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Melbourne
Travel Guide

Southbank featuring a high-rise building, a city and a bridge

This stylish city fuses contemporary design with an elegantly preserved past. Soak up the future and the past in this relaxed capital of style.

Melbourne is a wonderful destination for the cultured traveller, with its mix of architecture, its chic coffee culture, and its love for the best in art, fashion and food. It effortlessly combines a respect and reverence for the past with a dynamic aesthetic.

The city's famous trams roll serenely down Bourke Street Mall, passing modern shops, gracefully housed in perfectly preserved buildings. Collins Street continues the melding of styles, with cutting-edge modern buildings mixed among the art deco hotels and the Victorian-era churches.

Continuing through Federation Square, the charming Yarra River compliments St Paul's Cathedral and nearby Flinders Street Station, which contrast with the polished design of the newer additions to the streetscape. The popular Australian Centre for the Moving Image tells the history of Australia's relationship with television and film, through the use of the best in current technology.

Southbank is to be found on the other side of the river, and has a rich selection of bars and restaurants. It’s also home to the Eureka Tower, where a trip up to Skydeck 88 will reward you with panoramic views across the rooftops and many parks of Melbourne. The excellent National Gallery of Victoria is also to be found in Southbank, along with the Royal Botanic Gardens.

The suburbs also have a lot to offer, as a trip on a tram to the eateries and espresso bars of 'Little Italy' on Lygon Street in Carlton will prove. The Melbourne Museum also offers a cultural reason to see this part of the city.

The glorious sunshine of Australia demands a trip to the beach, and seaside St Kilda is the place to go! When you've had your fill of sea and sand, take a walk through the tasteful vintage boutiques and cake shops, and follow that up with the hair-raising amusements at Luna Park. An overnight stay in the suburb, followed by an early-morning stroll along the coast to the colourful 'bathing boxes' of Brighton Beach, is recommended.

The style and grace of Melbourne charms the visitor, and the relaxed atmosphere makes it a very easy place to fall in love with.

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Where to stay in Melbourne

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is NZ$120 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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! (5,909 reviews)
"Staff were so friendly and helpful. The included breakfast was delightful and the bed was really comfortable. I also loved the pool"

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is NZ$108 per night from 1 Jun. to 1 Jun.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central and Queen Victoria Market. Crown Casino ...
4.3/5Excellent! (4,010 reviews)
"This property is always great apart from WIFI didn't work this time and my must-have essential - a hairdryer - probably below par that didn't really do the job. All in all awesome team members and it's an exceptional hotel :-)"

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is NZ$139 per night from 12 May to 12 May
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,025 reviews)
"This is an outstanding hotel for us. We had the best time in the hotel so close to everything. As elderly people we really love the wonder places to eat in Melbourne. An amazing place to buy some beautiful clothes!"

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

The Victoria Hotel 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.
Quest NewQuay
Quest NewQuay
4 out of 5
26 Caravel Lane, Docklands, VIC
The price is NZ$204 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The District Docklands, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel ...
4.4/5Excellent! (231 reviews)
"Great location great hotel"

Reviewed on 31 Mar. 2021

Quest NewQuay
Oaks Melbourne Southbank Suites
Oaks Melbourne Southbank Suites
4 out of 5
57-61 City Road, Southbank, VIC
The price is NZ$171 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is steps away from Eureka Skydeck 88, Yarra Riverfront and Eureka Tower. Melbourne Arts Centre ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,361 reviews)
"Location was excellent Coffee machine was not working on our 5night stay"

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

Oaks Melbourne Southbank Suites
Art Series - The Olsen
Art Series - The Olsen
5 out of 5
637-641 Chapel Street, South Yarra, VIC
The price is NZ$225 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in South Yarra, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chapel Street and Jam Factory. Alfred Hospital and Royal Botanic Gardens are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,788 reviews)
"Beautiful apartment in a lovely part of town, hah though my view each morning was of the builders in the development opposite! Unfortunately all of the cooking facilities/ equipment and much of what makes a self service apartment had been removed and had to be individually requested( no idea how ..."

Reviewed on 7 Mar. 2021

Art Series - The Olsen
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.

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28 May 2020

Love the city shopping everyday

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 May 2020

I love Melbourne, so diverse

4/5 - Good

Deb

22 May 2020

Melbournians are remaining patient and respectful of distancing during the virus.

4/5 - Good

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17 May 2020

Love Melbourne

4/5 - Good

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14 May 2020

Nice and quiet for me during the coronavirus lockdown. Collins Street was surprisingly safe. Melbourne has always been a livable City.

4/5 - Good

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4 May 2020

it would be an alright city if you got rid of Queen Victoria in the first place years ago.

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