Ask any Melburnian what 'under the clocks' means and most will reply 'Melbourne's most well known place to meet - on the steps of Flinders Street railway station across from the infamous Young and Jackson's Hotel.'
The station facade is grand. Stand outside St Paul's Anglican (Church of England, not Catholic) Cathedral for the obligatory photo. Capture a Swanston Street tram or two in the photo for effect.
The station is Melbourne's busiest, with about 120,000 passenger trips on a typical weekday, though usage of the electrified suburban rail system has risen 30 per cent in the past three years.
Suburban trains depart platforms 1 to 10, and 12 to 13: V/Line trains to Traralgon and Bairnsdale either depart platforms 10 or 8/9.
There are glass viewing areas of the platforms from the Swanston Street concourse, but you must buy and validate a Metcard (public transport ticket) to enter.
The Elizabeth Street subway entrance is narrow as half the subway forms a path across to Southbank and the Yarra River.
The historic former ballroom on a floor of the building is in poor shape and is closed to the public.
In the middle of the station, there is the Degraves Street subway, straight out of the 1950s. Degraves Street itself is funky and popular as a place to meet for cafe-style meals or drinks: a very European, sophisticated feel to it.
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