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Where to stay in Melbourne
Where to stay in Melbourne
Melbourne is a vibrant, diverse city, and each suburb has a distinct vibe of its own. Some of the best areas to stay in Melbourne include fashionable Fitzroy for a touch of class, Southbank if you love the buzz of the city’s cafe and restaurant culture, St Kilda for a relaxing day by the sea, and Brunswick for the true bohemian Melbourne experience.
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Basing yourself in the city proper is one of the best ways to put yourself near most of Melbourne's most exciting attractions. There's so much to see and do just within the 5km that comprise the CDB – that knocking items off your to-do list every day will be a breeze. Further, staying in the city means that every possible amenity from restaurants to gyms will be readily available to you.
Southbank and South Melbourne
Southbank and South Melbourne are home to the city's arts precincts as well as the famed sprawling Crown Entertainment Complex. This area boasts a dense collection of hotels with rooms available year-round. Located a short walk from Southern Cross Station on Spencer Street, this is an especially great spot to be if you're looking to immerse yourself in Melbourne's cultural atmosphere but still be able to move around the city with ease.
Another area with wide hotel variety, staying in Docklands will put you even closer to Southern Cross Station! Shop ‘til you drop at DFO South Wharf, take a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, or head to Etihad Stadium to see the Dons play the Saints before retiring to your hotel only a few short blocks away. Staying in Docklands puts a little bit of everything Melbourne has to offer right at your doorstep.
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Your appetite! Melbourne is known as the culinary capital of Australia, so be sure to pack plenty of loose-fitting attire so you can scoff and sip to your heart’s content. In terms of packing essentials, locals joke that Melbourne weather experiences ‘four seasons in one day’, so opt for layers and comfortable shoes. Pack light, the shopping in Melbourne is next level.
Get wonderfully lost in the laneways of Melbourne's CBD and discover quirky cafes, street art and boutique stores. Take a stroll along St Kilda beach or roll out a rug and enjoy some fish and chips as the sun sinks. Phillip Island Nature Park’s world-famous Penguin Parade is a must for first timers, while sports lovers can’t miss the chance to catch a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Melbourne is incredible all year round, so it really depends on what you hope to see and do while you’re in town. Autumn (March, April, May) bathes the city in beautiful ambers and browns, while winter (June, July, August) is the perfect excuse to rug up in warm coats and scarfs. If you’re heading in summer, be sure to pack your swimsuit to soak in the sunshine on St Kilda beach.
Sip your way around Melbourne’s famous cafes, or better yet, learn the art for yourself with a coffee-making class. Get lost in laneways, watch the seriously adorable Penguin Parade, catch a game at the MCG, take a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, explore on foot, discover the city’s famous culinary culture, browse boutiques, hit the markets, roll out a towel on St Kilda beach, see a show, find hidden bars – the list goes on and on!