City Guide Melbourne, Australia

Visiting Melbourne

Rivalling Sydney as Australia's number one city, Melbourne is famously the country's most European city. Capital of Victoria, here you will find some of Australia's coolest bars, restaurants and cafés. While it doesn't have the harbour or beaches of its eastern counterpart, it does have some of the country's trendiest neighbourhoods. It is also the home of Aussie Rules Football which is a massive part of Victorian life.

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Melbourne - Down at Federation Square

Found directly across from Melbourne's best-known landmark Flinders Street Station, Federation Square (which is better known as 'Fed Square') is a melting pot of culture. Here you can visit attractions such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the National Gallery of Victocia (NGV). In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Kim Polkinghorne to find out about this great attraction.

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10 Things You Need To Know About Melbourne

Discover Melbourne's coolest neighbourhoods and much more.

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Melbourne Pocket Guide

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Melbourne City Reviews

  • 80%


    Great city

    Melbourne is very neat, public transit is a bit on the expensive side but everything in Australia is. Excellent selection of ethnic food and the city is pretty easy to walk around.

    Insider Tip:Don't think I stayed long enough to discover any.

  • 80%


    My favourite city in Australia!

    Although could be a bit stuck up and snotty, I really enjoyed my stays in Melbourne. There's a lot to discover as a tourist, and even more that locals are hiding for themselves. There's an underground culture that's brewing in plain sight that locals are trying to keep sacred with unspoken SOPs and whatnot. Regardless, the mainstream culture is still one to behold by tourists and visitors alike. Easy to get around and good food anywhere. Would love to live here someday.

    Insider Tip:If you can- walk.

  • 90%



    Loved it!!! Lots of shopping and I didn't know it was an artsy city. Beautiful! Would definitely go back next time I'm in the country.

  • 60%


    Dull concrete jungle full of self-important, self-entitled, snobby hipsters

    I do not like Melbourne at all. The people are not friendly and everyone thinks they're better/cooler than everyone else, which, if you consider the rule of averages, only half are in the top 50% of other snobby hipsters. The city is grey and grimy and dirty, relative to Australian cities; by international standards of cleanliness, it's ok. Don't get me wrong, there's lots of things I like about Melbourne, but I personally just can't get past the people who let it down. GET OVER YOURSELVES!!

    Insider Tip:Maybe try to avoid the city? After speaking with many locals, they all agree that the city and inner suburbs is not the place to be.

  • 90%


    Melbourne is a great city. I liked it even better than Sydney. It is a lot more relaxed and has more of a hip culture with a focus on food, art, fashion and entertainment. There are also lots of neat parks, outdoor spaces and it's a short train ride to the beach. It is a very liveable city.

    Insider Tip:Walk down Gertrude St (near The Nunnery) for lots of hip cafes and bars. Also take the Free City Look bus for a quick, free tour of the city.

Australia: Itinerary

Melbourne holds the reputation as Australia’s most ‘European and cosmopolitan city’. Walking around the streets you can see why. It isn’t as brash as Sydney and the café and restaurant culture prevails here far more than anywhere else in the country. Plus, in relation to its counterparts, life is a lot more laid back.

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