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Enjoy Australia's cultural capital from Melbourne vacation rentals

With a winning foodie and nightlife scene, a raft of historical and cultural attractions, and an unusually European vibe, Melbourne's one of the most instantly loveable cities in Australia. Melburnians are proud of their city and rightly so – it's consistently voted as the most liveable city in the world. Melbourne vacation rentals are mostly downtown apartments that would suit couples and single travellers, but there are also plenty of larger properties in Melbourne's charismatic suburbs – just a quick train ride from the bustling city centre – that would be perfect for families and larger groups.


Melbourne's rich past is inextricably tangled up with the Victoria gold rush of the 1850s. There's a whole load of handsome properties dotted about, of which the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building is one of the most eye-catching. Not everyone during Victoria's golden era was on the right side of the law, however, and at the Old Melbourne Gaol you can see what a cheerless life awaited those who didn't play by the rules, including legendary outlaw Ned Kelly, who breathed his last here. For something a bit different, head from your Melbourne vacation rental to Fitzroy Gardens, where you'll find the reconstructed boyhood home of Captain James Cook.


Activities and attractions in Melbourne

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Melbourne a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • SEA LIFE Melbourne (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Melbourne Zoo (2.1 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Melbourne City Baths (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Sidney Myer Music Bowl (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel (1.2 mi / 2 km)
  • State Netball Hockey Centre (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in Melbourne

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Melbourne is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are some of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • St. Kilda Beach (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Luna Park (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Flagstaff Gardens (0.5 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Alexandra Gardens (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Treasury Gardens (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Melbourne

Fly into Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon), the closest airport, located 7 mi (11.2 km) from the city centre. 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.

How to get around

While the car generally reigns supreme in Australia, the sheer volume of traffic in Melbourne can make it a tiring way to get around. If you're not planning on venturing far outside the city during your Melbourne vacation rental, you probably won't need to rent your own car, because the public transport round here is top-notch. There are heaps of buses and trams, and an extensive suburban rail system makes accessing the Melbourne suburbs a total breeze. A treat for visitors is the free city circle tram – a cute heritage route that runs between several major sites in the city centre.

Food & drink 

Melbourne's got the kind of foodie scene that most other cities can only aspire to. Its multicultural background means you're as likely to find Thai street food and Korean BBQ as you are to get burgers and pizza. There's almost no nation on earth that takes their coffee as seriously as Australia does, and you'll see this in Melbourne. As for the harder stuff, the city's home to some well-known breweries – and it's got a killer cocktail bar scene too – but it's the local wines that get the real rave reviews. Try and make some time for a trip out to do some wine-tasting in the Yarra Valley.

Essential info

Covering nearly 10,000 sq km, and home to 4.9 million people, the Melbourne metropolitan area is Australia's second biggest city. Stock your pockets with Aussie dollars and make sure you pack the sunscreen because temperatures in Melbourne can get pretty ferocious in the summer months. It's a safe enough place, but as with any big city you'll want to be reasonably careful in certain areas, and if anything does go wrong, the emergency number is 000. The legal drinking age is 18, and you'll be able to tell you're in Victoria because most places in Melbourne serve beer by the pint rather than the schooner.

Where to stay near Melbourne City?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,290 holiday rentals near Melbourne City. From 1,707 Condos/Apartments to 397 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Melbourne City is on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Melbourne Central: 2,432 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground: 2,438 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne's GPO: 2,431 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne Recital Centre: 2,433 holiday rentals
  • Chinatown: 453 holiday rentals

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

What are the main cities to discover in Melbourne City?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Melbourne City with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Southbank: 2,198 holiday homes
  • Portarlington: 377 holiday homes
  • St Kilda: 2,245 holiday homes
  • Dandenongs: 719 holiday homes
  • Docklands: 2,181 holiday homes

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

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Melbourne City?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Melbourne City are:

  • Melbourne International Airport (MEL): 2,251 holiday houses
  • Melbourne Moorabbin Airport (MBW): 2,642 holiday houses
  • Melbourne Essendon Airport (MEB): 2,379 holiday houses

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

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

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Melbourne City. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Melbourne Central: 2,432 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground: 2,438 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne's GPO: 2,431 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne Recital Centre: 2,433 holiday rentals
  • Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex: 2,432 holiday 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 of holiday homes.

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