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How to Spend 4 Days in Melbourne

How to Spend 4 Days in Melbourne

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So you’ve got 4 days in Melbourne – now the question is, what do you do with that time?

After traveling here multiple times, we know how hard this decision can be. There are a lot of unique things to do in this city!

We put together this ideal 4-day Melbourne itinerary to alleviate some of that planning pressure. You’ll spend 2 days in the city, exploring the gorgeous Yarra River, the Arcades, Fed Square, and more. But we really loved taking day trips on the Great Ocean Drive and to Phillip Island!

Buckle up, because it’s a busy 4 days. You can follow this exact itinerary we used, or just select your favorite activities, but either way, you won’t be disappointed!

Day 1

Breakfast – Operator25

French Toast at Operator25 in Melbourne
Photo credit: Operator25
Eggs at Operator25 in Melbourne Australia
Photo credit: Operator25

I don’t know about you, but I rate a city based on its food and drink scene, so we are starting this 4-day itinerary with brunch at one of the top restaurants. We loved Operator25, not only for its tasty breakfast offerings (we’ll get there soon) but also for its cute, historic aesthetic.

This used to be the telephone exchange building, so operators would work here transferring calls on giant switchboards! While the purpose of the building has certainly changed, they do give a nod to its historic past with telephone wires hanging from the ceiling, along with its modern design. 

As far as breakfast dishes go, you have a variety of options. They take traditional brunch fare and make it Asian fusion, so you get some unique creations. I absolutely loved the char siu eggs benedict, and we’ve also had the kimchi fritters and yuzu avocado toast (all were delicious, by the way). They have a lot of vegan and vegetarian options, and they do accept reservations. 

Morning – Go on a Free Walking Tour

Exploring Melbourne on a walking tour
The views are amazing
Exploring Melbourne on a city tour
It’s a great free introduction to the city!

One of our favorite ways to get to know a city is through a walking tour. There is no better way to learn about the important buildings, neighborhoods, history, and culture than from a local! There is a great company called I’m Free Walking Tours that provides free tours to travelers. 

Their morning option starts at 10:30, which will best fit into this itinerary. We took this tour and had a great three hours of seeing Melbourne’s iconic city sights. It was informative to hear our guide’s perspective and history, and they made the experience fun! I recommend wearing good walking shoes, as we covered a lot of ground. 

While the tour is free, they ask you to sign up in advance so they have an accurate number. The tour guides accept tips too, so if yours was fantastic like ours was, you can give them a little thank you!

For those true history and architecture buffs, you will get a lot out of this guided walking tour. It goes more in-depth and you’ll hit some locations that are off the main tourist track! Some of the stops that I am excited about are Hosier Lane, Fed Square, Melbourne Gaol, and Chinatown, but there are lots more. While the free walking tour is a good intro to the city, this guided tour goes further by telling stories and facts that you don’t hear on most tours. 

It is a 3-hour tour, departing at 11 am, and includes your guide, entrance fees, and even some alcoholic beverages along the way! This tour is $99 AUD and best of all, it has over 1,000 glowing reviews, so you know it’s a worthwhile experience  – read all the 5-star reviews and book your spot here

Lunch – Afloat Floating Restaurant

A cocktail at Afloat in Melbourne, Australia
Mmm, cocktails by the water!
Our food we ordered at Afloat in Melbourne Australia
The food was amazing too!

One of the most unique restaurants we found in Melbourne is Afloat. The name accurately fits, as it’s a floating restaurant on the Yarra River – so the scenery is amazing! I’m happy to report that the food is just as incredible, with the theme of Viva Mexico. Any time we can find tacos and margaritas we are happy!

The atmosphere was lively and the frozen margaritas hit the spot. They have a wide menu of small plates, so we had a few things to share. It was one of the best lunch spots we found in the whole city. Afloat is open from 11 am to 1 am daily!

If you feel like kicking your Afloat experience up a notch, you can join their Bottomless Brunch experience. This is a riverboat cruise, so you’ll get to see more of the Yarra River and enjoy a tasty brunch and all-you-can-drink beverages. Keep in mind that we do have a few more activities planned for the day, so this could throw a wrench into the itinerary. But, it’s also a lot of fun so, when in Melbourne right? 

