If you have limited time in Melbourne, don’t fret, as many of our most architecturally remarkable buildings are located within walking distance of each other. Culture Trip has mapped out a simple route for you to follow, where you will discover six of Melbourne attractions.
On the opposite side of the Swanston Street, adjacent to Federation Square is Flinders Street Station. Featuring a green dome, arched entrance and clock tower, Flinders Street Station was the first station built in an Australian city and by 1926, it had become the busiest train station in the world. A longstanding rumour is that there was a mix up with building plans and that Flinders Street Station was originally intended for Mumbai. It’s unlikely to be true, but it’s an interesting thought to ponder as you wonder through the terminus.
From the State Library of Victoria, turn right onto La Trobe Street. After 850 meters, La Trobe Street meets Victoria Street from which you will see Carlton Gardens. Cross the road and follow elm-lined avenues to the Royal Exhibition Building, which held the first Parliament of Australia on the 9th May 1901. Designed by Joseph Reed, the Royal Exhibition Building was built to host the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880 and today, the space hosts exhibitions and festivals.