Heading to Melbourne? Discover our city’s awesome art & culture scene!
In 2018, 10.8 million domestic overnight tourists and 2.9 million international overnight tourists visited the city of Melbourne.
There's no doubt that Melbourne is one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations for backpackers and travellers from not only across the globe, but across the country, too.
Melbourne, Australia's cultural heritage capital, has it all!
From unique architectural landscapes, to various art exhibitions throughout the year, and spectacular performing arts, you really can find it all in Melbourne.
Been thinking about travelling to the Land Down Under? Then don’t forget to put Melbourne on your bucket list! There are so many attractions, galleries, and events that will help you truly understand and appreciate our unique culture.
Whether you’re visiting for the first or 10th time, it’s imperative you find the right accommodation!
Looking for an affordable hostel in Melbourne? Our accommodation is located in Melbourne’s Southbank district, located just a stone’s throw from the heart of the CBD.
Not only are we close to the city, but we’re also conveniently located mere steps from various modes of public transport that will make getting around easy!
Who could've imagined that a humble laneway could turn into a wonderful piece of art... and a tourist attraction!
Melbourne laneways are lauded for their incredible artworks embedded into their walls. Both local and international artists showcase their creativity and attract visitors from all over the world.
Best of all, this artwork is totally free to view!
This website has even detailed a walking tour to help you locate the city’s most exciting artwork.
So the next time you pass one of these laneways, we encourage you to pause and take a glimpse inside. Who knows, you might find your own hidden gem!
Some favourites include:
AC/DC Lane (yes, Melbourne did really name a lane after the 70s rock band)
National Gallery of Victoria
Appreciate Australian culture and arts through various events, activities, exhibits and fairs by visiting the National Gallery of Victoria, or NGV for short.
NGV actually has two divisions:
NGV Australia showcases artwork and collections specifically from Australian artists
NGV International showcases art from all over the world
NGV Australia is located at Fed Square, while NGV International is located a short five-minute walk over the Princes Bridge, right on Southbank.
There’s always something going on at both galleries, so make sure you click here to see what’s happening when you visit Melbourne!
Arts Centre Melbourne
This performing arts complex includes theatres and concert halls, and is located in Southbank.
You can enjoy a range of free and ticketed events, from guided tours and fine dining events, to comedy shows, exhibitions, and theatre performances.
As we enter the festive season, you can also enjoy the Saturday Christmas markets on the 7th and 14th of December. Why not pick up some handcrafted gifts for friends and family back home?
View Arts Centre Melbourne’s full event calendar here.
State Library of Victoria
Who knew Australia’s oldest public library could be filled with so much grandeur and history?
You can take a free guided tour of the Library, exploring the landmark Dome Room, and learning about the library's rich heritage.
Tours run daily (excluding public holidays) from 10:45am to 11:30am. To join a tour, head to the Readings Bookshop in the Russell Street Welcome Zone.
Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI)
ACMI presents the culture and history of moving image collections and world-class exhibitions.
Visit ACMI for touring exhibitions to uncover ideas, concepts, content, and innovations from the works of directors, costume designers, and digital animators.
ACMI is currently closed for renovation, but is due to re-open in mid-2020. Keep your eye on its blog for sneak peeks into the renewed ACMI story!
ACMI is located within Federation Square.
Think Melbourne, and it’s likely your mind immediately jumps to the eclectic structure and glass walled atrium of Federation Square.
Better known to locals as Fed Square (Aussies really do love shortening words as much as they can!), this venue is known for a range of art, culture, and public events.
The venue itself is always hosting various events, while the square is home to a number of restaurants, bars, and the Melbourne Visitor Centre.
Explore their calendar to discover what they have in store for you during December (including, of course, a ton of Christmas stuff!)
Looking for cheap accommodation when you visit Melbourne?
Melbourne has always been known as a hub of historical and cultural landmarks, and for hosting local and international musicals and performing arts.
Discovering the dynamic arts and culture in Melbourne during your next visit.
Beyond planning out your days, you’ll also need to plan affordable accommodation in Melbourne!
Located in the Southbank District of Melbourne CBD, Urban Central offers guests from every corner of the world affordable, comfortable, and safe accommodation.
Located on City Road and just a few steps from Clarendon Street, we offer a great location with easy access to the city centre.
We offer a range of accommodation types.
Remember, no matter what room type you choose, from private rooms to our dorm rooms, you’ll enjoy a maximum of just four beds to a room!
Travelling as a backpacker on a budget, with a group of friends, or part of a school tour or excursion? We can find the right accommodation solution for you!
We look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne, and can’t wait for you to experience the art and culture for yourself!