Originally used as service lanes for horse and carts, they have since been transformed and recognised as a trademark of early Melbournian architecture and are now packed with boutique shops and arcades.
Many of these lanes have become socially and culturally significant as they are the blank canvas that street artists’ use for a booming Melbournian industry, Urban Art. Notable lanes that are well worth a look are ACDC Lane, Bank Place, Causeway Lane and Degraves Lane.
CBD Melbourne is home to many World-wide corporate offices, ranging from Insurance firms to the mining Industry. It is Australia’s second largest city and offers corporate relocations from Europe a home away from home, with a very European feel to the city.
The largest open air market in the Southern hemisphere, the Queen Victoria Market, dates back to 1850 and is now a major landmark of the city drawing in thousands of tourists and locals every week. At first offering a variety of fresh fruit and produce, the markets have expanded into fashion, shoes, art and crafts. The markets are open every day except Monday and Wednesday and are a great way to spend a few hours exploring the isles.
Although it’s only new, the civic centre known as Federation Square is one of the most visited areas in Melbourne’s CBD adjacent to another Melbourne landmark, Flinders Street Station.
Centred around two public spaces, Federation Square features a giant fixed public screen used to broadcast major sporting events, a function and events centre, and a 450 seat theatre. The building has caused some controversy due to its unusual design and has made several ugliest buildings in the world lists.
Flinders Street station is the central railway station of Melbourne instantly recognisable for its Victorian era, French Renaissance style.
Crown Casino is a large entertainment complex on the Yarra River and is one of the main features of the Southbank area of Melbourne’s CBD. With a range of hotels, several nightclubs, high end fashion stores, a cinema complex and the casino itself; Crown Casino is a great place for tourists to come and live it up.
After a bit of culture? Then the National Gallery of Victoria has the ticket for you. Established in 1861 the gallery boasts an impressive collection of international and Australian artists as well as artifacts from Egypt, Greece and Europe.
There is so much more we could do in Melbourne’s CBD. Shopping is everywhere, theatres and performance venues are world class and sporting events are second to none.
“The race that stops the nation”, the Melbourne Cup is held every year on the first Tuesday of November and is the richest two mile handicap in the world. Established in 1861 it is one of Australia’s oldest sporting events in the country.
The Australian Grand Prix is another sporting event that has a long and colourful history in Australia. First held on Phillip Island in 1928 it has since moved to Melbourne’s Grand Prix circuit at Albert Park. The race is a big international draw card for Australia with motor sport fans from all over the country flocking to the city.
Dining options in Melbourne’s CBD are as varied as the demographics located within it. Multicultural influences can be found all throughout the city which is obviously reflected in its culinary cuisines. Greek, Italian, Chinese and Middle Eastern restaurants are all popular as are great contemporary Australian choices found in nearly every pub and café. Why not go exploring and find your very own favourite place to eat in Melbourne’s CBD?
Accommodation in Melbourne ranges from the luxurious to the budget and everything in between. Options include the Medina Executive Flinders Street for a serviced apartment or perhaps the Travelodge Docklands for a budget conscious holiday in a great location.