Melbourne

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From historic monuments to ultra-modern malls, ancient art to cutting-edge culture, Melbourne effortlessly blends past and present.

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 CBD featuring a high-rise building, night scenes and city views

Melbourne Central Business District

Melbourne Central Business District

Top hotels in Melbourne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
SG$86
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Central. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (5,613 reviews)

"Very handy to everything in the city. Twin room a bit small but good to have a kitchenette. Please clean the windows, we could not see out of our window!"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb,2020

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
SG$81
per night
Mar 10 - Mar 11

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! (12,705 reviews)

"The hotel was near public transportation, shopping, and restaurants. The amenities were good. I especially liked the lap pool. Our room on the 18th floor smelled like someone had smoked in there before. It was not noticeable at first, but by the evening, it was bothering us. We notified the front ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb,2020

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
SG$82
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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

4.3/5Excellent! (5,932 reviews)

"Was nice and central to the shopping areas of Melbourne Very noisy kept getting woken up by banging. Sounded like workman"…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb,2020

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

Popular things to do in Melbourne

Rod Laver Arena
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Rod Laver Arena

4/5(37 reviews)

Take a tour of Melbourne Park’s primary tennis court, come here to witness an exciting Australian Open tennis match or see a major pop concert.

Melbourne Cricket Ground
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Melbourne Cricket Ground

4.5/5(66 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.

Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Take time out from the pulse of the city to relax in the calm waters of one of Melbourne’s most picturesque beaches.

Princess Theatre
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Princess Theatre

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Considered by some to be Melbourne's most spectacular landmark, this majestic theater has been entertaining audiences since it opened more than 150 years ago.

SEA LIFE Melbourne
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SEA LIFE Melbourne

4.5/5(24 reviews)

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

4.5/5(131 reviews)

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

Top activities in Melbourne

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

96% of travellers recommend
SG$126
Per adult
Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour
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Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
SG$78
Per adult
Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket
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Eureka Skydeck 88 Ticket

88% of travellers recommend
SG$20
Per adult
Yarra Valley Small-Group Wine Tour from Melbourne
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Yarra Valley Small-Group Wine Tour from Melbourne

98% of travellers recommend
SG$130
Per adult
Melbourne Zoo Tickets
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Melbourne Zoo Tickets

82% of travellers recommend
SG$35
Per adult
Sunset Koalas and Kangaroos Tour in the Wild from Melbourne
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Sunset Koalas and Kangaroos Tour in the Wild from Melbourne

SG$259
Per adult

Reviews of Melbourne

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 54.44444444444444%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.666666666666664%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.777777777777778%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

A lively city dotted with marvelous coffee shops and cafe. A must visit for anyone who is looking for a vibrant city with a cool and laid-back atmosphere.

4/5 - Good

Steve

Feb 8, 2020

Cool city lots of options and multicultural.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 6, 2020

It's not in the same League as Sydney but well worth a couple of days visit especially to take the ferry down the River Yara to Williamstown.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 4, 2020

We are a group of six traveling g from Bangkok and we had an amazing time in Melbourne during Australian Open. Love the people from Melbourne. They are very friendly and lovely people. Hope to come back again next year! Thank you ❤️

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 28, 2020

Brilliant city for walking around and negotiating sites. Very clean , great public transport, handy shops for snacks and drinks. Great coffee shops etc.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 9, 2020

Visited Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. Noticed a difference in terms of cleaniness in Melbourne. Wasn't even close to Perth which was spotless, Sydney likewise.

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