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Melbourne Central

| Corner of LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9922 1100
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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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| Corner of LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 9922 1100
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Very nice place with a variety of shops! Close to many other places which was very good. Clean and tidy which was very good.

Thank Mati S
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is certainly a hub of Melbourne shopping. Shops everywhere. Seach and you are sure to find what you want or need. And whilst we were there - Sales. Some of the specials were much better than at the DFO near the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Thank Anne W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the station to enquire about overnight trains to Sydney. Lively station and many people passing through, lots of places to eat and drng in the station. The staff were friendly and gave lots of information. Booked the airport bus from there and were impressed...More

Thank GourockRhona
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on many occasions whilst I was abroad in Australia. Connections to Frankston in 2017. Easy to manage transport. The payment system is easy to understand. Prepaid. Coonections used to go to various venues, I found it all like secondd nature. Lots of eating places,...More

Thank Lynn C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on our “Melbourne pub crawl,” and several folk recommended the pub “in the glass dome,” so off we went. Now, while we were there, primarily to explore the MC Lion Hotel, an “English-style pub,” we spent some time in the Melbourne Central complex....More

Thank The_Loup_Garou
Reviewed 1 week ago

Melbourne Central was once a Japanese department store, which shut up shop. It is now a meeting place for young people from everywhere, particularity RMIT University and the University of Melbourne, and other assorted institutions. Lots of fast food and lots of shops. It's a...More

Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Forget the shops, I love coming into Melbourne Central for the busker entertainment. The day I was there last, there was a young man on an electric violin. He is such a talent, had me mesmerised for almost 3/4 hour. An absolute pleasure to waste...More

Thank Nunngo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The shopping mall is a great place to visit on any occasion to Melbourne. I love the place for the quality cinema and the availability and range of shops positioned here that i can always find a great card or gift for a birthday or...More

Thank Nathan W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of lovely walking, shops, Cinema, great to take photos & an amazing place to eat, relax & drink.

Thank Munkee P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not sure about the shopping although the food court looks pretty terrific. But I happened to arrive at 3 pm just as the clock struck (it's huge!!) And then it sang Waltzing Matilda. Fabulous! ! Then directly behind you the glass cone rises above the...More

Thank Lizzie M
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
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