Best Places for Backpackers in Melbourne, Australia.

Enjoy backpacking around Melbourne, Australia without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Melbourne, Australia.

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Top 44 hostels in Melbourne, Australia.

These are the 44 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Melbourne, Australia.

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Market Tavern

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Market Tavern

Market Tavern Backpackers located on the corner of Cecil Street and York Street, with the famous South Melbourne Markets just across the road. A privately owned and operated hostel that offers short and long-term affordable accommodation. We offer great value accommodation with 2, 3, 4, 5, and 1...
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Landing Pads Brunswick

98 /100

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Landing Pads Brunswick

Landing Pads Brunswick is an easy going, open minded hostel, located in the dynamic suburb of Brunswick, specifically set up to be a home away from home for independent solo travellers on working holiday visas. At Landing Pads we're set up to help you settle in, find work and most importantly make f...
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Tram Stop 14 Backpackers

88 /100

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Tram Stop 14 Backpackers

Tramstop Fourteen Backpackers, on Brunswick Street in the heart of Fitzroy, is a privately owned and operated hostel that offers short and long-term affordable accommodation. Our hostel is in a great location and all that Fitzroy and indeed Melbourne has to offer is on your doorstep. From our h...
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City Centre Budget Hotel

87 /100

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City Centre Budget Hotel

BEST QUALITY BUDGET PRIVATE ROOMS! CHECK OUT OUR PHOTOS. Great location in the centre of Melbourne, specializings in DOUBLE/TWIN/SINGLE ROOMS.FREE INTERNET AND WIRELESS. We are a small family run hotel with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere ,offering good quality, clean budget accommodation for a...
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United Backpackers

87 /100

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United Backpackers

Come and find out why travellers keep reviewing United Backpackers as the best hostel in Melbourne and even Australia! It’s no secret we have the best location right opposite the iconic Flinders Street Station in the absolute heart of Melbourne, but we also offer you brand new facilities, heaps of s...
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Landing Pads Richmond

87 /100

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Landing Pads Richmond

Landing Pads Richmond is an easy going, open minded hostel, located in the heart of vibrant Richmond, specifically set up to be a home away from home for independent solo travellers on working holiday visas. At Landing Pads we're set up to help you settle in, find work and most importantly make frie...
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Richmond Hill Hotel

87 /100

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Richmond Hill Hotel

Bed & Breakfast style 55 room Hotel in a Heritage building, offering a variety of room types. Centrally located in Richmond, with free parking and breakfast. Please read the descriptions of our different types carefully, as they differ significantly. The Budget rooms are hostel style with mostly bu...
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Flinders Backpackers

86 /100

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Flinders Backpackers

Welcome to the 2017, 2018 and 2019 winner of Hostelworld’s HOSCAR award for Melbourne’s most popular hostel! Air Conditioning in our premium dorm rooms!! Flinders Backpackers is located in the heart of Melbourne CBD, which makes it the perfect location for every traveller! Staying with us wil...
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Melbourne Central YHA

86 /100

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Melbourne Central YHA

Located in the heart of the city, friendly Melbourne Central YHA never closes with 24 hour reception and staff always ready to answer your questions. The hostel offers modern facilities as well as an amazing rooftop complete with BBQ for you to enjoy the city views and meet new friends. On the g...
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Victoria Hotel Backpackers

86 /100

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Victoria Hotel Backpackers

With a capacity of 30 beds over 10 spacious bedrooms, 3 common areas, a fully equipped commercial style 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 live in on-site manage...
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Base St Kilda

86 /100

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Base St Kilda

Base Backpackers St Kilda is THE #1 entertainment and events based hostel in town! Base offers the best in quality, style and friendliness. FREE pancakes (for the fancy: there are tonnes of UNREAL cafes a stone throw away), FREE Wifi, FREE activities and nightly events in our world famous Red Eye Ba...
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Collingwood Accommodation Melbourne

85 /100

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Collingwood Accommodation Melbourne

Our Hostel has been best described by a previous guest as follows... 'Set in the midst of the coffee and cake fuelled scene that is Collingwood, Collingwood Backpackers is typically laid back and easy going. Its staggering distance from the popular and vibrant Brunswick street, with copius bars,...
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Space Hotel

