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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

Top hotels in Melbourne

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$94 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central and Queen Victoria Market. Crown Casino ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,530 reviews)

"Nice Hotel value for money. And parking is reasonable and staff is friendly specially beard guy. Thank you.."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2021

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$189 per night from 29 Jan. to 30 Jan.

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

4.2/5Excellent! (1,174 reviews)

"The property is welcoming. There is someone to greet you. The restrictions explained in the way they would affect our stay. The room was clean and spacious. The bed so comfortable. The view was great."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan. 2021

Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
5 out of 5
27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$255 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Parliament House of Victoria and Princess Theatre. Royal Exhibition ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (992 reviews)

"Loved the room size and a great shower. When the hotel found out we had a birthday they sent up a treat and kids loved playing in the pool but it was a little crowded."…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec. 2020

Sheraton Melbourne 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 William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
4.5 out of 5
350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$127 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.

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! (3,221 reviews)

"Great location, excellent service by staff and a wonderful room with a view of the park."…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec. 2020

Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
WRAP on Southbank
WRAP on Southbank
4.5 out of 5
133 -139 City Road, Southbank, VIC
The price is AU$147 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Southbank Promenade and Eureka Skydeck 88. Crown Casino and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,300 reviews)

"The staff were so so lovely and welcoming. It is in a perfect spot and the room was clean. Will stay here again. Thanks!"…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

WRAP on Southbank
Mantra Southbank Melbourne
Mantra Southbank Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
31 City Road, Southbank, VIC
The price is AU$159 per night from 21 Feb. to 22 Feb.

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! (1,733 reviews)

"Friendly accommodating staff. Rooms are spacious, comfortable and provide all you need."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2021

Mantra Southbank Melbourne
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.

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Reviews of Melbourne

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Top Destination

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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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