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Melbourne Central

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Central Business District
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Address: | Corner of LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 03 9922 1100
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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It has Sephora

Easy access, with the train station located underneath the mall. Has all the usual shops .... but the draw card for me was Sephora. -1 star because the parent room was unkept and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Kim C

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Easy access, with the train station located underneath the mall. Has all the usual shops .... but the draw card for me was Sephora. -1 star because the parent room was unkept and needed more play items for the babes.

Thank Kim C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went here for a look round and because my daughter wanted to visit Saphora the cosmetics shop which is in here. Found it to be more high end shopping so didn't really buy anything but worth a look all the same.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A huge mall with an extensive variety of shops and food-court stalls. Its imposing Shot Tower right under the Glass Cone is the focal point and a common photo stop for visitors. The Marionette Clock is another interesting point-of-interest. Be around at the stroke of the hour and see what happens... There is a Coles Supermarket at the basement. A... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went here to go to TGI Fridays (we live in Perth and there is a distinct lack of TGI Fridays here) Food there was awesome and the shops in Melbourne Central were really good. Sephora has recently opened there too so that was a huge bonus for me.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On our recent trip to Melbourne we stayed at the roof top resort called St Jeromes. Every day we walked thru Melbourne Centraland had some meals, used the Pommy Pub and watched a movie. Not to mention the coffee.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The mall is the usual you would find anywhere else in the world but the view of the old shot tower with the sun shining through the amazing glass roof is very impressive and for me the only reason to visit. There is also a very small museum inside the tower buildings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Melbourne Central was very close to where we stayed and caters for most people. They have fashion shops and a supermarket and liquor store, movie theatre as well. This venue is quite fascinating to visit and we always enjoying coming here

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found this place by accident and wow! The central part where the old facade is looks amazing and lets in some natural light. The shop variety is huge. The cinema at the top is a great idea. The food options are also large and accommodating to any preference!

Thank Kelly K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great example of how to marry new development as well as retain history. In the middle of the shopping centre an old shot tower from the 19th century has been retained. Surrounding this bit of history is some great shopping which also interconnects with the Emporium shopping centre which then leads to Myers and David Jones shopping... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a good time here plenty of shopping and lots to see, my 21 yo daughter bought more shoes than she could carry home lucky she had Mum and Dad with her.

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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.