The country’s culture capital is as beautiful as she is exciting, and you’re sure to find your own favorites here. We’ve listed the top things to as soon as you arrive in Melbourne, so you’re covered until you figure out the city’s rhythm!
Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria, Australia and is world-renowned for its culture; winning the title of the world’s most liveable city for six years in a row! If you love all things food, drink, coffee, shopping, history, film, music and culture; then Melbourne is the city for you!
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Melbourne Zoo is the country’s oldest zoo, and is located just 4 kilometres from the city centre. Home to over 2000 animals of 320 different species, both native to Australia and from around the world, plus hundreds of free shows and talks each day; this is the perfect place to discover your new favourite furry friend!
The Royal Botanic Gardens are internationally renowned; and it is very easy to see why! Located near the centre of Melbourne, sprawling across 38 hectares and proudly displaying over 50,000 plants, as well as being home to the Melbourne Observatory; it is one of the most beautiful ways to spend a Melburnian day and escape some of the city hustle and bustle.
Known simply as “The G”, this sports ground is treasured by Australians as they are brought here as students and continue their love affair as they grow older! The home of Australian football, test and one day cricket; it is well worth a guided tour, grabbing a drink at the in-house bar or maybe even attending a game! Sports fans will love the sporting statues and National Sports Museum, too!
At seven hectares; The Queen Victoria Market is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere, and is considered the soul of the city by locals and visitors alike. Featuring hundreds of clothing, food, shopping and souvenir outlets under its heritage sheds, this market will keep you entertained for hours! Hungry? Have a look at The Ultimate Foodie Tour – a 90 minute walking tour that’ll ensure you’ve seen, and tasted, the best of the Vic Market!
Melbourne is not only the coffee capital of Australia, but has been included on many top-10 caffeine hubs in the world (!) – so its pretty much a necessity to try a cup or two whilst you’re there! You’re absolutely spoiled for choice in this city and pretty much everywhere you walk into will be great; but try DukesCoffee Roasters, Patricia Coffee Brewers, St Ali Coffee Roasters or White Mojo, for something a little different!
The Skydeck is as high as Melbourne’s coffee standards! Standing at 301 metres, the Eureka Tower is located in Southbank, and offers the tallest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere to its brave guests. If you’ve ever wanted to stand 285 metres above city level, here’s your chance! The Skydeck gives you the most perfect 360-degree view of the beautiful city.
WHERE TO STAY IN MELBOURNE?
Stay in the heart of the city at vibrant Melbourne Central YHA! This hostel features a newly renovated ground floor with a cafe/bar, funky communal areas, 24 hour reception and rooftop social space; plus it is located only minutes walk from Melbourne’s main attractions including Southern Cross Station, Crown Casino, Federation Square and the city’s many hidden laneways filled with famous street art, cafes and unique bars.
Save some dollars and book one of their awesome specials:
- Hot Weekly Deal – From $196 per person, this deal includes 7 nights accommodation in a 4 share room and 7 days premium Wi-Fi so you can really experience the best this city has to offer.
- Sizzling Magical Deal – From $43 per night, this deal includes between 2-4 nights accommodation (choose how long you want to stay!) in 4 share, double room or double ensuite and daily continental breakfast to start your day off right. Can only be booked for stays from 16 January 2019 onwards.
Melbourne Metro YHA hostel is ideally located in leafy North Melbourne only minutes from the famous Queen Victoria Markets and free CBD tram zone.
This hostel has everything you need for a relaxed stay including a free Wi-Fi hotspot, parking (paid), self-catering kitchen, and rooftop lounge with BBQ facilities, bean bags and panoramic Melbourne City views.
Melbourne Metro YHA’s specials will have you jumping for joy at how much you’ll save!
- Hot Weekly Deal – From $182 per person, this deal includes 7 nights in a 4 or 8 share room, 7 days free Premium Wi-Fi, cooked breakfast on Sundays, free ticket to their Thursday night Pub Crawl (worth $20) and up to $20 off Phillip Island and Great Ocean Road tours when you book your trip at check in.
- Magic Melbourne Special – From $80 for 2 nights, this deal includes 2 nights (can add an additional night) in a 4 share room (singular bed), 4 bed room (entire room), family room, family room with ensuite, double ensuite room, twin ensuite room or apartment with ensuite, premium Wi-Fi and daily continental breakfast – perfect for a mid-week break! Can only be booked for stays from 1 January 2019 onwards.
*Prices correct at time of publishing, special prices vary depending on time of year and what’s on in Melbourne.
Originally published by YHA Australia