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Top Twenty Melbourne Architecture


Shrine of Remembrance

Location- in Kings Domain on St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Summary- One of Melbourne's oldest & most iconic landmarks. This is a very simple and elegantly designed
monument. If you walk upto the top you will see a breath taking view of the city line. This is situated
close to Botanic Gardens so one visit can combine both.


Melbourne H&M in old General Post Office, Bourke Street Mall.

Location- on the Bourke Street Mall in the centre of town.

Summary- a very elegant transformation of a grand Victorian public building into a modern clothing store.


National Gallery of Victoria, South Bank

Location- south bank, just accross the river Yarra from Flinders Street station, and accross the road from
the Botanic Gardens.

Summary- a good quiet place to have a coffee and unwind. Enormous gallery- will take a long time to
explore. Bit expensive.


Luna Park, St. Kilda.

Location- in St. Kilda, a tram ride from the CBD.

Summary- brilliant for kids, much smaller, older and quainter than the Dydney Luna Park (really like
Melbourne itself...)


St. Patrick's RC Cathedral

Location- 1 Cathedral Pl, East Melbourne (just north of Fitzroy Gardens)

Summary- a great old Victorian pile, a good place to find peace. A beautiful historical church with
amazing architecture and well kept grounds. A must visit, even for just a few minutes.
This cathedral is probably one of the finest in Australia and well worth taking a few minutes to see.
Entry is free and when you get inside the roof is both very high and striking. The stain glass windows at
either end of the Cathedral are quite magnificent and rate with the best of many cathedrals in Europe.


St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral

Location- on Federtion Square

Summary- as above. Smaller and more central than St. Patricks.


Royal Exhibition Building

Location- 9 Nicholson Street (just north of CBD)

Summary- interesting if open, a really impressive old Victoran building.


Melbourne Museum

Location- right next door to the Royal Exhibition Building

Summary- Kids were free & adults $14 each. There's so much to see with everything from dinosaur bones, an
actual forest and modern Victorian history. There's a kids play section which was fantastic and a cafe for
a coffee spot.


City Circle Tram

Location- circle around the city. Get on at Flinders Street Station.

Summary- A free heritage tram that goes around the CBD. Really great.


Flinders Street Station

Location- opposite Federation Square on the Yarra. 207-361 Flinders Street Melbourne

Summary- the dead centre of Melbourne, the anchor. Before Federation Square took the honours, Flinders
Street Station was Melbourne’s favourite meeting place, hence the catchphrase ‘meet me under the clocks’.
Flinders Street Station is Australia’s oldest train station, and with its distinctive yellow facade and
green copper dome it’s a city icon.


Block Arcade

Location- on Collins Street just north of Flinders Street station.

Summary- Melbournes impressive answer to the Strand, a grand old dame of retail. This is a charming
arcade. Beautifully restored. Heritage shopping arcade in the central business district of Melbourne,
Victoria. Melbourne's Golden Mile heritage walk runs through the arcade.

State Library of Victoria

Location- 328 Swanston Street Melbourne

Summary- Situated right in the heart of town, in a beautiful classical building with a lawn and statues
out front, it holds many treasures. Ned Kelly's original armour, the La Trobe Reading Room, Captain James
Cook's folios etc. The main drawcard for me was the huge octagonal La Trobe Reading Room.
Free entry, beautiful building, museum displays of Victoria & Melbourne's history.

Queen Victoria Market

Location- 65-159 Victoria Street, Melbourne

Summary- If you have the time, browse for some unique cheeses, jams or whatever your foodie love is. You
can get everything you need to make a gormet picnic to take to one of the many parks around.
Fabulous produce, spellbinding deli section and a fun section of (mostly crap) up the back.

Degraves Street

Location- downtown

Summary- A fantastic little street packed with delightful cafes to sit and people watch. Well worth a
visit to stop by.

Fitzroy Gardens, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne

Location- 230-298 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne (short walk east of CBD)

Summary- Built in classic Spanish Mission style, complete with adobe colour palette, the Fitzroy Garden’s
lovely Conservatory building opened in March 1930. The Conservatory exhibits five floral displays each
year. Fitzroy Gardens is one of Melbourne’s most historic and beautiful Gardens (includes Captain Cooks

Melbourne Zoo

Location- Elliott Avenue, Parkville 3052. Tram 55 runs from William Street in the city centre every day,
stopping directly outside Melbourne Zoo.

Summary- Over 250 species from around the world can be found in the beautifully landscaped settings of
Melbourne Zoo, just ten minutes (by tram) from the city centre.

Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens

Location- Alexandra Avenue Melbourne. Cross the river then just a short walk east from Flinders Street

Summary- Established in 1846, the gardens extend over 36 hectares and display an amazingly diverse
collection of over 50,000 plants from around the world, including rare and threatened species.

Yarra south bank

Location- just walk accross the bridge from Flinders Street station.
Summary- great at night with the huge falmes outside the Crown Casino lighting the night sky.

888 Collins Street

Location- in Docklands at the end of Collins Street (at the corner of Bourke St).
Summary- huge residentail bloxck by Woods Baggot. Interesting architecture.

Melbourne Central Shopping Centre

Location- 211 La Trobe St, Melbourne
Summary- Contained underneath the shopping centre's massive glass cone sits the Coop's Shot Tower which
was built on the site in 1888. Iconic Melbourne image.