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.

Where to stay in Melbourne

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Fully refundable
The price is ¥8,938 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 28
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly motel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,362 reviews)
"Position"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The price is ¥10,352 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,598 reviews)
"Walking distance to Myer shopping centre and flinders street station. Starbucks and krispy kreme are also super close."

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Docklands, VIC, 3008
The price is ¥21,149 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (947 reviews)
"Staff and Cleanliness and the location"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG 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.
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The price is ¥10,924 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 21
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6,157 reviews)
"Thank you to the amazing staff at Reception Maryanne, Emma & Oscar for looking after me & my Niece. Awesome customer service."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
4.5 out of 5
350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The price is ¥14,474 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (3,344 reviews)
"Very helpful when we asked about an earlier checkin time, and managed to organise it for us on the morning of checkin"

Reviewed on May 22, 2022

Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
4 out of 5
60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The price is ¥19,936 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3,663 reviews)
"Very nice place and cheap ish"

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

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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