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Melbourne
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Melbourne

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥7,342 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,138 reviews)

"It was centrally located and clean. The beds were so comfy. But the in room coffee was terrible."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥6,716 per night from Apr 1 to 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. Crown ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,236 reviews)

"The stay was terrific. Started with very friendly and helpful staff that booked me in."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥14,045 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Crown Casino and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,123 reviews)

"Very good customer service. Close to shopping and casino. Will come back again."…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2021

Crowne Plaza Melbourne
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Vacation Rentals in Melbourne

Mantra Southbank Melbourne
Mantra Southbank Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
31 City Road, Southbank, VIC
The price is ¥12,830 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is steps from Eureka Tower, Melbourne Arts Centre, and Yarra Riverfront. Eureka Skydeck 88 and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,736 reviews)

"Great Customer Service here as usual, we were upgraded and generally the staff weee great to deal with"…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Mantra Southbank Melbourne
Oaks Melbourne on Lonsdale Suites
Oaks Melbourne on Lonsdale Suites
4.5 out of 5
23 33 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥10,293 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is steps from Comedy Theatre, Princess Theatre, and Her Majesty's Theatre. Carlton Gardens and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,188 reviews)

"Beautiful room, fantastic size, very clean, would happily stay again"…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Oaks Melbourne on Lonsdale Suites
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
4 out of 5
60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥11,538 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

This family-friendly Melbourne aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Collins Street, Flinders Lane, and Yarra Riverfront. SEA LIFE ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,506 reviews)

"The property is in a great location in the CBD, easy walking distance to Federation Square, Southbank & DFO. The amenities are also great in particular the gym, pool & sauna. Customer service was fantastic, we had to cut our stay short due to enforced Covid lockdown and they honoured a credit for ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 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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