Melbourne

Travel Guide
Brighton Beach featuring a city, a sunset and a beach

Australia’s capital of style artfully blends the elegance and grace of yesteryear with the bold new world of modern design and culture.

Melbourne is a city with one eye fixed on the past and another on the future. It’s the capital city of the state of Victoria and the country’s capital of style, where good food, coffee, fashion and art are revered.

Exploring the city center will immediately bring Melbourne’s fusion of new and old to light. Stroll down Collins Street to see Victorian-era churches, art deco hotels and daring post-modern structures. Close by is Bourke Street Mall, where trams trundle through a boulevard of heritage-listed buildings tastefully converted into modern shops.

At nearby Federation Square, this delightful collision of the past and present continues. Angular modern buildings stand in futuristic contrast to neighboring Flinders Street Station, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the timeless elegance of the Yarra River. While at “Fed Square,” visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to learn about the country’s history of film and television, and experiment with the latest digital technology.

Cross the river and explore Southbank’s restaurants and bars, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Then take the elevator to Skydeck 88 in the Eureka Tower for breathtaking views of the park-filled city.

Once you’ve explored the city center, jump aboard one of Melbourne’s iconic trams and explore the suburbs. Not far from downtown is Carlton, where you’ll find the Melbourne Museum, and the espresso bars and restaurants of “Little Italy” on Lygon Street.

Pack your towel and swimming costume and head to the seaside suburb of St. Kilda. After a dip in Port Phillip Bay, browse the suburb’s famous cake shops and vintage stores before heading to the bright lights and thrill rides of Luna Park. Stay overnight in one of St. Kilda’s boutique hotels then rise early for a sunrise walk along the coastline to the brightly colored “bathing boxes” of Brighton Beach. Have your photo taken by these heritage-listed structures, a perfect memento of this effortlessly stylish and most liveable of cities.

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Where to stay in Melbourne

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥8,468 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Melbourne Town Hall, Collins Street, and Regent Theatre. Federation Square and Melbourne ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,769 reviews)
"great location"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Pan Pacific Melbourne
Pan Pacific Melbourne
5 out of 5
2 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, VIC
The price is ¥18,016 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located on the riverwalk, just steps from Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and DFO South Wharf. Crown Casino ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (971 reviews)
"Location was great. Room was great. Room service menu choices need to be expanded & revamped. Asked for Feta to be added to my salad. Was told there was NO Feta available. Disappointing!"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Pan Pacific 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. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6,048 reviews)
"Excellent location excellent service"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
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.
Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
131-135 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥14,163 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
This family-friendly Melbourne aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Her Majesty's Theatre, Parliament House of Victoria, ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (3,540 reviews)
"I love the location. Central to everything."

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2021

Citadines on Bourke 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. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6,048 reviews)
"Excellent location excellent service"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
4 out of 5
60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥14,362 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
This family-friendly Melbourne aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps from Flinders Lane and Collins Street. Regent Theatre and Federation ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3,591 reviews)
Delayed start but comfortable stay.
"It took two changes of room to get a room with a working fridge and TV, but staff were polite and helpful. Once we settled into our room, the rest of the stay was lovely. Great location, comfortable room."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2021

Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
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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