Melbourne Central Business DistrictMelbourne

Explore the magnificent Southbank riverfront, experience the city’s cultural charms in the arts precinct and see a glimpse of colonial history in central Melbourne.

The tree-lined streets of Melbourne’s Central Business District may be laid out on a grid, but there’s much more than meets the eye behind the façades of stunning heritage buildings and in the maze of graffiti-covered laneways.

Melbourne CBD is the city’s inner hub for nightlife, shopping, dining, sightseeing and entertainment. A good place to begin is the historic icon, Flinders Street Station. The train station’s Swanston Street intersection includes the stunning neo-Gothic St. Paul’s Cathedral, the cultural hub of Federation Square and a classic Australian corner pub.

Wake up with a fresh cup of Melbourne’s famous coffee from a café in the narrow Degraves Street. Try local delicacies and fresh produce at the historic Queen Victoria Market. Enjoy a shopper’s paradise in Bourke Street Mall or Melbourne Central. Upmarket designer stores can be found in northern Collins Street, while factory outlet stores line Spencer Street.

Take in some of Melbourne’s finest collections of art at the Southbank riverside arts precinct, which includes the imposing National Gallery of Victoria, the Arts Centre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, as well as a magnificent collection of cutting-edge theatre venues. Admire the ever-changing murals in nearby Hosier Lane or check out the latest in cinema at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Don’t miss seeing a musical at one of the CBD’s historic theatres. Have a pre-show dinner at one of the fine-dining restaurants dotted around the city or make your selection from the dining precincts along Hardware Lane, Meyers Place, Curtin House, the Southbank Promenade and Chinatown on Little Bourke Street.

Look over modern Melbourne from the dizzying skydeck of the Eureka Building or see penguins and crocodiles at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, on the banks of the Yarra River. Birrarung Marr, by the Yarra, offers a peaceful oasis of Wurundjeri Aboriginal heritage in the city.

Melbourne CBD is accessible via major train, tram and bus lines and there are plenty of parking spaces. Explore on foot or catch free trams within the central network. Chat to the staff at the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square to find out what festivals and events are on during your visit.

Top Hotels in Melbourne Central Business District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
¥7,122
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (5,608 reviews)

"Great hotel with amazing location in the heart of the city. Well worth the stay. The staff are very good and accommodated our needs. The pool was a good time for a cool down after big days of shopping."…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
¥6,438
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central, and Queen Victoria Market. Bourke ...

4.2/5Excellent! (12,157 reviews)

"very convenient. Central to sothern Cross station and Spenser St outlet storea. room had a great view across to gardens and sky scrappers atnight. Breakfast was excellent value at $12.00. lobby area comfy and bag storage room very handy."…"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands
4 out of 5
66 Aurora Lane, Docklands, VIC
¥7,786
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marvel Stadium and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. DFO South ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,364 reviews)

"Great location in the Docklands. Good value and staff were friendly."…"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands
Great Southern Hotel Melbourne
Great Southern Hotel Melbourne
4 out of 5
44 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
¥5,365
per night
Dec 3 - Dec 4

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yarra Riverfront and SEA LIFE Melbourne. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition ...

3.8/5Good! (6,066 reviews)

"The staff were friendly and helpful . We were given an upgrade."…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Great Southern Hotel Melbourne
Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
4.5 out of 5
250 City Road, Southbank, VIC
¥7,923
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Southbank Promenade, Eureka Skydeck 88, and Melbourne ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,431 reviews)

"great stay in a clean and friendly place. will comeback definitely."…"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
¥8,493
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

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! (5,364 reviews)

"Clean and spotless room, the indoor pool is small but not crowded. Room is big and spacious. Booking via expedia gives you free breakfast for one person and late check out at 1pm which is a bonus."…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Pegasus Apart'Hotel

Popular things to do in Melbourne Central Business District

Melbourne Central
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Melbourne Central

4.5/5(449 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Melbourne Central, a popular shopping spot in Melbourne. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed theater scene in this vibrant area.

SEA LIFE Melbourne
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SEA LIFE Melbourne

4/5(69 reviews)

Catch a rare view of Southern Ocean and Antarctic marine life at one of Australia’s premier aquariums.

Bourke Street Mall
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Bourke Street Mall

4.5/5(315 reviews)

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

Eureka Tower
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Eureka Tower

4.5/5(65 reviews)

Go to the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere at this soaring residential tower, which also offers fine dining with breathtaking views.

Princess Theatre
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Princess Theatre

4.5/5(23 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.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

4.5/5(66 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre during your trip—a top convention center in South Wharf. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Top activities in Melbourne Central Business District

Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour
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Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour

¥8,382

Miles of rugged beaches, wave-carved rock formations, and dense rainforest await on this full-day adventure along Australia's most famous scenic highway. Cruise along the Great Ocean Road to see icons like the 12 Apostles, stroll beneath towering trees to spot koalas and lorikeets, and linger over lunch in seaside Apollo Bay.

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

¥10,010

Explore Australia's most spectacular coastal route, the Great Ocean Road on this full day trip. Bear witness to an amazing array of stunning attractions as well as highlights of the Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks.

Yarra Valley Small-Group Wine Tour from Melbourne
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Yarra Valley Small-Group Wine Tour from Melbourne

¥10,380

Escape to the picturesque Yarra Valley on this small-group day tour from Melbourne and visit 4 of the regions top wineries. Indulge yourself with a delicious lunch while enjoying vineyard views and a series of wine tastings.

Phillip Island Wildlife & Penguin Parade Small Group Tour
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Phillip Island Wildlife & Penguin Parade Small Group Tour

¥9,087

There are few things cuter than watching hundreds of little penguins scurry across the sand and this day trip to Phillip Island is the perfect way to get up close to Australia's captivating wildlife.

Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

¥1,631

Experience Melbourne from the Eureka Skydeck 88 and catch a bird's-eye view of the city skyline and beyond. Upgrade to the Edge experience for a unique chance to stand on a switch-operated glass cube that slides out from the building with you inside.

Mornington Wine Tour including lunch
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Mornington Wine Tour including lunch

¥11,977

Example Itinerary 09:30am pick up - You will be collected from St Pauls Cathedral or one of the other en-route pick up points First Stop - Port Phillip Estate – Its bold architecture, elegant tasting bar and spectacular views make it one of the most exciting cellar doors in Australia.

Other neighborhoods in Melbourne

Chinatown
For arts lovers like me, definitely head to the Princess Theatre to not only indulge in its rich history, feel like a princess in its red velvet chairs but also enjoy classical musicals such as this one here!
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Chinatown

Known for Shopping, Dining, Chinatown

Chinatown is beloved for its popular shops. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Her Majesty's Theatre and East End Theatre District.

Collingwood North
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Collingwood North

When in Collingwood North, you can plan a visit to Melbourne Museum and Princess Theatre, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Richmond North
Richmond

Richmond North

4/5(4 reviews)

While you're in Richmond North, take in top sights like Bridge Road or Church Street, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Burnley Station or East Richmond Station.

Saint Kilda South
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Saint Kilda South

If you're spending some time in Saint Kilda South, Luna Park and St Kilda Beach are top sights worth seeing.