What Area Should A Backpacker Stay in Melbourne?

Are you planning to go on a backpacking adventure in Melbourne but not sure where to stay? Whether you’re looking to eat and party or just like to have a culture trip, these suburbs got you covered. Read on.

St. Kilda

When it comes to live music and entertainment, St. Kilda is your way to go. Known as the party district of Melbourne, this small town is a home to different types of bars, pubs, and clubs. Found at the south-eastern seaside, this suburb is a perfect place to relax after a long and tiring work week.
Your trip to Melbourne is not complete without visiting its popular tourist attractions and trying its eclectic dining. St. Kilda boasts of a wide variety of restaurants for singles, families, and groups of friends. Whether you want to go out for food, or have drinks and cocktails, St. Kilda is the place to be. Some of the most celebrated pubs in St. Kilda are Kaia's, Melba's, The Venue and The Village Gate.

How to get here?

The best way to get there is by train at Flinders Street Station. From here, you can start your tour around the city. It will take only 20 minutes to get there.
Tip: If you’re an street art enthusiast, walking around the neighborhood will be a nice addition to your visit. For example, you can go to Fitzroy St and Camberwell Rd. There, you'll find beautiful paintings representing the multiculturalism of the area.

Where To Stay in St. Kilda?

If staying with a tight budget, we highly recommend Space Hotel. The room rates are much cheaper than other hotels in the area, making this a great option for travelers.

The Space Hotel is a high-end brand new boutique hotel to provide a comfortable stay in Melbourne's Western suburbs. It consists of 16 rooms and two suites, all with balconies overlooking the beautiful beach (itself, the golden sands of St Kilda) and the city of Melbourne in the distance.
It is also situated just two blocks from St Kilda's main street Carlisle Street and one block from golden shores beach.

Contact Information

Telephone Number: +61 3 9662 3888
Email: stay@spacehotel.com.au.
Address: 154 Carlisle Street, Melbourne.

Melbourne CBD

Wanna treat yourself to tons of amazing experiences? You should stay in Melbourne CBD when you are backpacking. Hailed as Australia's cultural capital, Melbourne is a hub of stunning architecture, exquisite dining, colorful street arts, and lively events.

Located right in the heart of Melbourne CBD, so you're only minutes from iconic landmarks like the Royal Exhibition Building and Queen Victoria Market.

How to get here?

Getting here from Tullamarine Airport is simple. First, there are taxis and shuttles available to hire when you exit the airport (taxis are usually cheaper but they can take a while to arrive).

Alternatively, if you're traveling with other people it may work out more inexpensively to share shuttle service with other passengers. For example, the Skybus charges $17.55 per trip to the CBD which can be shared by up to 4 people.

If you are traveling alone or as a couple it's more cost-effective to use a taxi service such as Yellow Cabs, White Cabs, and Black and White Cabs will charge between $20 and $24 for the trip to Melbourne city or North Melbourne (about 10 minutes by car) depending on traffic.

Getting here from Southern Cross Station

Southern Cross Station is in the very center of Melbourne and is easily accessed by popular city bus routes, taxi, train, tram, or on foot.

Where to stay?

The best place to stay is in the Melbourne CBD as this is where the majority of the city's attractions and entertainment are located. You can find many quality accommodations options in the Melbourne CBD including backpacker hostels, hotels, and guest houses that cater to budget travelers.

We highly suggest a stay at the Flinders Backpackers. It is a well-located, safe budget accommodation in the heart of Melbourne City. Rooms at Flinders Backpackers are well-equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast.

Contact Information:

Email: info@flindersbp.com.au
Address: 35 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
Telephone Number: (03) 9620 5100

Another good option is the Langham Hotel on Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD. It provides value for money and you will find it very convenient as it is located just a short walk from Chinatown, Flinders Street Station, and Collins Street with its many cafes and restaurants.

Contact Information:

Address: 1-5 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9663 2388


Named as the most hipster neighborhood in Melbourne, Fitzroy serves as a haven of uber chic cafes, beautiful street arts and stunning indie boutiques. Creative people will definitely love this suburb as it filled with exquisitely designed venues.

Not only that, you might also want to try their sumptuous meals such as what Cutler & Co and Vege Bar offer. But if you’re into shopping, better not skip Gertrude Street. It’s a mecca of small yet sophisticated boutiques, which are popular among design lovers in Melbourne. The vibrant and multicultural environment of this suburb will surely make you excited about your stay. So, go for it!

Where to stay in Fitzroy?

If you're looking for a good backpacker hostel in the area, try the Fitzroy Sea Salt Backpackers Hostel. It's located close to one of the best swimming beaches and makes a great base for exploring the area.

Contact information:

Fitzroy Sea Salt Backpackers Hostel
Address: 3/80 Novar Road, Fitzroy North, Victoria
Telephone Number: 03 9367 8676

Website: http://www.fitzroyseasalt.com.au/

Final Thoughts

There you have it – some of the best places you can go when backpacking in Melbourne. Whether you’re in the mood for a pub crawl, you’re looking to see some of the best shopping in the country or love trying out some local cuisine – this guide has got you covered.

Now, get out there and enjoy!

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