Welcome to Melbourne CBD!
As the state capital of Victoria and a major financial centre in the Asia-Pacific region, Melbourne’s sprawling Central Business District (CBD) is packed with sensational sights and amazing attractions. Characterised now by gleaming skyscrapers, flamboyant neighbourhoods and an infectious buzz, this vibrant - and vast - city centre is almost unrecognisable from the modest state capital it began life as back in 1835. The historic buildings are still here, but today they rub shoulders with the hip laneways, bustling markets, evocative trams, world-class hotels, epic eateries, glorious parks and iconic sports venues which help make it arguably Australia’s most diverse and ultimately most enjoyable CBD. Just be sure not to mention that to anyone from Sydney…
Enjoy a Feast of Melbourne Attractions
A trip on the vintage City Circle Tram is easily the best way to get your bearings and work out what to do in Melbourne. Charming and free, these heritage trams go all around the city, stopping at virtually all of the CBD’s chief sights and attractions. When you’re ready to stretch your legs, head for the General Post Office, Parliament House and Old Treasury Building to get your history fix, then pick up a bargain or two at bustling Victoria Market. Cool cafes and atmospheric bars are waiting to be explored in Melbourne’s warren of uber-hip laneways, home also to the city’s best urban art and liveliest street performances. The scenic banks of the Yarra River and the tranquil beauty of the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens are fine places to head when a change of pace is needed, with the former offering opportunities to take in legendary sports venues like the Rod Laver Arena and the colossal Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Take Your Pick of Melbourne Hotels
With Melbourne accommodation options ranging from historic hotels, quirky lodgings and chic serviced apartments to trendy boutique hotels and luxe international chains, finding a suitable place to rest your head is a breeze. With its swanky decor, central location and stunning views, Crown Towers still retains the honour of being the city’s most luxurious hotel, although some would argue the views from SofitelMelbourne on Collins - itself a strong candidate for the title - are even better. If refined old world charm is your bag then look no further than The Hotel Windsor, an opulent 19th-century grandee where the Constitution Of Australia was drafted in 1898. Hip boutique hotels like the Adelphi and snazzy serviced apartments such as Hotel Ovolo Laneways (with its free lolly bar in the lobby) offer a funkier vibe and put you in the heart of the city’s nightlife. Notel is hands down the quirkiest place to stay in Melbourne: if you’ve ever fancied staying in one of six 1970s Airstream campers that’ve been converted into chic boutique suites and set on a rooftop then this is the place to make it happen.