Melbourne

Travel Guide
Brighton Beach featuring a city, a sunset and a beach
Australia’s capital of style artfully blends the elegance and grace of yesteryear with the bold new world of modern design and culture.

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.

Where to stay in Melbourne

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The price is $71 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,539 reviews)
"This hotel has s great location and a cool indoor pool and sauna. It was a perfect place to land in Melbourne."

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The price is $73 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 4
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly motel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,192 reviews)
"Was okay but good location."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands
Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands
4 out of 5
443 Docklands Drive, Docklands, VIC, 3008
The price is $114 per night from Jul 20 to Jul 21
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (915 reviews)
"Very nice!"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands
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.
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
4.5 out of 5
480 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The price is $108 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 4.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
3.7/5 Good! (3,253 reviews)
"Stayed for 5 nights , room was fine , quite alot of noise in the mornings early hours with truck unloading and banging . Blinds had stains and were quite dirty , bathrooms could do with a good scrub. Staff very helpful and it's good that receptions open 24 hours."

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
4 out of 5
60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The price is $156 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3,689 reviews)
"Great central position at reasonable price. Comfy bed"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
4.5 out of 5
350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The price is $128 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (3,365 reviews)
"Clean, comfortable bedding and modern decor. Train station across the road is handy."

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
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.

Getting around Melbourne

Renting a car in Melbourne isn’t usually necessary, but you might like to have one for daytrips beyond the city boundaries, as Australia’s vast rural areas are often hard to access any other way. Explore the city itself using its extensive public transportation system, or rent a bike to travel at your own pace. Buy a reloadable myki card to pay for all your journeys on the bus, tram and train networks. Visit the Department of Transport (DOT) website. Browse Melbourne rental cars.

Best time to visit

Spring in Melbourne runs from September to November, while fall runs from March to May. Both seasons are great times to visit Melbourne. Unlike some other Australian destinations, the city does get fairly cool in the winter, which is between June and August. The summer months, December to February, don’t get overly hot, with highs of around 77 F (25 C). However, this is by far the busiest time of year.

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