This brunch cruise is 2 hours long and is available on Saturdays and Sundays. It includes the cruise, brunch, and bottomless drinks for $118 AUD. If it fits into your schedule, book your spot here!

Afternoon – Melbourne Skydeck

Daniel poses for a photo at the Melbourne Skydeck
The outdoor deck is cool!
The Yarra River as seen from the Melbourne Skydeck
What a view!

Melbourne is home to the record-breaking Melbourne SkyDeck! This is the tallest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere standing at 300 meters (975 feet) tall. We’ve been in some pretty tall towers throughout our travels, and they always make my stomach drop, this one included! The SkyDeck is located only a six-minute walk from Afloat.

The SkyDeck is unique because there are multiple ways to experience it. With the Edge tickets, we could stand on the all-glass platform that juts off the tower and look all the way down to the street. If you’re scared of heights, I don’t recommend this, but it was really neat for us who get a thrill from being up there! This experience, plus admission, was $43 AUD. 

Some of the other experiences on offer at the SkyDeck is the VR experience, where you wear a virtual reality helmet and get to explore Melbourne’s top sites from the comfort of your seat. They even have a virtual zip line you can go on, all for $49 AUD. To take it a step further, there is the Cocktails in the Clouds, where you get to use the VR and also get a cocktail at Bar 88 for $50 AUD. 

Luckily, you can still enjoy Bar 88 without buying special tickets. So we enjoyed a beverage or two while gazing out at the clouds – it was a relaxing way to spend the afternoon!

If you’re keen on experiencing the SkyDeck to its fullest, you can also have dinner here at Eureka 89. This fine dining restaurant has an impressive 6-course tasting menu for $190 AUD. So while it’s a bit expensive, it is truly a unique dining experience! You don’t have to pay for the SkyDeck admission too, so it saves you about $43 AUD right off the bat. 

Dinner/night – Left Bank Melbourne Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

Cocktails at Left Bank Melbourne Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
Photo credit: Left Bank
Meal and drinks at Left Bank Melbourne Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
Photo credit: Left Bank

After a full first day of exploring, it’s time to unwind with one of the best cocktail bars in the city! Left Bank Melbourne Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is a fun and tasty dinner spot that gives you a great look at the city’s nightlife. 

Just a three-minute walk from the Melbourne SkyDeck, this stylish and trendy spot is loved by all the locals. It overlooks the Yarra River, and as the sun goes down, there’s no better place to be than on its rooftop patio!

As far as food goes, we loved (I mean LOVED) the salted baby calamari. For the main course, the slow-roasted lamb was amazing, as was the red snapper with ratatouille – I’m still dreaming of this dinner! Entrees range from $29 to $59 AUD, but the quality is so high it was worth it!

And since this is a cocktail bar, we had to try a few specialty drinks. The barrel-aged white negroni was a lovely twist on an old classic. I also loved their watermelon white choco martini for dessert!

The Left Bank is open until 12 am on Sundays through Thursdays and until the wee hours of 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays. I recommend checking out their website before you go because they often have promotions and events happening. When we were there, they offered a free bottle of wine when you purchased two entrees!

Day 2

All day – Drive the Great Ocean Road

the twelve apostles on a great ocean road tour australia
The Twelve Apostles rock formation
Bailey in a fallen over tree in Kennett River on a great ocean road tour australia
Enjoying a nature walk at Kennett River!

Day 2 of this 4-day Melbourne itinerary is probably my favorite day. As much as we love exploring cities, we are outdoors-people at heart, so taking a day trip to drive the Great Ocean Road was an incredible experience! The road follows the southwest coastline of Victoria and extends for 240 kilometers (150 miles). The landscape is absolutely stunning with stark cliffs, giant limestone rocks, cute beach towns, and animals – we even saw koalas in the wild!

If you have a rental car and want to explore on your own, this drive is definitely doable. We decided to join this full-day tour though, which provided transportation and lots of information about this iconic route. That way we could just sit back and take in the scenery all day!

