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There’s always something new and exciting to discover in Melbourne. From the vibrant art scene to the abundance of delicious dining options and world-class events, it’s easy to see why this city is a must-see.
A sprawling metropolis of around 5 million, Melbourne is Australia’s second most popular tourist destination. And with a temperate (if slightly unpredictable) climate, endless events, and beautiful nearby wine regions, it’s not hard to see why.Ready to book your Melbourne adventure, but wondering where to stay? Qantas Hotels allows you to choose from over 200,000 hotel and accommodation options worldwide, with over 500 in Melbourne alone. You’ll also earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent* with Qantas Hotels.So whether it’s your first time to the city or your fifteenth, let’s take a look at what you need to know about Melbourne to make the most of your stay.
Places to see
What are the best areas to stay in Melbourne?
- The CBD: The heart of the town, Melbourne’s central business district forms the ideal launching pad for anyone looking to see as many of the city’s famous sights as possible.
- St Kilda: A beach retreat in a central location – the St Kilda sales pitch is a tempting one. Tranquil, historic and photogenic, it offers Melbourne visitors a relaxed stay.
- Richmond: An inner-city suburb that is a sports fan’s dream (the MCG and Rod Laver Arena are right next door), Richmond’s Victoria St (aka Little Saigon) is also home to the city’s finest Vietnamese restaurants.
- Fitzroy: Central, lively and alternative, Fitzroy is a little Bohemia found north of the CBD. Expect graffiti-laden walls, cool bars and often outlandish attire.
- Hawthorn: Situated 6km east of the city, Hawthorn offers a local Melbourne experience. It’s a city within a city, with a real community feel.
What are Melbourne’s must-see attractions?
- Federation Square: This plaza is where the city comes together to celebrate. Here a never-ending series of events are held in the shadows of abstract architecture.
- The MCG: The birthplace of AFL and test cricket, the largest stadium in the southern hemisphere, the home of the National Sports Museum; the MCG is a must for sports fans.
- Eureka Skydeck: Here you’ll find the best view in all of Melbourne, but be warned – the protruding glass cube that sits 88 floors above the ground is not for the faint-hearted.
- Royal Botanic Gardens: Planted in 1846, spread across 36 hectares and awash with native flora, Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens are perhaps the most spectacular in Australia.
- National Gallery of Victoria: Featuring the world’s largest stained glass ceiling, the spectacular National Gallery of Victoria plays host to an incredible roster of exhibitions.
Find the right hotel
What are Melbourne’s best hotels for solo travellers?Perfectly private and business friendly, these hotels offer ample opportunities to socialise should you want them. Check out Pan Pacific Melbourne, Mantra on Russell and Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders if you’re a solo traveller in Melbourne (and earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent with Qantas Hotels while you do it.)
What are Melbourne’s best hotels for couples?Are you and your partner ready to use your Qantas Points to book your next getaway with Qantas Hotels? Romantic, secluded and luxurious, couples travelling to Melbourne could do far worse than experiencing the hospitality offered up by Adelphi Hotel, QT Melbourne and Art Series - The Blackman.
What are Melbourne’s best hotels for families?Heading to Melbourne with your tribe? The Pan Pacific Melbourne, The Sebel Melbourne Docklands and Pegasus Apart’ Hotel are self-contained, family-friendly hotels that will ensure you are warmly welcomed and entertained.
Location and views
What are Melbourne’s best hotels for location and views?Melbourne is a gorgeous city, and you can enjoy it in all its glory if you choose to stay at Shadow Play by Peppers, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins or Novotel Melbourne Central - hotels that boast both a central location and stunning views.
What are Melbourne’s best hotels for amenities?Are you after a hotel that you don’t really need to leave? Between parking, Wi-Fi, bars, pools, gyms and entertainment, the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Crown Metropol and The Westin Melbourne provide an amazing in-house experience.
What is the best way to get around Melbourne?
Public transportThe contactless myki (pronounced ‘Mikey’) card grants you access to Melbourne’s excellent public transport network of trams, trains and buses. Cards can be bought and topped up at most supermarkets, convenience stores and service stations.
Private transportIf you prefer private transport over public, rideshare apps are always the safest choice. Uber is available in Melbourne, or you can use GoCatch or Bolt/Taxify to hail a local cab. Always ensure that taxis are legitimate before hopping in.
Why book with Qantas Hotels?
Earn 3 Qantas Points per $1 spent^, or use points to book**
No booking fees
Frequently Asked Questions
On average a 3-star hotel in Melbourne costs $110 per night, a 4-star costs $180 and a 5-star costs $320.
The Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley wine regions are spectacular destinations, while Wilson’s Promontory, three hours southeast of Melbourne, is great for nature lovers.
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^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points can be earned on cash only purchases and the cash component of Points Plus Pay purchases on eligible bookings and will not be earned on cancelled or refunded bookings. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable). Deposit Pay is available on selected properties that offer a free cancellation window that is 21 days or more in the future from the date of booking. Visit our FAQ page for more. 20% better value is based on the value of a Point when using Points Plus Pay for Qantas Luxury Holidays(stay-only) bookings through qantas.com/luxuryholidays as compared to the value of a Point using Points Plus Pay for Qantas Luxury Holidays(stay-only) bookings made prior to 27 April 2023. 20% better value only applies to the points component of the booking and excludes cash payments.
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++ 500 bonus Qantas Points will be awarded to Qantas Frequent Flyer members who make their first Airbnb booking. Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 1 Qantas Point per A$1 value for all Airbnb stays booked through qantas.com/airbnb.
~ Saving is off the hotel's generally available rate for the same property, room type, days, inclusions and conditions.
** Businesses earn 1 Qantas Point per AU$1 spent on eligible Qantas Hotels worldwide. Eligible Qantas hotels excludes Classic Hotel Rewards. A business must be a Qantas Business Rewards Member to earn Qantas Points for your business. Qantas Points are not earned on any amounts payable directly to the hotel. Conditions apply
† Includes fee payable in local currency direct to hotel. Prices in AUD are approx and based on today's exchange rate.
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