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Preston overview

Preston is a budget-friendly place, known for its shops. You're sure to enjoy all of the coffee and bar options. Take a campus tour or explore the surrounding area of University of Melbourne and RMIT University. Make some time to see popular sights such as Melbourne Cricket Ground and St. Kilda Beach. Preston is a family- and business-friendly destination with something for everyone.

Where to stay in Preston

Whether you're planning to stay for a night or for the week, the area around Preston has accommodations to fit every need. Search for hotels in Preston with by checking our online maps. These display the areas and neighbourhoods around all Preston hotels so you can see how close you are from landmarks and attractions, and then refine your search within the larger area. The best Preston hotel deals are here with our lowest price guarantee.

How to get to Preston

Fly in to Melbourne, VIC (MEL-Tullamarine), 10 mi (16.1 km) from central Preston. Melbourne, VIC (AVV-Avalon) is the next closest major airport, 35.1 mi (56.5 km) away.

Metro stations include:
  • • Bell Station
  • • Preston Station

What to see around Preston

Outdoor fun is on hand like sporting events and running, along with attractions such as:
  • • Merri Creek Trail
  • • Fitzroy Aboriginal Heritage Walking Trail
  • • Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • • Rod Laver Arena
Known for its family-friendly sights such as:
  • • Fairfield Boathouse
  • • Studley Park Boathouse
  • • Collingwood Children's Farm
  • • Melbourne Zoo
  • • State Netball Hockey Centre
It's well known for its swimming spots and these favourite places for nature lovers:
  • • South Melbourne Beach
  • • St. Kilda Beach
  • • Elwood Beach
  • • Brighton Beach
  • • Altona Beach
Below are some favourite shopping areas where you can find that perfect souvenir – or simply browse:
  • • Northland Shopping Centre
  • • Rose Street Artists' Market
  • • Pipeworks Fun Market
  • • Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre
  • • Queen Victoria Market
Popular places in the area include:
  • • University of Melbourne
  • • Melbourne Museum
  • • RMIT University
  • • Melbourne Central
  • • Bourke Street Mall

When to visit Preston

If you're starting to plan your trip, you might be wondering when the best time to visit is. Here are the seasonal trends to help you decide when to go:

Seasonal temperatures
  • January-March: 27°C day, 10°C night
  • April-June: 20°C day, 5°C night
  • July-September: 18°C day, 5°C night
  • October-December: 24°C day, 7°C night
Seasonal average rainfall
  • January-March: 3 cm
  • April-June: 3 cm
  • July-September: 3 cm
  • October-December: 3 cm
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  • Business-friendly