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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
"I loved this place. It is managed well and the staff are friendly. If you go to Melbourne you're crazy if you don't stay here. It has everything you need and more." … "As a past employee and guest, the Coffee Palace was and is the best place I've ever been to in oz. It's the only place in Melbourne to truly meet people and have a great time." … "This is the place you will never want to leave. As a past employer, I know that this...
Ritz for Backpackers
St. Kilda Beach
"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.!" … "Really great people, great place, great fun and just a great area. I was there in November, 2002, and I was so impressed with its almost 24-hour culture and eclectic people that I'm going...
Flinders Station Backpackers
"This is the best hostel I've stayed in so far, and I have been travelling for over nine months. The staff have been great and most helpful. The 24 hour reception is great; there's always someone to chat with when you come home at 5 a.m.!! Keep up the good work, I'll see you all if I'm back in Melbourne." … "Excellent place. The level 3 reception/lounge area is fantastic, and the boys (Jase and Luke) who look after the place at night...
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 hostel! A bit more pricey but totally worth it. - The location is awesome -- right near many bars and right downtown. The hotel slash hostel is mixed in together which I found created a nice environment. The hotel has very nice and helpful receptionists that are very willing to help you figure out what you want to see as well as give brochures and maps. Hotel has a roof top view of cbd and has a hot tub! Kitchen also has balcony...
"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...
Nomads All Nations
"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
"A home from home - I fully recommend this hostel to anyone wanting a decent, sociable, friendly, well run, long term hostel whilst working in Melbourne. Its one five-minute stop to the CBD on the train and Richmond is a really cool place to set yourself for a bit, loads of shops bars and restaurants nearby but set on a side road in the suburbs so you get to wake up with the birds each morning, and you cant beat that! The BBQ area is great for...
Lords Lodge Backpackers
"Lords Lodge Backpackers is a relatively small hostel in a beautiful old building where a lot of long-termers stay. It has a community feel to it and it might feel like everyone knows each other for a long a time when you first get there. As you might expect, when people stay in one place for a while, they collect quite a lot of stuff and that's obviously the case here. Some of the rooms are completely packed and might not be too clean, but no...
Melbourne Metro YHA Hostel
"My home away from home in Eastern Australia! - I and my two teenage children stayed here on two separate occasions during our seven-week odyssey to Down Under. It is a little bit challenging to find the first time, being distant from the CBD. However, that meant a greater chance to explore this dynamic city, especially by trolley. Melbourne is a world leader for effective trolley use! Melbourne is the standard we need to measure up to for...
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...
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 International Backpackers at Mcmahons
"I pulled up outside the vic hotel in '99 and stayed for five months! what a riot, loved the place! i'll be back at the drop of a hat, Bev and mick are a couple of diamonds. Cant wait to get back!" … "This hostel is easily the best budget accommodation in Melbourne for the atmosphere. I'd happily recommend it to anyone." … "The chops are sick in this backpackers. I loved it. Bit of a good time party venue. Great location, great...
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...
Urban Central Backpackers
"i bloody loved this place. wish i was back there." … "Excellent - Easily the best backpackers I've stayed at in Oz. Quiz nights in the bar downstairs and spotless rooms." … "I traveled for six months all around Australia and I can say without any doubts that this one is the best place in Australia!" … "Clean, friendly staff, big locker with power port, free rice and spaghetti. What else do you expect? Definitely great."...
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
"Awesome place to stay - This hostel is really awesome no matter you are planning for a longer stay or just a short trip. It is rather close to the train station as well as the bus station heading to the city. People are really nice, so is the owner Paul. I could still remember the insightful talk we had the last day before I leave. Generally, it's such a great experience, and I think I would definitely visit there again!" … "This is an...
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...
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
"… high ceilings with beautiful ornate features and of course all have brand new beds, mattresses and linen. There are spanking new bathrooms on each floor some of which are fully self contained i.e. a single toilet, shower and hand basin in one room. Some dorms have the added bonus of a hand basin in the room and the 12 bed dorm has its own toilet and hand basin. Private Rooms: We only have 2 private rooms, therefore it is essential...
"… 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 may not enjoy their Bendigo Hotel experience, that being said, if your a lover of socializing, awesome...
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!" … "… A 2hr ticket will cost $4 and will take about 10 minutes. Walk...
"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
"… that offers short and long-term affordable accommodation in the heart of Fitzroy on Brunswick Street. We have a mix of four, six and eight bed dorms, single and double rooms that are simple, clean and tidy. We have a fully equipped kitchen and provide each resident with a lockable food cupboard. Linen, towels and WiFi are free. Communal bathrooms are located upstairs and downstairs. Our outdoor lounge/terrace is ideal for BBQ’s...
Landing Pads Brunswick
"… get you working fast and getting paid well. We have big rooms with lots of space and heaps of extras like sofas, study desks, storage and our dorms have personal reading lamps, privacy curtains, free lockers and a big balcony overlooking the city. Guests stay weeks not days at Landing Pads, which means the hostel has a great culture more like a big share house. We also have a house cat called Toby. Brunswick is a cool...
"Since United Backpackers was just recently opened, so everything is brand new. It's an amazing new hostel, with a great location, facilities, and helpful staff! The Location United Backpackers is located at a great location on Flinders Street, almost directly across from Flinders Street Station, a major transportation hub. You can catch a train from that station, or hop on one of the many trams that leave from right outside the hostel's...
"… built in 1863 and has been providing beds abd beers ever since! We cater to the international backpacker with friendly staff who have an intimate knowledge of Melbourne and the surrounding area. We provide a variety of rooms, from 2,3,4,5,7 and 10 bed dorms and private double rooms. A large communal kitchen and dining area/tv room. We have a modern laundry room, we also provide lockers and have secure storage rooms for your...
"… clubs, basketball in the park and movies nights during the week. OZiHOUSE Group hostels are centrally located all within a short train, tram, bus or bike ride to Melbourne CBD. Melbourne’s prime attractions such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground, AAMI Park, Yarra River, Botanical Gardens, and Rod Laver arena are all within walking distance from OZIHOUSE. Our hostels consist of communal kitchens, dining areas, communal...
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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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