Discovery Melbourne

167 Franklin Street, Melbourne, Australia, Distance from city centre: 0.7km

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Rating: 73%from 3 reviews

  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 80%Staff
  • 80%Security
  • 60%Cleanliness
  • 86%Location
  • 66%Value for money
  • 66%Facilities
Discovery Melbourne is a large backpackers conveniently located in Melbourne’s CBD. Close to café-filled laneways, cool bars, markets and spacious parks, it’s a hostel in the city that never sits still.

We cater for every pocket with 4, 6, & 8 bed dorms, and 10-16 bed options for even the tightest budget. All rooms have shared bathroom facilities, heating and linen. For those wanting a little privacy we also have no-frills private double, twin & family rooms all with ensuites.

We have free breakfast, free airport pickup (if staying 3 or more nights), lockers in dorms and reception, 24 hour reception, huge shared kitchen, and Wi-fi available throughout the whole building. The Velvet Underground Bar offers drink specials every day, and the Discovery Cafe serves real Melbourne coffee, all day brekkie, delicious handmade pizza and more!

Discovery provides the biggest rooftop in Melbourne, decked out with BBQ’s and sun loungers, and hosts regular events – the best way to meet other travellers. Events include city walking tours, markets and beach tours, free wine & cheese nights, games nights, and beer olympics. Why not also make use of our beanbag cinema, onsite Job Agency, onsite Travel Agency, 24/7 security, ATM on location, and local staff with the inside scoop on things to do in Melbourne and Victoria!

Discovery Melbourne is a large city backpackers conveniently located right in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Enjoy free breakfast and if your stay with us for 3 or more consecutive nights, a FREE airport pick up from Tullamarine. (*Conditions apply.) Features include a basement bar, café, cinema, job & travel agencies, rooftop with BBQ’s and 24 hour reception with great local staff.

For travellers looking to share accommodation we have 4, 6 & 8 share dorms and also 10 - 16 share dorms for those looking for an even cheaper option. For those wanting some privacy we also have basic private double, twin & family rooms. All rooms have shared bathroom facilities, heating and linen.

Our Events Program offers guests many opportunities to explore and make friends! Discover amazing street art & hidden secrets on our free walking tours & head out of the city on our free markets & beach bus tours! Our bar The Velvet Underground has cheap drink specials including Happy Hour until 8pm every night! Great DJ’s get the dance floor pumping and a huge range of events like full moon parties, Safari Pete’s Blind Date & free cheese & wine nights will keep you entertained! If it’s great coffee & food you’re after, the chefs at our licensed café serve up delicious food 7 days a week including all day breakfast and some of the best pizzas in town!

Our fantastic Melbournian staff will make you feel right at home 24/7 including our roaming guest liaison Disco Steve who is always on hand to help! Our overnight security, CCTV, lockers and swipe card access will ensure you and your belongings are safe!

Need some cash? The team at our very own recruitment agency Discovery Jobs have been finding temporary work for travellers for over 10 years! A full travellers resource centre, we also offer assistance with tax back & superannuation claims, hold onsite training courses such as RSA and offer unbeatable incentives for those that work and stay with us!

Discovery Melbourne has it all under one roof and offers a unique experience designed to make your Victorian adventure the best it can be. Your Melbourne discovery starts here!
Prices are per person per night.

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Hostel Facilities & Policies

  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour security
  • Adaptors
  • Airport transfers
  • ATM
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle parking
  • Board Games
  • Breakfast Included
  • Cable TV
  • Café
  • Ceiling fan
  • Common Room
  • DVDs
  • Elevator
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • House Keeping
  • Internet Access
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals Available
  • Meeting Room
  • NightClub
  • Pool Table
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels For Hire
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing Machine
  • WII

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.

Must-Read Hostel Info

This property has specific Terms & Conditions.

Terms & Conditions
* A one night cancellation fee applies to any reservation cancelled within 24 hours of arrival
* Any guests under 18yrs must be in a private room and be accompanied by their legal guardian at all times
* All guests must provide a passport or current photo drivers licence on arrival. Proof of age cards are not accepted.
* All credit card or Eftpos transactions will incur a 3% surcharge
* A $10 key deposit is required by each guests on arrival
* Groups of 4-10 people are required to provide a $100 credit card pre-authorisation as well as a $10 key deposit per person. If people in groups are arriving separately the first person to arrive needs to pay in full for the whole group as well as the bonds.
* All bookings of 11+ are considered a group and must book through our groups department as different terms & conditions apply.

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Direct Bus Service:
STARBUS operates between 6am – 6pm daily. It departs from Bus Zone L (out the front of the international terminal) approximately every 30 minutes and will drop you off right at our door. We recommend you book the day before or before by calling (03) 8378 8700. Tickets are $13 per person however if you stay 2 or more weeks this will be refunded on check-in upon giving us the receipt.

Skybus operates between Tullamarine Airport and Southern Cross Station and departs every 15 minutes 24/7. Tickets are $18 per person and bookings are not required.

Alternatively you can jump in a taxi and depending on traffic this will take between 25-50 minutes and cost approximately between $50-$65.


Free City Circle Tram:
Jump on the tram at the front of the station on Spencer Street heading north. Get off at the corner of Queen St & LaTrobe Street then walk up one block and turn right on Franklin Street. We are number 167 Franklin Street.

The quickest and easiest way and will set you back approximately $7-$10 depending on traffic and take about 5 minutes.


SITA coaches meet every flight into Avalon Airport and it costs $22 per person. For more info visit their website.

Located Near

Melbourne is a city with something for everyone that oozes with culture and fun. From chic fashion stores to buzzing laneway cafes and funky bars. From sports stadiums, botanical gardens, film and food festivals to galleries and the best live music and dancing venues. Hotel Discovery is located right in the heart of it all.

Melbourne is the host of the famous Formula 1 Grand Prix every year and is home of AFL footy and The Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne is a city where people see, breathe and live the arts. It hosts some of the premier cultural calendars in the nation, including the International Arts Festival, International Film Festival and the International Comedy Festival. The city also plays host to a diverse collection of galleries - visit NGV International that hosts an outstanding collection of international artworks including a permanent display of work from celebrated artists such as Monet and Rembrandt, or NGV Australia that is home to Australian art. Wander down Flinders Lane and pop into one of the many independent galleries, or take time out to explore the plethora of public art.

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