Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, after Sydney, and is the capital of Victoria. It is a city with something for everyone, where an unassuming shop front may lead to a world class restaurant; a small cul-de sac could conceal a dozen cafes, galleries or designer boutiques - a city of surprises, but also known for its cultural delights. Melbourne is the food capital, the events capital, fashion capital and much, much more.
Accommodation in Melbourne is plentiful, from luxury 5 star hotels, to casinos, apartments, motels and hostels. The main tourist spots are the City Centre, Carlton, Parkville. St Kilda, the South Yarra and Fitzroy – each with its own unique flavor, identity and choice of accommodation options.
The city centre is a great place to start, with the Docklands, Parliament House, the State Library, Queen Victoria Market, Federation Square and Southgate all within easy walking distance. For fine dining options, head over the Yarra to Southbank, close to Crown Casino and other Melbourne hotels.
For something less formal, head to Lygon Street in Carlton. It is filled with gourmet restaurants, coffee stores and small shops all with a distinctively Italian style. Carlton is also home to the Melbourne Museum, the biggest in Australia, an massive IMAX cinema and of course the Carlton Football Club for AFL fans. For sports, the MCG is also a must see, with cricket and AFL popular amongst locals.
For some light entertainment head to Luna Park in St Kilda, an Historic amusement park not to be confused with the one in Sydney. The St Kilda Pier, Esplanade and the Botanical Gardens are also worth a visit. For St Kilda accommodation options, try your search below.
For a beach break, book yourself into a Brighton Hotel and experience Brighton Beach and Melbourne’s boutique cafes and upmarket bay side stores. Brighton beach is famous for the Beach Boxes which regularly are sold for amazing prices.
Fitzroy accommodation is for the more trend and bohemian individual, a trip to Fitzroy with take you along Brunswick Street or Smith St, packed with charming and cheap cafes, bars, restaurants and eclectic shops. « less