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The City of Melbourne [22] represents the city's regularly grid-planned Central Business District and historical core, located on the north bank of the Yarra River. South of the river is the Southbank cafe and shopping precinct.


Officially established in 1837, the city of Melbourne was quickly (by 1838) laid out in the regular grid pattern that marks the CBD out on today's maps.

Get in


Central Melbourne (the Central Business District (CBD) and nearby) attractions are arranged here on a route starting in the south-west, proceeding east along Collins St, covering Swanston St from the Yarra River to Victoria St in the north, then going through Chinatown to Spring St and finishing at the south-east corner of the CBD.

  • The Docklands precinct is the lynchpin of Melbourne's urban planning vision for the next fifty years. The old shipping yards and industrial neigbourhood just west of the CBD, is being developed into a lively residential, commercial and entertainment district that hopes to refocus Melbourne's attention to the waterfront.
  • Southern Star. A wheel giving a 30 minute "flight" over the area. The bubbles are stable, and air-conditioned, and offer a view across Melbourne. The Southern Star was closed due to heat stress caused by Melbourne's 2008-2009 heatwave. The Star is currently being taken down so that a replacement can be built. $26.
  • Black Light Mini Golf and Coffin Ride, (In the Harbour Town shopping Centre at the Docklands.), [1]. Indoor 18 hole minigolf under blacklight. Coffin ride possible, as well.
  • Victoria Police Museum, Victoria Police Centre, Concourse Level, 637 Flinders St (West of Spencer St.). M-F 10AM-4PM. Free.
  • Melbourne Aquarium, (On the corner of King St and Queens Wharf Rd). Daily 9:30AM-6PM, Jan 1-27 9:30AM-9PM. Home to over 10,000 aquatic creatures, the Melbourne aquarium is the newest and largest aquarium in Australia. $22 adult, $12 child.
  • Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St (Between William St and Market St.). Daily 10AM-5PM except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Located in the restored Old Customs House, it covers customs history as well as immigration. $6 adult, children and concession free..
  • Rialto Towers, 525 Collins St (On the corner of King St.). Su-Th 10AM-10PM, F-Sa 10AM-11PM. This is the tallest reinforced concrete structure and the tallest office structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The Melbourne Observation Deck on the 55th floor gives an excellent 360-degree view of the city. $11.80 adult, $6.80 child.
  • ANZ Banking Museum, 380 Collins St (On the corner of Queen St.). M-F 9:30AM-4PM excluding bank holidays. Housed in the late-19th century Gothic Revival ANZ Bank building. Free.
  • Block Arcade, (Between Collins St and Elizabeth St.). Historic shopping arcade built in 1891.
  • Scots’ Church, (On the corner of Collins St and Russell Rd.). Gothic church built in 1873.
  • St Michael’s Uniting Church, (On the corner of Collins St and Russell Rd.). Romanesque style church built in 1866.
  • Flinders Street Station, (On the corner of Flinders St and Swanston St, beside Princes Bridge.). This Melbourne icon is one of the city's major train stations and was designed in an 1899 competition. The station's front steps, below a row of clocks announcing train departure times, are also a popular meeting point for locals. A government plan to replace the ageing, and usually inaccurate, clocks with digital contemporaries was shelved after howls of protest from residents who had grown up meeting friends "under the Flinders St clocks"
  • St Paul’s Cathedral, (On the corner of Swanston St and Flinders St.). Gothic Revival cathedral currently undergoing restoration in stages.
  • City Square, (Swanston St between Flinders Lane and Collins St.). Car free zone which makes for a great pedestrian mall.
  • Melbourne Town Hall, (On the corner of Swanston St and Collins St.), 9658 9658. Free tours M-F 11AM and 1PM, first Sa of the month 11AM, noon, 1PM and 2PM. You need to book tours one day ahead. Built in 1870.
  • Manchester Unity Building, (On the corner of Swanston St and Collins St.). This 1930s Gothic building was once Melbourne’s tallest building.
  • Bourke St Mall, (Between Swanston St and Elizabeth St.). Melbourne’s main department stores are located here and street performers and buskers perform in the mall.
  • Royal Arcade. Built in 1870, it is a historic shopping arcade that runs between Little Collins Street and the Bourke Street Mall, with entrances also off Elizabeth Street. The mall has some classic features but unfortunately has not been lovingly restored and modernised like the Block.
  • State Library of Victoria, (On Swanston St between Little Lonsdale and Latrobe St.). M-Th 10AM-9PM, F-Su 10AM-6PM, except public holidays.. Built in stages starting in 1854, it has an impressive classical revival façade. Renovation of the La Trobe Reading Room was completed in 2003. Includes a good newspaper reading room, genealogy room and an art collection. Internet terminals are provided for research only, not email, and usually need to be booked because of high demand. Coin-operated lockers are available just off the lobby, with staff in attendance – large bags are not permitted in the library proper.