85 /100

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Space Hotel

Chic, Modern, Stylish Luxury Budget Accommodation in the heart of Melbourne City. Space Hotel is where luxury meets budget. Being a traveler doesn't mean you have to choose between a great experience and a good night's sleep. At Space Hotel, you can have both. Enjoy modern, comfortable accommoda...
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Habitat HQ

84 /100

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Habitat HQ

Award winning accommodation in Melbourne's eclectic beachside suburb, St Kilda! We are a short walk from the beach and a direct 20 min tram ride to Melbourne's CBD. Offering a variety of accommodation options, our atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and spacious, with modern shared facilities. Our tea...
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Hub Hostel

84 /100

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Hub Hostel

Make this your Hub Located 2.5km’s from the centre of the World’s Most Livable City, The Hub Hostel is nestled in one of Melbourne’s most thriving suburbs. Spread over 2,500sqms of heritage listed property, you’ll be surrounded by the charismatic charm of North Melbourne and everything it has to...
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The Nunnery

84 /100

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The Nunnery

11AM checkout The Building This beautiful old Nunnery was built in 1888 and features intricate stain glass windows, grand staircases, and outdoor balconies with some great views of the city and surrounding area. The lovely vintage charm and character has been maintained over the years, adding t...
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Nomads St Kilda Beach

83 /100

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Nomads St Kilda Beach

Brand new pod beds! First of their kind in Australia. Includes 2 x USB chargers & 2 x power points with personal reading light and shelf. These beds are changing the face of budget accommodation. They even have a privacy curtain! Nomads St Kilda Beach is located in the heart of St Kilda with just...
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Home at The Mansion

82 /100

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Home at The Mansion

Built in 1901, this hostel is like nothing you have ever seen... a castle with just 16 rooms! To accompany that we now have new and improved free WiFi available throughout the Hostel! Voted Most Popular Hostel in Melbourne - 2012, 2013, 2014 & nominated for Best Medium Size Hostel in the world!...
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Exford Hotel

82 /100

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Exford Hotel

Breakfast is included for all guests! Free WiFi. The Exford Hotel is a heritage style building, built in 1854. Located in Chinatown in the heart of the city. We offer dormitory style rooms as well as twin and doubles. The reception is open 24hrs with secure access to the hostel and a relaxed c...
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Claremont Guesthouse

81 /100

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Claremont Guesthouse

Voted as one of Australia's top ten Hostels by Hostelworld guests! The Claremont Guest House gives you the best of both worlds - old world charm located in vibrant, sizzling South Yarra! We offer 77 rooms with crisp linen and fresh towels, free continental breakfast served in Our Dinning Roo...
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Melbourne Metro YHA

80 /100

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Melbourne Metro YHA

Melbourne Metro YHA is a modern hostel located on the city fringe in cool North Melbourne. This hostel is your relaxed home away from home that’s only minutes from the famous Queen Victoria Markets, hip bars and is walking distance to the free tram zone and all the major attractions - the best of bo...
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Urban Central

80 /100

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Urban Central

Urban Central is a popular accommodation venue for backpackers staying in Melbourne. Top rated Urban Central provides maximum 4 bed dorms. We offer free linen, free rice & pasta, tea & coffee. Urban Central is central to Melbourne city, beach and St Kilda. Our venue is second to none for service,...
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Summer House Backpackers Melbourne

79 /100

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Summer House Backpackers Melbourne

Located within Hotel Barkly, Summer House Backpackers is for the working holiday traveller and backpacker. We offer comfortable and affordable dorm rooms with private en-suites and lockers. We also offer a free drink on arrival, free daily breakfast, free pancakes on Sundays, free BBQ on Mondays, da...
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Lords Lodge Backpackers

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Lords Lodge Backpackers

Lords Lodge is a 135 year old historical mansion with charm and character. It is a small, cosy hostel with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere offering good quality, clean and budget accommodation for all ages. At Lords Lodge we offer you: Free, unlimited wireless internet Free Sangria on Satu...
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Melbourne City Backpackers

79 /100

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Melbourne City Backpackers

New Hostel In Town! Best Location and Vibes. Our philosophy is to provide the best location to visit all the attractions at a walking distance or tram (free tram zone), but also give you Free Wifi, breakfast and events -meals and drinks- to create the best atmosphere possible. Melbourne City Ba...
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Europa Melbourne

