Destination guide

Buzzing Melbourne City

It might get the cooler weather, but Melbourne is one darn hot destination _ figuratively speaking, at least. Bohemians and artists, fashionistas and liberals of all shapes and sizes have long been colonizing its outward neighborhoods. From sandy St Kilda to the green bends of the Yarra River, they've nurtured quirky cocktail bars and gritty live music haunts by the bucket load. Elsewhere and ethnic enclaves bustle _ find Neapolitan pizza joints on Lygon and Levant mezze in Balaclava. Melbourne City vacation rentals also tout the roaring Docklands sporting stadiums _ a shrine to AFL _ and the elegant Victorian relics of the historic center to boot.

Things to do

Melbourne City is bursting at the seams with attractions

The Yarra River is always a good place to start in Melbourne. Snaking through the center, it's lined with pretty parks and al fresco barbecue spots _ Australia wouldn't be Australia without the grills, now would it? Follow its courses to wide Federation Square, where the cutting-edge Australian Centre for the Moving Image has silver screen exhibits and digital art. Going even further will take you to the Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria, to see blooming rainforest houses and lanky palm trees. Melbourne Zoo and the historic Luna Park in St Kilda are top choices if you've got the kids in tow.

Activities

Discover energetic Melbourne City

Sportsters will have it that this is the epicenter of the AFL world, and you could catch a game at one of the colossal urban stadiums, even if the rules remain a mystery. Then there's the eclectic, electric medley of grunge and Latin jazz that issues from the clubs in cool Fitzroy and St Kilda, not to mention the menagerie of Italian, Chinese, Jewish, Turkic, and Japanese gastronomy in the center _ a lesson in sashimi platters anyone? Melbourne City vacation rentals can also be your ticket to safaris in the wilder side of Victoria state.

Weather

Melbourne City offers 4 seasons of fun

Melbourne City might not enjoy the same year-round sun as some of Australia's tropical cities to the north, but it's certainly a year-round magnet for travelers nonetheless. Summertime _ from November to March _ sees neighborhoods like St Kilda come alive with backpackers and those eager to tan their bodies on the sands. Other times see the more rainy-day attractions come into their own. August is great for museum going. March has beautiful fall colors. October sees the bloom in the botanical gardens.

Natural features

Melbourne City is close to lush national parks

Some of Australia's most acclaimed national parks lurk just on the peripheries of Melbourne. You could get Melbourne City vacation rentals on the south side of the metropolis, where good access to the coast means days exploring the sandy beaches and granite mountains of the Wilsons Promontory National Park. Others will be close to the surfing spots and whale watching outposts of Phillip Island. Others will give way to the Dandenong Ranges _ a land of koala bears and curious lyrebirds.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Melbourne

Fly into Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon), the closest airport, located 7 mi (11.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Melbourne, VIC (MEL-Tullamarine), which is 11.7 mi (18.9 km) away.

It's easy to get around Melbourne by catching a ride on the metro at Melbourne Central Station, Flinders Street Station or Parliament Station.

Where to stay around Melbourne City?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,113 vacation rentals near Melbourne City. From 1,557 Condos/Apartments to 379 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Melbourne City for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Melbourne City?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Melbourne City. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Melbourne Central: 2,250 vacation rentals
  • Melbourne's GPO: 2,246 vacation rentals
  • Southern Cross Station: 2,264 vacation rentals
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground: 2,256 vacation rentals
  • Melbourne Arts Centre: 2,250 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Melbourne City! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Melbourne City?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Melbourne City:

  • St Kilda: 2,066 rentals
  • Southbank: 2,019 rentals
  • Docklands: 2,009 rentals
  • Carlton: 2,016 rentals
  • Richmond: 2,081 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Melbourne City?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Melbourne City are:

  • Melbourne International Airport (MEL): 2,071 vacation rentals
  • Melbourne Moorabbin Airport (MBW): 2,383 vacation rentals
  • Melbourne Essendon Airport (MEB): 2,202 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Melbourne City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Melbourne City. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Melbourne Central: 2,250 rentals
  • Melbourne's GPO: 2,246 rentals
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground: 2,256 rentals
  • Melbourne Arts Centre: 2,250 rentals
  • Melbourne Recital Centre: 2,252 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Melbourne City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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