There are a handful of tours of the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne (read our full list here!), but we had a fantastic experience on this one. They first picked us up from our hotel in central Melbourne and we headed to the quaint seaside town of Torquay, where the road officially starts. We had morning tea and spent time exploring the town before we hit the road. 

The tour did a great job of breaking up this long drive by stopping every hour or so, and there is so much to see along the way – that’s part of the fun! After Torquay, we stopped to see a koala colony in the wild at Kennett River. Even as a native Aussie, I still get excited to see these chill little animals in their natural habitat!

We drove for a bit more then stopped for lunch in Apollo Bay. This is another stunning beach-side town with turquoise water that you can see from the town, so lunch with a view was extra satisfying. 

Bailey looking out at the ocean on a great ocean road tour australia
Don’t mind me, just taking in the views!

One more hour down the road brought us to the most iconic spot on the drive – the Twelve Apostles! These are massive limestone rocks that sit in the ocean and despite the name, there are only eight stacks (there were nine, but one collapsed about 25 years ago!). There is a great viewpoint to check out the rocks, and we had about one hour to explore the area. You can get down to the beach at Gibson’s steps (a little further from the viewpoint), so the tour stops by this on the way back. 

Finally, we made our way to Loch Ard Gorge, home to the historic 1878 shipwreck. This entire area is nicknamed “Shipwreck Coast” because of the notoriously rough waters of the South Ocean. The gorge is really beautiful though and we enjoyed the fresh coastal air and getting a chance to explore the beach before heading back to the city.

We saw so much on this full-day tour, and it makes for a long day and a lot of driving, so we were thankful to have the guides! I recommend bringing some headphones or a book because while we loved the views, we definitely got a little tired being in the vehicle that long. 

This tour includes national park fees, transportation and hotel pickup, coffee and tea in the morning, the guides, and lunch. I suggest bringing extra money for snacks or souvenirs! We thought this tour was well priced at $155 AUD for the level of comfort, convenience, and information provided. 

The Great Ocean Road is one of those bucket-list items for all of Australia, so we jumped on the chance to join a tour and see for ourselves. We aren’t the only ones who loved this tour, there are over 4,500 glowing reviews from other travelers!

Related Read: If you have one more day to fill, check out our favorite day trips from Melbourne. There are so many cool things to see around here!

Day 3

Breakfast – Lune Croissanterie 

A lady makes croissants at Lune Croissanterie in Melbourne
The savory croissants!
The croissants we bought at Lune Croissanterie in Melbourne, Australia
Yep, we got four!

If you ask any Melbourne local where the best pastries in the city are, you’ll hear about Lune Croissanterie from everyone. Lune specializes in croissants, as you can guess from the name, and they rotate the menu weekly so there is always something new and yummy to try.

Now, I had my doubts – how could a croissant be THAT good? But, after trying for ourselves, I couldn’t believe how perfectly crafted this pasty was! If you’re not a huge sweet-breakfast type of person they also serve savory croissants, so we tried a few kinds to get the whole experience. 

Lune is loved by all of Melbourne, so you can expect a queue even before they open. I suggest getting there about 30 minutes before they open and trying to go on a weekday if you can. If you happen to get stuck in the line, don’t worry it moves quickly (and it’s worth the wait)! Lune Croissanterie is open at 7:30 am every day of the week except Wednesdays. 

Morning – Queen Victoria Market 

Bailey walks the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Australia
It takes a while to explore the entire market!
Bailey and Daniel pose for a photo outside the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Australia

Hopefully, you don’t fill up on croissants because the next stop will leave you wanting to eat even more! Queen Victoria Market is full of vendors of all kinds, but the food vendors were our personal favorite. This historic market has been open since 1878, selling fresh fruits, veggies, meat, fish, and other goods. It’s pretty crazy walking around the stalls and realizing that it hasn’t changed much in over 100 years!

We had a lot of fun wandering through the market to see what people were selling, from handmade goods, art, fresh produce, and locally made items. There are more shops than you’ll have time to see, so we grabbed a cup of coffee and spent a few hours exploring.

