Destination guide

G'day in Greater Melbourne – good times are calling

As the capital city of the south-eastern state of Victoria, Melbourne buzzes with activity. The bustling big city boasts towering skyscrapers, but you'll find the real treasures in its narrow alleyways filled with scores of trendy restaurants and bars. Melbourne also features a thriving arts scene, complete with major museums and galleries. Set on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, and featuring the Central Business District intersected by the Yarra River, Melbourne offers a watery landscape. As a result, Greater Melbourne vacation rentals typically place you near a host of outdoor, water-based activities, from fishing to swimming.

Things to do

Museum madness throughout magnificent Melbourne

Culture vultures rest easy – Melbourne offers plenty for you. Take in a ballet, opera or theatrical performance at the Arts Centre Melbourne, or visit the National Gallery of Victoria to view fine Australian and indigenous works of art. History comes alive at the Melbourne Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building, where exhibits explore the city's storied past. For those who prefer to spend their days outside, the Royal Botanic Gardens offers more than 10,000 plant species. If you have kids staying in your Greater Melbourne vacation rental, they'll love seeing the dazzling collection of animals at the Melbourne Zoo.

Activities

Jiminy Cricket and plenty of wickets!

It's no secret that Australians love cricket – sports enthusiasts make pilgrimages to the capital city just to watch a cricket match or take a tour of the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground. If you'd rather participate in sports, Melbourne's beaches provide opportunities for swimming, fishing, kitesurfing, boating, waterskiing, kayaking, canoeing and scuba diving. After a vigorous workout, treat yourself to some goodies at the Queen Victoria Market, a Victorian-era building stuffed with food stalls. Enjoy some retail therapy in the city's cosy shopping arcades lined with galleries and boutique shops.

Weather

Mild Melbourne – not too cold, not too hot, but just right!

No matter what time of year you book a Greater Melbourne vacation rental, comfy conditions are on tap. Summers in Melbourne are warm but mild, with top temperatures rarely exceeding 26 degrees. Even the dry heat is often mellowed by cool breezes off Port Phillip Bay. You'll probably need to bundle up during the crisp winters, but even in the coldest months – namely June and July – highs hover around a tolerable 14 degrees. Spring brings colourful flowers and warmer weather, but you'll need to prepare for the rainfall, particularly in October, which is Melbourne's wettest month.

Natural highlights

Wet and wild – splash down into Melbourne

Don't let those skyscrapers fool you – Melbourne offers a lush and watery landscape, from the winding path of the Yarra River to the calm waters of Port Phillip Bay. Nature is also on display in the city's parks and gardens, such as the beds of vibrant annuals and roses at the Queen Victoria Gardens. You can look to the skies for a glimpse of feathered friends – Melbourne is home to scores of rosellas and lorikeets – but you'll find plenty of birds, including black swans, cockatoos and kookaburras, throughout the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Melbourne

The nearest airport is in Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon), located 7 mi (11.2 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Melbourne, VIC (MEL-Tullamarine), which is 11.7 mi (18.9 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Spencer Street Station, Showgrounds Station and Spotswood Station are the main stations that serve the city. It's easy to get around Melbourne by catching a ride on the metro at Flagstaff Station, Melbourne Central Station or Flinders Street Station.

Where to stay near Greater Melbourne?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 6,707 holiday rentals near Greater Melbourne. From 1,841 Condos/Apartments to 4,066 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Greater Melbourne is on Stayz.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Greater Melbourne?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Greater Melbourne. From Stayz travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Daylesford: 498 holiday rentals
  • Healesville: 258 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne City: 2,055 holiday rentals
  • Sorrento: 1,875 holiday rentals
  • Phillip Island: 1,122 holiday rentals

Stayz offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Greater Melbourne! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Greater Melbourne?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Greater Melbourne with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Daylesford: 498 holiday homes
  • Healesville: 258 holiday homes
  • Melbourne City: 2,055 holiday homes
  • Sorrento: 1,875 holiday homes
  • Torquay: 970 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Greater Melbourne?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Greater Melbourne are:

  • Melbourne Moorabbin Airport (MBW): 2,323 holiday houses
  • Avalon Airport (AVV): 734 holiday houses
  • Melbourne International Airport (MEL): 1,962 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Greater Melbourne?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Greater Melbourne. From Stayz travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Melbourne Central: 2,170 holiday rentals
  • Dandenong Ranges National Park: 730 holiday rentals
  • Sorrento Front Beach: 3,000 holiday rentals
  • St. Kilda Beach: 2,183 holiday rentals
  • Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit: 1,730 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Greater Melbourne listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

Explore destinations around Greater Melbourne

Daylesford
498 holiday rentals
Healesville
258 holiday rentals
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Sorrento
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