Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Carlton & Brunswick

Royal Exhibition Building

Built for the 1880 International Exhibition, and winning Unesco World Heritage status in 2004, this beautiful Victorian edifice symbolises the glory days of the Industrial Revolution, the British Empire and 19th-cen…
Monument in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Shrine of Remembrance

One of Melbourne's icons, the Shrine of Remembrance is a commanding memorial to Victorians killed in WWI. Built between 1928 and 1934, much of it with Depression-relief, or ‘susso’ (sustenance), labour, its stoic, c…
Architecture in South Melbourne, Port Melbourne & Albert Park

St Vincent Place

For a taste of Victorian-era finery, take a stroll in St Vincent Pl, a heritage precinct in Albert Park. Consisting of a long, arch-shaped street skirting a central landscaped garden, it's considered Australia's fin…
Historic Building in City Centre

Parliament House

The grand steps of Victoria’s parliament (1856) are often dotted with slow-moving, tulle-wearing brides smiling for the camera, or placard-holding protesters doing the same. On sitting days the public is welcome to …
Historic Building in City Centre

Old Melbourne Gaol

Built in 1841, this forbidding bluestone prison was in operation until 1929. It's now one of Melbourne's most popular museums, where you can tour the tiny, bleak cells. Around 135 people were hanged here, including …
Historic Building in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Government House

On the outer edge of the Botanic Gardens, the Italianate Government House dates to 1872. A replica of Queen Victoria’s Osborne House on England’s Isle of Wight, it has served as the residence of all Victorian govern…
Historic Building in City Centre

Flinders Street Station

If ever there were a true symbol of the city, Flinders St station would have to be it. Built in 1854, it was Melbourne’s first railway station, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a Melburnian who hasn’t uttered the p…
Historic Building in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Como House

A wedding cake of Australian Regency and Italianate architecture, this elegant colonial residence is among Melbourne's heritage royalty. Dating to 1840, it houses numerous belongings of the high-society Armytage fam…
Notable Building in City Centre

Melbourne Town Hall

Since it opened in 1870, this grand neoclassical civic building has welcomed everyone from Queen Elizabeth II, who took tea here in 1954, to the Beatles, who waved to thousands of screaming fans from the balcony in …
Historic Building in City Centre

Young & Jackson

Across the street from Flinders St station is a pub known less for its beer (served here since 1861) than for its famous nude painting of the teenaged Chloe, painted by Jules Joseph Lefebvre. Chloe's yearning gaze, …