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MelbourneAustralia

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.

Melbourne Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Melbourne

Melbourne CBD which includes night scenes, a high-rise building and city views

Melbourne Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(20,262 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
Melbourne which includes a skyscraper, a river or creek and boating

Southbank

Are you interested in stunning river views, first-class casinos and popular shops? A visit to Southbank might be the perfect thing. You can also explore top sights like Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex and Melbourne Arts Centre.

Southbank
St Kilda featuring landscape views, a city and general coastal views

St Kilda

St Kilda is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like St Kilda Beach and Luna Park, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Melbourne.

St Kilda
Fitzroy Gardens which includes a park, heritage architecture and a house

Fitzroy

Gardens, bars and museums are some highlights of Fitzroy. Make a stop by Melbourne Museum or Brunswick Street while you're exploring.

Fitzroy
North Melbourne showing railway items and street scenes

North Melbourne

Noted for its restaurants and shopping, there's plenty to explore in North Melbourne. Top attractions like Queen Victoria Market and The Comic's Lounge are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Macaulay Station or Flemington Bridge Station to see more of the city.

North Melbourne
Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Carlton

Carlton is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens while you're in town.

Carlton

Top hotels in Melbourne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
4 out of 5
60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is NZ$116 per night from 24 Sep. to 25 Sep.

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! (3,491 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 4 Jul. 2020

Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
4.5 out of 5
350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is NZ$112 per night from 24 Sep. to 25 Sep.

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! (3,216 reviews)

"Staff were very helpful and polite. Very comfortable bed"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2020

Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
4.5 out of 5
480 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is NZ$108 per night from 24 Sep. to 25 Sep.

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

3.8/5Good! (3,088 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2020

Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel

Popular places to visit in Melbourne

Rod Laver Arena
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Rod Laver Arena

4.5/5(1,252 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(638 reviews)

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

Melbourne Cricket Ground
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Melbourne Cricket Ground

4.5/5(1,819 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.

Top activities in Melbourne

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
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Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

NZ$158
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne
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Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne

NZ$104
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Melbourne Airport Plaza Premium Lounge
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Melbourne Airport Plaza Premium Lounge

NZ$57
Per adult
Yarra Valley Small-Group Wine Tour from Melbourne
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Yarra Valley Small-Group Wine Tour from Melbourne

NZ$153
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Puffing Billy & Wineries Day Tour from Melbourne
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Puffing Billy & Wineries Day Tour from Melbourne

NZ$191
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Melbourne Airport Shuttle: Airport to Melbourne CBD One-Way
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Melbourne Airport Shuttle: Airport to Melbourne CBD One-Way

NZ$24
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Melbourne

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5724
5 - Excellent 54.75939921553621%
4 - Good
4063
4 - Good 38.869224146178134%
3 - Okay
588
3 - Okay 5.625179374342294%
2 - Disappointing
51
2 - Disappointing 0.48789821103989284%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.2582990529034727%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

17 May 2020

Love Melbourne

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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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