  • Melbourne City Baths, (On the corner of Swanston St and Franklin St.), [2]. The Edwardian (1903) building still function as a health and fitness center with a gym and other facilities complementing the swimming pools. $4 adult, $3.20 student, $2 pensioner.
  • Queen Victoria Market, 513 Elizabeth St (On the corner of Elizabeth St and Victoria St.). Tu, Th 6AM-2PM, F 6AM-6PM, Sa 6AM-3PM, Su 9AM-4PM. Over 1000 stalls, selling food along with low priced clothing, toys, souvenirs, trinkets. The earlier you arrive, the better the quality of fresh produce. Aside from food items, other goods on sale lean towards low-cost items and those aimed at tourists.
  • Old Melbourne Gaol, (Russell St between Victoria St and La Trobe St.), [3]. Daily 9:30AM-4:30PM except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Night tour performances W, Su evenings (suggested age 12 years plus). Built in 1841, it is now a penal museum. Bushranger Ned Kelly was hanged here in 1880. The scaffold on which he and many others were hanged is displayed, as is Kelly’s armor. There are other displays in many of the cells. Allow an hour or so for your visit. Day $12.50 adult, $7.50 child; night performances $18.70 adult, $11 under 16 years..
  • National Post Master Gallery, 321 Exhibition St (Enter from La Trobe St.), [4]. Tu-F 10AM-5PM, Sa-M noon-5PM. The collection includes Australia’s National Philatelic Collection. free.
  • Chinatown, (Little Bourke St between Swanston St and Spring St.). Melbourne's Chinatown is the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western world. It dates back to the gold rush days of the 1850s and is one of the most popular and distinctive areas of Melbourne.
  • Museum of Chinese Australian History (The Chinese Museum), 22 Cohen Place, [5]. Su-F 10AM-4:30PM, Sa noon-4:30PM, closed Good Friday and Christmas Day. The museum runs 2-hour walking tours of Chinatown by appointment ($15 adult, $10 child). $5 adult, $3 child.
  • Little Greece, (Lonsdale St adjacent to Chinatown). This stretch of Lonsdale St boasts many lively Greek cafes, nightclubs and shops.
  • Parliament House of Victoria, (Spring St opposite Bourke St.), [6]. M-F 10AM, 11AM, noon, 2PM, 3PM, 3:45PM.. Tours when parliament is not in session. Built between 1856 and 1879, the federal parliament sat in this impressive building from 1901 to 1927. Free.
  • Windsor Hotel, (Spring St between Bourke St and Little Collins St.). Opened in 1883 as The Grand, it is indeed the city’s grandest historic hotel.
  • Hotel Sofitel, 25 Collins St. The floor-to-ceiling windows of Le Restaurant on the 35th floor offer excellent views of the city.
  • Old Treasury Building and Gold Treasury Museum, (On the corner of Spring St and Macarthur St.), [7]. M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-4PM, closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.. Built in 1858, it was the city’s first Italian Renaissance building and many consider that its elegance has not been surpassed by anything in Melbourne since. Contains displays on the history of Melbourne as well as history of gold in Victoria. The volunteer attendants are very helpful albeit in a fussy way. $8.50 adult, $5 child.
  • Treasury Gardens, (Behind the Treasury Building.). Features a memorial to John F Kennedy.
  • Fitzroy Gardens, (Opposite the Treasury Gardens on Lansdowne St.), [8]. Features Captain Cook’s Cottage which is the cottage that belonged to Captain James Cook’s parents and was transported from Yorkshire to Melbourne in 1934.
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral, (On the corner of Gisborne St and Cathedral Place.), [9]. The original part of this Gothic Revival cathedral was built in the 1850s. It was consecrated in 1897 and the spires added in 1939.
  • Fire Services Museum Victoria, 39 Gisborne St (On the corner of Victoria Parade), [10]. F 9AM-3PM, Su 10AM-4PM. Free.
  • Polly Woodside Maritime Museum, Lorimer St East (Near the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.). 10AM-4PM daily, closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.. Features the restored 1885 sailing ship "Polly Woodside". $10 adult, $7 child.
  • Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon St. Australia's premier convention centre, it is home to an ongoing array of exhibitions and conventions.
  • Crown Entertainment Complex, 8 Whiteham St., [11]. 24h daily, closed 4AM-noon Christmas Day, Good Friday, and Anzac Day.. A Las Vegas-style gambling palace (including the Crown Casino), also containing restaurants, upmarket boutiques, nightclubs, two hotel towers, a cinema complex, and floorshows.
  • Southgate Plaza, (Can be reached from the CBD by an arched footbridge from behind the Flinders Street Station.). Three levels of restaurants, cafes and bars overlooking the river.

