Created to celebrate the centenary of Australia’s federation in 2001, these 39 brass bells perch on the upper level of Birrarung Marr and ring out three times a day. Part sculpture and part instrument, they vary in size and shape and play specially commissioned compositions – on their website you can also compose your own music to be played on them too.

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1. Birrarung Marr

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Multi-terraced Birrarung Marr is one of Melbourne’s most unique parks, featuring grassy knolls, river promenades, thoughtful planting of Indigenous flora…

2. Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

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The National Gallery of Victoria's impressive Fed Sq offshoot was set up to showcase its extraordinary collection of Australian works. Set over three…

3. Koorie Heritage Trust

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Devoted to southeastern Aboriginal culture, this centre houses interesting artefacts and oral history. There's a shop and gallery downstairs; upstairs,…

4. Australian Centre for the Moving Image


Managing to educate, enthral and entertain in equal parts, ACMI is a visual feast that pays homage to Australian cinema and TV, offering insight into the…

5. Federation Square

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One of the city's newest public spaces and an urban focal point, Federation Sq is a place to meet, celebrate, protest, watch major sporting events or…

6. Hosier Lane

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Melbourne's most-celebrated laneway for street art, Hosier Lane's cobbled length draws camera-wielding crowds to its colorful canvas of graffiti, stencils…

7. Arts Centre Melbourne

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The Arts Centre, one of Melbourne's top performing arts venues, comprises two separate buildings, Hamer Hall and the Theatres Building (under the spire,…

8. Anna Schwartz Gallery

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Redoubtable Anna Schwartz keeps some of the city’s most respected contemporary artists in her stable, as well as representing midcareer names from around…