Destination guide

Why people love visiting exciting Melbourne

Come and experience Melbourne and its architecture, art galleries and museums. Travelers to this cosmopolitan city praise the shopping, restaurants and theaters. Local cultural sights include National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum. With a vacation rental, you get a home away from home—many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.


Activities and attractions in Melbourne

Are you hoping to discover attractions to see in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Melbourne a fun place to get away. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • SEA LIFE Melbourne (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Melbourne Zoo (2.1 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Puffing Billy Steam Train (22.5 mi / 36.3 km)
  • Melbourne City Baths (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Sidney Myer Music Bowl (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel (1.2 mi / 2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Melbourne

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Melbourne is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • St. Kilda Beach (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Luna Park (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Dandenong Ranges National Park (21.4 mi / 34.5 km)
  • Flagstaff Gardens (0.5 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Alexandra Gardens (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Melbourne

The nearest airport is in Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon), located 7 mi (11.2 km) from the city center. 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, Southern Cross 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 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 7,022 house rentals near Greater Melbourne. From 1,918 Condos/Apartments to 4,282 Houses, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover Greater Melbourne area.

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

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Greater Melbourne. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Melbourne City: 2,127 vacation rentals
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire: 3,886 vacation rentals
  • Mornington Peninsula: 4,259 vacation rentals
  • Cowes: 1,336 vacation rentals
  • Port Melbourne: 2,004 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Greater Melbourne! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Greater Melbourne?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Greater Melbourne:

  • Melbourne City: 2,127 rentals
  • Cowes: 1,336 rentals
  • Port Melbourne: 2,004 rentals
  • Geelong: 65 rentals
  • Healesville: 261 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Greater Melbourne?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Greater Melbourne are:

  • Melbourne International Airport (MEL): 2,083 home rentals
  • Avalon Airport (AVV): 734 home rentals
  • Melbourne Moorabbin Airport (MBW): 2,431 home rentals

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

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

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Greater Melbourne. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Melbourne Central: 2,233 vacation homes
  • St. Kilda Beach: 2,184 vacation homes
  • Melbourne City Marina: 2,162 vacation homes
  • Melbourne's GPO: 2,233 vacation homes
  • Melbourne Recital Centre: 2,209 vacation homes

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

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