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Melbourne: the city's best neighborhoods

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About Melbourne

Including tips for the best time to visit Melbourne

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.


From $34 per night

This weekend

From $68 per night

Next weekend

From $68 per night

Most popular time to visit November-January
Cheapest time to visit May-July
Local currency AUD 10 = $7.17
Language English
Average weekend price $127 per night
Average weekday price $115 per night
Average stay 2 nights

Points of interest in Melbourne

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Where to stay during the Australian Open

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Melbourne reviews

What other travelers say about Melbourne


Melbourne is a fantastic city, I actually walked 10.

June 6, 2020

Melbourne is a fantastic city, I actually walked 10.5 kilometres around & through the CBD, I enjoyed all of the coffee, the cafes, the pubs and the people, it is amazing to get such a good feeling from a large modern city

Geoff Australia

Great city with everything you need.

June 1, 2020

Great city with everything you need. We stayed right in the centre of the city. Used the trams and trains to get around. Spent time at the Victoria market, the zoo, the Chapel St markets, shopping and Toorak shopping.

Anonymous New Zealand

Melbourne is Melbourne, it's unique.

May 7, 2020

Melbourne is Melbourne, it's unique. For theater, or dining and for getting around, it has top-billing. It's not pretty like Sydney with it's harbor but it bustles and is generally very friendly and accommodating. Public transport is easy to find and use. Nightlife (pre-coronavirus) excellent. It's cosmopolitan in a way that Adelaide tries to replicate and it has everything going for it, but the weather.

ian Australia

Beautiful city.

March 19, 2020

Beautiful city. Easy to get around on the free tram system around the city. Very quiet due to the Covid-19, which made it easier for me! Great options for shopping. Lots of food options s available from budget to high end.

Mardi Australia

A sprawling, vibrant city made for people.

March 17, 2020

A sprawling, vibrant city made for people. Very easy to get around, with amazing bars and restaurants throughout the city. Melbourne museums and galleries are wonderful to visit, though the whole city and its creative architecture makes it fun to explore on a nice day. St. Kilda is always a fun day, or night, out. And it's an easy train ride to Williamstown or the Dandenong Ranges, for those who want to escape the CBD. I can always find something to do in Melbourne.

Einar Australia

Melbourne is great for people who are night owls the palce...

March 12, 2020

Melbourne is great for people who are night owls the palce is always pumping and it makes going out so easy. The food is probably the best part of it as its so diverse. Shopping is there to suit everyone from the DFOs to the expensive Big Brand stores. I would like to live in Melbourne but I think it would burn me out in no time. Definitely go on your next trip to this big city there is tons of stuff to do just makesure you bring your bank balance with you lol...

Michael Australia

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