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Melbourne is the shopping and culture hub of Victoria and home to the University of Melbourne. It is a compact but adorable city which is easy to get around and backpacker hostel options are readily available.
A good starting point to look for hostels in Melbourne is Flinders Street Station which is located centrally next to famous Federation Square. In the surrounding area, you will find several accommodation options to choose from. If you do not want to stay in central Melbourne, you can also look for a hostel in the outlying areas.
Since Melbourne is quite consolidated, most major attractions are within walking distance from Federation Square. If you do not feel like walking, or the weather does not allow it, there is a free tourist shuttle bus which covers most attractions including the Docklands. You can also use the free circle tram which operates in the city center. To get to get from the airport to your backpacker hostel in Melbourne, there is a bus which operates roughly every 20 minutes from Southern Cross Station.
Fitzroy is Melbourne’s colourful, inner-city bohemian hub with several hostels located in the area. Home to the famous Brunswick Street, it’s the suburb to visit for some of the city’s best shopping, eating, drinking and entertainment spots. Exploring the streets surrounding Brunswick Street reveals a thriving art scene, spread out between small galleries and on the streets themselves. Melbourne is seen as one of the street-art capitals of the world and much of this is concentrated around Fitzroy.
In general, Melbourne is a very tourist-friendly city and you will be provided heaps of information on what to do and where to get there.
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"Hotel Discovery, formerly Hotel Bakpak, is the best place to discover Melbourne. It is a hostel (one of Australia's largest) and not a hotel, as the name suggests. The Location The hostel is located in the city centre, close to the famous Queen Victoria Market, the State Library, and the City Baths. Aldi Supermarket is in the same street. There are plenty of shops, cafés, and restaurants nearby. The area is quiet at night. Rooms and...
The Spencer Backpackers
"The Spencer Backpackers is a basic but nice accommodation inside the former historical Spencer Hotel, which gives it a unique atmosphere. The kitchen is located next to the rooftop terrace and provides enough space with a good view to enjoy your dishes. The Location The former hotel has a very central location, very close to the CBD; it is about ten minutes to the Southern Cross Station, where you can find plenty of fast food...
"The Nunnery hostel is an excellent place to stay, whether for a couple of nights or for long term. It's a great place to meet people, as it has a very friendly atmosphere. The building is an old Convent that has been converted into both a hostel and a hotel, located in the heart of Fitzroy. The Location The Nunnery is located in a convenient area, next to the Carlton Gardens and the Museum. The famous Queen Victoria Market and the city...
Coffee Palace Backpackers
St. Kilda Beach
"WOOOOOW!! we didnt want to leave the palace, the staff were awesome, we met so many amazing people, and its just fabulous!!! if youre up for a great time, meetin people, parytin and just generally being sociable (as we are very sociable creatures aren't we Kev), this is the best place to be. And those who said it was a dump, well youre way too fussy and shouldnt be a backpacker, if you think this place is a dump, good luck with other hostels...
Ritz for Backpackers
St. Kilda Beach
"Excellent - I was also there in 2000. Overall a great place to socialise as pub downstairs, not for the fainthearted but great fun -- which is what you want when traveling." … "Home away from home - i could never say enough about the ritz. chris has done an amazing job and keep up the great work! i have never felt so at home while there and everyone was just amazing including the staff. cant wait to get back out in jan.!" … "I...
Flinders Station Backpackers
"The reception staff are very friendly, helpful too. They helped me in finding / locating a family member, which came as a great relief. Thank you girls!" … "Wonderful - Great hostel. I stayed there in late 2005 and had a wonderful time. The facilities were great, the staff was friendly and helpful, and most of all -- brilliant location! Right in the city center, across the street from Cole's supermarket, walking distance from...
Oslo Hotel for Backpackers
"Oslo Hotel for Backpackers is located in the centre of St. Kilda, about five minutes' walk from the beach. The hostel is situated about twenty minutes from Melbourne city centre and can be reached by tram (number 16 or 96). If you are arriving by train or bus, you can catch the tram at Swanston Street as far as the Fitzroy Street station. From here, you literally cross the street and take the turn left to Grey street. The hostel is about...
