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Bourke Street Mall

Melbourne’s premier retail precinct is filled with boutiques and big department stores set in charming heritage-listed arcades.

Bourke Street Mall sits at the heart of downtown Melbourne between Swanston and Elizabeth streets. It’s one of the city’s premier shopping destinations. The mall is entirely paved and is only open to pedestrians and trams, making it a prime location for street performers.

Set aside a day to explore the incredible range of stores in Bourke Street Mall. If you need help planning your day, stop by the Melbourne Visitor Booth in the mall to pick up maps and information on what’s in the area.

Want to give your wardrobe a Melbourne makeover? You’ll have no end of choices here, with stores ranging from high-end fashion to discount clothing shops . Find major brands and department stores, including David Jones and Myer, and explore the arcades and smaller shopping centers to find quirkier boutiques and independent designers.

The Royal Arcade and Melbourne General Post Office are worth visiting, even for non-shoppers. These 19th-century buildings are heritage listed, have fabulous old-world interiors, and are filled with boutique stores and eateries. Order an espresso from a café outside the Melbourne General Post Office and enjoy the passing parade of shoppers, office workers and sightseers.

The absence of cars has meant that Bourke Street Mall has become a favorite place for Melbourne’s street performers. The intense demand for performance spots means that the quality of entertainment is first class, every day of the week. So, find a good vantage point and settle in for an hour or two; the mall is one of Melbourne’s “entertainment bargains.”

Bourke Street Mall is just a 10-minute walk from Flinders Street Station, Melbourne’s main train terminal. Trams run the length of the street, so be sure to listen for the bells that warn of when these vehicles are approaching.

It's worth giving yourself plenty of time at Bourke Street Mall. Here are the top things to do:

Want to discover this famed attraction is an unique and memorable way? Then you must try out a Melbourne Experience Walking Tour.

For more things to do, have a look at our Melbourne things to do page.


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The Victoria Hotel Melbourne ¥7,577
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Collins Street and Regent Theatre. Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Lane are also within 5 minutes. Parliament Station is 8 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 9 minutes.

    The Langham, Melbourne ¥18,943
    The Langham, Melbourne

    The Langham, Melbourne

    One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located on a river, steps from Southbank Promenade, Eureka Tower, and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria are also within 10 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 17 minutes.

      Mercure Welcome Melbourne ¥7,581
      Mercure Welcome Melbourne

      Mercure Welcome Melbourne

      265 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Emporium Melbourne and Bourke Street Mall. Melbourne Central and Her Majesty's Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Melbourne Central Station is 6 minutes by foot and Flinders Street Station is 9 minutes.

        Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne ¥8,072
        Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

        Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

        328 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Federation Square, National Gallery of Victoria, and Melbourne Central. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 1 mi (2 km). Flinders Street Station is only a 4-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 13 minutes.

          Stamford Plaza Melbourne ¥13,869
          Stamford Plaza Melbourne

          Stamford Plaza Melbourne

          111 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Regent Theatre, Princess Theatre, and Bourke Street Mall. Melbourne Central and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 1 mi (2 km). Parliament Station is 5 minutes by foot and Flinders Street Station is 10 minutes.

            Pegasus Apart'Hotel ¥9,201
            Pegasus Apart'Hotel

            Pegasus Apart'Hotel

            206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, and Melbourne Central. Emporium Melbourne and Festival Hall are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 3-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.

              Experience Bella Hotel Apartments ¥7,131
              Experience Bella Hotel Apartments

              Experience Bella Hotel Apartments

              250 City Road, Southbank, VIC
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Southbank Promenade, Eureka Skydeck 88, and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. South Melbourne Market and SEA LIFE Melbourne are also within 15 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 16 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 18 minutes.

                ibis Melbourne Central ¥7,374
                ibis Melbourne Central

                ibis Melbourne Central

                399 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Melbourne Central, Bourke Street Mall, and Queen Victoria Market. SEA LIFE Melbourne and Marvel Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Melbourne Central Station is only a 5-minute walk and Flagstaff Station is 6 minutes.