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“Only for shoppers”
Review of Melbourne Central

Melbourne Central
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$59.71*
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Small-Group Melbourne Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #34 of 446 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.
Reviewed February 22, 2014

If you like up market fashion shopping this is the place for you. Other than that there is not much to recommend a visit here. It is easy to reach using the City Circle tram

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Reviewed February 11, 2014

The trains and trams are wonderful in Melbourne. The inner city tram is great. It goes round the city, I always do a complete loop and take in the sights until I decide what I feel like seeing first. You can catch the tram to get off close to the Museum, Ned Kelly's last resting place! Victoria Market, Docklands and the sports stadium where they place football, Rugby League or maybe Aussie Rules as that is very strong in Victoria. You can walk up to Little Burke St to the City Mall. Many days can be spend wandering, looking, eating and shopping. It is a safe city, but you always have to be sensible. Try not to look like a tourist. Blend in and enjoy. Their are many streets where you can buy ethnic foods from various countries, or if you would like all day desserts go to Acland Street in Sth Melbourne. People at the train stations will help you to get on the correct trains. An all day pass is the cheap way to go. No parking worries!

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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Used to be an amazing tourist attraction with the highlight of the big clock opening and playing music. Now that little area is overcrowded with shops and there is hardly room for tourists to sit down and enjoy the one attraction which used to make Melbourne Central stand out.

1  Thank akica
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

There's a train station in the basement, a cinema above, and lots of shops. Basically, that's it. It's a good place for fashion shopping and has some other trendy stores. Some uncommon Asian foods and candy lie at the lowest level.

One interesting attraction is the Shot Tower museum, which is just beneath the large glass cone. This was used to produce gunshot by pouring molten metal into thin air and letting it form into spheres as it fell. You don't need to fly in space to produce weightless manufacturing!

1  Thank Lupin4
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

Just another Shopping streets. Lots of shops but i think more suitable for ladies. For man will be abit boring. It's a nice place to shop if you have no where better be in.

Thank Eric C
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