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Melbourne is a popular city in Australia – and the world – and is renowned as a buzzing city that always has something going on!

Amongst great shopping and even better food, our bustling city also plays host to some of the country’s biggest events, from stadium concert tours and exhibitions to sports games of all codes.

Melbourne is a busy city and full of life.

Whether you’re a tourist, a local, or an international visitor travelling the world, we welcome you to our city and encourage you to explore some of our awesome stadiums and event venues!

While you’re at it, you’ll also need a place to stay! Book our hostel in Melbourne’s Southbank district, just across the Yarra River and a few minutes’ from the CBD.

Our goal is to enhance your stay in Melbourne. So if you’re looking for affordable accommodation in Melbourne, with staff who will always greet you with a smile and help you out, we invite you to check out our hostel. Explore room types here (including dorm rooms and private rooms) and check availability now!

Melbourne’s biggest venues and stadiums

If you’re in Melbourne on holiday or travelling, it’s likely you’ll also visit some sort of event, concert, or sports match while you’re here too.

So this week, we’re sharing some of our favourite stadiums and event venues, and the sorts of events they host.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

Commonly referred to as ‘the MCG’ or simply ‘The ‘G’, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is quintessentially Australian.

Globally, it’s 10th largest playing ground by capacity (it can hold just over 100,000 spectators!), and it plays host to cricket events as well as international soccer and rugby matches.

But it’s best known for hosting the AFL season during 9 months of the year.

AFL (or Australian Rules Football, but probably better known as ‘the footy’!) is a staple of Australian – and particularly Melbourne – culture.

If you’re visiting Melbourne between March and September, we highly recommend getting to the ‘G to witness our awesome sport in person!

View the full 2020 fixture, round by round, here.


The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre hosts all kinds of events, from concert tours to exhibitions and fairs.

Within just the first few weeks of 2020, MCEC hosts Jojo Siwa, Louis Theroux, the Bridal and Honeymoon Expo, and the World Travel Expo!

Safe to say it’s a versatile space with something always going on!

Arts Centre

Melbourne’s very own ‘Eiffel Tower’, the Arts Centre is comprised of concert halls and theatres to showcase great talents and big shows.

The Arts Centre can be found just over the river, right on Southbank. It hosts all kinds of theatrical performances, including classical music, comedy, theatre, dance, opera, and even circus shows!

Crown Melbourne

The Crown Entertainment complex is made up of restaurants, shopping, cinemas, and of course, the bright lights of the casino!

Even if you don’t know a thing about Blackjack or Poker, simply walking through the casino is an experience in itself!

Rod Laver Arena

Best known for hosting the Australian Open annually in January, Rod Laver Area is the main arena in Melbourne park.

In addition to tennis, the arena has also hosted basketball matches, wrestling, skateboarding, and even swimming, when a temporary pool was built in 2007!

It’s also hosted many international and local entertainment events, including Elton John, REd Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, and Katy Perry.

Fed Square

Regarded as the heart and soul of Melbourne, Federation Square hosts world-class cultural attractions and events throughout the entire year.

Situated on the edge of Melbourne’s CBD, it also lies just across from Flinders Street station.

When you visit here, the first thing you’ll notice is the unique architecture and geometric facade that towers over you.

Outside, in the actual square, you’ll find a ton of cafes, restaurants, and bars, while inside you’ll find markets, expos, and events.

The National Gallery of Victoria’s Australian art collection can also be found in Fed Square (while NGV International is located just over the river, right next to the Arts Centre and State Theatre.)

Why choose our Melbourne hostel?

Many of our guests look at a lot of things when choosing a Melbourne hostel, but one of the top considerations is always location.

Future visitors want to know they’re choosing a centrally located spot, and have easy access to other parts of the city, and that public transport is always a reliable option.

They love that Urban Central is:

  • Located in the highly popular Southbank district, just a few minutes’ from the CBD – and close to great public transport!
  • Just 5 minutes’ away on foot from the bustling Yarra and Southbank promenades
  • Close to a huge range of fine dining, bars, cafes, luxury shops, theatres, and the casino – all within walking distance!

Additionally, guests love that our rooms are capped at a maximum of four guests.

That’s right – no matter the room type you choose, you’ll never have more than 3 other roommates.

It’s a unique quality and part of our commitment to offering you affordable, comfortable, and clean accommodation in Melbourne.

Whether you’re a school group in town to visit an expo, a sports group on tour, or a hens or bucks party searching for affordable accommodation for an overnight stay, choose Urban Central for great accommodation in a great location!

We look forward to helping you discover Melbourne – so reach out to our friendly team today. Give us a call anytime on 1800 631 288 or contact us with your questions.

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