In the middle of it all
There’s no better feeling than stepping out the front door, choosing any direction and wandering into an incredible discovery. With the world’s best city, electric and artsy northside and the best parks on our doorstep, there’s no easier or better way to live like a local. The biggest challenge is dragging yourself out of your comfy bed and leaving your luscious home at The Mansion!
Welcome to the neighbourhood
Laneways & Street Art
Turn down pretty much any laneway in Melbourne, and you’ll find a hidden bar, hole in the wall coffee shop or an amazing piece of street art. If you are lucky you might even see the artist in action, can in hand. There is a great free walking tour that departs Parliament every day that will give you an in-depth insight into Melbourne’s history, architecture and of course, iconic laneways.
Across the road in Fitzroy lies graffiti-covered pavements along which small, charismatic cafes and bars are filled with energy from the early morning, to the early morning. A suburb that embraces diversity, you will find all mana of eateries, pubs, bars and shops no more than a few minutes walk from your home at The Mansion.
The Garden State
Melbourne is a city celebrated for its green spaces with large parks, walkways and cycling paths scattered throughout. The Mansion is located smack bang in between two major city parks: Carlton Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens. These spaces explode into life during the warmer months and create an enchanting space to have some chill time.
Melbourne’s Cool Fringe
The Mansion is wonderfully located just a five-minute walk or tram ride to many of Melbourne’s cultural hotspots. We’re talking the hipster capital Fitzroy, Lygon Street in Carlton, eclectic and grungy Collingwood and Richmond’s Thai and Vietnamese restaurant strip. Getting around is simple and affordable with Melbourne’s first-class public transport system.
The Culture Capital
Lovers of culture and the arts, be sure to check out Melbourne Museum which happens to be just across the road in the stunning Carlton Gardens. You could easily spend an entire day there, especially if it’s a rainy one. If you are seeking a fantastic Indigenous cultural experience, the Aboriginal Heritage Walk in the Royal Botanical Gardens is a must.
What’s on in Melbourne?
Other cities don’t even try and argue it anymore. Melbourne is unquestionably the festival, theatre, events, sports, shopping and music capital of Australia. You will never be at a loss for something to do in our incredible city. Check out what’s on in Melbourne during your stay.
Directions to the Mansion
The big red double-decker is the cheapest and easiest way to get to the CBD from the airport. It departs every 10 minutes all day and night, except between, 2 am to 4 am when it is every half hour. The trip costs $20 one way and takes about 35 minutes, express to Southern Cross Station. Grab an e-ticket or see the friendly staff at the kiosk at the front of the terminal.
Uber, Didi, Taxi
If all you can think about it laying your precious head on one of our deluxe pillows, then a taxi direct from Tullamarine Airport to The Mansion will cost approximately $60. Even better an Uber is around $50, and they do depart from the airport as well.
Southern Cross Station
If you arrive at Southern Cross before midnight, head out onto Spencer Street and jump on Tram 96 (towards East Brunswick,) or tram 86 (towards Bundoora). Be careful not to get the 86 (towards Docklands) or 96 towards St Kilda Beach as they will take you in the opposite direction, and after a long trip that’s the last thing you want!
Get off at Stop 10 (Parliament) and walk in the direction the tram is going for about one minute. Turn right on Victoria Parade, and a few more footsteps will have you arriving at your new home at The Mansion.
All trams within Melbourne CBD are free, and you do not require a Myki card to use them.
Uber, Didi, Taxi
A taxi or rideshare will only set you back about $10 from Southern Cross Station. So if you’re feeling a bit lazy then maybe this is a good option. Alternately, if you feel like stretching the legs after a long flight, it’s about a 30-minute walk from Southern Cross to The Mansion.
If you are flying into Avalon Airport, the SkyBus to Southern Cross is your best options and will set you back $24.
Parking is a bit@h
Long term parking in any city can be expensive, and Melbourne is no different. We suggest ditching the car and using the impressive public transport system, but if that is not an option, you can consider one of these.
Wilson Car Park
There is a high rise secure car park directly behind The Mansion; however, rates can be expensive, and opening times do vary. However, they do offer an early bird special on weekdays if you enter and exit at certain times. On the weekends it’s much cheaper, but conditions apply, so make sure you check out their website for all the information.
Rock Star Parking
On the weekend from 12.30 pm Saturday until 7.30 am Monday, there are free, unrestricted parking spaces right out the right of The Mansion. During the week these spots are only available for 2 hour paid parking, so these prime spots are best for weekend guests.
The Back Streets
If you are staying at The Mansion for a few days and don’t want to opt for the secure Wilson Car Park, you can look for street parking in the side streets around Brunswick Street and Smith Street. These can be hard to find and be super careful as most of these areas are restricted for residents. So if you don’t have a permit, you’ll score yourself a parking ticket. Let’s face it; you have much more exciting things to spend money on while you are in Melbourne!
Free Tram Zone
We are located in the Free Tram Zone which means you can jump on any tram out the front of The Mansion and travel within this zone without a Myki Card as often as you like! This means you can get around Melbourne’s CBD and even as far as Docklands and Richmond, for free.
Free City Circle Tram (Tourist Tram)
The city circle tram. is an icon on our Melbourne city streets. Running in two directions every 20 minutes from 9 am to 6 pm and later on weekends, they provide another great way to get around. Being a tourist tram, of course, they stop at all the significant landmarks and provide commentary so you can get your bearings.
The Mansion is about a three-minute walk from Parliament Train Station in the City Loop. Victoria has an extensive train network throughout the metropolitan and regional area so if you need to get somewhere outside of the CBD jump on the Public Transport Victoria Journey Planner.