3.6 miles from downtown
This beachside area is undergoing a gentle gentrification. Budget backpackers and chilled-out stick jugglers are giving way to trendsters and urban profs. Known for its laid-back liveability, you’ll stick to its cool cafes and clubs like a barnacle – try Hannah Café for lush breakfasts, or The Espy, Big Mouth and Republica after-hours.
Places to stay from $10 a night
2.4 miles from downtown
The Gucci handbag of Melbourne. This swish and stylish neighbourhood is unabashedly upmarket and filled with continental eateries. Hit “Two Birds One Stone” for their creative breakfasts, shop for nibbly bits at the Prahran Market and beloved Chez Olivier for a typically French bistro. Why not visit them all?!
Places to stay from $20 a night
Melbourne Central Business District
Expect the unexpected. Hipster haunts have shot up between the suit-and-tie hustle to give the area edge. Caffeinate at “Bowery to Williamsburg”, then connect the dots from café to hip café. Shop for fabulously original womenswear at LIFEwithBIRD. At night, try pang-busting Mexican at Mamasita, Supernormal for Karaoke, or the Rooftop Cinema.
Places to stay from $9 a night
1.2 miles from downtown
Fancy a permanent Sunday? Everything in The Docklands is low-key and chic, including its residents. May your coffee be hot and your pastries delicious at Hortus or Halyard Café. Spend a languid afternoon in the Docklands Park, then evening beers at relaxed Bar Nacional. Sunday markets occur regularly on the waterfront – check online for details.
Places to stay from $46 a night
1.2 miles from downtown
Always trendy, suburban “N.M” is known for its wealthy working parents who juggle new-borns with laptops, then take to the flat terrain by bike! It’s also known for its coffee-centrism. For proof, try Auction Rooms, Code Black or Pocket. At night, sip on cocktails amid Prudence's laid-back vibe.
Places to stay from $16 a night
2.4 miles from downtown
Albert Park isn’t just made for walking. Though it’s popularly known as part of the Formula One Racing Circuit, it’s also a quiet respite barely a few kilometres from the centre. Enjoy water sports like rowing, kayaking and sailing, or pack a picnic and relax beneath the trees. Explore nearby Bridport Street’s boutiques and trendy cafés.
Places to stay from $118 a night
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.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||AUD 10 = $6.70|
|Average weekend price||$18 per night|
|Average weekday price||$21 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
I didn’t know much about Melbourne and therefore no expectations. Amazed at the various sightseeing options and it’s indeed a foodie heaven! Great Ocean Tour and Penguin Parade are a must see! Eat steak along the Yarra River at Riverbank Bar. Took too long to wait for the free City Circle Tram but heard it’s worth it. Everything walkable within the city/CBD.
Melbourne is a fantastic city. The public transport including the airport shuttle bus is world class. Melbourne is renowned for it’s cuisine and it’s shopping. There are also a great number of attractions nearby, eg Victorian Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Market, a world class museum and eateries. The hotel is very conveniently located, close to the CBD, a tree city tram service, Southern Cross Rail Station and lots of cafes, restaurants and value ‘pub’ food.
Easy to get about with good public transport links and Myki card can be used on trains, trams and buses. Such a cool city- loved walking the Yarra at night, especially with all the Xmas lights and stopping at different bars on the water for a cocktail. Nice brunch options on Chapel Street in the suburb of Windsor.
Melbourne is a people friendly city with an amazing free tram zone in the CBD which allows easy access to the many attractions and fantastic night life and restaurants all along the beautiful Yarra River. We loved our stay and have already booked a longer stay next year.
Great location and Car parking for $15 per night. Public Transport a 5 minute walk, then a 10minute Tram ride to city. Great view of the bay from 8th Floor. Considerations: - TV movies and Chrome casting did not work in our room. - No Green Tea available, either in Room or at Breakfast. - No Soy or Almond Milk available at Breakfast or for Tea and Coffee.
Transport system, the trams in particular were great and free in the city centre. The Victoria market is well worth a visit, be prepared to spend quite a bit of time there. South bank was a great buzzy area with a wide range of places to stop and have a drink and food. Degrave lane off Flinders lane was superb if you enjoy busy bustling outside eating in a small place. St Patricks cathedral is also worth a visit very well looked after. A walk around the MCG and picture with the Shane Warne monument is nice. The shrine of remembrance was sobering but so worth while, allow a couple of hours to fully take it in. Outside a wander around the huge botanical gardens is great for the soul.
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