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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!(1,044 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!(5 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
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
¥6,840
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (5,614 reviews)

"Very handy to everything in the city. Twin room a bit small but good to have a kitchenette. Please clean the windows, we could not see out of our window!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
¥6,454
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

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! (12,695 reviews)

"The room was nice & clean the fluffiest towels I’ve ever felt the hotel is in a great position close to everything"…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
¥6,508
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (5,931 reviews)

"hotel was clean and near to transport and shops staff were helpful with booking tours ."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

Popular things to do in Melbourne

Rod Laver Arena
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Rod Laver Arena

4.5/5(92 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(481 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Melbourne Central, a favorite shopping spot in Melbourne. Discover the top-notch restaurants and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Melbourne Cricket Ground
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Melbourne Cricket Ground

4.5/5(136 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(50 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(25 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(78 reviews)

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

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

96% of travellers recommend
¥9,966
Per adult
Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour
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Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
¥6,150
Per adult
Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

88% of travellers recommend
¥1,624
Per adult
Yarra Valley Small-Group Wine Tour from Melbourne
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Yarra Valley Small-Group Wine Tour from Melbourne

98% of travellers recommend
¥10,335
Per adult
Melbourne Zoo Tickets
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Melbourne Zoo Tickets

82% of travellers recommend
¥2,805
Per adult
Healesville Sanctuary Zoobus - Melbourne City Return
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Healesville Sanctuary Zoobus - Melbourne City Return

¥7,136
Per adult

Reviews of Melbourne

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
329
5 - Excellent 58.75%
4 - Good
193
4 - Good 34.464285714285715%
3 - Okay
35
3 - Okay 6.25%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.35714285714285715%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.17857142857142858%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2020

Melbourne is beautiful and amazing place I’m really love there

5/5 - Excellent

marlene

Feb 20, 2020

slow paced nyc. modern buildings

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

We enjoyed Melbourne. There was a lot to do, and the city was very clean. Lots of dining options. Prices were somewhat more favorable here than in New York.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

It has many things to do.

5/5 - Excellent

MichaelMyers

Feb 11, 2020

Australian Open was great!!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 10, 2020

Melbourne - central gives the feeling of being in central NY but is safer. There are a lot of little coffee shops and they have the best chai tea lattes. Shopping is close. Victoria Market is great for getting local souvenirs.

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