To get even more in-depth with your market experience, this is a popular food tour of Queen Victoria Market. Over two hours, the local guides take you all over the market and show you unique food vendors to try pickled octopus, Coffin Bay oysters, and peppered kangaroo – a true Aussie experience! Don’t worry, there are some other food options if those are a little out there for you, such as dolmades, olives, and more. 

All the while, you’ll learn about the market history and how it’s shaped Melbourne for over a century. This tour takes off at 10 am and is only offered on the weekends. It is $99 AUD, which we think is a great price for the amount of food and information you’ll consume!

Morning – Walk the Lanes and Arcades

Bon scott mural in ACDC lane in Melbourne, Australia
The street art is super impressive!
Bailey sits on a bench in ACDC lane in Melbourne
Exploring AC/DC Lane

Central Melbourne has a unique set of laneways that are filled with street art, small local businesses, amazing coffee shops, cafes, and tons of hidden bars. Artists don’t need a permit to paint here and the best way to discover the lanes is simply to wander through them! With all of these secret spots, you can’t even find them all on a map, so we enjoyed cruising through the alleys and finding all sorts of fun things. 

However, there is one super popular laneway that you can’t miss – AC/DC Lane! Located just off of Flinders Lane, we couldn’t believe the art style of this lane. The murals and tribute to the Australian-based band are impressive, and it’s aptly home to some of the best music venues and dive bars in the city. If you’re a music lover, you will want to come back here later in the day to experience it at night too!

After you spend time exploring the laneways, you will want to check out another beautiful and iconic part of Melbourne – the Arcades! The Arcades are covered walkways that have an intricate and ornate design. The two most popular are The Block Arcade and The Royal Arcade, and they are just a 12-minute walk from AC/DC Lane. 

Bailey poses for a photo inside the The Block Arcade in Melbourne Australia
The Block Arcade is stunning!
The Royal Arcade in Melbourne Australia
The Royal Arcade in Melbourne, Australia

We were most impressed by The Block Arcade with its mosaic floor and all the details inside. There are a ton of shops to wander around and explore, we were sure to stop by Haigh’s Chocolates to satisfy Bailey’s sweet tooth (try the truffles!). We also enjoyed stopping by the Tea Room 1892 for a little break and refueled with some coffee. They are also known for their high tea if you get a chance to fit that in!

The Royal Arcade is another historic area to explore and it’s right next to The Block Arcade. This one dates back to 1870 and some of the shops are staples in Melbourne. If you haven’t stopped for any treats yet (we’ve mentioned a lot today!) you should definitely swing by Caffé E Torta. This authentic Italian cafe has all sorts of yummy offerings, so maybe treat yourself to some espresso and tiramisu! Paint n’ Powder was a fun perfume store and Paper Republic had lots of cute souvenirs to take home. 

If you enjoy history and dessert, you might enjoy this Arcades Dessert Walking Tour. Even though it starts at 10:45 am, it’s never too early for sweets so you’ll try 7 different types of chocolates! They also offer a chocolate and cheese pairing, and you’ll get to explore the Arcades with a local guide to learn all the history. You’ll have to shuffle this itinerary around to fit this tour in, but if it’s up your alley, I think it’s totally worth it! 

Lunch – Enjoy a meal in one of the laneways

Seafood pasta at Vespa Rossa in Melbourne
Photo credit: Vespa Rossa
Chicken dish at Vespa Rossa

By now, you’re probably a bit tired and hungry from all that wandering around! Luckily, the laneways have a ton of restaurant options, as you’ve seen from our previous list. But, our preferred lunch spot is Vespa Rossa in The Block Arcade. It’s tucked away in the alley so it’s more of a secret local spot, but it’s a true gem and the perfect spot to relax over lunch. 

There are a lot of options, depending on how hungry you are. If you’ve been snacking all morning, splitting a pizza might be a good portion. We shared the Italian prosciutto pizza and it was the perfect size and hit the spot. The seafood linguini and pumpkin risotto are both popular options too and if you fancy an afternoon cocktail, this is the place to do it! You’re on vacation, after all, so enjoy yourself!