"Great value for money, very clean, great staff - Though the hostel was still going through renovations we loved the place, The room was clean, the staff were friendly and helpful. To quote my nieces 'the hotel is fully sick'. The place has been totally renovated, with movie room, kitchen and brand new rooms and bathroom facilities. I will definitely stay there again and would recommend the hostel to anyone coming to Melbourne" …...
"The longtimers destroyed it - Stayed here for a few days. I can see what everyone else is saying about how sh*tty this hostel is, but what i can see, the hostel (before) didn't look so bad. it once looked like a decent hostel at one point. there are a lot of old tucking loser sh*t for brained log timers who seem to have mental issues. they spend most of their days drinking getting drunk as f*** and sharing their long time "wisdom" to other...
All Nations Backpackers
"Nomads All Nations Backpackers is the biggest hostel we've stayed in during our time in Melbourne. It's located very central -- just one minute to the Southern Cross Station. So if you arrive late or have heaps of luggage or need to take a train very early in the morning, this accommodation might me a good choice for you. Also you can check in and out at any time as they provide a twenty-four-hour reception! The Location The nice old...
Pint on Punt Hotel
"Pint on Punt Hotel is a bar and bistro offering accommodations on the first and second levels above the bar. You get a free breakfast (coffee/tea/toast/spreads and cereals that are offered from 8 to 10 a.m.) and has special offers for the hostel-users for the bar and bistro. If you don't want to walk too much to your evening beer and don't need a fancy and big accommodation, then you might love it here! The Location The area around the...
Melbourne Connection Travellers Hostel
"Melbourne Connection Travellers Hostel is a medium-sized hostel located a short walk from the main railway station and only a few short blocks to the main shopping streets of the city as well as Victoria Market. It is also a two minute walk to the airport shuttle point and about ten minutes from the Greyhound station. Also nearby are various eating establishments and bars. In other words, you'll probably find the location to be pretty nice....
Central Melbourne Accommodation
"I'd been backpacking for almost a year when myself and my boyfriend decided it would be nice to stay in a smaller hostel as we both had good ful time jobs. This place was just the ticket, more like a student shared house lots of couples and people on sponsered stays. Good, fair priced double rooms,clean and tidy. Couple of down points though. There was no pick up from the bus depot even though I called the owner several times for directions...
Lords Lodge Backpackers
"Lords Lodge Backpackers is a short ways out of the downtown area, but easy to get to by public transport, and is also close to St. Kilda. Chapel Street is a couple of blocks away. It's an old house that's been converted, and it's funky and interesting. The stained glass is nice. There's an outdoor room in the front yard, with pool tables and chairs. Mostly it seems to be a place for smokers to hang out. Inside there's a huge comoon room...
Melbourne Metro YHA Hostel
"This is an excellent place. Yes, it's large and seems a bit institutional but that didn't stop me from meeting people. It's close enough to the city to make it a pleasant walk and really well equipped. It's a good place to stay." … "Immacculately clean - Immaculately clean and new, well staffed and organised -- staff were really helpful, professional, and friendly. Nice "open" chill out area on the roof, cafe/games room downstairs,...
The Exford Hotel
"If quaint old heritage buildings are your thing and staying in the dead centre of the city is essential, the Exford Hotel Backpackers is the place for you. Ornate on the outside and inside --- think embossed patterned walls, tall windows, and high ceilings -- it's a fun place to daydream back to 1854, when the hotel was built, while enjoying the charms of central Melbourne. The Location The Exford gets top points for location. Occupying...
Melbourne International Backpackers
"Melbourne International Backpackers (MIB) is situated on the corner of Elizabeth and Franklin Streets, at the top end of the CBD, a fifteen minute walk from the Flinders and Spencer Street Stations. MIB's location provides good access to the city's major attractions and tram network. The hostel itself has three floors of accomodations and a ground floor consisting of reception, backpackers travel agency, bottle shop and the hostel bar...
Richmond Hill Hotel
"… atmosphere of the hotel is great. It feels like you are staying in a big friendly house rather than just another hotel". * Our guest bar is open every day * Free off street parking * Complimentary tea/coffee is available in the lounge all day * Garden terrace * Guest lounge with newspapers * Guest laundry * Internet/email kiosk * All prices include GST # 4 Backpack rating # Single/twin bunk rooms #...
