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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
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
4.5 out of 5
480 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is NZ$111 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 26 Jun. 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 NZ$115 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (3,484 reviews)

"Everything was good and up to expectation it couldn’t be any better"…"

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 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 NZ$115 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! (5,829 reviews)

"Great place, friendly staff and a great location. We will come back."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2020

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is NZ$81 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (5,121 reviews)

"Very clean and tidy accomondation and very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent location in the heart of Melbourne"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2020

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
4.5 out of 5
350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is NZ$122 per night

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Hardware Lane and Queen Victoria Market. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,213 reviews)

"Nice and clean Good walking distance to city and restaurant Onsite parking reasonable price per day"…"

Reviewed on 21 May 2020

Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
5 out of 5
27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is NZ$328 per night

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Parliament House of Victoria and Princess Theatre. Royal Exhibition ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (987 reviews)

"The staffs are amazing .They are so polite and so welcoming . the room is spotless and the facilities are so great"…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

Sheraton Melbourne Hotel

Popular places to visit in Melbourne Central Business District

Princess Theatre
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Princess Theatre

4.5/5(638 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(7,094 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

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
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Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

NZ$139
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

NZ$27
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne
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Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne

NZ$101
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
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Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

NZ$19
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Tickets
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SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Tickets

NZ$42
Per adult
86% 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

NZ$1,307
Per adult

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