Afternoon – Free City Tram

Scenic shot of a tram and train station in Melbourne Australia
Finders Street Station is one of the busiest stations in the world!
free city tram around Melbourne
Off we go!

As you wander Melbourne’s CBD, you’ll notice many historic green trams zipping through the streets. Well, these little trams have been in operation since 1885 and prove to be a great way to do some sightseeing! They are completely free within the tram zone, which will take you to all sorts of historic sites. 

We used these as our own hop-on hop-off city tour and stopped by the Victoria Library, Flinders Station, and the Melbourne Gaol. Riding the trams was a lot of fun, and there are brochures and commentary so you learn a bit as you go. I’ll outline these three stops below, but to see all the stops and areas it covers, check out the tram maps here!

Victoria Library

Melbourne truly has some beautiful buildings and the Victoria State Library might be one of the greatest! Even if you’re a bookworm or not, you’ll enjoy checking out this library. It’s so beautiful and has an impressive collection that dates back to the 1850s. The La Trobe Room was my favorite area, as it has a gorgeous dome roof, is six stories high, and contains over 30,000 books!

You can also see artifacts within the library, like the armor that the infamous criminal Ned Kelly wore on his final shootout. The library is free to enter, and you can spend as long as you want here. It’s also located in the free tram zone, so this is a great cheap activity while exploring the city.

Flinders Station

You’ve probably passed Flinders Street Station before you even knew what it was! We found ourselves passing by it a few times while exploring the city as it’s right next to the Yarra River, but it also deserves a few minutes to stop and admire its beauty. 

This train station was Australia’s first steam engine railway station back in 1854. The exterior is gorgeous, but to be honest, the interior isn’t that exciting – so stick to the outside for your photos. I loved the big clock out front and its brick design, but really the sheer size is most impressive! Plus, it’s a staple in Melbourne’s history, so it’s a necessary stop for any itinerary. 

Melbourne Gaol

The Old Melbourne Gaol (or jail as it’s pronounced) was a really interesting area to check out. Turns out, this city has somewhat of a dark history and the old gaol housed some of the roughest and toughest of Melbourne. Ned Kelly was a gang leader and outlaw and Frederick Bailey Deeming was thought to be Jack the Ripper – both resided in the gaol! It was a little eerie to wander through here, but also a lot of fun. 

Admission is $35 AUD and that comes with a self-guided audio tour. However, if you want to hear all the dark stories and tales, I recommend joining one of the guided tours. They have a Nighttime Ghost Tour or the Escape Artists Tour to learn about how people actually got out of here! 

Dinner/night – Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Yarra River

Bailey cheers her wine on the spirit of melbourne dinner druise
This was such an amazing cruise!
Steak dinner on the spirit of melbourne cruise
So good!

After a day of exploring the city, it’s time to wine and dine! The Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise was one of our favorite experiences in the city. It’s hard to beat a gorgeous sunset over the Yarra River, and I can’t forget to mention the amazing four-course dinner and bottomless drinks!

Our cruise took off around 7:30 pm, so we caught the sunset as we enjoyed drinks on the deck – it was such a memorable experience! We loved seeing the city light up from the water and all the same sites we’d been exploring the past few days. We requested a table by the window so we could enjoy the views as we had dinner too, I highly recommend doing this!

You can choose your entree before you go (chicken, beef, lamb, vegetarian, or fish), but whatever you choose I know it will be delicious. We loved the lamb kofta starter and chargrilled beef filet. But also the port wine and dessert were the perfect finisher! It was all perfectly prepared and the ambiance simply made the food taste even better.

Before we knew it, three hours had passed and we were heading back to the docks! We loved this cruise and highly recommend it – you can read our full Yarra River Dinner Cruise review here. Or you can take a look at the 1,000+ positive reviews here, we aren’t the only ones who enjoyed this cruise. 

I would say you can’t put a price on this experience, but of course, there is a price involved. But we think that $185 AUD for a 4-course meal, bottomless drinks, and a gorgeous sunset cruise is truly a steal. I recommend booking this cruise in advance to secure your spot (it’s popular) and they have free cancellation 3 days before you go, so if anything comes up it’s no big deal!

