Melbourne Central YHA

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  • Getting here by train

    Southern Cross Station is the final stop for regional and interstate trains coming into Melbourne. The hostel is a short walk from the station. Exit Southern Cross Station and go right on Spencer St. Turn left on to Flinders St and the hostel will be on your left.

    Getting here by bus

    From Melbourne Airport, catch the Skybus to Southern Cross Station and the Skybus Terminal. The hostel is a short walk from Southern Cross Station. Exit the station and go right down Spencer St. Turn left on to Flinders St and the hostel will be on your left.


    Nearest airport

    Melbourne Airport is 28km away from the hostel. Catch the Skybus to the city and walk to the hostel.

    Around the hostel

    Main attractions

    • Laneway Graffiti Street Art
    • Cafes, Restaurants & Bars
    • Eureka Skydeck 88
    • Federation Square
    • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
    • Yarra River

    Nearby facilities & attractions

    • SEALIFE Melbourne Aquarium
    • Crown Casino
    • National Gallery of Victoria
    • Royal Botanic Gardens
    • Free City Circle tram
    • Southern Cross Station
    • Queen Victoria Markets
    • St Pauls Cathedral
    • The Shrine of Remembrance
    • Melbourne Zoo
    • St Kilda Beach 
    • Brighton Beach Huts 

    Find us...

    Address: 562 Flinders St
    Melbourne , VIC 3000
    Phone: (+613) 9621 2523
    Hostel Manager: Suzanne Taylor
    Payment: MasterCard, Visa

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  • Melbourne Central YHA

    Melbourne Central YHA is a trendy backpackers hostel located in the heart of vibrant Melbourne. This Melbourne hostel is ideally situated only minutes walk from Melbourne's main attractions including Southern Cross Station, Crown Casino, Federation Square and the city’s many hidden laneways filled with famous street art, cafes and unique bars.

    We have a terrific ground floor communal area with free Wi-Fi hotspot, an amazing rooftop and BBQ area for you to enjoy the Melbourne city views and meet new friends. Our bar now has a TV dedicated solely to sports, so you'll never miss a game. We also have fantastic activities. Sign up for our regular trivia nights, table tennis competitions, walking tour and pub crawl, plus extra events on throughout the year.

    If you're a gym junkie, we have gym passes to Plus Fitness 24/7 Gym for $5 a day. It's just a quick walk from the hostel, so you can always enjoy your daily workout. 

    Our friendly hostel never closes with a 24 hour reception. Our staff are always ready to answer your questions, give you local advice and tips or provide you with more reasons to stay in dynamic Melbourne.

    Book a room at Melbourne Central YHA and experience the best Melbourne hostel yourself. 

    If you book different room types on consecutive days, then you'll need to check out of your room at 10am and check in at 1pm. You can store your bags in our lockers while you wait for your new room to be ready, however please note that lockers must be paid for.



    • Sleeps 244 guests
    • Multi-share dorms
    • Double/Twin rooms
    • Ensuite rooms


    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Free Wi-Fi hotspot (Wi-Fi Plus available for purchase)
    • Social Balcony Area
    • Self-catering Kitchen
    • Communal Dining Area
    • Disabled Access
    • TV Lounge
    • Bar/Cafe
    • Rooftop
    • BBQ


    • City Sightseeing
    • Cycling
    • Parks
    • Galleries & Museums
    • Shopping
    • Restaurants & Cafes
    • Bars & Nightlife
    • Tours


    Things to do in Melbourne


    1. Hop onto the free City Circle Tram

    2. Melbourne’s free City Circle Trams are a great way to get around town, conveniently stopping right out the front of Melbourne Central YHA hostel. Travel through the city as the driver shares great tips and historical knowledge of the area while you see Melbourne CBD's famous sights and sounds.


    3. Tour Melbourne's Street Art Laneways

    4. Tucked between bohemian style cafes and boutique specialty stores Melbourne’s inner city proudly canvasses some of the world’s best street art. Go and visit famous hidden treasures such as Union Lane which is a few steps away from Bourke Street Mall. See the eclectic variety of street art that has been produced by young artists as well as famous world renowned names. Other great spots to check out that are only walking distance from Melbourne Central YHA hostel include Hosier Lane, Finaly Avenue, Degraves Street and Centre Place.


    5. Discover many of Melbourne’s art galleries

    6. Melbourne is home to a thriving art scene and has more than 100 galleries to explore.

      Visit The National Gallery of Victoria and see its permanent collection that holds some of Australia’s greatest artworks. When entering the building remember to look up, one of the largest glass ceilings in the world welcomes you to the gallery. Just a short walk from Melbourne Central YHA hostel in Federation Square is the iconic Ian Potter Centre. With its famous geometric exterior, the Ian Potter Centre is a must-see in Melbourne and has a full calendar of contemporary art exhibitions held throughout the year.

      For more gallery hopping adventures, visit Flinders Lane which is home to a number of private art galleries that display emerging artists. Remember to search online to get the latest news on what’s on - art exhibition openings occur often and make for a great cheap night out.


    7. Explore Melbourne’s many markets near the hostel

    8. Melburnians love a good market! In almost every neighbourhood in Melbourne you can find markets selling local produce, handmade crafts, local designer labels and vintage fashion treasures. Discover souvenirs for friends and family that aren’t your typical keyrings, magnets and t-shirts.

      If you only have time for one Melbourne market, then make it the Queen Victoria Markets, which is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Great food and cool Melbourne vibes. Enjoy the live music and excellent people-watching.


