Flights to Melbourne (MEL)

Anything goes in Melbourne, a city that effortlessly blends a cosmopolitan feel with a little bit of the Aussie outback.
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Melbourne, Australia

What to do in Melbourne

Stroll around the Royal Botanic Gardens

The sheer range of plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens is astounding—think camellias, rainforest flora, succulents and cacti, roses, Californian species, herbs, perennials, cycads, and offerings from Southern China. Animal species include black swans, eels, bellbirds, cockatoos, and kookaburras. And don't miss Guilfoyle's Volcano.

Birdwood Avenue
South Yarra
VIC 3141
+61 3 9252 2300

Walk around Federation Square

If Melbourne is the cultural center of Australia, then Federation Square is its beating heart. This is where you'll find the National Gallery of Victoria Australia and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Sample one of the many restaurants, or check out the events schedule.

Federation Square
Corner Swanston & Flinders Street
VIC 3000
+61 3 9655 1900

Take a drive to the 12 Apostles

We'd all like to feel like we’re in a postcard now and again, and the 12 Apostles in the Southern Ocean is the best place in Melbourne for doing so. It's a gorgeous 275 km drive south, passing through some of Australia's wonderful natural terrain. Try to time your arrival for dawn or dusk.

Twelve Apostles Visitor Facility
Great Ocean Road & Booringa Road
VIC 3269
+61 1300 137 255

See the view from the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Take the 30-minute enclosed ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel for the best perspective of the city, and share it with up to 20 of your closest friends. You'll be able to view sites up to 40 km away, including Port Phillip Bay, Mount Macedon, and the Dandenong Ranges. All you have to do is stand still and keep your eyes open.

Ozmosis Harbour Town
101 Waterfront Way
VIC 3008
+61 3 8688 9688

Cheer on the home team at Melbourne Football Club

There’s nothing quite like going to a local sports game to really experience the spirit of the city, and Melbourne is no exception. Immerse yourself in true, passionate fandom by supporting local team, Melbourne FC.

140 Harbour Esplanade
VIC 3008
+61 3 9643 1999

Visit the Lightning Ridge Opal Mines

Diamonds are so last century. Opals are the new hot gem, and Lightning Ridge has a wealth of them in store at all times. They come from nearby mines, which means you can support the local economy while getting your loved one (or yourself) an excellent gift.

175 Flinders Lane
VIC 3000
+61 3 9654 4444

Where to eat in Melbourne

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Vue de Monde (European)

Chef Shannon Bennett's brilliant establishment isn't just one of the best restaurants in the city, it's one of the best in the world. It's the view that adds to the wow factor—you'll be enjoying your dinner from 55 stories above Melbourne, looking down at the city below.

Level 55
Rialto Building
525 Collins Street
VIC 3000
+61 3 9691 3888

The Town Mouse (International)

You're just steps from the University of Melbourne campus here, which is part of what gives the Town Mouse its laid-back vibe. You'll mingle with students celebrating the end of the semester, young professionals out for a night, and foodies seeking the impeccably cooked cuisine.

312 Drummond Street
VIC 3053
+61 3 9347 3312

Flower Drum Restaurant (Cantonese)

This is fine dining Cantonese cuisine in the heart of Melbourne. Flower Drum is a fixture in the city's Chinatown. It originally served as an outpost that drew people to the underused area but it now operates as a focal point in the busy environment.

17 Market Lane
VIC 3000
+61 3 9662 3655

Smith + Daughter (Latin American fusion/Vegan)

Add a little vegan flair to your diet with a trip to Shannon Martinez's joint, which specializes in Spanish and Latin American fusion. It's a friendly, relaxed neighborhood spot where the food is so good that you won't even miss the meat. Try the Spanish omelette (made with tofu instead of eggs) and the mushroom ceviche.

175 Brunswick Street
VIC 3065
+61 3 9939 3293

Brae (International)

If you're going to Dan Hunter's amazing location, you're going specifically to visit the restaurant. Why? Well, for one thing, it's quite a drive from downtown Melbourne. Second, it's the type of creative meal—squid ink pretzels, honeyed radicchio, and more—that you'll talk about for the entire drive back.

4285 Cape Otway Road
VIC 3242
+61 3 5236 2226

Chin Chin Restaurant (Asian fusion)

Your spot for late-night dining in Melbourne. This southeast Asian fusion restaurant keeps its dishes simple and stays open until all hours of the night, seven days a week. There's a smart lounge downstairs and the location on hip Flinders Lane near the Regent Theatre makes it a perfect post-show spot.

125 Flinders Lane
VIC 3000
+61 3 8663 2000

Places to stay in Melbourne

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Alto Hotel

If you're looking for an environmentally friendly hotel, head for the Alto. This boutique hotel has won multiple awards for its eco-centric ways. Plus, it's within easy rich of the inner city, the rooms are tidy and well appointed, and it even has rooftop beehives.

636 Bourke Street
VIC 3000
+61 3 8608 5500

Neds Gully Campground, Cathedral Range State Park

Bold travelers looking for a change of pace should skip the hotels and camp in Cathedral Range State Park, a 90-minute drive east of Melbourne. The dense bush makes you feel completely secluded, while a river and trails like the Wells Cave Track offer excitement for all.

Cathedral Range State Park
VIC 3714
+61 3 8627 4700 cathedral-range-state-park

The Cullen

The Cullen was inspired by artist Adam Cullen; you can't walk far in this boutique hotel without stumbling on a piece of his art. It's located in the hip Prahran neighborhood, just a few blocks from a wide selection of lounges, restaurants, and shops. Don't miss the dumplings downstairs at Hutong.

164 Commercial Road
VIC 3181
+61 3 9098 1555

The Prince Hotel

It's just a short walk from the relaxing Middle Park in the bohemian district of St. Kilda, but you might not want to leave your room at the Prince Hotel. The Aurora Day Spa will keep you pampered, while the boutique hotel's smart rooms and Circa restaurant will cater to all other needs.

2 Acland Street
St. Kilda
VIC 3182
+61 3 9536 1111

The Langham Melbourne

Timeless elegance with panoramic city views and five stars to boot? That’s what you get at this hotel. Located on the Yarra River near the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Langham is the smart choice if you’re a luxury traveler not concerned with price.

Southgate Shopping Complex
1 Southgate Avenue
VIC 3006
+61 3 8696 8888

The Hotel Windsor

If you were any closer to Parliament, you'd be in the government. The Hotel Windsor mixes affordable splendor with a spot near the Fitzroy Gardens and Yarra Park in the center of the city.

111 Spring Street
VIC 3000
+61 3 9633 6000

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