78 /100

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Europa Melbourne

Opening in October 2016 It is easy to forget when you stay at Europa that there is a vibrant city outside! Situated in the heart of Melbourne, we are a 5 minute walk to Victoria Market, Melbourne Central and close to many cafes with the likes of Hardware street just to name a few. As well as di...
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The Ritz for Backpackers

78 /100

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The Ritz for Backpackers

This is an alcohol-free hostel, no parties and excessive noise will be allowed throughout the hostel. This hostel is mainly for long term stayers. We are happy to have you for a longer period of time. Best location, free WiFi (500mb per day per device), lockers, Earplugs (if you feel its noisy,...
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Nate

77 /100

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Nate's Place Backpackers, Melbourne

Nate's Place Backpackers is a popular backpacker hostel, perfectly located in Central Melbourne. We offer clean, comfortable and affordable backpacker accommodation, providing free breakfast, free Wifi, nightly events and a wonderful, social atmosphere. Our friendly team are available at all times t...
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Back of Chapel

76 /100

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Back of Chapel

Back Of Chapel is devoted to providing our guests with the best experience. We hope to see you soon. Back of Chapel is a 150 year old Victorian terrace, which has recently been renovated. We are Located in the South-Eastern suburb of Windsor in Melbourne, Australia. Back Of Chapel is nestle...
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South Yarra Hostel

76 /100

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South Yarra Hostel

South Yarra Hostel is located in the South-Eastern suburb of South Yarra in Melbourne, Australia. South Yarra Hostel is nestled in the core of Punt Road, which is a vibrant, cultural and popular tourist area in Melbourne. Toorak Road provides an historic setting with diverse dining in many cafes...
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Nomads All Nations

75 /100

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Nomads All Nations

Nomads All Nations hostel is the #1 entertainment & events based hostel in Melbourne's CBD! It boasts a great atmosphere, perfect location and offers lots of outrageous fun! Located in a 3 storey heritage listed building, All Nations Backpackers is a charming, traditional style backpackers with an e...
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Melbourne Hostel

74 /100

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Melbourne Hostel

Melbourne Hostel is in the heart of St Kilda – it’s neutral interior colours reflect the beauty of St Kilda beach which is just a 5 minute walk away. Luna Park is also just down the road which attracts thousands of backpackers and locals every week. St Kilda junction tram stop is at your footste...
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Barkly Backpackers

74 /100

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Barkly Backpackers

Melbourne (St Kilda) backpackers with great rates and a relaxed atmosphere. Want beach? It's an easy 5 minutes walk away. Fancy a day in the city? Hop on the tram for 20 minutes and you're there! We have three major supermarkets within five minutes walk of the hostel. Love cooking? We ha...
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Nomads Melbourne

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Nomads Melbourne

At Nomads Melbourne, you're in the most PERFECT location! We are located directly in front of the famous Queen Victoria Market's and right next to the beautiful Flagstaff Gardens. Oh we forget to mention you're only a stone throw away from Melbourne's iconic nightclubs and sit inside the free city t...
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Pint on Punt Backpackers

70 /100

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Pint on Punt Backpackers

Pint on Punt Backpackers is located above the Windsor Alehouse on Punt Road. We offer free breakfast, free unlimited WiFi on each floor, cheap backpacker meals and drinks deals in the bar along with free wine and cheese nights, trivia night, open mic night (bring your instruments there's a free pint...
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Bev and Micks International Backpackers @Mcmahons

69 /100

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Bev and Micks International Backpackers @Mcmahons

Bev and Micks @ McMahon's hotel is a modern friendly INTERNATIONAL hostel (you need an international passport to stay). We have 4,6,8,10 bed dorms as well as Double rooms (private) available. Believe it or not Our prices don't change depending on the size of the dorm, ie a 4 bed dorm is the same...
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Central Melbourne Accommodation

66 /100

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Central Melbourne Accommodation

More like a home than a hostel, CMA is definitely worth a visit. Central Melbourne Accommodation is Melbourne's smallest hostel that provides LONG TERM stays for international travellers. CMA is a 'boutique backpackers' that is exclusive to only 30 guests. Clean, comfortable dorms, single & d...
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Hostel Plus Collingwood

