Melbourne

Travel Guide
Melbourne

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.

Where to stay in Melbourne

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly motel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,401 reviews)
"Position"

Reviewed on 17 May,2022

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,600 reviews)
"Walking distance to Myer shopping centre and flinders street station. Starbucks and krispy kreme are also super close."

Reviewed on 8 May,2022

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands
Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands
4 out of 5
443 Docklands Drive, Docklands, VIC, 3008
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (928 reviews)
"Front office staff who checked me in was extremely helpful and friendly. Highly recommend this property."

Reviewed on 15 May,2022

Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands
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Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
4.5 out of 5
350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (3,338 reviews)
"Well located for access to the CBD and Docklands. Noticeable drop in staffing standards since our last pre- Covid visit and poor follow up on calls to reception. Some maintenance issues not fixed during our stay, odd cutlery and crockery collections, no hairdryer in the unit."

Reviewed on 10 May,2022

Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6,149 reviews)
"Thank you to the amazing staff at Reception Maryanne, Emma & Oscar for looking after me & my Niece. Awesome customer service."

Reviewed on 10 May,2022

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel
4 out of 5
60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3,658 reviews)
"Very nice place and cheap ish"

Reviewed on 25 Apr,2022

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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