Yarra River

  • Melbourne River Cruises leave from Princes Walk, just east of Princes Bridge (Swanston St), and from Southbank Lower Promenade. The timetable is subject to tidal conditions and river closures. $16.50 adult, $8.80 child. [23]
  • A popular walk is from the corner of Batman Ave and St Kilda Rd (near the Princes Bridge and Federation Square) eastward along the riverbank then crossing the Morell footbridge and returning to Princes Bridge either along the riverbank or through the Botanic Gardens and Alexandra Gardens.

Arts precinct

The arts precinct on St Kilda Rd immediately south of Princes Bridge and adjoining Southgate contains:

  • Victorian Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Rd, nearest the Yarra. M-F 7AM-late, Sa 9AM-late, Su 10AM-5PM. The Centre consists of:
  • Melbourne Concert Hall.
  • Theatres Building including the State Theatre..
  • National Gallery of Victoria. The original gallery, it now houses the gallery’s international collection. The Australian collection is at the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square.
  • Victorian College Of The Arts (VCA).

On Sturt Street west of St Kilda Road is:

  • ACCA - Australian Centre of Contemporary Art.
  • Malthouse Theatre.

On Franklin Street north of the city is:

  • The Blender Studios [24] Melbourne's independent artist-run arts complex and home to research art space Dark Horse Experiment [25] and nocturnal public video art space Propaganda Window[26].

Gardens and parks

Between the east side of St Kilda Rd and the Yarra River is a series of gardens and parks.

  • Alexandra Gardens.
  • Queen Victoria Gardens. Features memorials to Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, sculptures and a floral clock of 7000 plants.
  • Kings Domain. Contains:
  • Shrine of Remembrance war memorial.
  • Governor La Trobe’s Cottage. Every Sun 2PM-4PM Oct to May; last Sun June to Sept. Charles La Trobe brought this prefabricated house when he came to Australia in 1839.
  • Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Built in 1959, it is used for concerts and in winter as an ice-skating rink.
  • Government House. A landmark, open to the public on Australia Day, 26 January. Booked guided tours Mon & Wed via the National Trust.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Ave, 15 min walk from CBD. Every day Nov-Mar 7:30AM-8:30PM, Apr-Oct 7:30AM-5:30PM. recognised as one of the world’s finest botanic gardens, with over 10,000 species and 50,000 individual plants in the 38 hectare gardens.

