Melbourne is a city with one eye fixed on the past and another on the future. The capital city of the state of Victoria, it is known for its passion for food, coffee, fashion and art.
Stroll down Collins Street to see Victorian-era churches, art deco hotels and daring post-modern structures. Close by is Bourke Street Mall, where trams trundle through a boulevard of heritage-listed shops.
Meander through the scenic grounds and admire the exhibition hall at Carlton Gardens. At nearby Federation Square, the collision of past and present continues. Angular modern buildings stand in contrast to neighboring Flinders Street Station and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
While you are at “Fed Square,” visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to learn about film history and try out digital technology. Spot the friendly ghost at the Princess Theatre. Or relive ancient voyages at the Immigration Museum.
Cross the Yarra River to explore Southbank’s restaurants and bars, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Take the elevator to Skydeck 88 in the Eureka Tower for breathtaking views of the city.
Jump aboard one of Melbourne’s iconic trams to explore the suburbs. Not far from downtown is Carlton, where you’ll find the Melbourne Museum and the espresso bars of “Little Italy” on Lygon Street. Pack your swimming costume and head to the seaside suburb of St. Kilda. After a dip in Port Phillip Bay, browse the suburb’s famous cake shops and vintage stores before heading to the bright lights and thrill rides of Luna Park.
Stay overnight in one of St. Kilda’s boutique hotels then rise early for a sunrise walk along the coastline to the brightly colored “bathing boxes” of Brighton Beach. Have your photo taken beside these heritage-listed structures, a perfect memento of this stylish city.
Accommodation in Melbourne
As is to be expected from the state capital of Victoria, Melbourne offers an extensive range of hotels and other accommodation. You're guaranteed to find the ideal place amid the 197 Melbourne lodging options on Expedia's lodging guide.
The 140 Little Collins Apartment Hotel, at 140 Little Collins Street, and the Park Hyatt Melbourne, at 1 Parliament Square are just two of the premium accommodation options in Melbourne where you're guaranteed to find the most comfortable guest amenities and hotel features around. Other accommodations that previous guests recommend include the Apartments @ Docklands and the Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne, Flinders Street.
Another good option is to stay within walking distance of Federation Square and book a room at the 140 Little Collins Apartment Hotel, which is just 0.44878160437431325 away. Also popular is the Park Hyatt Melbourne, which is 0.973555492935568 from Federation Square.