MelbourneAustralia

4.5/5Top Destination

Trip time! Discover the architecture, art, and local cuisine in Melbourne.

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.

Known for

Shopping, Museums and Architecture

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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(889 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

3.5/5(3 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
¥7,577
per night
Nov 11 - Nov 12

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)

"Everything is great! Especially, the location is better."…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
4.5 out of 5
250 City Road, Southbank, VIC
¥7,131
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Southbank Promenade, Eureka Skydeck 88, and Melbourne ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,404 reviews)

"Excellent location, close to everything, friendly staff and clean lovely appartment"…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

Experience Bella Hotel Apartments
The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
5 out of 5
One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
¥18,943
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located on a river, steps from Southbank Promenade, Eureka Tower, and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Arts Centre and National ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3,265 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel, very quiet, with amazing helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

The Langham, Melbourne

Popular things to do in Melbourne

Melbourne Cricket Ground
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Melbourne Cricket Ground

4.5/5(129 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(214 reviews)

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

SEA LIFE Melbourne
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SEA LIFE Melbourne

4/5(69 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(323 reviews)

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

Bourke Street Mall
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Bourke Street Mall

4.5/5(304 reviews)

Melbourne’s premier retail precinct is filled with boutiques and big department stores set in charming heritage-listed arcades.

Royal Botanic Gardens
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Royal Botanic Gardens

4.5/5(197 reviews)

Find a leafy haven or attend an educational workshop amid the magnificent array of exotic and native flora at one of the world’s finest botanic gardens.

Top activities in Melbourne

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

¥8,839

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.

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

¥9,939

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.

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

¥10,399

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.

Melbourne Zoo Tickets
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Melbourne Zoo Tickets

¥2,790

You won’t believe how many animals there are at Melbourne Zoo. Over 320 species from around the world can be found in the beautiful natural setting just five minutes from the city centre. There's always something new to enjoy.

Phillip Island Wildlife & Penguin Parade Small Group Tour
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Phillip Island Wildlife & Penguin Parade Small Group Tour

¥9,582

There are few things cuter than watching hundreds of little penguins scurry across the sand and this day trip to Phillip Island is the perfect way to get up close to Australia's captivating wildlife.

Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

¥1,620

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.

Reviews of Melbourne

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
275
5 - Excellent 59.012875536480685%
4 - Good
163
4 - Good 34.97854077253219%
3 - Okay
25
3 - Okay 5.364806866952789%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.4291845493562232%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.2145922746781116%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2019

The CBC was alive with restaurants to discover, shopping , free trams within the zone, delightful areas to walk and explore. A delightful city to explore and get to know.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 2, 2019

Melbournre is my favourite city in Australia

5/5 - Excellent

Chloe

Sep 20, 2019

Love the city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 17, 2019

Everyone is laid back and friendly

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 13, 2019

Great shops and restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 11, 2019

It was cold but very beautiful city. The people were friendly and very helpful. Enjoyed my stay

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