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Visit Melbourne

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

Melbourne Central Business District

Known for Urban, Shopping, Architecture

4.5/5(946 reviews)

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.

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.

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
Victoria which includes a city, street scenes and signage

Saint Kilda South

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

Collingwood North
Collingwood as well as an individual male

Collingwood North

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

Top Hotels in Melbourne

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
¥6,307
per night
Jan 9 - Jan 10

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)

"Friendly and helpful staffs. Very clean room. Breakfast could have more variety."…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
¥6,146
per night
Jan 8 - Jan 9

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! (12,260 reviews)

"My partner and I stayed 2 nights at the Atlantis, and overall it was a good experience. The staff were super helpful and friendly. When the remote batteries weren't working they came up and changed them over for us and when we requested an extra blanket they also responded very quickly. The room ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
¥12,669
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

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! (2,608 reviews)

"Exactly where we wanted to stay as we went to The Tattoo Expo"…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Popular things to do in Melbourne

Melbourne Cricket Ground
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Melbourne Cricket Ground

4.5/5(131 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.

St Kilda Beach
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St Kilda Beach

4.5/5(227 reviews)

This seaside suburban village is home to Melbourne’s favorite beach, an iconic amusement park and a street lined with pastry shops.

Melbourne Central
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Melbourne Central

4.5/5(455 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(70 reviews)

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

Queen Victoria Market
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Queen Victoria Market

4.5/5(337 reviews)

Explore this huge open-air market to enjoy Melbourne’s freshest produce and best bargain shopping.

Marvel Stadium
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Marvel Stadium

4/5(81 reviews)

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

Top activities in Melbourne

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

¥9,991

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.

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

¥8,367

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.

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

¥10,361

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.

Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

¥1,628

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.

Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Melbourne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

¥2,590

Discover the very best of Melbourne on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24 or 48 hour ticket, explore the city to your own schedule, seeing all of the major landmarks along the way. On your sightseeing journey you'll see Federation Square, the Eureka Skydeck, Fitzroy Gardens, Chinatown, St.

Melbourne 7 seats standard service (Luxury)
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Melbourne 7 seats standard service (Luxury)

¥1,244

Total Duration: 20 - 90 minutes • Dooler Airport Transfers and Chauffeur Service is committed to the success of your business or leisure travel. We are proud to provide all of our clients with the highest level of personalised care and chauffeur service.

Reviews of Melbourne

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay 6.012024048096192%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Beautiful city, very walkable, great bars and restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

Great art & food culture, amazing graffiti and coffee ;)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 12, 2019

This is a charming city. It's easy to get around on trams. We liked St Kilda Beach where we saw penguins (be sure to stay to dark as that's when the penguins are active). We enjoyed walking in the downtown as well as the Italian neighborhood nearby

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 5, 2019

Great place to learn about the city and history

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 28, 2019

Beautiful city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 26, 2019

wonderful city. can't go to Australia without going to Melbourne

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