The College Lawn Hotel
"Very cool - great place. great people, clean, good food and Grog. food stores near, no internet as of 3-08, maybe now a real local pub." … "… The College Lawn Hotel offers friendly, clean and comfortable accomodation above a traditional Australian Pub. Close to major events, clubs, beaches and shopping strips. The College Lawn is placed in a convenient location, just minutes from Prahran Station, trams and buses making it easy...
King Street Backpackers
"King Street Backpackers is a fabulous hostel set right in the heart of Melbourne that provides you with a free breakfast every morning between 7 and 9 a.m., as well as other free meals during selected days of the week. The Location The hostel is located right in the heart of Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) at the junction of King Street and Little Bourke Street. The hostel is only a short walk away from so many of...
"Greenhouse Backpacker is part of the Friendly group, which also owns Friendly Backpackers on King Street and a travel agent at the ground floor reception of the Greenhouse. Hostels in Melbourne are generally more expensive than in most places elsewhere in Australia and the Greenhouse is certainly not the cheapest hostel. However, locationwise the hostel is on Flinders Lane, only a two-minute walk from Flinders Street Train Station and...
Bev & Micks Backpackers at Mcmahons
"You'll make some great friends here - I stayed here years ago -- 2001 for around three months. It was rough and ready then they were still building bits! Mick and Bev made everyone feel welcome -- there was a bit if a click but there are in most hostels. Once you got to know everyone it was a great place -- best memories; playing pool foot clothes on Christmas Eve, going on a fishing trip to the Murray River with Mick and a few Irish lads and...
Home Travellers Motel
"All Nations Motel is not to be mistaken for the cheap and dirty All Nations located in Melbourne CBD. All Nations Motel is located in the heart of St. Kilda, within easy access of the beach, Coles Supermarket, and the vibrant town centre -- clustered full of charming cake shops and eateries. All Nations Motel is easy to find, located on Carlise Street. Checking in is a formality and the staff are helpful and nice. All Nations have...
"Base St Kilda has a friendly and lively atmosphere. The Location The hostel is situated by St Kilda Beach and not too far away from Fitzroy Street. So it is great for nightlife and those wanting to top up their suntan. However, it is a fair distance away from the CBD, which makes it a difficult place to stay for those wanting to find a job, although it is possible to find them in St Kilda. Rooms and Bathrooms The rooms are...
"St. Arnaud is family owned and has the charm and a perfect location for people who like it quiet but not lonely. It offers a very good, free breakfast (orange juice, cereals, milk, bread with hazelnut spread or marmalade) and you can help yourself with a free hot chocolate, coffee, or tea at any time. The Location The beautiful, old building is located in the middle of the Park Street with a park on each end (Fawkner Park and the Royal...
Urban Central Backpackers
"This place is totally happening! Clean rooms, wicked bar with cheap beverages, brilliant ambiance, met some nice chicas, loads of activities, McDonalds is just bang opposite, and Crow Casino is just a breath away. Going again back for some more fun and action." … "Clean, friendly staff, big locker with power port, free rice and spaghetti. What else do you expect? Definitely great." … "i bloody loved this place. wish i was back...
Nomads Melbourne Backpackers
"Dubbed as a pioneer in "flashpacking" by its owners, Nomads Industry -- this city centre hostel -- is a little more upmarket than Melbourne's rival backpackers. Clean, funky, and centrally located, this hostel is a must for those who like their home comforts. The hostel is brand new -- so new even that when we visited it wasn't quite finished. With the newness comes spotless bedrooms, bathrooms, and common area, a lift and even a cinema room....
Back of Chapel Backpackers
"Back of Chapel Backpackers has a great location just off Chapel Street, which is the great funky shopping and eating district of Melbourne. It's about three or four blocks from the train station, and you can also take a tram down Chapel. It's easy walking distance to the Prahan market -- something that should be on your to-do or to-see list while in Melbourne. From the Southern Cross train station downtown take the Sandringham line to Windsor...
