Discover Melbourne’s incredible diversity and unique character in its lively neighbourhood suburbs. No matter which direction you go – north, south, east or west, Melbourne’s unique suburbs are worth uncovering.
The pulsating heart of Melbourne teems with eclectic bars, outdoor havens and a whole lot of cool and quirky attractions. Its lively precincts of Chinatown and the Docklands are worth exploring.
Melbourne’s Chinatown is the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world, with a colourful history that’s well worth seeking out. The precinct is famous for its abundance of Asian restaurants, ranging from the cheap and cheerful to the award-winning and epicurean, as well as for interesting and exciting shopping and many cultural attractions.
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 1.0 km
Escape to Docklands and discover a different side of city life. Docklands caters for an abundance of cuisines and dining experiences set along picturesque promenades and waterfront vistas. Stop til’ you drop at two major retail destinations and be entertained with a wide array of activities and events to suit the whole family throughout the year.
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 2.8 km
Hip and happening, Melbourne’s north is a hub of diversity where you can get your fix of fashion, food and lots more in one hit.
Carlton is often referred to as Melbourne’s ‘Little Italy’ and for any visitor to Melbourne a trip here is worth it for the food and shopping alone. Bustling Lygon Street is the beating heart of this suburb, fringed with some of the city’s most popular Italian eateries. Carlton is famous for the iconic Melbourne establishments, Brunetti’s cafe and the arthouse Cinema Nova.
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 3.3 km
Brunswick Street is known for its cafes, bars and cool boutiques. Grab a latte at the legendary Marios and indulge in one of Babka’s delicious pastries or breads. Cutting-edge fashion, stylish homewares and fantastic bookshops make for a fascinating mix.
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 4.1 km
Melbourne’s southern suburbs are effortlessly cool with something for everyone, whether it’s a family day trip, a date night or a girls’ shopping spree.
While the beach is a popular place to people-watch all year round, St Kilda in the winter gets to show off its interior. With a stretch of bars, inviting bookshops and restaurants open until late, it’s a perfect place to visit at any time of the day. Nearby Acland Street is renowned for its European cake shops and delis, and quirky mosaic street furniture.
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 7.2 km
The shopping options make South Yarra a fashionista’s paradise with Chapel Street being the central point. It is known for its designer labels, top-notch cafes and chic crowd. With the Jam Factory shopping and cinema complex and plenty of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, this area is buzzing at all hours.
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 5.3 km
While the history of Brighton is even older than Rippon Lea (established in 1841) a visit to this classy bayside suburb will see the epitome of modernity. Trendy Bay Street is host to dozens of cafes and restaurants, and during a stroll along the strip you’ll see Brightonians enjoying the finer things in life. Why not join them?
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 12.7 km
Drifting further back in time, the history of Rippon Lea House & Gardens stretches to the 1870s, and is the last of Australia’s grand suburban estates. With a garden spanning 5.7 hectares (14 acres), a tour of the mansion and grounds astounds visitors as does locals.
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 11.0 km
The eastern suburbs are well-known for delicious Asian cuisine at down-to-earth prices. Check out the inner-city suburb of Richmond or travel further afield to Springvale.
Richmond & Abbotsford
Bordering the city, the suburbs of Richmond and Abbotsford meet at Victoria Street, one of the most vibrant pockets of the city. Traditionally a Vietnamese quarter, now it is home to a mix of delicious Chinese and southeast Asian restaurants. Head to Victoria Street before or after a footy game at the MCG.
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 7.8 km
According to some local Melburnians “west is best” but often overlooked. An outdoor lovers delight with cycleways, beaches and zoos, plus family friendly museums there’s lots of reasons to visit.
Williamstown has a picturesque view of the city skyline across Port Phillip Bay, green spaces, scrumptious food offerings, and the city’s strong maritime heritage combine to give you a beachside getaway only a few kilometres from Melbourne’s centre.
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 14.1 km
As the second oldest air force in the world, the Royal Australian Air Force has a proud history and it’s displayed at the RAAF Museum in Point Cook. A visit here is not only free, but with some 40 planes on display, will showcase a fascinating aspect of Australian history.
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 27.2 km
You’ll find a feast of entertainment in the vibrant Werribee Tourism Precinct. Start your visit with a safari at the Werribee Open Range Zoo and the chance to come face-to-face with giraffes, meerkats and rhinos. After that, a stroll through the Victoria State Rose Garden is sure to revive any senses not already heightened.
Distance from Melbourne CBD: 32.5 km
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