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Adventure awaits at South Melbourne holiday homes to rent

South Melbourne is a region of Victoria known for its entertainment, nightlife, art galleries, beaches and other must-see attractions. It’s an ideal location for families, couples and singles alike. It’s a walkable, cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. South Melbourne holiday homes to rent put you in close proximity to everything from exciting nightlife to romantic sunset walks, fine dining, shopping and more. If you’re looking for a holiday travel experience that will help you make memories to last a lifetime, this region of Australia is the ideal choice.

Things to do

Things to do near South Melbourne pet-friendly accommodation

Whether you’re with a family or travelling alone, there’s plenty to do close to your South Melbourne pet-friendly accommodation. The lively South Melbourne Market is the place to find fresh food and local cafes. The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria extends across 36 hectares with colourful flowers, trees, serene lakes, lawns and walking paths. The Melbourne Aquarium showcases over 550 species of marine life and features hands-on exhibits. For a massive traditional art collection, visit the National Gallery of Victoria, which offers exhibits from the 19th century through the modern day from Asia, Australia and all over the world.


Activities and attractions in South Melbourne

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit while you're in town? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes South Melbourne a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • SEA LIFE Melbourne (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Melbourne Zoo (3.3 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Sidney Myer Music Bowl (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Albert Park Golf Course (1.3 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Melbourne City Baths (1.7 mi / 2.8 km)
  • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel (2 mi / 3.2 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in South Melbourne

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in South Melbourne. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • St. Kilda Beach (2.5 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Luna Park (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Alexandra Gardens (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Birrarung Marr Park (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Albert Park Lake (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around South Melbourne

Fly into Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon), the closest airport, located 8.1 mi (13 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Melbourne, VIC (MEL-Tullamarine), which is 12.8 mi (20.7 km) away.

How to get around

Getting to and around South Melbourne holiday accommodation

As a cultural capital of Australia and one of the largest cities in the nation, South Melbourne offers many easily accessible transport options. The city is served by three different airports, with Melbourne Airport the one that most people will come through to reach their holiday accommodation. The city is highly walkable but is also served by regular bus, tram, train and taxi services. Car hires are also available for those who like to self-transport and see the sites a little farther away. Whatever your preferred means of transport, you’ll find it here.

Food & drink 

Local cuisine to try near South Melbourne holiday rentals

While enjoying South Melbourne holiday rentals, you’ll want to sample the best of the regional cuisine. One thing that catches many travellers by surprise is that this area is known for its dim sum. In fact, this traditionally Chinese dish was invented in Melbourne. Melbourne is also known for its cafe culture, and you’ll definitely want to try a locally roasted coffee. Just as with other areas of Australia, meat pies packed with minced meat, gravy, mushrooms, onions and cheese are popular takeaway food. Finally, you can try Pavlova cake made from meringue and topped with whipped cream and fruit.

Essential info

Essential information about South Melbourne holiday homes

South Melbourne is quite a safe place to be and is a cultural hub in Victoria. The primary commercial district of the city is centred on and around Clarendon Street, so that’s where you will find the most popular eateries, art galleries, cafes and shopping centres. Much of the city is outfitted in Victorian architecture, so history and building buffs will find plenty to see. The town enjoys average high temperatures around 20.4°C and lows of 11.4°C year-round with about 602.6 mm of rainfall. The high travel season is between December and February.

Good for couples

Romantic excursions in South Melbourne holiday homes to rent

South Melbourne offers many things to do for couples. The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is a massive Ferris wheel where you’ll see the entire city from a romantic view at the top. Luna Park Melbourne is an old-fashioned amusement park with rides, games, food and all the charm and romance of days gone by. At the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, you can see over 320 species of animals nestled in the serene grounds of Royal Park. Finally, you can visit Port Melbourne Beach for white sands, deep blue waters and romantic sunset walks.

Where to stay near South Melbourne?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,017 holiday rentals near South Melbourne. From 330 Houses to 1,535 Condos/Apartments, 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 South Melbourne is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to South Melbourne?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in South Melbourne. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • South Melbourne Market: 2,232 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne Central: 2,195 holiday rentals
  • St. Kilda Beach: 2,219 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground: 2,200 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne City Marina: 2,221 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Melbourne listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in South Melbourne?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 330 Houses in South Melbourne. Our other popular types of South Melbourne holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,535 holiday houses
  • Villas: 7 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 14 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in South Melbourne?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 642 holiday homes with pool available in South Melbourne. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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