Melbourne, the world's coffee capital, and the 'world's most liveable city', is this a coincidence? We think not! Nowhere is quite as serious about its coffee as Melbourne, but there is even more to the capital of Victoria than these sweet caffeinated beans. This seaside city is a hive of street art, botanical gardens, wineries and contemporary architecture which attracts shoppers, suffers, wine and art enthusiasts alike from all corners of the globe. Whatever your reasons for visiting this cultural coast, there is a holiday rental which is as unique as the city it stands in just waiting to be secured. Browse through thousands of accommodation options, and ensure the perfect holiday apartment or bed and breakfast on Trip Advisor or Airbnb today.
Find a holiday home apartment for your stay in Melbourne
Visit Melbourne; the rainbow kissed metropolis on the Pacific coast!
If you want to escape to the land down under but you are not quite sure where to choose a holiday rental in Australia, then look no further than the hippest destination of them all, Melbourne. Whatever you desire from a holiday, Melbourne can deliver, in a way you never knew were possible! If you want a beach break during the day, but you want to enjoy the best of the city's nightlife when the sun goes down, then St Kilda's beach is on same tram line (No 16) as the Melbourne Arts Precinct. This means you are only ever a short hop from the world's most vibrant performances and exquisite dining experiences. The artistic maze of Melbourne is the capital of Victoria for a reason, so reserve an apartment overlooking Federation Square or a holiday home with an ocean view on the coast of St Kilda, then get out there and make the most of everything this dynamic destination has to offer.
When to visit?
Melbourne experiences its seasons in reverse to the UK, so if you are planning a summer holiday trip to the city during British summertime, you will need to re-think and visit over Christmas instead! Melbourne has a reputation for having a moderate climate throughout most of the year, however, visiting in March to late May, or September to November will mean you can explore in a pleasant environment, without having to navigate through peak season crowds.
How to get there?
Located in Victoria on the south-east coast of Australia, the only way to reach the vast distance from the UK is to fly, with the quickest flight duration from London Heathrow to Melbourne Airport with Qantas taking 22 hours 50 minutes. However, most flights can take more than a day, with many airlines offering layovers in airports such as Hong Kong, Changi Airport Singapore and Kuala Lumpur International Airport taking the travel time up around 30 hours, or sometimes even longer, depending on the number of connections and layover times. For some travellers, it might be a good idea to break up your travel time and stay overnight in one the of the connecting cities, meaning you can explore a different country while en route to your final destination. Choose a holiday apartment in Singapore if you want to break up the bulk of the journey. Alternatively, you can fly into Sydney airport which can be even cheaper than Melbourne, where you can stay in a holiday home in Sydney before moving down the country to Melbourne.
Where to stay
The Central Business District (CBD)
The CBD is an area for the foodies, the shoppers, and those who want to wake up right in the heart of the action! Reserve a luxury apartment rental in the most prestigious quarter of Melbourne, where you can spend your days observing the fashion on Collins Street, before getting lost in the skyscrapers above Bourke Street and sapling the south-east coast's most impressive cuisine in the bars and grills of this thriving business hub.
For those of you who want to enjoy a beach and city break in one, look no further than a beachfront villa in St Kilda, the golden sandy quarter of Melbourne. While offering a laid-back beachy vibe, St Kilda is only a few kilometres away from the bustling heart of the city centre, which is easily accessible by tram, meaning you can enjoy the peace of this water-front region, while not having to sacrifice the excitement of the city. Secure a holiday rental with a sea-view or a villa with a swimming pool in St Kilda to enjoy the most relaxing experience Melbourne can offer, while also leaving time for some fun in the Luna Amusement Park, and a walk on the pier, because what would be a trip to the sea without it?
Think of Melbourne, and you will most likely picture rainbow infused street art, surrounded by vintage stores and coffee hangouts. What you have just pictured is the area of Fitzroy, which has all these things, and then some! Noted for its affordable nightlife, reserve a holiday letting which is equally as cost-friendly, by choosing a home-stay or room in a youth hostel, where you can get over the jet lag and wake up feeling ready to take on all that Melbourne has to offer.
Nestled less than two miles south-east of the lively CBD, you can find the multi-cultural area of Richmond, which, while being home to many of Melbourne's natives, is where you can discover Herring Island wildlife park, the beautiful Berkley Gardens and Victoria Street, or Little Saigon, as it is labelled in the city. Choose a bed and breakfast in this inner-city neighbourhood, and you will soon see why it is becoming one of the most sought after postcodes in Melbourne.
The neighbourhood of Hawthorn is slightly removed from the hustle of the city centre, meaning there is no better place to discover a holiday home in Melbourne, where you can truly live like a local. Secure a self-catered apartment rental in Hawthorn, then delve into the area's many Asian-inspired restaurants, where you can sample home-cooked flavours from across the east. Hawthorn is also close to Melbourne's universities, meaning you are never too far away from libraries, workspaces, and the chance to dance the night away, whatever day of the week!
No, this is not exactly like the Windsor we are all used to! Instead of a castle, tea rooms and quaint gift shops, this neighbourhood is one of the most dynamic areas in Melbourne, with its exclusive boutiques, fashionable wine bars and striking skyscraper views. For a taste of Melbourne's most exclusive side, secure a luxury apartment rental overlooking this trendy district, then enjoy the nightlife and relax knowing you are only a short walk away from the comfort of your accommodation.
History and culture in Melbourne
Melbourne's rich history dates right back to the gold rush of the mid-nineteenth century when a host of European, Asian and American influences arrived to shape the city's culture. Today, these influences are evident in every corner of Melbourne, from its art, food, theatres, literature and architecture. One thing is undoubtedly clear; this is a global city. Melbourne similarly has a reputation across Australia as being the country's sporting capital and was even crowned the "World's Ultimate Sports City" in 2010, confirming to the world that sports events in this city are not to be reckoned with.
Food and drink in Melbourne
Melbourne is famous across the globe for its food and drink scene, so it is no surprise that the industry is such a huge part of this city's tourism. The humble coffee bean alone is the backbone of Melbourne, with locals and bloggers alike flocking to the hundreds of coffee houses and espresso bars to share the wonder of the unique Aussie cup of Joe, which beat the likes of Vienna and Milan to become the global capital of coffee. Alongside this prestigious coffee scene, the Melbourne food scene revolves around Asian flavours, most particularly Vietnamese dishes, whose flavours spice the air above these coloured streets. From pho, to chicken curry, Melbourne has all of your Vietnamese cuisine cravings covered, so stop by one of these joints to get your fill. Melburnians love nothing more than to wash down their street food with a mojito, which is the city's favourite beverage, so be sure to sample Melbourne's answer to this cocktail while visiting; we have heard the best is from Chuckle Park Bar on Little Collins Street.