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Melbourne Central

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Central Business District
As featured in 3 Days in Melbourne and 6 other guides
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Address: | Corner of LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 9922 1100
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Melbourne Central is a diverse shopping and dining destination that invites...

Melbourne Central is a diverse shopping and dining destination that invites you to keep exploring.

Bringing together more than 300 retailers over five levels, Melbourne Central is home to an absorbing range of Australian and international fashion brands from Gorman, Alannah Hill, Crumpler to Vans and Nique. Take a sugar break at Cupcake Central, a beauty break at Mecca Maxima or an indulgent time-out at Self Centred Medi Spa.

The buzz continues after dark, whether you are lurking in Knox Lane with its graffiti by Melbourne's infamous DABS and MYLA, or basking beneath a screen in the Hoyts Lux Cinema. Spanning two city blocks, the centre boasts several unique architectural features including the giant Marionette Watch hanging in Shot Tower Square, famous for its hourly rendition of the Australian anthem 'Waltzing Matilda'. The square is named after the historic Coops Shot Tower a bullet-making facility built in 1889. Today, the brick shot tower stands proudly in its original place, protected by a modern twist: the magnificent Glass Cone, designed in the '80s by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. While it floods the centre with natural light, the Glass Cone's design also makes it one of Melbourne's most recognisable landmarks.

Located atop the City Loop Melbourne Central train station and can be found on the iconic free city circle tram route. Melbourne Central boasts 822 car parks making it the perfect base for Melbourne city excursions. The five-star-rated parents' retreat offers a sanctuary for families, while The Little Library free book exchange provide spaces for pause and escape from the city's frenetic buzz. Whatever brings you to Melbourne, be it shopping, exploring, lunch, brunch or simply an unexpected adventure, it is all waiting between Lonsdale and La Trobe.

Or to go behind the scenes book a place on Melbourne Central's Unlocked Tour which leads visitors around hidden nooks, rarely-seen vantage points and secret rooftops.

Bernadette Alibrando can also tell you the tales of Melbourne Central's huge range of artworks in the Walk to Art Tours.

For bookings please visit the Melbourne Central website.

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Shops average, but the building itself great

When I went here I thought the shops were very similar to what is available at every other shopping center you go to. However the building itself is fantastic with a great and... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When I went here I thought the shops were very similar to what is available at every other shopping center you go to. However the building itself is fantastic with a great and complementary mix between the old and the new. Well done to the architects.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The old shot tower is housed inside this glass dome and so is a lot of good shopping. Via arcades you can access most shops without having to go outside.

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good shopping centre right above Melbourne Central station. Lots of variety, food court and cinemas.

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Bunbury, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had so much fun here....since our hotel was only a 15 min walk away my daughter and I spent a lot of time here. Her favourite shop is the Sephora makeup shop. We went to the movies..had pancakes for breakfast..had makeover facials and shopped til we dropped. Definitely will visit again. All the staff in the shops are so friendly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The large tower and huge clock are the interesting and quirky features in the centre of Melbourne Central Station when you come up from the train platforms 2 floors below. Well worth stopping for a moment to take it all in!

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Launceston, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Melbourne Central has everything you need for all your shopping needs as well as restaurants, cafes and the movie theatre. An easy way to while away the day

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is one of the best place, if not the best place, to shop in Melbourne and with so many retail outlets there one would very likely to find items on his or her shopping list. The clock inside the main building is something to watch on hourly basis...definitely worth the visit while in Melbourne...

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A wide variety of shops for all budgets, this mall aims to please everyone. Conveniently located near public transport and easy to navigate.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of shopping to be done here and time your visit so that you can watch the clock tower on the hour. People of all ages will love this building and its heritage architecture.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you take the subway, this is an important buzzling station. A shopping mall, Coles for food, etc.

Thank Hugo H

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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