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“LOTS of people.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Melbourne Central

Melbourne Central
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Small-Group Melbourne Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #34 of 393 things to do in Melbourne
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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“LOTS of people.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Well it was the time between Xmas and NY and the sales were on, but it is still the centre of activity in Melbourne for shopping. Get off the track and get into the Block arcade which is not far away.

Visited December 2012
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“Great selction and conveniently located”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

There are so many stores to choose from as well as cafes and resteraunts and easy access via public transport.

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“Great Shopping, Great Cafes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

Loved the shopping, so many stores at every turn. Same with the cafes - so many to choose from you are spoilt for choice it was hard to decide where to go!

Visited December 2012
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“Nothing exciting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

The same shops exist anywhere in Australia. I expected more from Melbourne than the same chain stores you can find in most suburban shopping centres. Very crowded and lacking of atmosphere.

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“Many things in one place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

It's easy to get around and find things. Does get busy in Dec with Christmas shopping and sales - as well as the Myer Christmas Windows, and popular meeting spot for people meeting up for a spot of shopping.

Visited December 2012
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