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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.

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Where to stay in Melbourne

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥6,471 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
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! (3,908 reviews)
"Great value for money"

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Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne
Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne
4 out of 5
131-137 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥7,733 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 19
This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Comedy Theatre and Her Majesty's Theatre. Princess Theatre and Melbourne ...
3.9/5Good! (986 reviews)
"easy to get too, not clear about breakfast and they sent the wrong food"

Reviewed on May 29, 2021

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Rydges Melbourne Hotel
Rydges Melbourne Hotel
4 out of 5
186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥10,116 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is steps from Her Majesty's Theatre and Comedy Theatre. Princess Theatre and Bourke Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. ...
4/5Very Good! (957 reviews)
"Quiet and with everything you need for a business trip"

Reviewed on May 15, 2021

Rydges Melbourne Hotel
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Bacchus Marsh Villa Unit 5
Bacchus Marsh Villa Unit 5
Bacchus Marsh, VIC
The price is ¥9,067 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
This family-friendly Bacchus Marsh villa is located in Darley, within 3 mi (5 km) of Bacchus Marsh Council Trench Geological Reserve and Lerderderg Track Trailhead. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Has Everything You Need!
"Great accomodation. Will definitely be staying again."

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Bacchus Marsh Villa Unit 5
Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
4.5 out of 5
137 Manby Road, Narbethong, VIC
Situated in a national park, this luxury cabin is within 12 mi (20 km) of Marysville & District Historical Society, Marysville Golf Club, and Buxton Trout & ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
"A perfect getaway with all you need to relax and enjoy your time of relaxation."

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2019

Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
Boyd Baker House Bacchus Marsh
Boyd Baker House Bacchus Marsh
Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Located in Long Forest, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve and within 6 mi (10 km) of Yangardook Bushland Reserve ...
Boyd Baker House Bacchus Marsh
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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