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MelbourneAustralia

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

Melbourne CBD featuring night scenes, city views and a high rise building

Melbourne Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,080 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Melbourne Central Business District. Check out top attractions like Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Central, and jump on the metro at Melbourne Central Station or Flagstaff Station to see more of the city.

Melbourne Central Business District
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Chinatown

Travelers to Chinatown praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Her Majesty's Theatre and Comedy Theatre.

Chinatown
Richmond

Richmond North

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

While you're in Richmond North, take in top sights like Church Street or Bridge Road, and hop on the metro to see more the city at West Richmond Station or North Richmond Station.

Richmond North
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Saint Kilda South

If you're spending some time in Saint Kilda South, St Kilda Beach and Luna Park are top sights worth seeing.

Saint Kilda South
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Collingwood North

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Collingwood North and surrounding area, you can visit Melbourne Museum and Princess Theatre.

Collingwood North
Port Melbourne - sunrise
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Fishermans Bend

Notable for its architecture, shopping, and art galleries, Fishermans Bend is a sought-after destination for many travelers visiting Melbourne. If you want to see some sights in the area, check out Spirit of Tasmania Ferry Terminal or Marvel Stadium.

Fishermans Bend

Top Hotels in Melbourne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
4.5 out of 5
480 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is $73 per night

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Street, SEA LIFE Melbourne, and Yarra Riverfront. ...

3.7/5Good! (3,081 reviews)

"Very nice relaxing to stay at Oaks Melbourne on Collins hotel"…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
4 out of 5
60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is $75 per night

This family-friendly Melbourne aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Collins Street, Yarra Riverfront, and Flinders Lane. SEA LIFE ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,485 reviews)

"Good location, handy having the restaurant and bar downstairs, and very reasonably priced. Clean room, and comfy bed. We were staying for 4 nights, the rooms were not serviced. No extra toilet paper in the bathroom, and no extra garbage bags for kitchen and bathroom. These are little things but can ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2020

Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is $124 per night

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! (5,832 reviews)

"This was one of the best Melbourne city stays I've had. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Room was clean and excellent value. We had a veiw of the city which was breathtaking. Highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Pegasus Apart'Hotel

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.

Popular places to visit in Melbourne

Melbourne Central
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Melbourne Central

4.5/5(501 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Melbourne Central, a favorite shopping spot in Melbourne. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed art scene in this vibrant area.

Rod Laver Arena
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Rod Laver Arena

4.5/5(96 reviews)

Take a tour of Melbourne Park’s primary tennis court, come here to witness an exciting Australian Open tennis match or see a major pop concert.

Princess Theatre
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Princess Theatre

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Considered by some to be Melbourne's most spectacular landmark, this majestic theater has been entertaining audiences since it opened more than 150 years ago.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

4.5/5(83 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre during your trip—a top convention center in Melbourne. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the shops in this family-friendly area.

Melbourne Cricket Ground
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Melbourne Cricket Ground

4.5/5(139 reviews)

Australia’s premier stadium is a symbol of Melbourne’s sporting heritage, drawing thousands of fans to cricket, football, rugby and soccer matches and events.

Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach

4.5/5(52 reviews)

Calm water, colorful huts and historic sea baths make this suburban beach a relaxing and stylish escape from Melbourne's inner-city bustle. 

Top things to do in Melbourne

Yarra Valley Winery Tour
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Yarra Valley Winery Tour

$90
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Laneways of Melbourne Walking Tour
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Laneways of Melbourne Walking Tour

$48
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles Tour from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles Tour from Melbourne

$93
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

$17
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Official Neighbours Tour with Exclusive Set Access
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Official Neighbours Tour with Exclusive Set Access

$66
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 7 people - Entire Vehicle
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Luxury Private Great Ocean Road Tour up to 7 people - Entire Vehicle

$844
Per adult

Reviews of Melbourne

4.5

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5/5 - Excellent

Two

Mar 29, 2020

Despite the closure of almost every attraction, we enjoyed long walks in the Docklands, along the Yarra River, in the many and beautiful parks, through the CBD and neighborhoods.

5/5 - Excellent

Randy

Mar 27, 2020

Some of the best Botanical Gardens and river walks in the country

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2020

There wasn't much to do if you didn't go to Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. Food and price were good at Crown Casino's restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

A lovely city. I definitely will visit again if I have a chance.

5/5 - Excellent

Jay

Feb 29, 2020

Vibrant city with lots to do and great variety of food.

3/5 - Okay

India

Feb 26, 2020

Melbourne reminds me of a smaller New York City, very busy, not very clean but has lots of walking and public transport.

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One of the cultural capitals of Australia, Melbourne has a rich musical heritage, especially in live-performance. The alleys, pubs and parks of Mel

One of the cultural capitals of Australia, Melbourne has a rich musical heritage, especially in live-performance. The alleys, pubs and parks of Mel
One of the cultural capitals of Australia, Melbourne has a rich musical heritage, especially in live-performance. The alleys, pubs and parks of Mel
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