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Melbourne might not be Australia's capital, but few would deny it as the nation’s cultural capital, with its unique blend of historical architecture and contemporary design.

The city's Federation Square is overlooked by St. Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station, whose green and yellow façade matches the colors of the historic Melbourne trams that still run around the world’s longest tram network. Federation Square is also home to the Ian Potter Centre, which houses the National Gallery of Victoria's Australian art collection, as well as the cutting-edge ACMI (Australian Centre of The Moving Image), which documents the country’s cinematic history.

Melbourne’s artistic highlights aren't limited to galleries and museums. Fantastic street art can be found throughout the entire city, from Croft Alley to Hosier Lane. While you’re out graffiti hunting, check out the world-class coffee culture and refuel with a cup of your favourite blend at cafes like Axil Coffee Roasters or Seven Seeds.

South of the Yarra River are St. Kilda—a wide, sandy beach with a picturesque boardwalk—and Brighton, a longer stretch with colorful beach huts. From rollerblading and biking to windsurfing and yachting, there are plenty of things to do on these beaches.

Melbourne Airport offers flights to Sydney and destinations around the world.

Tonight

From $57 per night

Next weekend

From $154 per night

Most popular time to visit December-February
Cheapest time to visit April-June
Local currency AUD 10 = $7.09
Language English
Average weekend price $143 per night
Average weekday price $138 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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6.0

Take the Circle Line bus to orient yourself, then select...

March 21, 2019

Take the Circle Line bus to orient yourself, then select what to visit. Loved the Central Market- wonderful city life and good food. Potter Museum has excellent Aboriginal exhibit.. Walk the streets and feel the energy of the different communities: Asian, Greek.... A walking city in the center with busses and trams to reach everywhere else.

Margaret
Margaret United States of America
10

I really liked Melbourne.

March 21, 2019

I really liked Melbourne. Has a good vibe. Easy to get around. Excellent coffee! Good places to eat and and shop. Went to the Penguin Parade and the Great Ocean Road tours from there. Two very good tours.

Anonymous United States of America
10

Went out with guys of the Melbourne electric riders and had...

March 21, 2019

Went out with guys of the Melbourne electric riders and had a blast cruising around on personal electric device. Fantastic paths and roads to ride on. CBD was ok with all shopping retail, would definitely come back with my electric skateboard to explore Melbourne in the future.

Anonymous New Zealand
10

It's a beautiful city full of things to do.

March 19, 2019

It's a beautiful city full of things to do. Easy to get around and locate what you're looking for. The art gallery, aquarium and museum are all definitely worth a visit and are affordable for groups and families of any size.

Chelsea
Chelsea Australia
8.0

Melbourne is an amazing city with many things to offer...

March 17, 2019

Melbourne is an amazing city with many things to offer visitors. It is culturally rich with art, shopping, food, and best of all coffee! With a little research on the travelers part it is easy to find things to do and see, be prepared to walk. This is coming from someone that generally does not like to travel to cities. Get the Myki card to travel around the city. It was worth the price. Book tours to Great Ocean Road and the Mornington Pennisula to get out of the city for a day or so. If you like driving, rent a car to take your time in the small towns.

Joanne
Joanne United States of America
10

Went there during their F1 Grand Prix weekend.

March 17, 2019

Went there during their F1 Grand Prix weekend. It overloaded their tram system. We Got kicked out of tram 6 times during these two days. They either closed the stop and made the ride shout or jwoyhout explanation. On Sat afternoon, all trams that started from F1 park were full. They did not even stop in the later stops, we have waitingv10 tram to past by. It is not someythat I would expect from an international citrythat hosted this kind of event annually. Very bad taste. However, the restaurants, markets and beaches are very good. We like the idea of free tram within the CBD area.

Anonymous Canada

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