Attractions & Landmarks
A unique cultural precinct in the heart of Melbourne, Federation Square is home to the Melbourne Visitor Centre, ACMI, SBS, NGV Ian Potter Centre and a host of popular bars and restaurants. With an impressive calendar of events throughout the year, it is a popular place to meet. Major events (particularly sporting) are frequently broadcast live on the large outdoor screen making it a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
Head to the Fitzroy Gardens to experience Melbourne’s rich history with a visit to Cook’s Cottage. One of the city’s great landmarks and first buildings. The cottage was built for Captain James Cook and documents his life, infamous voyages and tragic death. See what life was like in the eighteenth century inside his two-storey cottage and traditional English cottage garden.
Old Melbourne Gaol
Preserved from the 19th century, the Old Melbourne Gaol is Victoria’s oldest prison and has been the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840s. Visit the former Police City Watch House and explore the corridors that held some of Australia’s most notorious outlaws including bushranger Ned Kelly and gangsta Squizzy Taylor.
State Library of Victoria
Housing over two million books, hundreds of thousands of pictures, newspapers, maps and manuscripts, and audio, video and digital material, the 19th century State Library of Victoria is a cultural icon. One of the city’s most beautiful heritage interiors, the majestic dome of the La Trobe Reading Room is a must see for visitors to the city. Permanent and temporary exhibitions showcase some of the world’s rarest artefacts and works and free guided tours offer visitors the chance to take in the history of the building.
Flinders St Railway Station
Completed in 1910, Flinders Street Railway Station is Australia’s oldest train station and a stunning example of heritage architecture. The busiest suburban railway station in the southern hemisphere, its 708 metre long main platform is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and is the fourth longest in the world. The steps under the main entrance under the famous domed clock have become a popular meeting place for locals, giving flight to the expression “meet me under the clocks.”
Queen Victoria Market
Spread over some seven hectares with more than 600 retailers, Queen Victoria Market is equal parts historic landmark, tourist attraction and local shopping destination. With everything from fruit and vegetables to local and imported gourmet foods, fashion and general merchandise, the market is open five days a week with seasonal night markets throughout the year.
NGV Ian Potter Centre
The first public art gallery dedicated to Australian art, the National Gallery of Victoria’s Ian Potter Centre holds close to 25,000 works and includes paintings, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings, sculpture, fashion and textiles and jewellery. A showcase of Australian art through history, the comprehensive program of temporary exhibits and the extensive permanent collection celebrate great and little known Australian art including a diverse selection from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Eureka Skydeck 88
Eighty eight stories high, the Eureka Skydeck is the highest viewing point in Melbourne and provides 360 degree panoramic views of the city. From the bay in the south out to the far northern suburbs, on a clear day the views are stunning, giving visitors a truly spectacular look at the city.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Sprawling over an immense 38 hectares, Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens house an impressive collection of over 10,000 species of plants from around the world, including rare and threatened species. With highlights including the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, Tropical Hothouse, Plant Craft Cottage and Guilfoyle’s Volcano water reservoir, the 160 year old gardens are one of the city’s most popular and well loved attraction.
Melbourne Zoo is Australia’s oldest zoo which opened in 1862. The zoo is a historic site with an innovative master plan that displays a representative sample of the world’s fauna and flora in a series of bioclimatic (or habitat) zones. The Melbourne Zoo is located minutes from the Melbourne’s city centre; within Royal Park.
Melbourne Zoo is open daily (excluding Christmas Day and Public Holidays) from 9am – 5pm and on selected summer evenings open late (to 9.30pm) for Zoo Twilight.ns.
Melbourne Aquarium is centrally located along the picturesque banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne’s CBD. The Aquarium offers an unforgettable day out for the whole family with amazing displays and exhibits every day of the year. The Melbourne Aquarium is open from 9.30am until 6pm, everyday of the year excluding public holidays.