Melbourne is a city for walking and wandering around! As long as you are prepared for 4 seasons in one day, you’re all set. Don’t even bring food with you, because the eats and drinks you encounter while you walk around will be yummy!
Within walking distance of Flinders St Station, which I think is like a spiritual heart of Melbourne (all the trains pass this way after all), there are some iconic sights you shouldn’t miss. Let’s check them out and categorise it into day and night.
Daytime! Let’s load up on coffee and put those black Nike Roshe shoes to good use!
When I was living in Melbourne most of my city shenanigans begin here (it was a long train ride from out west!) so I have fond memories of this building… meeting a good friend under the clocks etc. As usual I’m a sucker for the big dome and the old clocks add a vintage touch of days gone by.
Just across the road of the station is the famous Hosier Lane, a thoroughfare completely covered in ever-changing graffiti art. Soak in the Melbourne vibe here, and if you’re lucky you can also breathe in a bit of spraypaint while you watch a street artist at work. Totally Instagrammable!
Industrial-chic before it became a thing. Brick tower from the 19th century mixed with steel and glass construction from when the Melbourne Central mall was being constructed. Lots of shopping to be done here.
Shot Tower in Melbourne Central
Bonus: this isn’t really walking distance, but a couple of train stops south at Windsor, there’s a cool alleyway with lots of brightly spray painted shoes. Coming from NZ where shoes on a power line has a particular meaning (maybe it’s not just a NZ thing?), this one kind of reminded me of home in an obscure way.
Night time, let’s keep it central again.
When it is rush hour, Flinders Street is abuzz with all sorts of movement!
Melbourne Trams are iconic. Here are some passengers heading to their next destination after getting off the tram.
When it gets dark, the area around Yarra River really comes alive with restaurants and bars. There’s this particularly funky one that my friend and I went to called Ponyfish Island. It’s situated right underneath a pedestrian bridge! Very cool.