61 /100

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Hostel Plus Collingwood

Hostel Plus Collingwood is full of character the building itself pre-dates the gold rush era! We have an escentric and chilled atmosphere at our hostel. Refurbished bathrooms throughout and ground level dorm rooms showcase pieces by some of Melbourne's best street artists. We love meeting new pe...
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Discovery Melbourne

60 /100

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Discovery Melbourne

***Please note we are currently undergoing some renovations and some of our facilities maybe closed temporarily*** Please be patient while we improve our super awesome hostel! Thank you Looking for the perfect base to stay and explore the coolest city in Australia? Discovery Melbourne has it a...
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Elizabeth Hostel

58 /100

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Elizabeth Hostel

Our hostel is centrally and conveniently located directly on the tram line, with the famous Queen Victoria Market just across the road. Most of Melbourne’s great attractions, sporting venues and restaurants are also within walking distance, making our hostel the ideal choice for any length of stay....
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The College Lawn Hotel

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The College Lawn Hotel

Located in one of Melbourne's most fasionable precints, the College Lawn Hotel offers friendly, clean and basic comfortable accommodation above a traditional Australian pub. Close to major events, clubs, beaches and shopping strips. The College Lawn is placed in a convenient location, just minute...
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Como Court

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Como Court

Located in the heart of St Kilda, Como Court Budget by Crest offers affordable self-contained apartments and private rooms with private bathrooms. It is 1.1 km from St Kilda Sea Baths and 4 km from Melbourne Arts Centre. All accommodation features tea/coffee making facilities, towels, linen and t...
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Apartments Of South Yarra

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Apartments Of South Yarra

Tired of feeling like a face in the crowd at a big serviced apartment Hotel? Our smaller property means we can spend more time maintaining our proud reputation of comfort and cleanliness, and more time making you feel right at home! As you walk through the door to one of our twelve serviced apart...
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Hotel Sophia

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Hotel Sophia

Welcome to Hotel Sophia centrally located in the Melbourne CBD and walking distance to Southern Cross Station, Etihad Stadium, Crown Casino, Melbourne restaurants and entertainment and the Queen Victor Walking distance to Southern Cross Station, Etihad Stadium, Crown Casino, Melbourne restaurants an...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Melbourne, Australia.

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If you're already planning to visit Melbourne, Australia - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Maya Bay - An Island Paradise

Although a packed beach, most boats will only spend an hour on Maya Bay which means with tourists constantly moving you do manage to find space to put your towels down and soak up the sun – in our case, coming from a chilly Melbourne to humid 39 degree days (and over an hour sitting on a boat) we leaped for the brightly blue water which is sectioned off by rope to ensure swimmers have access to discover the sea life in the coral reefs without boats squeezing through.

