October 2019


Melbourne: All in a Day's Walk
October 2019




The colonial Flinders Street Station in Melbourne is an iconic building in the city.

Founded in 1835 and named after the then British Prime Minister William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, the modern city of Melbourne is arguably one of the most liveable cities on earth.

Words: Sanjiva Wijesinha.
Photography: Tatiana Scott.

For eight of the past ten years, Melbourne has been ranked as the world's most liveable city by considering factors such as safety, infrastructure, health care, educational resources, and the environment.

For visitors, it is undoubtedly a destination that provides much to look forward to and enjoy. From leafy green parks and gardens to narrow cobble-stoned laneways, colonial heritage architecture, modern street art, the best coffee and excellent dining for all types of budgets - the city of Melbourne has it all.

The City Centre is easy to navigate, being constructed on a simple grid pattern (smaller and simpler than New York's North-South avenues and East-West streets). This allows visitors armed with only a map or a mobile phone to undertake a rewarding walking tour on their own.

You can spend a day wandering through quaint laneways and relaxing at coffee bars and pavement eating places. Sip an excellent cup of Melbourne barista-brewed coffee and watch the world go by! Look out for sites like the Block Arcade, Centre Place and places with intriguing names like AC/DC Lane, Hardware Lane, Postal Lane, and Market Lane. Stop for a coffee at the corner of Little Bourke Street and Little William Street or try your luck with Spanish food in Hosier Lane.

If you are interested in museums and galleries, visit the Immigration Museum (which has stories of the many folk from diverse cultures who migrated to Melbourne over the years and made it one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world)...

If you are interested in finding out what street art here is like, you can start in Hosier Lane - and keep an eye out for other areas that are specially designated by the Melbourne City Council for street artists to show off their work. Street Art is 'a colourful and creative form of graffiti'. The current attitude of the city council to encourage this has allowed artists to create aesthetically attractive paintings by drawing large, colourful murals on what would otherwise be grungy and grimy city walls.

Melbourne turns 200 years in 2035, and hence boasts of some stunning colonial architecture such as the Flinders Street Station, Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, Shrine of Remembrance and former General Post Office (now redeveloped into a shopping mall). Opposite Flinders Street Station is the modern Federation Square, which houses the 'movie museum' ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and the Ian Potter Centre Art Gallery. If you are interested in museums and galleries, visit the Immigration Museum (which has stories of the many folk from diverse cultures who migrated to Melbourne over the years and made it one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world) and the National Gallery of Victoria (which brings to Melbourne exhibits and artworks from all over the world). Until mid-October this year, the NGV displays an exhibition of the Terracotta Warriors from Xian in China.

You have not only the 26 hectare Carlton Gardens but also the Royal Botanical Gardens, a green oasis of calm with its majestic trees, colourful flowers and beautiful landscapes. You may even take a cruise along the Yarra River that flows through this lovely city.

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    St Paul's Cathedral seamlessly blends neo gothic architecture and historical splendour.

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    Shrine of Remembrance was created to commemorate World War I.

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    Yarra river cruises offer visitors a different perspective of Melbourne.

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    Specially designated areas showcase street art.

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    Stop by to enjoy the taste of Melbourne delicacies.

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