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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.


Popular places to visit in Melbourne Central Business District

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.

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.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

4.5/5(83 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre during your trip—a top convention center in Melbourne. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the shops in this relaxing area.

SEA LIFE Melbourne
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SEA LIFE Melbourne

4/5(84 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(355 reviews)

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

Marvel Stadium
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Marvel Stadium

4/5(88 reviews)

Catch an event at Marvel Stadium during your trip to Melbourne. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed art scene in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in Melbourne Central Business District

Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne
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Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne

¥7,232
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

¥10,069
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Yarra Valley Wine, Cider & Chocolates Tour in Small Groups
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Yarra Valley Wine, Cider & Chocolates Tour in Small Groups

¥8,982
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
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Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

¥11,039
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Uncover Hidden Laneway Bars
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Uncover Hidden Laneway Bars

¥7,537
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Melbourne Airport Shuttle: Airport to Melbourne CBD One-Way
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Melbourne Airport Shuttle: Airport to Melbourne CBD One-Way

¥1,624
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Top Hotels in Melbourne Central Business District

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
4 out of 5
60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥7,264 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27

This family-friendly Melbourne aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Collins Street, Yarra Riverfront, and Flinders Lane. SEA LIFE ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,492 reviews)

"Good location, handy having the restaurant and bar downstairs, and very reasonably priced. Clean room, and comfy bed. We were staying for 4 nights, the rooms were not serviced. No extra toilet paper in the bathroom, and no extra garbage bags for kitchen and bathroom. These are little things but can ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2020

Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
4.5 out of 5
350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥6,994 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Hardware Lane, and Queen Victoria Market. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,216 reviews)

"Staff were very helpful and polite. Very comfortable bed"…"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2020

Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
4.5 out of 5
480 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥5,882 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Street, SEA LIFE Melbourne, and Yarra Riverfront. Flinders ...

3.8/5Good! (3,088 reviews)

"Very nice relaxing to stay at Oaks Melbourne on Collins hotel"…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥5,218 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30

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! (4,848 reviews)

"I booked this hotel last minute and was able to check in early (thank goodness!). The front desk personnel was very friendly. My room was clean, and the bed was very comfortable I slept like a baby my first night. The only negative thing was after I used the shower, the shower head would not stop ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC

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! (5,843 reviews)

"This was one of the best Melbourne city stays I've had. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Room was clean and excellent value. We had a veiw of the city which was breathtaking. Highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
WRAP on Southbank
WRAP on Southbank
4.5 out of 5
133 -139 City Road, Southbank, VIC
The price is ¥9,419 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Southbank Promenade and Eureka Skydeck 88. Crown Casino and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,297 reviews)

"Good location and good overall but a bit more attention to detail with room cleaning wouldn't go astray, particularly the hands prints and marks all over the bedroom window. Which i thought would of been a surface that would of been cleaned and sanitized in the current covid situation."…"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2020

WRAP on Southbank

Other neighborhoods in Melbourne

Melbourne featuring a skyscraper, a river or creek and central business district

Southbank

Visitors to Southbank rave about its stunning river views, first-class casinos, and popular shops. You might also want to make some time to see Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex or Melbourne Arts Centre while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Southbank
Docklands which includes a river or creek and city views

Docklands

Travelers come to Docklands for its waterfront views, and you can see top attractions like Marvel Stadium and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel while you're in town.

Docklands
Fitzroy Gardens featuring a house, heritage architecture and a garden

East Melbourne

Known for its abundant dining options and colorful gardens, there's plenty to explore in East Melbourne. Top attractions like Melbourne Cricket Ground and Princess Theatre are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Jolimont Station or Parliament Station to see more of the city.

East Melbourne
Fitzroy Gardens featuring heritage architecture, a garden and a house

Fitzroy

Gardens, bars, and museums are just a few things travelers enjoy about Fitzroy. Check out Melbourne Museum or Brunswick Street while you're exploring the area.

Fitzroy
With hundreds of choices for the sweet toothed. Their macarons are delicious too.
Vincent Wong on trover

Carlton

Carlton is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens while you're in town.

Carlton
Lovely walk by the beach after a pizza. Always happy to see a nice sunset.
Andrew Robins on trover

South Melbourne

You'll enjoy the spas and zoo in South Melbourne. You might want to make time for a stop at South Melbourne Market or St Kilda Road.

South Melbourne



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