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Melbourne Central Business DistrictMelbourne

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.

Top hotels in Melbourne Central Business District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
5 out of 5
One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
NZ$234
per night
1 Apr. - 2 Apr.

This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located on the riverwalk, steps away from Yarra Riverfront, Eureka Tower and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Arts Centre ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3,461 reviews)

"we liked everything, our room was beautiful. located in the best place"…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

The Langham, Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
NZ$83
per night
5 Apr. - 6 Apr.

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this spa hotel is steps away from Collins Street and Regent Theatre. Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Lane are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6,017 reviews)

"It was conveniently located and provided a good sized family room for the three of us travelling together and was well priced. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
NZ$81
per night
6 Apr. - 7 Apr.

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central and Queen Victoria Market. Bourke ...

4.2/5Excellent! (12,871 reviews)

"It was nice and clean and comfortable. Front staff were friendly. Pretty decent price for a hotel with 24/7 checkin."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
NZ$99
per night
12 Apr. - 13 Apr.

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! (5,673 reviews)

"Good - In the heart of the 'action'. Could improve - entrance hall appeared faded."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
5 out of 5
123 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
NZ$275
per night
2 Apr. - 3 Apr.

This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps away from Collins Street, Flinders Lane and Regent Theatre. Federation Square ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,247 reviews)

"A high quality facility in the luxury shopping strip of Melbourne CBD"…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020

Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yarra Riverfront and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,718 reviews)

"The rooms have obviously been revamped. They were modern, plenty of space and very clean. The views were amazing"…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020

Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Popular activities in Melbourne Central Business District

Princess Theatre
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Princess Theatre

4.5/5(637 reviews)

After more than 150 years at the heart of Melbourne cultural life, this spectacular and much-loved theatre continues to charm. 

SEA LIFE Melbourne
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SEA LIFE Melbourne

4.5/5(993 reviews)

A unique focus on marine life in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic makes for a wonderful viewing experience.

Bourke Street Mall
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Bourke Street Mall

4/5(7,084 reviews)

Melbourne's shopping district is home to big department stores and intimate, chic boutiques, all housed in beautifully preserved historical buildings.

Top activities in Melbourne Central Business District

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$141
Per adult
Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour
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Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$124
Per adult
Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$23
Per adult
Yarra Valley Small-Group Wine Tour from Melbourne
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Yarra Valley Small-Group Wine Tour from Melbourne

98% of travellers recommend
NZ$146
Per adult
Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

NZ$37
Per adult
Skip the Line: SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Admission Ticket