Destination guide

Stay awhile in the world's most liveable city

Repeatedly voted to be the world's most liveable city, Melbourne operates as Australia's sporting and cultural capital. From the "Paris End" on Collins Street to a splash of New York-esque art deco high-rises in the business district, Melbourne manages to be warm and inviting while also decidedly cosmopolitan. Brush up on your AFL football (footy), cricket, and horse racing if you have any hopes of carrying on a conversation at the pub. Consider a Melbourne vacation rental with a view over downtown, or head out for a spot on the water, with views across Port Phillip Bay.

Things to do

See the city from above and the koalas up close

To get a true feel for Melbourne's size, head to the Eureka Skydeck and admire the expansive views from the 88th floor. Once you're back at ground level, visit the stunning reading room at the State Library of Victoria, or the Melbourne Museum for a look at through the city's natural and cultural histories. Take the animal lovers in your crew to Healesville Sanctuary for the day to get up close and personal with the koalas, dingoes, wallabies, and kangaroos, or take a day trip to Phillip Island, where you can watch the daily penguin parade at dusk.

Activities

Learn the ins and outs of the laneway scene

With over 230 laneways (back alleys), the best way to explore Melbourne is on foot, discovering local shops, restaurants, and street art. Visit Queen Victoria Market, the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere, or catch a show at the historic Astor Theatre. Take a walking tour, or align your trip with 1 of the city's many festivals and cultural events, celebrating Australian jazz, comedy, and film. Opt for a Melbourne vacation rental in any of the city's diverse array of neighborhoods, from the ritzier South Yarra to the hipster Fitzroy, and you'll feel like a true local in no time.

Weather

Every day is opposite day! Or at least opposite season...

March through May means fall in Melbourne, complete with changing leaves and crisp, cool weather. This makes September through November Oz's spring months—and these are the best times to visit Melbourne, thanks to moderate temps and smaller crowds. Visiting in the shoulder seasons also means lower prices, while Australia's summer months of December through February tend to be sunny, hot, and crowded. This means that Melbourne's winter falls in June through August, when the city quiets down but the rainy, cold weather picks up.

Natural features

The locals are fun, but the neighbors are wild!

The city of Melbourne wraps around Port Phillip Bay, with the low-lying Dandenong Range serving as the backdrop to the east. Some of the city's neighborhoods even feature their own sandy beaches, with a few surf spots available, too. Penty of wildlife is easily found just outside the city, with the penguins at Phillip Island among the most famous. A drive along the Great Ocean Road will introduce you to kangaroos and koalas along the way, if a true escape from your Melbourne vacation rental tickles your fancy.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Melbourne

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

If you prefer to travel by train, Southern Cross Station, Showgrounds Station and Spotswood Station are the main stations that serve the city. It's easy to get around Melbourne by catching a ride on the metro at Flagstaff Station, Melbourne Central Station or Flinders Street Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Greater Melbourne?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,674 vacation rentals near Greater Melbourne. From 1,615 Condos/Apartments to 667 Houses, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the Greater Melbourne area.

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

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

  • Melbourne City: 2,113 vacation rentals
  • Melbourne Central: 2,250 vacation rentals
  • St Kilda: 2,066 vacation rentals
  • Docklands: 2,009 vacation rentals
  • Carlton: 2,016 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Greater Melbourne! 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 Greater Melbourne?

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 Greater Melbourne:

  • Melbourne City: 2,113 rentals
  • St Kilda: 2,066 rentals
  • Docklands: 2,009 rentals
  • Carlton: 2,016 rentals
  • Brighton: 2,037 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 Greater Melbourne?

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

  • Avalon Airport (AVV): 770 vacation rentals
  • Melbourne International Airport (MEL): 2,071 vacation rentals
  • Melbourne Moorabbin Airport (MBW): 2,383 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 Greater Melbourne?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Greater Melbourne. 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 City Marina: 2,238 rentals
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre: 2,251 rentals
  • Royal Melbourne Golf Club: 2,379 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Greater Melbourne 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.

Explore destinations around Greater Melbourne

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2,009 vacation rentals
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