Melbourne is a gem of a city that offers an astounding array of theaters, restaurants, cafes, shopping, museums and fun. It is an undeniably cosmopolitan city with much to offer visitors regardless of whether they are visiting for a weekend getaway, the start of a big Australian journey or on a business trip. There is a great variety of budget Melbourne accommodation close to all the best Melbourne sites and things to do.
The two best places to stay where you will be close to the action are the Melbourne CBD and the beach side suburb of St Kilda. If you want to be close to the shopping, theaters and restaurants, then Melbourne accommodation in the city center is your best bet. If you want to be among some of Australia’s best cafes and bakeries and close to the beach, then St Kilda is the place for you.
Located in the midst of Melbourne’s CBD is Chinatown, which has a huge range of budget Melbourne accommodation available. Chinatown is centered around Little Bourke Street, which runs up from the main shopping mall in the Melbourne CBD. Chinatown started in the 1850s as the Victorian gold rush was in full swing. While staying in Chinatown you are just a short stroll from delicious restaurants, theaters, shopping arcades and museums.
While staying in the CBD you are well placed to check out Melbourne’s Crown Casino and Southbank, which are just across the Yarra River. Lined with alfresco cafes and restaurants, Southbank is a beautiful and interesting place to wander. The Crown Casino offers 24 hour indulgence from gambling to shopping and nightclubs. The Queen Victoria market is just a short way from the CBD and the ideal place to stroll around searching for souvenirs.
The CBD and St Kilda are linked by the tram line and easily accessible to each other. St Kilda started out in the 19th century as a beach side resort for the upper middle class who came in droves to build their Victorian mansions there. The area retains the ambience of its Victorian beginnings and there is Melbourne accommodation that is located in restored century old mansions. These days St Kilda is much loved by tourists and locals for its beach side cafes and some of the best bakeries in the southern hemisphere.
One of Melbourne’s best known landmarks is located in St Kilda – Luna Park. This Coney Island style amusement park has been attracting thrill seekers since 1912. Its facade features a crazed looking clown, whose mouth is the entrance to the park. This is one of the most recognizable and most photographed images of Melbourne. The park has a range of rides and roller coasters as well as side show games.
From your St Kilda Melbourne accommodation there is much to do from beach pursuits such as surfing, swimming and even kiteboarding to learning more about multiculturalism in Australia at the Jewish Museum of Australia. You can also easily access other areas of Melbourne with the efficient tram and bus network.
There many different budget Melbourne accommodation options in the CBD and St Kilda. Both locations are ideal bases from which to explore the city and its attractions. Melbourne is a beautiful, unique and cosmopolitan city that has much to offer visitors.