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CarltonMelbourne

Take an inspiring journey through this exciting suburb, which features gorgeous parklands, heritage architecture and a supreme coffee culture along vibrant Lygon Street.

Spend a few days experiencing eclectic Carlton, which seamlessly blends heritage sights with youth-oriented culture. Located just north of Melbourne's central business district, this suburb is an easy and entertaining addition to any Melbourne sightseeing itinerary.

Begin your Carlton journey in its beating heart, the eclectic Lygon Street. Grab a morning coffee and a delectable pastry at Brunetti’s, a large-scale Italian cafe. The area's student population, owing to the neighbouring university, has supported a growing market of trendy book stores, artisanal shops and niche cafés along the main strip.

Walk east through streets lined with Victorian terrace cottages to the Carlton Gardens, one of Melbourne's finest inner-city parklands. Take the kids to the playground or picnic under sprawling Moreton Bay figs. In the gardens' centre, the huge Royal Exhibition Building cuts a photogenic figure. Next door, the Melbourne Museum, with its ultra-modern design, houses a range of entertaining and educational exhibits.

Venture to Carlton north to explore shady residential streets. Both Nicholson Street and Rathdowne Street feature charming “villages"; collections of intimate coffee houses, furniture stores and convenience shops.

Carlton's west is dominated by the massive Royal Park, a 72-hectare (181-acre) stretch of lawns, bushland and sporting fields. Take the kids to the Melbourne Zoo, which houses a collection of animals, birds and insects in the park's centre.

At dinner time, follow the crowds back to Lygon Street. Thanks to the suburb's rich Mediterranean heritage, this street features boundless options for Italian dining. Choose from excellent sit-down meals to late-night takeaway pizza. Other dining options include Vietnamese soups, Indian cuisine, French bistro-style meals and Turkish bakeries.

After a hearty meal, take a walk with ice cream or a frozen yoghurt treat; the street remains lively until well after dinner. The Nova Cinema is a great place to sit and relax after your meal, with cheap tickets to a range of art house movies.

Get into Carlton and navigate the suburb using efficient tram, bus or train services from most areas of the city.


Popular places to visit in Carlton

Carlton Gardens
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Carlton Gardens

4.5/5(27 reviews)

These charming gardens and antique buildings are an ideal spot to relax within a gentle walking distance of the city.

Royal Exhibition Building
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Royal Exhibition Building

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Explore the exhibits at Royal Exhibition Building, a favorite museum in Melbourne. Experience the entertainment choices and acclaimed art scene in this vibrant area.

Lygon Street
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Lygon Street

5/5(4 reviews)

This boulevard of excellent restaurants, cafés, gelati bars and delicatessens is the heart of Melbourne’s Italian community.

Melbourne Central
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Melbourne Central

4.5/5(501 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Melbourne Central, a favorite shopping spot in Melbourne. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed theater scene in this vibrant area.

Rod Laver Arena
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Rod Laver Arena

4.5/5(96 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(27 reviews)

Considered by some to be Melbourne's most spectacular landmark, this majestic theater has been entertaining audiences since it opened more than 150 years ago.

Top things to do in Carlton

Mornington Peninsula small group day tour
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Mornington Peninsula small group day tour

¥11,549
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Wilsons Promontory National Park Full Day Trip
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Wilsons Promontory National Park Full Day Trip

¥10,059
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
3-Day Nature Adventure from Melbourne to Adelaide
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3-Day Nature Adventure from Melbourne to Adelaide

¥117,617
Per adult
3-Day Great Ocean Road & Grampians National Park Tour
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3-Day Great Ocean Road & Grampians National Park Tour

¥114,930
Per adult
Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

¥1,863
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Virtual Reality Gaming Experience in Melbourne
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Virtual Reality Gaming Experience in Melbourne

¥3,424
Per adult

Top Hotels in Carlton

Best Western Plus Travel Inn Hotel
Best Western Plus Travel Inn Hotel
4 out of 5
Cnr Grattan and Drummond Streets, Carlton, VIC
The price is ¥8,928 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Lygon Street and University of Melbourne. Royal Exhibition Building ...

4.1/5Very Good! (996 reviews)

"Great convenient location. quiet. parking. had everything I needed for my stay. one night I came back about 9.30pm & doors were locked & I had to phone the night staff to get in - initially concerned as I am single female & didn't relish standing too long outside in cold & dark. but she came immediately ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Best Western Plus Travel Inn Hotel
Clocktower Apartment Hotel
Clocktower Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
255 Drummond Street, Carlton, VIC

Located in Carlton, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lygon Street, University of Melbourne, and Ian Potter Museum of Art. Royal Exhibition Building ...

3.8/5Good! (76 reviews)

"Very friendly and helpful staff. Extremely quiet. Very clean and comfortable with quality appliances. Great location. In the heart of Lygon Street entertainment with restaurants, cafes, shops, and Cinema Nova a 2 minute walk away."…"

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Clocktower Apartment Hotel
Zagame's House
Zagame's House
4.5 out of 5
66 Lygon Street, Carlton, VIC
The price is ¥9,094 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Located in Carlton, this luxury hotel is steps from Lygon Street and Royal Exhibition Building. Melbourne Museum and St. Vincent's Hospital are also within 15 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (93 reviews)

"The foyer / reception is absolutely stunning and the room's designer finishes are gorgeous. Big bathroom facilities, comfortable bed and beautiful aesthetic."…"

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Zagame's House
Melbourne Carlton Central Apartment Hotel
Melbourne Carlton Central Apartment Hotel
3 out of 5
2-9 Finlay Place, Carlton, VIC
The price is ¥7,508 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 25

Located in Carlton, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lygon Street and Royal Exhibition Building. University of Melbourne and Melbourne Museum are ...

4/5Very Good! (523 reviews)

"Quiet and peaceful, right in the middle of the restaurant district. easy access to the CBD. Excellent location for a visit to Melbourne. I will definitely stay there again"…"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Melbourne Carlton Central Apartment Hotel
Rydges on Swanston - Melbourne
Rydges on Swanston - Melbourne
4 out of 5
701 Swanston Street, Carlton, VIC
The price is ¥7,555 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4

Located in Carlton, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Melbourne and RMIT University. Royal Melbourne Hospital and Melbourne Museum are also ...

3.8/5Good! (992 reviews)

"Spacious room, good bed. Tram stop adjacent to hotel. Breakfast was a letdown only average if that."…"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020

Rydges on Swanston - Melbourne
Plum Carlton Serviced Apartments
Plum Carlton Serviced Apartments
3 out of 5
528 Swanston Street, Carlton, VIC
The price is ¥5,436 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Located in Carlton, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market, and RMIT University. Royal Exhibition Building ...

3.7/5Good! (584 reviews)

"On arrival the staff were very helpful. Unfortunately the 1brm apartment i was given lacked any visual appeal and had a strange aroma in it. After these initial impressions it was noticed the tv was prehistoric and did not even have a hdmi port ans was fes digital tv through a box. In addition the ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020

Plum Carlton Serviced Apartments
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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