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Melbourne CBD

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.

The tree-lined streets of Melbourne’s Central Business District may be laid out on a grid, but there’s much more than meets the eye behind the façades of stunning heritage buildings and in the maze of graffiti-covered laneways.

Melbourne CBD is the city’s inner hub for nightlife, shopping, dining, sightseeing and entertainment. A good place to begin is the historic icon, Flinders Street Station. The train station’s Swanston Street intersection includes the stunning neo-Gothic St. Paul’s Cathedral, the cultural hub of Federation Square and a classic Australian corner pub.

Wake up with a fresh cup of Melbourne’s famous coffee from a café in the narrow Degraves Street. Try local delicacies and fresh produce at the historic Queen Victoria Market. Enjoy a shopper’s paradise in Bourke Street Mall or Melbourne Central. Upmarket designer stores can be found in northern Collins Street, while factory outlet stores line Spencer Street.

Take in some of Melbourne’s finest collections of art at the Southbank riverside arts precinct, which includes the imposing National Gallery of Victoria, the Arts Centre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, as well as a magnificent collection of cutting-edge theatre venues. Admire the ever-changing murals in nearby Hosier Lane or check out the latest in cinema at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Don’t miss seeing a musical at one of the CBD’s historic theatres. Have a pre-show dinner at one of the fine-dining restaurants dotted around the city or make your selection from the dining precincts along Hardware Lane, Meyers Place, Curtin House, the Southbank Promenade and Chinatown on Little Bourke Street.

Look over modern Melbourne from the dizzying skydeck of the Eureka Building or see penguins and crocodiles at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, on the banks of the Yarra River. Birrarung Marr, by the Yarra, offers a peaceful oasis of Wurundjeri Aboriginal heritage in the city.

Melbourne CBD is accessible via major train, tram and bus lines and there are plenty of parking spaces. Explore on foot or catch free trams within the central network. Chat to the staff at the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square to find out what festivals and events are on during your visit.


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Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

300 Spencer Street, Melbourne
3.9
of 5, from 1,526 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in The Real Heart of Melbourne, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens and Etihad Stadium. Melbourne Aquarium and Melbourne Central are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$181
The Hotel Windsor

The Hotel Windsor

111 Spring Street, Melbourne
4.3
of 5, from 1,095 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Princess Theatre, Bourke Street Mall, and Melbourne Museum. Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne Central are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$172
Pan Pacific Melbourne

Pan Pacific Melbourne

2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
4.5
of 5, from 821 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in The Real Heart of Melbourne, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Etihad Stadium. Melbourne Aquarium and Eureka Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Homy Apartments Melbourne

Homy Apartments Melbourne

45 Clarke Street, Southbank
3.3
of 5, from 7 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in The Real Heart of Melbourne, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Arts Centre, and Federation Square. Royal Botanic Gardens is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.

$94
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands

Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands

66 Aurora Lane, Docklands
4.1
of 5, from 1,121 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in The Real Heart of Melbourne, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Etihad Stadium and Melbourne Aquarium. Bourke Street Mall and Eureka Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$119
Oaks On Market

Oaks On Market

60 Market Street, Melbourne
4.1
of 5, from 602 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in The Real Heart of Melbourne, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Rialto Towers and Melbourne Aquarium. Bourke Street Mall and Eureka Tower are also within 15 minutes.

$105
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

328 Flinders Street, Melbourne
3.9
of 5, from 859 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the very heart of the city, the hotel is walking distance to world class shopping, famous theatres, major sporting venues, vibrant entertainment, exceptional restaurants, Crown Casino, and the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.

$91
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank

Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank

Cnr Southgate Ave / Riverside Quay, Southbank
4.1
of 5, from 1,140 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Set within the Southbank shopping/business complex and 200 meters (656 feet) from Yarra River, this modern-style hotel is just across Princes Bridge from the city center and within walking distance of Eureka Skydeck 88. The Victorian Arts Centre, Crown Casino, and Melbourne Cricket Ground are nearby.

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