Others: Fitzroy Gardens [27].

Federation Square

Federation Square, cnr Flinders St and Swanston St / St Kilda Rd, opposite Flinders Street Station. Recently built over the rail yards, it includes an open space, an atrium with restaurants and cafes, an amphitheater and somewhat controversial asymmetrical architecture. [28] It includes the following centers:

  • Melbourne Visitor Centre, cnr Flinders St and Swanston St / St Kilda Rd. Every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day, 9AM-6PM. Most of the centre is below ground level. Free.
  • Australian Racing Museum, Federation Square, Melbourne. Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm everyday (Excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day). Museum Admission: Adults: $9; Concession: $5; Children Under 12: FREE. The resource Centre includes an extensive library. Admission includes guided tour and entry into temporary exhibitions.Phone: 1300 139 407.
  • Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, cnr Flinders St and Russell St extension. Open daily 10AM-5PM, F 10AM-9PM, closed Monday, ANZAC Day opens 1PM, closed Good Friday and Christmas Day. Houses the National Gallery of Victoria’s collection of Australian art. Free. Note- The NGV’s international art collection is housed in the original NGV building south of the Yarra. [29]
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Screen gallery is open daily 10AM-6PM. A museum of television, film and digital media. Entry is free for much of the Centre, although charges apply for cinema screenings and certain programs and exhibitions. [30]



  • Sanctuary at City Club, Grand Hyatt Melbourne Hotel, 123 Collins Street, +61 3 9657 1234 ().
  • Park Club Health & Day Spa, Park Hyatt Melbourne Hotel, 1 Parliament Square, off Parliament Place, +61 3 9224 1234 (), [12]. Offers exceptional facilities and service. Guests enjoy complimentary access to Park Club’s 25 metre heated lap pool, spa, steam room, sauna and fitness studio.


  • Bonza Bike Tours, Shop 2 Melbourne Aquarium, Cnr King & Flinders Streets, +61 3 9629 1112 (), [13]. Offers guided bicycle tours of Melbourne and its character filled districts. Bike hire and bicycle rentals are also available.
  • Melbourne by Foot, Federation Square, Melbourne, 1300 311 081 (), [14]. Offers guided walking tours, which start and finish in Federation Square and showcase some of Melbourne's diverse urban environment, including parklands, the river and civic spaces as well as the famed lane ways and arcades.
  • Melbourne Street Art Tours, 110 Franklin Street ((Near Queen Victoria Market)), 03 9328 5556, [15]. 1.30-5pm. The Melbourne Street Art Tours are designed and run by local street artists to give the best representation of the Melbourne underground street art scene. This three hour walking is the best way to see Melbourne's thriving street art and meet with local artists of the craft. $69.00 per person.


Melbourne’s vibrant retail scene thrives with alluring labels, products and shopping experiences. It's an eclectic mix of high end fashion, funky boutiques and mainstream stores, all of which have a home in the city’s laneways, retail centres and tree-lined streets.

  • Hussy 338 Bourke St, Melbourne. A cult designer label that caters to a ultra chic and fashion forward clientele.
  • Outre Gallery 211 Elizabeth St Melbourne. For the art lover that doesn't have a lot to spend, Outre can get you started with originals for under $100.
  • Fat Shop G03, GPO 350 Bourke St, Melbourne. Renowned for discovering some of Australia's most beloved lables, Fat stocks emerging labels and well as the now established brands.
  • Aesop QV 35 Albert Coates Lane, Melbourne. A Melbourne born brand starting 17 years ago, Aesop is decked out apothecary style, and uses botanical extracts and natural preservatives where possible. Their products will definitely earn prized rank in your bathroom.



Journal Cafe

Between Degraves St and Centreplace (which link Flinders St to Collins St, between Swanston St and Elizabeth St), you will find several breakfast restaurants. Most open from 7AM and serve all kinds of breakfasts. Competition is strong and keeps quality up so the range of choice is impressive.

