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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.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens and Etihad Stadium. Melbourne Aquarium and Melbourne Central are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Etihad Stadium and Melbourne Aquarium. Bourke Street Mall and Eureka Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Etihad Stadium. Melbourne Aquarium and Eureka Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Rialto Towers and Melbourne Aquarium. Bourke Street Mall and Eureka Tower are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Princess Theatre, Bourke Street Mall, and Melbourne Museum. Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne Central are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Set within the Southbank shopping/business complex and 200 meters (656 feet) from Yarra River, this modern-style hotel is just across Princes Bridge from the city center and within walking distance of Eureka Skydeck 88. The Victorian Arts Centre, Crown Casino, and Melbourne Cricket Ground are nearby.
This family-friendly Tullamarine hotel is located near the airport, 3.9 mi (6.2 km) from DFO Essendon, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Aquarium. Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and Melbourne City Baths are also within 12 mi (20 km).
This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps from Emporium Melbourne and Bourke Street Mall. Melbourne Central and RMIT University are also within 15 minutes.