Melbourne Central Business DistrictMelbourne

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Visit Melbourne Central Business District

Melbourne Travel Guide

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
¥6,858
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)

"Central location, within walking distance to everything. Very pleasant stay, about my third visit to this hotel and always find everything good."…"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2019

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
¥6,563
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

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! (12,299 reviews)

"The place was clean, comfortable, new. Great location, opposite Spencer St Station, the tram and Coles. Staff were helpful. Great value for money."…"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2019

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
¥12,648
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

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

4.2/5Very Good! (2,611 reviews)

"Good location and excellent services and clean room and good view"…"

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
4.5 out of 5
250 City Road, Southbank, VIC
¥8,077
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

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! (2,470 reviews)

"Friendly staff greeted us and great city location which was close to all amenities. Clean and tidy room."…"

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2019

Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands
4 out of 5
66 Aurora Lane, Docklands, VIC
¥7,297
per night
Jan 9 - Jan 10

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! (3,381 reviews)

"It is in a great location friendly staff and well priced for a weekend away"…"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank
4 out of 5
Corner of Southgate Ave & Riverside Quay, Southbank, VIC
¥8,547
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Melbourne Central and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Royal Botanic ...

4.3/5Excellent! (5,422 reviews)

"Close to Some attractions, food and the subway. Very convenient."…"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2019

Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank

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