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 Podcasts

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

Melbourne Pocket Guide

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Melbourne City Reviews

  • 80%



    I LOVE it I have been traveling for 2 years now and i spent chritmas here in melbourne and i am really glad that i did it reminded me of home and the people in Melbourne are so nice

    Insider Tip:THE PENGUINS!! My friends and i went to see them and it was GREAT! they swim right into you where you are sitting and nest in the rocks... soooo cutie!!!

  • 60%


    It s nice

    It is a nice place to stay, Reminds me a lot of Europe, I prefer Queensland it seems more like Australia should be

    Insider Tip:Talk to other travelers they know all the cheap things in melbourne, and go to see the penguins in st kilda beach

  • 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.

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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