While you probably need no convincing that Melbourne is an excellent place to visit, you may feel a little dubious about the idea of Southern Cross Station being the best place to stay. Well, prepare yourself, because we’re going to change your mind about that in less than three minutes. Let’s begin.
Melbourne’s laneways, exceptional food scene and jam-packed events calendar entice more than two million visitors each year, making it one of Australia’s most popular destinations. While the city centre is – undoubtedly – full of all sorts of enticing things, it’s not the only attraction on offer.
Outer suburbs, like Geelong and Williamstown, boast all sorts of goodies, from quirky art galleries to craft breweries and stunning walks. Destinations which are further afield, such as the Mornington Peninsular, Bendigo and Gippsland, are famous in their own right, most often for their beautiful scenery and laid back pace of life.
If you’re wondering why we’re mentioning all these places - given they sit various distances and directions from the centre of Melbourne - it’s because they’re all just a straight-forward train ride away from Southern Cross Station, providing perfect day trips for the savvy traveller.
Given Southern Cross Station is also only 500 metres to Etihad Stadium, a four minute train ride to Federation Square and a 10 minute walk to the centre of Southbank, staying here means you’re also perfectly positioned to explore the best parts of the inner-city.
Another drawcard of staying in the area is how accessible it is from both the airport, with regular express shuttles available for those flying in to town, and Station Pier, with the 15 minute train ride providing an incredibly easy route for those staying in the city at either end of a cruise.
Of course we wouldn’t tell you all the good things about the area without suggesting a great hotel. Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne is less than a minute’s walk from the station, offering spacious rooms and a select number of luxurious suites. If you need any more convincing that this is the hotel to book for your next Melbourne stay, you should know you can secure a 10% discount simply by joining the TFE Hotels eClub. How good is that?