Alyshia Anderson

Shopping

People always say that shopping in Sydney is nothing compared to Melbourne. I beg to differ. Sydney CBD has a great selection of shops including the snazzy Pitt Street Westfield. Even more striking is that you can also casually shop within the stunning and historical QVB, which in another life could’ve potentially be some sort of museum that charges an $11 fee. Inner city suburbs, like Newtown and Paddington, offer great boutiques and smaller chain shopping too. So Melbourne Schmelbourne I say. Sydney Harbour Just look at it, it speaks for itself. NYE fireworks I never got the hype, or why tourists flock to Sydney and stand for 12 hours to see gunpowder form into sparkles in the sky for 10 minutes. But this year I watched a few other countdowns from around the world and, alike to many new Beliebers in 2016, I am a convert. The show is incredible and spans across the whole harbour, down the river into the suburbs. Whether you’re watching it from the Opera House, Balmain or while you drive over the Gladesville Bridge, that stuff never gets old. Café Culture Again Melbourne always gets the credit for endless supply of quirky, delicious and innovative cafes, but Sydney really stepped up its game last year and I am yet to find a suburb without a decent cafe culture. There’s nothing quite like catching up with friends while you sit outside enjoying brunch at your favourite cafe, or a new one you’re trying out. With the weather always (usually…) being pretty good, boy does sydney offer the possibility of this dream brunch. From big names like West Juliett and The Grounds, to local delites like Clipper Cafe or Cornersmith, you really can’t go wrong. This makes Sydneysiders well-fed and well-caffinated, which means we are well, happy! Darling Harbour I know its hella touristy but, as any good local will always let you know, it is home to the worlds largest IMAX screen! That’s gotta count for something, right?  Darling Harbour is a great place to go for a cheesy night out. You can dine in the food court or at Hard Rock Cafe, and then go play a couple games of bowling or laser tag. Grab some ice-cream for a stroll around the harbour admiring how beautiful the city lights reflection is off the water. There’s a whole bunch of bars and clubs to hop to and from if you are in the mood for a dance too. there’s even a ferris wheel guys! Darling Harbour is Sydney’s solution to a lack of American style county fairs, and it does the job well. Opera house Again, this one speaks for itself. It took around 16 years to build so you have to admire the self-cleaning tiles in all their sail-like brilliance. It has a great view of the city, botanical gardens and harbour. Catching a show or getting a drink at the Opera Bar just makes any Sydneysider instantly feel fancy asf.  People come to Australia purely to see this gem, so yeah why should we ever leave her? Public transport Jokes, its actually atrocious so once you are in the city you just walk everywhere, but its okay cause its a beautiful city so we put up with it’s cons. The Rocks Being the first city of Australia, Sydney has a lot of awesome history that can still be seen – especially in The Rocks. The sandstone architecture and chaos of unplanned streets takes you back in time for a moment. The history might not be as old as almost all other cities in the world, but it is still pretty great. The Rocks offers historical convict tours, ghost tours, and holds great markets every weekend. Markets Food, clothes, jewelry, flowers, books, thrifting, kitch, quirky, anything! Anything you can think of, Sydney has a market for it, and there is always one on every weekend somewhere. Bondi, Glebe, Rozelle, Balmain, Kirribilli, Surry Hills, Paddington and more! Check them out and you’ll get why we don’t need London’s Brick Lane Market or NYC’s many flea markets. Barangaroo Although the housing and casino are yet to be completed, most of the actual good stuff to come out this project is open! There is a park by a waterside walkway that is great for day or night strolls with friends or loved ones. The place is also really quiet most of the time as nothing major around it has opened yet so it is a great place to go for some alone time right in the middle of the city. Closer to King Street Wharf is a restaurant area with great choices of food including Mamak, Bourke Street Bakery and is often home to trendy pop-ups. Open air cinemas Summer calls for outdoor fun, which for Sydney includes a multitude of open air cinemas where you can enjoy music, food and a movie with friends, lovers or family. So basically Sydney does summer really bloody well. Ben and Jerry’s Open Air Cinema has locations in Bondi and the Inner West. While St George Open Air Cinema has a breathtaking view of the harbour from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Centennial Park further holds the Moonlight Cinema, where you often get a get view of the parks bats flying about at twilight. Western suburbs You’re probably thinking I’m joking, but I’m really not. All the precincts of Sydney have something different to offer making them all of great value to this city, but what the Western suburbs offers is everything awesome. Former home to Sydney’s beloved Wonderland, this area now offers us Wet and Wild water park to make up for its loss. And everyone knows that water theme parks are the best theme parks of them all. Further down the road is another gem: Featherdale Wildlife Park, which is home to Australia’s favourite birds, reptiles, marsupials and mammals. Who doesn’t love aww-ing at koalas sleeping for a good 18 hours a day. If for some reason you’re not into waiting in lines for water slides or avoiding kangaroo droppings everywhere you walk, Western Sydney has the one thing that can satisfy all lazy humans – a drive in cinema. Not only is the general concept and experience of the drive-ins perfect in itself, but Drive In Blacktown actually has its own 50’s style diner attached where you can get a decent feed before your movie. Plus the movie ticket prices can be ridiculously cheap compared to regular prices, and you can see two movies in a row, form the inside of your car may I remind you.  

