In arguably the most exciting thing to happen to Australia since… nothing because everything else pales in comparison; the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child hits Melbourne’s Princess Theatre from January 2019.
Transfiguring Australia’s coffee and culture capital into Diagon Alley downunder, the two-part play is set to dazzle fans of all ages with its two-part telling of our lightning-scarred protagonist nineteen years past his youth.
You already know all of this, but we know where to stay if you’re looking for somewhere close to the magic, that won’t cost too many galleons and surrounded by plenty of haunts for a butterbeer or two. So let’s get to that bit. With two Melbournian properties offering both Multishare beds and private Ensuite rooms, our hostels are the most affordable, central and social option when you’re travelling to Melbourne for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Melbourne Central YHA
- 14 min drive to Princess Theatre
- Located in the heart of the city
- Bed and breakfast from $43 per person, per night
- 4 share, private double room or private double ensuite available
- Stay between 2 and 4 nights
- Book the Sizzling Magical Deal here
Melbourne Metro YHA
- 8 min drive to Princess Theatre
- Located in the leafy outskirts of the CBD
- Two nights bed and breakfast from $80 per person
- 4 share, family rooms, private rooms with or without ensuite
- Stay 2 or 3 nights
- Book the Magical Melbourne Special here
If you haven’t grabbed tickets yet, best fly over to the official website. And hey, since you’re making the trip – you’d best check out the very best street art, and know that when it comes to coffee – every single café will be game-changing!
5 things to do while in magical Melbourne
- Need to get your robes and a wand before the show? Jump on your broomstick and fly to Diagon Alley - ahem, Collingwood - where the Store of Requirement has set up shop for all your Harry Potter clothing, jewellery and accessory needs.
- If you like to unwind with a drink, head to some of Melbourne's best cocktail lounges that craft a cocktail so good, you would swear that they were working from the Half-Blood Prince's Potions textbook. Top of our list includes 1806, Lily Blacks and Eau De Vie.
- Visit the National Gallery of Victoria. While the pictures don't actually move, some of them are so realistic that you would swear that they're alive. Plus it's free!
- Head to the Dandenongs - Melbourne's version of the Forbidden Forest - for over grown, lush greenery, great walking trails and super foggy winter days.
- It's not Zonkos, but it's just as fun! Bartronica is Melbourne's premiere game bar, chock full of pinball machines, arcade games, Nintendo 64s and Super Nintendos. Challenge your mates to Mario Kart or try and beat your pinball high score.