  • Aix, (Centreplace.). Has a huge selection of mouthwateringly good crepes.


Melbourne's Chinatown district centred on Little Bourke St is filled with cheap Chinese options and some well-hidden (but excellent) Japanese alternatives. Search Tattersall's Lane for deliciously cheap dumplings. The CBD is also suffused with postmodern Oriental restaurants catering to the large Asian student market.

  • Camy Shanghai Dumplings, 25 Tattersalls Lane, 9663 8555. Chinese food in large servings, notable for its dumplings. Meals served with complimentary tea.
  • White Lotus, (Victoria St near Victoria Market.). Offering good vegetarian Chinese for those on a no meat diet.
  • Gigi, 237 Swanston St, 9639 2233. This is the place for Japanese served fast and friendly.


  • Gaylords, 4 Tattersalls Lane, 61-3-9663 3980. Kitschy ode to Bollywood in the heart of Chinatown.


  • Crossways, 123 Swanston St.. M-Sa 11:30AM-2:30PM. Tasty lunch cafe with a 2-course vegetarian all-you-can-eat meal. May be possible to work 30 minutes for your meal. $6.


  • Medallion, 209-211 Lonsdale St, 03-9663-4228 (fax: 03-9484-6474). Serves gyros and other standard Greek lunch fare. $5-15.


  • Melbourne Bar & Bistro, 168 Elizabeth St (Near Bourke St.). Hungry budget travellers can eat all they want. $7.95.



The CBD holds some hidden gems as far as coffee is concerned. Once again, Degraves Lane is the most popular destination while those seeking a little bit more style can head to the many malls for their fix.

  • Degraves Espresso Bar, 23 Degraves Street, tel 96541245. Tucked into a bluestone laneway near Flinders St Station, this outlet has long-held the title of Melbourne's best coffee. Hours: Mon–Fri 6:30AM–7:30P, Sat–Sun 7:30AM-6:30PM.
  • Laurent Bakery, 306 Little Collins St, tel 96541011. If Parisian pastries and good coffee are what you crave, then head here to a now franchised establishment with well-trained baristas.


  • A typical Italian Wine Bar Wine Lane (24 Artemis Lane, [31]) dedicated to wine and cheese lovers. They have also a good selection of prosciutto and dried cured meat and a surprising range of truffles specialties, just something different.
  • Serious cocktail aficionados should check out The Gin Palace (190 Little Collins St; 9654-0533), for a welcome mix of knowledgeable bartenders, funky bordello ambiance and a laid-back crowd.
  • The Carlton Club, 193 Bourke St Melbourne. Great late night joint on middle of the day, very functional with heaps of little spaces to get cosy and open areas to get your Sunday on. The rooftop bar in up there with the best in town. A must for people coming to Melbourne.
  • A little more upmarket is Tony Starr's Kitten Club (267 Little Collins Street, tel 9650-2448 [32]) which offers a leopard-print throwback to the smooth cats and cool jazz of the 50's. The weekday crowd of funk loving twenty-something professionals sip on a range of cocktails blended and shaken by well-trained and attentive staff. The upstairs performance area hosts local and visiting funk, jazz and cabaret acts.
  • The Croft Institute (21-25 Croft Alley, tel 9671-4399) epitomizes the kitschy-hidden-bar trend of the past few years. Tucked within the narrowest and smelliest alley in Melbourne, this place is somewhat charmingly fitted out like a high school laboratory; complete with beakers, test tubes and retorts. Check out the upstairs 'gymnasium' playing house and electro, and the hospital gurney (with stirrups) on display near the women's toilets.
  • Arthur's Lounge (Corporation Lane, tel 9654 9744) is a decadent club / bar with prices and door policies to match. A crowd-friendly mix of house and electronica will keep you going, and the fun-loving (but sometimes pretentious) patrons are a pleasant mix of funky bohemia, city glamour and party people.
  • For a taste of Fitzroy in the CBD, drop into the cheerful Rue Bebelons (267 Little Lonsdale Street, tel 9663-1700) for a reasonably priced coffee or beer. The Nepalese family behind the bar mix up great music and a friendly vibe to a crowd of laid back artists and students from nearby universities.
  • Misty's (3-5 Hosier Ln, tel 9663 9202) hosts a smiliar crowd, but in slightly cooler retro-sci-fi surrounds. The staff are friendly, live DJs spin groovy tunes most nights and it makes a great launching pad for shows at the nearby Forum.
  • St Jerome's (7 Caledonian Lane) for unique Melbourne sub-culture and street style. Closed in late 2008.
  • Cookie (Swanston St between Lonsdale and Bourke opposite the Lounge). Excellent bar and cocktails with an upstyle crowd that likes to party hard. Has a restaurant upstairs for dinner serving excellent thai inspired meals.
  • "Section 8" (27 - 29 Tatersalls Lane)bar in a car park made from shipping containers. 'nuff said?
  • Bar Americano on Presgrove Pl serves up awesome cocktails and excellent coffee, but we warned, they don't serve skim or soy milk.
  • Madame Brussels (63/59 Bourke Street PH:(03)9662 2775) This English Garden party themed bar is located on the roof and serves up excellent cocktails by staff in Tennis outfits. Cocktail jugs $30 and $50, 2+ and 4+ serves respectively
  • The Workshop Bar (Upstairs Cnr Elizabeth and A'Beckett Sts)This relaxed bar is located in a former motorcycle workshop hence the name. The Workshop has reasonable priced drinks and an outside (roofless) smokers area. It's run by the same people who run e55.



