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Melbourne
Travel Guide

Southbank featuring a high-rise building, a river or creek and a bridge

Australia’s capital of style artfully blends the elegance and grace of yesteryear with the bold new world of modern design and culture.

Melbourne is a city with one eye fixed on the past and another on the future. It’s the capital city of the state of Victoria and the country’s capital of style, where good food, coffee, fashion and art are revered.

Exploring the city center will immediately bring Melbourne’s fusion of new and old to light. Stroll down Collins Street to see Victorian-era churches, art deco hotels and daring post-modern structures. Close by is Bourke Street Mall, where trams trundle through a boulevard of heritage-listed buildings tastefully converted into modern shops.

At nearby Federation Square, this delightful collision of the past and present continues. Angular modern buildings stand in futuristic contrast to neighboring Flinders Street Station, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the timeless elegance of the Yarra River. While at “Fed Square,” visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to learn about the country’s history of film and television, and experiment with the latest digital technology.

Cross the river and explore Southbank’s restaurants and bars, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Then take the elevator to Skydeck 88 in the Eureka Tower for breathtaking views of the park-filled city.

Once you’ve explored the city center, jump aboard one of Melbourne’s iconic trams and explore the suburbs. Not far from downtown is Carlton, where you’ll find the Melbourne Museum, and the espresso bars and restaurants of “Little Italy” on Lygon Street.

Pack your towel and swimming costume and head to the seaside suburb of St. Kilda. After a dip in Port Phillip Bay, browse the suburb’s famous cake shops and vintage stores before heading to the bright lights and thrill rides of Luna Park. Stay overnight in one of St. Kilda’s boutique hotels then rise early for a sunrise walk along the coastline to the brightly colored “bathing boxes” of Brighton Beach. Have your photo taken by these heritage-listed structures, a perfect memento of this effortlessly stylish and most liveable of cities.

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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 CA $104 per night from May 25 to May 25
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! (5,912 reviews)
"Excellent value. Everything was super easy."

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is CA $85 per night from Jun 8 to Jun 8
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central, and Queen Victoria Market. Crown ...
4.3/5Excellent! (4,018 reviews)
"Wonderful customer service, provided me with a room away from noisy areas as per my request. Excellent value for money."

Reviewed on May 16, 2021

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne
Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne
4 out of 5
131-137 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is CA $88 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Comedy Theatre and Her Majesty's Theatre. Princess Theatre and Melbourne ...
3.9/5Good! (999 reviews)
"Great hotel, lovely for a weekend stay. Very friendly and helpful staff. Would happily stay again"

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Hotel Grand Chancellor 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.
Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
4.5 out of 5
137 Manby Road, Narbethong, VIC
Situated in a national park, this luxury cabin is within 12 mi (20 km) of Marysville & District Historical Society, Marysville Golf Club, and Buxton Trout & ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
"A perfect getaway with all you need to relax and enjoy your time of relaxation."

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2019

Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
Boyd Baker House Bacchus Marsh
Boyd Baker House Bacchus Marsh
Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Located in Long Forest, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve and within 6 mi (10 km) of Yangardook Bushland Reserve ...
Boyd Baker House Bacchus Marsh
Bacchus Marsh Villa  unit 5
Bacchus Marsh Villa unit 5
Bacchus Marsh, VIC
The price is CA $104 per night from May 18 to May 18
This family-friendly Bacchus Marsh villa is located in Darley, within 3 mi (5 km) of Bacchus Marsh Council Trench Geological Reserve and Lerderderg Track Trailhead. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Has Everything You Need!
"Great accomodation. Will definitely be staying again."

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Bacchus Marsh Villa unit 5
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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Reviews of Melbourne

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Apr 1, 2020

Great city to visit!

4/5 - Good

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Mar 13, 2020

The museum was amazing and we really enjoyed the Shrine of Remembrance.

4/5 - Good

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Mar 5, 2020

Very short visit. I would like to go again with a few more days to spend exploring. Interesting, exuberant city.

4/5 - Good

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Mar 5, 2020

We went on the great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour from Melbourne. It was breath taking. We also went on tourist tram and the Melbourne Star wheel.

4/5 - Good

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Feb 14, 2020

Cool Hippy City in Aus.

5/5 - Excellent

Morag

Feb 14, 2020

Melbourne is a busy young people city, full of cafe's and restaurants.

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