    9. Experience fabulous destinations outside of Melbourne

    10. There are so many things to see and do near Melbourne. Have an up close and intimate encounter with Australian wildlife, be exhilarated by one of the world’s great ocean coastal drives, hike-through spectacular ancient mountain ranges, eat superb food and wine from the local region. Melbourne’s nearby destinations have so much to offer to all travellers from backpackers, locals, young and old.

      Visit the natural landscape of Philip Island and get up close to penguins, koalas, emus, wombats and kangaroos. Stay at Philip Island YHA backpackers hostel and enjoy the purpose-built, award-winning facilities. It has comfortable living spaces which include modern lounges, gourmet-style kitchen space, large balconies and a rooftop deck. Visit Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island and Mornington Peninsula 2 Day Tour and Phillip Island Penguin 1 Day Tour from Melbourne for special deals available to YHA members and guests.

      The Great Ocean Road is located on the south-west coast of Victoria and is home to the famous 12 Apostles. See with your own eyes the large limestone rocks that stand high above the waves detached from the 243 km long Great Ocean Road cliff-face. Stay at Apollo Bay Eco YHA which is the perfect hostel for your road trip. Enjoy activities such as Kayaking with seals, swimming, surfing and bush walking nearby the hostel. There are a few tours with special deals available for YHA members and guests – see Great Ocean Road 2 Day Tour or Great Ocean Road 1 Day Reverse Tour.

      Discover the Grampians with its dramatic peaks, panoramic views and ancient rugged volcanic landscape. Make your way up to the peak of extinct volcano Mount Rouse and be exhilarated by the surrounding views of The Grampians National Park. The Grampians is also home to several surrounding small towns which are a must visit for any food and wine lover. Stay at Grampians Eco YHA backpackers hostel where there is cosy wood fire heaters, a pool table and wild kangaroos that venture all the way up to the hostel. Short on time? Try the Grampians National Park 1 Day Tour instead.


    11. Relax in the picturesque Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens

    12. Located near Melbourne Central YHA hostel and sitting on the South Bank of the Yarra River, the Royal Botanic Garden is one of the world’s finest gardens and attracts more than 1.5 million people per year. Enjoy a walk through the peaceful gardens. There is a mix of native and exotic vegetation of over 10,000 individual species in the collection. Relax by the pond and beautifully manicured gardens, hire a bike or go on a guided boat ride.





    89% customer rating, based on 6601 Reviews
    • Excellent staff. Really good facilities with the very best location!
      Joanie- b J August 2017
    • Loveeee wish i never left. Truly an awesome hostel, made some fast friends.
      Elizabeth C August 2017
    • Very much!! Would recommend to others and will come back again
      detiny M August 2017
    • Thanks very friendly staff.
      Kevin T August 2017
    • Excellent value-for-money accommodation, and wonderful location. I greatly enjoyed my stay.
      Renu V August 2017

    Find us...

    Address: 562 Flinders St
    Melbourne , VIC 3000
    Phone: (+613) 9621 2523
    Hostel Manager: Suzanne Taylor
    Payment: MasterCard, Visa

    Opening times

    Hostel Open all year

    24 hours

    Check in from 1:00pm daily
    Check out until 10:00am daily

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    Things to do in Melbourne

    Melbourne is always busy, bustling and never goes quiet, even in the depths of winter. It’s famous for festivals (comedy, art, film – we could go on!), markets, gallery events, theatre, concerts, sporting events and so much more – you’ll never be bored in Melbourne. 


    If you head in to the CBD, you’ll be spoilt for choice with where to eat, where to get your coffee and where to drink and have a good time. There’s rooftop bars, hole in the wall bars hidden down graffiti covered laneways, bars with standing room only, bars in the middle of the Yarra River, bars with video games to keep you entertained for hours and bars hidden behind bookcases. In case you can’t tell, Melbourne likes a good bar or two.


    Shoppers will also love Melbourne. There's large department stores and shopping complexes, designer label stores, shops with one-of-a-kind pieces, second hand stores with vintage finds, markets featuring the latest in home wares, book stores and sporting stores, so whatever you're after, Melbourne will have it.


    If do you need some inspiration, ask our staff – many have been here for years and can give you insider knowledge to experience Melbourne like a local.

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    FREE things to do in Melbourne

    1. Explore! Melbourne has so many secret laneways, hidden bars and cafes, boutique stores and amazing street art. Let your feet and sense of curiosity guide you. 
    2. Tour the arty alleyways, starting at Hosier Lane (opposite Federation Square) and follow the laneways heading north from there.
    3. Gallery hop between The National Gallery of Victoria, The Ian Potter Centre, ACMI and The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art - all for free!
    4. Visit Federation Square - there's always a festival happening, a weekend market to peruse, a variety of activities going on or something on their big screen to keep you entertained for hours.
    5. Melbourne is well known for it's abundance of gardens, so grab your mates, pack a picnic and relax in the sunshine while you eat until your heart's content. We recommend the Royal Botanical Gardens, Carlton Gardens or Flagstaff Gardens. 
    6. Head to the Queen Victoria Market to browse the local produce, handmade crafts and secondhand treasures. The Rose Street Artists markets in Fitzroy ooze with Melbourne creativity, and it's free to have a look.
    7. Cycle the city for nothing. Blue bike kiosks are spotted all around the city for visitors and tourists to explore. There's a holding deposit to ride, but the first 30 minutes are free. Start riding from Freshwater place on Southbank and pedal towards Sandridge Bridge for the best Yarra River views.
    8. For an easy, breezy and beautiful beach, head to St. Kilda. The sea front promenade and St Kilda pier have lovely views of the seascape and adrenaline-seeking kite surfers.
    9. Head to the Koorie Heritage Trust’s Cultural Centre in Federation Square. A permanent social history exhibition is complemented by changing exhibitions by new and established Aboriginal artists.