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Melbourne Central Business DistrictMelbourne

Explore the magnificent Southbank riverfront, experience the city’s cultural charms in the arts precinct and see a glimpse of colonial history in central Melbourne.

The tree-lined streets of Melbourne’s Central Business District may be laid out on a grid, but there’s much more than meets the eye behind the façades of stunning heritage buildings and in the maze of graffiti-covered laneways.

Melbourne CBD is the city’s inner hub for nightlife, shopping, dining, sightseeing and entertainment. A good place to begin is the historic icon, Flinders Street Station. The train station’s Swanston Street intersection includes the stunning neo-Gothic St. Paul’s Cathedral, the cultural hub of Federation Square and a classic Australian corner pub.

Wake up with a fresh cup of Melbourne’s famous coffee from a café in the narrow Degraves Street. Try local delicacies and fresh produce at the historic Queen Victoria Market. Enjoy a shopper’s paradise in Bourke Street Mall or Melbourne Central. Upmarket designer stores can be found in northern Collins Street, while factory outlet stores line Spencer Street.

Take in some of Melbourne’s finest collections of art at the Southbank riverside arts precinct, which includes the imposing National Gallery of Victoria, the Arts Centre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, as well as a magnificent collection of cutting-edge theatre venues. Admire the ever-changing murals in nearby Hosier Lane or check out the latest in cinema at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Don’t miss seeing a musical at one of the CBD’s historic theatres. Have a pre-show dinner at one of the fine-dining restaurants dotted around the city or make your selection from the dining precincts along Hardware Lane, Meyers Place, Curtin House, the Southbank Promenade and Chinatown on Little Bourke Street.

Look over modern Melbourne from the dizzying skydeck of the Eureka Building or see penguins and crocodiles at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, on the banks of the Yarra River. Birrarung Marr, by the Yarra, offers a peaceful oasis of Wurundjeri Aboriginal heritage in the city.

Melbourne CBD is accessible via major train, tram and bus lines and there are plenty of parking spaces. Explore on foot or catch free trams within the central network. Chat to the staff at the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square to find out what festivals and events are on during your visit.

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Top hotels in Melbourne Central Business District

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is Rs5,465 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is steps away from Collins Street and Regent Theatre. Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Lane are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,141 reviews)

"We parked at the Wilson parking that was $10 per day on the weekend ($5 per day if booked on line). Also the water pressure in the shower was weak. Other than that, the Vic Hotel is our choice to stay at when visiting from Regional Victoria."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2021

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is Rs4,541 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central and Queen Victoria Market. Crown Casino ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,234 reviews)

"The stay was terrific. Started with very friendly and helpful staff that booked me in."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2021

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
Free cancellation
The price is Rs9,644 per night from 5 Apr to 6 Apr

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Crown Casino and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,123 reviews)

"Very good customer service. Close to shopping and casino. Will come back again."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2021

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Rydges Melbourne Hotel
Rydges Melbourne Hotel
4 out of 5
186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is Rs6,480 per night from 22 Mar to 23 Mar

Located in Chinatown, this hotel is steps away from Her Majesty's Theatre and Comedy Theatre. Princess Theatre and Bourke Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. ...

4/5Very Good! (972 reviews)

"Reasonably priced hotel in the heart of the CBD. Parking can be purchased elsewhere at a cheaper rate. Rooms is a bit tiny in size but great city views. Hotel amenities are ok. Pool is good size on the rooftop."…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2021

Rydges Melbourne Hotel
QT Melbourne
QT Melbourne
5 out of 5
133 Russell St, Melbourne, VIC
The price is Rs12,501 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Regent Theatre, Bourke Street Mall and Her Majesty's Theatre. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (892 reviews)

"A little quirky, great service, staff very friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2021

QT Melbourne
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
5 out of 5
27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is Rs13,011 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Parliament House of Victoria and Princess Theatre. Royal Exhibition ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (977 reviews)

"The staff were lovely, the rooms also lovely and clean."…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb 2021

Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
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