Melbourne is a multicultural city with many interesting places to visit. In this blog post we will present you 12 streets you should walk along when doing a Melbourne walking tour. Follow us and explore the divers and multicultural Melbourne.
You have different possibilities to explore the city. We wouldn’t recommend driving with your own car because parking spaces are limited and the streets can be busy. Many of the tourist attractions are within or close to the inner city and Melbourne walking tour is a good option. If you don’t want to walk too far, there is the free City Circle Tram that circles the inner city and also stops at the docklands. The City Circle Tram runs continuously in both directions and there is a tram every 12 minutes. There are 20 stops along the circle and you can just hop on and hop off at these stops.
Flinders Street is the start of our Melbourne walking tour
If you arrive in Melbourne by train, then the Flinders Street Station is the stop to get out of the train. You arrive right in the middle of the action. Flinders Street Station is a beautiful building on the corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street built in 1909.
Right across Swanston Street is the Federation Square. That’s where the Visitor Information Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria and a complex with restaurants, bars and a public viewing area are located. There are always many people around and there is always something going on at Federation Square. There is also free WIFI available at the Federation Square.
Across Flinders Street is the historic Young and Jacksons Pub which is famous for the nude painting of Chloé, painted by French artist Jules Joseph Lefebvre in 1875.
In the last of the four corners is the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral. The foundation stone was laid in 1880 and the cathedral was consecrated in 1891. You have to see the interior of this magnificent church. At the entry you can grab an information pamphlet that tells you more about the different parts. Have a look at the stained glass windows, the beautiful tiled floor and the recently restored organ.
If you walk along Flinders Street in western direction, you should turn right into Degraves Street and have a stop for a delicious coffee. There is a really nice coffee scene in this narrow lane and you can chose from many different places. Be warned, during rush hour, the Flinders Street and Degraves Lane are very busy with commuters heading to or come from the busiest train station of the city.
Continue on Flinders Street in western direction and you come across the Immigration Museum on the right hand side. Entry fee to the Immigration Museum is AUD 10.
Further to the west you can follow the Aquarium Drive on your left and visit the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. Entry fee is AUD 38 or you can do a Dive with the sharks for AUD 300. Book online and you will get a 10% discount.
Continue in western direction and turn right into Spencer Street to reach Southern Cross Railway Station. This station is the second busiest railway station in Melbourne and if you want to get to the airport this is the station to head to.
If you walk along Flinders Street in eastern direction you come across Hosier Lane on your left hand side.
Hosier Lane is a blue stone cobbled lane famous for its urban art. You will find a narrow lane full of graffito. Hosier Lane leads into Rutledge Lane and there are even more graffito to explore.
Back on Flinders Street continue in eastern direction until you reach Treasury Gardens. Cross these gardens in eastern direction and you reach Fitzroy Gardens. In Fitzroy Gardens you can visit Cooks Cottage, the conservatory or enjoy a picnic on the perfectly trimmed lawn.
From Fitzroy Gardens head back west trough Treasury Gardens to reach Spring Street. Just north of the Gardens on Spring Street is The Old Treasury Building. The building is considered one of Australia’s finest Renaissance Revival Buildings and the entry is for free. It has been constructed between 1858 and 1862 from wealth accumulated during the Victorian Gold Rush to house the state gold vaults. The beautiful building is very popular as backdrop for weddings. There was a whole line of limousines when we visited.
Continue north, the next building on the right is the Parliament House. This impressive building has been the seat of the Parliament of Victoria since 1855. Public tours of Parliament House are conducted on days when Parliament is not sitting.
Continue north and you will reach Carlton Gardens with The Royal Exhibition Building and The Melbourne Museum at the end of Spring Street across Victoria Street. The Royal Exhibition Centre is still in use as a commercial exhibition venue, hosting many events on regular basis. You can take a guided tour of The Royal Exhibition Centre for AUD 5 at 2pm most days.
The Melbourne Museum is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere and is open daily 10 am to 5 pm and the entry fee is AUD 10. The museum provides a place for education, history, culture and society to engage with each other.
From Carlton Gardens follow Victoria Street in western direction. On your right hand side you will see Lygon Street. On Lygon Street you will feel like in southern Europe. You can choose from a big variety of Italian restaurants and cafes. Every year, the Lygon Street Fiesta, one of Australia’s largest outdoor street festivals is held here.
Continue in western direction on Victoria Street and you reach The Queen Victoria Market on your left hand side. The market is a major landmark and big tourist magnet in Melbourne. It opened in 1850 and expanded constantly. On the market you can find a huge variety of fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, a diverse range of clothing, shoes, jewellery, electronics, tools and handmade art and crafts as well as cheap souvenirs. The market is open every day of the week except Mondays and Wednesday. On Wednesday evenings in the summer months, there is a night market which offers dining, bars and live entertainment.
From Queen Victoria Market, head south on Queens Street until you reach Bourke Street. Bourke Street Mall is the main pedestrian mall in Melbourne and the perfect place for shopping in Melbourne.
Little Bourke Street
North from Bourke Street is Little Bourke Street. Between the Corners of Swanston and Exhibition Street lies China Town. You can dive into this completely different world in the middle of Melbourne and sample from a plethora of different Asian dishes.
Continue south on Queens Street until you reach Collins Street. Collins Street is one of the major streets in Melbourne and is often regarded as Melbourne’s main street. It has several Victorian era buildings, has long been the financial heart of Melbourne and is home to various banks and insurance companies. It is also home of prestigious boutiques and retailers and is one of the top shopping addresses.
On the corner Collins and Elizabeth Street you can shop in the heritage Block Arcade. This is a heritage listed Victorian era shopping arcade.
Head in eastern direction until you reach Swanston Street. This is another busy street with many souvenir shops and fast food outlets. It passes a number of iconic landmarks including Capitol Theatre, St. Pauls Cathedral, Melbourne Town Hall and the State Library. University of Melbourne and RMT University are on Swanston Street as well.
Back on Federation Square cross the Yarra River to get to the neighbourhood of Southbank. It’s one of the primary business centres in Melbourne and home of some major companies. With a large number of apartments, it’s also one of the most populated areas of Melbourne. The highest building of Melbourne, the Eureka Tower is overlooking the whole area with its 297.3 Meters. The Southgate Promenade hugs the Yarra River and we can highly recommend a stroll along this promenade on a sunny day. In the evening the bars and restaurants along the Southbank Promenade are very busy.
St Kilda Road
Continue in southern direction on St Kilda Road you will pass by Arts Centre Melbourne, which is a performing arts centre consisting of a complex of theatres and concert halls on your left.
Next on your left is the National Gallery of Victoria where National and international art is on display.On your right hand side are the Queen Victoria Gardens. Follow St Kilda road in southern direction until you see the Shrine of Remembrance on your left side. This is a memorial dedicated to all Australians who have served in war.
Just behind the Shrine of Remembrance are the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne.
There is one more Lane we like to mention. There is not much to see on this short, narrow lane running south from Flinders Lane but the name alone is worth to mention it. The street was called Corporation Lane until 2004 when it was renamed to ACDC Lane as a tribute to the Australian rock band AC/DC.
Have you been to Melbourne? What recommendations do you have for a Melbourne walking tour?