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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.

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Where to stay in Melbourne

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
Free Cancellation
The price is $70 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central, and Queen Victoria Market. Crown ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,890 reviews)
"Great value for money"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $83 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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! (5,931 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 May 24, 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 $71 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Comedy Theatre and Her Majesty's Theatre. Princess Theatre and Melbourne ...
3.9/5Good! (986 reviews)
"easy to get too, not clear about breakfast and they sent the wrong food"

Reviewed on May 29, 2021

Hotel Grand Chancellor 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.
Bacchus Marsh Villa Unit 5
Bacchus Marsh Villa Unit 5
Bacchus Marsh, VIC
The price is $83 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
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 Jun 11, 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 & ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
"A perfect getaway with all you need to relax and enjoy your time of relaxation."

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2019

Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
Boyd Baker House Bacchus Marsh
Boyd Baker House Bacchus Marsh
Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Located in Long Forest, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve and within 6 mi (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.

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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