  • Nomads Melbourne Backpackers Hostel & Industry Bar & Lounge, 196-198 Beckett St, 9328 4383, Free phone 1800 44 77 62, [33]. Shared dorm accommodation from $19, Doubles from $70.
  • All Nations Backpackers Hostel, 2 Spencer St, 9620 1022, 1800 222 238 ([email protected], fax 9620 1033), [34]. 24-hour reception. Dorm beds from $19, single $38, double $48.
  • Arthouse Hotel, 616 Elizabeth St, 9347 3917 ([email protected]). Also a live music venue so it may be rather noisy at night.
  • Elephant Backpackers, 250 Flinders St (opp Flinders St Station), 9654 2616 ([email protected]). Centrally located and offers ameniable facilities.
  • Elizabeth Hostel, 490 Elizabeth St, +61 3 9663 1685 (). Offers affordable accommodation in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, right in the heart of Melbourne.
  • Flinders Station Hotel, 35 Elizabeth St (cnr Flinders Lane), 9620 5100 ([email protected], fax 9620 5101). 24-hour reception. Centrally located. Twins and doubles have own tv. Beds in 4-bed dorms $23 per night or $136 per week, twin or double $64 per room per night or $379 per week, double ensuite $79 per room per night or $469 per week.
  • The Friendly Backpacker, 197 King St (near Little Bourke St), Central Melbourne, 9670 1111 ([email protected], fax 9670 9911). Dorm bed $25, double $80 and includes free internet and breakfast.
  • Greenhouse Backpacker, 228 Flinders Lane (just off Swanston St), Central Melbourne, 9639 6400 ([email protected], fax 9639 6900). Dorm bed $30, single $60, double $78. Free internet and breakfast are included.
  • Melbourne Metro YHA, 78 Howard St, Melbourne, 9329 8599 ([email protected], fax 9326 8427). 24-hour reception. Excellent hostel located on the fringe of the city, about 10 minutes walk to the centre of city. Great facilities and very clean. Free car parking on-site. Shared room from $26, double/twin from $78, Ensuite rooms from $88 (YHA non-members $3.50 extra).
  • Melbourne Oasis YHA Hostel, 76 Chapman St, North Melbourne, 9328 3595 ([email protected], fax 9329 7863). Small friendly hostel located in the pretty suburb of North Melbourne. 10 minutes by tram to city. Close to Royal Park, Melbourne Zoo and main Melbourne hospitals. Great hostel garden, very sheltered, sunny and relaxing. Shared room $26-29, Double $65 (YHA non-members $3.50 extra).
  • Toad Hall Hotel, 441 Elizabeth St (just north of Becket St), Central Melbourne, 9600 9010 ([email protected], fax 9600 9013). Office open 7AM-10PM. Dorm beds from $25, single from $60, double from $70.
  • Victoria Hotel, 215 Little Collins St (between Swanston St and Russell St), Central Melbourne, 9653 0441, 1800 331 147 ([email protected], fax 9650 9678). Single $56-$155, twin/double $78-$155, triple $99-$165, family rooms and apartments from $150.


