The capital of the state of Victoria is one of Australia’s most stylish and sophisticated cities, combining old-world colonial charm with modern-day convenience. Visitors will be quickly seduced by its food and its fashions, its art and its architecture, its culture and its coffee.

The city centre is packed with heritage-listed buildings, many of them dating back to Victorian times. The historic churches and sumptuous art deco hotels, the elegant arcades of Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Street Station, the oldest train station in Australia, sit comfortably alongside the futuristic glass-and-steel exhibition spaces around Federation Square and the iconic Eureka Tower, which offers panoramic views across the city from the observation deck on the 88th floor.

There’s no shortage of cultural contrasts either, from state-of-the-art digital technology at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and contemporary painting at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, to international and indigenous masterpieces at the National Gallery of Victoria and local treasures at the Melbourne Museum. The latter is even home to one of Australia’s great sporting icons, the legendary racehorse Phar Lap.

Take a breather in one of the city parks, wander around the Royal Botanic Gardens, or head off for a dip in the cooling waters of Port Phillip Bay at St. Kilda or Brighton Beach. Jump on and off Melbourne’s famous trams to explore the four corners of the city, maybe alighting at the popular beach-front Luna Park to ride the historic rollercoaster, or visit bustling, atmospheric Queen Victoria Market to pick up some delicious locally sourced produce.

Dining out is a breeze in cosmopolitan Melbourne, where you can easily sample a different cuisine every night. Head for Lygon Street, Australia’s “Little Italy”, for the best pasta and pizza outside the old country, enjoy the bohemian atmosphere of Flinders Lane in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter, or go upmarket in stylish Collins Street, home of the famous art deco Hopetoun Tearooms.

Melbourne is sometimes called the gateway to Australia and this friendly, sophisticated and culturally diverse city certainly gives visitors a perfect introduction to the country’s rich heritage, stunning natural beauty and infectious zest for life.

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Where to stay in Melbourne

Melbourne Central Business District
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Melbourne Central Business District

Known for urban, shopping, architecture

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.

Top hotels in Melbourne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
SG$75
per night
23 Sep-24 Sep
4.2/5Excellent! (11,716 reviews)

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! (11,716 reviews)

"Was great.would reccomend this to eveeyone i know."…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep,2019

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
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The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
SG$79
per night
22 Sep-23 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (5,589 reviews)

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is steps away from Collins Street and Regent Theatre. Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Lane are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (5,589 reviews)

"Everything was perfect, there was no problems at all for the time we were there."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep,2019

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
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PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport
4.5 out of 5
Arrival Drive, Melbourne Airport, VIC
SG$197
per night
19 Oct-20 Oct
4.4/5Excellent! (2,984 reviews)

Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of DFO Essendon, Broadmeadows Park and Progress Reserve. Overnewton Castle and Moonee ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,984 reviews)

"I thought the property was clean. The staff were friendly and efficient. The restaurant was superb. Overall my husband and I enjoyed our overnight stay. :)"…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep,2019

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport

Popular things to do in Melbourne

Melbourne Cricket Ground
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Melbourne Cricket Ground

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

From rollercoasters to rock bands, fine dining to fish and chips, St Kilda is the archetypal seaside resort.

SEA LIFE Melbourne
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SEA LIFE Melbourne

Find out more about what goes on beneath the waves in one of Australia’s most impressive marine attractions.

Queen Victoria Market
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Queen Victoria Market

Soak up the atmosphere and bag yourself a bargain at this popular Melbourne institution.

Bourke Street Mall
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Bourke Street Mall

Historic buildings house the latest fashions here in Melbourne’s premier shopping street.

Royal Botanic Gardens
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Royal Botanic Gardens

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

SG$112

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

SG$128

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.

Melbourne Zoo Tickets
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Melbourne Zoo Tickets

SG$36

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.

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

SG$133

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.

Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

SG$21

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.

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

SG$122

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.

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