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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
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+61 3 9922 1100
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"shot tower"
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"great shopping"
in 100 reviews
"bourke street mall"
in 48 reviews
"waltzing matilda"
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"big clock"
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"glass dome"
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"myer and david jones"
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"lots of shops"
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"shop till you drop"
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"great place to shop"
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"shopping experience"
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"under one roof"
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"old building"
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"inner city"
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"free wifi"
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Melbourne Central is a train station, shopping centre, movie theatre. There are restaurants, entertainment and lots to see and do. This is a popular place based on the number of people here. If you are visiting Melbourne this would be a place to do some...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Melbourne Central is more than a(n important) transport hub. It is an architectural beauty, mixing history and future, but also has great shops and nice restaurants. Well worth a visit, even when you are not taking a train (or bus).

Thank Alfred V
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Something for everyone in terms of price & mostly mid priced with eatery galore in food court style. Heavily frequented by students

Thank Murli T
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

This was the first place we visited from Manila. This is a WOW place also I met in person the KitKat Chocolatory and create my own KitKat break.

Thank ehmzmorante
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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

Fabulous range of shops and food outlets and a fabulous parents retreat for those with small children and babies, a bit confusing with the lifts though as only certain lifts go to certain levels but once I got my head around it spent a lot...More

Thank Nicole R
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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

Not much to do here the shopping was poor with not a lot of shopping would not go back here the cafes are ok

Thank deconz1
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

This shopping centre has evolved considerably when it had Paul Bocuse and Daimaru. The ltest incarnation is a great success. Quirky shops from the KitKat laboratory, the yound designers market and RM Williams blend with big names including JB HiFi now. I particularly like Calibre...More

Thank TRexTheCat
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

The clock and central dome are beautiful, but be warned, it's three levels plus with the trains underground, to find the clock you might need to ask for directions unless you're luck and stumble across it!

Thank Victoria M
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

Visit the old Shot Tower and check out all the stores. Couple of good cafes for drinks/coffee/quick bites to eat

Thank Ross H
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

The flagship RM Williams store is in the center of the mall and is in an 'old' brick building where you can fined the whole range of leather boots and goods that RM Williams is known for. The mall has great restaurants and shops and...More

Thank Traveltogoa
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