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“All shopping needs in one place”
Review of Melbourne Central

Melbourne Central
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Small-Group Melbourne Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #34 of 425 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Seoul, South Korea
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“All shopping needs in one place”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

variety of shops from department store to mom and pops. Good area to shop for Opals and this and that.

Visited April 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“The Heart of the City”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

As a proud Melburnian who has lived her whole life here, I have nothing but good things to say about out fair city. Whether you love to shop, love to explore or simply like to sit and watch the world go by there is no better place to do so than the Bourke Street Mall & Melbourne Central areas. Bourke Street Mall is well known for its buskers and there are so many entertainers here and throughout the city to entertain the crowd. I live about 30 kms south of the city but my husband and I come into the city for the weekend at least 3 times a year. As a keen photographer and I am never at a loss for something to photograph.

Visited March 2013
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“Always Busy”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

A trip to the city is not complete without checking out the Bourke St Mall. I love to see what buskers are there. Always contribute to the good ones. They need to be encouraged! If you are a tourist make sure you wander down the lanes ways and arcades. Great place to start a serious shopping spree.

Visited May 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Interesting Mix Of Shops And Stores”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

A very busy place where trams pass through right down the middle. There is an interesting mix of shops, departmental stores, and cafes on all sides. Really the heart of Melbourne. Also a wonderful place to people watch.

Visited March 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Great hustle and bustle of shoppers in the CBD. Shops and restaurants everywhere and a tram service right in the middle of it all for easy commuting. Plenty of laneways to connect from one street to another.

Visited March 2013
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