Why We Book Tours with Viator

Viator is a trusted online booking system for tours around the world! We almost always book our tours using Viator for a couple of reasons:

  • Free cancellation on most tours – Most of the tours on Viator allow you to cancel and get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance. This is handy in case plans change, or if booking an outdoor activity, the weather forecast is looking grim.
  • Reserve now and pay later – You can secure your spot on some of the most popular tours well in advance and not pay until closer to the day of the tour.
  • Lowest price guarantee – If you happen to find the same tour at a lower price elsewhere, Viator will refund you the price difference.
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Check out the Viator website here! Or, for more info, read our detailed review about Viator here.

Day 4

Breakfast – Have a coffee in St Kilda

Bailey at St Kilda Beach in Melbourne Australia
St Kilda is beautiful!

Just like that, we have reached the final day of our 4-day Melbourne trip! We were a bit tired after our dinner cruise, so taking a later morning was a very nice treat and happened to fit with today’s schedule perfectly. 

For breakfast, we are heading about 15 minutes south of the city to a beach-side suburb called St Kilda. This area is super cute and has lovely ocean views. But it’s worth the little journey because it’s famous for its coffee! So to my fellow caffeine addicts, you’re welcome. 

There are a lot of coffee shops here and each is unique in its own way. If you’re looking for the best coffee in town (in my opinion), head to Wedge Espresso. For amazing ocean views, Beachcomber Cafe is your go-to spot. I love Fitzrovia in terms of food, their breakfast menu is huge. And finally, the Galleon Cafe has that classic cafe vibe with lots of bright colors. 

Related Read: If this is your first time in the city, be sure to read our top things to do in Melbourne for first-time visitors so you can see it all!

Late Morning – Phillip Island Penguins Tour

Feeding a wallaby at the moonlit sanctuary on phillip island during a go west tour near melbourne australia
Feeding Wallabies at the Moonlit Sanctuary is awesome!
Penguins walk down a path on phillip Island during a go west penguin tour near melbourne australia
Penguins on parade!

Today we are taking an all-day trip, so plan on getting back pretty late! But, the trip out to Phillip Island is worth it, especially if you want to see the world’s biggest Little Penguin colony. Here, you can see hundreds of these adorable little creatures waddling along the sand in the Penguin Parade, which is as remarkable as it sounds!

Phillip Island is about a 2-hour drive from Melbourne, and so we chose to join this organized tour because it included transportation and bonus stops along the way. The Penguin Parade doesn’t occur until it’s dark out, so that means we’d be driving back quite late – something we weren’t too excited about! So the tour made the whole day seamless. 

Our tour guide picked us up from our hotel in the city at 11 am (there is also a 10 am option) and we hit the road! Our first stop was at the Brighton Bathing Boxes, which are colorful historic little huts used for changing at the beach. The owners elaborately paint the boxes, so they make for a cute photo op. After a quick stop here, we had another 1.5-hour drive until we reached the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.

If seeing native wildlife is on your bucket list for Australia travel, you’ll find it at the Moonlit Sanctuary. This conservation group works to fight against the extinction of Australia’s native wildlife and we were able to learn a lot about the animals and the organization itself. But the best part was getting to meet the cute animals, we even got to feed kangaroos and wallabies! 

Bailey smiles with a koala at the moonlit sanctuary on phillip island during a go west penguin tour near melbourne australia
Meeting koalas during a tour of Phillip Island!
Bailey and Daniel smile at the brighton bathing boxes on a go west penguin tour to phillip island
The famous Brighton Boxes!

Our wildlife exploration continued as we visited the Nobbies to see the largest seal colony in Australia. The views here are also quite impressive, and there is an information center to learn about the wildlife.

For our last stop on the tour, we made it to Phillip Island Nature Park to see the main event: the Penguin Parade! We actually had about 2 hours here, which gave us time to explore the area and enjoy the scenery. As the sun begins to set, the penguins start waddling back to their burrow for the night. So we stood on the special viewing platform to stay out of their way, and we could see hundreds of Little Penguins migrate towards their home. 