Katie Eager

Melbourne

Melbourne Australia has some amazing cities, being a small town girl I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I capital L loved every second of it. I have been lucky enough to get to live in the middle of Melbourne, and it has easily become one of my favorite cities in the world. I think when people think of Australia and cities, there mind automatically goes to Sydney, and it is definitely worth a visit. With the opera house and Bondi beach as some of the places to see, but in my opinion Melbourne is an equally, if not even a better reason to go to Australia. It is a city with millions of people, but in some weird way it doesn’t feel that way. Because it feels like a big community put together by a lot of suburbs that all have their own cool, individual vibe. There is always a market, festival, museum or restaurant to visit, and there is just so much to do. And where Sydney gets to big and confusing for me, Melbourne is right about perfect. It is easy to navigate, not to mention the trams are free in the CBD. Don’t get me wrong Sydney is a great city as well. I remember the first time I saw the opera house and the bridge, it was even bigger then I had imagined it to be, and all I was thinking is this is so cool and awesome, I am finally here. However for me Melbourne has become home, and still after being here for seven mouths I still find new things do to, new places to go, and most importantly new places to eat.

Kristine Aarøen

Coffee in Brunswick

Well duh. It’s Melbourne. You’re a caffeine addict and why shouldn’t you be?

Adar Schneider

Australia: The Great Ocean Road

There is one that should be on everyone’s list to do in Australia and that is a road trip; the only trouble is I don’t drive. Luckily I have an amazing friend, Zoe, who not only can drive but also brings lots of smiles and adventures wherever she goes. There are lots of road trip possibilities in Australia; it is a very big country, in fact the UK can fit into Australia 31.5 times! If you only have time to pick one road then it has to be the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives and runs from the township of Torquay to Allansford on the south-eastern coast of Australia. This is the perfect road trip if you are visiting Melbourne, as the gateway to the Great Ocean Road is only 100km from the city centre.

Hazel Oakes

8 reasons you should drop everything and visit Adelaide

General perceptions of Adelaide are this: it’s too far away, it’s just a worse, smaller version of Melbourne, and there’s nothing to do there. Friends, you are SO wrong if you think that. Here are eight stellar reasons that Adelaide is somewhere you will UNDOUBTEDLY LOVE. Guaranteed.

Ruth Grace

A list of my top 10 places to see/experience in Canberra…

Lonsdale Street is a favourite amongst locals, and even our Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has been spotted grabbing a coffee from one of the many cafes along the street! It is often called the Melbourne of Canberra due to its great coffee and all-round hipster vibe. On Friday nights, The Hamlet has live music and makes a great place to go an enjoy dinner from one of the handful of gourmet food trucks there.

Naomi

Noosa Heads - Halse Lodge YHA

3 november Dinsdag, onze vrije dag. Máár, eerste dinsdag van november dus dat betekent hier Melbourne Cup. Een paardenrace. En wat voor eentje! 3200 meter, een stuk of 24 paarden en een tijd van iets meer dan drie minuten. En daar ligt het hele land voor plat. Een hele dag. Bizar toch? Bovendien is het de Australische ‘hoedjesdag’, met iedereen op z’n best gekleed en de dames allemaal een mooie hoed op. In het hostel was er een kleine wed-competitie: je mocht blind inzetten op een aantal paarden. De mijne waren nummer 20 en 21, Bondi Beach en Sertorius. Kostte me 10 dollar, 5 voor elk paard. Opzich leken mijn kansen niet al te slecht. Na de race bleek het echter anders te liggen. De verrassende winnaar van de Cup was een vrouw, de eerste in de historie van de Melbourne Cup, en ik was 10 dollar lichter. Nore daarentegen, ingezet op één paard, was 5 dollar rijker: haar paard was de laatste in de race. Jammer maar helaas. Nog maar een biertje dan (twee uur ‘s middags) en nog een zak chips soldaat maken. Het is nu toch gratis voor de verandering.

Bart Swinkels

Enlighten Festival

During the weekend I was more interested in the music activities, I discover some new artists and funny zebras that were dancing around. Here a video of this amazing Melbourne Group called The Woohoo Revue, simply the best!

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Cairns Tour

We walked across the seaside with numerous yachts in sight, with the sun shining upon us! Unlike Sydney or Melbourne you don’t have those highrise buildings with millions of tourists, instead you have this small town where everyone just seems to be so happy with no worry or crisis impeding them. The market area just across the Cairns Esplanade which has a public swimming lagoon, has everything from bars to restaurants that you need! With some people performing, kids playing, families having picnics or people just laying there on the grass sun bathing, what else would one want of a holiday?

