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MelbourneAustralia

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

Melbourne CBD featuring night scenes, city views and a high rise building

Melbourne Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,076 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Melbourne Central Business District. Check out top attractions like Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Central, and jump on the metro at Melbourne Central Station or Flagstaff Station to see more of the city.

Melbourne Central Business District
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Chinatown

Travelers to Chinatown praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Her Majesty's Theatre and East End Theatre District.

Chinatown
Richmond

Richmond North

4/5Very Good!(6 area 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.

Richmond North
Victoria which includes a city, street scenes and signage

Saint Kilda South

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

Saint Kilda South
Collingwood as well as an individual male

Collingwood North

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Collingwood North and surrounding area, you can visit Melbourne Museum and Princess Theatre.

Collingwood North

Top Hotels in Melbourne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
5 out of 5
One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
¥13,880
per night
Apr 1 - Apr 2

This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located on the riverwalk, steps from Yarra Riverfront, Eureka Tower, and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Arts Centre and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3,461 reviews)

"we liked everything, our room was beautiful. located in the best place"…"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

The Langham, Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
¥6,169
per night
Mar 31 - Apr 1

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this spa hotel is steps from Collins Street and Regent Theatre. Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Lane are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6,017 reviews)

"It was conveniently located and provided a good sized family room for the three of us travelling together and was well priced. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
¥4,790
per night
Apr 1 - Apr 2

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! (12,874 reviews)

"Despite arriving as the COVID-19 epidemic was really ramping up, the staff was very helpful and upbeat. The only reason we gave 4 stars for the facility is because the internet connection in the room was poor. We were given the password for the lobby connection which worked well but was less convenient ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

Popular things to do in Melbourne

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.

Melbourne Central
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Melbourne Central

4.5/5(498 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.

Melbourne Cricket Ground
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Melbourne Cricket Ground

4.5/5(138 reviews)

Australia’s premier stadium is a symbol of Melbourne’s sporting heritage, drawing thousands of fans to cricket, football, rugby and soccer matches and events.

Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach

4.5/5(52 reviews)

Calm water, colorful huts and historic sea baths make this suburban beach a relaxing and stylish escape from Melbourne's inner-city bustle. 

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.

SEA LIFE Melbourne
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SEA LIFE Melbourne

4/5(83 reviews)

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

Top activities in Melbourne

Melbourne City Highlights Tour by Gray Line
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Melbourne City Highlights Tour by Gray Line

92% of travellers recommend
¥6,738
Per adult
Penguin Express tour with Premium Viewing by Gray Line
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Penguin Express tour with Premium Viewing by Gray Line

90% of travellers recommend
¥10,939
Per adult
Melbourne Outlet Shopping Tour
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Melbourne Outlet Shopping Tour

76% of travellers recommend
¥6,939
Per adult
Laneways of Melbourne Walking Tour
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Laneways of Melbourne Walking Tour

92% of travellers recommend
¥4,440
Per adult
Yarra Valley Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight
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Yarra Valley Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

96% of travellers recommend
¥23,454
Per adult
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
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Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

90% of travellers recommend
¥10,704
Per adult

Reviews of Melbourne

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
338
5 - Excellent 58.68055555555556%
4 - Good
196
4 - Good 34.02777777777778%
3 - Okay
39
3 - Okay 6.770833333333333%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.3472222222222222%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.1736111111111111%

5/5 - Excellent

Two

Mar 29, 2020

Despite the closure of almost every attraction, we enjoyed long walks in the Docklands, along the Yarra River, in the many and beautiful parks, through the CBD and neighborhoods.

5/5 - Excellent

Randy

Mar 27, 2020

Some of the best Botanical Gardens and river walks in the country

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2020

There wasn't much to do if you didn't go to Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. Food and price were good at Crown Casino's restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

A lovely city. I definitely will visit again if I have a chance.

5/5 - Excellent

Jay

Feb 29, 2020

Vibrant city with lots to do and great variety of food.

3/5 - Okay

India

Feb 26, 2020

Melbourne reminds me of a smaller New York City, very busy, not very clean but has lots of walking and public transport.

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