"If you're visiting Melbourne, hanging out a few days in eclectic St. Kilda is essential, and Cooee on St. Kilda is a great base for exploring. Cooee is a friendly and modern hostel just a few minutes' walk from the beach, Luna Park, countless cafés, bars, and even the red-light area. The Location Cooee is located at the intersection of St. Kilda Road and Inkerman Street. From the CBD, tram Route 16 is the simplest way to get there,...
Travellers Trax at The Barley Corn Hotel
"Filthy - This place is not a hostel for international travelers, its a halfway house for Junkies, drunks, and local dole scroungers. I counted at least 6 different drug users living in the hostel. The manager of this place is nothing short of a mess, he doesn't give a damn about the people staying. Its a good distance from the CBD so clearly people are only staying here because its cheap and attracts all sorts of social rejects." …...
Collingwood Accommodation Melbourne
"This is an elusive place to find on web sites. I've just stayed there and found it very good. The owner, Paul, is very friendly and helpful and the whole place is very civilized. I'm older than the average backpacker and was looking for a quieter place. It's near some good pubs and dining places, eg. "Aussie Indian", which despite its name has cheap, authentic Indian food. Convenient for public transport too." … "Awesome place to stay...
St. Kilda Beach House Hostel
"St. Kilda Beach House is a fancy and clean hostel located in the heart of St. Kilda, which is a very nice suburb of Melbourne with access to the sea and beaches. A free but very basic breakfast is included in the accommodation and the hostel staff are mostly friendly but too formal. The Location The hostel is located at the corner of Grey and Fawkner streets, and is part of the Barkley Hotel & Bar. The next bigger supermarket (Aldi) is...
Melbourne Central YHA
"Excellent hostel - Like -- Great location, good facility, clean room, and the staff are friendly and helpful. Dislike -- No free wifi." … "… kitchen/guest lounge areas, which they as well can borrow DVDs from reception. A new BBQ area and an additional undercover level one balcony area with couches can be enjoyed whenever guests are up on the rooftop. Here, guests can be worry-free of transporting, as the hostel is close to...
The Corkman Irish Pub
"The Corkman is a small and homely hostel with only 24 beds. Situated in leafy Carlton, with a perfect location between two small parks and situated just outside the buzz of the Main City. Only 5 minutes walk to Victoria market, 10min walk to CBD, 5 min walk to the famous Lygon Street restaurant area and 5 min walk to Melbourne University. We aim to provide clean, affordable accommodation, and pride ourselves on our genuine Irish welcome...
Home at The Mansion
"… one room. Our facilities include a communal tv area, kitchen/dining, laundry, bbq area, large outdoor garden, internet access, $3 per hour wifi, luggage storage, tour information and bookings. Enjoy the company of your fellow travellers in our awesome new bar for wine & cheese, pancake, sausage sizzle, Mexican theme, trivia and world famous Killer Darts nights! This is the full package, with an excellent location,...
Drop Bear Inn
"… kitchen available 24/7 with Free Tea, Coffee and Sugar, a free Weekly Meal also included. Loads of free fun activities throughout the week including quiz night, pool competition (pool table access 24/7) joker poker with opportunities to win bar tabs Common room with TV and massive movie selection Laundry facilities 24 hr internet computers with webcam and skype facilities Secure swipe card security Access to gym,...
"… front bar. Backpackers receive free access to all gigs in our venue + $10 Jugs. Cleaning of the upstairs backpacking accommodation is done daily. The Bendigo Hotel is a live music venue, which has live music events from Wednesday to Sunday. All our live music ends at 12:30pm & once a month we have the infamous Grouse Party, which has DJs from 10pm until 3am. Due to previous experience, we advise that travelers over the age of 40...
Victoria Hotel Backpackers
"WIth a capacity of 30 beds over 9 spacious bedrooms, 3 common areas, a fully equipped kitchen with dining room and outside balcony it's a great combination of privacy and socialising. Perfect for young travellers and for the young at heart. Friendly staff and a live in on-site manager who will help you with anything you wish to discover in this great city!" … "… to Brunswick Station. A 2hr ticket will cost $4 and will take...
"Quiet and clean - I really enjoyed my stay at the SAV. Its a really lovely and familiar hostel. The kitchen as well as the rooms are very clean. Each room has its own TV and the toilets are getting cleaned once a day. It was never noisy. There is only one minus. U need to bring your own dishes, otherwise you have a serious problem." … "Comfortable and Quiet - I found the room temperature was comfortable, there was very little noise,...