It was a really cute thing to witness, and we were able to learn a lot about the penguin’s behaviors and patterns here too. Honestly, it was the perfect end to a fun day and a great way to finish our Melbourne trip! You can read our review of the Phillip Island tour here, so you’re ready to go for yourself. 

We didn’t get home until after midnight, so that meant we were out for a full 14 hours. This tour included transportation, entrance fees, and guides, but we had to pay for all food and drinks on our own. It is $175 AUD, and we thought it was well worth the price – the experience was unforgettable!

Where to Stay in Melbourne

The Langham Melbourne room
Photo credit: The Langham Melbourne

With four days in Melbourne, you’re going to need somewhere comfy to call home! There are a lot of accommodation options to fit every budget, so check out our top picks from luxury hotels to budget-friendly hostels. Here’s what you need to know!

The Langham Melbourne – $$$

For an elegant stay – think marble staircases, fountains, and chandeliers – The Langham Melbourne is the perfect place. The hotel is in the middle of Melbourne overlooking the Yarra River. You’ll get beautiful city views from the hotel’s restaurant and from the indoor pool. It’s also within walking distance of a number of top attractions.

Rooms here start at $300 – $400 AUD per night. Check availability and reserve a room here.

Grand Hotel Melbourne – $$

Stay in the Melbourne Central Business District at this historic hotel that has plenty of character. The studios and apartments at the Grand Hotel Melbourne give you more space than a typical hotel and even include a kitchen. You can also take advantage of the heated indoor pool and the fitness center with a sauna. Plus, it’s just a few minutes’ walk to Crown Casino, Southbank, Docklands, and more.

A studio starts at around $200 AUD per night and can be reserved through Booking.com here.

Space Hotel – $

You don’t have to sacrifice style for money at this hostel. The Space Hotel is a modern hostel with lots of extra guest amenities like a gym, a hot tub, and even a mini-theater. You can head to the rooftop terrace to relax and enjoy the views. The hostel is conveniently located in the Central Business District and is not far from the Queen Victoria Market and Chinatown.

Accommodation options include both private rooms and shared dorm rooms. A bed in a dorm starts at $55 AUD and private rooms begin at $100 AUD. You can reserve a spot in advance through Booking.com or Hostelworld.com.

Renting a Car in Australia

Driving through the outback in a rental car in Australia
Outback Australia!

With many must-see destinations in Australia outside city limits, one of the best ways to get around is in a rental car.

Australia is a huge country and traveling between cities or getting to some of the most scenic spots requires driving. While public transit is sometimes an option, it often adds a lot of time and planning. Plus, we love the freedom of a rental car to stop wherever we want and not have to stick to a set schedule.

Car rental in Australia is super affordable, especially if you choose a smaller vehicle. We use the website DiscoverCars.com. It’s a search engine that compares multiple car rental companies for you – saving you from visiting each website individually.

If you plan to be based in a main city like Sydney, Melbourne, or Perth and do a few day trips while returning your car to the same location, we’ve booked rentals for as cheap as $25 AUD a day! Full coverage insurance can be added for around an extra $12 AUD a day too. The price will vary depending on the time of year, type of car, and if you’re able to pick up and drop off at the same location.

Discover Cars also offers handy filters so you can search for cars that offer features like child seats, GPS, or let you have an additional driver. There are also free cancellation options if your trip changes. Read our honest review of Discover Cars here for more details!

Check out the selection and book your car rental online here!

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That’s a wrap on our 4-day Melbourne itinerary! With so much to do in this city, we could have added dozens more activities, but this gives you a good overview and includes some of our favorite experiences. You can either follow this itinerary day by day or pick out whatever sounds like fun. That’s the great thing about traveling, it’s all up to you (we just like to share our suggestions here!).

If you found this article helpful, be sure to check out our other Australia blogs. Having lived and traveled to every corner of the country, we have lots of resources to help you plan the perfect vacation! Here are a few of our favorite places and tips to get you started.

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