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Melbourne
Travel Guide

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.

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Where to stay in Melbourne

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$96 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
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! (3,887 reviews)
"Great value for money"

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2021

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$114 per night from 29 Jun. to 29 Jun.
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! (5,930 reviews)
"Beaut place, lovely breakfast, all modern, very helpful staff, only gripe was delays for our room to be made up, had sign on door early morning, had to contact reception at 4pm in the afternoon to request again- literally didn't really impact our stay though! We will be back for sure :)"

Reviewed on 24 May 2021

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne
Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne
4 out of 5
131-137 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$103 per night from 25 Jul. to 25 Jul.
This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Comedy Theatre and Her Majesty's Theatre. Princess Theatre and ...
3.9/5Good! (986 reviews)
"easy to get too, not clear about breakfast and they sent the wrong food"

Reviewed on 29 May 2021

Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne
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Bacchus Marsh Villa Unit 5
Bacchus Marsh Villa Unit 5
65 Grey Street, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
The price is AU$199 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
This family-friendly Bacchus Marsh villa is located in Darley, within 3 mi (5 km) of Bacchus Marsh Council Trench Geological Reserve and Lerderderg Track Trailhead. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Has Everything You Need!
"Great accomodation. Will definitely be staying again."

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2021

Bacchus Marsh Villa Unit 5
Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
4.5 out of 5
137 Manby Road, Narbethong, VIC
Situated in a national park, this luxury cabin is within 12 mi (20 km) of Marysville & District Historical Society, Marysville Golf Club and Buxton Trout & Salmon ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
"A perfect getaway with all you need to relax and enjoy your time of relaxation."

Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2019

Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
Boyd Baker House Bacchus Marsh
Boyd Baker House Bacchus Marsh
305-307 Long Forest Rd, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Located in Long Forest, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve and within 6 miles (10 km) of Yangardook Bushland Reserve ...
Boyd Baker House Bacchus Marsh
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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