Melbourne Central Business DistrictMelbourne

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.

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Top hotels in Melbourne Central Business District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
NZ$120
per night
11 Nov. - 12 Nov.

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

4.3/5Excellent! (5,608 reviews)

"Everything is great! Especially, the location is better."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2019

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
5 out of 5
One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
NZ$301
per night
3 Nov. - 4 Nov.

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (3,265 reviews)

"Fantastic service and great amenities. Awesome bed and pillows"…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2019

The Langham, Melbourne
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands
4 out of 5
66 Aurora Lane, Docklands, VIC
NZ$104
per night
27 Oct. - 28 Oct.

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marvel Stadium and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. DFO South ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,339 reviews)

"the aircon didnt work when I arrived, was told the switch was dodgey"…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2019

Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands
Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
4.5 out of 5
250 City Road, Southbank, VIC
NZ$113
per night
28 Oct. - 29 Oct.

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Southbank Promenade, Eureka Skydeck 88 and Melbourne ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,400 reviews)

"This was a nice stay. Room was clean and well furnished. Checking in was easy and staff were friendly. Parking is through a car elevator, I had a Nissan Xtrail it was it was tight but OK to use. I would definitely stay here again, it was a 5 minute walk to Crown, excellent location."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2019

Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
NZ$134
per night
27 Oct. - 28 Oct.

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! (5,295 reviews)

"Good location for shopping and city transportation."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2019

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
NZ$215
per night
27 Oct. - 28 Oct.

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

4.2/5Excellent! (2,560 reviews)

"Great location, currently going through significant renovations"…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2019

Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Popular activities in Melbourne Central Business District

SEA LIFE Melbourne
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SEA LIFE Melbourne

4.5/5(744 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(5,415 reviews)

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

Eureka Tower
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Eureka Tower

4.5/5(472 reviews)

This sky-high tower demands attention on the Melbourne horizon, and offers panoramic views from the highest observation platform in the Southern Hemisphere.

Top activities in Melbourne Central Business District

Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour
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Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour

NZ$128

Miles of rugged beaches, wave-carved rock formations, and dense rainforest await on this full-day adventure along Australia's most famous scenic highway. Cruise along the Great Ocean Road to see icons like the 12 Apostles, stroll beneath towering trees to spot koalas and lorikeets, and linger over lunch in seaside Apollo Bay.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Moonlit Sanctuary & Seal Rocks Day Tour
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Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Moonlit Sanctuary & Seal Rocks Day Tour

NZ$150

Departing Melbourne at around midday, we journey to the city’s most colourful attraction – the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes – for an opportunity to visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks.

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
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Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

NZ$156

Enjoy an enchanting dinner cruise on Melbourne's Yarra River, while indulging a 4-course meal prepared by a gourmet chef. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the evening atmosphere as you dine and cruise under the stars. Arrive at the wharf and hop aboard your dinner cruise.

Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Optional Attractions
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Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Optional Attractions

NZ$38

Discover the very best of Melbourne on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24 or 48 hour pass, explore the city to your own schedule, seeing all of the major landmarks along the way.

Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

NZ$24

Experience Melbourne from the Eureka Skydeck 88 and catch a bird's-eye view of the city skyline and beyond. Upgrade to the Edge experience for a unique chance to stand on a switch-operated glass cube that slides out from the building with you inside.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
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Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

NZ$39

Towering 120 meters or equivalent to 40 stories high over the Docklands, the Melbourne Star, the only giant observation wheel in the Southern Hemisphere, joining London Eye, Singapore Flyer and Las Vegas High Roller. Take flight and discover a truly unique experience.

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Hot Air Balloon Day Aerial Adventures & Activities
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