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Amount of time full or half day
Best time to visit  Anytime
Getting around on foot
How to get there Train to Flinders Street or Melbourne Central

The Melbourne Central Business District (CBD) is a hub of creativity with a colourful history that has left behind a thriving music and arts screen. Some of the best bars, shops, restaurants and architecture are on or just off Swanston Street. So, a walk down Swanston with a few turns and stops along the way, you will be able to see some of Melbourne’s highlights.

 

NGV

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The bluestone clad National Gallery of Victoria International building on St Kilda Road was designed by Roy Grounds and construction was completed in 1967. However, The NGV has been displaying art since 1859. The first gallery space was in the south wing of the State Library of Victoria. Now, The NGV is oldest, largest and most visited art museum in Australia. There is never a bad show on at The NGV and the ongoing collections are always inspiring. Visit the website to find out what’s on.
www.ngv.vic.gov.au | 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne  | (03) 8620 2222

 

Fed square

Federation Square opened to celebrate the centenary of Australia's Federation in 2001. Melbourne was long missing a public square and after failed attempts the state government opened a Architectural Design Competition that received 177 entries. The winner was Melbourne based Lab Architecture Studio directed by Donald Bates and Peter Davidson from London. Fed Square now hosts cultural events, markets, live music and is nice place to catch your breath while you watch a TED talk on the giant screen. www.fedsquare.com | Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne

 

State Library of Victoria

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This was architect Joseph Reed’s first build in Australia, after which he built The Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, The Melbourne and Geelong Town Halls’. The collection was vast and it is all viewable in galleries, a museum, reading rooms and grass lawns for relaxing. Score some free wifi while you chew I out some Ned Kelly and James Cook artefacts. www.slv.vic.gov.au | 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

 

FLINDERS STREET STATION

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The Art Noveau styled Flinders Street Station was built in 1909. Since then it has became a cultural icon. It is probably Melbourne’s most photographed building and it is Australia’s busiest railway station. The building changes colour from day to night as it’s lit up from over 1,100 LED lights. So, stop by to check out the architecture or get on a train to get the fuck out of there. Map to: Flinders Street Railway Station

 

St Paul's Cathedral

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St Paul's Cathedral is built on the site where the first public Christian service in Melbourne was conducted in 1835. The cathedral was designed by the English Gothic Revival architect William Butterfield and completed in 1891. St Paul's is still operating at a church, but sometimes the space is opened up for live Melbourne event. The cathedral is a very special place to see live music as the acoustics are something else. Flinders Ln & Swanston St, Melbourne

 

pho ga bo swanston

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This place is always busy! Serves up some of the best pho in da CBD and that why President Bill Clinton must have decided to go back for seconds when he visited the restaurant. But, seriously it’s damn good Pho for a great price. 241 Swanston St, Melbourne

 

CURTIN HOUSE

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Top Floor / Rooftop Bar / Melbourne’s finest rooftop bar, DJs, Hope St. Radio and Cinema 
3rd Floor / Metropolitan Book Store / Books on art, design, architecture, music and more
3rd Floor / PAM Store / Cult Melbourne streetwear label
2th Floor / Toff in Town / Restaurant, Live music & DJs
1th Floor / Cookie / Award winning food, loads of beer, wine and cocktails
252 Swanston St, Melbourne | www.curtinhouse.com

 

Section 8

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Section 8 is an open air shipping container bar right in the heart of the city with mighty fine music, from DJs to live bands depending on the party. Opened from 10am Monday to Friday and from Midday on Saturday and Sunday. The bar closes at 1am Thursday, Friday, Saturday and closes at 11pm on all other days. www.section8.com.au | 27-29 Tattersalls Ln, Melbourne