Bhairavi Jaiswal

A change in my travel plans:

As I mentioned above, there were numerous reasons for my decision to return home briefly, probably enough for an entire blog post on this topic but I will endeavour to make this as exciting as I can. Basically, I just woke up one morning, went to my usual 7am morning flow yoga class and by the time I had met my friend for breakfast I had decided right then and there that I would book a flight home to Melbourne for the middle of May.  It was perfect timing; I got to meet my newest niece Belle who was born while I was home, see my Nana for her birthday and surprise my parents and friends as they had expected not to see me for another six months.

Belinda Adams

Port Campbell: Off to Explore

My boyfriend and I took on The Great Ocean Road during the summer break and due to the fires in Victoria were unable to start the drive from the beginning as the whole road was closed. Little did we know this was a blessing in disguise. We drove from Melbourne taking the inland route ending up at Port Campbell.

Brandi Buss

Why Wye?

Wye River is a small town in the Cape Otway Shire, in Victoria, Australia. The vibe is different from other coastal towns along this famous stretch of road. It’s as though someone took an affluent inner-city Melbourne suburb, threw away the yuppie shops (but left a gastro craft beer pub and insta-worthy cafe) chucked a few coastal locals in for good measure, and nestled it neatly into the Wye beach.

Josephine Turner

One blissful week in Tasmania

Tasmania was unlike anywhere I’ve ever been before. It was quite simply beautiful. Not long after setting foot on the heart-shaped island had I fallen in love with it; I was captivated by its unique wildlife, spectacular natural scenery and the laid-back lifestyle that Tassies lead. A trip to Tasmania hadn’t always been the plan, however after discovering the cheap price of flights from Melbourne, myself and my family decided to spend a week on the island, and it was a decision we’d never regret. After much research into how to get around, we decided to hire a car (public transport is lacking) and wasn’t disappointed; every twist and turn of the road brought stunning scenery. Sugar-white sandy beaches, crystal clear lakes and impressive mountain ranges were among the many sights coming from every direction that didn’t fail to capture our attention. We wouldn’t have time to go everywhere, but we could give it a good go!

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Perth

A lovely clean, welcoming and sunny (if very windy) city that has a lot to offer and is a great gateway for day trips to Rottnest Island and Freemantle. My decision to start off my year in Perth was an easy one as it cost less money for me to fly there from England and then fly to Melbourne, than it did to fly straight to Melbourne so I thought why not check it out on route! There’s plenty to do to keep you busy from Kings Park (great for a day out, get a picnic going!), the zoo, aquarium, some nice art galleries and museums and a decent shopping scene with bars and restaurants to rest your tired feet and lay down your recent buys.

Lisa Ward

Planning An Australia East Coast Road Trip

Gold Coast to Melbourne = $89 Melbourne to Cairns = $209 2 weeks car hire = $316 Cape Tribulation Tour = $175 2D 1N Whitsundays Tour = $225 Cairns Hostel (2 nights) = $44 Total = $1058 each

Lolly McCafferty

How to get lost while traveling?

When I arrived in Melbourne two and a bit years ago I felt a freedom and a willingness to explore like I never had before. I have lived in Amsterdam, an amazing and beautiful city that is NR 1 on a lot of travelers to do lists. Looking back on my time in Amsterdam I wish I had the same adventures mind while living there as I do have being so many miles away from home and explore more than just the bike ride from home to work and the other way around. Being so far from home makes you want to explore, enjoy and fully absorb everything you see. Being home in a beautiful l city makes you take it for granted.

Puppyrocks

The Anti-Starbucks: Melbourne

The red sun rises and I wake up to a 34ºC morning in Melbourne, Australia. I stretch my arms and am not quite surprised to find that at some point in the night, in a heated delirium, I undressed myself to keep from melting.

Julia Harrison

Overpacking - and how to get it under control.

When I went backpacking through Europe my backpack was around 20kg and 3ft tall, I’m only 5ft, oh and I was only away for 4 weeks… I have a serious packing problem. This time around when we moved to Australia I promised myself never again will I pack too much and regret it. 30kg of checked baggage and 10kg of hand luggage later, plus living in Melbourne for four months surrounded by amazing shops and a giant H&M and you guessed it, I had WAY too much stuff, again! But now I’m getting this terrible habit under control and here’s how you can too…

Holli McCarthy

Living in the suburbs of Melbourne

Why Melbourne?  

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