Tram Stop 14 Backpackers
"… food cupboard. Linen, towels and WiFi are free. Communal bathrooms are located upstairs and downstairs. Our outdoor lounge/terrace is ideal for BBQ’s or relaxing with friends and fellow residents. Football fans who book accommodation with Tramstop 14 Backpackers will receive a 10% discount on arrival, upon presentation of their tickets to any AFL match in Melbourne during their stay. Our hostel is only a 15 minute walk to the...
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Melbourne Travel Tips & Suggestions
I love Melbourne.
Melbourne is savage -- what a great place. I've been traveling the world, working the last couple years, and this is without doubt my favourite city. Everything happens there, plus they have the best restaurants and funky bars.
Don't waste your time with Melbourne. There are so many other places in the world that are better to visit as a backpacker.
Melbourne is off the hook. The people there are awesome in the sense of looks and attitude.
I love the weather here! There are lots of wonderful things and places to see and visit both for the young and old.
I absolutely love this city. I'm coming back to live as soon as I can get the money too. I love how you can walk down the street at 10 p.m. and find a nice little cafe or bakery to go to. The locals are really welcoming and friendly and I met some awesome people here. The weather is pretty good generally, maybe not as good as some other parts of Australia but in comparison to what this city has to offer, who cares about the odd cloudy day? The shopping is the best this side of the world and Melbourne has an awesome tram/train and bus service. The city is very pretty; there are shops and concerts to go to; and on a hot day you can go to the beach, luna park, and then go out clubbing for the night or see a show or one of your favorite bands play -- awesome times, awesome memories, and epic city.
I'm generally not a big-city kind of person, but I warmed to Melbourne really quickly. There's always something going on, places like Federation Square are great for providing skint backpackers with free entertainment of all sorts, and there's plenty of awesome day trips to be had that'll give you your nature fix during your stay in the city. It's definitely recommended.
Melbourne is the best place on the eastern journey. Everyone is so friendly there, lots of things to do for free, lots of places to go that aren't sketchy, and they have the casino. I'm definitely going back.
The city has a great vibe, though after only a week I'd already run out of things to do. There aren't many attractions.
Melbourne is awesome! Where can I start? The shops and restaurants -- and you can’t get much better than the nightlife! Too many good looking guys. Any longer there and I’d be in trouble!
QV Is a great place to check out, nice shops and great central Square.
Melbourne is easily the best city in the world, and a place I would move to without hesitation if given the chance. Friendly, beatiful, exciting, it somehow manages to comibine the best of small city athmosphere and metropole-life. Once you've been there, you'll have to go back all the time. Only problem is the distance from Europe, which is a lot...
While Melbourne is without a doubt my favourite place in the southern hemisphere, I also think it's crucial to head out of the city to places like the Otways, Gippsland, and Wilson's Promontory to really see what Victoria has to offer. Melbourne may be an incredibly friendly, vibrant, and exciting place to be, but I'll never forget hiking and lying on the beaches at Wilson's Promontory, meeting other travellers, and truly experiencing Australia at it's best on my frquent escapes from the Melbourne buzz.
Melbourne and Perth are my two favourite cities in Australia - Melbourne for its culture and atmosphere, and Perth for its lifestyle. In Melbourne you can find any cuisine, and even a corner of the city to call your own. Check out Victoria St and Errol St in North Melbourne - well served by the 57 tram, quite walkable, and an amazing variety of stuff from the Queen Victoria Market to posh restaurants to cafes and bookshops.
Melbourne is easily the best city in Australia. Far more friendly than Sydney, and I felt a lot safer. There are so many great bars and restaurants.
Melbourne is a fantastic city, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. There are some beautiful parks in the center of the city, and some lovely galleries and museums. I ended up staying in Melbourne for longer than I originally planned as I found it to be a 'fun' city - great bars and nighclubs, to suit all tastes. Also, Melbourne has some of the best shopping in Australia and the best selection of restaurants, where you can sample food from every corner of the globe. I couldn't believe the selection! If you're thinking about when to visit Melbourne, I would probably recommend going in summer, as temperatures are warmer and a little more stable.
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