  • Atlantis Hotel, 300 Spencer St (near LaTrobe Street), +613 9600 2900, ([email protected], fax 9600 2700). 24 hour reception. From $140, but cheaper rates are available online.
  • Explorers Inn, 16 Spencer St (near Flinders St), 9621 3333, 1800 816 168 ([email protected], fax 9621 1922). 24 hour reception. Twin or double from $118.
  • Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition Street ph 1300 857 922 - Rydges Melbourne is in the heart of Melbourne's vibrant theatre district and is situated opposite Her Majesty’s Theatre, 1 block from The Comedy Theatre and The Princess Theatre, 2 blocks The Athenaeum Theatre and The Regent Theatre and 3 blocks from The Forum (Old State Theatre).
  • Travelodge Southbank Melbourne Hotel, 9 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006. Great location, quality accommodation at affordable prices. Parking available. Telephone: +61 3 8696 9600, Facsimile: +61 3 9690 1160 [35]
  • Boutique Stays, The Manhattan. It is one chic 1 bedroom apartment right in the heart of the city.


  • Boutique Stays, Southbank at StayCentral. It is a lovely 1 bedroom apartment only a short stroll to the famous Southbank shopping precinct.



  • Apartment Alkira, [16]. Elegant, New York style apartment in leafy Queen Street. Apartment Alkira is perfectly located in the heart of the CBD. Available for short term, weekend, relocation or vacation stays. 1 bedroom from $190 AUD per night.
  • Knightsbridge Apartments, 101 George St, (03) 9470 9100, [17]. Knightsbridge is conveniently located in a quiet street near Jolimont Station and in walking distance to the centre. The apartments are cosy though a bit on the small side. $425 for a studio.


  • The Westin Melbourne, 205 Collins Street, Melbourne, +61 3 9635 2222 (), [18]. Modern, chic and elegantly understated, The Westin Melbourne is one of Australia’s most awarded hotels. The property is surrounded by the city’s finest theatres, galleries, boutiques & tourist attractions.
  • Park Hyatt, 1 Parliament Square (Off Parliament Place.), 92241234 (, fax: 92241200), [19]. Park Hyatt Melbourne offers offers impressive attention to detail and superior personalised service. With Italian marble bathrooms complete with a deep sunken bath with inset television, twin basins, separate lavatory and therapeutic shower.
  • Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins Street, +61 3 9657 1234 (), [20]. Acknowledged as one of Melbourne's finest hotels, it features Art Deco set against Veronese marble, highlighted by art commissioned from around the world. All rooms receive access to the Regency Health Club, open daily from 6AM.
  • Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne, +61 3 9633 6000 (, fax: +61 3 9633 6001), [21]. Built in 1883, the Hotel Windsor bills itself as Australia’s only remaining grand hotel. It possesses old world charm with modern luxuries and has an enviable location opposite Parliament and at the top end of Collins St.



  • Melbourne Visitor Centre, Lower-ground level, Shard building, Federation Square, corner Swanston and Flinders streets (opposite Flinders Street Station), open daily 9AM-6PM, closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Provides information about the city and hands out free maps.

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