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Melbourne

Melbourne is a sprawling city with numerous suburbs that you could stay in, many with a unique character of their own. Don't assume that the best place to stay is in the center of the city. Beachside suburbs like St Kilda , or hipster areas like Fitzroy offer good quality budget accommodation in charming surrounds.

Inner suburbs are within 30 minutes of the CBD by public transport and often that distance can even be walked. Here are some of the most popular areas where you will find good budget options.

St Kilda

A traditional beachside tourist resort area, St Kilda has become a first choice for backpackers visiting the city. It's about 20 minutes out of the CBD by tram and unfortunately no train lines go here. The great attraction of staying in St Kilda is that there is a beach on your doorstep and a great walking trail along the foreshore. There are also a large number of restaurants, bars and pubs along the two main strips of Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. Luna Park, the city's iconic amusement park is also located in St Kilda.

North Melbourne

Within walking distance of the CBD, North Melbourne provides a good range of cheap hotels and hostels. This is within easy walking distance of the CBD. Multiple trams also head this way, so you should have no trouble getting into the center when you need to. The main attraction in North Melbourne is the Victoria Market, where you will be able to save even more money by buying cheap fresh food and souvenirs for family back home. It's a great place to visit for lunch, coffee or just to have a browse around.

CBD

While many of the options in the CBD are mid-range and luxury hotels, there are a few hostels and cheap(ish) hotels that are incredibly popular. If you want to explore the laneways and bars to the fullest, then being in the CBD is perfect, because you will be able to stumble back to your bed after a big night out. Victoria Market is still just a walk away, as are sporting grounds like the Vodafone Arena, MCG, Etihad Stadium and AAMI stadium. There is no shortage of things to do in the CBD. Enjoy walks along the Yarra, strolling through the Royal Botanical Gardens or getting a good look over it all at Eureka Tower. Consider also that if it's going to cost you a few dollars extra to stay in the CBD, you will save a few dollars by not having to catch a tram in. There's also a free tram that circles the CBD, allowing you to get around very cheaply.

Fitzroy and Collingwood.

Fitzroy and neighbouring Collingwood are great places to be if you enjoy somewhat more bohemian surrounds. It's still within walking distance of the city and a few tram lines run through it making access easy. Nearby you will find the Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building. A short walk away is also Carlton, where you can find an abundance of Italian restaurants and cafés.

Outer suburbs

A few options are available in the outer suburbs, particularly motels. If you have a car with you, this can be a good choice because it will mean less money spent on parking. The trip into the city to see things will be a bit longer though, up to an hour if you're staying a long way out. Consider carefully what the public transport options are when you stay in the outer suburbs. It's not ideal to have to drive into the city for the day, since parking can be exorbitant.

For more information about Melbourne, have a look at our travel guide, created by members of Travellerspoint.

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x The average starting price for a place to stay in Melbourne is £106 per night.

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Clarion Suites Gateway

1 William Street

Excellent 90%
Swimming Pool
Air Conditioning
Budget From £75 per night

Central Melbourne Accommodation

21 Bromham Place Richmond

Excellent 90%
P24 Hour Reception
Budget From £18 per night

The Ritz for Backpackers

169 Fitzroy Street St. Kilda Beach

Awesome 86%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £12 per night

City Centre Budget Hotel

22-30 Little Collins St

Awesome 86%
Free WiFi
Budget From £25 per night
Peter52p great place to stay right in the city centre car parking next door at set price for one exit if it is one hour or one week close to china town next street friendly staff and very helpfull

Claremont Guesthouse

189 Toorak Road South Yarra

Awesome 85%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Budget From £36 per night

Richmond Hill Hotel

353 Church Street, Richmond

Great 83%
Free Breakfast
P24 Hour Reception
Budget From £39 per night

Drop Bear Inn

115 Cecil Street South Melbourne

Great 83%
Free WiFi
Budget From £12 per night

Collingwood Accommodation Melbourne

137-139 Johnston Street Collingwood

Great 82%
Free WiFi
P24 Hour Reception
Budget From £15 per night
freya.lewis Although I am only 21 I have had the chance to travel quite extensively across the world, yet Collingwood backpackers has been my first experience of staying in a hostel. I had tended to avoid backpacker places before now, having heard less than pleasant things about them and the wild guests they attract. After traveling 40 hours to get to Australia, me and my brother found ourselves lost in Collingwood and contacted the hostel. Paul, the owner, was kind enough to come and find us and take us there. The area itself is amazing, full of great bars and coffee shops. It is not for the prim and precious, but rather for those who want something different and a bit weird. During the day you can find some of the best food in Melbourne here and at night it caters for a variety of musical tastes, whether it is dance hall to psychobilly. Collingwood is also home to some fantastic skate shops and record stores and is just off from Brunswick street, one of the best shopping streets in Australia. The locals themselves are some of the most pleasant people I have met and always make the effort to help you with anything you need. The hostel itself is like no form of accommodation I have seen. It is full of charm and character, which is something that I have found absent in all of the places I have stayed in, both previously and afterward. From its eclectic collection of music and film posters to the eccentricity of its guests, this hostel provides a fantastic atmosphere. As a new and nervous traveler to Australia who is also traveling with a younger sibling, it is this that which I praise above all else. Here, everything is completely safe and everyone treats each other with respect. In response to the very few negative reviews you will read about this hostel I will say this, that more often than not these reviews will have been written by those who frequent five star hotels. Having stayed in many myself I can honestly say that if such quality as this was reflected in every hostel I stay in I would abandon the sterile rooms and snobby staff of five star hotels forever. Collingwood has truly become a home from home and I would recommend anyone to stay here. Freya

Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens

13 Spring Street

Great 80%
Air Conditioning
Budget From £69 per night

ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments

15-21 Therry Street

Great 80%
Air Conditioning
Budget From £65 per night

Jasper Hotel

489 Elizabeth Street

Great 80%
Air Conditioning
Budget From £69 per night

Oaks On Lonsdale

23 33 Lonsdale St

Great 80%
Air Conditioning
Budget From £69 per night

Greenhouse Backpacker

Level 6, 228 Flinders Lane

Great 80%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £18 per night

Adara Collins

182 Collins Street

Great 80%
Air Conditioning
Budget From £65 per night

City Limits Hotel

20 Little Bourke Street

Great 80%
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £69 per night

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