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Melbourne Central

| Corner of LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9922 1100
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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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| Corner of LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 9922 1100
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Extremely busy place with the very interesting shot tower which you enter through a shop. Some very old photos of the city

Thank Jacqui K
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you are in Melbourne to shop then this is the place to start. Train, tram and bus services to the door for those travelling via public transport, plenty of parking if you are driving although parking is on the dear side. Huge variety of...More

Thank magliolo56
Reviewed 6 days ago

I visited over a weekend and this place had an active atmosphere till late night. Lots of eataries nearby.

Thank Sjain23
Reviewed 1 week ago

I like the architecture, especially the large glass dome. The building is a unique and well-designed. It houses a 55,100 square metre, six-floor shopping and dining mall and a 211-meter high office tower. There are 292 shops in the retail area, offering a host of...More

Thank KodoDrummer
Reviewed 1 week ago

This shopping centre houses the Coop's Shot Tower. This is a historic building which has been encased in the shopping centre roof. It is very photogenic and attracts lots of visitors. There are shops as well so you can have retail therapy at the same...More

Thank Denise2444
Reviewed 1 week ago

The clock is an attraction and puppets will come out (with music) of the clock by the hour when the minute hand strikes twelve, There is a great variety of shops and eateries, and at least four levels to walk and browse. Also has a...More

Thank 777francie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Melbourne central is a major transport hub and it is easy to just wander out of the station every day and forget al l the neat stuff that is around here. I love the clock that plays Waltzing Matilda on the hour (trouble is all...More

Thank dr0li
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was built as a shopping centre on top of an underground railway station and over time it has better integrated the two functions. There is a University and Public Library just across the road. The shot tower was originally in the narrow cobble-stoned streets...More

Thank platypus150
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In my opinion this is the best mall in Melbourne. All my favourite stores are there. I shopped at Sephora as they sell brands that are not available in my country Malaysia. I also love Lush and the Australian makeup store Mecca Maxima. Melbourne Central...More

Thank Liyana N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It had been a long time since I had visited Melbourne & had a shopped till we dropped kind of day. Melbourne shops didn't disappoint & we were lucky enough to arrive at big Sales time. We seriously shopped, coffees, ate & shopped all day....More

1  Thank Whitsunday5
Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways
tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary
feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the
city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques,
throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
never quite know what you’ll find around the next
corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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