour by Gray Line

92% of travellers recommend
AU$101
Per adult
3 hour Dolphin & Seal Snorkel Cruise
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3 hour Dolphin & Seal Snorkel Cruise

AU$65
Per adult
Yarra Valley Winery Tour from Melbourne with Vineyard Lunch
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Yarra Valley Winery Tour from Melbourne with Vineyard Lunch

100% of travellers recommend
AU$135
Per adult
Penguin Express tour with Premium Viewing by Gray Line
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Penguin Express tour with Premium Viewing by Gray Line

90% of travellers recommend
AU$170
Per adult

Reviews of Melbourne

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5708
5 - Excellent 54.78452826566849%
4 - Good
4049
4 - Good 38.86169498032441%
3 - Okay
584
3 - Okay 5.6051444476437275%
2 - Disappointing
51
2 - Disappointing 0.489490354160668%
1 - Terrible
27
1 - Terrible 0.2591419522027066%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Mar. 2020

Melbourne is well set out and easy to find all conveniences .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Mar. 2020

I wish I had more time...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Mar. 2020

I live in melbourne.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Mar. 2020

Love historic buildings and walk along the river.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Mar. 2020

Didn’t go into the city stayed in the suburbs

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

It is the most liveable city

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